News in the video game world tends to slow down on the run up to Christmas, but for one brand soon it will stop completely – ComputerAndVideoGames.com, the online branch of the long running British media brand, will close down next February. The news was revealed on the site by editors past and present, reliving their fondest moments of being in charge of the site.
Future Publishing (who own several other video game media outlets including Total Xbox and Official PlayStation Magazine) will be shuttering the site and adding content to GamesRadar +, which already has side tabs for SFX and Total Film. CVG was first published as a magazine in 1981, but has been at risk since Future publicly announced intention to sell the brand earlier this year – none of the current staff are expected to have their jobs carried over to Games Radar +
As someone who visits the site on a daily basis and has been able to use it for an excellent source of gaming news, I’m very sad to see that the site will be closing – I hope that the current staff find a replacement job that reflects their professional quality.
Before we hit the headlines, I’d just like to make a personal apology for the lack of articles recently – I’ve been on a lot of overtime at work which has cut into my personal time that I have free for writing, but ultimately it means that in a few weeks time I can celebrate being a small cog in the wheel of a very big project…anyway, THE NEWS!
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Looking to follow in the footsteps of online retailer Amazon and their Fire TV micro-console, Google have announced its own set-top box called the Nexus Player.
Focusing on the streaming of video, applications and games from the Google Play service (and with the option to ‘cast’ content from connected devices in a similar method to the Chromecast dongle), the Nexus Player is designed by Asus, features a specially designed Android TV interface and will retail for $99 – the exact same price as the Fire TV. It will also require a separate controller costing $39.99, so it is unlikely to put a dent into the console majority enjoyed by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo – however bear in mind this is Google we are talking about, and the sheer brute force of their financial coffers means that any attempt to muscle in on the home console market should at least raise an eyebrow.