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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 8TH – 14TH DECEMBER

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The Independent Games Developers Association (Tiga) has stated this week in an interview that video games deserve to be officially classified as ‘cultural products’ in the UK, alongside television, film and animation.

The CEO of Tiga, Dr Richard Wilson, commented that “recognizing games as cultural products would untie the red tape which unfairly prevents EU member state governments from supporting their national video game sectors” – video games are currently recognized as software under EU law, which resulted in a long drawn out process to get tax breaks for UK game companies (which was finally approved by the European Commission in March); the argument made by Tiga is that this would not have been the case had games enjoyed the same benefits as film or TV.

The latest financial analysis by Tiga would certainly suggest that such a move would be in the Government’s interests; estimating that video games generate up to £93 billion worldwide compared to $88.3 billion for films and a surprisingly low $15 billion for music. On a personal note, I think that to declare video games as cultural products is a perfectly logically decision – the impact they have on modern life, not only from a financial standpoint, means they deserve to be celebrated and remembered as much as the next number one single or box-office hit.

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 1ST – 7TH DECEMBER

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At the end of a week which has seen Sony celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Sony Playstation (a milestone which reinforces just how quickly time has passed me by), the company has been looking ahead to the future with a number of announcements made both at The Game Awards 2014 and the Playstation Experience event – perhaps the most pivotal of which is that Street Fighter V will be console exclusive to the PS4. And that’s not a timed exclusive like Rise Of The Tomb Raider; Xbox One owners will not be fitting themselves into Ryu’s oversized mitts at all.

If a franchise like Street Fighter is willing to go console exclusive, expect more big names to split their loyalties
If a franchise like Street Fighter is willing to go console exclusive (albeit with PC support as well), expect more big names to split their loyalties

Other highlights from the Experience event include a fifteen minute playthrough of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the debut of David Jaffe’s latest project Drawn To Death, a confirmed release date of January 22nd for Grim Fandango Remastered and the bizarre announcement that Square Enix are porting the PC version of Final Fantasy VII to the PS4, complete with blocky original graphics and MIDI soundtrack. Way to troll the fans pining for a remake… Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 1ST – 7TH DECEMBER