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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 19TH – 25TH JANUARY

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Microsoft are to offer a free upgrade to its new Windows 10 operating system in the first year of its release – this offer applies to anyone currently running a Windows 7, 8 or Windows Phone OS in an attempt to boost the adoption rate of the new software (Windows 8 has notoriously failed to strike a chord with consumers since release in 2012). The computing giant has also revealed a HoloLens headset designed to take on Google Glass eyeware, and confirmed that the ‘Cortana’ voice control tool will also make the jump to all Windows 10 devices having previously been limited to Windows Phones.

Of greater interest for gamers is the news that Xbox One owners will be able to stream games to their PC via an Xbox application on the new OS, as well as the fact that Windows 10 will natively support Xbox Live multi-player allowing for cross-device play. While I can’t imagine that the majority will actively use the ability to stream games to PC (increased input lag and generally poorer visual quality will likely put people off), rumors that the company is also reportedly looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One will get tongues wagging. You can see a visual presentation of how the cross compatibility will work here.

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 5TH – 11TH MAY

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On Wednesday, Nintendo published figures that revealed a 23.3 billion yen net loss for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2014, after twelve months in which only 2.72 million Wii U consoles have been sold. The next day it didn’t matter, because the internet flipped out over the surprise announcement that Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire are getting long awaited remakes for the 3DS/2DS.

The placeholder artwork for the new games...
The placeholder artwork for the new games…
...And just one of the inevitable humorous reactions
…And just one of the inevitable humorous reactions

Entitled Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, the remakes will be created in the 3D engine premiered in X & Y, and will be released worldwide in November this year. Outside of this information, very little has been revealed about the duo, including what features from the games originally released in 2003 will be enhanced. A safe bet would be that a mega-evolution for both cover mascots Groudon and Kyogre is in the works.

In the meantime you will have to make do with X & Y, which Nintendo’s financial reports revealed were the best selling first party titles for the 3DS over the past year at 12.26 million units (compared to 9.62 and 9.27 million respectively for Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land) Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 5TH – 11TH MAY

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 20TH – 26TH JANUARY

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Rumour has it that if you say ‘Candy Crush’ three times in front of a mirror, a lawyer will appear behind you – King, the developer of the insanely popular casual hit Candy Crush Saga, have successfully trademarked the word ‘candy’ for use in games, games accessories and a number of merchandising items in both the United States and the EU. King has defended their move claiming that their IP is being constantly infringed by copycat apps (including Candy Casino Slots – Jewels Craze Connect: Big Blast Mania Land – which must be the longest/worst title ever bestowed upon a game) and has requested Apple to start taking down apps that prominently feature the word.

The situation has accelerated however as King have also filed a trademark dispute against the The Banner Saga (a turn based RPG funded by Kickstarter to the tune of $723,000 and developed by Stoic, a company of three employees who worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic), claiming that “The Banner Saga mark is confusingly and deceptively similar” to its own line of games…which it isn’t. The state of affairs has snowballed, with King claiming they are attempting to protect their IP rights and Stoic defending their own position:

“We won’t make a Viking saga without the word Saga, and we don’t appreciate anyone telling us we can’t. King.com claims they’re not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains.”

Fights over trademarks in the videogame industry are not uncommon; in recent years Bethesda and Mojang have come to blows over the use of the word ‘Scrolls, and the word ‘edge’ was infamously trademarked for over twenty years until a series of court rulings in 2010 overturned the situation. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 20TH – 26TH JANUARY

The Elder Scrolls Online Revealed & Black Ops 2 Goes To The Future

News update time methinks

  • Yesterday, Bethesda Studios announced The Elder Scrolls Online, a new MMO which will take place in the world of Tamriel. The game (which has apparently been in development since 2007) will allow you to travel over the enormous world of the Elder Scrolls universe as you engage in a plot that sees various factions fighting for the position of the Emperor. Series traditions such as the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood are expected to make an appearance, as well as PvP combat between the various factions. No details have been outed yet on what structure the game will take with regards to money (seeing as free to play MMORPG’s have become quite popular as of late, and the likes of Guild Wars 2 will get by on a one time purchase fee). Judging by the screenshots that were released yesterday, it seems we might be seeing this game sooner than some of us might have perhaps expected.
  • And continuing the Bethesda trend, we have more details on the first piece of DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The DLC will be called ‘Dawnguard’…and that’s all we know. They are keeping very quiet about what the DLC adventures will involve, but some eager eyed players found models for Snow Elf’s amongst other things in a recent update file, suggesting it may deal with the Falmer and their origins.
  • The ridiculous success of Angry Birds Space continues in emphatic fashion. Developers Rovio this week revealed that the free to download title for Android, iOS, PC and Mac has reached the figure of 50,000,000 downloads in just 35 days…which works out at roughly 17 downloads every second.
  • Finally, there’s some new game called Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 that has been officially unveiled this week. Its set in the future, has mechanised armies taking on humans, updated zombie modes, blah blah blah…I’m sorry for the scepticism, but have Activision ever heard of giving a series a break? It was perhaps inevitable that the series was going to move into the near distant future (after all, pretty much every historical setpiece since World War Two has now been featured in the franchise), but the series is growing noticeably more tired with every instalment now. Seriously, give the developers a year off, spruce up the engine and the game (and the FPS market as a whole) will be better for it.