Headlines For 7th-13th September
Microsoft is set to shutter the Xbox Live Indie Games service. New submissions to the service were halted on September 9th, and anyone currently working on a title now has less than a year to complete it. The marketplace and XNA developer website will then be fully closed in September 2017 – although any content purchased before that point can still be played and downloaded if previously deleted.
The move is a long time coming; the Indie Games marketplace is largely filled with dross focusing on avatar interaction or shameless Minecraft rip-offs (with only the excellent I Maed A Gam3 W1th Z0mb1es worth a purchase), and has barely been promoted since 2011 when a Xbox 360 dashboard update pushed them out of sight. The Xbox One also launched without the programme, focusing instead on self-publishing indie titles through the much more promising ID@Xbox initiative which has the likes of Cuphead on it’s radar. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES FOR 31ST AUGUST – 13TH SEPTEMBER
Afternoon all! The month of March has pretty hectic for me with extended work taking a toll, so apologies for the lack of news publication. Rather than create several smaller articles, I’ve bundled all the major headlines from the industry covering from the 8th-29th March into different sections below
Headlines For 23rd-29th March
The first British national center celebrating the history and culture of videogames has officially opened in Nottingham. The £2.5 million National Videogame Arcade was announced in October last year following the success of the annual Game City festival held in the Midlands, and is located in the creative quarter of the city, Hockley. The centre boats five floors, interactive exhibits and educational space for teaching.
For those who are interested in paying the Arcade a visit, day tickets are £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for concessions – full details of events can be found on their website here. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES FOR 9TH – 29TH MARCH
Headline Of The Week
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.
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