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Why Sony Music is getting into video games with indie label Unties

Last month, the announcement that Sony Music was launching an indie games label Unties left many people in the industry a bit confused. The publisher is bringing games to PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but seemingly has nothing to do with PlayStation. We caught up with one of the people behind it, Grasshopper Manufacture, Q Games and Indie Megabooth vet John Davis (pictured, far right) on the Paris Games Week show floor …

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Why Are Video Games so Sexist?

When I was in college, I became addicted to a browser-based word game featuring cute animals. I couldn’t resist it. I didn’t fail any courses, but compulsive play took precedence over studying. At the time I was living with several male roommates, and one of them, a seasoned gamer, scoffed when he saw me playing with the pink elephant in pirate garb on the screen. “Can I find you something to play that’s, like … …

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The growing popularity of eSports takes video gaming to a different level

From niche market to global phenomenon, eSports is changing the way we think about sports. Despite the rapid growth of eSports in recent years, many people are either unaware of or confused by the concept of competitive gaming. eSports are competitive multi-player video games typically played by professional gamers. Similar to traditional professional sports, the term eSports refers to any competitive game that has a large enough fan base to support tournaments. Even with the …

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‘Mario Odyssey’ for Nintendo Switch video game review

By Christopher Byrd By Christopher Byrd October 30 at 1:36 PM (Courtesy of Nintendo) Mario OdysseyDeveloped by: NintendoPublished by: NintendoAvailable on: Nintendo Switch I can’t think of another 2017 title that has given me as much pure delight as “Mario Odyssey,” the new game for Nintendo Switch. In fact, I might have to look all the way back to “Mario 64” (1996), the game that did so much to popularize 3-D virtual environments, to find …

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Disney need video games in its portfolio COMMENTARY

In 2020, according to Statista, the global video game industry will be roughly double the size of global box office revenue — $90 billion vs. $49 billion. Yet none of the major American legacy media companies has major exposure to video games. Why not? To this point, only Sony is the owner of a film studio and TV production business which also has major exposure to video games through their PS4 gaming platform as well …

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Much at play for video gaming generation

Game designer and best author Jane McGonigal. Video games are big business, but they might be a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to preparing for the digital future. According to game designer and author Jane McGonigal, the weight of evidence that links gameplay to greater mental resilience is overwhelming. She says it’s a strong indicator of whether we are equipped to deal with the demands of an increasingly digital world. The way …

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China’s blocking the world’s hottest video game because it lacks “core socialist values” — Quartz

China’s media regulators on Friday (Oct. 27) took aim at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), a smash-hit survival game that has sold over 13 million copies since its release in March. The video-game office of the official China Audio-Video Copyright Association published a notice (link in Chinese) stating that the game contains too much blood and gore, and thus will be unlikely to get a license to officially launch in China. The office cited consultations with the …

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Star Citizen’s new video roundup features promo ships, alien language & new engine tech

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Star Citizen continues to be one of the largest, strangest anomalies in the history of videogames. During a time where few publishers believed ‘space games’ were even viable, this game became a crowdfunded juggernaut, roping in a budget comparable to the biggest AAA games ever made. Few games have whole conventions dedicated to them. Fewer still have them before even reaching beta stages of development. Still, Citizencon is a thing, …

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Irish video gaming industry offers major possibilities

A measure of the growth possibilities offered by the video games industry in Ireland was underlined in last week’s major acquisition by Dublin headquartered Keyword Studios of US-based VMC Consulting for $66m (€57m). It follows a number of smaller takeovers earlier this year by the Leopardstown-based company, which recently raised approximately €85m through a 10% share issuance. Founded in 1998, the company started out providing spoken-word audio services for game producers, but has expanded significantly …

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Thank You, Mario! Nintendo Rescues The Year For Video Game Sales (OTC:NTDOY)

The Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTC: NTDOY) Switch console has been a surprise hit for investors and has single-handedly rejuvenated U.S. video game sales. But according to NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella, the Switch passed the torch to the recently-launched SNES Classic platform in the month of September. According to a series of tweets by Piscatella, the Switch remains the best-selling current-generation gaming console, but the SNES Classic was the top unit selling platform on …

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Video Games Are Destroying the People Who Make Them

In a 2016 survey by the International Game Developers Association, 65 percent of developers said they’d had to crunch, with 52 percent adding that they’d done it more than twice in the previous two years. (Of those who said they did not crunch, 32 percent noted “that their job did require periods of long hours, extended work hours or extended overtime that was just not called ‘crunch.’ ”) While many jobs are demanding, the conditions …

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In $25 billion video game industry, voice actors face broken vocal cords and low pay

Ashly Burch at her home in Los Angeles. (Jenna Schoenefeld/for The Washington Post) LOS ANGELES — She woke up with a tickle in her throat. This was worrying for Ashly Burch, who, at 27, is a rising star in the small world of voice actors, best known for her work in video games. She knew actors who had blown out their voices in the studio. She’d come close herself. So leaving her house that morning …

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Video Games, According to Horror Movies

The overlap of horror movie lovers and video game lovers is undoubtedly substantial, so it’s no surprise that filmmakers have repeatedly tried to appeal to that demographic. The results often range from hilariously wrong to mildly insulting, to the point where you’re not sure the creators even know what video games are. When video games are central to the story in an adventure movie, they often play out like a power fantasy. In films like …

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Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console: vault of video game classics about to vanish | Entertainment

The Wii’s Virtual Console was amazing. Scratch that. The Wii’s Virtual Console is amazing. And it’s still waiting for you. Blurb Why does a nearly obsolete video game system more than a decade old matter? The Wii Shop Channel, which lets you purchase and download games to play on the Virtual Console, is shutting down. Nintendo announced in September that it will close the service and all its functions on Jan. 30, 2019. Wii owners …

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IGN and Xbox One X Team Up for New Video Features

Share. New ways to download, create, and share clips on IGN By IGN STUDIOS Partner Content by XBOX ONE X Call it the convergence or a cosmic alignment, but this winter IGN and Microsoft’s Xbox One X are teaming up to bring your video and gaming experiences to a whole new level. Read on to learn about the big video enhancements coming to IGN, as well as how the Xbox One X is designed to …

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