A resurgent Japanese games industry is hosting a packed Tokyo Game Show on the 20 and 21 September, showcasing some long anticipated previewsNow in its 18th year, the Tokyo Game Show has seen out many revolutions in the games industry. Once, this event was the centrepiece of the gaming year. In the mid-nineties, the industry was dominated by Japanese publishers like Namco, Sega, Nintendo, Cap
Disneys answer to Skylanders is back in Marvel form with new comic-themed adventures, fully upgradable characters and easier creative mode. But is the high price justified?Disney; PC/PS3/PS4/PS Vita/Xbox 360/Xbox One/Wii U; £52; 7+Families with children who play video games are by now accustomed to being double-teamed by the addition of collectable toy lines. Eclipsing movies both in budge
Cast aside the old stereotype women are now the majority among games users. But as characters and creators they are still largely absentA study published on Wednesday by the International Advertising Bureau reveals that 52% of the gaming audience is made up of women. Thats right the majority of people playing games are women.Does this surprise you? It shouldnt. Three years ago that figure wa
The shared world shooter is up there with Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, despite mixed reviewsEpic space shooter Destiny has grossed more than $325m in five days, claims publisher Activision. The figure, which includes Chart-Track stats, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates, puts it among some of the most successful video game launches in his
Designer Jonny Barry has created prototype Nike Air Jordan trainers inspired by the console, which also feature a HDMI port in the heelFANBOYSWE HAVE YOUR SHOES Continue reading...
The creator of the building-sim game has cashed in his virtual blocks and angered fans who held him up as an indie champion standing against the giants of the computer worldName: Markus Persson.AKA: Notch, Markus Alexei. Continue reading...
FTC found TinyCo whose games have been downloaded 34m times was in breach of childrens online privacy protection actTiny Pets, Tiny Monsters and Mermaid Resort have been violating childrens privacy, the Federal Trade Commission ruled, before handing out a $300,000 in fines to the company that makes the mobile games.According to the regulator, TinyCo, the games developer, was in breach of t
Following revelations by YouTube star PewDiePie and TV historian Mary Beard, the issue of how to manage trolls is back in the spotlightReaders comments are an important, yet often overlooked, type of user-generated content. And some readers are much more likely to post and read comments than others. Trolling, the act of posting disruptive or inflammatory comments online in order to provoke fe
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The UK is a nation of gamers, a major UK study has found, with smartphones enticing 70% of the country to play a game in the past six monthsA new study into British gaming habits has confirmed what many industry watchers have been observing for years: the stereotype of the teenage boy playing alone in his bedroom is well and truly dead. Based on interviews with 4,000 UK residents, the rese
Karthik Bala of developer Vicarious Visions: The highest end tablets that are out there are converging on Xbox 360The phrase console-quality graphics has been overused and abused in the mobile games world for close to a decade now.Why? Its often due to an assumption that mobile gaming will only be truly credible through comparisons of polygon counts and shading sorcery with proper games de
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The success of the game has attracted a big buyer, Microsoft. Will over-complication and dullness follow?There is a peculiar process in modern economics which goes like this.First, the energetic, thrilling, imaginative breakthrough. Next, the success of the unconventional. Then, selling out to the corporate giant, which systematises, brings in celebrities and fills the whole experience wit
From unknown indie project to billion-dollar Microsoft acquisition, Minecraft has prompted a new era of creative, open-world gamingOn Monday, the multimillion-selling building game Minecraft completed its epic journey from teeny independent project to world-dominating behemoth its developer, the Swedish studio Mojang, has been bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn.Unsurprisingly, in the five craz
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As Microsoft announces its purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang, we look back at what we said about the popular gameMinecraft sold: Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5bnMicrosoft has announced its buyout of Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5bn. It is thought the founders of the Swedish developer felt the pressure of running a company which generated $326m last year. The founders, Markus P
Swedish developer confirms deal and explains what it will mean for the companys multimillion-selling building sim. Founder Markus Persson is set to leave Minecraft: a crash guide to Mojangs world-beating gameMinecraft creator Mojang is being sold to Microsoft, the studio has confirmed. According to a statement released by the Swedish developer on Monday afternoon, the purchase price is $2.
The space shooter tops the UK sales chart as Activision sells $500m worth of copies into stores worldwideDestiny has become the biggest ever launch of a new video game series in the UK, according to official sales monitor, Chart-Track. Launched on Tuesday, the shared world online shooter charted straight at number one in the UK all-formats game chart, knocking Ubisoft cyberpunk thriller Wa
Canon PIXMA printer compromised with vintage first-person shooter game during 44Con conferenceIn 1993, first-person shooter Doom was a groundbreaking game. In 2014, its being used by ethical hackers to demonstrate security vulnerabilities in connected devices.Specifically: printers. During his talk at the 44Con conference in London, Michael Jordon from Context Information Security proved h
Reddit Ask Me Anything, Angry Birds Stella, Nosy Crow Jigsaws, Premier League Away Days, Mikey Boots and moreIts time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apples App Store.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Contin
Farcical scene recreates glitch in first ever Fifa video game La Liga referee left trailing in Nyoms wakeFifa 15 is set to be released later this month and with state-of-the-art graphics and enhanced gameplay, the video game has never been better at mimicking real life football. But it appears that the oldest incarnation of the franchise Fifa 94, otherwise known as Fifa International Soccer ha
The studio behind the latest title consulted soldiers and futurologists to build its vision of a war against private military contractorsThe scene is exciting but implausible. Its a shoot out on the Golden Gate bridge, taking place 45 years in the future. Soldiers wearing bionic exoskeletons leap over trucks, firing bizarre directed energy weapons that send out fatal force waves. Drones patro
Amazons acquisition of streaming site Twitch prompts mixed reactions from users, but there are other live-streaming alternativesReactions to Amazons purchase of live gaming site Twitch have been more positive - certainly more positive than when Google was rumoured to be buying the site. But with the mainstream moving in on live-streamed games, is it time to look for alternatives ?Twitch ha
Peter Molyneuxs scenery-shaping mobile game gets off to a slow start, but when its charms open up, its potential is clearAs the latest game from veteran designer Peter Molyneux, Godus has been the subject of plenty of hype before its launch. Hardly a shock, for anyone whos followed his work since the turn of the century.The Fable and Black & White games were exactly the same, as was Projec
Every year the Fifa series seeks to simulate not just the sport of football, but the drama and narrative of the big match spectacle. Fifa 15 may get closer than everThe ball drops deep into the Liverpool half. Theres a brief scramble, a moment of panic, and then a defender belts it toward the touchline; it hits the shoulder of Manchester Citys Samir Nasri and spins out of play. Later in the m
It wasnt just mega-sequels and annual shooter updates at this years event in Cologne. Here are 10 titles worth looking out forHundreds of games, 350,000 visitors and roughly a billion years worth of hyperbole, the gigantic GamesCom exhibition is over for another year. Although never as packed with announcements as the E3 event in Los Angeles, theres always plenty of new stuff to discover at t
Acompli Email & Calendar, Angry Birds Stella, Premier League Away Days, Reddit Ask Me Anything, KittenTaxi and moreIts time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Co
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Bungies epic space adventure is finally out but how has the studio planned to support it for the next decade?When the creator of Halo, Bungie, officially announced Destiny two years ago, it did not reveal a single game, it revealed a ten-year plan. According to the studios contract with Activision (which was revealed in full online due to the publishers legal battle with ex-Infinity Ward deve
Big budget, big expectations get the lowdown on Destiny, the alien fight-fest thats taken the gaming world by stormSize isnt everything. But when it comes to _Destiny_, its all anyone wants to talk about. The shared-world shooter, which allows you to fight aliens as a warlock, titan or hunter, is rumoured to have a budget of £310m for comparison, the film Avatar cost about £150m. With that kind