2011 Review: May - August

James Batchelor
2011 Review: May - August

'Hack' appeared in the headlines so often during the summer of 2011, the word almost lost all meaning.

Not only was there the much-publicised phone hacking scandal that saw the News of the World closed and someone smash a custard pie in Rupert Murdoch's face, there were also several attacks made against video games companies.

In lighter news, we gained a glimpse at the future through E3 and Gamescom, with Wii U and PlayStation Vita taking the industry by storm. Also, Duke Nukem Forever finally decided to make an appearance, and Zumba Fitness enjoyed a ten-week run at the top of the charts.

MAY

NOTABLE RELEASE
L.A. Noire – The year’s top new IP was a detective drama set in 1940s Los Angeles. Despite a developer calamity – creator Team Bondi was accused of horrible working conditions and months later went bust – Rockstar’s internal teams have since released it for PC and OnLive with touch controls.

IN THE NEWS

JUNE

NOTABLE RELEASE
Duke Nukem Forever – It made it to No.1, and was the result of a painfully long 13 years’ gestation, development and redevelopment. But it was hideous, and really only notable for the very fact it even managed to come out.

IN THE NEWS

JULY

NOTABLE RELEASE
Zumba Fitness – Although over six months old by this point, Zumba started to really fly over the summer months, as casual gamers flocked in. It topped the charts 13 times this year.

IN THE NEWS

  • New MCV website launches
  • GameStop closes its two UK stores and launches a .co.uk e-store
  • Activision details first Call of Duty consumer event, COD XP
  • EMI Music signs up with new publisher Tubby Games for a Now That’s What I Call Music title
  • Valve-owned digital distributor Steam refuses to sell Battlefield 3 because only EA’s Origin will sell DLC
  • The Guardian exposes that News of the World journalists have hacked into the mobile phones of celebrities, politicians and high profile crime victims. As a result, News of the World is closed 

AUGUST

NOTABLE RELEASE
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The third game in the Eidos franchise arrived at the tail end of the summer. It was critically acclaimed and ended Zumba’s run at the top of the charts.

IN THE NEWS


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