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E3 organiser in shocking spat with news site

It’s the cattiest ding-dong between two games companies for years – the sort of old-fashioned, furious set-to that would have messrs Riccitiello and Zelnick cowering in their board room. In the red corner, the Entertainment Software Association; US publisher body and organiser of E3. In the blue corner, games news …

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ID pulls out of the ESA

Doom developer id Software has left the Entertainment Software Association, joining the recent departures of Activision, Vivendi, and LucasArts. A representative from the company told Next-Gen.biz that it had opted to not renew its membership with the ESA, which organises the E3 expo. Id declined to comment further. In an …

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‘Games threaten future Olympics’

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told The Times that he’s finding it difficult to make sport look attractive to youngsters – and games aren’t helping his cause. Kids are attracted to visual, interactive forms of communication. It’s not going to be easy for sport to counter …

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Golden Joysticks spearhead London Games Festival

The Golden Joysticks is set to become the jewel in the crown of this year’s London Games Festival as MCV can reveal that the Future-organised event is the official awards partner for 2008’s celebration of gaming culture. Publisher Future is calling on the industry to make this year’s event the …

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Is GAMESCom too late for retail?

GAMESCom organisers insist that the German games fair fits in with the trade’s preparations for Christmas, despite criticism over its timing. Earlier in the year the German trade association Bundesverband Interaktive Unterhaltungssoftware (BIU) and Cologne’s trade fair business Koelnmesse announced that GAMESCom will kick off in September 2009, which drew …

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Singapore introduces 18 rating

The Media Development Agency of Singapore will implement video games age classification for the first time in its history later this month. The new ratings include two new symbols – one designating ‘Mature 18′ and one with an ‘Age Advisory’ logo. Games that don’t come under either will continue to …

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New DS coming at E3?

The president of Japanese market authority Enterbrain – parent company of Famitsu – has predicted that Nintendo will unveil a new DS model at E3 in July. According to Bloomberg Japan – translated by akayuki.com – Hirokazu Hamamura said Nintendo might be readying to show off the third iteration of …

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SPANISH CHARTS: Gran Turismo holds off competition again

According to the latest Media-Control GfK International weekly all formats Spanish software chart, Sony’s Gran Tursimo 5: Prologue has enjoyed a second week as the biggest selling game in the region. Nintendo’s Wii Play nestles in second spot, whilst Konami enjoys a particularly good week – with iterations of Pro …

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Retail rakes it in after 360 cut

Retail has hailed Microsoft’s mission to hit the mainstream after dropping its entry-level SKU to under 160 – and stores have seen sales rocket following the cut. MCVUK.com revealed this week (via ChartTrack figures) that the console enjoyed a 36 per cent rise in sales after three days at its …

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UK CHARTS: Mario & Sonic do it again

There’s seemingly no stopping Sega’s Wii and DS sports title, as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games fights back to claim the top spot on the ChartTrack All Formats Top 40 for the fourth time. This is the seventh week the game has spent at number one – this …

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