Media & PR

ELSPA demands Government support

After MCV revealed last week that the UK games market saw its most lucrative Q1 period ever in the first three months of the year, ELSPA has applauded the figures – but warned that the Government must offer the UK tax breaks and other financial incentives to prevent talent heading …

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Batman swoops into Mortal Kombat

The eighth in the classic Mortal Kombat series is set to feature Batman, according to CVG . An image featuring the caped crusader was leaked to fansite Mortal Kombat Online, with online rumours insisting this could be a Mortal Kombat Vs. DC style video game. MCV revealed yesterday that Midway …

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Q1 2008 smashes sales records

It’s official: the past three months have been the most lucrative first quarter in the UK industry’s history. ChartTrack has confirmed to MCV that retailers raked in a phenomenal 418.4m across all software, including office packages, while a total of 17.89m units were sold. Both categories demonstrate an expanding market …

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No BAFTA Games Awards for 2008

MCV understands that the team behind the event’s recent success has recognised that the show is too close to the busy Christmas period, which means that some publishers will be unable to submit game code for the judging process. In the past this has meant that some key titles have …

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Tanya Byron compares games to heroin addiction

Dr Tanya Byron may have became a ‘friend’ of the industry when conducting her six-month Government Review – but a new BBC TV show written and fronted by the child psychologist is unlikely to have been well received by the UK games business. Am I Normal?, screened at 9pm on …

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BBFC: Weve benefited from Manhunt 2 case

The British Board of Film Classification has given its first interview on its battle to get Rockstar’s Manhunt 2 banned – and told MCV that the High Court case that saw the game released has actually ‘benefited’ the ratings body. Speaking as part of an exclusive interview with MCV, BBFC …

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INTERVIEW: MCV talks to Dr Tanya Byron

Regardless of whether you’re a fan or a critics of last week’s Byron Report into the effects of violence in games, there’s no denying that the document is one of the most important moments ever for the UK games industry. MCV has published its complete interview with the Report’s author …

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Gaming linked to Autism

Dr John Charlton of Bolton University has discovered that game playing can dominate users’ lives, causing them to miss sleep and meals. Dr Charlton studied almost 400 regular players of online role-playing game Asheron’s Call. The studied showed that the closer the gamers came to being addicted, the more they …

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Ready for a new job in games?

Breathe a sigh of relief – Ricky Butcher and Bianca Jackson are back in Albert Square . More importantly to erstwhile actors Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer, they’ve reclaimed a BBC salary after a sustained period of… let’s say ‘niche’ acting work. The sort nobody watches. Or pays any money …

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