Media & PR

Variable State on the making of Virginia

One of the most interesting games to launch in the last few months has been the surreal and narrative-driven Virginia. The title was made by Variable State, the indie studio set up by Jonathan Burroughs and Terry Kenny who met while working at DeepMind – the machine-learning AI start-up purchased …

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Denuvo on fighting the war against piracy

The start of 2016 was rather positive for anti-piracy specialists Denuvo. The firm’s anti-tampering technology, which had been used on the likes of Just Cause 3, Lords of the Fallen and recent FIFA titles, was deemed so potent that in January, notorious Chinese cracking forum 3DM said that in two …

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ERA: 77% of UK players prefer boxed games

Digital may be the biggest sector in video games, but research from the Entertainment Retailers Association says that 77.1 per cent of UK consumers prefer their games in boxes. Writing for MCV, ERA boss Kim Bayley explained that British gamers are hugely in favour of physical releases for a variety …

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Future’s purchase of Imagine is going ahead

The proposed acquisition of Imagine Publishing by Future has been given the green light. The Competition and Markets Authority has given the deal the go-ahead after wanting to take a closer look at its implications. Central to this investigation was a concern that the science fiction magazine market would take …

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Oculus reveals completely wireless VR headset prototype

Arguably the biggest news to come out of Oculus Connect 3 was the reveal of a new wireless VR headset prototype. Known as Santa Cruz, the headset at first appears visually similar to the Oculus Rift, however upon closer inspection there is a clear lack of wires. Positioned on the …

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Sci-fi worries threaten Future’s Imagine acquisition

The proposed acquisition of Imagine at the hands of Future has hit a stumbling block. The Competition and Markets Authority has found that the 14.2m deal, which was revealed in June, could damage the science fiction magazine market, as titles from other publishers offer only a limited competition constraint” to …

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Oculus Rift system requirements lowered thanks to new tech

The system requirements for the Oculus Rift have been lowered, making VR a little cheaper as a result. Previously the Oculus required an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card or better, an Intel i5-4590 CPU or better, and a minimum of 8GB of RAM. However …

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Xbox boss says some reviewers give low scores for clicks

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that he believes in some instances consumer sites give games low review scores to try and generate traffic. He made the claim when asked by GameSpot about the relatively lukewarm reception afforded to recent Xbox release ReCore. I wish it reviewed higher, but I …

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Read about 2016’s 30 Under 30 in this week’s issue of MCV

30 Under 30 is back, as MCV reveals the most talented young minds working in the UK games industry in 2016. This week, we also talk to Amazon UK’s games boss Russell Jones to take the pulse of the current games retail scene. Elswehere, Respawn COO Dusty Welch and art …

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