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Miyamoto: People are taking notice of games again

When asked whether he feels vindicated by the recent success of Wii, Miyamoto told Dean Takahashi of Mercury News : I think it is not necessarily vindication but I do get the distinct feeling that because of the Wii, people all over the world are finally taking notice of video …

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Sega Sammy loses $42 million in Q1

Japanese games firm Sega Sammy Holdings has reported a 2.4 billion Yen ($42.8 million) loss for the three-month period ended June 30th. In the same period a year before, the parent of Sega Europe posted an operating income of 2.8 billion Yen. Net sales were up 11 per cent year-on-year, …

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360 most searched console

The Xbox 360 is now the most searched for console on the internet in the US, reports web data tracker Hitwise. This is the first time the console has beaten Nintendo’s Wii since it launched in November last year. The report stated that while the news could be taken as …

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Rares Viva Pinata coming to DS

Rare’s Viva Pinata is to be released for the Nintendo DS, according to reports emerging from this past weekend’s Comic-Con. Microsoft-owned Rare will be using the original concept for the game – not the upcoming party version made by Australia’s Kaos – for the Nintendo machine. It’s not the first …

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LucasArts unveils Lego Indiana Jones

LucasArts has revealed details of a new Lego game based on the Indiana Jones franchise. Joining the ranks of Lego Star Wars I and II and the recently announced Lego Batman, the title will be developed by Travellers Tales. Next-gen.biz reports that the game will be based on the lasso-sporting …

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Rockstar exclusive coming to PS3

Grand Theft Auto publisher Rockstar is developing a new title that will be exclusive to PS3. SCEA’s Michael Shorrock revealed the news on the official US PlayStation blog on Friday. He wrote that Sony had ‘agreed to the PlayStation-exclusive rights of the next great franchise from the Rockstar studios’. ‘Everyone …

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HMV takes on Waterstones MD

HMV has appointed Gerry Johnson as executive director with immediate effect. We are delighted to welcome Gerry Johnson as a new executive director,” said Carl Symon, chairman of HMV. Gerry has led the Waterstones team through the successful integration of Ottakars, and the continuing re- shaping of our books business. …

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Fight Night devs to make new Marvel game

EA’s Chicago team will be producing a new game based on Marvel’s comicbook characters, reports MCV’s sister site Develop. The new super hero fighting game will be developed for PS3 and Xbox 360 and released next year. EA Chicago is best known for its Fight Night games and recent title …

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Jaffe forms new studio

MCV sister site Develop reports that after much speculation, David Jaffe has left Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Santa Monica Studios to form Eat, Sleep, Play with Incognito founder Scott Campbell – and has immediately secured exclusive development deal with SCEA. The pair, who previously worked together on the Twisted Metal …

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