Retail

E3 08: Euro PS3 Platinum range confirmed

SCEE boss David Reeves last night confirmed that the European version of the firm’s PS3 budget software range, dubbed the Platinum Range in this territory, will arrive on store shelves on August 1st. Games will cost just 19.99 (€29.99 in mainland Europe) – significantly less than the 39.99-49.99 RRP carried …

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E3 08: New IP MAG promises epic online battles

Sony has announced a brand new PS3 title from SOCOM developer Zipper called MAG – Massive Action Game – that will boast an astonishing 256 players online. The claims are far in excess of anything ever seen before not only on console but also on PC, and could in theory …

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EURO CHARTS: Super Smash Bros. rules supreme

EURO CHARTS: Super Smash Bros. rules supreme Nintendo fighting title takes top spot in Spain, Germany, Sweden Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl has taken the No.1 spot in the Spanish, German and Swedish software charts in its first week. According to Next-Gen.biz, The previous week’s bestseller in all three mainland …

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BBFC seeks compromise over ratings

The BBFC has responded to earlier ELSPA claims that it was incapable of properly working with the games industry – and said it ultimately wants to pursue a partnership with rival pan-Europe classification body PEGI. Speaking at today’s Westminster Media Forum on the games industry, the BBFC’s head of policy …

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GfK acquires ChartTrack

GfK has bought up a further 46 per cent of ChartTrack shares, meaning that a new UK charts authority, GfK ChartTrack Limited, has emerged. Together, both ELSPA and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) still own 45 per cent of the shares in the new company. "We are delighted to …

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GAME explains self-publishing strategy

GAME told MCV this week that it reserves the right to challenge retail and publishing boundaries with ‘own brand’ initiatives – but has promised there is no pipeline of products on the way for Christmas. A level of hysteria has been growing amongst publishers with rumours that GAME had already …

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GameStop snaps up indie games chain

The eight Gamesman stores will expand GameStop’s presence in New Zealand to a total of 38 stores, bringing the total store count to 308 in Australia and New Zealand. We are very excited about the union of EB Games and Gamesman,” said managing director of EB Games New Zealand and …

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Games push HMV profit up 25%

HMV has enjoyed more than 25 per cent year-on-year growth in profit, thanks to surging sales of video games. The Group’s pre-tax profit increased 25.2 percent to 56.6 million for the year to April 26th, with the retailer ahead of plan after one year of its three-year turnaround strategy. HMV …

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UN teams up with PEGI

A video game created by the United Nations has been passed by PEGI Online for a 7+ rating. Against All Odds, which was produced by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is designed to increase students’ awareness and knowledge about the plight of the world’s …

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GAME responds to unlawful sale of adult game

GAME has responded to the Which? sting that revealed the retailer’s Harrow, Middlesex store sold an 18-rated game to a 15-year old girl. As reported on MCV earlier today, the consumer watchdog’s investigation revealed that Woolworths and Maplin stores in the area also sold the underage girl adult video games. …

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