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The problem with games retail

I’m not sure the long-term outlook really is. There is a structural problem with specialist entertainment-media retail and it is one that threatens to bring the whole thing down. You’re expecting me to say digital distribution but I’m talking about something even more fundamental than that. I’m talking about one …

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Track & Field leads summer Xbox charge

One of the most anticipated games bound for Xbox Live, Konami’s 1983 arcade sports title Track & Field, will finally arrive on the service tomorrow at a cost of 400 Microsoft points. The game will stay true to the original, boasting the same array of button-bashing sports events. It will …

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360 price drop confirmed

As of tomorrow (08/08), American gamers will be able to pick up an Elite console for $449, the limited edition Halo 3 console will be $399 at launch, the standard SKU will come in at $349 and the core will retail for $279. Dubbing its games portfolio as ‘the greatest …

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BBC refutes development claims

The BBC has refuted circulating reports that it is to unveil a new games development strategy at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival next week. The Scotsman claimed that BBC Vision boss Simon Nelson would reveal the details in his keynote at the event. However a BBC rep said: "Simon Nelson controller …

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Gem and Nyko join forces

Peripheral firm Nyko has partnered with Gem to extend its presence into the UK. Among the products available through Gem is the Nyko Charging Station – a charging dock with 2 rechargeable batteries for Nintendo Wii – with a suggested retail price of 29.99. Nyko has always been committed to …

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Enterbrain: 80GB PS3 is heading to Japan

Industry nose-tappers in Japan are suggesting that Sony will phase out both the 60GB and 20GB PS3 consoles in the territory – but not before a price drop. Enterbrain’s chief marketing analyst Mitsunobu Uwatoko revealed to MCV that, following the PS3’s price cut in the US and the introduction of …

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Capcom enjoys sales jump in Q1

Strong sales of Phoenix Wright and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition have pushed Capcom’s quarter one sales up 35.1 per cent year-on-year. The company has now raised its six-month earnings forecast on the back of the results for the quarter ended June 30th, which saw revenues of 14.3 billion yen …

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Sixaxis gets an overhaul

Following Sony’s settlement with rumble firm Immersion, many see it as a given that the PS3’s Sixaxis joypad will soon receive rumble functionality – but SCEA’s Dave Karraker claims that reports which stated that rumble-enabled pads are already in the hands of developers are incorrect. GamePro reports that whilst rumble …

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HMV denies MGS4 for 360

After a listing on its site created a bit of a stir amongst Xbox gamers keen to grab a piece of Solid Snake’s latest outing, retailer HMV has now stated that a dated release for a 360 version of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was a mistake. …

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Germany looks to snare UK development talent

The temptation for Britain’s benefit-starved studios to move their talent abroad is set to get even greater – as a new German business centre strives to entice UK development houses to Leipzig. Backed by funds from the city itself and promising lucrative networking opportunities with Central and Eastern Europe, Game …

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