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Jagex and the invention of Living Games

Jagex is looking to become the home of living games, an evolution of the live games as a service phenomenon that is enveloping the industry. Jem Alexander speaks to Phil Mansell, studio CEO, to discuss.

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Nvidia Shield gets official Nintendo support… in China

Nintendo is working with PC giant Nvidia to bring a range of Wii and GameCube games to the Nvidia Shield handheld. The catch, however, is that the game are unlikely to ever officially appear outside of China. Analyst Daniel Ahmad reports that the Shield will feature official ports of titles …

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Paladins introduces loot box system

Hi-Rez Studios is scrapping the in-game currency found in Paladins and is replacing it with a loot box system. The Cards Unbound system works as you might expect, although it differs from some others in that it allows players to level up their cards by obtaining duplicates. The number of …

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Sega reduces its full year forecast

Japanese publisher Sega has lowered both its sales and profit forecasts for the current financial year. It had initially predicted full-year net sales of $3.38bn and profits of $98.1m. However, those numbered have been revised down to $2.94bn and $44.6m respectively – those are drops of 13 per cent and …

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Take-Two predicts a complete shift to digital in around 10 years

The idea of shipping video games on disc will be completely dead in around a decade. That’s according to Take-Two president Karl Slatoff, who told the Credit Suisse Technology Conference that a purely digital future will arrive before too long. "I think over the long-term, it will be 100 per …

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EA says players don’t like linear games anymore

The motivations behind the decision to close Visceral Games and kill its Star Wars title are again in the spotlight. Speaking at the Credit Suisse Conference, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said, as per Games Industry: “As we kept reviewing the game, it continued to look like a style of gaming, …

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Gazillion officially closed, Marvel Heroes shut down

It is now official – developer Gazillion Entertainment is no more. Its death also brings with it the immediate closure of Marvel Heroes. “It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Gazillion Entertainment,” a statement read. “As a result, we are no longer able to operate Marvel …

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