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Super Mario Odyssey sells 1m physical copies in Japan

Super Mario Odyssey has sold over 1m physical copies in Japan since its October 27 launch. This data comes from Famitsu, and is translated by Gematsu, revealing that Super Mario Odyssey has sold 1,055,806 units in Japan at time of publication. They haven’t revealed the digital number, which will inflate …

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Rural gaming boost: High-speed broadband to become legal right in UK

The UK government today confirmed that it would undertake regulation to ensure that every home in the UK will have access to high-speed internet by 2020. With high-speed being defined as being at least 10Mbit/s – the regulation will work similarly to current law requiring the universal right to a …

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Adding gambling to games isn’t the problem – unless you’re some kind of puritan

People have always gambled on games of skill and chance. And there’s nothing wrong with sensible gambling, in the same way there’s nothing wrong with the sensible consumption of alcohol, or sensibly having sex with people you only just met, or even the sensible driving of cars – though that …

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Charts: Call of Duty: WWII celebrates Christmas with seventh consecutive number 1

It’ll all be over by Christmas, they said. They were wrong. Call of Duty: WWII has clutched the UK Christmas number one, and has done so comfortably after a strong showing that has seen the game selling around 50%, still, then last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which also …

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PUBG sells 1m in just 48 hours on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sold more than 1m copies in its first 48 hours on the Xbox One. The news comes from Xbox Wire, who announced the figures on Friday, ahead of PUBG’s first weekend on sale. Bluehole’s battle royale survive-em-up launched into Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program on December 12. At …

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The FCC votes to overturn U.S net neutrality protections

The US Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn the 2015 ‘net neutrality’ rule, which prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) for blocking, throttling or prioritising Internet traffic. This was originally put in place in 2015 over fears that ISPs would start charging more money for certain services, meaning slower game …

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Kids as young as 11 are getting into skin gambling, says UK Gambling Committee

The UK Gambling Committee’s end of year report on Young People and Gambling has suggested that 45 per cent of kids between the ages of 11-16 know about skin gambling, while 11 per cent say they’ve placed bets with in-game items. Skin gambling is a catch-all term to describe several …

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ONS report claims video games are key part of UK Inflation hike

Video games are a key part in the latest rise for UK inflation, according to a report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figures released by the ONS say that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has hiked 3.1% in the twelve month period ending in November 2017 and is …

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Call of Duty: WWII claims its fifth successive UK No.1

Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII is aiming its sights on a possible Christmas No.1 after claiming the Top 40 UK top spot for the fifth week in a row. That equals the 2017 record set down by fellow Activision release Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, which also achieved five weeks on …

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Amazon’s Alexa now integrates with Destiny 2

In one of the more unusual tie-ins we’ve seen this year, Activision has announced some Destiny 2-related functionality for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Alexa will now respond to a variety of tasks with the prefix “Alexa, ask Ghost…” (Ghost being the game’s robotic AI assistant, for those not versed in …

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