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Game downloads added to ONS inflation index

The revenue generated by game downloads has officially become one of the measures by which the Office of National Statistics measures UK inflation. The ONS has a ‘shopping basket’ of goods that it tracks, with price changes used to gauge how inflation is shifting in the UK. City AM reports …

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Hitman’s physical release pushed back to 2017

The physical version of Square Enix’s new Hitman won’t be released until next year. The boxed release had been due out before the end of the year, but the publisher has told Videogamer that it has been delayed – although the reason has not been specified. Hitman is released digitally …

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GAME to close internal customer services department

UK retailer GAME says it will now offer a 24-hour customer service hotline by transferring it to an external partner. GAME currently handles customer services internally at its Basingstoke HQ, but can only be reached between 8am – 8pm (or 10am – 5pm on Sunday). According to employees at GAME’s …

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Target Australia says it is not enforcing plain packaging for R18+ games

Australian retailer Target has said that it has not begun packaging R18+ rating games in plain boxes in its stores. A report earlier this week suggested that was the case after a range of titles were seen on display in plain cases at the chain’s Edwardstown outlet. However, MCV’s sister …

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Amazon Japan opens doors to international game importing

The Japanese arm of Amazon has begun allowing international customers to buy video games. So what, you may ask? The move offers a brand new avenue for games importers, who until now have relied on import specialists, most of whom are typically more expensive. This will give potentially even more …

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Coleco cuts ties with Retro VGS manufacturer

The owner of the Coleco brand has said that it is no longer associated with the makers of a supposed retro console that was to carry its name. Retro VGS has decided that the work that they have created is not sufficient to demonstrate at this time,” the Coleco Facebook …

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Overwatch release date and beta are official

Blizzard has confirmed the rumours – Overwatch will be released on May 24th, with an open beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC kicking off on May 5th. Three versions of the game are available to pre-order – the standard SKU, the Origins Edition with extra skins and assorted cosmetic …

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Questions asked about legitimacy of Coleco Chameleon retro console

A retro console recently demoed at the New York Toy Fair could be little more than a hoax, it is being alleged. Nintendo Life reports that development of the Coleco Chameleon, itself a rebranded version of failed Kickstarter The Retro VGS, has been put on hold following a string of …

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15,000 HTC Vive headsets sold in ten minutes

HTC has revealed some very early sales data for its upcoming virtual reality headset the Vive. The company has said that it sold over 15,000 units in just the first ten minutes after pre-orders went live yesterday. At the US RRP of $800, that’s $12m of revenue – $1.2m per …

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Raspberry Pi becomes the best-selling British computer ever

With 8m units now shipped to retailers, the makers of the Raspberry Pi are now proclaiming that the machine can claim the crown of the best-selling British computer ever made. Sales of the unit should also pass the 8m figure this month, taking it past the current title holder – …

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