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2011 Review: September – December

A glut of Q4 blockbusters rescued the UK games market from the ten-year low it hit over the summer. Smash hits like Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and more kept retailers busy, while consumer events GAMEfest and Eurogamer Expo drew in thousands of gaming …

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2011 Review: May – August

‘Hack’ appeared in the headlines so often during the summer of 2011, the word almost lost all meaning. Not only was there the much-publicised phone hacking scandal that saw the News of the World closed and someone smash a custard pie in Rupert Murdoch’s face, there were also several attacks …

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2011 REVIEW: GAMEfest vs Eurogamer

September marked the battle of the consumer events, with Eurogamer facing off against GAME. It began at BAFTA’s video game awards in March, when the retailer announced GAMEfest would take place in Birmingham NEC between September 16th to 18th. One week before Eurogamer Expo. Eurogamer MD Rupert Loman told MCV …

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2011 Review: January – April

Handheld announcements, the launch of 3DS and the first of many hack attacks made for an eventful start to the year. The early months of 2011 gave the world its first glimpse at what would become the PlayStation Vita, its first chance to take 3DS home, the launch of a …

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Best Games of 2011 – Industry Picks

We all know which games you liked the most this year – we only have to look at the charts to figure that out. But what about the people that make up the games industry? MCV asks a number of recognisable games from publishing and journalism what their top picks …

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2011 REVIEW: High Street Horror Story

There’s no hiding from the fact that 2011 has been a year to forget for retailers. The bleak news on the High Street kicked off with troubles at HMV. The situation was made worse by over-zealous press predicting the imminent demise of the entertainment retailer – which issued three profit …

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US game sales dip 11% in Q3

US consumers spent an estimated $4.2bn on video games in Q3 overall – a year-on-year drop of 11 per cent. That figure represents money spent on hardware, content and accessories, according to the Q3 2011 US Games Market Dynamics report from The NPD Group. Buyers spent $1.3bn on new physical …

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PS Vita launch shipments upped

Retailers in Japan will receive 200,000 more units of PlayStation Vita in time for launch, bringing the total shipped to 700,000. Andriasang reports sources close to Sony that the format holder had originally planned a shipment of 500,000 units, but this has now been raised to cope with pre-order demand. …

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Software Sales Monitor: UK market rises to £68.3m

Retail discounting Skyrim helped the UK games retail market generate a whopping 68.3m last week – a ten per cent rise over the week prior’s 62.2m. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also toppled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as the top-selling game of the week ending December 10th, thanks …

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UK stores report £268m bonanza

Forget the doom and gloom on the High Street. UK games retailers generated 268m in software sales last month. That’s a 1.7 per cent rise over November 2010. GfK Chart-Track figures show that 8,261,205 games were sold last month. The No.1 game will surprise nobody, with Call of Duty: Modern …

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