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YouTubers more popular than movie and music stars amongst US teens

The world’s most popular YouTubers are now more influential amongst American teenagers than both movie stars and singers. That’s according to a Variety survey that found the top five most influential figures among 13-18 year-olds are all YouTubers, with games favourite PewDiePie and the controversial KSI among them. The others …

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74% of US gamers prefer physical to digital

The disc could yet have some life left in it. Despite plummeting physical game sales in the UK, NPD reckons that US gamers still much prefer to purchase their games in a box. When price is equal 74 per cent of those who on console or PC play five or …

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Leak suggests early November release date for Xbox One

An apparent leak from an employee at US retailer Walmart suggests Xbox One will beat PS4 to market. Kotaku has received a list of supposedly confirmed midnight openings for the chain. Included on the list is a midnight launch for the Xbox One on November 8th. That’s a week before …

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Q1 2013 halts decline of US games market as digital grows 15% to claim majority share

The US video games market has ceased its decline, according to the latest numbers from NPD. Game Informer reports that $3.5bn was spent on game content in Q1 2013. That’s around the same as was reported in Q1 2012. There is a difference, though. The physical games market has declined …

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US games market falls 10% in March

Hit releases such as BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider were sadly unable to stop another month of annual decline in the US video games market. Total video games industry sales declined ten per cent year-on-year to $1.9bn, Gamasutra reports. That is of course an improvement on February’s 25 per cent …

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US video games market slips 9% in 2012

The total value of the US video games market declined nine per cent in 2012. NPD estimates that the overall the sector was worth $14.8bn, down from $16.34bn in 2011. The number includes sales of physical and digital games (the latter presumably with a bit of guesswork) as well as …

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3DS struggles are entirely our own fault, Iwata says

Saturo Iwata accepted responsibility for lower than expected international sales of the 3DS. Having already pointed a finger at its international teams for the disappointing performance of Wii U to date, the Nintendo boss also believes that the company has only itself to blame for the handheld’s current performance. It …

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iOS recaptures US smartphone crown thanks to iPhone 5

New data from Kantar Worldpanel suggests that the launch of the iPhone 5 has propelled iOS back into the leading position in the US handheld market. For the 12 weeks ending October 28th iOS claimed a 48.1 per cent share of US smartphone sales, leaving Android with 46.7 per cent. …

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Infinity Blade transforms into a political beat ’em up

Popular iOS action adventure Infinity Blade has undergone an interesting transformation – it has been turned into a political beat ‘em up. Starring none other than American presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the title – called VOTE! – is free to download on iPhone and iPad. It comes …

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3DS doubles DS’ year one sales

The Nintendo 3DS has sold nearly twice as many units in the US in its first year than the DS managed in the same time period. The news comes as Nintendo celebrates the machine’s first birthday. And in case any hangers on still think the console has been a flop, …

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