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UKIE and PEGI defend age ratings amidst ‘tabloid sensationalism’

UK trade body UKIE and age ratings firm PEGI has rejected criticism that it’s not doing enough to prevent children getting its hands on adult video games. Last week, the PEGI age ratings system came under scrutiny after videos showing children younger than 18 receiving GTA V appeared on YouTube. …

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Bethesda’s Hines makes the argument for day-one DLC

Day-one DLC is a vital component on a publisher’s balance sheet, but it’s also a practice regarded with wide-held disdain by many vocal consumers. It’s a reaction that the industry has noticed, Bethesda VP Pete Hines told OXM, but is also one that should also be kept in check. "I …

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The War Z devs defend Steam release, says players "misread" product description

The executive producer of The War Z has apologised for the furore that has surrounded the release of the game on Steam, although it’s clear that he thinks much of the criticism is unfair. MCV reported yesterday that users had taken exception to a number of claims made in the …

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DICE defends EA’s track record of innovation

The perception that EA does little more than pump out mass-market sequels is unjust, owned studio DICE has argued. "EA is actually very prone to try out new things," Magnus Troedsson, the general manager of EA-owned studio and Battlefield creator DICE told Gamasutra. "And I have to say that sometimes …

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PopCap co-founder deflects job loss vitriol from EA

The co-founder of PopCap has insisted that the job losses at his studio would have been considerably worse if it did not have the backing of EA. It was reported overnight that a number of jobs have been lost at the developer, backing up rumours that have been circulating in …

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Capcom: Spark Unlimited has "passion and drive"

If there was one thing that stood out about yesterday’s announcement of Lost Planet 3, it was the fact that Spark Unlimited was developing the title. That’s notable for two reasons. One – it’s yet another IP farmed out by Capcom to the West. Which is great in principle but, …

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Driver dev defends Uplay Passport

Publisher execs claim that the public like them. Gamers have often seemed less enthused. But the founder of Driver developer Ubisoft Reflections has defended the new Uplay Passport model. Like EA’s Online Pass, games that partake in the Uplay Passport include a code in the box that can be redeemed …

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Dead Island video creators defend vision

The co-founder of Glasgow based animation studio Axis has spoken out on his company’s decision to depict the death of a young girl in the hugely popular trailer for Deep Silver game Dead Island. The animated short has had a tremendous reception from the media, though some outlets (such as …

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Lewis defends Kinect RRP

As the industry continues to digest the 129.99 RRP placed upon Xbox 360 Kinect by Microsoft, its European VP of interactive entertainment business Chris Lewis has defended the decision to aim high with its pricing strategy. We researched it heavily,” he told MCV. As with most things, we do massive …

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Infinity Ward is not dead

Though the flow of departures seems to have stopped – for the time being at least – tough times still lay ahead for Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, but one insider has insisted that the studio is not dead”. The statement comes in response to comments made by ‘a source …

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