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HOT TOPICS: Is the threat of mobile over-hyped?

In the eighth of a series of features answering the biggest questions about the industry’s future, Dominic Sacco investigates the dangers smartphones and tablets pose to the console market Is the threat of mobile over-hyped?NO Angry Birds has been downloaded 1bn times. Not even the longest-running and biggest boxed franchises …

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HOT TOPICS: Will all games be free?

In the fourth of a series of features answering the biggest questions about the industry’s future, Dominic Sacco evaluates the threat of the free-to-play model Will all games be free?NO The most played PC browser and mobile games cost nothing to play. Zynga’s CityVille is the most popular Facebook game …

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Sony: Consumers more likely to buy if a game is both digital AND boxed

Platform holder Sony claims the growing appetite for digital content is helping grow the sales of ‘full console’ games. The format-holder releases some games on PSN and at retail on the same day to make them as accessible as possible”. The world is changing at a rapid rate and the …

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Nottinghamshire to host first Angry Birds theme park

The UK’s very first Angry Birds theme park will open at the end of summer in Retford, Nottinghamshire. It will open in Sundown Adventureland, and feature animal spring riders, swings, sandpits, climbing towers, slides and even a giant dummy catapult all based on Rovio’s hit mobile game. Sundown Adventureland has …

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Atari sticks with Europe despite studio shake-up

Publisher Atari says it is still committed to Europe despite putting its biggest EU asset, French studio Eden Games, up for sale. The company said in a financial statement it has put the developer’s assets on the market, and will instead focus on mobile and digital. Atari has appointed former …

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EVE Online dev wants to sell more physical goods in-game

CCP Games is looking at more ways to sell real-life products to players in exchange for in-game money. The developer-publisher of popular PC MMO EVE Online – which has over 360,000 subscribers worldwide – recently offered gamers 100 Nvidia graphics cards in-game. They sold out in less than two minutes. …

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Brand Map: 51% of Professor Layton players are female

Over half of Professor Layton gamers are female – a much higher profile than seen for the average game. This week we take a look at the GameVision Brand Map for Professor Layton. GameVision asked 6,729 gamers about this brand. 1,400 had played it within the last six months and …

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Introducing the remote control car that’s also a game controller

A unique remote control car that can be used to play a PC game hits shelves in July, courtesy of Revell. The Revellutions range of RC toys will feature interchangeable parts, water resistant shells and a USB cable that connects them to a PC.Consumers can also use the car’s remote …

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Gem Logistics extends Ubisoft distribution partnership

Gem Logistics has secured a three-year contact with Ubisoft as its primary distribution partner. The company has been working with Ubisoft for seven years already, and has supplied games such as Just Dance, Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier to retail. A statement read: The key factors in securing …

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Five top High Street games stores

MCV and Koch Media round off Independent Retail Month with our final special feature focusing on the sector. This week, we look at five of the UK’s top stores. Seedee Jons Established: 1993Stores: 1Based: Jersey, Channel IslandsContact: 01534 769405Web: www.seedeejons.com Games now make up almost 70 per cent of this …

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