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Study shows ‘no public health benefit’ from active video games

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine have released a report on the impact of active video games on healthy children’s physical activity. The results show consistent engagement by study participants (children 9-12 years of age) in games such as Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active yield little to …

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Tim Schafer: Publishers unconcerned with Kickstarter

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer has provided a bit of a reality check to individuals claiming the company’s record-breaking Kickstarter effort has publishers worried. Schafer explains that while the amount raised for their adventure game Kickstarter campaign is phenomenal in crowd-funding terms, publishers have hardly batted an eye over the …

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Bethesda seeking ‘Future Generation Console Programmers’

A telling job listing posted to theZeniMax careers pagehas revealed Bethesda’s interest in hiring programmers for an unannounced title on next-generation consoles. The game studio is seeking those with at least five years of experience in the field, as well as extensive work logged programming/optimizing for Xbox 360 and PS3. …

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Sony working to resolve PS Plus free Minis issue on Vita

Sony is working on an issue causing Playstation Plus members to receive error codes when attempting to access their gifted, downloadable Minis on the Vita. Multiple users have reported the issue on the Playstation Europe forums, with nearly uniform descriptions from all reporting problems. "We are aware of the issue, …

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BigPoint lashes out following Facebook Euro growth

It speaks volumes that online games publisher and developer BigPoint has proactively been sending statements to news sites offering a response to recent reports ofFacebook creating a dedicated teamto work alongside developers in Europe. BigPoint CEO Heiko Hubertz expresses that Facebook’s interest in the region is confirmation that it’s currently …

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EverQuest free-to-play launch date revealed

SOE has announced the free-to-play launch of their long-standing MMO EverQuest will kick off on March 15th. Asreported by MCV earlier this month, the launch coincides with the 13th anniversary of the game’s original launch, and plans are to introduce a number of new payment options. "Anyone who wishes to …

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Xbox 360 Syndicate players report freezing

A small percentage of Xbox 360 owners have reported running into freezing issues during co-op matches of Starbreeze’s just released Syndicate reboot. The EA Forums started receiving complaints soon after the title’s launch, with nearly all players reporting problems while active in co-op play. The troubles are apparently stemming from …

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Vita Facebook app pulled from PSN

Sony has removed the Vita Facebook application from both US and Europe PSN Stores following reports from owners of error codes when trying to access the social network on the device. Vita owners have been unable to log in to Facebook for much of the day, with error code NP-13144-3 …

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Oklahoma violent games tax fails approval

A proposed Oklahoma bill that aimed to add a 1% tax on violent video games has failed approval in a state House subcommittee. The Video Game Voters Network reports that HB 2696 was defeated earlier this week in a meeting of the House Revenue and Tax Subcommittee. The bill had …

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Aion going free-to-play in Europe next week

NCsoft has revealed its MMO Aion: The Tower of Eternity will be flipping the switch to go free-to-play across Europe next Tuesday, February 28th. The changeswill take place in English, German and French at the same time on Tuesday; this on the heels of what’s being called a successful beta …

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