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How NPD persuaded Activision, EA and Ubisoft to share their digital sales data

US research firm NPD has revealed it’s done what many thought was impossible – getting publishers to share their digital sales data as well as their physical information. This will see digital sales information from some publishers included alongside physical data in NPD’s monthly reports about the US games market. …

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Carmageddon developer: ‘If anything, we get more criticism for our crappy jokes than the violence’

After a 15 year absence, original developer Stainless brought the Carmageddon series back in 2015 with PC release, Reincarnation. Now that title is coming to PS4 and Xbox One as Max Damage, and is even set for physical retail via publisher Sold Out.We speak to studio co-founder Neil Barnden about …

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Burnout creator Fiona Sperry on leaving EA, going indie and Dangerous Golf

In 1999, PC-focused Criterion Studios asked Fiona Sperry to set up a new development arm within the company. The result was Criterion Games, a step into the brave new world of console. Its first title was TrickStyle, a Dreamcast game published by Acclaim. The project was signed by one Alex …

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Why System 3 is rebuilding Constructor

19 years ago, System 3 partnered up with publisher Acclaim to release city-building title Constructor. The game became a cult hit, launching on PlayStation, PC and Mac, and went onto sell over 5m units. Now System 3 is bringing the series back, releasing a new HD version. It’s launching later …

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PlayStation: ‘VR uncertainty is liberating for developers’

PlayStation surprised us this year. If you had asked us what we would have expected ahead of their pre-E3 press conference, we would have suggested a hardware-centric show, featuring PlayStation VR and the firm’s new ‘Neo’ console. We would have put our money on the traditional sizzle reel of inventive …

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CEO Michiel Bakker on Ginx’s eSports bet

At the start of June, popular video games show VGN was dropped by broadcaster Challenge and production firm Ginx. Just ten days later, Ginx announced it was launching a 24-hour eSports channel with Sky and ITV. We had been reviewing our programming output for some time,” Ginx CEO Michiel Bakker …

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The Big Game: Battlefield 1

If you ever needed a solid indication that consumers weren’t exactly satisfied with the state of the shooter genre, you need only look at the reaction to Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare this year. The reveal trailer for the former, a first-person shooter set during World War …

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Interview: Xbox sets sights on the next great platform war

When Microsoft said it was taking gaming seriously with Windows 10, we weren’t the only ones that didn’t believe it. We’d heard it all before. We are told that: ‘gaming is at the heart of Windows Vista/7/8 [delete as appropriate]’, a couple of games would then emerge, and a year …

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Sega: ‘We are turning Sonic into an entertainment icon’

Late last year, Sega made a number of changes to its US business that has made a big impact on the future of its famous blue mascot. Sonic, which celebrates its 25th year in existence this month, has a new management team with the purpose of establishing the hedgehog not …

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