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Microsoft confirms E3 2012 press briefing

Microsoft will hold its pre-E3 media conference on June 4th, the platform holder has confirmed. The Monday press briefing will take place at The Galen Center in Los Angeles. Attendees are being asked to arrive by 9am PST (5pm UK time). Sony’s E3 2012 press conference will take place later …

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HP signals seismic shift in PC market

In news that appears to have been largely ignored by the mainstream media, HP last night made a dramatic announcement that points to the drastically changing times in the PC sector. HP last night shocked the tech industry by announcing the discontinuation of its webOS tablet and smartphone platforms, comprising …

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Reviews more important than price

Consumers are more likely to base their buying decisions on review scores than on price, a new Moving Minds report from branding specialist Kinetic claims. The study suggests that 71 per cent of those asked thought review scores were an important element of deciding which titles they should buy. By …

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Pre-owned DLC penalty entirely fair

It seems as if every day a new publisher jumps aboard the in-box DLC code bandwagon, and industry analysts have given their full backing to the new payment model. Games such as Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins lock pre-owned buyers out of accessing additional content online, whereas upcoming …

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EA talks DLC codes

Outspoken EA boss John Riccitiello has sought to defend the firm’s recent efforts to reward customers who buy new copies of its games by bundling one-off DLC codes in the box. The likes of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2 have already included such codes, …

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Walmart confirms pre-owned plans

As claimed by MCV just last week, US retailer Walmart has confirmed that it is to have a second stab at cracking the pre-owned video games market. Walmart is always looking for new ways to help give customers more convenience and savings, and we continually test concepts with new products …

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Pre-owned ‘a bigger problem than piracy

As EA is set to implement a divisive $10 pay-wall in a bid to curb pre-owned sales of its games, one experienced UK developer believes the threat of second-hand sales must be addressed. In fact, Blitz Games Studios co-founder Andrew Oliver believes that piracy is not the biggest problem facing …

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Green Man Gaming finally goes live

Gamers can now for the first time trade in their digitally downloaded titles with the official, albeit slightly delayed, launch of Green Man Gaming’s ecommerce portal. The service arrives with 500 games from 26 publishers. Current offers include Broken Sword 3 for 3.99, Ninja Blade for 19.99 and the award-winning …

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Wal-Mart planning pre-owned invasion

The monopoly once enjoyed by the likes of GAME and GameStop in the pre-owned market is under threat like never before, and now one analyst has predicted that Wal-Mart in the US will follow Best Buy UK’s lead in introducing a second hand offer in its stores. We had seen …

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Best Buy UK will sell pre-owned games

Best Buy is the latest UK retailer to enter the used games market. The firm has a range of pre-owned titles in-store already for all formats, and consumers can trade-in their games against anything in-store, such as a Blu-ray disc or a TV, and vice versa. Pre-owned is an important …

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