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Bithell admits the pressure is on with Volume

Mike Bithell’s story is inspiring for any aspiring developer. His game, Thomas Was Alone, has gone from being Flash title made during a game jam to being one of the better-known indie releases in recent memory. It made Bithell a star. He even appeared on stage during PlayStation’s Gamescom press …

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Nintendo shareholder "flabbergasted" that Iwata is still in a job

I do not understand video games and I feel angry.” That was the opening gambit of one Nintendo shareholder at the company’s recent investor Q&A, during which some stern questions were asked of the absent Satoru Iwata– whose overall shareholder approval rating is up year-on-year. At Nintendo’s shareholders’ meetings, the …

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‘$60 for a game is insane’ Bulletstorm dev claims

The pressure on full-RRP games is higher than it’s ever been, one developer has claimed. People Can Fly’s Adrian Chmielarz made the claim to Games Industry, having speculated that the studio’s 2011 shooter Bulletstorm – which was loved by critics but failed to meet publisher EA’s commercial expectations – suffered …

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King: We don’t feel pressure to top Candy Crush

Social media giant King says it does not feel the pressure to make another Candy Crush-sized hit. The firm had a mixed start to life as a publically-traded company, with analysts criticising the firm’s over-reliance on Candy Crush. But King’s games guru Tommy Palm says there’s no need to find …

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Nintendo slashes Wii U sales forecast from 9m to 2.8m

The reality of the challenge confronting Wii U has finally struck Nintendo. Having throughout 2013 steadfastly stuck to its 9m unit sales forecast for the console for the current financial year, the platform holder has at last reduced that prediction. It now says it will likely sell just 2.8m Wii …

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$100m Disney Infinity "under tremendous pressure" to succeed – report

The success or otherwise of Disney Infinity could decide the ultimate fate of Disney’s video games ambitions. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which claims that the company has invested well over $100m” in the game’s development and deployment, citing people close to the company”. Said source is quoted: …

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$400 PS4 "puts no pressure" on Wii U, Fils-Aime believes

The impending arrival of the next generation of consoles poses not threat to Nintendo. Wii U, the company’s American boss has argued. Asked specifically about the impact the $400/349 PS4 may have on the already struggling Wii U, Reggie Fils-Aime told Kotaku: "It puts no pressure on us at all. …

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Persson confesses to feeling the pressure after Minecraft success

20m sales and counting – indie hit Minecraft is one of the most remarkable successes in the history of gaming. But there’s a flip-side to these accomplishments. How on earth do you follow-up one of the most successful games ever made? I definitely think Minecraft is a freak thing,” he …

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ANALYSIS: Digital pressure on retail

Laurie Krohn, consumer retail analyst at Kantar Worldpanel, outlines pressures on the boxed games industry and looks at what the future might hold.. It’s fair to say that things are pretty tough in the world of boxed games – the value of the market has declined by 12.1 per cent …

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Treyarch not under pressure

Publisher Activision put no pressure on Treyarch to break the sales records shattered by Call of Duty: Black Ops’ predecessor Modern Warfare 2. Not that it stopped the game doing just that, of course. People don’t come by our offices and say ‘Hey, this game sold this many map packs, …

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