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EA to abandon licensing deals with gun manufacturers

America’s ongoing struggle to rationalise its gun laws has now affected the video game space. EA has announced that it will no longer be pursuing licensing agreements with arms manufacturers. However, this isn’t necessarily the U-turn that it first appears to be – EA still intends to feature branded guns …

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The Wii Mini IS real – first picture revealed

Unsubstantiated rumours from little known websites are never correct, right? Wrong. Yesterday MCV reported word from the internet that Nintendo was preparing to launch a Wii Mini before the end of the year. We didn’t really believe it. And many of you didn’t either. How foolish of us. The Canadian …

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Real-world money to buy in-game currency in Assassin’s Creed III

A listing on PSN and Xbox Live suggests players of Assassin’s Creed III multiplayer mode will be able to buy perks using real-world cash. Eurogamer reports that bundles of Erudito Credits will be available to purchase in bundle of 20, 50, 155, 380 and 925, with the biggest costing 1600 …

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EA and Valve held talks over possible $1bn buyout, report claims

Talks about the proposed buyout of Valve at the hands of EA HAVE taken place, a new report claims. Although it sounds as if the possibility of such a sale remains incredibly slim. The New York Times reports that Valve has been pursued over the years by Electronic Arts, which …

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Death in The War Z will result in loss of cash-bought items

The developers of The War Z have revealed a key gameplay feature for its upcoming ‘Not DayZ’ survival horror title. The War Z will, like its close rival DayZ, rob players of all of their progress when they die. But it also plans to go a stage further, thanks to …

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UPDATED: EA’s Gibeau has "seen" PS4 and Xbox 720

PS4 and Xbox 720 do not exist. Got that? Just because the president of EA Labels Frank Gibeau says he’s seen them, that doesn’t mean they’re real. "I’ve seen both of them", he told a Gamescom audience, as reported by GameSpot. "Ten years ago we used to measure our market …

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Gamer makes $10,000 from Diablo III Auction House

Blizzard’s inclusion of the Real Money Auction House in Diablo III may have been controversial, but for one gamer it has proved extremely lucrative. PCGamesN reports that Reddit user WishboneTheDog has made a total of $10,000 by selling virtual items either found or crafted in-game and then sold via the …

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Xbox 720 ‘Durango’ dev kit leak appears to be real

A Durango – or next-gen Xbox 720 – development kit that was touted for sale online looks to be real. Digital Foundry has been in contact not only with the man selling the kit, but also with a number of other development sources – all of whom corroborated the hardware’s …

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OPINION: A moment in chart history

When the trade clicked open its Monday morning UKIE charts update this week, the big story was the data that wasn’t listed. Max Payne may be a worthy No.1. But with a three day headstart and a passionately connected PC audience Blizzard’s DiabloIII was undoubtedly the ‘real’ No.1 thanks to …

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Rocksmith delayed to 2012

The European release of Rocksmith has been pushed back to next year and Ubisoft is asking consumers not to import it. A statement on the Rocksmith Facebook pageread: Rocksmith will not be available in Europe until 2012. This is due to music licensing and other external factors. For those of …

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