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Microsoft in discussions to acquire Minecraft studio Mojang – report

Microsoft is reportedly in serious discussions to purchase Mojang, makers of indie game-turned-phenomenon Minecraft. The Wall Street Journal cites a source with knowledge on the matter, claiming that if completed the acquisition would be valued at more than $2bn – approximately the same amount Facebook dropped to buy Oculus earlier …

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Sony ‘investigating’ PS4 hardware problem reports

Reports of PS4s with faulty HDMI output ports are isolated incidents”, Sony has claimed. IGN reports that a handful of early PS4 owners scattered across the internet – including systems received by both IGN itself and Kotaku – seemed to have a fault with their HDMI port that prevented the …

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New sources back iPad Mini predictions

Further to similar predictions earlier this week, two major US sources have also reported that Apple will unveil an iPad Mini before the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Asian component suppliers are readying for mass production of the device this September. It concurs of reports …

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EA Nexon reports shot down

Remember the claims that South Korean giant Nexon had made a bid to acquire EA? Forget them. That’s according to Bloomberg, which has back-tracked on its earlier to claim to say that while Nexon and EA are indeed in discussions, it is in fact over a distribution deal to take …

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Vivendi denies break-up reports

Activision Blizzard will not be split from Universal Music, owner Vivendi has strongly asserted. Rumours had started circulating earlier in the week that owner Vivendi was pondering an organisational reshuffle that could result in its break-up. "Vivendi learned with stupefaction of the claims made by Bloomberg in a story published …

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Brand Map: 71% play MGS on PlayStation consoles

Almost three quarters of all Metal Gear Solid gamers play the titles on the PlayStation family of consoles. Last month the Metal Gear Solid franchise went into three dimensions with Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D.The series receives consistently high praise and celebrates its 25th birthday this year. This week …

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Brand Map: 65% of SingStar players are female

A 65 per cent majority of the total gaming hours logged in SingStar are made up by females, compared to a share of 28 per cent for the average game. With a little bit of something for every musical taste, SingStar has remained a popular party series from its 2004 …

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