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Bruckheimer on games, films

Action movie kingpin Jerry Bruckheimer believes games and movies will be visually interchangeable within the next decade. Promoting his new games-related movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, he told HeyUGuys, "I really believe in the next ten years you won’t be able to tell the difference between movies …

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Mad Catz signs Rock Band deal

Mad Catz has signed a five-year deal to provide peripherals for the Rock Band franchise. The agreement grants Mad Catz international rights to create and sell Rock Band controllers for future iterations of MTV and Harmonix’ music game. The deal includes Rock Band 3, due for release at the end …

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US: Blu-ray sales surge

In news that can only mean good things for Sony’s PS3, sales of Blu-ray discs in North America have shown an impressive year-on-year increase for the three months ending March 31st. Sales of Blu-ray discs in the period hit $331.31m, a massive 68.5 per cent year-on-year increase. In total Blu-ray …

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No Champions Online for console

After more than a year of ‘will they, won’t they’, Cryptic Studios and Atari have backed away from bringing Champions Online to consoles. The PC superhero MMO was mooted as an Xbox 360 game, through the latter part of its development. But even then, Cryptic said that finding a model …

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Kongregate: Virtual goods rising

Free online games aggregator Kongregate says revenues from sales of virtual goods is increasing by 30 percent every month. The privately held firm won’t release actual revenues, but says the market for free-to-play can work with a virtual goods model. San Francisco-based Kongregate pulls together thousands of games from independents, …

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Valve reveals scale of Mac plans

Valve believes the upcoming launch of Steam for Mac is "the biggest event in Steam’s history since the service was first launched". Speaking to Joystiq, John Cook, director of Steam development at Valve, said, "There are several people involved, from the UI team working on Mac support in the Steam …

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Pre-owned specialist gets cash injection

In news that hits home the importance of the second hand video games market, Maryland based pre-owned specialist Game Trading Technologies has secured a substantial $3.9m worth of investment. Spong spotted a TradingMarkets report that claims the firm will use the cash injection to buy 320k used games and accessories …

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IGN cuts staff

Reports are surfacing that IGN has made significant lay-offs to its main U.S. operation. Joystiq has published an internal memo sent by News International-owned IGN president Roy Bahat announcing layoffs. It does not detail the number of staff affected, although it does state that the company is "doing well". The …

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EA CFO talks CoD spat

Speaking at a GDC panel on Wednesday, Electronic Arts’ chief financial officerJohn Schappertexpressed doubts over the future of rival Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, following the public spat between Activision and developer Infinity Ward’s former leading lights Jason West and Vince Zampella. He said, "I’m disappointed because I think Jason …

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EA signs 38 Studios deal

Electronic Arts has announced a deal with 38 Studios to publish the company’s first game, an RPG called Project Mercury. Project Mercury is being developed by 38 Studios’ subsidiary Big Huge Games, by team-lead Ken Rolston, best known for his work on the Elder Scrolls series, along with fantasy author …

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