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Sony is changing the PlayStation 3 box art once more, now making it visually similar to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
While the change had no prior announcement, it simply changes the color of the band from black to blue, keeping the theme going between all three consoles now.
The PS3 box art first began with the so called “Spider-Man” font on the side, and changed to the theme they used until now when the PS3 Slim was released back in 2009.
While I enjoy having a matching theme going on, this means that my game collection will now have a mix of three iterations of box art. The world of advertisement sure is a fast-moving one.
Disney’s game development sector let go 700 of their employees, totaling 26 percent of Disney’s global staff. That’s a lot of sad faces.
These cuts comes from various internal changes. Disney’s mobile and social game sectors are coming together, combining the stronger and weaker sectors together. Disney also made the choice of outsourcing more videogame development to other companies.
Disney Interactive President James A. Pitaro explained in an interview that while they’re cutting down their videogame output by as much as 50 percent, these changes will bring in positive results for the company.
“These are large-scale changes as we focus not just on getting to profitability but sustained profitability and scalability. We’re not exiting any businesses, and we will pursue licensing partnerships in which we retain a lot of creative input.”
Disney Interactive only makes up a smaller fraction of Disney’s whole operation, bringing in $55 million of the conglomerate’s 1.84 billion profit during the last quarter. They have however constantly been hemorrhaging money, losing more than $1.3 billion for the company since 2008. Disney’s acquisition of the social game company Playdom in 2010 has especially shown to have been a $563 million dollar bust as they were unable to compete against the then rapidly growing popularity of FarmVille.
For generations, Disney has been a part of many childhoods. Keeping up with the times and the technology is crucial for them to keep their crown. Disney Infinity has especially shown to be profitable for the company with its blend of videogame and toys, selling more than three million copies since last August.
While it’s unfortunate we’ll never see another Split/Second, it looks like they could strive in the videogame and toy hybrid that Activision began with Skylanders.
Source: The New York Times
March is here, meaning one of the busiest and most brutal months for gamers’ wallets is upon us.
As usual, the digital realm got another boost of content. Everything from classic titles like NES Open Tournament Golf on the Wii U to Hatsune Miku Project Diva F finally making its way to the PlayStation Vita.
After living through a publisher’s closure and some delays, South Park: The Stick of Truth has finally been released. Classic South Park toilet humor? Check. Role-Playing Game? Check? ManBearPig sightings? Ask Al Gore about that one. This makes me want to see a fighting game based on the “Good Times with Weapons” episode. I would be so happy if they did that.
If you’re not into kids being douches towards each other and instead prefer the full-on trash-talking experience that comes with racing, the Need For Speed series is on a Spring Fever sale on the PlayStation Store. While it doesn’t include the superior, older titles, it does feature the remakes of Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, which were still good, decent fun. Most Wanted in particular has an amazingly well-trained police force.
The Xbox Live Marketplace is chock-full of discounts on action-packed titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.
So what are you waiting for? Make the jump for the complete list of this week’s digital releases.
Free-to-play titles may be convenient and can offer some fun experiences when you don’t have cash to spend, but it seems like the complaints from thousands of players unknowingly purchasing in-game items have reached the European Commission.
Members of the Commission and the Consumer Protection Cooperation have taken actions to stop misleading advertising and are conducting meetings with tech companies and national enforcement authorities in the hopes of putting a stop to financial harm to consumers.
Consumer Policy Commissioner Neven Mimica explained in a statement why this move is necessary.
“Consumers and in particular children need better protection against unexpected costs from in-app purchases. National enforcement authorities and the European Commission are discussing with industry how to address this issue which not only causes financial harm to consumers but can also put at stake the credibility of this very promising market. Coming up with concrete solutions as soon as possible will be a win-win for all.”
“The use of the word ‘free’ (or similar unequivocal terms) as such, and without any appropriate qualifications, should only be allowed for games which are indeed free in their entirety, or in other words which contain no possibility of making in-app purchases, not even on an optional basis”
Advertising to children is a touchy subject and can lead companies into trouble if handled wrong. The CPC and EC are looking to developers to cut out key selling words such “Buy Now” in games and apps that appeal to children.
Overall, the EC’s goal is to get a level playing field between authorities and game companies on consumer rights. This move will hopefully bolster Europe’s game development sector with less frequent legal actions and better consumer understanding.
Here’s to hoping this move comes to North America as well.
You’d be hardpressed not to find someone who has seen at least one Studio Ghibli movie, the Japanese studio behind many groundbreaking beautiful animated features including Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and of course, Spirited Away.
Thanks to one special developer, we can take the next step and relive the Boiler Room scene from Spirited Away in virtual reality with the Oculus Rift.
Developer Nick Pittom has been hard at work recreating the heavy details the Boiler Room, from the skyhigh drawers of miscellaneous chemicals to the large machine feeding the fires in the boiler. Strap on your Oculus Rift and step into the shoes of Sen as you walk around and watch the soot sprites feed coal to the furnace while Kamaji keeps the bathhouse up and running.
Pittom, who has plenty of 3D modeling and animation experience, translated director Hayao Miyazaki’s 2D world into an amazing 3D experience. Everything you see is topped with a painted texture that keeps it as close as possible to its original rendition.
Released in 2001, Spirited Away became one of Japan’s top grossing films of all time. Studio Ghibli films continue to enjoy Disney level popularity in Japan and across the states thanks to the publishing power of Disney.
If you have an Oculus Rift, you can download the demo here to try it yourself. If you don’t, make the jump to see it in action.
Enjoy playing the role of the anti-hero? This week’s digital titles offers you plenty of chances to be just that.
The biggest release of the week, Thief, has you playing as Garrett as he steals from the rich, Robin Hood style. Stealth titles usually induce players with a sense of accomplishment, and it even got a few of us thinking about our most satisfying stealth moments in games.
If straight up brawling is more you style, The classic arcade title Renegade is now beating players down on the Wii U. Apparently the main character, known as Kunio in Japan, is also the main character of River City Ransom. Oh, Technos and your crazy girlfriend-saving action brawlers.
In the more traditional sense of evil, Dracula makes his return in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Vampires and demons are aplenty and there’s no lack of brutal murder here.
This week’s range-free titles however take a step back from larceny and offer three different genres for free. PlayStation Plus subscribers can enjoy arcade kart racing in ModNation Racers while Xbox Live’s “Game with Gold” program brings you colonization and war in Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution and a crazy mix of tower defense and RPG with Dungeon Defenders.
Take a leap of faith over to the dark and dangerous side to see the complete list of this week’s digital releases.
Announced earlier this week, Grand Theft Auto V’s latest update will have bustling businessmen and women aggressively marketing their wares. And by wares I mean murder.
The upcoming Business Update will have the thieves and murderers of Los Santos and Blaine County fighting to climb the corporate ladder. The update brings in three new vehicles, a new airplane, two new weapons and plenty of formal and business casual attire for the fleeting entrepreneur.
The new vehicles and weapons will be given to players in story mode and can be purchase in the online mode.
Exclusive items from the Valentine’s Day Massacre Special will become unavailable after Sunday, March 2.
The Business Update will be released March 4. Further information about new online heists and much more will be announced soon.
Source: Rockstar Games
It seems like Sony’s long rumored PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset might finally make its first appearance at GDC 2014.
Insider sources recently told TechRadar about their experiences with the headset, stating that “the quality and resolution are really, really good” and “people will definitely be impressed with what Sony’s built.”
The headset, which would indirectly run against the Oculus Rift, has been rumored since last year and was supposedly going to make an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show. However, the stories go that Sony decided that tweaks and polishes were needed before its big reveal.
Keep an eye on the GDC 2014 which will be in San Francisco on March 17. Further rumors also points to VR titles being shown at this year’s E3.
The long running skateboarding series is back for more. That’s right, we’ll be seeing more of digital Tony Hawk and gang ollieing into digital half-pipes.
Tony announced it himself while talking on his Demolition Radio show on SiriusXM. Details weren’t specified outside of his confirmation that a new game was being developed. His co-host also mentioned that they had to wear a whole suit, likely in reference to the motion capture for the unannounced title’s in-game animations.
Activision later confirmed that they are involved with the development of a new Tony Hawk project. More information about the project will be announced soon.
Weapon-smithing, soccer and ninjas. Those are some of the flavors you’ll be tasting with this week’s batch of digital releases.
You can become a JRPG weapon-smith in the 3DS eShop’s newest release, Weapon Shop de Omasse. This silly game doesn’t just involve becoming a blacksmith – that would be too obvious. What intrigues me more is that it’s actually a rhythm game where upholding the beat of your hammer leads to better weapons. 3DS eShop title Inazuma Eleven also similarly mixes things up by combining regular soccer with RPG battle sequences that are similar to Final Fantasy. Talk about literally fighting for gold.
Strider fulfills the ninja quota for this week. This remake offers plenty of fast-action swordplay and beautiful visuals. Just make sure you get your sword sharpened by that rhythmic weapon-smith first.
PlayStation Plus subscribers can have fun screwing around with other people’s memories in Remember Me or have some good old fashioned street brawling fun in Street Fighter X Tekken, which are both free.
I’ve missed out on a lot of goodies since my subscription ran out in November. Seems like I’ll have to get it again for all of these freebies.
That’s not all in our little digital gaming world. There’s still plenty more flavors out there. Make the jump to get the full menu.