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Jack Thompson sues Facebook
By: | October 1st, 2009

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Oh no. You thought you had heard the last of him, but apparently not. The ever popular ex-attorney Jack Thompson is back to sue those who dare to defy his belligerent beliefs, but this time it’s Facebook that has been unfortunate enough to fall victim to his incessant preaching.

His new found vendetta against the social networking giant stemmed as a result of messages that were found on the site which caused him “great harm and distress,” and he has subsequently filed a law suit of $40 million. Groups such as “Jack Thompson should be smacked across the face with an Atari 2600” were great sources of ammunition.

Oh Jack, you make the Internet so much more invigorating.

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gamecrazy

Well, we already told you that Game Crazy was closing a great deal of their stores, but the following interesting tidbit has just presented itself.

While it’s always sad news when a company closes its doors, there is an upside. Gamers can expect to see some major savings starting this Saturday, Oct. 3.

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Today retailer Toys R Us starts it’s new videogame trade-in program. Now gamers can sell their old games to the retailer for in-store credit.

Accepting games from the Atari 2600 to current generation consoles, the new trade-in program is unique by accepting games from all generations. All you need to have is the original game in its original packaging.

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PS3 Slim

Following the release of the PS3 Slim, it looks as if the console is starting to get the kickstart it so desperately needed. According to VGChartz, preliminary worldwide sales figures have accumilated to over 500,000 over the last week, which is certainly a promising feat for the once struggling console. Consumers had been practically begging for a price cut in order to sway them, and that is exactly what they got.

Around 200,000 units have been sold in other territories (i.e. Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia) and over 150,000 in Japan. At the time of reporting, America has sold over 125,000.

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preorder-now

The video game industry posted $848 million dollars in the month of July, which is a 29% decrease compared to the same month last year. While many take this as negative, you have to realize that there is always a real lack of AAA titles in the summer. People might just also spend more time outside.

It’s no surprise that Wii Sports Resort and NCAA Football were striving for top honors this month. If you combine sales on the PS3 and Xbox 360, Electronic Arts beat out Nintendo by 104.8 thousand sales. Nintendo came out on top with DS and Wii sales, with a combined number of over 700 thousand units last month. Hit the jump for a breakdown of all the top sales.

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R.I.P. PSW
By: | August 13th, 2009
Fellow readers from Englandland may be sad to hear that the independant Playstation magazine PSW is no more. Spanning a total of issues, PSW was killed after “decreased demand” took its toll. One staff member has already been redeployed however, with four others currently in consulation for new roles.
Since I own a complete collection of every official Playstation magazine that has ever been published, I always find it depressing to see gaming magazines going under. And yet, with the immediacy of the Internet on demand, this feels somewhat invetible, sadly.
It certainly makes you wonder – is this a sign of things to come, or will print gaming journalism forever hold a place in your heart?

PSW

Fellow readers from Englandland may be sad to hear that the independant Playstation magazine PSW (Playstation World) is no more. Spanning a total of 124 issues, PSW was killed after “decreased demand” took its toll. One staff member has already been redeployed however, with four others currently in consulation for new roles.

Since I own a complete collection of every official Playstation magazine that has ever been published, I always find it depressing to see gaming magazines going under. And yet, with the immediacy of the Internet on demand, this feels somewhat invetible, sadly.

It certainly makes you wonder – is this a sign of things to come, or will print gaming journalism forever hold a place in your heart?

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modern-warfare

Activison has today announced that Modern Warfare 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the most acclaimed first person shooters, is now set to launch at a higher RRP of £54.99, admist growing cost pressures.

Exchange rates and increasing development costs were cited for the publisher’s decision, and it is said that other publishers may follow suit when it comes to major releases this Christmas.

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eve

Confidence in the banking system is key to financial stability.  Without this confidence any monetary system would fall into crisis and ultimately fail.  As it turns out, the MMO Eve Online is no different.

One of the games largest financially institutions had 8% of its 2.6 trillion kredits stolen, resulting in many players rushing to the bank to retrieve their in game money; producing a unique financial crisis from within Eve. Read more… »

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The connection between gamers and pop is pretty clear.  Gamers like pop.  It appears as if the ever elusive EA wishes to capitalize on this strong connection by signing a multimillion dollar deal with Dr. Pepper.

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Today Electronic Arts announced that it is restructuring its RPG and MMO development divisions. BioWare and Mythic Entertainment will combine into a new “studio group” headed by BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka.

According to the post on Mythic’s official website, BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk will serve as Group Creative Officer and Mythic co-founder Rob Denton will act as General Manager of Mythic.  The post explicitly states that “BioWare’s studios remain unchanged and continue to report to Ray.” Read more… »

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Today ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, announced that it has acquired id Software (Doom, Quake, ect.).

ZeniMax stated, “id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles…at the studio.” Read more… »

Making a rather bold statement to the Times UK, Activision leader-man Bobby Kotick hinted that the biggest publisher in the world may have to leave this hardware generation’s third-placer without a price cut. Said Kotick:

“I’m getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don’t make it easy for me to support the platform. It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation…They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.” Read more… »