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Tag: Game Industry

Game Hub is nearly 5 years old and we’re always glad to see fellow UK gaming blogs blazing a path forward with us.  MLC Inc is one such blog, with a regular and wide range of gaming related content to get your teeth into.

Check out this cool Meta Gear Rising artwork piece that they have picked up, with a pretty amazing building sized mural to promote the release of the game, and some even cooler radio controlled hovercopters filming the action!

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Playstation 4 Officially Announced and Coming Holiday 2013

Tag: Game Industry, Hardware and Technology, Sony

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Sony has announced their next generation console; Playstation 4. It features a supercharged architecture, X86 CPU, 8GB Memory and a local storage HDD. The new DualShock 4 controller features a touch input, interaction with a stereo camera, headphone jack, a light bar and a share button.

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The share button is a simple way to share your experience with friends. This ranges from pictures and videos of what your playing, so peers can spectate and talk. Another interesting function is the ability to take over a game someone else is playing. Instead of watching a walkthrough to pass a level, Playstation 4 will allow a professional gamer or friend to help you out.

Upon switching on PS4 you can continue on from when you last played. Facebook will be a part of the socializing experience and players will have profile pages, showing recent activity.  

You can also play any game before you purchase it, even while it's downloading. This is powered by the Cloud service known as Gaikai and Sony will be working with UStream. Games will also be updated in the background and you'll be able to play them remotely on Playstation Vita. The service is said to work with Smartphone's, tablets and PS3.Trophies have returned and the same goes for add on content.

GAME Company Woes ..

Tag: Game Industry

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The GAME company has been reported to be in trouble for the past few months, but with the release of Mass Effect 3 last Friday, even more people have become aware of the issue the UK’s number one video game retail company is facing. GAME began cancelling the pre-orders of Mass Effect only a month before its official release, offering a full refund in the process but little in the explanation as to why the nations’ number one distributor was unable to supply one of the most wanted video games on the market. According to trade paper MCV, the credit insurance that GAME shares with its supplying agencies was slightly changed at the beginning of this year. What this means, is that the money that the company would normally have to order and license the new stock, isn’t there anymore. GAME is having to make new deals with each publisher individually.

 

 

UKIE unveils first digital sales chart

Tag: Game Industry, PC Gaming

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Trade association UKIE has today unveiled the first ever UK videogame digital sales chart, covering PC downloads.

Though still in beta, the UKIE has been working on a digital chart since 2010, and the fruits of that labour are this chart which covers January 2012. The 25 members of UKIE represent about 80% of the boxed PC market, and although only 10 shared data for this first chart, it's believed that they represent 40% of the overall digital PC market.

UKIE CEO, Jo Twist, commented “We are delighted to reveal the UK’s first digital chart based on real sales data. This is a watershed moment for our industry, but it is only the first step in capturing the full digital market. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we need more data, but we felt that the market would benefit from seeing that this project is very much on course.

Virtual Memory: Kinda Like The TARDIS

The Inner Workings of the PS3. Possibly.

 

George Bush has just been re-elected as president! The Mars reconnaissance orbiter has just launched! And the 2012 olympics have just been awarded to London! That’s right, reader, you’ve been taken on a magical journey back to 2005, the year this humble video gaming hack reckons the industry turned on its axis irreversibly. Why? The launch of the Xbox 360, the first of the current generation consoles to see the light of day outside of the darkened, dingy labs in which they were probably all created.

 

Next-Gen Hardware to block used games?

 

Pre-Owned Games

Pre-Owned Games

A cheap source of fun for the economically-minded gamer, or a knife through the profits of the industry?

Remember SOPA? Sorry if i've brought up any purposefully-repressed memories. Fortunately, the world saw some kind of sense (or more likely certain members of congress saw that popular opinion was so against the acts that there was little money to be made from them), and it was put to bed. But it seems corporations' war against people sharing stuff has merely swapped battlegrounds, and it is now the games industry whose freedom is potentially to be restricted.

A quick look over to IGN today and any casual browser of the internet will be beset by rumours that the next generation of consoles, most specifically the Xbox 720, could introduce a feature which locks games to a single owner. The upshot of this is that we will no longer be able to buy pre-owned games, or lend games to a friend.

I suppose the ideology behind this is sound enough. You want a game, you pay for the game, and the people who made the game get the money, thus allowing them to make more games and continue the industries happy cycle. However, in order for games to be sold, they need retailers. And figures show that the most popular game retailer over here in the UK, the imaginitively titled 'GAME', makes more money from pre-owned game sales than it does from original sales. And even then, GAME and its rivals are struggling. Many GAME shops have had to be closed in the last year, due to sales being stolen from them by cheaper online services like Amazon. If we cut away the majority of these stores' income, then games won't have a place to be sold, and no matter what ideology you use, that will never be a good thing for the industry. 

Assassin's Creed Revelations

Tag: Game Industry, Game Reviews

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After avenging the death of most of his family, driving the Borgia out of Rome what was really left for Ezio Auditore da Firenze to do? Find out where Altair left his keys! Is Revelations really a Revelation? Read on to find out.


Poor old Desmond, dragged out of Abstergo and made to get in another Animus to live out another past life. It was only a matter of time before his brain snapped. Now trapped in the Animus he must once again relive the lives of his ancestors Ezio and Altair, whilst finding his way out of the Animus, oh and if possible patch his mind up.

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Facial Animation

Tag: Casual Gaming, Game Industry, Hardware and Technology

After the success La Noire it seems like it’s about time an effort was made to make the facial expressions more realistic, or in some cases give facial expressions.

Since La Noires’ release people have been talking about it, trying to figure out if suspects are lying or not and reacting accordingly. Largely were they looking you in the eye, nervous twitch etc, which was possible with facial mapping and gave more of a feeling that you were trying to outwit a person not a pre-rendered robot. Playing this game was really a break from the norm, using actor’s facial expressions in that much detail. Sometimes you were lucky to get a moving mouth, eyes and eye brows. Seems obvious when you realise that they have been using people to get physical movements right for years.

People have commented that when you watch a movie in a couple hours people have laughed, cried, been scared or angry. In gaming mostly you get stoic main character, then gets annoyed and then goes on a killing spree for 30 hours or however long the game is. Certain types in the UK media like to use this two dimensional example to bad mouth gamers. These people also never heard of Heavy Rain, where you take several roles with different characters. As much depth as Heavy Rain has it really lacked in facial area as far as communicating tough personal decisions that each character went through.

GAMEFest: Play Modern Warfare 3 and More

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Specialist video game retailer GAME is holding its first Event, open exclusively to reward card holders. GAMEFest will take place at NEC Birmingham on 16th - 18th September.

You can expect to play games such as, Batman: Arkham City to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It's great to see the giants of the games industry, finally visiting Birmingham for a change.

The prices are a steal, adults (Aged 12 onwards) can enter for £10 and Children (Aged 11 and under) for £5.

Feast your eyes on the list of games, from publishers attending GAMEFest:

Microsoft Xbox 360:

Gears of War 3

Sony Playstation 3:

Resistance: 3

Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Nintendo:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Super Mario: 3D Land

MarioKart 7

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

Activision:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

EA:

Battlefield 3

Need for Speed: The Run

Fifa 12

Mass Effect: 3

THQ:

Saints Row: The Third

WWE 12

U Draw Game Tablet

Disney:

The King is dead, long live the King

Tag: Game Industry, Nintendo

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It’s a curious thing popular opinion. Quite often, it’s held in spite of the facts. In this instance I’m referring to the popular opinion that the Japanese games industry is on its knees creatively. “They ain't got it no mo” the cry goes.
 
But that doesn’t really hold up to any scrutiny. For a region that supposedly can’t compete against the western (primarily American) development teams. Japan has cranked out a strangely large number of excellent games.
 
A case study might help perhaps. Platinum Games formed in 2006 the wake of the closure of Clover Studio, the team responsible for such critical darlings as Viewtiful Joe and Okami. Already with a great pedigree, Platinum have gone on to make the well-received Madworld and Infinite Space, before hitting serious gold with Bayonetta – which earned itself full marks from both Famitsu and Edge – and Vanquish.
 
It appears then that this team have managed to turn out hit after hit since 2003, covering most of the period that this region has apparently been on the slide. So are they simply the exception that proves the rule, or are we downplaying the quality of other games in the last decade?
 
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Duke Nukem Forever tops UK Chart

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After an eternity in development hell, 14 years after it was first announced, Duke Nukem Forever has returned to knock LA Noire off the top of all formats chart. Despite Duke's PC heritige, that format accounted for only 14% of sales, with the PS3 taking 30%, and Xbox 360 56%.
 
PS3 exclusive Infamous 2 reached number 4, just behind Zumba Fitness which gained a place despite dropping sales, though that is a place higher than the original debuted at two years ago.
 
The only other new release to crack the top 10 was 'Red Faction: Armageddon, which saw 70% of sales on the Xbox360 compared to just 26% and 4% on PS3 and PC respectively.
 
01.    Duke Nukem Forever (Take-Two)
02.    LA Noire (Take-Two)
03.    Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
04.    Infamous 2 (SCEE)
05.    Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean (Disney Interactive)
06.    Dirt 3 (Codemasters)
07.    Brink (Bethesda)
08.    Red Faction: Armageddon (THQ)
09.    Call Of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
10.    Portal 2 (EA)

E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City: Catwoman Playable & More

Tag: Game Industry, Microsoft, PC Gaming, Preview, Sony

At E3 game director Sefton Hill revealed Catwoman is a playable character, intertwining in the story alongside Batman. Offering a walk on the dark side in Rocksteady's vision, with different moves and a whip to traverse Arkham City.

In the Demo shown above Two Face makes an appearance and captures Catwoman stealing from him. The game then switches to Batman, with the choice to save Catwoman first or Glide the city monitoring activity.

Batman's ability to glide has been revamped and can gain momentum, grapple hooking buildings above him. Riddler reprises his role in Arkham City and again works behind the scenes but shows his face. Arkham City is separated by Turfs owned by different Criminals, from the Joker, Two Face and Penguin etc.

Another feature revealed is Batman's ability, to identify Riddler's informants in different gangs. They are paid by Riddler to withhold secrets, which Batman will discover once interrogating them. Not only does he scatter trophies around the city but puts lives in danger for Batman to save. Rescuing the hostages is quite a challenge, as Riddler places them in areas with traps between you and them.

Batman's moves and animations have doubled since the first game with new combos as well. Challenge maps have been confirmed to return but details are scarce as of yet. More villains and features are to be announced throughout the year.

Batman: Arkham City is set for 21 October 2011 on PS3, 360 and PC.

Newzoo’s 2011 National Gamers Surveys

Tag: Game Industry

Results from the Newzoo 2011 National Gamers Surveys were recently announced in which over 20,000 respondents in Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Spain, the US, and key EU countries reveal insights into gamers’ behavior and spending in countries, some of which had for years been perceived as low-value and so low-priority markets.

The uptake of online and mobile gaming is reported to have pushed the number of players and “payers” to a level comparable to many major European markets. The number of people actively playing games ranges from 16 million in Mexico to 35 million in Brazil to 38 million in Russia, with an an average of 50% of these gamers actually spend money on games. The research, sponsored exclusively by GlobalCollect, also revealed that more than two-thirds of the total game budget was spent online, crucially meaning for the first time that spending on online, downloads, and mobile games has passed total retail boxed sales in Western countries.

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L.A. Noire Trailer This Thursday 11th November

Tag: Game Industry, Microsoft, Sony

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Good news for anyone who hasn’t given up on L.A. Noire, it’s definitely in production and were getting a first trailer in how many years. Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire is Rockstar’s most ambitious title yet and actually uses Team Bondi’s in house engine as opposed to Rockstar’s RAGE engine.

Back in March the game was shown behind closed doors to Game Informer and reported that the game features a groundbreaking facial animation system that will shame any other motion capture technology used in the games industry.

For the first time this Thursday (11th November 2010) the whole world will witness Team Bondi’s 1940’s epic and see just how realistic this facial animation technology is. It was previously stated that L.A. Noire will be a PS3 exclusive but is now a multiplatform title being developed for Xbox 360 as well.

There’s still no word on a release date but the sign of a trailer this Thursday can only mean Rockstar’s planning a date very soon I hope. You can never predict Rockstar, let’s just hope they reveal Agent or Max Payne 3 soon as well.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam DLC Showing at TGS

Tag: EA Games, Game Industry, Microsoft, PC Gaming, Sony

DICE has confirmed they will be revealing more of its upcoming expansion pack, next week at Tokyo Game show. So far only a teaser trailer has been shown of the Vietnam expansion, shown at E3 2010.

Catch a glimpse of the teaser trailer below:

There is set to be Vietnam themed weapons, maps and vehicles featured in the pack. Brand new trophies and achievements will follow as well and new unlockables. 

So far it’s shaping up to be a day one purchase for any fan of the series. It defiantly has more to offer than its competitions map packs from Activisions, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Anybody who purchased Bad Company 2 brand new is reaping the rewards of the VIP map packs.

The Vietnam DLC is scheduled for a winter release on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. If you haven’t done so already you can read Game Hub’s, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 review right here.

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