Posts Tagged ‘games’

Top 5 Games of 2009 – Wii Dominates

February 4, 2010

Usually we only really see charts and figures from the US when it comes to the games industry, but now there’s been a list compiled of the best selling games of last year, and it looks like Nintendo is going strong.

Apparently, it still prints money

The report was compiled by industry analysts MCV, which goes through a fairly in-depth breakdown of just how well the games industry has been performing over the course of 2009 before launching into the list proper. It’s interesting to see that, despite the fact that some games sold fantastically well (Modern Warfare 2 being the most obvious example), there was still something of a decline worldwide, which is to be expected given the current economic climate. Surprisingly though, a large proportion of that decline seems to have come from the aging PlayStation 2 market…

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E3 to see Mario Galaxy 2, New Zelda

February 1, 2010

It seems that things are already heating up for E3, the games industry’s tradeshow that amounts to a kind of annual second-Christmas for some. Details have already emerged of what Nintendo will have on display.

It'll be nice to get some new RPGs for the Wii :)

Adriasang is reporting that among the games that we’d been expecting to see something of this year, but perhaps not quite as early as E3, we can expect to see something of the sequel to Nintendo’s Mario Galaxy and, perhaps more interesting still, something of the new Legend of Zelda game, of which relatively little has been released so far. There are also a few other curiosities from Nintendo to make appearances at this year’s E3 though.

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Videogames Don’t Cause Rickets

January 26, 2010

After news of a study into rickets was released last Friday, reports that videogames led to a higher instance of rickets did the rounds, now though, they’re being thoroughly debunked.

Apparently, the Xbox no longer causes serious illness :)

Indeed, all of the trouble seems to have stemmed from a report in the Metro that a study in the British Medical Journal had indicated that lengthy indoor activities were responsible for a general vitamin D deficiency, leading to the current rise in the number of cases of rickets. Now though, professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Timothy Cheetham, the two behind the survey, have responded to that inference fairly directly, with Dr. Timothy Cheetham telling GamesBrief that,

“I understand METRO has said that we have linked computers to rickets, whereas we are actually saying lack of outdoor activity in childhood is a risk for poor nutritional state.”

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BBC to Move Back into Games

January 25, 2010

It seems that the BBC is to make something of a return to its past glory by putting out games of some of its better known properties, including Doctor Who, Top Gear and In the Night Garden.

Iggle Piggle is, essentially, a blue Orpheus. The blanket is his lyre :(

Word comes via MCV of the fairly interesting development, which would see the BBC getting back into games in a big way. It’s a curious move, but it won’t involve any massive changes to the BBC, since the company likely won’t be developing or publishing its own games content. Instead, the corporation is actively seeking developers and publishers to handle the development and release of games based on its properties.

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Facebook Adds App/Games Dashboard

January 22, 2010

Facebook has announced that it is to add a new dashboard feature to allow users to more easily interact with their apps and games, presumably without them cluttering up their feed.

The change has been announced on the Facebook Blog, with the Facebook’s own Jordan Alperin explaining that the intention is to make it easier for users to interact directly with applications and to open “new communication channels accessible to all users from the home page.” It also has the pleasant side effect of giving apps somewhere to live that’s a little bit better separated from the main bulk of Facebook itself – the more social side of things.

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Rickets Returns – Gaming Blamed

January 22, 2010

It seems that incidences of rickets are on the rise, and with many sitting indoors over the long winter, the popularity of videogames is being blamed.

Just sitting around playing Halo and then BAM! Rickets!

TechRadar is carrying word from the British Medical Journal of a rise in the number of cases of rickets being recorded, pointing a solemn finger at videogames for the fact that they encourage a sedentary, indoor lifestyle, conducive to illnesses like rickets. It’s an interesting argument, to be sure, but it’s also one that’s just a little misleading.

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Final Fantasy to Hit App Store

January 22, 2010

It seems that Square Enix is to bring the original Final Fantasy, along with Final Fantasy II, to Apple’s App Store for its iPhone and iPod Touch.

Word comes from SiloconEra about the port, which for some reason everyone seems to be in a rush to point out will boast updated controls to better fit the touch-sensitivity of the devices it’ll see release on. For now though, there’s precious little to know other than that Square Enix intends to rerelease the games through Apple’s mobile app shop.

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Ivor Novello Awards Introduce Games Score Gong

January 20, 2010

Gaming’s cultural footprint is often a topic for debate these days but if there’s a sure sign that people in supposedly high places are no longer dismissing the industry as something for kids or wastrels it’s the news that the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate excellence in music composition, have confirmed plans to recognise video game scores for the first time.

Ivor Novello, once sentenced to eight weeks in prison for misuse of petrol coupons

According to The Times, the awards ceremony will this year include a ‘Best Original Video Game Score’ category to acknowledge the growing sophistication in game soundtracks. “The Ivors has always sought to reflect the ever-changing world of songwriting and composing,” said Mark Fishlock, a member of the selection committee.

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Special Offers – Week of January 18th

January 18, 2010

Good afternoon all, I hope everyone is well and having an alright (if a little rough) start back to work this week. We’re all doing quite well in the Komplett office, for what it’s worth. Anyway, for those just joining us now, we like to post our special offers for the coming week on a Monday afternoon, just to make sure that you guys have as long as possible to consider them before the offers end.

It’s on of those win-win situations :)

We won’t get too bogged down in all that for now, this week’s offers are pretty interesting, hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Nintendo DSi:

Nintendo’s DS line broke the record for the highest number of a games consoles sold in a month (it just so happened that in the same month, the Wii broke that record too). Clearly it’s a device that’s not only incredibly popular, but continuing to sell to new customers.

Click through to check out our page for Nintendo's DSi :)

For those of you who haven’t used a DSi yet, it’s functionally very much like an old Gameboy, though with a clamshell design and two 3.25” screens. The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and there’s a stylus included with the device. It also boasts two cameras, which tie in to various games, as well as Facebook. It’s a relatively simple little machine, but has enough of a range of games to provide some solid entertainment.

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo’s DS line, even if it is based on bitter intra-office rivalries of Mariokart DS and Pokémon… the important thing to remember isn’t that it’s okay to play games as an adult; it’s that Ryan cheats at Mariokart. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, he just does.

Our bitter feuds aside, Nintendo’s DSi is dropped to €147 this week.

The DSi is also available in black, for those who want to have it match their existing bits and pieces or wardrobe.

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Nintendo Sees Record Breaking Christmas

January 18, 2010

Nintendo has managed to break records twice in the last month, with both its Wii home console and its handheld DS managing to exceed the previous records for most consoles sold in a month.

While we’ve yet to receive anything quite as detailed for Europe, Wired is reporting that the NPD group has released its figures for the games industry over the month of December, and they certainly make for some very interesting reading indeed. Despite many analysts’ predictions to the contrary, Nintedno has managed to beat stiff competition from both Sony and Microsoft (both of whose consoles saw price drops over the months leading up to Christmas) and see the most sales, not only in this Christmas, but in any single month ever.

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