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  • Facebook: 250 million users log gaming hours monthly
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    Facebook: 250 million users log gaming hours monthly

    By 26 March 2013

    Facebook announced that more than 250 million of its users are playing games on the social network monthly. Some quick maths tell us that figure is 20 per cent of Facebook's user base, which is certainly impressive.  The news came from an announcement...

  • Sony Entertainment Network rolls out to North America and Brazil
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    Sony Entertainment Network rolls out to North America and Brazil

    By 24 January 2013

    Sony has rolled out its Sony Entertainment Network to customers in North America and Brazil, after being available in Europe since December 2012. In an attempt to catch-up with the Xbox's media capabilities, the Entertainment Network offers a storefront...

  • Chipped consoles cost industry £1.45 billion
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    Chipped consoles cost industry £1.45 billion

    By 21 January 2011

    The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) has revealed that games UK software sales are down and that pirated games are costing the industry £1.45 billion a year. The figure comes from the estimate that for every game legally purchased,...

  • South Korea bans videogames after midnight
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    South Korea bans videogames after midnight

    By 13 April 2010

    South Korea has announced a series of policies that attempt to curb the growing problem of videogame addiction that the country is facing. A series of recent incidents have caused media outrage in the country's cities, which have some of the most videogame-friendly...

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    Sonic crowned UK's favourite video game character

    By 21 October 2008

    The bright blue, spiky-haired, lightening-fast hedgehog that was once Sega's mascot back in its glory days of the Master System and the Mega Drive, has been crowned the UK's favourite video game character. Beating Nintendo's emblematic Super Mario to...

  • E3 2009 set to open doors to public?
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    E3 2009 set to open doors to public?

    By 21 October 2008

    If the rumours and speculation are to be believed, E3 2009 is set to be held in June at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, and will for the first time, open its doors to the public There are a few different reports claiming to have heard the news from...

  • Nintendo sets goal of one DS per person in US
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    Nintendo sets goal of one DS per person in US

    By 3 October 2008

    Nintendo has set itself the goal of getting every person in America to own at least one version of its DS handheld console. In the wake of the DSi announcement, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that he expected the handheld's market...

  • Brain Training games first up for DSi Shop
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    Brain Training games first up for DSi Shop

    By 3 October 2008

    The two Brain Training titles will be first games released on the US Version of the DSi Shop, Nintendo of America has confirmed. However, the games will be "retooled" for the new system, according to NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime. Nintendo UK on the...

  • GameStop buys French games retailer Micromania
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    GameStop buys French games retailer Micromania

    By 2 October 2008

    Gaming retailer GameStop is set to acquire French gaming retailer Micromania, in order to gain a presence in France. GameStop, which started up in America, now has a worldwide presence with stores spreading across 11 different countries. After the deal...

  • Nintendo helps breast cancer awareness with limited edition Pink Ribbon DS Lite
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    Nintendo helps breast cancer awareness with limited edition Pink Ribbon DS Lite

    By 27 September 2008

    Now here's something that slipped through the net. New DS Lite SKUs usually get made a big deal out of way before they are available - but yet this charity-themed version has snuck its way onto Amazon US without so much as a peep. And what a shame when...

  • Woolworths knocks £20 off Wii RRP
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    Woolworths knocks £20 off Wii RRP

    By 2 September 2008

    Anyone still waiting to get their hands on a Nintendo Wii should act sharpish, as high street retailer Woolworths has knocked £20 of its RRP. The price of the Wii console with Wii Sports is now £159.99 in store, and is the first time the console has...

  • EA boss speaks out against suing file-sharers
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    EA boss speaks out against suing file-sharers

    By 21 August 2008

    EA Sports boss Peter Moore has spoken out against gaming companies suing internet users for illegally downloading their software. Moore, talking at the Leipzig Games Convention, was commenting on the news that five games firms were fining 25,000 file-sharers...

  • Five games firms fine 25,000 file-sharers
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    Five games firms fine 25,000 file-sharers

    By 21 August 2008

    Five top game firms are planning to fine 25,000 British gamers for illegally downloading their software through file-sharing networks. Codemasters, Atari, Reality Pump, Topware and Techland are seeking £300 in damages from each of the 25,000 - racking...

  • Jackass coming to Nintendo DS
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    Jackass coming to Nintendo DS

    By 14 August 2008

    Those crazy boys from Jackass have already been successful moving from the small screen to the big screen - and now they're making their debut on the even smaller screen of the Nintendo DS in a new game from Empire Interactive. Jackass the Game will give...

  • EA announces Celebrity Sports Showdown game
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    EA announces Celebrity Sports Showdown game

    By 14 August 2008

    EA has announced its new Wii Sports-esque Celebrity Sports Showdown as part of its new sports Freestyle brand. Due to be released sometime in the winter, the game allows you to choose from a number of celebrities and sports star to compete across a dozen...

  • Case Logic announces new DS and PSP cases
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    Case Logic announces new DS and PSP cases

    By 11 August 2008

    Case Logic has announced its brand new range of cases for your favourite handheld gaming device. Whether you own a DS or PSP, these cases are engineered to protect them when you're on the go. Made from durable EVA they are built to resist shocks, any...

  • Control your canoe with a Wiimote
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    Control your canoe with a Wiimote

    By 11 August 2008

    If you love the great outdoors, but just don't really like the effort that comes with most of it, then some crazy developers have put together a device that means you could enjoy canoeing, without all that pesky paddling. Take a look at the video and...

  • Former SCEE president predicts Sony and Nintendo will tie in sales by 2011
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    Former SCEE president predicts Sony and Nintendo will tie in sales by 2011

    By 11 August 2008

    Former Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president, Chris Deering, has predicted that Sony and Nintendo will tie in the hardware sales by 2011. Speaking at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival as chairman, Deering said he came to this conclusion by triangulating...

  • Wii sells nearly 30 million worldwide
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    Wii sells nearly 30 million worldwide

    By 31 July 2008

    Nintendo has sold nearly 30 million Wii consoles worldwide since the unit was released back in late 2006. Q1 financial results for the company show that for the three months prior to 30th June 2008, Nintendo sold 5.1m Wii consoles worldwide – that's...

  • Nintendo sues five Japanese firms
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    Nintendo sues five Japanese firms

    By 29 July 2008

    Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against five companies in Japan which imported equipment that enables illegal game programs to be played on the Nintendo DS, such as the R4 cartridge. The company is aiming to put a stop to the marketing, sale and importing...

  • Sony boss would rather die than choose an Xbox exclusive for PS3
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    Sony boss would rather die than choose an Xbox exclusive for PS3

    By 28 July 2008

    So Microsoft may have got its hands on a PlayStation exclusive recently, with the news that Final Fantasy XIII is heading over to the Xbox 360, but it seems Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai would rather, well, die, than see that happen the other...

  • New York signs video game labelling law
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    New York signs video game labelling law

    By 24 July 2008

    A new law in New York means that all video games sold in the state must clearly label ratings for violent content. The law, which was signed this week by Gov. David Paterson, has been slammed by rights groups who say it is unconstitutional. The New York...

  • Thought-controlled games in shops this year?
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    Thought-controlled games in shops this year?

    By 21 July 2008

    The world's first thought-controlled computer game could be launched by the end of the year. A company in Australia is apparently developing a new headset that contains 16 sensors which measure electrical activity in the brain. This would allow players...

  • EA will "lead the charge" with online games
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    EA will "lead the charge" with online games

    By 21 July 2008

    EA Sports boss Peter Moore has said that he thinks we will all be playing games online within five years. Moore warned that if the games industry does not move with the times, then it could end up like the music industry. "You're talking to a company...

  • Sony partners with Double Fusion to deliver in-game advertising on PS3
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    Sony partners with Double Fusion to deliver in-game advertising on PS3

    By 10 July 2008

    Sony has announced a partnership with in-game advertising compant Double Fusion, to deliver adverts on the PlayStation 3. Double Fusion will work with publishers and advertisers to create effective marketing programs for brands targeting PS3’s gamer...