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PlayStation Gamescom '14 Liveblog on Joystiq

Glum anti-heroes and glamorous automobiles could come together at Sony's PlayStation briefing in Germany later today. Sony has Evolution's glossy new racer, Driveclub, coming up in October, with several more exclusives – LittleBigPlanet 3, The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End –...

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Xbox Gamescom '14 Liveblog on Joystiq

With Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection en route to the Xbox One in 2014, Microsoft is set to have a packed media briefing in Germany today. A focus on AAA exclusives is to be expected, though Microsoft may also strike a balance – much like the new and...

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GameStop confirms new four-tiered trade-in pricing policy

GameStop announced a new trade-in pricing policy today, which simplifies the company's current pre-owned purchasing structure. Set to launch August 18, the program will enforce four price points "depending on whether a customer chooses cash or in-store credit for their items and whether they are a...

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Award-winning Monument Valley recouped costs in one week

Monument Valley, winner of an Apple Design Award and an all-around beautiful brain-buster, made back its development costs after just one week on the App Store, Lead Designer Ken Wong said during a presentation at GDC Europe. Even though it's a $4 app and it launched alongside other premium games,...

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In the shadow of Gamescom: Germany's game scene struggling to grow up

Germany hosts the world's largest annual gaming convention, Gamescom, which last year drew 340,000 attendees and 635 exhibitors from 40 countries. Gamescom kicks off again this week in Cologne for what is sure to be an even bigger, sardine-packed public weekend. For these few days, it feels like...

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Stiq Figures: I actually enjoyed that boss fight edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Designing final bosses has to be a hell of a challenge; incorporating the best elements from hours of gameplay and driving the story's conclusion, all while supplying a satisfying challenge fit for a...

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Judge: NCAA's likeness compensation rules violate antitrust laws

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled yesterday that NCAA rules prohibiting student athletes from receiving compensation for the use of their images, names and likenesses violates antitrust laws, CBS Sports reported. NCAA rules do not allow colleges to pay athletes when their images are used in...

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Crytek CEO: company is 'absolutely' safe, bankruptcy 'never the case'

If Crytek's "transitional phase" remains sustainable, it will become a go-to example among industry insiders of how not to handle such a difficult time. Speaking with Eurogamer, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli opens up about how the company has shifted its strategy from retail to software as a service,...

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SNK sues Square Enix, claims copyrighted material in manga

Authorities in Japan are investigating the claim that Square Enix uses copyrighted SNK characters without permission in the manga High Score Girl. SNK filed a lawsuit against Square Enix in May, and police visited Square Enix offices on August 5 to collect evidence, Sankei News reports (as...

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Square Enix Q1 financial report shows 56.8% leap in net sales

Things are looking up for Square Enix after a successful fiscal quarter that ended on June 30, according to a company financial report. Net sales are up from 24 billion yen (~ $235 million) to 37.8 billion yen (~ $370 million) from the same three-month period last year, a rise of 56.8 percent. ...

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