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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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German, Austrian, Swiss games at Gamescom's Indie Arena

Independent developers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are heading to Gamescom this year with the second annual installment of the Indie Arena, a showcase of games from smaller studios across those regions. Games due to display this year include The Last Tinker from Mimimi, The Masterplan...

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Nintendo closing European HQ, laying off 130 employees

Nintendo will close its European headquarters located in Großostheim, Germany, resulting in several redundancies in its workforce. The Wii U and 3DS manufacturer will cut 130 jobs in the process at various European locations and will consolidate its German HQ to Frankfurt. "Nintendo of...

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Giana Sisters vs. Super Meat Boy rated in Germany [Update]

Most of the time, game announcements come via press releases and press conferences. Every now and then however, an unannounced game is spotted in the wild, untamed forests of trademark offices and rating boards. Siliconera spotted what could be such a creature this week via Germany's rating board,...

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Final Fantasy 3 rated for PC in Germany

Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy 3 to PC, according to a German classification for the game. The USK, Germany's entertainment software regulation body, published a rating for the game earlier this month with the platform PC attached to it. The organization rated the game USK 6, approving it...

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Sci-fi sandbox Proven Lands goes roguelike on Greenlight with demo

Berlin-based indie developer Thesetales launched a Kickstarter project and Steam Greenlight page for its roguelike game Proven Lands this week. The third-person sci-fi game is available to check out in its pre-alpha state in a proof of concept PC demo. Proven Lands features an optional...

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South Park delayed in Germany, Austria over use of swastikas

South Park: The Stick of Truth was supposed to launch in Germany and Austria this week, but it's been delayed because it contains an "unconstitutional symbol." Two guesses what that symbol might be. Hint: It's a swastika. The swastika is widely known as a Nazi emblem (regardless of its origin),...

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Valve can restrict resale of digital games in Germany, court rules

​The Regional Court of Berlin has dismissed a lawsuit from the German consumer organization VZBV against Valve, for now granting Valve the authority to prevent Steam users from reselling their libraries of digital games. Business as usual, that is. In September 2012, VZBV brought a desist...

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Monaco breaking into German stores with collector's edition

The Mole has been quietly polishing his Freedom Spoon, waiting for the opportune moment to strike the walls of every German retailer – and it's almost time. Monaco is getting a PC retail collector's edition in Germany this year from publisher Headup Games, the same company behind German...

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Xbox One Kinect is a 'monitoring device,' German data commissioner says

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, Peter Schaar, expressed concern over the Xbox One's Kinect functionality, calling it a "monitoring device" over which the player (or bystander) has little control. "Under the heading, 'game device,' Microsoft pushes a...

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