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Eidos acquires mobile developer Rockpool Games

Under the Eidos label, UK publisher SCi has acquired Manchester-based mobile developer Rockpool Games along with sister companies Ironstone Partners and SoGoPlay. The 36 members of Rockpool's staff will join Eidos' New Media division, which was established in 2003 to pursue, in part, a mobile gaming...

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Gran Turismo added to list of 'killer games'

UK newspaper The Times has added Gran Turismo to its short list of "killer games." Sony's racing sim joins Manhunt, Carmaggedon, and Canis Canem [Edit] (but not oft-targeted series Grand Theft Auto -- or Pac-Man). GT landed on the list following the trial of two boy racers whose reckless driving led...

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UK gamers about to get Conned

The Con didn't exactly generate a lot of buzz when it originally came out for the PSP in the US. It was critically panned (getting a 64 average on metacritic) and didn't develop much of a following even from early PSP adopters. Despite all this, The Con is finally coming to the UK from SouthPeak G...

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Path to PSP, PS2 now clear for 'Free Running'

Free Running (the game) has seemingly overcome the obstacles, finding a publisher in Ubisoft and enough mainstream attention to warrant a UK release in mid-March. We first spotted Free Running in June 2005 when then publisher Eidos was showing off some footage of the Core Designs PSP title, which wa...

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Dark Water Studios open for business

Let's all give a warm welcome to Dark Water Studios, which has just officially opened its doors. The Northern Ireland developer is headed by industry vet Mike Brown, with former Acclaim man Paul Houbart named as technology manager, and Rory Fellowes, another vet, on board as lead animator. Dark Wate...

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BBC building MMO world for kids

BBC has unveiled plans to launch an online world based on its CBBC property, which is geared toward kids ages 7-12. The venture will focus on safety and responsibility; and in doing so, BBC will forgo chat rooms and the possibility of users altering the game world. CBBC World will not feature the so...

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British Army recruits gamers to pilot dusty Apaches

According to the UK's Sunday Mirror, the British Army is actively seeking out veteran gamers for military service. Senior officers have descended upon schools, hoping to recruit an elite l33t team of Apache pilots. Headhunters are targeting teens as young as 17 with the promise of university scholar...

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UK Minister calls for industry-sponsored games academy

British Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism Shaun Woodward has called on the video game industry to sponsor a games academy. Woodward imagines the training ground would be similar to the London Film School and could harvest talent that would otherwise go unnoticed. "You might have kids who ...

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Nintendo responds to Game Boy accident that killed UK boy

Nintendo of Europe has offered its condolences to the family of Connor O'Keefe, the seven-year-old UK boy who was electrocuted and tragically killed last Saturday when unplugging his Game Boy power supply. Connor was vacationing with his family in Thailand when the fatal accident occurred. The UK (2...

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Wii storms the UK

Here's the news you're going to read everywhere this week: in the first 12 hours of Wiiday in the UK, Nintendo sold more than one console every second. Those are some really fast cashiers! But as with everything, there's a downside. Preorders languish unfilled in the UK, and we still haven't seen fi...

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