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Microsoft acquires Twisted Pixel

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 12, 2011 7:00am PDT

Austin indie Twisted Pixel, the dev behind 'Splosion Man, The Gunstringer, Comic Jumper, and more, has been acquired by Microsoft.


"oh boy another Austin Microsoft studio.. I can't wait for Brute Force 2! "

- deathofrats see all 5 comments

LA Noire dev owed over $1M to employees

By Xav de Matos, Oct 07, 2011 5:15pm PDT

A new report indicates that over 75% of the debt that ultimately forced L.A. Noire developer Team Bondi to close its doors came from unpaid wages at the studio.


"Bottom line the game was great, their time management wasn't and their hairy as a gorilla boss ..."

- TotalRecall see all 14 comments

L.A. Noire dev Team Bondi closing down

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 05, 2011 7:45am PDT

L.A. Noire creator Team Bondi is shutting down after a month of administration, according to business documents filed with the Australian government today.


"It sold fine, they're getting shut down because of internal turmoil and shitty working conditions."

- GreggD see all 20 comments

Gears of War 3 sells 3 million units in first week

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 29, 2011 7:30am PDT

The first week's Gears of War 3 sales are in, revealing the Xbox 360 exclusive impressively sold more than 3 million units. This pushes the franchise's lifetime sales past $1 billion.


"Cool. Its a good game, haven't hoped online yet but I will soon. The SP was the best yet."

- SlingBlaze see all 3 comments

OnLive details UK pricing plans

By Xav de Matos, Sep 21, 2011 5:45pm PDT

Cloud game service provider OnLive has detailed its pricing plan for its UK service, which goes live this week. Beginning today, users can purchase the OnLive Microconsole for £69.99.


THQ defends studio closures

By Steve Watts, Sep 08, 2011 4:15pm PDT

THQ recently closed down studios and cancelled projects in Australia. Now company CFO Paul Pucino defended the decision to a group of investors, saying the cancelled projects weren't "consistent" with the company's new strategy.


"Oh, by "other studios", they meant other THQ studios. That makes a bit more sense. :)"

- 30544062 see all 31 comments

L.A. Noire dev Team Bondi enters administration

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 01, 2011 6:45am PDT

L.A. Noire's deeply troubled developer Team Bondi has entered administration in a bid to regain solvency and keep from going under.


"I think they're survival was very dependent on Rockstar, so when Rockstar decided not to publish ..."

- FearShasta see all 30 comments

July NPD: NCAA Football 12 leads; overall retail sales down 26%

By Jeff Mattas, Aug 11, 2011 6:15pm PDT

The NPD Group releases its July 2011 numbers, which indicate a 26% drop in retail sales.


"Sega never really focused on making games. They became more of a publisher."

- Pettytheft see all 3 comments

THQ closes two studios, shelves MX vs. ATV

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 10, 2011 6:00am PDT

THQ has laid off around 200 people, shutting down two studios, as well as shelving the MX vs. ATV series and closing its dev team. It's part of a "strategic realignment" away from licensed and kids' games towards owned IP.


"I'm willing to bet "broad-appeal IP" means Facebook games. Sad to hear that with Rainbow ..."

- AnamonCH see all 4 comments

Havok acquiring game engine maker Trinigy

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 09, 2011 8:45am PDT

Middleware developer Havok will soon be able to offer a fully-featured engine of its own, acquiring Trinigy, maker of the Vision engine which powers Gothic 4, Stronghold 3, The Settlers 7, and more.


"What are the going to do with it? Sell it of course. They are a middleware developer, that's ..."

- Mastaba see all 5 comments

GameFly to launch digital client for PC games

By Shack Staff, Aug 09, 2011 5:30am PDT

GameFly plans to make a dramatic entry this coming holiday into the digital market for PC games.


"Which is why I always keep that in mind before purchasing something on Steam. I ask myself: is ..."

- AnamonCH see all 107 comments

Epic: Bulletstorm hasn't been profitable

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 25, 2011 8:00am PDT

Epic Games president Mike Capp has revealed that People Can Fly's bum-blasting Bulletstorm "didn't make money for us," though he stands by it and the studio.


"One of the best and most fun games I played in about 7 years. Those that bought it and loved it ..."

- rtricoche see all 93 comments

Guitar Hero to be 'reinvented,' says Activision CEO

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 21, 2011 10:00am PDT

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, has spoken about innovation at the monolithic developer and publisher, including plans to resurrect Guitar Hero after a rest.


"Please to be releasing DJ Hero 3 w/ another awesome soundtrack and new innovations."

- Madwacker see all 28 comments

EA on PopCap acquisition: 'Don't break it'

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 12, 2011 3:40pm PDT

Some are wondering if being part of the EA empire will somehow change PopCap for the worse. EA CEO John Riccitiello addressed the concern at an investors' conference call.


"Translation : We will be outsourcing all this shit to low-pay developers, because who cares ..."

- master_disaster_17 see all 12 comments

PopCap to be acquired by EA

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 12, 2011 1:15pm PDT

PopCap, makers of casual games like Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled, will be acquired by EA.


"Lots of insanity in here. There has been one example of a game being pulled from Steam. And ..."

- Chipwarrior see all 71 comments