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GamersGate launching ad-supported free games

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 09, 2011 5:31am PDT

"A large portion" of the the digital distributor's catalogue will be available to play for free, in return for watching a short advert before the game launches. The 'FreeGames' service is slated to launch in September.

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"It would be funny if right before a huge boss battle the game takes a commercial break, just ..."

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Direct2Drive Launches Download Rental Scheme

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 25, 2011 2:30pm PST

Digital distributor Direct2Drive quietly launched a rental scheme for downloadable PC games last week, though so far it's looking somewhat less...

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"Gamefly is also paying full price for a limited number of physical copies. Unless D2D is buying ..."

- Schnapple see all 23 comments

Recettear Localiser Talks Digital Distribution as Sales Pass 100k, Next Project Revealed

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 04, 2011 6:00am PST

The event of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale's sales passing 100,000 units has led the Japanese PC RPG's localiser Carpe Fulgur to give a little...

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"I feel like I ripped someone off in getting Recettear for $10. I'll buy it again if they do ..."

- aasyranth see all 22 comments

EA Reaping Tremendous Windfalls from Digital Sales

By Garnett Lee, Dec 08, 2010 3:40pm PST

Speaking at an industry conference, Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown proclaimed, "we've at least in part kind of cracked the code of how to extend...

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"This isn't necessarily a push to exclusively focus on Twitter integration and stuff like that. ..."

- Sturm08 see all 19 comments

Revamped Games for Windows Marketplace Launches

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 16, 2010 6:49am PST

Microsoft's revamped Games for Windows Marketplace has launched, giving the PC games digital distribution service a new lick of paint and a...

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"Do you really expect MS to worry about games WORKING post-update? Sheesh, they only care about ..."

- HisDivineOrder see all 69 comments

Microsoft Announces Web-Based Games Marketplace for PC Games

By Brian Leahy, Oct 22, 2010 7:00am PDT

Currently, Microsoft sells digital PC titles through its Games for Windows Live client, but that will change on November 15 when the company rolls...

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"If a game isn't using Steam I don't have to have Steam open either. What do you mean?"

- Lukiopimp see all 220 comments

EA Reports First Quarter Profits of $96 Million, Dubs Itself 'The #1 PC Publisher'

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 04, 2010 11:00am PDT

Development and publishing giant Electronic Arts has reported profits of $96 million for the first quarter--which ran from April 1 to June 30--of...

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"They will rue they day when they abandoned us! Aquinas spoke of the mythical city on the hill, ..."

- Mondo see all 32 comments

Nintendo Vows to Improve Online Offerings

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 23, 2010 11:00am PDT

Nintendo CEO Saturo Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime both spoke up during E3 2010 on the company's future plans for...

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"That doesn't mean the service/platform as it is isn't terrible. There are no accounts, only ..."

- Agrona see all 19 comments

NPD Group Releases 'Extreme Gamer' Statistics, Details Digital Distribution Growth

By Jeff Mattas, May 27, 2010 7:00pm PDT

The NPD Group has released some new market research survey results related to American gaming habits, including so-called "Extreme Gamers," a...

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"The only people making 48 hours a week are the unemployed and the never-been-employed."

- comiekazie see all 22 comments

Digital Distributor Green Man Gaming Lands Bearing Used Game Trade-Ins, Launch Discounts

By Alice O'Connor, May 10, 2010 7:40am PDT

New digital distributor Green Man Gaming launched today, bringing a new feature to the exciting world of virtual video game vending--the ability to...

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"I'm not sure why it can't be resold? You are assuming they can't resell the game because...?"

- shinseitom see all 29 comments

Sega Lays Off 73 During Restructing

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 23, 2010 8:20am PDT

Sega West has laid off seventy-three employees while restructuring, Industry Gamers reports, and refocused its American division on downloadable...

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"Yea these game companies just dont get it. If you churn out expensive crap people will stop ..."

- Bill32399 see all 7 comments

GOG Gets Outcast, Master of Orion 1 & 2; Blood Coming Soon

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 20, 2010 6:31am PDT

Virtuous virtual vintage video games vendor Good Old Games today added PC classics Outcast and Master of Orion 1 & 2 to its catalogue, priced at...

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"No problem, the YANG link is the first thing I've noticed in that page. ;)"

- taczbr see all 45 comments

PC Games Net $13.1 Billion in 2009 as Digital Distribution Grows and Retail Sales Shrink

By Chris Faylor, Mar 10, 2010 8:20am PST

The industry consortium known as the PC Gaming Alliance has unveiled details of its 2009 Horizons Report, offering an update on the worldwide state...

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"Some games have mod support. Some games don't. That's been the case forever and probably will ..."

- crummynz see all 125 comments

NPD: PC Still 'Most Used System for Online Gaming' as Digital Distribution Purchases Rise

By Chris Faylor, Mar 02, 2010 10:30am PST

Market research firm The NPD Group has revealed the highlights of its recent "Online Gaming 2010" research report, providing a glimpse of the...

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"People dont wanna pay for xbox live gold and psn is mediocre at best (not to mention this ..."

- jarek99 see all 17 comments

Interstate '76 and Caesar III Rolling Onto GOG

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 16, 2010 6:04am PST

Vehicular vigilante Groove Champion will make his triumphant return to PC this week when Interstate '76 rolls onto vintage video game digital...

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"I just about shit my pants in happiness when I saw these i76 screens."

- TimeDoctor see all 28 comments