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Ensemble Veteran Disputes Reports of Crunch Culture and Inefficient, Expensive Development

By Chris Faylor, Mar 17, 2010 9:37am PDT

Responding to claims Ensemble Studios veteran Paul Bettner made during Game Developers Conference 2010, fellow ex-employee Ian Fischer has...

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"me too but if there ever was one, this would probably be it and I HATE Halo "

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Microsoft: Rare, Lionhead Safe After Closures

By Blake Ellison, Sep 26, 2008 2:11pm PDT

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, wants to allay fears surrounding the fates of subsidiary studios Rare and Lionhead after the...

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"It would seem to me that they need move of a lineup of DX10 games vs Xbox 360 games don't they? ..."

- schnitz76 see all 13 comments

Microsoft: Ensemble Closure "Right Thing for Our Business"

By Blake Ellison, Sep 10, 2008 7:58am PDT

Following yesterday's news that Halo Wars and Age of Empires developer Ensemble Studios would close, publisher Microsoft Game Studios has come...

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"I have some ideas. Halo Wars looked and played like garbage. People started quitting and going ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Feb 11, 2008 5:20am PST

PowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS videocard on Bjorn3D. Moneual Labs M775 case on BigBruin. Zotac GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! Edition...

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PC Games 14% of 2007 Retail Games Sales; World of Warcraft and Sims Top PC Sales Charts

By Aaron Linde, Jan 24, 2008 3:16pm PST

Update: The NPD Group has chimed in, attributing the low percentage of PC software sales to the growing shift towards digital distribution, which...

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"As it occured to anyone, like it has to me , a gamer from DOS days, that PC gaming decline is ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Jan 16, 2008 5:11am PST

Asus Arctic Square cooler on Driver Heaven. Tuniq Ensemble 1200W PSU on Guru3D. Hiper HPU-5K880 and HPU-5B680 Type R Mk II PSUs on Benchmark...

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THQ Acquires Rise of Nations Dev Big Huge Games

By Chris Faylor, Jan 15, 2008 8:41am PST

Publisher THQ has announced its plans to acquire Big Huge Games, the developer behind the Xbox Live Arcade board game Catan (X360), the Rise of...

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"Glorious! THQ is just a publisher, but the games they publish are top notch (publishers ..."

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Hardware Reviews

By Maarten Goldstein, Nov 26, 2007 8:01am PST

Hiper Type-R MKII HPU-5K880 / HPU-5B680 PSUs on Driver Heaven. Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CPU heatsink on techPowerUp. Crucial Ballistix 2GB 1600MHz...

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Bungie Prototyping New IP, Developing "Halo Games"

By Chris Remo, Nov 09, 2007 12:03pm PST

A new interview with Bungie studio manager Harold Ryan in UK-based industry publication Develop states that the newly re-independent company is...

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"PC gamers are snobs. How the hell can you justify calling a console overpriced? The only way to ..."

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Bungie Going Independent; Microsoft to Retain Equity Interest, Publishing Rights (Breaking)

By Chris Remo and Chris Faylor, Oct 05, 2007 12:52pm PDT

It's true! The studio behind Halo and Marathon is separating from Microsoft and reclaiming its independence.

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"Even though I hope so too, I doubt they will fully move on from it. MS still controls the Halo ..."

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Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Demo Released

By Maarten Goldstein, Oct 04, 2007 11:30am PDT

Now available at FileShack is the Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties demo. The 612mb download includes the Japanese and British civilizations,...

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"Is there usually a demo for expansions? Never bought AoE3, never impressed me much but I think I ..."

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Turok Gets Hollywood Voice Actor Ensemble

By Carlos Bergfeld, Oct 02, 2007 10:59am PDT

If nothing else, Propaganda Games' reimagining of the Turok franchise will have a dinosauric load of Hollywood talent when it comes out next year,...

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"mother fucker! I talk to fichtner almost every day and he never mentioned this, he knows im a ..."

- klearlyunseen see all 11 comments

Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Goes Gold, Arriving Oct. 23

By Chris Faylor, Sep 28, 2007 3:27pm PDT

The second expansion pack for Ensemble Studios' 2005 PC RTS Age of Empires III has gone gold and will hit North American stores October 23....

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"Am I the only one that never enjoyed any AOE games? I always found them to be excruciatingly ..."

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E3 07: Halo Wars First Look

By Chris Faylor, Jul 19, 2007 2:53pm PDT

The most important thing to note about Ensemble Studio's upcoming Halo Wars, the company's real-time strategy take on Bungie's insanely popular...

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"Oh I completely agree that a console is more "Comfortable". I generally buy games on the console ..."

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Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Q&A

By Maarten Goldstein, May 24, 2007 5:59pm PDT

Also on GameSpy (since yesterday, thanks to Blues News for noticing it) is this Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties Q&A. Big Huge Games' Brian...

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