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Take Two Show Big Profit, XCOM Still Happening

By John Walker on February 6th, 2013.

It’s not all doom and despair in game publishing, you know. While we’ve seen the very sad loss of THQ, and are surrounded by reports of others in lots of trouble, Take Two have just announced a increase in revenues of a whopping 244%. That’s a milliontysquillionty pounds, and it’s in a year without a GTA game to send their shares rocketing. That’s impressive stuff, especially for a publisher known to struggle without Rockstar’s powerhouse on the schedule, and it’s thanks to Borderlands 2, NBA 2K13 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Oh, and the FPS XCOM is still a thing.

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GOG’s Two Cents On Retro Mania, DRM’s Demise

By Nathan Grayson on October 24th, 2012.

It was a dark and stormy evening when I recently spoke with GOG‘s┬áTrevor Longino. We met in a Japanese hotel in San Francisco, him proudly carrying some manner of whooping cough from Poland, and me trying to keep pace with this year’s Canadian model (it’s a long story). It was, in other words, quite a momentous meeting of virus cultures – not to mention fever-addled minds. But really, this does seem to be quite a pivotal moment for the storefront formerly known as Good Old Games. The industry’s slowly but surely conforming to its philosophies, with numerous indie games embracing nostalgia wholeheartedly and DRM’s grip loosening on even the likes of big, bad Ubisoft. So where exactly does that leave GOG? Longino and I tackled that topic and many more – including Steam Greenlight and GOG’s apparent flip-flop on steep discounts being bad for the industry.

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Mafia II On Time, Max Payne 3 Delayed

By John Walker on December 4th, 2009.

Take-Two did their financial business all out in the open last night, and there’s a few snippets of gaming news from it all. Here’s the headlines: Bong! Max Payne 3 delayed until this time next year. Bong! Unlikely to be a new GTA until 2011. Bong! Mafia II still on schedule for Spring 2010. Bong! BioShock 2 for 9th February 2010. Bong! Borderlands considered “a key franchise”. Bong! A “AAA game” is delayed, but they won’t say which one. More details in the coming forever, but first a look at the weather.

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Take-Two Sue Apogee Over Duke Nukem Forever

By John Walker on May 15th, 2009.

Won't be able to afford those cigars much longer.

It’s time for a new twist in the tale of Duke Nukem Forever. Shacknews are reporting that Take-Two are now filing a lawsuit against the remnants of Apogee and 3D Realms, suing them for failing to deliver the promised game, and demanding a copy of the source code. Cor blimey. In a round-up of who’s suing who today, business news site Bloomberg mentions the case, stating that Take-Two are making the case because “Apogee breached an agreement to design the latest installment of Duke Nukem.” And in recently discovered papers, it’s been revealed that the publisher are demanding a copy of the source code, and assurance that none of the game be leaked or destroyed.

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Slippery When Whetted

By John Walker on March 12th, 2008.

Much info appeared in Ubisoft and Take-Two’s press releases that appeared last night, which were full of words like “fiscal” that confuse and scare me. They also include the slippy-slidey nature of a bunch of their PC releases. So what do we know?

assassin's creed

Ubi’s Assassin’s Creed is going to take an extra couple of weeks before it’s on our machines. Sneaking out of March, it’s now hiding in a hay cart until April 11th.

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Viacom Om Nom Nom

By John Walker on February 7th, 2008.

Could Viacom be about to buy Take Two?

Why not? They already own MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Dreamworks, most of the radio in America, Comedy Central, your mum and dad, and 57% of the planet’s oxygen. The question is, when they eventually own everything ever, will it have any meaning any more, or will we be back to the beginning again?

Quick! Throw the hot coffee!

According to MCV, rumours are “building” that they might be about to launch one of those takeover bids, that frankly frighten me. You can just buy things that weren’t expecting it? Eek! What if someone tries to buy me?

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