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Posts tagged “money”

Are You Watching, Valve? – GOG’s Money Back Guarantee

Back in my day, getting a refund was as easy as strolling down to the local barbershop and pointing out that your trusty neighborhood mane groomer lopped off your ear instead of your hair. He/she would hand you your money, you'd hop in an ambulance, and everything would be squaresies. But times have changed. The Internet has made many of the goods and services we…

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PC Gaming In Still Not Dead Shocker

I'll start this by saying that, to date, I've not been at all impressed by the PC Gaming Alliance, an organisation which seems to have been charging its members large sums to do God only knows what in near-silence, while PC gaming has busily got on with resurging dramatically all by itself. So I'm not entirely inclined to take their report on the current state…

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Wada Way To Go: Square Enix Loses Money & Its Boss

It's a bad day for Square Enix, latter-day publisher of Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex and Thief, as well as those dreary Final Fantasy things. Citing "slow sales of major console games" as well as uninspiring business from its arcade machine arm, it's admitted that its recent monies "substantially fall below its plan" and its president Yoichi Wada has fallen on his sword as a…

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Take Two Show Big Profit, XCOM Still Happening

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,…

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Atari Is Dying, Again Again Again…

...and aims to be reborn, again again again. It's been a long time since Atari has been a force to be reckoned with, and longer still since it wasn't secretly Infogrames in disguise. Atari has been a transferable name for long years now, rather than truly representing the Nolan Bushnell-founded firm behind invaluable proto-videogames such as Pong, Asteroids, Lula: The Sexy Empire and Centipede. It…

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THQ Loses CFO, Gains Mysterious Financial Backer

THQ, if you didn't know (hint: you did), is in some rather deep water. Not only has it opted to delay a whole mess of games in the wake of Darksiders II's not-quite-megaton splash, it's also in a teensy bit of debt. By which I of course mean $50 million - using "teensy bit" as a term relative to all the money ever printed in the whole…

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Diablo III’s Real Money AH Open For Business In America

The day foretold (repeatedly) in the Prophecy has finally arrived. Diablo III's real money auction house is here and - connection requirements aside - completely optional, so you can peruse its user-supplied wares right this second if you're a resident of the giant bald eagle and failing business reservation that is my country of origin. Europe and other territories, meanwhile, will gain access in "the near…

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This Just In: Britons Buy Many Games

So supposedly the UK market will become the second largest in the world behind the US in 2009, overtaking Japan. That's the maths from trade journal MCV. Assuming things follow last year's trends (which seem like a fairly big assumption right now) the UK will grasp a video games market value of £4.77bn, rather more than our Japanese brothers-in-games. But that's not all the news…

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Look On My Works, Ye Mighty…

Activision are the new kings of gaming hill, they claim - in America at least. They've just published their results for the last financial year, and, well, they've made lots of money. More than any other publisher. Primarily from Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty IV, by the sounds of it. Admittedly they're number one for console and handheld, not PC, but we can…

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Epic Focus On Money 360

In a recent interview Cliffy 'Gears Of War' Bleszinski, he say: I think people would rather make a game that sells 4.5 million copies than a million and "Gears" is at 4.5 million right now on the 360. I think the PC is just in disarray... what's driving the PC right now is 'Sims'-type games and 'WoW' and a lot of stuff that's in a…

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Barnett: ‘The Sort Of Money My Mum Approves Of’

I'm off to interview Paul Barnett, Creative Director at Mythic for Warhammer Online in That There London tomorrow. As part of my research, I'm watching his presentation from the LIFT conference site (Which has a mass of videos to watch. I'll probably move on to the oft-brilliant Robin Hunicke next). Now, if you've been following Warhammer, you'll probably have seen Paul speak before. But that's…

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Scaremongering Anew

Some interesting (and perhaps worrying) facts'n'quotes over in this report on PC industry heavyweights discussing the future of the ol' IBM Compatible as a gaming platform. They claim all is rosy and well, but it seems PC gaming generates half a billion dollars less now than it did in 2001 - though as the piece points out this doesn't include digital distribution such as Gametap…

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Eve Online Economic Report (#1)

I should have mentioned this yesterday, but CCP's full time economist, Dr. Eyjo "DrEyoG" Gudmundsson, has published Eve Online's first financial report. In it he examines the mineral trade, which is the backbone of all Eve's production and manufacturing stuff. The Doc explains: This first Econ Dev Blog (EDB) has given a descriptive overview of the major trends for the market of minerals in EVE.…

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