With the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Activision Publishing is once again walking tall, earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks, or something like that (NSFW). It's not the Catalina Wine Mixer, but according to Activision, MW3 has become the "biggest entertainment launch ever" with first day sales exceeding $400 million and more than 6.5 million units in the U.S.
Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines talked about the complexities involved with developing games for the PC platform and confessed that it's a "headache," plain and simple. Too many hardware and driver combinations is one reason why developing games for the PC is so challenging, but the biggest obstacle is piracy, Hines told Joystiq in a recent interview.
If Wedbush's Michael Pachter has the numbers right, then game sales in the U.S. shot way up in October and will tally $690 million once his firm crunches all the digits. That's a 14 percent jump in year-over-year sales compared to the $605 million game makers collected one year prior, and it's because of titles like Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, and NBA 2K12.
Before there was Battlefield 3, the Call of Duty franchise, Skyrim, and even the original Grand Theft Auto (never mind the upcoming GTA V release), there was, well, Centipede. And Pong, Asteroids, Adventure, and scores of other blocky titles for the Atari 2600 and related consoles. Now you can relive some of those nostalgic gaming moments on your Android device.
What happened to a delivery truck carrying a videogame shipment in France over the weekend was so brazen and wild that it could have qualified as a game level. In this case, the action was real as a truck traveling in Créteil, south Paris, was rammed by a car on Saturday as part of an organized accident that involved masked men, tear gas, and the theft of 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
We received an email in our inbox yesterday evening from GameStop letting us know that the new and used game trading outlet is officially in the business of selling Android tablets. Not just any Android tablets, mind you, but ones that have been "enhanced by GameStop to include 6 free digital games, a Digital Game Informer link, and the Kongregate Arcade app!" That's one less game than what was originally rumored last week, and at least for now, it appears these will only be sold online.
GameStop is the place you go to for used game trade-ins, new titles, new and used hardware, accessories, and things of the sort, most of which are related to consoles (save for a sad one-sided rack of PC games). But would you buy a $400 or $500 Android tablet at GameStop? The brick-and-mortar chain is going to try to sell you one this coming holiday shopping season, with free games added to sweeten the pot.
The new GT780DX gaming laptop from MSI is being billed as "the ultimate weapon in battle," and one look at the spec sheet shows why. It's a 17-inch notebook outfitted with a second generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, Nvidia's near top-of-the-line (in mobile) GeForce GTX 570M discrete graphics with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory, and supports up to 32GB of DDR3 system memory.
Nintendo isn't accustomed to losing money on an annual basis. In fact, it's never before happened, at least not in the last 30 years in the electronics business (Nintendo's history actually dates back to 1889 as a playing card company). Be that as it may, Nintendo now expects to lose 20 billion yen, or about $264 million, for its fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012, the company said.
In what was largely overshadowed by the intense backlash over Netflix's ill-fated decision to spin off its DVD-by-mail rental business into Qwikster is that you'd be able to rent videogames in addition to DVDs and Blu-ray movies. It was to be an upgrade option similar to the one for Blu-ray, except you'd be able to rent Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 games. Did Netflix nix those plans when it axed Qwikster?