Activision slams Black Ops 2 death threats – “this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes”

"If you enjoy your games, have a little respect for the people who make them.".

Activision’s community manager Dan Amrich has posted a withering piece on last night’s outbreak of fan threats in response to a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 update. It contains such seemingly common-sensical observations as: wishing death on people because they’ve rebalanced your favourite Call of Duty gun is just a tad bit disproportionate.

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Microsoft confirms UK first-party Xbox One game prices

RRP set at £50.

Microsoft has confirmed recommended retail pricing for Xbox One games in the UK. The manufacturer’s online store currently has Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5 and Kinect Sport Rivals down at £49.99 – more or less in line with the RRP for Xbox 360 titles.

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EA “experimenting” with new business models following growth in digital revenues

Battlefield Premium and FIFA Ultimate Team inspire execs to explore new business directions.

During EA’s FY14 Q1 earnings call last night (transcription via Seeking Alpha), EA executives expressed resolve in continuing to experiment with alternative business models over the first two years of the next generation platforms, seemingly inspired by the recent successes of Battlefield Premium and FIFA Ultimate team.

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Assassin’s Creed 4 gameplay video – 13 minutes of temples, ship battles, treasure maps

Watch this and you basically won’t need to play the game.

Another Assassin’s Creed 4 gameplay video? You spoil us, Papa Ubisoft. The latest footage is hosted by game director Ashraf Ismail, who manages to sound chronically unexcited throughout scenes of naval bloodshed, tropical splendour and skulduggery.

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Rumors: Title For Man of Steel Sequel & Titanfall Uses The Oculus Rift?

Stories are still trickling in from Comic-Con but what of those nasty little rumors? The ones that come about when people have had time to ponder everything they saw & heard at the show. Well in today’s episode we unravel a few major ones, diluted by only one real story that has to do with a certain caped crusader.

Here's what we covered:

He made an appearance in Batman: Arkham City - how big is his role this time around? Click to find out.

David Goyer might have let slip the title to the new sequel and a few other hints have been discovered. What are they?

Rumors are spreading that J.J. may no longer be set to direct the feature. Find out what facts are fueling this fire.

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Rumors: Title For Man of Steel Sequel & Titanfall Uses The Oculus Rift?

Stories are still trickling in from Comic-Con but what of those nasty little rumors? The ones that come about when people have had time to ponder everything they saw & heard at the show. Well in today’s episode we unravel a few major ones, diluted by only one real story that has to do with a certain caped crusader.

Here's what we covered:

He made an appearance in Batman: Arkham City - how big is his role this time around? Click to find out.

David Goyer might have let slip the title to the new sequel and a few other hints have been discovered. What are they?

Rumors are spreading that J.J. may no longer be set to direct the feature. Find out what facts are fueling this fire.

Continue reading…

Lawsuit Awards $11 Million to Original Madden Programmer

A verdict has been reached in the lawsuit between original Madden programmer Robin Antonick and EA, awarding Antonick more than $11 million in damages. The verdict also opens the door for Antonick to pursue the same claims against EA for games released after 1996, where revenues exceed $3 billion.

Antonick developed the first Madden title in 1988 for MS-DOS, Commodore, and Apple II platforms. In 2011, he sued EA for millions of dollars of unpaid royalties, claiming that the contract he signed with the publisher in 1986 stipulated he should be paid royalties not only for the games he developed, but any derivative works.

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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate – Features Trailer

Team Ninja shows off new features for offline play plus character customization features

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Features, Pre-Order Incentives

Team Ninja has revealed further details about its upcoming title, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. When the definitive version of Dead or Alive 5 hits shelves this fall, you can expect new offline game modes, character costumes, and a selection of retailer specific pre-order incentives.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate packages in all of the features of its predecessor, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, plus a smattering of new features. The new Team Fight Mode allows you to select multiple characters, taking your group against another player or A.I. force. Survival Mode brings nine dropped items back into the mix, including a watermelon capable of restoring health.

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EA, Analysts Discuss Next-Gen Console Pre-Orders

EA has high hopes for the launches of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In a call reporting EA’s first-quarter earnings for the 2014 fiscal year today, EA COO Peter Moore explained that Microsoft and Sony are reporting upward trends for their respective console releases.

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