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IGDA warns Android game developers about Amazon's Appstore terms guardian.co.uk

IGDA warns Android game developers about Amazon's Appstore terms guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Stuart Dredge: Industry body says Amazon's ability to set prices without permission should give developers cause for concern...
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3D: a gamers' guide | Technology | guardian.co.uk

3D: a gamers' guide | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
The arrival of 3D technology into cinemas and now our homes is one of the most controversial aspects of popular entertainment. Some see it as a massive creative leap forward, the equivalent of Renaissance painters discovering perspective; others dismiss it as a gimmick, a means of selling ever more expensive movie tickets and TVs to gullible thrill-seekers. And now, at the heart of this whole debate, is the games industry.

All three of the major console manufacturers are backing 3D as a concept (some more than others, but we'll get on to that in a bit) and most game publishers, too, are supporting 3D with their main titles. There's now an interesting range of games available, showcasing the potential for 3D in the interactive sphere, and several massive examples are due out later in 2011.
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The Year Ahead | Edge Magazine

The Year Ahead | Edge Magazine | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Nicholas Lovell looks at the ten issues that will change the game industry in 2011. Nicholas Lovell looks at the ten issues that will change the game industry in 2011.
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The 3DS and the future of Augmented Reality

The 3DS and the future of Augmented Reality | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Aygmented Reality has been a buzz-term for a while now - but where does one of its newest proponents see it going?
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Guardian Tech - UK Government Still Reticent To Support Games Industry

Guardian Tech - UK Government Still Reticent To Support Games Industry | Game Bits | Scoop.it
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They've done it – or so they claim. The people at Tiga, the UK video games lobbying body that has since October 2008 been pushing successive governments to give tax breaks to their industry, did a victory dance when George Osborne sat down on Wednesday. That's the obvious conclusion from their celebratory email afterwards saying "Tiga delivers improved R&D tax credits in the budget", which was a "decisive victory for the UK video games industry".

Hurrah! Tiga has finally beaten the boss stage of the Evil Chancellor, which had previously beaten it back time and again – notably last year when it looked like Alistair Darling was going to announce tax breaks, and then reneged. And because it was a change of government, they couldn't even use the save point they'd got to. It was right back to the start.

But now they've won! Well, sort of...
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BBC News - Do you own the gadgets you buy?

BBC News - Do you own the gadgets you buy? | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Spending £10,000 on a car means you own it and can modify it as you wish so why - after spending £250 on a games console or £350 on a new smartphone - can you not do anything you want with it?

"This is war" declared hacker and blogger George Hotz, better known as "Geohot" when Sony won a legal ruling designed to prevent PlayStation 3 (PS3) users opening up and adapting their consoles for additional uses with some of Hotz's computer code.
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Nintendo 3DS: the essential guide | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Nintendo 3DS: the essential guide | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
The 3DS console launches on Friday, bringing glasses-free 3D to the masses. Here's everything you need to know about Nintendo's latest mini marvel.

When historians of the future look back on the emergence of 3D home entertainment, they may well point out Nintendo's new handheld console as the minute it all went mainstream. Revealed amid much hype and fanfare at last year's E3 event in Los Angeles, the Nintendo 3DS has become one of the most hotly anticipated games machines in history, attracting more than 100,000 pre-orders in the UK alone.

But what is glasses-free 3D actually like, and what else does this chunky box of tricks have to offer? Should you be rushing out on Friday (or midnight on Thursday if you're especially committed) to buy your own?

Well, let's flip one open and have a darn good look…
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Ubisoft Announces New Guitar Video Game 'Rocksmith' - The Hollywood Reporter

Ubisoft Announces New Guitar Video Game 'Rocksmith' - The Hollywood Reporter | Game Bits | Scoop.it
News of the title, which will feature an electric guitar and songs from the Rolling Stones and Nirvana, comes on the heels of Activision's pulling the plug on "Guitar Hero."
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Video games: Where to now for the UK industry? | The Guardian

Video games: Where to now for the UK industry? | The Guardian | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: The global video game industry now makes more money than Hollywood, but UK publishers are struggling – thanks to high wages, a skills shortage and no government support.

On Wednesday, Bafta holds its annual video game awards, allowing people in the industry to taste the sort of glitz, glamour and mutual back-slapping that those in the movie and TV businesses enjoy on a more regular basis. Hosted by comedian and keen gamer Dara O'Briain, it's a big deal for an entertainment medium that often struggles to gain positive mainstream attention.

Yet while big-budget blockbusters such as Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Call of Duty: Black Ops (which has so far earned more than $1bn for its publisher Activision) are doubtless set to be celebrated on the night, the awards mask a difficult time for the industry.
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Is 2011 the decisive year for Nintendo? - Den of Geek

Is 2011 the decisive year for Nintendo? - Den of Geek | Game Bits | Scoop.it
With the 3DS out this month, and a successor to the Wii rumoured to be announced in June, will 2011 be Nintendo’s make-or-break year?

Having experienced mixed fortunes with the GameCube at the beginning of the 21st century, Nintendo has enjoyed a sales renaissance in recent years, with the success of the touch-screen DS and the Wii propelling the company back to the games industry’s frontrunners.

2011, however, could prove to be one of the most important years in Nintendo’s long history. While many are looking ahead to the western debut of its latest handheld, the 3DS, with eager anticipation, a changing market means its success is by no means assured.

While Nintendo is reporting strong initial sales in Japan thus far, the company will doubtless be looking at the handheld’s worldwide reception with anxious eyes. Worryingly, the early reception to the system’s big draw, its glasses-free 3D screen, has been mixed thus far. Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft wrote that he “loathed” the 3DS’s most prominent feature, and after repeated bouts of eyestrain, switched it off.
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Microsoft goes on a hiring spree for new Xbox hardware devs, staffing up for next console push? -- Engadget

Microsoft goes on a hiring spree for new Xbox hardware devs, staffing up for next console push? -- Engadget | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Before you go leaping to any conclusions, do remember that Microsoft plans on keeping the Xbox 360 going until at least 2015 so we're not Before you go leaping to any conclusions, do remember that Microsoft plans on keeping the Xbox 360 going until at least 2015 so we're not really talking imminent changes here. Nonetheless, the software giant has listed a plethora of new job openings, with the most interesting ones being at its Mountain View research campus, where a team responsible for "defining and delivering next generation console architectures" is looking for fresh blood.
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Nintendo confirms Wii successor | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Nintendo confirms Wii successor | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: The Wii 2 will be unveiled at the giant E3 event in June and will launch next year...
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Are iOS and Android giving Nintendo a 'burning platform' problem? | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Are iOS and Android giving Nintendo a 'burning platform' problem? | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Report from analytics firm Flurry claims iOS and Android took a 34% share of US portable game software revenues in 2010.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop made waves earlier this year with an internal memo warning that Nokia faced an urgent 'burning platform' problem. Now mobile analytics firm Flurry claims that Nintendo is facing the same issues in the handheld gaming market, thanks to the rise of iPhone, iPad and Android.
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The Sun gets dizzy over Nintendo 3DS returns – but what ARE your rights? | Technology | guardian.co.uk

The Sun gets dizzy over Nintendo 3DS returns – but what ARE your rights? | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: The Sun has reported that 'record' numbers are returning their 3DS consoles after becoming sick while playing. Its claims have been refuted, but is there legal recourse for dizzy gamers?
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Appysnap iPhone app to blend social photos with gamification | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Appysnap iPhone app to blend social photos with gamification | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Stuart Dredge: Photosocial iPhone game sets challenges for users to take and upload photographs with specific themes.

Newcastle-based developer Never Odd or Even is preparing for the release of Appysnap, its new "photosocial" game for iPhone that aims to wrap game mechanics around people's mobile photos – but in a way that appeals far beyond early adopters.
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SXSW 2011: SCVNGR's Seth Priebatsch on how gaming will change the world | Technology | guardian.co.uk

SXSW 2011: SCVNGR's Seth Priebatsch on how gaming will change the world | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
The creator of the business location tool on 'gamefication', Facebook and how game dynamics can help solve real problems
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Lovefilm: Games consoles are the future of TV | FT Tech Hub | FTtechhub - Industry analysis – FT.com

Lovefilm: Games consoles are the future of TV | FT Tech Hub | FTtechhub - Industry analysis – FT.com | Game Bits | Scoop.it
TForget Apple TV, Google TV and YouView. Games consoles are going to be the main way that people view online video on their TV sets in the next couple of years, according to Simon Calver, chief executive of Lovefilm, which both posts DVDs and streams films over the internet to subscribers.

“With DVD players and new TVs the problem is the refresh cycle,” Mr Calver told the FT’s digital media and broadcasting conference in London. “My view is that games consoles really are over the next two to three years going to take off as a device to watch [online] TV and films. A lot of it is completely backwards compatible, so the day you launch, you are in millions of homes.”
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Game on: three social gaming trends for 2011 | innovatrs.com

Game on: three social gaming trends for 2011 | innovatrs.com | Game Bits | Scoop.it
It’s day three in our gaming industry focus series. Monday introduced the concept of innovation in social and mobile gaming, and yesterday we looked at some
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Angry Birds maker predicts the death of console gaming | VentureBeat

Angry Birds maker predicts the death of console gaming | VentureBeat | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Anthony is a senior editor at VentureBeat, as well as its reporter on media, advertising, and social networks. Before joining ...
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Kinect Confirmed As Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device

Kinect Confirmed As Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device. The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.

The sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.
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The Convergence of Film and Gaming: Cool Infographics Blog

The Convergence of Film and Gaming: Cool Infographics Blog | Game Bits | Scoop.it
From Trendone.de in Gemany, a potential look at the future merging of film and gaming into a complete immersive experience. High-res image available here: http://www.film30.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/trendone_futureentertainment-final.jpg
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Wii 2? Xbox 720? Those new console rumours in full | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Wii 2? Xbox 720? Those new console rumours in full | Technology | guardian.co.uk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Keith Stuart: Are Nintendo and Microsoft about to announce their next generation consoles? The industry certainly seems ready for it.

n a quiet news week, several months before the massive E3 event, rumours are starting to circulate about the next generation of Wii and Xbox consoles. While the manufacturers themselves are keeping quiet, everyone knows that hardware research and development is an ongoing concern that doesn't stop for a few years when a new machine launches.

We also know that the console industry usually works to a five-year cycles. Sure, the last generation was so hideously expensive for Microsoft and Sony, the duo have sought to hold off a generational leap by releasing new, slimmer versions of their machines, and by introducing motion control hardware. But progress is inevitable – and that looks to be all the evidence that game sites need to start speculating.

So we're overdue a refresh. But is one actually on the way? Let's take a look at the facts.
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The gaming industry is moving online but consumer demand for second hand games will always remain strong « GfK TechTalk

The gaming industry is moving online but consumer demand for second hand games will always remain strong « GfK TechTalk | Game Bits | Scoop.it
Exciting times lie ahead within the gaming industry and the buying options for new and used games have never been so wide. New game downloads are increasing at great speed and the used game market is strengthening, with Tesco, Asda and Argos all now offering a used game service. All this is great news for ‘gamers’ but the real opportunity is a platform which combines the two: trading online.

While the downloading of games is not yet ready to overtake out-of-the-box purchasing, it still offers some great benefits – e.g. to demo up-and-coming games. And as technology advances, broadband speeds quicken and storage options improve, I do not doubt we will eventually see revenues for downloaded games overtake the traditional out-of-the box revenues. But not this year.
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