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Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

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Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

The CEO of Microsoft is being pressured by investors to drop the company’s Entertainment & Devices division, which produces the Xbox gaming system and the Surface tablet. While the Xbox business is several billion dollars in the red, investors are less concerned with the Xbox and more with the search engine Bing, which is currently making a loss. Investors argue that the company should focus on software and services only.

This latest development has been a long time coming. Entertainment & Devices was losing money until 2008, and while Microsoft has yet to release a detailed report of what is responsible, it’s now making profits (presumably thanks to the Xbox). However, the aforementioned profits have been negligible compared to Microsoft’s other divisions (see the graph below).

According to the Washington Post, even the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, thinks the Xbox should be sold to another company so that Microsoft can focus on its declining Windows business. And compounding this is the fact that current CEO Satya Nadella does not have a hardware background.

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Player Two Has Entered The Game!

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Player Two Has Entered The Game!

Are you and your partner tired of the Valentine’s frivolities? Already drunk off the champagne? Have you been pricked by too many rose thorns this year? Sick from the boxes of chocolates? Fear not! You can settle down with your loved one and play with each other for a while… No, not like that!

Get yourselves settled on the couch, relax, and get ready to blow brains out, solve puzzles, and perform surgery, together.

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Hideo Kojima Defends “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes”

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Hideo Kojima Defends “Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes”

Addressing concerns about the short play time of Metal Gear Solid 5‘s prologue chapter, Ground Zeroes, series director Hideo Kojima has released a statement defending the game. The latest issue of Game Informer reports that the game could be completed in two hours, but Kojima stresses that clear time is not the same as play time and argues that there’s plenty of material in the game to justify its $40 price tag.

Kojima notes in his statement that there are five side missions in GZ apart from the main mission, as well as a multiplayer element.

“This is not a linear game like the past,” Kojima said. “GZ offers freedom of approach & play style, which we hope players will enjoy over & over without boring [sic]. I believe people will be satisfied with the ‘Play Time’ of GZ and will not stress the ‘Clear Time,’ which is a standard for linear games.”

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Pokémon Bank Goes Live

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Pokémon Bank Goes Live

After a month-long delay, the Pokémon Bank is finally available on the Nintendo eStore.

The Bank allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon online -essentially a pocket monster storage unit – and even move them between Pokémon X and Y. Until March 14 the app is free to download. After that a modest $4.99 annual subscription fee will apply.

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Review: “Tales of Phantasia” for iOS

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Review: “Tales of Phantasia” for iOS

The classic RPG Tales of Phantasia has long been revered by those in the know. Released for the Super Famicom in 1995, it boasted incredible graphics, a not particularly original but still entertaining story, and an innovative real-time battle system. Sadly, the original version never made it to the U.S.. Over time it built a following. In 2003 readers of the renowned Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu crowned it as the best Namco game of all time. Finally a port for the Game Boy Advance saw an American release in 2006. The port received mixed reviews.

Now the game has found its way onto the App Store – for free, no less, and longtime fans – and many such as myself who’ve never played it – were quite excited. But as it turns out, there’s nothing free about this game.

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[Review] Insurgency

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[Review] Insurgency

In the fall of last year, I had the opportunity to do an extended preview of New World Interactive‘s Insurgencyand was, to put it mildly, not very impressed. Insurgency follows in the footsteps of a great heaping mass of cookie-cutter tactical class-based multi-player shooters, and did so with very little in the way of originality or appeal.

And so after four months of work, on Wednesday 22 January, New World Interactive released Insurgency into one of the most crowded and competitive markets in the industry. Does Insurgency have what it takes to make more than a fleeting impression?

In short, the answer is still a no, albeit a far less resounding no.

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‘Gears’ franchise migrates… North?

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‘Gears’ franchise migrates… North?

Microsoft Studios announced its acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from Epic Studios, its original creators, today. This includes not only upcoming games that will be developed under the studio, but also the previous iterations of the series and all merchandise thereof.

The reigns for the development of future games in the franchise have been handed over to the Vancouver-based subsidiary studio of Microsoft, Black Tusk.

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New MMO from SOE teased in Reddit AMA

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New MMO from SOE teased in Reddit AMA

The MMO world was abuzz on Friday after John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, teased a new unannounced MMO from the team during an “Ask Me Anything” on the Everquest Next subreddit.

At first, Smedley sent out a heart attack to Star Wars fans after one response seemed to suggest a new game, perhaps even a sequel to the much-missed Star Wars Galaxies.

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‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

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‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

Rejoice, those of you who traveled all the way from Raccoon City at the outbreak of the T Virus, to the rural village in Spain ravaged by Las Plagas! News has come at last from those on high at Capcom Studios: an ‘Ultimate Edition’ of Resident Evil 4 is coming soon to PC.

‘Resident Evil 4′ follows agent Leon S. Kennedy into the horrors of the small European town in order to save the president’s daughter, recently kidnapped. As he explores the town, the true story begins to unfold, revealing- among other things- a sinister cult, a new virus and a Napoleonic megalomaniac. The game was originally released in 2005, to critical acclaim across the board- heavily influencing the third-person shooter genre, it was also an incredible cross-platform success, being released for the PC, Nintendo Wii, Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. A common contender in the Game of the Year awards at its release, it remains a fan favorite to this day.

Resident Evil fans can celebrate, then, with Capcom’s news. The ‘Ultimate Edition’ will be both a collection of content for hardcore fans of the fourth installment in the series, and a technological improvement over its original release. The PC release of the edition will see fans receive not only all previously released bonus content and a digital soundtrack with over 60 tracks, but also a digital art book with the game for early purchasers.

On the technological front, the Steam release will include support for Steam cloud save support, achievements, trading cards and global leaderboards- so you can check out exactly how much better you are with that Broken Butterfly than your friends! As well as these new features, the game will also run in HD at a beautiful 60 frames a second, for the first time.

So with the game releasing on Steam on February 28th, and early purchase already available, the only question remaining is- whaddaya buyin?