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Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) who is a market research firm that produces monthly and annual reports for bunch of gaming markets such as Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare & Virtual Console and mobile markets - Valve pulled in an estimated revenue of US$970 million in 2010.
Benjamin Schlichter, Director of Research and Analysis said "Steam's growth has been remarkable during the year. Over 180 titles were estimated reaching over $1 million USD in revenue for the year, painting a very healthy market for developers and publishers, with more room for growth in the future."
My six year old son got Little Big Planet 2 a couple of weeks ago and I'm surprised that my PS3 hasn't gone up in flames with the amount of time he's spent playing it. If you or someone you know and love has the same addiction, it could net you a new Sony Bravia 46" 3DTV and a Playstation Move bundle.
Here's how you can win. First, download the level called "LittleBigPrius 2" via PSN. Play the level and collect items hidden throughout, then use those items to build your own level inspired by the LittleBIgPrius. Make sure it's good, because this is a popularity contest; Sony will be checking out community feedback before choosing a top ten. Those ten will be whittled down to five, with the #1 level winning the TV with a Playstation Move hardware bundle and the four runner ups scoring a PlayStation Move Sports Champions bundle.
If you need me, I'll be with my son so he can teach me to play LBP2.
Battlefield 1943 and Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled - all efforts put into Battlefield 3
The news could be sad to some, but it is also a sign of greatness for the potential of Battlefield 3. Karl Troedsson, GM of DICE has stepped forward to tell the eager community that Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught have been officially cancelled.
He mentions that there was a crossroads where a decision needed to be made - putting effort into those 2 (and now older) games or going full steam ahead and putting all concentration into Battlefield 3. I think the decision was a good one, as BF3 is using the next-gen Frostbite 2 engine which should really shine on PC given that it fully supports DX11.
Interstellar Marines is an indie title made by Zero Point Software, they are also the publisher and are self-funded (independent obviously) and partly funded by the gaming community.
IM is an AAA, FPS, Sci-Fi, action and adventure game that is set to differentiate itself between the constant flogging the FPS genre receives at the moment. The above video looks quite impressive for an indie-developer and I'm looking forward to seeing more on it.
Viral campaigns, where would we be without them? This latest viral campaign is no different, leading up to the release of Epic Games' Bulletstorm, they've released a Call of Duty parody called, Duty Calls.
The parody is quite excellent and really hones down on what makes the Call of Duty series a near joke in todays world of "serious gaming" where budgets of games have ballooned out to $50 - $100 million. In Duty Calls, it shows the first kill as a one-two shot kill, enemy down and you level up to "Master Sergeant Shooter Person".
This video is the perfect way to get people excited about the PSP2, it shows off actual gameplay and the device itself. The graphics are actually pretty amazing for such a small device, this should really impress current handheld-gamers.
The video shows off a range of games such as Killzone, Hot Shots Gold, Gravity Daze and more. Let us know what you think of the video in the comments section!
If you are a PC game that likes shooters and games with awesome storylines and game play, you are familiar with the original Crysis. The game was one of my all time favorites and I am really looking forward to the next installation, Crysis 2. Crytek has offered up the minimum system specs for the game so you can answer the "will it run" question early.
Crytek says that the game will require a web connection for activation. It will run on XP, Vista, or Windows 7 OS' and you need at least an Intel Core 2 Duo at 2GHz or an Athlon 64 x2 at 2GHz. Your rig will need at least 2GB of RAM and at least 9GB of free space on your drive. That is a lot of drive space needed.
Your DVD drive must be at least 8x, and you need an audio device that is DirectX 9.0c compatible. The real spec we want to know is the video card required. You will need an NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB or better solution or an ATI 3850HD with 512MB or better. The game will hit the US on March 22 and Europe on March 25.
In it's efforts to fight piracy and the jailbreaking gear that has come out lately, Sony has updated the PS3 to 3.56 firmware. The update has a glitch, it makes hard drive upgrades impossible on most PS3 models.
The problem seems to stem from Sony's latest update which was rushed, an explanation from a post on NeoGaf below:
Zynga's CityVille is an unstoppable train that is just exploding out in all directions. It's the largest Facebook application ever and has only been around for just over a month after launching in December 2010.
Zynga have added 20 more levels to CityVille bringing the game up to a maximum level of 80. Currently I'm Level 31 (yes the game is addictive, I'm playing it because I told my mate that I'd beat him, haha). You might think this means nothing, but it's rumored that Zynga are paying Facebook $30 million per month for their 30% cut.
After the Xbox 360 had it's supposed exclusive Crysis 2 multiplayer demo, the PC is now getting it's turn. Confirmed by Crytek over Twitter, they've said: At this time, Crytek & EA are glad to confirm that we'll be releasing a pre-launch Crysis 2 multiplayer demo on PC! Stay tuned for details.
The demo should have the same level of content if not more, but no date is known yet. There's also no news of a demo for the PlayStation 3. Crysis 2 goes on sales March 22, 2011 in the US and March 25, 2011 in Europe.