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Mario Kart 8 becomes the fastest selling game on the Wii U

Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U is a smash hit for Nintendo, with the kart racing title becoming the fastest selling title in the history of the Wii U console. Mario Kart 8 has sold over 1.2 million copies since it launched on May 29 in Japan, and May 30 in the US and Europe.

 

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Nintendo has said that Mario Kart 8 is also seeing the "strongest review scores in franchise history". Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president and COO chimed in with: "The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead. This year's E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms".

Star Citizen's dogfighting module is now here, prepare for takeoff

After quite a few delays, Roberts Space Industries has released the dogfighting module for Star Citizen. You can now download the 0.8 update which includes new ships, and new gameplay modes.

 

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You can jump into the spacecrafts, which can be deployed in the Vanduul Swarm gameplay mode, or in free flight mode. The new update to Star Citizen also enables multiplayer gameplay to both the Team and Battle Royale gameplay modes, too. Star Citizen's Arena Commander mode should be some serious fun for those who have slapped down some money for the game, with one of those excited people being me.

Tetris turns 30

It's Tetris' 30th birthday, and in honour of the block-arranging, totally addictive, all consuming game that propelled the Gameboy to stardom, programmer Alexey Pajitnov has had a chat with Britain's Guardian newspaper.

 

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In it Pajitnov details his time spent at a Soviet computing lab, and his childhood love for puzzles. In the early 80s it dawned on him that perhaps puzzles would be a good basis for a videogame.

 

Pajitnov says the key game mechanic - that of disappearing lines - was inspired by just how quickly the screen filled up with the blocks, before going on to call Nintendo's choice of music "embarrassing" for Russian culture.

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Gamers are more social and educated than non-gamers says study

There are plenty of people out there that don't like video games and believe that games are bad for you. A new study that was commission by Twitch, the steaming game platform, has found some interesting results. According to the study, gamers are more social and educated than non-gamers.

 

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The study, performed by LifeCourse Associates, looked at 1227 Americans in the 13-64 demographic. According to the report, people who play games tend to be more educated with 43% of players holding a college degree or higher.

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GOG announces its own DRM-free Steam-like service

Retro gaming revivalists at GOG.com have just announced a DRM-free gaming service that looks a little like its own version of Steam.

 

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GOG Galaxy will let players get gaming without connecting to the internet. There's "no online activation required," the company said in a trailer. "Being online will always be optional."

 

Perhaps it goes without saying but web-enabled features such as gaming with friends or social achievement sharing will need internet access.

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Oculus Rift exclusive game called Lucky's Tale in the works

The Oculus rift VR headset has created quite a stir in the gaming industry as people have become very excited at the thought of gaming with a virtual reality headset. A new game is in the works that will be an Oculus Rift exclusive title and it comes from the man who co-created Words with Friends, Paul Bettner.

 

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The game is a third-person platforming adventure called Lucky's Tale and it will be displayed at E3. "Virtual reality--I mean truly accurate, comfortable virtual reality--is the most important thing to happen to interactive entertainment in decades," Bettner said in a statement. "I know it sounds like exaggeration, but it's impossible to explain what this is like to someone who hasn't experienced it for themselves. Your brain is convinced that you are somewhere else, that you are in another world. I have worked my entire career to get to this moment, to create something like this."

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Popular mobile game Temple Run tops 1 billion download mark

Popular mobile game Temple Run from Imangi Studios has been downloaded more than 1 billion times since it was released in August 2011, according to company officials. Originally developed by three people, the game has seen continued success as casual gaming still increases even higher in popularity.

 

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Gamers have run more than 50 trillion meters in the game, playing 32 billion games, according to Keith Shepherd, co-developer of the game.

 

It's possible Imangi Studios, which has seen great success with Temple Run 1 and Temple Run 2, could develop a third game in the future. However, the studio currently has other mobile games currently in development, so no public announcements have been made just yet.

Sony PSP shipments to end in Japan after nearly a decade

The Sony PSP is a portable game console that has been around for years. The console originally shipped to try and put a dent in the reign of the Nintendo DS portable. Sony proved unable to really compete with the Nintendo DS, but the PSP was reasonably popular.

 

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After nearly ten years, Sony has now announced that the PSP is no longer shipping to Japanese retailers. The final shipments of the portable will be made this month and no more will follow. Sony does expect to continue offering the PSP in other Asian countries for a while longer.

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Valve Polka Dot VR headset prototype to challenge Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift VR headset made some very big waves in the VR world when it was unveiled and left many gamers aching to get their hands-on the headset. Oculus isn't the only company working on VR headsets for gamers. Gaming firm Valve is working on its own VR headset with a prototype VR headset that has white dots all over it.

 

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The white dots all over the headset are there so that the tabletop camera used with the system can track the headset location. Sources that have used the headset say that inside there are a pair of screens. The prototype headset is more of a proof of concept than something that is destined for production in its current form.

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ROCCAT announces the Tyon gaming mouse

Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT has unveiled the Tyon customizable PC gaming mouse, aimed at giving gamers a mouse that can be modified. The Tyon has 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct functions, with an 82000 DPI laser sensor, and 32-bit processor with 576KB memory. Release information and pricing hasn't been released for the United States.

 

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The PC gaming industry is evolving and changing rapidly, and it's important for peripheral makers to try to keep up. The Tyon also has a 2-way analog stick and easy-shift on-the-fly button duplicator, so gamers can make adjustments while playing.

 

"Today's gaming experience demands that players adapt to the many dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Our designers and developers worked in close collaboration with gaming experts to craft, test, fine-tune, and ensure that the Tyon's abilities meet these challenges."

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