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Video game hardware purchases grew 47 percent, reaching $983 million during Q1 2014, according to The NPD Group research company. Both next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony, along with a resurgence in PC gaming, led to a great market for gamers wanting to purchase new hardware, software titles, and gaming accessories.
"For the first quarter of 2014, content spending increased for used games, digital full games, DLC, and mobile with a modest increase in subscription revenue," said Liam Callahan, NPD Industry Analyst, in a press release. "This is another example of the interplay of physical media as well as digital downloads as consumers transition further into this console generation."
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console outsold the Microsoft Xbox One for the fourth consecutive month in the United States - though both game consoles have doubled combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively. It will be fun to see what both companies do in the next quarters, especially the 2014 holiday shopping season.
Sony is doing some good business with the PS4, but where's the next-gen Uncharted game everyone wants to see? Well, when Uncharted 4 finally arrives, the next adventure could be a little darker than the previous Uncharted games that have been released.
The news is coming from Tidux, an industry insider, who has tweeted that Uncharted 4 would be a "darker" entry in the franchise, with an even heavier focus on the story. Tidux tweeted "Uncharted 4 is a darker, story heavy game," with another tweet teasing "Blended with awesome epic moments," but if that wasn't enough, he adds "latest version of Uncharted 4 is bananas, simply bananas".
I'm looking forward to seeing what both Sony and Naughty Dog can do with the increased horsepower in the PS4 with a next-gen Uncharted game, but I'm hoping it's not too constrained if it's going to work on the slower, ageing PS3.
We heard that the 'nuclear winter' was coming soon, last year, but now that nuclear winter is looking much further away. Pete Hines of Bethesda, the studio working on Fallout 4, has said that "BGS will not be talking about its next game for a long time".
But this shouldn't come as a surprise, as earlier this year we reported that it would be 'a while' before we heard anything on Fallout 4. Hines was responding to someone on Twitter when he made the statement about not talking about BSG's next game, but Bethesda are quite busy right now - with The Elder Scrolls: Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Prey 2.
Weeks before E3 2014 kicks off, we're hearing about Half-Life 3 from the co-creator of Counter-Strike, Minh Le. Le has said that he's personally seen artwork of Half-Life 3, and even captured a look at Left 4 Dead 3, too.
Le talked about Half-Life 3, where he said: "I don't know if I can talk about that, to be honest, but I think it's kind of public knowledge that people know that it is being worked on. And so if I were to say that yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news, to be honest".
He continued: "But yeah, I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe. It wouldn't surprise anyone if I said they're doing it, they're working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I'd say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3". When it comes to Left 4 Dead 3, Le had much more to say: "The one thing I'm really excited about is Left 4 Dead, the new Left 4 Dead. I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that. I was like 'wow, this looks great'".
Watch Dogs launches in just a couple of days time, with Ubisoft pulling out all of the tricks for its marketing. The video below is actually quite a good way of marketing the game, using actors with normal off-the-street people thinking they've just had their smartphones modified.
There's a 24/7 smartphone repair shop that adds a hacking application, and then they use this application in the real-world to do some pretty fun stuff. It's a great way of Ubisoft to show off its game to the general public!
Uber Entertainment's Planetary Annihilation is something that most RTS and Total Annihilation fans love, but it has, until now, been a multiplayer-only game. The developer has just announced Galactic War, the new single-player component of the game.
Planetary Annihilation's new Galactic War component sees gamers battling throughout a galaxy filled with procedurally generated content, with random drops, maps and abilities that Uber Entertainment says will make each game unique. Gamers can "define the scale and intensity" of their single-player experience, which features multiple challenges and tech trees.
Batman: Arkham Knight is slated to be the best game in the long-running Batman: Arkham series, and today we got our first look at just what the game will look like thanks to a newly released game-play trailer. Titled "Evening the odds," the trailer shows a beautiful and graphically superior to the previous games in the series. Additionally, if true, the game could be the last in the series, and the end of Batman forever.
"Scarecrow returns to Gotham City with a scheme to unite the Rogues Gallery and destroy the Batman once and for all. As the citizens of Gotham flee and criminal gangs take control of the city, Batman evens the odds taking to the streets in the legendary Batmobile to ignite the fight that will decide the future of the city," reads the caption from YouTube.
Apart from arriving on 3 trillion 1.44-inch floppy discs, Watch Dogs on the Commodore 64 would look like the video below - kinda. Balazs Kalocsai's retro look at Watch Dogs is quite funny.
But if you're after the real Watch Dogs, that arrives on May 27 on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. On the PS4 it will be running at 900p, with the Xbox One version running it at 792p - both versions will be running the open-world game at 30FPS. PC users on the other hand, have a much bigger, better looking version of Watch Dogs waiting for them when it's released - not long to go now, folks!
Over $6 million has been raised for the prize pool of Valve's DotA 2 International tournament, making nit the largest tournament in gaming history! Last year, the DotA 2 International saw a huge $2.8 million prize pool, but the 2014 tournament has dwarfed it.
Where is all of this money coming from? Crowdfunding, that's where. Anyone who buys a DotA 2 Compendium from Valve contributes $2.50 to the growing prize pool, which has a heap of stretch goals attached to it. Most of them have been unlocked because it has ballooned out to $6 million now.
Philip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life, is teasing his upcoming game dubbed High Fidelity. High Fidelity is a virtual reality-based, full body experience, announced in 2013.
When he announced he, he talked about it using sensor-based hardware in order to drive "rich avatar interactions" in the virtual world. This would see High Fidelity gamers seeing their movements and facial expressions replicated in the virtual world. The early production models of the game are using the PrioVR harness for the body tracking side of things, with the Oculus Rift for the immersion and visual side of the game.
Rosedale has said: "The virtual world's of the future are going to look like Pandora from Avatar. And once we can build things in those world's, I would assert that even people who are passionate about VR, here, have no idea what is coming. We're going to be arguing over the price of real estate in the forests of Pandora".