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More than 1 in 10 developers creating eSports-themed game title

Game developers have noticed the rise of eSports, as 12 percent of game developers say they are creating a game they believe fits the description as an eSport, according to the GDC State of the Industry report. Game studios describe a potential eSport as one that is a "competitive, skill-based multiplayer game.

 

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Furthermore, 79 percent of survey respondents believe eSports will be a long-term, sustainable market, especially with Twitch and other broadcasting competitions making viewership even easier.

 

"Creating a game as an eSport causes it to become a hobby and an interest outside the act of playing it," a game developer said in the GDC "State of the Industry Survey." "This increased engagement is one way of allowing a game to become part of a player's life in ways that [don't] require them to always be investing their time into playing it."

Nyko unveils Data Bank for PlayStation 4 - up to 6TB for the PS4

We demand better graphics and more immersive gameplay, but that comes at a cost. As video games progress the amount of storage they require is exploding. Some current games can chew up to 40GB each, and this can grow even more with DLC. Nyko has the bases covered with a new innovative enclosure that snaps onto the top of the PS4. The internal PS4 drive is limited by capacity, and users can upgrade it, but it requires a 2.5" drive. These are limited in capacity, and higher in cost, compared to their larger 3.5" brethren.

 

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The Data Bank supports 3.5" drives, which can be between $40-$50 cheaper than 2.5" models. 3.5" drives currently top out at 6TB for consumer models, and heftier capacities are on the horizon. The Nyko Data Bank will retail between $30 and $40 when it is released. The Nyko Data Bank snaps to the top of the PS4 and is connected via a pass-through power cable on the rear of the unit. The design mimics the PS4's aesthetics, but it does add a large component to the top of the console.

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Telltale Games is working on an original IP

As seen in their Twitter description, Telltale Games has been working on "games based on Game Of Thrones, Minecraft, Borderlands, The Walking Dead & more!" But now it's time for them to produce something completely of their own, as according to their new CEO, Telltale has an "upcoming original IP" in production.

 

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Kevin Bruner has been promoted within the company from president to CEO, in a statement to GamesIndustry he said that "we're thrilled to continue our growth and bring our unique style of scripted entertainment to the next generation of digital media, and do that across thousands of different devices. Our top priority is to continue fostering an environment where the most talented and creative storytellers in the industry are working side by side with the world's biggest creative partners. We're already working on some of the biggest franchises in entertainment, and when you add our unannounced partnerships and upcoming original IP, it's clear the most exciting time to be at Telltale is now, and there will continue to be more and more opportunity to innovate ahead of us."

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Escape From Durgesh Prison, the first Far Cry 4 DLC is now available

Far Cry 4 was probably the most successful launch for Ubisoft last year, and now we're seeing the very first DLC for it in the form of "Escape from Durgesh Prison".

 

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The Escape From Durgesh Prison missions is a downloadable piece of content for the first-person shooter, where Ubisoft explains it as "In this new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, Ajay and Hurk find themselves defenseless in the dangerous northern region of Kyrat after being captured, tortured and stripped of their weapons in Yuma's prison". The developer continues "On their way to the extraction point, they will be able to complete a series of challenges kicked off by the tyrannical Pagan Min to acquire weapons and upgrade their gear before a final stand-off against Yuma's forces".

 

Better yet, you can play Escape From Durgesh Prison by yourself, or with a friend in cooperative mode. It ups the ante by making the mission a time trial, which sees players pushing to be at the top of the online leaderboard. But, if players are killed or die throughout the mission, they are forced to restart the entire mission.

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Minecraft creator hosts party in $70m mansion, doesn't invite creeps

When Markus "Notch" Persson purchased his $70 million house not too long ago, snatching the property from the hands of Jay-Z and Beyonce, most didn't know that a housewarming would be this close - but come on, it was going to happen.

 

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Well, Notch flew back to his new home to host a massive housewarming party, bringing in some of the biggest names in the industry. John "Daikatana" Romero and his partner Brenda were in attendance, as was Tim Schafer, ex-Infinity Ward and now Respawn Entertainment boss Vince Zampella, former Blizzard CCO Rob Pardo, and many more. Gamers were in attendance, celebrities (including Selena Gomez) and producer/DJ Zedd.

 

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Grand Theft Auto V requires 65GB of free HDD space on the PC

It was only a few hours ago now that we reported the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC was delayed, but it was the PC requirements that caught my eye.

 

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The biggest point of GTA V on the PC is that it requires a huge 65GB of free HDD space. Yes, 65GB! Most will shout back that HDDs are cheap these days, but SSDs aren't. Sure, SSDs are definitely cheaper than they used to be, but they still aren't cheap enough where you can just throw 65GB installations of games - and not just one, but multiple - without worrying.

 

On top of that, you'll need a quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM minimum with 8GB of RAM recommended, and modest GPU requirements. The HDD space is definitely a shocker, with even the biggest game installations on PC maxing out at around 50GB these days.

Sorry! Grand Theft Auto V PC release date pushed back until March 24

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed from January 27 until March 24, Rockstar Games confirmed on Tuesday morning. When the game finally does launch for the PC, there will be a customized GTA Online mode available, so gamers will be able to compete in online competitions against one another.

 

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"Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be," Rockstar Games noted in a statement. "Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March."

 

The Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game were released in September, and recently updated for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers.

Forza Motorsport 6 will launch with Xbox One exclusivity

Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Forza Motorsport 6 will launch exclusively for the Microsoft Xbox One game console later this year.

 

 

The Ford GT, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor will also make appearances in the video game, and 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the game franchise.

 

"Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, 'Forza Motorsport 6' will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date - offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers," said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. "We're excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June."

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Hooray! Minecraft: Pocket Edition tops 30 million downloads

Minecraft: Pocket Edition has topped 30 million downloads, as the paid premium game reaches an impressive milestone. The mobile version of the game is available on Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle Fire for $7.

 

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To help celebrate the milestone, Minecraft fans are welcome to visit this reddit thread and submit questions, which will be answered during a live question and answer session later this week.

 

Also, more than one million desktop gamers played Minecraft simultaneously, Mojang noted, with the milestone reached at a non-peak time.

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Call of Duty coming into China - Public beta released

Launching popular titles into China isn't quite as easy as you may think. Counter Strike created their own game that mimics something similar to Counter Strike 1.6 but with rocket launchers - called Counter-Strike: Online and now Call of Duty are having to travel a similar route. With Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play game, launching in China as an open public beta.

 

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Announced on Monday by Activision, this game has been specifically designed for the Chinese market in collaboration with the internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings.

 

Last year, China's gaming population was reported as 300-million strong, meaning the recently approved release of Xbox and PlayStation consoles in this region saw CEOs and shareholders alike giggle with glee. Unfortunately for Sony, their PlayStation launch was held back a little - but that hasn't stopped the advancement as a whole.

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