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Uncertainty leads to the best horror games, says Resident Evil creator

“The horror experience is most scary when the player really isn’t sure whether their character is going to live or die.” – Shinji Mikami, best known as the creator of the Resident Evil series, discusses what he believes makes horror stories the most tense. …

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July NPD: PS4 leads hardware, Last of Us returns to top software

July 2014 continues the trend of rising hardware sales and declining software sales, according to the NPD, though the software sales charts have seen a shakeup thanks to Sony’s Last of Us re-release.

“Hardware sales doubled in July 2014 (vs. July…
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EA’s NCAA case leads to landmark decision on player likenesses

Players have to be paid for their likenesses in video games and broadcast, judge rules, saying that the National Collegiate Athletics Association is violating antitrust rules. …

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Watch Dogs Leads Strong First Quarter For Ubisoft

Ubisoft today released its first quarter earnings for fiscal-year 2014-2015 and things are looking good. The publisher brought in €360 million in sales ($ 489.4 million) compared to €76 million ($ 103.3 million) in the same timeframe last year. This surpasses Ubisoft's target for the quarter of €310 million ($ 421.6 million) by €50 million ($ 68 million).

Most of this success is due to Watch Dogs, which Ubisoft says sold over 8 million units. Unsurprisingly, it looks like there will be more games in the series. "Watch Dogs is now well positioned as a major franchise and we will be able to replicate and build on its success in the coming years," says CEO Yves Guillemot in a statement. A decent chunk of these sales came through digital, contributing to a 149-percent growth in Ubisoft's digital sales from the same time last year. The publisher also credits mobile games, Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Valiant Hearts The Great War for the bump.

Ubisoft's projections for the second quarter aren't as red hot. The publisher expects around €85 million ($ 115.6 million), down 61-percent compared to the same time last year. Full-year targets will remain the same with sales at €1,400 million ($ 1,903 million) and operating income at €150 million ($ 204 million). Big projects still to come this fiscal year are Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew.


Our Take:
Watch Dogs had a lot of momentum behind it, but you can never be too sure about big sales with a new IP. Fortunately for Ubisoft, the game's delay out of holiday 2013 didn't seem to hurt it. It's also heartening to know that the series will continue on. I enjoyed the game, but certain things could have been better. Hopefully, the impending sequel will smooth out the rough edges. Looking forward to it! – The Feed

Ellen Ripley leads Nostromo crew’s return in Alien: Isolation’s pre-order DLC

Sega revealed Sigourney Weaver and several members of the original Alien cast reunite in two missions from the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Temper your excitement, because Sega is making both missions pre-order bonuses, with one exclusive in the US to…
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Natural selection: Evolve leads E3 Game Critics Awards nominations

Turtle Rock Studios’ Evolve notched six nominations in this year’s E3 Game Critics Awards, including Best Online Multiplayer and Best Action Game. The four-versus-one shooter is also up for the prestigious Best of Show award, where it’s competing…
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May NPD: PS4 leads hardware sales, month five

For the fifth consecutive month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 led sales in the US, beating out Microsoft’s Xbox One, NPD Group reported in its May breakdown. Overall hardware sales were up 95 percent from May 2013 to $ 187 million, and while most of that…
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March NPD: PS4 leads hardware sales, Titanfall rules software

The PS4 sold more than the Xbox One or any other console in March – making it the hardware leader for the third consecutive month – market research group NPD reports. The Xbox One and PS4 pushed US hardware sales in March up 78 percent from 2013,…
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Report: Freemium leads the charge among mobile devs, in-app ads on the rise

The “freemium” revenue model is currently the top monetization strategy for mobile developers, but in-app advertising is expected to grow in prominence over the next several years, according to a new report from mobile revenue analytics company App…
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February NPD: PS4 sells more, Xbox One leads in dollar amount

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US during February, with the Xbox One selling 90 percent of what the PS4 did, consumer research group NPD reports. The Xbox One costs $ 100 more than the PS4, meaning it led sales by dollar amount in February.

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