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Company of Heroes 2 enters open beta, playable till 18 June

Company of Heroes 2, the follow-up to the highest-rated strategy game to grace the PC, is due to launch later this month on 25 June and, coming off the closed beta period, SEGA have announced an open beta that will allow fans and prospective buyers to take a crack at the World War II strategy title. The game’s producer, Greg Wilson, said in a statement “We have been working hard since ...[Read More]

Zynga has a hard day, lays off 18% of workforce

Zynga has had to say farewell to some 18% of the company’s workforce and CEO and founder Mark Pincus was the one who had to do it. The layoffs will be spread across the entire company. The recent note sent to staff informing them of the layoffs was also published on the Zynga blog, in which Pincus said that yesterday was a “hard day” for the company. “None of us ever expect...[Read More]

Wii U to get a massive price drop at Toy R Us – tomorrow only

South African gamers are in for a treat but only if they’re quick on the trigger. South African Toys R Us stores will be having a one-day-only special on Nintendo’s Wii U console, dropping the price from the R4K range to R999. The price drop is apparently for the 32GB Premium console and will be limited to one unit per customer in order to prevent cheap buying up of units for resale. T...[Read More]

The world’s most expensive video game comes with its own car

Codemasters have laid claim to the title of the world’s most expensive video game with upcoming title GRID 2’s new Mono Edition. GRID 2, which releases this Friday, is getting a Mono Edition, which will set buyers back $190,000 (around R1.87 million). This is a bit extreme for a collector’s edition but the Mono Edition comes with its own car, as well as a few extras. The BAC Mono...[Read More]

Microsoft unveils the Xbox One

Microsoft, at an event held in Redmond, Washington, last night, announced and unveiled their new console, the Xbox One. Seemingly intended as an all-in-one entertainment system as opposed to being just a gaming console, only time will tell whether Microsoft has targeted the correct market with their new hardware. And the hardware itself isn’t bad at all, though what it does and doesn’t...[Read More]

Electronic Arts cans its Online Pass system

Electronic Arts has decided to get rid of its Online Pass system, a system which saw new copies of EA titles coming with a numerical key that gave players access to online features in games. The company’s senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg, speaking to GamesBeat, said that the Online Pass system would not be implemented in future EA games. Reseburg said “Yes, we’...[Read More]

Microsoft turfing Microsoft Points to implement universal gift card system

Microsoft’s Microsoft Points system, long a staple of the Xbox Live online service, is going to be going away. A report from The Verge cites sources “familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans” as saying that the virtual currency will be giving way to something else. That something else would be gift cards that act in much the same way as iTunes vouchers, being redeemable for a c...[Read More]

Electronic Arts secures rights to Star Wars gaming franchise from Disney

That didn’t take long. Disney recently shuttered LucasArts, the studio primarily responsible to Star Wars-related gaming titles, and said that they would be licensing the rights to make game’s based on the fictional universe. The license has now been awarded to publisher Electronic Arts on an exclusive basis as part of a multi-year deal, the terms of which have not been disclosed. EA w...[Read More]

Next-gen Xbox to be revealed on 21 May

Microsoft has announced the coming reveal of its next generation Xbox console, putting the date at 21 May this year. The event will take place at Microsoft’s Redmond campus at 10AM and Microsoft has confirmed that the unveiling will be live-streamed over There has been a lot of rumour and speculation regarding the capabilities and possible requirements of Microsoft’s newest c...[Read More]

What do you get when you cross an Oculus Rift VR headset with an omni-directional treadmill?

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that got its start through a Kickstarter campaign and which is well on its way to becoming a proper gaming product. Now a company called Virtuix is also looking to get a Kickstarter campaign going for an item that could well change the way that games are played, if used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Virtuix have developed an omni-direc...[Read More]

Pong gets bigger than ever (literally)

Last week Friday saw classic Atari game Pong reach heights it has never seen before, thanks to a team from Drexel University in Philadelphia. The team has converted Pong into a game that can be played on the side of a building using its lights, in this case the Cira Centre which resides near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Getting the game working involved essentially hacking the LED lights used b...[Read More]

Electronic Arts closing several social titles

Several of Electronic Arts’ social titles, all of which are from the company’s Playfish developer, are on the chopping block. The axe is scheduled to fall on 14 June this year, taking Facebook games The Sims Social, Pet Society and SimCity Social with it. There don’t appear to be any sinister reasons for the closure, as EA tells it “After millions of people initially logged...[Read More]

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