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Sony finally stops shipping PlayStation 2 in Japan

Thirteen years after its launch, Sony has stopped shipping PlayStation 2 consoles to retailers in Japan. Launched on March 4, 2000 in the nation, the console has sold over 150 million units globally, making it the most popular system of all-time.   In Japan itself, Sony has sold 22 million PS2s. Unlike in other nations, […]

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Gaming company THQ files for bankruptcy

Game maker THQ has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with its assets being sold to private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group for $60 million. The company’s stock fell 73 percent on the 19th to finish at $0.35 cents.   Last month, the company admitted it was seeking “strategic financing alternatives” as it bled cash. Clearlake […]

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Celebrate Mega Man’s 25th, Download Free Street Fighter X Mega Man Now

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Mega Manbrand, according to an email from Capcom that dropped into my inbox this morning. The Blue Bomber has been battling the Robot Masters with his sweet arm cannon for a quarter of a century, and Capcom is releasing a free game in order to celebrate.   Announced last […]

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Resident Evil 6 PC release date set

Second title update set for consoles on January 22. Resident Evil 6 will launch for PC as a digital download on March 22, 2013 in North America and at retail and at download in Europe on the same date, Capcom has announced.   The PC version will include the same content found in the original […]

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Next Mass Effect due “late 2014 to mid 2015″

“Full development on the game started a month or two ago.” The next Mass Effect game will launch “late 2014 to mid 2015,” BioWare has told GamerSyndrome.   “I honestly can’t tell you an exact because full development on the game started a month or two ago,” the studio said. Last month, it was announced […]

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Ouya Kickstarter closes at $8.58 million

Ouya closed its Kickstarter campaign today with $8,584,466 raised from 63,308 backers. It exceeded its intial $950,000 goal by 903 percent.    Console manufacturer Boxer8 have since launched an official Ouya web portal, separate from the project’s Kickstarter blog, accessible at Ouya.tv. The site currently contains the Kickstarter pitch video, a form to receive e-mail updates, and the […]

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Tales of Xillia coming to North America, Europe

15th anniversary mothership Tales due in 2013. Namco Bandai announced at the Japan Expo in Paris today that it will bring Tales of Xillia, the thirteenth mothership entry in its Tales role-playing game series, to North America, Europe (EMEA territories), and Australia in 2013.   During a stage event at the expo, series producer Hideo Baba said “there’s […]

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E3 – PlayStation 4 games “are in development”

But Sony is “not talking about when the machine is coming out.” Sony Computer Entertainment America’s senior vice president Scott Rohde is a rather blunt man when it comes to answering questions, it seems.   Asked whether he anticipates PlayStation 4 coming out within the next couple of years, and if he can confirm whether […]

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E3 – Fire Emblem: Awakening coming to North America

Fire Emblem: Awakening is coming to North America. This is the Latest Fire Emblem to venture (further) overseas.   The news comes from Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime, who mistakenly told Kotaku’s Jason Shreier, IGN’s Rich, and Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo of the news after tonight’s 3DS showcase event at E3. (Fils-Aime did not realize the information wasn’t in the event’s press kit.) […]

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E3 – Square Enix Reveals Next-Gen Final Fantasy Tech Demo

Square Enix introduced its next-generation engine Luminous Studio today with a Final Fantasy-inspired tech demo called Agni’s Philosophy.   The engine, in development internally at Square Enix, is able to depict high-quality, “real time computer graphics,” at the same level as “pre-rendered computer graphics,” according to Square. Characters are detailed to the point where they express “life-like […]

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