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Holiday Retrospective: What happened in May 2011

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The US industry hit a serious low; Sony stumbled through the new, hacktastic dawn; one of the year’s biggest games was finally revealed; and E3 excitement started to build. Let’s remember May 2011.

New in May 2011

L.A. Noire

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword

Section 8: Prejudice

Brink

MX vs ATV Alive

Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Dirt 3

Frozen Synapse

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge

PSNgate
A generous two weeks on, the PlayStation Network was still down, as Sony scurried to determine the extent of the Mid-April hack and repair the holes in its security. Top executive Kaz Hirai addressed the world in a live-streamed broadcast, apologising deeply, and the company’s troubled stocks recovered slightly.

Then – horror – Sony Online Entertainment went down, too, citing a similar attack exploiting the shared architecture of the two divisions.

12,700 credit cards were said to have been compromised, and Sony has put on the defence in denying sticky rumours that passwords had been stored in unencrypted form and that lists of PSN users credit card details were being sold, as well as persistant criticism of its delay in informing the public.

The US Congress started asking hard questions, and a Canadian lawsuit targeted a $1 billion pay out. One expert claimed the company had ignored his warnings of the PSN’s vulnerability, and developers admitted the down time had hurt.

Sony added another expert team to its investigation, and offered customers free identity protection services as well as a bundle of free games.

Sony Online Entertainment was back up and running less than two weeks after its own attack, but the PSN remained down. In early May, we were told the newly secure PSN was in the final stages of testing, and by half way through the month, we expected it back at any moment. But in Japan, Sony was barred from going back online until it could meet new security requirements, after credit companies expressed concerns. Sony predicted full restoration by the last week of May, but as the month closed, we were still waiting.

Nevertheless, the end was in sight. Although the intrusion was estimated to have cost the company $106 million, hardly anyone cancelled their accounts.

Hacking as Headlines
Anonymous, widely blamed for the attack, issued another denial, this time specifically stating it had not snaffled anyone’s credit card details. A small group of long-time members, however, admitted that a splinter group or cell could have been responsible. Another statement expressed the group’s disappointment in Sony’s actions. Rumour had it another attack was on the way, and certainly a number of Sony’s satellites were troubled by cybercrime over the next few months. “This is the beginning of the end for Sony,” hackers warned.

L.A. Noire launch trailer.

In fact, it was the beginning of an ordeal, as gaming websites and networks fell victim to a barrage of hacking incidents. The Deus Ex website was one of the first to be hit, with personal data pillaged.

Sony’s So-net service was smacked, as was Codemasters and Heroes of Newerth. This trend continued over the months to come.

Wii U Join The Dance?
When we weren’t having kittens over Sony, we found the time to be excited about Nintendo’s upcoming hardware. At the end of April, the Big N had confirmed an E3 2011 debut, so speculation and sleuthing went wild – along with a bit of trolling.

It will have a touch screen you can feel, they said. It will have 8GB of flash memory and no HDD, they said. It will have a front facing camera, they said.

“Let’s just say, there’s room for a unique console,” was Miyamoto’s irresponsibly paraphrased response to these varyingly accurate predictions.

Releases
The headline release this month was undoubtedly Team Bondi’s loving – if glaringly inaccurate – tribute to the Los Angeles that was. L.A. Noire seemed an entirely new kind of game, with the open-world Rockstar touch, and the world went mad for it.

Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players reporting various system issues, but otherwise, the game drew good reviews and became the UK’s fastest-selling new IP. Team Bondi leader Brendan McNamara chortled happily that the game’s sequel wouldn’t take anywhere near as long to make.

Ha. Ha. Haaaaa. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion to that.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

CD Projekt also scored a win this month with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The action RPG sequel hit a couple of bumps in Australia. A quick bit of editing leaped the refused classification hurdle, while an adjustment to local pricing was quickly circumnavigated.

A week before release, the company hit its upper limit on pre-orders in its home territory of Poland, and achieved 111,842 worldwide. Critical reception was equally positive, and before the dust had settled, the first reputable hints of an Xbox 360 version arrived.

We caught up with Splash Damage in time for the release of the shooter-focussed company’s first new IP, Brink. Reviews really were a mixed bag, with some outlets refusing to give a verdict until online play could be assessed. In its launch-day form, Brink drew a lot of fire for its bugs, but Splash Damage was quick to respond with patches and even freebies.

Dead or Alive Dimensions was added to the 3DS’s limited fighter roster – but not in Nordic territories. This molehill-turned-mountain would later spread to Australia, too. THQ went a bit experimental with its budget-priced, DLC-supported MX vs ATV Alive. Dirt 3 hit stores, but its multiplayer was out of reach for disgruntled PS3 players. InXile’s action title Hunted: The Demon’s Forge also dropped, but it failed to make waves.

On the indie side, sci-fi shooter Section 8 received a digital-only sequel in the form of Prejudice, while popular medieval multiplayer title Mount & Blade jumped forward a few centuries to With Fire and Sword. Frozen Synapse, the turn-based tactical title, hit Steam, and its buy-on-get-one-free policy helped countless players find friends to test their skills on.

The NPD Group’s report on US sales for May, L.A. Noire topped, with Brink in second place. Otherwise, the chart was largely dominated by April’s big releases and the same old Just Call of Zumba Dance Duty perennials.

Depressing? Indeed. May saw the US industry slump to its lowest point in five years, with total sales dropping a whopping 14% year-on-year to $743.1 million. The NPD blamed consumer disinterest on a lower number of releases than in previous years – but also pointed out that Black Ops DLC probably diverted more than a few dollars into the digital sphere.

Brink launch trailer.

Digital Frontier
DC Universe Online, barely five months old, started merging servers, which some interpreted as a danger sign.

Sony announced a new, Japan-only range of PS3 titles under the banner of PSP Remasters. Monster Hunter Portable Third was the flagship of the scheme, which updates visuals and adds in DualShock support, as well as sharing saves between PSP and PS3. The company also showed off some new AR technology which would later appear in Vita launch titles.

Money, Money, Money
End of financial year results started coming in during May, with Sony’s PlayStation division boasting a $535 billion profit, with over 14 million PS3 consoles shipped over the year.

THQ’s own financials briefing was less inspiring, although we were still willing to bet on Danny Bilson’s vision, and Square Enix blamed poor console sales for its own 35% drop in sales.

Ubisoft reported a poor final quarter but a positive result over the whole year. EA put a bit of spin on its own efforts, highlighting static sales and reduced spending rather than another annual loss.

Activision’s financial year is out of step with many others, so it posted its first quarter results, which included increased profits of $503 million. Disney’s second quarter brought losses again.

Dirt 3 launch trailer.

Marketing and PR
Proving it has rather more sense than many credit a multi-national corporation with possessing, Sony kicked David O Russell off the Uncharted movie adaptation, apparently unimpressed with the director’s strange, family-art-heist-Mark-Wahlberg interpretation.

Irrational games debuted a new BioShock: Infinite demo to press; we all got a look at it during E3, and it remains one of the most memorable bits of media of the year.

Continuing its new tradition of charming humility, EA admitted again that it had made mistakes – but insisted it had done so with balls and brass.

BioWare won hearts two months in a row, this time by declaring that Mass Effect 3 would feature all kinds of love interests for those put off by Mass Effect 2′s heterosexual tunnelling.

True or False?
On the Operation Rainfall front, hopes for a Western release for Mistwalker’s The Last Story where lifted when rumours and team leader Hironobu Skaguchi agreed a localisation was under way.

A new Carmageddon project was outed, with Square Enix handing the IP back to its original developers.

Duke Nukem Forever went gold, after eleven years in the works. What else can you say? We’d say it anyway, in the months to come.

In London, Sony gave Starhawk a glamorous debut, and Ubisoft announced the inevitable annual Assassin’s Creed. Square Enix admitted to Hitman’s revival at last, and at an impressive media event in Dubai, Namco Bandai made it official with Soul Calibur V.

First Modern warfare 3 trailer.

But the biggest announce of all was also the least surprising – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Officially, we didn’t know what the next entry would be, but unofficially? The logos leaked. Teasers were quickly deconstructed. Retailers opened pre-orders. A planned suprirse trailer debut during the NBA Playoffs wasn’t, in the end, all that surprising.

This ship was so leaky that at least one crew member chose to bail out: Kotaku got hold of most of the contents of Activision’s planned media blowout and ran with it. Activision was pretty gutted.

Getting E3-cited
If you’d like to relive E3 2011 as it was meant to be, maybe come back tomorrow for June – but if you want the true to live experience, read on. This years’ event was thoroughly plagued by leaks, rumours and too-explicit hints from marketing departments, making most major “announces” pretty dull affairs.

Sony’s reveal of its newest console’s name, the Vita, was outedmore than once. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition was outed. Sega tipped its Aliens: Colonial Marines hand very heavily.

Plus, Hideo Kojima said he wouldn’t be showing up, dashing hopes for something Metal Gear related. Fumito Ueda gave the show a miss, too – we’re still waiting to see The Last Guardian.

Hatched, Matched and Dispatched
Atari, one of the oldest and most dramatically transformed brands of our industry, announced another of its periodic reinventions. Chasing the casual, social and mobile dollar meant dropping support for triple-A MMOs, and Cryptic Studios – developer of Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter – found itself on the market, although not for long. Perfect World was all over that.

EA continued its bid for world domination by snapping up Australian studio Firemint. Meanwhile, Black Rock was hit by lay-offs.

The last remaining “founding father” of the original Xbox parted ways with Microsoft, which was a little sad.

Finally, the US government adjusted one of its grant schemes to include games, thereby officially settling the debate: games are art. it’s the law.

Check back tomorrow as we dive head-first into the silliest of seasons: E3 is just around the corner.

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5 Comments

  1. Quasar

    witcher 2 >all

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Oh I remember when I install Witcher 2 it was so good felling installing something new,fresh with great graphic great sequel and all free time in the world to explore the game.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @1
    Correction:
    “Mortal Kombat > All”
    I know, it’s a game from previous month but I was still enjoying that. As for May games, LA Noire was my fave. Sadly didn’t get to try Witcher 2 :(

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Mortal Kombat was probably the surprise of the year though, I mean, it was a great game and not shit. Everything else this year was either as expected or worse, MK9 was basically the game that give us a bit of faith.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. teribithia

    Dead or Alive: Dimensions in youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDwSDsesTMQVia Apple.

    #5 3 years ago

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    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]