General Video Gaming Industry Newz

Halo Wars 2 to redefine the real-time strategy genre with the first-ever #TwitterHaloWars, launching January 17th

To tease the return of the acclaimed strategy video game franchise, Halo Wars 2, Xbox is bringing the war of wits from the game world to everyone on Twitter.
You no longer need an Xbox console to enjoy some Halo action, because of today Twiter is joining forces with the developers behind the world famous Halo series, and making #TwitterHaloWars available to all to enjoy with nothing but their PC or Mobile and Twitter account.
Xbox One Wins Second Half of 2016

The NPD Group today released its initial report for December US sales, revealing how hardware sold during the month and more. Sony's PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in the US during the month, according to VentureBeat, while the Xbox One saw strong performance as well.
The console war between Sony and Microsoft with their PS4 and XB1 boxes is still raging over, but 2016 is finally over, and in the end PlayStation won the month of December, but overall Xbox won half of the year 2016, its still a total winner-take-all race going into '17.
UK developer to close after 19 years as Sony “makes changes to European studios structure”

Sony is closing the Cambridge branch of Guerrilla Games, has learned. All employees will be laid off.
Sadly, another famous studio is biting the dust, this one most recently produced the Killzone for Vita, and even more recently, the Rigs game which was key launch title for PlayStation VR, and points to signs that Sony might have over invested into making VR games! :)
The ESEA is an eSports community that runs a popular online Counter-Strike league.

In late December, its security got breached in a big way. Now the details of that breach are coming to light, with 1.5 million users affected after the ESEA refused to pay a hacker $100,000
More bad news for Counter-Strike eSports players, first 'gambling' was banned, then more recently leagues have been shutdown by their owners after Players formed their own union for better pay and sponsorship contracts, and now one of the top community sites have had all their members personal details leaked online, with lots of personal info, including cell phone numbers and private text messages. :(
You can’t buy these three licensed Activision games digitally anymore.

The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and TMNT Mutants in Manhattan have vanished from digital storefronts such as Steam as well as the Xbox, Nintendo eShop, and PlayStation stores.
The one problem with 'digital games', is that when 'licensing rights expire', the games disappear, unlike physical ones that still can be found online for sale via eBay or used video gaming stores.
The thing about computer hacking is that it’s such a general, far-reaching term that it’s almost impossible to explain to someone who isn’t already familiar with it.

So, news networks who need b-roll footage to show while they’re talking about hacking usually just show keyboards or random strings of letters and numbers, while the audience stares blindly at the screen, assuming that whatever they’re looking at is somehow related to the topic.
So if you are running the Clinton News Network, and want to inform readers more about the crazy idea that the Russians hacked your American Election 2016 to get Trump to win, they you quickly grab some 'hacking-looking footage' from popular video game, in this case Fallout 4 and use it as background footage during your 'weird discussion/debate' about this widely fought viral news topic going around.
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Readers!

Good Wishes to All and Thanks for the last 20 Years
Just a quick message to wish all our loyal readers Happy New Year 2017, and stay tuned as many huge scene and gaming related things are occurring early next year, with Nintendo Switch coming and most likely a full on PS4 Jailbreak, video gaming has never been better!

2016 was a big year for nerdy perverts.

Overwatch alone probably started an entire sex industry, VR porn became the face of virtual reality, and more games tackled raunchy subjects.
There might be no official A-Rated (Adult) Video Games, but that does not stop the crazy 'fandom' world trying to take their popular video game characters to the next level, and it does not help that developers are trying to embrace more gamers into their world, so they having been adding 'gay' characters and storylines, and this just stirs up the dark seedy pervert world even more, just look at the following 'trending topics' from over the last year, and you will see that percentage of 'gamers' want more well 'sex' in their games! :)
But, lucky for now only in South Korea under new laws to crackdown on Massive Online Cheating!

Video gamers who cheat while playing online will face five years in prison under a new law passed in South Korea. An amendment to a bill promoting the gaming industry is aimed at targeting those attempting to gain an unfair advantage playing on the internet.
Anyone caught breaking the law which is backing manufacturers and programme makers will face a jail sentence of up to five years or 50million KRW ($43,000) and streams of gamers have already been banned from playing the game Overwatch, and these new laws are mainly aimed at fighting the 'makers' of the aimbotter scripts which come out of places like Korea more so than other countries, and will give the legal power for companies like Blizzard to crackdown on servers hosted in Korea and their authors, more so then attacking the...
Funcom releases first sample of the soundtrack to its upcoming open-world survival game ‘Conan Exiles’

A game's atmosphere can change depending a several factors - for me personally, music is always key.
Be prepared to survive with an accompanying soundtrack composed by award winning composer Knut Avenstroup Haugen pushing you further into the harsh world of Conan Exiles.
Stephanie Harvey, a competitive video game player, at the house and training center she shares with her teammates, manager and coach.

Mark Religioso, a brand manager for the video game publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, wants more women to be involved in the professional gaming arena known as esports, where players compete in video game tournaments to win thousands of dollars in prize money.
As the world of eSports increase, the push is on to make it more diverse and to bring in new gamers to the fold that are 'females' :)
Virtual Home Robot by GateBox is Coming Soon, and you can Pre-Order one today for only $2,500 USA

Like a mix between Her and the Black Mirror Christmas Special, the Gatebox is a creepy personal assistant that puts the emphasis on personal and doesn’t seem to do much assisting.
Japan is always on the leading-edge of new technology and they have moved on already from the boring static lifeless Virtual Assistant's that are all the rage now in America called Siri and Echo and Contana and taken to and whole new level of living!
Atari transfers the rights to future Test Drive games to Bigben Interactive

Bigben Interactive has announced the acquisition of the rights to use and develop the TEST DRIVE brand from the Atari group and announces its project to develop new titles from the franchise Test Drive Unlimited.
Everyone that is retro gaming, must remember the famous TEST DRIVE games, well they are coming back as Atari has found a new partner to license the IP brand, and they are going to be developing some new racing games very soon! :)
In Time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - The World’s First Nintendo Themed Area Being Developed with More than 50 Billion Yen

“SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™” is coming to Universal Studios Japan and will be the first such opening in the world, featuring globally renowned characters and game worlds from Nintendo. Super Nintendo World is targeted to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While Universal Studios Japan will be the first location to open, Nintendo themed areas are also coming to Orlando and Hollywood as announced by Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts on November 29, 2016.

Minecraft has been great for people who want to look backwards at the history of video games.

It's easy to go and build a sprite out of blocks, since they match up perfectly with the pixels all game characters used to be rendered with. YouTuber SethBling has gone several steps further though, creating a working Atari 2600 emulator in Minecraft's creative mode.

Well you can finally watch (very slowly), Donkey Kong being played in Minecraft, at the blasting speed of 60 frames in 4 hours! :) :)

Hyperkin is mostly known for its Retron series of emulator systems that play practically any old cartridge game.

But the company also makes loads of other retro gaming hardware. The Hyper Clack Tactile Mechanical Keyboard is what happens when a keyboard and Super NES become one beautiful peripheral.

When it comes to Retro Gaming, there is one thing normally left out the 'keyboard', sure we have tons of Retro Gaming Controllers, but there is also 'retro classic home computers', and emulators for many of them from TI99, to C64, to Amiga, to MSX, to Atari ST but the one thing there is always missing from some good old retro-school programming is the feel as you are typing in 2,000 lines of Assembly or BASIC code to see that weird ball bounce and spin across the screen.

Kotaku is reporting from its sources this morning, that the Crytek Studio is in big trouble, and Ryse 2 is canned!

Crytek, the developer behind Crysis and Xbox One launch game Ryse, is having trouble paying employees, and the company has been bleeding staff since March, according to people who work there.

Things are not looking good for the fans of the popular exclusive Xbox One game Ryse, is the sequel planned has been canned, and the studio Crytek is in so much red ink, they can't even afford to pay their remaining staff.

NBA Baller Beats and Cooking Mama publisher is done with games.

Cooking Mama publisher Majesco has left the video game business. The New Jersey-based company announced this week that it merged with Biotech company PolarityTE, ending its run as a publisher.

Another famous gaming studio bites the dust, and in this case it is strange one its because it decided to merge with a Biotech Company, so of course 'video gaming' no longer fits their new type of business, well maybe they will offer 'game tatoos' or 'discounts' for facelifes on old gamers that want to look young again. Oh'well hope they good luck in their new business venture.

Shaq Says #GetCovered and Tune In To The White House Competitive Gaming Event

Twitch Brings Gaming to the White House to Build Awareness of Health Coverage Options

Live streamed Competitive Gaming broadcast with more than a dozen streaming personalities marks White House’s first-of-its-kind gaming event

The White House will host a live, competitive gaming event to encourage young people to go to and sign up for coverage.

You heard it from Shaq himself: on Monday, December 12, the White House will host a competitive gaming event to help people sign up for health care coverage at Tune in to at 4 PM Eastern to join in!

The nation's first video game theater has landed at Westfield Garden State Plaza.
ESC Game Theater, a 30-person interactive gaming experience, recently opened on level two, the mall announced.

Participants in the game stand in one of 30 designated spots inside the 750-square-foot venue, which features a movie theater-size screen, surround sound and synchronized lights.

As Virtual Reality enters into our homes on our gaming consoles, those in the business of getting people out of their homes like movie theaters are trying new things, and this one is a form of interactive with other players, with gamers playing large-scale video games like moving cubes, and other objects with handheld controllers and standing in certain spots as directed by the interactive guide.