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Couple become first in Britain to have dead dog cloned to create puppies

Laura Jacques and Richard Remde have used the DNA of their dead dog Dylan to create new puppies which will be born on Boxing Day<p>A couple have become the first in Britain to have their dead dog cloned and are due to collect their newborn puppies from South Korea on Boxing Day.<p>Laura Jacques and her …

Make sure you have these great games before the Steam Winter Sale ends

The season of giving is almost over, so give a little something to yourself.<p>Steam’s Winter Sale is currently offering tons of great discounts on PC games from now until January 4. Just like we did with last month’s Steam Exploration Sale (we even repeated a couple picks here), GamesBeat’s Jeff …

Study Says Gaming Has No Negative Effect On Kids' Behavior

A large study undertaken in the UK concludes that playing electronic games had no negative impact on kids’ later behavior. Television, on the other hand, predicted “a small increase in conduct problems.”<p>The folks over at gamesandlearning.org have directed me to the UK study that asks: “Do …

Tim Schafer's take on 'good puzzle theory' and being stuck as entertainment

When Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions made the decision to return to the adventure game genre with <i>Broken Age</i> — the Kickstarter-funded game previously known as <i>Double Fine Adventure</i> — the veteran game creator turned to his peers for fresh insight.<p>The adventure game creators Schafer talked to, …

Watch Naughty Dog creative director's The Last of Us postmortem

Naughty Dog creative director and writer Neil Druckmann took to the stage at IGDA Toronto recently to give a postmortem on <i>The Last of Us</i>, and the video of that talk is now available online.<p>Press play above to watch Druckmann's spoiler-filled keynote, in which he begins by discussing how Naughty …

Zynga lays off 520 employees, closes several offices in hopes of saving up to $80 million

Zynga today announced that it's laying off 520 employees, with the cuts affecting 18 percent of its workforce around the world. The company is also shuttering offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas as part of what it's calling "substantial cost reductions." These reductions are expected to be …

Microsoft reportedly restructuring Xbox One, Skype execs to larger roles

Microsoft could be shifting its internal structure soon to place a higher importance on executives such as Don Mattrick and Tony Bates, All Things D reports.<p>According to the publication's unnamed sources, the restructuring will come directly from the hands of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Details …

Why Sony might join Microsoft and ban used games

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>It’s no secret that upon Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox One earlier this month, the majority of console gamers were beyond disappointed and rather …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Microsoft targets 25 million more Xbox 360 sales, 'huge announcement' planned for E3

Microsoft believes it can sell 25 million more Xbox 360s despite announcing the console's successor, the Xbox One, earlier this week. The Xbox 360 launched back in 2005, and has sold an estimated 77.2 million to date. Growth has slowed significantly in recent months (despite the console outselling …

Microsoft shooting to sell 25 million more Xbox 360 units

Microsoft will attempt to sell another 25 million Xbox 360 units in the next five years, which would break the 100 million mark, the senior vice president of interactive entertainment business told OXM.<p>Speaking with the publication, Yusuf Medhi said in order to achieve this goal, the company will …

Molyneux's Curiosity cube secret revealed

<b>Peter Molyneux's peculiar mobile "game" Curiosity has ended, and the prize inside is a pretty sweet deal.</b><p>When Peter Molyneux launched experimental …

New York Times digital head joins EA's board of directors

Electronic Arts revealed today its appointing of former New York Times digital products and services vice president Denise F. Warren to the publisher's board of directors.<p>In a statement made available to the public, EA confirmed Warren will fill the role previously held by EA's Gregory Maffei who …

Next Xbox Will NOT Require an Always On Internet Connection

Well, this comes as a bit of surprise. A report this afternoon from Ars Technica seems to be dispelling some of the more pervasive and polarizing …

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Dozens of Sony executives foregoing bonuses - Report

Forty executives at Sony will not be receiving bonuses this year in a bid to combat the company’s financial loss, <i>The Raw Story</i> has reported. Among those who are foregoing the bonus is chief executive Kazuo Hirai.<p>A Sony spokeswoman said that the move was "due to severe business circumstances, …

Chinese online market to bring in $11.9 billion during 2013

Niko Partners expects the Chinese online market to bring in $11.9 billion in 2013 despite a decline in casual, MMO and social gaming. The market in …

Video games can help improve mental cognition in the elderly, study says

A recent study suggests that video games can help improve the cognitive abilities of elderly patients, WebMD reports.<p>The study, published in journal PLoS ONE earlier this month, analyzed 681 patients ages 50 and up. Participants were required to identify vehicles in a "Road Tour" video game. The …

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Star Wars: Battlefront 3 streams feature more than two hours of gameplay

In celebration of yesterday's unofficial Star Wars Day, May 4th, Twitch.TV user PtoPOnline streamed what appeared to be a pre-alpha version of Free Radical Design's canceled <i>Star Wars: Battlefront 3</i>.<p>You can watch the stream over at PtoPOnline's Twitch.TV channel. The first steam is a little over an …

Free-to-play game publisher Kabam opens European operations office in Berlin

Expanding into Europe, free-to-play game publisher Kabam is opening a new office in Berlin today.<p>San Francisco-based Kabam, which is rapidly becoming one of the largest social and mobile game companies, plans to hire 50 multilingual employees at its new operations office. Kabam generates almost …

Nintendo reportedly hoping to port smartphone apps to the Wii U in effort to boost sales

It's no secret that the Wii U isn't selling well, with Nintendo's bottom line suffering as a result. Unsurprisingly, the company is looking for new ways to invigorate sales, and a new report from <i>Kyodo News</i> indicates that Nintendo may be looking to smartphones for inspiration.<p>Apparently, Nintendo is …

Disunion Oculus Rift demo recreates the guillotine's chopping block

<i>Disunion - The guillotine simulator</i>, an "Oculus Rift experience" that was created during the recent Exile Game Jam, recreates the decapitating experience of the French guillotine, according to <i>Disunion</i>'s official website.<p><i>Disunion</i> was created in two days by Erkki Trummal, André Berlemont and Morten …

Square Enix Europe hit with layoffs as company-wide restructuring continues

Square Enix will carry out another round of layoffs in its European sector as part of the company's ongoing restructuring, reports MCV.<p>"We are reviewing our business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content and skills for the changing entertainment landscape," a spokesperson said in …

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THQ creditors claim to be owed over $200 million

A growing list of creditors is seeking more than $200 million from bankrupt publisher THQ. Polygon reports that hundreds of individuals and companies …

2K Games won’t have a booth at this year’s E3

Earlier this week, we learned that Nintendo is skipping its annual press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming show in Los Angeles this June. Today, BioShock Infinite publisher 2K Games revealed it is skipping the media event entirely.<p>On its forums, 2K said it won’t have a booth on …

Square Enix layoffs spread to Europe

Square Enix Europe is to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of recently announced restructuring plans, with staff in the UK confirmed to be …