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Grand Theft Auto V accounted for 50% of all games software sold last month—and that’s bad news

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Two sets of numbers out this week show just how quickly the ground is shifting in the videogame industry. Figures from the NPD Group, released monthly and watched closely, show a bumper September for videogame retail sales. Total US sales came in at $1.08 billion across …

DICE: Making Star Wars: Battlefront 'Is Scary'

"You can only screw up, right?"<p>DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach has spoken about how the studio got tasked with Star Wars: Battlefront and the …

'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Is Coming To PS4, Blizzcon

So far, the PS3/360 version of Diablo 3 is proving to be one of the best PC-to-console ports I’ve seen in recent memory, and is one of my favorite games of the year. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that I prefer the game on my PlayStation, from loot changes to the control scheme. As such, when …

Battlefield 4 Has Sizeable Install on Xbox 360

Alongside the 2 GB mandatory install, there's 14 GB of optional content.<p>Battlefield 4 will include a 14 GB install option on Xbox 360, which should …

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

Nintendo stops selling Wii consoles in Japan

That was quick. Just a few weeks after it became clear that Nintendo would stop manufacturing the Wii for Japan, the company has quietly listed the console as "discontinued" (upper right) on its Japanese website. From now on, local gamers wanting a Wii fix will either have to pick up the …

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut review: all tomorrow's parties

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is the best version of a modern classic.<p><i>Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut</i> is dystopian science fiction at its finest.<p>When <i>Human Revolution</i> first came out in 2011, it was praised for its dark, fascinating world, stealth-heavy gameplay and commitment …

Fassbender: Assassin's Creed movie is 'definitely happening'

Michael Fassbender, the <i>Inglourious Basterds</i> and <i>Prometheus</i> actor set to star in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie told the Daily Beast that he's waiting on the script, but that the movie is "definitely happening."<p>Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft announced Fassbender's involvement in July 2012. …

Square Enix founds 'Final Fantasy Committee' to oversee franchise

Square Enix has established a new committee of key developers to reportedly oversee the ongoing quality of the Final Fantasy franchise.<p>According to a report from Japanese site FF-Reunion, the committee consists of Naoki Yoshida, director of Dragon Quest: Monster Battle games and <i>Final Fantasy 14: A</i> …

Elite: Dangerous alpha ready for December

<i>Elite: Dangerous</i> creator David Braben has confirmed that the space trading and combat game's alpha will launch in December.<p>Braben, whose seminal games <i>Elite</i> and <i>Frontier</i> have inspired more than 34,000 people to back his new game's crowd-funding effort, released a nine minute video today, talking …

Blizzard wants your help in designing Diablo 3's next Legendary item

The <i>Diablo 3</i> development team is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the design of the game's Legendary class items, tapping the knowledge of the Diablo community for help in crafting and perfecting the item it plans to implement into the game.<p>The "Design a Legendary" project, Blizzard says, will …

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 treats players to more undead sniping Oct. 31

The Nazi undead will once again rise from the grave this Halloween, thanks to the release of Rebellion's World War II occult horror shooter, <i>Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2</i>.<p>Rebellion announced an Oct. 31 release date for the Windows PC game today, opening up pre-orders for <i>Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie</i> …

Target canceling PS4 pre-orders bundled with delayed launch games, customers say

The delay of PlayStation 4 launch games <i>Watch Dogs</i> and <i>DriveClub</i> appears to have had unpleasant repercussions on some customers who pre-ordered Sony's next-gen console. Buyers on Twitter and Reddit who say they used Target.com to pre-order a PS4 bundled with one of those games now say they're being …

Tracking virtual disease across the world with Moocdemic

Much like its subject matter, <i>Moocdemic</i> is spreading.<p>In today's world of burgeoning mobile technology and social media, disease is easier to track than ever. People tell their friends and family about a bad cold they've come down with via Facebook and Twitter. Phones keep tabs on their location and …

Oculus Rift could 'eventually' run Android as a standalone system

Virtual reality headset Oculus Rift could one day run Android through a system of its own, Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack recently told Engadget.<p>The headset currently runs with the assistance of a PC. According to Carmack, a free device with no wire to drag off your shoulder would …

Dust 514 welcomes players back with free dropsuits

<i>Dust 514</i> players who have been inactive on their account for at least 60 days will receive two free gifts if they return, CCP Games announced via the game's website.<p><i>Dust 514</i> is CCP's free-to-play first-person shooter that connects with its long running MMO, <i>Eve Online.</i> Returning players will receive …

Nightmare and Mitsurugi face off in Soulcalibur 2 HD Online trailer

A new trailer for the HD update to <i>Soulcalibur 2</i>, <i>Soulcalibur 2 HD Online</i>, shows Nightmare facing off against Mitsurugi.<p>According to the video's YouTube description, top French community members DTN and Mark Nikil control the featured fighters. You can watch the video above to see them in action. The …

Virtual reality educational event heading to Boston Nov. 2

Microsoft New England Research and Development and Academic Research Consulting will co-host an educational event in Boston, Mass., about virtual reality.<p>The Future of Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift will take place Nov. 2. In addition to hands-on demonstrations and product overviews, the …

Magic: The Gathering – Tactics shutting down March 2014

Sony Online Entertainment's turn-based strategy game, <i>Magic: The Gathering - Tactics,</i> will shut down March 28, 2014, the developer announced via its forums.<p>The post does not include a reason for the discontinuation, but simply says SOE "determined ... to discontinue game services" with partner …

Killer Instinct's latest fighters include Black Orchid and Sadira

The latest fighter revealed for <i>Killer Instinct</i> for Xbox One is a new spider web-slinging fighter called Sadira, and according the reveal trailer, the series will see the return of Black Orchid.<p>Teaser footage of Sadira, initially posted by Game Trailers, was teased last month. Sadira is equipped …

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2 coming to PS Vita

<i>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2</i>, a remake of <i>Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2</i>, is in development for the PlayStation Vita, Idea Factory and Compile Heart announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2013.<p>According to Dengeki Online, the developers said that <i>Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2</i> is a placeholder …

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 used copy free with pre-owned purchase at Best Buy

Best Buy is offering a free pre-owned copy of <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3</i> for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 with the purchase of a pre-owned game worth $19.99 or more.<p>Best Buy is also offering consumers who purchase Xbox 360 versions of five titles the chance to upgrade to the Xbox One version for …

Call of Duty: Ghosts achievements apparently leak, offer gameplay details

A list of achievements for <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> apparently leaked on Exophase, offering players a spoiler-filled peak at what is in store from the upcoming first-person shooter.<p>(Spoiler warning) The achievements confirm several North American city locations for the game and reveal more about …

Report: Colin Farrell offered World of Warcraft film lead

Actor Colin Farrell has apparently been offered a lead role in the <i>World of Warcraft</i> film adaption, according to a report by Deadline, with Paula Patton is currently negotiating a lead role.<p>According to Deadline, who cites sources, Farrell accepting the deal is "50/50." Patton has previously starred …

Project Reality to become standalone title Project Reality 2

The <i>Project Reality</i> mod is set to evolve into a standalone title for Windows PC called <i>Project Reality 2</i>, The <i>Project Reality</i> Team announced on the mod's official forums.<p><i>Project Reality 2</i> will be a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter PC game, based on mods for <i>Battlefield 2</i> and <i>ARMA 2</i>. …

Scourge: Outbreak receives updates to co-op and matchmaking

<i>Scourge: Outbreak</i>, Tragnarion Studios' third-person co-op shooter, received a patch that introduced matchmaking changes, bug fixes and co-op additions, publisher UFO Interactive and Tragnarion Studios announced.<p>The patch allows players players to find and join games in progress when looking for …

FIFA 14 on 3DS features 'no updates to gameplay or game modes' (update)

<i>FIFA 14</i> on the Nintendo 3DS will feature "no updates to gameplay or game modes" since the previous installment in the soccer series, according to a press release sent out by Nintendo today.<p>The statement suggests that gameplay modes featured in last year's <i>FIFA 13</i> have not been tweaked with new …

Pokemon X and Y's fossil Pokemon and evolutions revealed

The Pokemon Company revealed the two fossil Pokemon for <i>Pokemon X</i> and <i>Y</i> this weekend<i>:</i> the tyrannosaurs-looking Tyrunt and the whimsical Amaura — both of which can evolve into more powerful Pokemon.<p>Fossil Pokemon can be obtained by going to the Fossil Lab and restoring ancient Fossils. <i>Pokemon X</i> and <i>Y</i> …

Sony: Gaikai could stream games to PCs, TVs, tablets, smartphones

Sony's cloud gaming service, Gaikai, could eventually be used to stream PlayStation games to devices like computers, televisions, Blu-ray players, smartphones and tablets, said Sony's Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Dengeki Online.<p>"We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to …

Here's how to make characters fly without a plane in GTA 5

YouTube user "taltigolt" has shared cheat codes for what may be the easiest way to get around <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>'s Los Santos without having to deal with traffic: free-fall gliding through the sky.<p>In the video posted above, players can watch Trevor soar through the mountains for half a minute before …