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Game Replay: Far Cry Primal, Elder Scrolls Online expansion unveiled

10/06, 11:14pm

Gaming news summary for October 6, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited gets its second expansion, Ubisoft announces another Far Cry spin-off, microtransactions in games get some attention, and two developers pull games from the App Store.


Game Replay: The Last of Us 2 hinted, Destiny expansion breaks records

09/17, 11:17pm

Gaming news summary for September 18, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Destiny: The Taken King breaks download records on PlayStation, a developer accidentally reveals there is a sequel to The Last of Us on the way, Microsoft releases an update to the Xbox 360 firmware, and EA removes female players from FIFA 16 following NCAA involvement.


Game Replay: Oculus VR lawsuit continues, Rockstar bans modders

08/11, 7:54pm

Gaming news summary for August 11, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, the lawsuit between ZeniMax and Facebook over Oculus-related trade secrets continues, Bungie reveals why one Destiny actor has been replaced, Rockstar permanently bans some game modders, and a developer files for bankruptcy after finishing a Kickstarter project


Game Replay: Destiny voice actor changes, Microsoft at Gamescom

08/04, 11:40pm

Gaming news summary for August 4, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Microsoft uses Gamescom to show off some important items, a change of voice actor in Destiny is unexpectedly announced, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will include previous games in the franchise, and one game streamer is banned from Twitch over an ill-advised prank.


Game Replay: Destiny pricing, Red Bull, Batman issues

06/24, 11:21pm

Gaming news summary for June 24, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Destiny expansion issues dominate, followed by major problems with the PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight, and Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Amie discusses the negative fan response to a new Metroid game.


Game Replay: 1TB Xbox One spotted, Rock Band 4 not heading to PC

06/07, 11:09pm

Gaming news summary for June 7, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, an upgraded Xbox One leaks on Amazon, Harmonix reveals why it isn't making Rock Band 4 for the PC, and Destiny players have raised over $1 million in Bungie's Nepal earthquake charity effort.


Game Replay: Assassin's Creed Syndicate, $3,400 Hearthstone purchase

05/10, 10:00pm

Gaming news summary for May 10, 2015

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. In today's post, the next Assassin's Creed title is revealed ahead of an official announcement, a Hearthstone player spends $3,400 on new cards, and Bungie's second expansion for Destiny is still on track for release.


Game Replay: Minecraft for HoloLens, Yooka-Laylee, Destiny Nepal drive

05/03, 10:59pm

Gaming news summary for May 3, 2015

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealing a reason behind the purchase of Mojang, a bomb threat at a GamerGate meeting, Yooka-Laylee exceeding expectations on Kickstarter, and Bungie using Destiny's community to help a charitable effort.


Weekly Game Replay: Nintendo Amiibo issues, The Witcher 3 pushed back

12/14, 8:02pm

News from the video game industry for the week of December 7

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN look at some of the bigger news from the game industry over the past week. In this week's look back in Weekly Game Replay, we cover Nintendo's stock and production changes with Amiibo, the delay of The Witcher 3, confirmation of character progress in Destiny carrying over to the next game, Final Fantasy XV's demo being exclusive to Final Fantasy Type-O HD, Paradox halting development of Runemaster, and the return of the maligned Stalker sequel to crowdfunding.


Hands On: Destiny's The Dark Below DLC (Xbox One)

12/14, 12:40pm

Crota rears his ugly head in the new, and controversial, Destiny DLC

While not quite at the top of the sales charts, Bungie and Activision's Destiny only fell to the latest in Activision's long running series of military shooters. However, beating Call of Duty, Destiny's latest downloadable content package was released this week -- The Dark Below. As downloadable content (DLC) goes, its not cheap, coming in at $20, but any content expanding a sparse story should be welcomed by the gaming populace. Electronista has been hitting The Hive hard this week in The Dark Below, read on to see what we thought about it!


Weekly Game Replay: Destiny's 3.2M daily players, Driveclub woes

10/12, 6:00pm

News from the video game industry for the week of October 5

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN round up some of the important pieces of news in the video game industry from the previous week. This week, we take a look at some statistics regarding the number of players in Destiny, issues with the launch of Driveclub, free next-generation copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for customers buying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, as well as some other notable news bits and upcoming releases.


Hands on: Bungie's Destiny for Xbox 360

09/22, 9:40pm

Is that wizard really from the moon and actually worth spending $60 on?

Let's just cut through the normal crap of a boring introductory paragraph. If you've been alive and a gamer for more than 15 years, you know who Bungie is. More than 25 years, and you've played a Bungie game or two. At more than 40 (and a Mac user), you've played games from the company that shipped on 3.5-inch disk. Bungie is now freed from the clutches of Microsoft, and under the thrall of a new master -- Activision. Destiny is the first title from the thrice-born company, and it's -- different. Is it any good, and more importantly, how is the experience on the seemingly-omnipresent previous generation of console?


Bungie's Destiny hits $500 million in first day sales says Activision

09/10, 7:23pm

Figure is a 'sell-in' number, Activision already cashing in on 10-year deal

Activision Blizzard's $500 million bet on former Halo developer Bungie appears to be paying off after the first day. The company's Destiny launched this Tuesday, bringing in more than $500 million in sales for the Activision-published game. The sales figure that Activision claims makes the game "the biggest new video game franchise launch in history."


Destiny last-gen buyers get free next-gen copy, Vita controls added

09/07, 4:30pm

PS3, Xbox 360 buyers get free next-gen copy for limited time, Vita remote play controls refined

With Bungie's Destiny coming out later this week, the company announced an initiative to give players still on last-gen hardware an easier way to transition to next-gen consoles in the near future. Bungie announced that players that purchase a digital copy of Destiny for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 are eligible for a free digital version on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Sony also announced a control scheme specific to that PlayStation Vita that Bungie developed for those playing the game via remote play.


Technology difference, experience led to Destiny platform separation

07/23, 8:10pm

Bungie decided to preserve the experience for players, not push each console

Bungie took on the difficult task of developing its latest game Destiny for four different consoles across two generations of technology. While this isn't uncommon near the end-of-life cycles for consoles, Bungie decided to craft the experience for each console according to their vision rather than hardware limitations. However, hardware does keep the game from advancing into cross-platform play territory, an area of play that gaming is moving into.


Former Bungie composer settles suit with studio president for $95,000

07/22, 6:46pm

Marty O'Donnell takes settlement in individual suit after Harold Ryan denied benefits

Composer Marty O'Donnell, best known for his work on the Halo video game franchise, settled his individual lawsuit with Bungie President Harold Ryan last week on a judge-approved deal. In the lawsuit against Ryan, which was filed in May, O'Donnell claimed that Bungie owed him unpaid time off and other benefits under company policy, which Ryan denied.


Activision considering PC release for Bungie's Destiny

06/16, 7:13pm

Focus is on console launch, team discussing a possible PC release in the future

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Polygon's Ben Kuchera spoke with Activision Publishing CEO Erik Hirshberg about the future of Bungie's upcoming Destiny. While the focus was on the development of the title for multiple consoles, Hirshberg did confirm that the company is mulling over the idea of porting the game to personal computers.


Hands-on: Destiny First Look Alpha

06/14, 11:47pm

Bungie looks set to deliver another winner with Destiny

Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Destiny First Look Alpha, from Halo creators Bungie. It is not often that we take a closer look at video games on the site, however Destiny is easily one of the most anticipated games of the next-generation game consoles. For people who pre-order the game, a Destiny Beta will arrive on July 17, ahead of the September launch. However, post-E3, Bungie has opened up a limited Alpha testing period that started on June 12 exclusively on the Sony PS4 as it works to refine the finished product.


Bungie's Destiny gameplay leaked during stream by alpha tester

06/08, 5:05pm

Playstation 4 tester streams game on Ustream, Activision scrambles to remove videos

New gameplay footage of Bungie's Destiny has showed up online, though this time it isn't from the company itself. The game had footage leaked last week when one of the game's alpha testers decided to stream during a play round on the Playstation 4. Activision has been quick to pull videos down on YouTube, but other sources are still available.


Activision Blizzard investing $500 million in Bungie's 'Destiny'

05/07, 5:30pm

Spiritual successor to Halo most expensive game produced yet

Reuters reports that Activision Blizzard will drop a total of $500 million on the development of Bungie's upcoming game Destiny. The investment makes the game the most expensive video game production to date, surpassing previous cost leaders such as Grand Theft Auto V and Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick announced the record-setting investment at the Milken Institute conference in Los Angeles at the end of April.


Bungie looking to delve into iOS development?

05/13, 9:45am

Apps could complement PC/console project

Halo creator Bungie Studios may be looking to dip its toes into iOS development, reports suggest. Earlier this week Bungie formed a company called "Bungie Aerospace Corporation," nevertheless controlled by Bungie president Harold Ryan. The Aerospace spinoff has now filed for a trademark on the term "Crimson," which according to classifications would apply to games "downloadable from a global computer network," "for use on mobile and cellular phones," and/or available "via a global computer network and wireless devices."


Jobs made 'angry' call to Microsoft over Bungie acquisition

10/26, 1:30pm

Deal dealt blow to Mac gaming industry

Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an "angry" call to Microsoft head Steve Ballmer following the latter company's buyout of Bungie, a new interview reveals. Bungie was once one of the foremost Mac developers, having created popular game franchises like Myth and Marathon. The first Halo game was originally expected to be flagship Mac title, launching for Mac and Windows systems simultaneously; Jobs himself revealed plans during a 1999 Macworld conference.


Microsoft unwraps Halo: Reach edition Xbox 360

07/22, 11:45pm

Slim Xbox 360 gets Reach for first limited run

Microsoft kicked off the start of the San Diego Comic-Con with the first limited-edition Xbox 360 based on the slim redesign. The Limited Edition Halo: Reach model trades the usual glossy black for a matte silver with markings designed by Bungie itself. Gamers also get two color-matched wireless gamepads and a regular copy of the shooter.



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