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Game Replay: StarCraft 2 expansion breaks 1M in sales in 24 hours

11/17, 11:57pm

Gaming news summary for November 17, 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 latest StarCraft 2 expansion sells well during its launch, EA's plans for Jade Redmond are teased, Twitch brings its "Whispers" private messages to mobile devices, and Ubisoft gets ready to bring Rayman Adventures to iOS.


Game Replay: Star Wars Battlefront app, Twitch security, Rocket League

11/10, 9:52pm

Gaming news summary for November 10, 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, EA ships the companion app for Star Wars Battlefront early, Twitch adds two-factor authentication among other announcements, Rocket League gains a free "Mutator" update, and the first Xbox 360 games coming to Xbox One under the new Backward Compatibility mode are revealed.


Game Replay: New Rocket League car, 9M play Star Wars Battlefront Beta

10/13, 11:31pm

Gaming news summary for October 13, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Allison Road gains a publisher, a Homeworld game resurfaces, the public beta of Star Wars Battlefront was played by over 9 million people, and an iconic car from a major movie franchise heads to Rocket League.


Game Replay: Voice actors vote for strike action, Walking Dead on iOS

10/08, 11:57pm

Gaming news summary for October 8, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Steam Early Access witnesses two major indie games graduating from the scheme, voice actors vote to strike over game-related pay, The Walking Dead invades the App Store, and the Star Wars Battlefront beta begins.


Game Replay: Battlefield 4 Community DLC, Cortana coming to Xbox One

10/05, 6:05am

Gaming news summary for October 5, 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 Cortana virtual assistant is revealed as coming to the Xbox One in the future, EA prepares to ship a free update for Battlefield 4, Ex-Critierion developers hint at creating a spiritual successor to EA's Burnout franchise, and Ubisoft delays Trackmania Turbo until early next year.


Game Replay: Oculus Connect 2, voice actors vote on strike action

09/24, 8:30pm

Gaming news summary for September 24, 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, we take a look at what's coming out of the VR-focused Oculus Connect 2 gathering, voice actors threaten to strike over game-related pay and conditions, and EA reveals when the Star Wars Battlefront beta will take place.


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: Star Wars Battlefront beta, Metal Gear Solid V issues

09/01, 5:27pm

Gaming news summary for September 1, 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, EA announces there will be a beta of Star Wars Battlefront, buyers of physical copies of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PC get a nasty surprise, Nintendo brings the New 3DS to the United States, and Microsoft brings out an "Elite" version of the Xbox One with faster storage.


Game Replay: KOTOR II: The Sith Lords on Mac, Batman patch

07/21, 10:50pm

Gaming news summary for July 21, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Star Wars KOTOR II: The Sith Lords makes its way to Mac ten years after launch, Microsoft faces a class action suit over an Xbox 360 flaw, and an interim patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC will be coming next month.


Game Replay: Shenmue 3 raises $6.3M, NCAA settlement reached

07/19, 10:32pm

Gaming news summary for July 19, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Shenmue 3 completes its Kickstarter campaign, a settlement is reached over athlete representations in NCAA games, more Windows 10 gaming features are detailed, and an unauthorized animation based on the Legend of Zelda lore ends its crowdfunding project prematurely.


Game Replay: Konami changes MGS V box art, Jade Raymond at EA

07/14, 9:15pm

Gaming news summary for July 14, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Konami causes more speculation as it changes the Metal Gear Solid V box art, famed developer Jade Raymond starts working for EA, the fourth Five Nights at Freddy's is coming out next month, and a Warhammer 40,000 game is coming to iOS.


Game Replay: Star Wars alpha, bug bounties, Fallout 4 bottle caps

06/29, 5:49am

Gaming news summary for June 29, 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, EA gets a closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront ready, an early access game on Steam pays a bug bounty, Nintendo offers more Amiibo models in the UK, and someone preorders Fallout 4 in bottle caps.


E3 Game Replay: Bethesda, Microsoft, EA's event roundup

06/15, 10:09pm

Doom, Gears of War 4, Mass Effect Andromeda shown at E3 events

Welcome to a special Game Replay, our regular gaming column, which will be daily for a few days this week to cover the main stories coming out of E3. For today's edition, we're covering Bethesda's first major E3 event, the non-hardware shown off by Microsoft's event, and EA's major announcements, including more of the multiplayer from Star Wars: Battlefront.


Hands On: Montar Universal Car Mount

05/18, 4:14pm

Strong, easy to fit windshield mount for iPhone

Don't get us started on which States let you use a windshield-mounted GPS: it's so complicated, it changes, and anyway by the time we'd listed all the conditions, our UK colleagues will have driven wherever they're going. For the US, we can wait with crossed fingers for a heads-up laser display projected onto the glass. Until then, we're going to argue that having your iPhone mounted up where you can see it is safer than an in-dashboard system you have to keep taking your eyes off the road to see. More, we're going to recommend you use the Montar Universal Car Mount wherever it is safe and legal to do so.


Game Replay: Star Wars in Disney Infinity, GoatZ, Snake returns

05/06, 9:20pm

Gaming news summary for May 6, 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 the addition of Star Wars to Disney Infinity, the return of classic phone game Snake, and extra downloadable content for Goat Simulator that parodies zombie-survival games.


Game Replay: Star Wars Battlefront, Steam security, World of Warcraft

04/19, 11:01pm

Gaming news summary for April 19, 2015

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look by MacNN and Electronista on the wider gaming landscape, highlighting some of the more notable stories from the last few days. Today's list includes improvements to security on Steam, "Timewalking" in World of Warcraft, and the small matter of a new Star Wars game.


Weekly Game Replay: Maxis closure, Amazon Game Studio titles on iOS

03/08, 11:45pm

News from the video game industry for the week of March 2

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista rounds out the week by bundling together some notable stories from the world of gaming. In the same week as GDC's various hardware and software development announcements, EA shuttered the spiritual home of The Sims and SimCity, Amazon reveals it is porting games from its Fire devices to iOS, and Epic Games shows off what could be coming in its openly-developed Unreal Tournament reboot.


Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game, Zombie Studios closure

01/11, 6:09pm

News from the video game industry for the week of January 4

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China.


Origin users complain of unauthorized purchases, account access

12/31, 9:07am

Strange Origin account purchases, account activity reports surface on Reddit

A number of users of EA's Origin service have reportedly discovered their accounts have been accessed by unauthorized persons. Reddit users have complained about mystery purchases and other related activities conducted from their account without their knowledge, though it appears EA doesn't believe it to be down to an intrusion of its servers.


EA: Subscription-based Access program will grow, won't lose games

08/08, 8:30am

No mention of timetable or future titles to be added, COO laments Sony's refusal

Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore has given more context to the future offerings from its EA Access Xbox One game subscription service. The service will grow, with new additions to the offerings that users have access to for a subscription fee; in addition, old games will not be removed from the service as time goes on.


UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play' advertising misleading

07/03, 10:39pm

Regulator recognizes game can be played for free, but it's 'severely limited'

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future.


EA press conference at E3 shows off prototypes, upcoming games

06/09, 4:53pm

Company demos Battlefield: Hardline, Mirror's Edge 2, sports games and Dragon Age: Inquisition

Electronic Arts (EA) CEO Andrew Wilson came on stage during the company's press conference at E3 to show off some of the projects that EA is bringing to next generation consoles soon, as well as in the longer-term future. Games including Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition were displayed, that are due out within the year, but also future projects such as Mirror's Edge 2 and teaser information from Bioware and Criterion.


Briefly: Titanfall companion app, Bing's in-search snapshot info

05/17, 1:24am

Electronic Arts releases companion app for Titanfall game

Electronic Arts, the game publisher responsible for publishing Titanfall, has released a companion app for the game available for iOS, Windows Phone 8 and Android. Aiming to broaden the game experience, the companion apps offers notifications regarding the latest updates to Titanfall, in addition to personalized game statistics such as total kills, weapon load-outs and more. The app also features a second-screen map, allowing for reviewing teammates' location. The Titanfall companion app can be downloaded through iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Store.


Oculus VR, EA, others form Immersive Technology Alliance before GDC

03/13, 1:29pm

ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies

A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale."


EA denies claims Apple paid for Plants vs. Zombies 2 exclusive

09/25, 12:01pm

Meaning of 'truckload of money' comment in dispute

Games publisher Electronic Arts is denying claims that Apple paid it to make Plants vs. Zombies 2 an iOS exclusive. "A comment from an internal meeting taken out of context has created an unfortunate misunderstanding," the publisher says in an official statement. "Reports of a paid relationship between Apple and EA are factually inaccurate, and we apologise for any confusion." Apple has also denied that any money changed hands.


Briefly: EA provides Origin refunds, Best Buy reports $266M profit

08/20, 10:56am

EA offers customers refunds for games bought through Origin store

EA has started to offer refunds for EA-published games bought through its digital marketplace, something that competitor Steam is yet to offer. Customers buying and downloading games through Origin have up to 24 hours from the first launch of the game, or seven days from the original purchase, to return the titles for a full refund. The Origin Great Game Guarantee, going live in 20 countries, will not apply to extra downloadable content.


Apple now EA's 'biggest retail partner,' game publisher says

07/24, 12:36pm

Beats out Origin, GameStop

Apple has become Electronic Arts' "biggest retail partner as measured by sales," EA COO Peter Moore revealed yesterday during a conference call with investors. The achievement is particularly notable since it means Apple beat out EA's own Origin download service, and more traditional retailers like GameStop. In all EA made about $90 million from smartphone and tablet games during the last quarter, although the publisher hasn't explained how much of that came from iOS versus Android and other platforms.


Frostbite Go engine coming to iOS, Android

05/14, 8:26pm

May carry over some Battlefield 4 technology

Games publisher EA is planning to bring the Frostbite engine to iOS and Android, according to the company's website. "One of our most exciting current projects is called Frostbite Go, a mobile division empowering EA game developers with Frostbite’s proven excellent workflows and features to bring true Frostbite experiences to all major mobile platforms," the site's History page reads. Switching over to the This is Frostbite page, EA mentions "diverse targets from XBOX360 and PlayStation 4 to iOS and Android."


EA confirms SimCity for Mac arriving June 11

04/11, 1:01am

One purchase for both platforms, each is native

Electronic Arts, which has been embroiled in controversy over its botched launch of SimCity for Windows and was recently named "Worst Company in America" for the second year running, has confirmed that the Mac version of the latest instalment will launch on June 11. The Mac version is a native app, rewritten for OpenGL so that players get the best possible experience on the Mac. The news will be welcomed by Mac owners who already bought the PC copy, as they can get the Mac version free on EA's online portal Origin.


EA debuts early alpha client of Origin for Mac

01/24, 4:59pm

Service should eventually bring more EA games to Mac

Electronics Arts has released an initial alpha build of Origin for the Mac. On Windows Origin is the publisher's digital storefront and game launcher, now effectively required to play many EA titles. The software's arrival on the Mac should, eventually, increase the number of EA games Mac users have access to, so long as studios tied to the company can devote the time and money needed to build Mac ports.


EA sues Zynga on similarities between Sims Social, The Ville

08/03, 9:45pm

Zynga 'blatant mimic', make games 'nearly indistinguishable'

Electronic Arts (EA) has filed a lawsuit against Zynga, claiming the social games developer has violated copyright law. The complaint focuses on Facebook game The Ville, where Zynga is accused of infringing on The Sims Social, EAs own casual gaming endeavor. EA believes The Ville "blatantly mimic[s] the entire framework and style of gameplay," making the two games "nearly indistinguishable."


Rumor: EA to lay off 500 to 1000 employees

04/16, 5:00pm

Electronic Arts in mass layoffs rumor

Electronic Arts is allegedly in the process of laying off hundreds of employees after the completion of several big-name games. According to Startup Grind, the game publisher stands to lose between 500 and 1000 people (5-11% of its workforce) in the near future.


Apple, iOS app makers targets of questionable privacy suit

03/18, 2:15pm

Apple, Path, Facebook, others in lawsuit sights

A new lawsuit (below) filed last week and uncovered on Friday by CNET could try and take Apple and key iOS app writers to task for alleged unapproved contact access. The potential class action case accuses those who've admitted to any access, such as Path, Twitter, and Instagram, of violating privacy by becoming "mobile radio beacons" that were "broadcasting and publicly exposing" contact lists to everyone. Questionably, however, it also names the developers of numerous other unverified apps of doing the same thing, including Beluga, Burbn, Chillingo, EA, Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Hipster, Gowalla, Kik, LinkedIn, Rovio (Angry Birds), and ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope).


Valve rumored prepping Steam Box, tackling Apple TV too

03/03, 1:25pm

Valve Steam Box would consolize PC gaming

Valve Software is entering the console race by developing its own hardware platform, new rumors brought up early Saturday. The approach outlined by The Verge would have typical PC hardware with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics, but it would serve as a fixed platform for three to four years. Developers would then target their games to the system, which as expected would use Steam as its primary way to get games.


Mass Effect Infiltrator, Datapad coming to iOS

02/09, 10:00pm

Adds narrative, ties into Mass Effect 3

Electronic Arts has revealed that will soon be bringing a tie-in version of its Mass Effect sci-fi game series to iOS devices with a new game, Mass Effect Infiltrator. The game is an all-combat version of the console Mass Effect games, and ties into the current version, Mass Effect 3, by having the main character feed intelligence to Commander Shepard, the protagonist of ME3. Despite the combat emphasis, MEI will still feature some of the "decision points" of the console games.


Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support

12/30, 12:10pm

Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill

A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.


EA, Gameloft launch holiday sales for iOS games

12/21, 12:35pm

Dead Space, Need for Speed among EA discounts

Publishers Gameloft and Electronic Arts have announced their annual holiday sales for iOS games. EA in particular has dropped prices on over 100 titles, including both iPhone and iPad games. Some high-profile offerings in the collection include Dead Space and Tetris for the iPad, and NBA Jam for the iPhone; in all cases, apps are temporarily 99 cents.


Gamers sue Sony for trying to silence PSN lawsuits

12/20, 4:25pm

Sony sued over addition of PSN do-not-sue clause

Sony is being sued for the new clause in its PlayStation Network end-user license agreement that protects it from just such things, Geek reported on Tuesday. The addition was made in September and prompted games developer EA and software giant Microsoft to make similar changes. Under the terms, PSN gamers must agree not to sue Sony if their accounts are hacked in the future or if anything else goes wrong.


GameStop starts selling Android tablets in stores

10/28, 2:15pm

GameStop takes tablet pilot program live

GameStop's mobile plans became real Friday after the company started up a tablet test program to sell tablets online and in stores. Android tablets like Acer's Iconia Tab A100, ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in 200 of its stores. Each will have both access to Kongregate's Arcade app store as well as seven free games, including EA's mobile versions of Dead Space and Madden as well as Sega's Sonic CD.


Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G hits AT&T September 18 for $50

09/08, 10:45am

ATT dates and prices Xperia Play 4G

AT&T on Thursday set out launch details for its promised version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Now called the Xperia Play 4G, it expands on the original both with 14.4Mbps HSPA (technically 3G) and the inclusion of Sony Ericsson's own DK300 media dock and a music cable for RCA-equipped speakers. Gamers also get a better game loadout on the PlayStation phone, which brings in Dungeon Defenders, The Sims 3 and Tower Bloxx to existing titles like Crash Bandicoot, Madden NFL 11 and Gameloft titles.


Lodsys reply to Apple uses poor evidence, may defeat case

08/29, 5:30pm

Lodsys sur-reply to Apple faces poor prospects

Lodsys showed potential strain in its lawsuit after it issued a sur-reply to Apple's own response. Originally submitted earlier in the month but just discovered Monday, the response makes the questionable claim that Apple can't motion because some of the app developers sued challenge the validity of the patents. Similarly, it contends that the license it has with Apple doesn't make it a licensor and makes generic claims towards Apple having not somehow satisfied a "heavy burden."


Razer puts out Tiamat 7.1 headset, Battlefield 3 gear

08/17, 11:45am

Razer swings first ever real 7.1 headphones, more

Razer swung out a wide range of gaming hardware and accessories on Tuesday that included a few extras for Apple users. For everyone, the Tiamat 7.1 is billed as the first true 7.1-channel surround sound headset. By packing five drivers in each earpiece and coordinating their output, it can replicate not just the seven main satellite points but the subwoofer channel as well. Owners can individually adjust the output of each channel and revert to a regular stereo signal if they like.


Google+ adds games, takes on Facebook

08/11, 4:45pm

Google Plus makes game support official

Google ended a string of leaks Thursday afternoon with official game support on Google+. The primarily Flash-based games come from majors in web games and some from Facebook, including Zynga titles like Zynga Poker as well as Rovio's Angry Birds and PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz. In a direct jab at Facebook's tendency to put all updates on the main news feed, Google added that games, their status updates, and their achievements would only show in a Games tab.


Atari, EA, others ask court to allow Apple's help vs. Lodsys

08/11, 9:50am

Apple has necessary information, defendants say

Four major parties defending themselves against Lodsys' legal accusations are actively petitioning the court to accept Apple's intervention request. Game publishers Atari, Electronic Arts and Square-Enix were joined by Quickoffice in sending a letter to the court yesterday, urging it to grant Apple's motion. All four companies are being represented in the matter by the same lawfirm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The first three have yet to even be served their summons however, and state that they are stepping in early to "ensure that their voices are heard in connection with the pending motion to intervene."


Legal precedent vs. carpet-bomb patent suits may hurt Lodsys

08/10, 1:25pm

Eon-Net loss may hurt Lodsys too

A recent decision in a patent lawsuit from Eon-Net against Flagstar Bancorp might pose trouble for Lodsys in its own attempts to skim royalties. Discovered today, a ruling late last month hit Eon-Net with Rule 11 sanctions for conducting what was cast as "extortion" through its practices. The company had submitted over 100 infringement lawsuits but each time gave the targets a settlement that would be cheaper than defending the case, effectively forcing companies to pay.


Apple still pushing to intervene in Lodsys case

08/08, 10:30pm

Apple counters Lodsys in new intervention call

Apple on Monday countered Lodsys' resistance to intervention with a final argument of its own. A call for a court hearing argued multiple points, focusing most on the importance of the patent license covering in-app purchases. It argued that the license itself was enough interest to require an intervention and that it had a clear business motivation to get involved: developers were considering boycotting "core products" because they didn't want to be sued.


EA founder says Apple decline likely to follow loss of Jobs

08/03, 4:00pm

Slip inevitable for anyone, says Hawkins

Apple is ultimately headed towards a fall, and probably after the departure of CEO Steve Jobs, says Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, now with developer Digital Chocolate. The latter develops casual games for several platforms, including the iPhone. "If you look at any institution in history -– look at the Roman Empire –- anything in history, and what it looks like when it's peaking," Hawkins tells IndustryGamers.


Lodsys tries suing Atari, EA, Rovio over mobile apps

07/21, 7:40pm

Lodsys expands to target major game developers

Lodsys continued its rapidly widening lawsuit campaign Thursday by trying its hand at attacking major game developers. A larger complaint (below) now adds Atari, EA, Rovio, Square Enix, and Take Two over in-app purchases in their mobile games. The expansion singles out major games and isn't limited to just iPad and iPhone titles, going so far as to target Rovio's versions of Angry Birds for both Android and iOS.


EA to acquire PopCap for $750 million

07/12, 7:30pm

EA pushing for a $1B digital business

EA has confirmed that it has established an agreement to acquire PopCap, a game publisher best known for mobile titles such as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled. The buyout will cost EA at least $750 million, which includes $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. PopCap will also be entitled to additional cash compensation based on EA's future earnings through the end of 2013.


EA 'blown away' by Wii U performance

06/29, 1:05pm

EA label president very impressed by Wii U

At an interview with EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau at E3, Games Industry learned [sub. required] the games publisher is very excited about the upcoming Nintendo Wii U console. Gibeau is especially impressed by the console's ability to reproduce HD graphics and access game experiences in what he describes as a completely novel way. He went on to say Nintendo's methods run parallel with what EA plans for its FIFA, Madden and game lineups.



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