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Posts tagged “Video game industry”

7:28 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Microsoft-Xbox layoffs could impact 'Gears of War' digital series

Nearly the entire staff of the Xbox Entertainment Studios division is being let go as part of Microsoft's huge announced job layoffs. So does this mean now live action video for the "gears of War" franchise Microsoft acquired from Cary-based Epic Games earlier this year? WRAL TechWire Insider John Gaudiosi reports exclusively for Insider subscribers.

Marcus Fenix, the Gears of War star, is back in Gears 3 Marcus Fenix, the Gears of War star, is back in Gears 3

July 8

Premium Lock Inside Epic Games' Fortnite: A storm of new monster adventures

WRAL TechWire Insider John Gaudiosi's exclusive interview: A lot has changed with Epic Games' first free-to-play PC game, Fortnite, since it was first announced a few years ago. The game now runs on Unreal Engine 4 technology and the gameplay experience has evolved to bring invading monsters out with storms that sweep through the area during the day and at night. Insiders get the details.

Monsters await in Fortnite Monsters await in Fortnite

July 8

Premium Lock tiltExpo changes Escapist Expo's tune with stronger music components

video games Video game conference tiltExpo plans to emulate Maryland's MAGfest, which boasts a wide slate of musical performers. Learn more about the expo plans.

July 7

Premium Lock Cliff Bleszinski to open 'Boss Key productions' in Raleigh

In an exclusive story for WRAL TechWire, veteran video games industry reporter John Gaudiosi reports details about former Epic games creative director Cliff Bleszinski's new video game studio - and who is working with him.

Boss Key Productions Boss Key Productions

Updated July 2

Games back on: 'tiltExpo' replaces Escapist Expo in Durham

The Triangle Game Initiative is teaming with The Escapist Magazine to put on a four-day video game festival in Durham from Sept. 4-7. Called "tiltExpo," the event replaces The Escapist's own Expo.

Triangle Game Initiative Triangle Game Initiative

Updated June 30

Cliff Bleszinski is back: He's 'out of retirement to make video games again'

Cliff Bleszinski, the creative guru who helped developed multi-million-copy selling video games "Gears of War" and "Unreal Tournament" discloses in a tweet that he's coming out of "retirement."

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June 16

Premium Lock Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show

Games E3 Microsoft The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This year, the focus was on new games to play on those machines.

June 9

Premium Lock Preview: Five video game trends expected at E3

With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry's rearview mirror, the spotlight at this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles is expected to shift back to games.

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Updated June 4

Premium Lock Gaming future? Epic debuts 'vivid' experience with new Apple Metal

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and lead platform engineer Josh Adams unveil a strikingly realistic demo of new video game imaging technology at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. Using Apple's new Metal and IOS 8 software, Epic displays "Zen Garden" complete with 5,000 falling leaves from a cherry tree drawn in real time. WRAL TechWire Insider John Gaudiosi has the details.

Photograph or graphical creation? Epic's Unreal Zen Garden Photograph or graphical creation? Epic's Unreal Zen Garden

Updated June 3

Premium Lock Cary's Epic Games shares spotlight as Apple unveils new iPhone, Mac, game features

Cary-based Epic Games is part of Apple's new efforts to boost the power of mobile gaming, Apple discloses at its annual software event .Apple's Mac operating system also is getting a new design and better ways to exchange files. If that isn't enough for Apple fans, software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health.

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June 2

Premium Lock Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

video games A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.

May 13

Premium Lock Microsoft unbundles Kinect from Xbox One in bid to increase sales

XBox  In a move to spur sales of the Xbox One and catch up with rival Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it will start selling the console without the Kinect sensor, which cuts $100 from the price. The new price of $399 begins June 9.

Updated May 12

Premium Lock Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality

Games Nintendo Gay Apologgy Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they're produced.

Updated May 12

Premium Lock Cary's Epic Games offers new Unreal Tournament for free

While the business model for its upcoming Fortnite multiplayer online game has yet to be revealed, Epic Games is entering the free-to-play space with its reboot of Unreal Tournament.

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May 8

Premium Lock Looking for a job in Triangle? Try game development

Help wanted  Raleigh's East Coast Game Conference proves there's opportunity for indie studios and developers in the Triangle. And Jivan Achreja, writing at ExitEvent, has the details. This story is part of the news partnership agreement between ExitEvent and WRALTechWire.

April 29

Premium Lock Crowdfunding, virtualization and the backwards economy

ExitEvent Investor and entrepreneur Bill Bing sees the economy shifting from "the idea of asset ownership to a virtual, on-demand model" as he writes in a blog post at ExitEvent.

Updated April 28

Premium Lock The Escapist comes up short in Webby Awards to Twitch

The Escapist  The Escapist in Durham fell short in its bid for another Webby Award on Monday with website Twitch taking top honors for the Webby and People's Voice honors. The Durham-based news and entertainment web site is the self-proclaimed "mouthpiece for the gaming generation."

April 25

Premium Lock AuthenTec founder's 3 lessons for eGames finalists - and other aspiring entrepreneurs

ExitEvent On Thursday night, Lulu eGames awarded $40,000 to NCSU student startups. Meanwhile, AuthenTec founder Scott Moody also offered advice to those wanting to be entrepreneurs. Sara Bill reports for Exit Event.

Updated April 25

Premium Lock Durham-created app among iTunes' best new games

Scrap Squad, an app that asks players to accumulate points by properly recycling, is among the top new games this week in the iTunes store.

April 21

Premium Lock Why the East Coast Game Conference isn't JUST for Gamers

ExitEvent ExitEvent news: Writers Jivan Achreja and Laura Baverman have compiled a list of reasons why this year's ECGC is worth attending, whether you're a gamer, game developer or neither.

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