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Posts tagged “Video game industry”

May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Nintendo joins American Heart Association in obesity campaign

The American Heart Association and Nintendo announced Monday that they are teaming up to promote the Wii video game console, amid growing concern about obesity among kids who spend much of their time watching television and playing video games.

Nintendo Gains AHA "Heart" Endorsement Nintendo Gains AHA "Heart" Endorsement

Updated May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Action thriller: ‘Bad Company 2’ is best squad-based shooter to date

Videogame review: The latest Battlefield series title is packed with as much replay ability as you can hope for with engaging single-player, and engrossing multi-player. It’s a smash -- the most polished Battlefield game yet.

Combat, up close and personal Combat, up close and personal

Updated May 17, 2010

Premium Lock Wake Forest's videogame featured at the White House

Wake Forest University demonstrated “CellCraft” last week at the White House during the inaugural National Lab Day celebration. The game developers intend to roll out the game to other schools, at no charge, in early summer.

May 14, 2010

Premium Lock Few new video games = Sales plunge of 26% in April

Video game sales plunge Hardware, software sales also slump, says research firm NPD Group

Updated May 6, 2010

Premium Lock Apocalypse at Icarus – RTP gaming company melts 70% of staff

The Cary-based company that developed the online game “Fallen Earth” remains alive, but many employees have been let go. Marketing becomes reality. The game’s slogan: “Welcome to the Apocalypse.”

Fallen Earth's logo Fallen Earth's logo

April 27, 2010

Premium Lock Triangle game company Merscom is acquired by California firm

Chapel Hill firm’s top executives and developers will join Playdom, which says it plans to “leverage” game development talent in Triangle.

A scene from a Merscom game A scene from a Merscom game

April 23, 2010

Premium Lock 3-D: The next dimension for videogaming?

First 3-D games conference shows opportunities and obstacles in taking video games to a new dimension of play and experience.

3-D goes spherical 3-D goes spherical

April 19, 2010

Premium Lock Video game, hardware, accessories sales reverse losing trend

God of War tops sales list After a weak 2009 and double-digit sales declines in January and February, the videogame sector reports a 6 percent increase for March.

April 14, 2010

Premium Lock Epic taking up residence in Japan

Epic Games The gaming powerhouse is opening a Tokyo office to put its people closer to users on Unreal Engine 3.

Updated April 14, 2010

Premium Lock Epic's Bleszinski goes national with clip from new 'Gears'

Epic's Cliff Bleszinski Cliff Bleszinski appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to show a clip from "Gears of War 3" and to talk about how successful games hook users.

Updated April 13, 2010

Premium Lock ‘BOOM!’ Epic’s Cliffy B is announcing two games Monday

After an ad about Gears 3 appears at an Xbox site and a magazine reports about a new first-person shooter for EA, Cliff Bleszinski says he will announce two games on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Magazine breaks news about “Bulletstorm,” Epic’s new game for Electronic Arts.

BulletStorm unveiled on Game Informer cover BulletStorm unveiled on Game Informer cover

April 12, 2010

Premium Lock Fired Activision execs in games deal with rival EA

Electronic Arts Two studio executives recently fired by Activision and accused of inappropriately meeting with a rival company said Monday that they will create games to be distributed exclusively by one such competitor, Electronic Arts Inc.

Updated April 9, 2010

Premium Lock Gears of War 3 will hit shelves next April, Microsoft reveals

New Gears is on the way An ad appears on the Xbox 360 network confirming rumors that Cary-based Epic Games will launch the new title next year. Another game may be disclosed soon.

Updated April 9, 2010

Premium Lock Game veterans are on threshold of $uccess with their own venture

A pair of former Virtual Heroes veterans launch Threshold Games, creating two games in just six months. They encourage “crowdsourcing” for ideas and feedback, and so far business is good.

"TrainSetGo," Threshold's first title "TrainSetGo," Threshold's first title

Updated April 9, 2010

Premium Lock Epic Games’ Cliffy B tweets the bad news - Game news on hold

Pop sensation Justin Bieber takes Bleszinki’s spot on Jimmy Fallon show. Tweeted Cliffy B: “ … the truth of the matter is that we wanted to take a couple more days to polish what we're showing.”

No new Gears news yet, Cliffy B tweets No new Gears news yet, Cliffy B tweets

Updated April 7, 2010

Premium Lock Triangle Game Conference to highlight one of RTP’s crown jewels

Take note - This event is about much more than games and Cliffy B, the creative guru from Epic Games who will tout the company’s next likely megahit on Jimmy Fallon’s show this week.

Triangle Game Conference is Wednesday, Thursday Triangle Game Conference is Wednesday, Thursday

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