Anarchy Reigns On January 8

Sega of America has confirmed that Anarchy Reigns will launch on January 8, 2013 after delaying the game during the Summer. The PS3/Xbox 360 game will release for the value price of $29.99.

“Sega is hugely proud of the work PlatinumGames has put in to creating a videogame with such a unique and engaging vision” commented Jurgen Post, COO of Sega Europe. “Gamers will soon be able to experience the full adrenaline rush that comes from competing in explosive multiplayer matches of Anarchy Reigns.”

Developed by a PlatinumGames, Anarchy Reigns features varried brawling content with multiplayer matches that feature up to 16 players. Along with a story mode, there’s an all-out Battle Royale destruction, co-operate with your friends and vanquish hordes of monsters in Survival mode or test your sportsmanship over a few rounds of Deathball!

“Focusing on online play with Anarchy Reigns presented a new challenge for us here at PlatinumGames,”added Atsushi Inaba, Executive Director/Producer at Platinum Games. “Very few games fall under its genre of a melee-based online multiplayer brawler, so I think we’ve been able to supply a new kind of excitement that you can’t find anywhere else. While some time has passed since its Japan release, I look forward to having gamers in North America and Europe enjoy the Anarchy!”

Lego Batcave Rocks Our Blocks

Carlyle Livingston II and Wayne Hussey have made the most impressive recreation of the Batcave ever using Lego. The project took 20,000 blocks and more than 800 hours to complete, with lights and motors added for detail.

Construction of the project took twelve weeks, and the finished product weighs over 100 pounds. The whole thing is designed to break into three pieces for transport, however.


Gamigo Purchased By Samarion

Gamigo has been sold by Alex Springer, which has owned the German company completely since 2009. Samarion S.E. is the new owner, and Gamigo will use the resources to enhance its position in the online gaming market by focusing on content portals, marketing and classifieds portals.

“With Samarion S.E. we want to strengthen our focus and make use of future growth opportunities, also through the consolidation of our market segment of online gaming,” said Gamigo CMO Patrick Streppel.

Windows Store Amended To Sell Mature Games

Microsoft has amended the guidelines of the Windows Store in Windows 8 to allow the sale of games rated M for Mature in the U.S. and PEGI 18 in Europe in December. Also, Windows’ corporate VP of web services Antoine Leblond assured developers that there will be means to sell games outside of the Windows Store.

“This is to give developers a heads up that that’s where we’re going,” Leblond said, “So they can have the peace of mind around developing the kinds of games that will have those ratings.”

“We want the world of desktop apps to to keep existing [outside of the Windows Store],” he added. “There’s no reason to get in the way of that. Valve can keep being Valve.”


The Last Of Us Comic In The Works

Dark Horse will release a comic called The Last of Us: American Dreams in 2013 around the same time as The Last of Us, detailing the backstory of Ellie. Growing up in military orphanage, Ellie didn’t think there would be another way to live other than joining the army, but an older girl puts her on a path to meet Joel, changing her life forever.

“At first I was very reluctant to do anything like this, just because we’re still developing the game,” said Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann. “There’s a lot to be done in the game and it requires so much energy that I didn’t want to be distracted by something else. At the same time, I didn’t want to just hand off these characters and find a writer, find an artist and do this thing and just say it’s not canon. If we were going to do this, we wanted to do it right.”

“The hard part was — where was Ellie before all these events of the game? How was her character different? And then trying to make those differences be a big part of this story,” he said. “In the broad strokes we kind of knew her backstory, and then we picked out a particular event and said ‘let’s flesh out this event for this story.’ Just like we do with the game, it’s very character-driven. That’s the journey of Joel and Ellie, here we have the events of Ellie before, but we introduce this character Riley who Ellie is very drawn to for reasons you’ll see in the story in the comic. The relationship that she forms with this other girl sets up some of the events that lead into the story of the game.”

Source: IGN

Nintendo 3DS: Play As You Are

Nintendo has clearly put young female consumers in its sights for the 3DS, with ads starring Penelope Cruz, Dianna Agron and Gabby Douglas. While there was a bit of a pushback to the initial focus on the phrase “I Am Not a Gamer” the campaign has more comfortably shifted to the tagline “Play As You Are.”  {link no longer active}

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Apple Revenue, Profits Set Record For Q3 2012

Apple announced their quarterly financial results, where they revealed they sold 26.9 million iPhones (up 58 percent year-on-year) and 14.0 million iPads during the quarter (up 26 percent over the the same quarter last year). The company also sold 5.3 million iPods, a 19 percent unit decline during the same quarter in 2011.

Apple sold 200 million iOS devices, including 125 million iPhones and 58 million iPads, in the past year. Despite all these staggering numbers, it did not meet analysts expectations that the company would once again shoot past their stated forecasts.

“Going into earnings we were wondering if the slowing economy will catch up with Wall Street, and it has,” said Channing Smith, co-manager of the Capital Advisors Growth Fund. “Apple is very well positioned with the iPad and now the iPad mini. It has a great smartphone and we expect the iPhone 5 to sell very well. The outlook is conservative, but that’s not surprising. Err on the side of caution is a proven formula.”

Source: Reuters

Minecraft Tops Xbox Live Activity Chart

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has ascended to the top of the chart of games played on Xbox Live. It surpasses Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which had held the top spot since the week the game launched on November 7, 2011.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continues to sell well on Xbox Live Arcade, topping that chart above games like The Walking Dead and Sonic Adventure 2. In the indie games category, the top three slots are occupied by CastleMiner Z, Murder Miners and CastleMiner, and at least seven games inspired by some aspect of Minecraft are on the top 20 XBLIG chart.