Ouya’s Retail Launch Coming June 4

The Ouya console has shipped out to Kickstarter backers, and its official retail launch will be June 4. The company says that there will be hundreds of titles for the console in June and there will be pre-paid cards with redeemable codes at retail.

Over 8,000 game developers worldwide are currently developing games for Ouya including Square Enix, Double Fine Productions, Tripwire Interactive, Vlambeer, Phil Fish’s Polytron Corporation, and Airtight Games. The console itself will retail for $99 and additional controllers will be sold for $49.99.

PC Gaming Market At $20 Billion In 2012

The PC Gaming Alliance is reporting that PC software sales in 2012 hit a record $20 billion worldwide, 8 percent greater than last year. While every region of the world is performing better, China led the way with $6.8 billion in revenue.

“DFC was surprised the industry still showed growth in 2012 with the decline of large subscription MMOs, heavy attention being paid to the impact of mobile games, and the struggle of many social network games,” said David Cole, an analyst for DFC Intelligence, which compiles the report in conjunction with JPR Research. “However, 2012 saw significantly increased distribution of successful titles that positively impacted the market, including Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Minecraft and the Mists of Pandaria expansion to World of Warcraft.”

The report believes there are now 1 billion PC gamers worldwide, with roughly 25 percent identified as “core” players interested in traditional genres like strategy, action and RPGs. The global PC software industry is expected to grow to $25.7 billion in sales by 2016.

Spamhaus Cyber-Attacks Subside For Now

Spamhaus says that the “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks on its computer servers has subsided. The cyber-attacks during mid-week crippled the Internet for many users.

It is still unknown who perpetrated the attack, but the unknown attackers were apparently unhappy with the British company’s efforts to block spam email. Thousands of computers that had been infected with a computer virus to become part of what is known as a “botnet,” which then was used to send huge amounts of data to targeted servers in an effort to overwhelm them, attacking one link in the Internet infrastructure and slowing down other parts of the Internet as well.

Source: VOAnews.com

Enter The Most Terrifying Site Ever

The official site for the The Evil Dead serves up a fresh order of engagement and lets fans explore the haunted cabin that the main characters get holed up in. Within the cabin, fans can Facebook connect and experience a personalized experience. Explore the creepy cabin’s living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and the dreaded basement. The transition scenes and the creepy background music are haunting and never let you settle in.

The experience starts in the living room . . .

Click the shotgun to start killing Deadites . . .

Make sure to shoot twice for a kill.

Proceed to the basement to check out your own personalized Necronomicon

Take control of a haunted typewriter

 

Shanda Games Promotes New President

Shanda Games has announced that senior vice president of business development Tunghai Chien has been named the company’s new president. At the same time, the Chinese game company revealed Grace Wu will be stepping down from her position as director.

“I am honored to have been entrusted with this opportunity to aid the company in further strengthening its franchises and delivering its expanding portfolio to various new platforms and distribution channels,” said Chien. “The company has undertaken numerous initiatives in an effort to adapt to a rapidly changing environment since I first joined. Each of these changes brings along new opportunities and challenges which we intend to take advantage of. I look forward to working closely with the company’s talented employees as we start 2013 on a solid footing.”

Hideo Kojima Says ‘Misleading’ Trailers Are Important

Hideo Kojima says that he thinks that “misleading” videos are important when promoting a game. The creator of Metal Gear recently had one of his greatest trailer deceptions ever, promoting the projects Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain as different games by separate studios before revealing that both are the same game: Metal Gear Solid V.

“I do think it’s important to leave hints, but, in a sense, I think it’s important to mislead people with hints because I think if something’s too predictable then it’s no longer fun,” Kojima said. “I think that’s the problem with many Hollywood sequels; you get exactly what you expect.”

“But what I want to do, is make people look forward to a game by watching the trailers and say “‘Hey, that looks great.’ But then, when they actually play it, they have this sort of epiphany where they realize ‘Oh, so that’s what that was,'” he added. “And it all kind of comes together and clicks in their head. I think that’s very important that you leave some sense of discovery for the player.”

Source: Edge-Online.com

Yahoo Buys Teenager’s App

Nick d’Aloisio has sold his app Summly to search giant Yahoo. The remarkable thing is that he’s still a student, only 17-years old, and thought of the top-selling mobile app for a content-shortening program while preparing for exams.

“I would have never imagined being in this position so suddenly,” he wrote on his website.

Summly is designed to condense content so readers can scroll through more information more quickly, which is useful for the small screens of smartphones. D’Aloisio said he is working how to invest the money from the sale, though his age imposes legal limits for now on his access to it. “I’m happy with that and working with my parents to go through that whole process,” he said.

D’Aloisio taught himself to code at age 12 after Apple’s App Store was launched. He created several apps including Facemood, a service which analyzed sentiment to determine the moods of Facebook users, and music discovery service SongStumblr. While he’s in the English equivalent of final school exams, he plans to continue his studies while also working at Yahoo’s offices in London.

Source: NBCnews.com

Infinite Crisis Announce Trailer

Infinite Crisis is a free-to-play MOBA from Turbine and WB Games with RPG mechanics and deep strategic gameplay. This Ayzenberg produced trailer shows off a taste of the combat and the iconic locations and characters from across the DC Mulitverse that will make up the game.