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Guardian presents... so you want to be a games journalist

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We're running a free event on becoming a games writer as part of the London Games Festival. Here's how you can win tickets to come alongAs part of the London Games Festival, The Guardian will be hosting an event on 2 October, aimed at budding games journalists - or those...
Guardian presents... so you want to be a games journalist

Borderlands 2 'girlfriend mode': why a casual misstep matters

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Designer John Hemingway's throwaway comment could be the spark that ignites the powderkeg of sexism in games cultureYesterday, Eurogamer posted a Borderlands 2 article in which lead designer John Hemingway discussed the Mechromancer, a DLC-only character currently in progress. She's a small girl with a mechanical arm, and will have...
Borderlands 2 'girlfriend mode': why a casual misstep matters
New slimmer PlayStation 3 in the works, FCC docs suggest

PlayStation 4 vs. PC graphics: Can Sony even compete?

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Sony's PlayStation 4 launch last Wednesday was monumental, and not just because it may very well be the first console announcement in history where the company failed to actually show the console itself. While the rest of the world was bemoaning the mythical, missing hardware, Sony also announced some...
PlayStation 4 vs. PC graphics: Can Sony even compete?

Wii Mini set for March launch in UK

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Nintendo's curiously targeted Wii re-design is coming to Europe with a refreshed range of budget classics to play on itNintendo has announced that it will be launching its scaled-down Wii Mini console in the UK on 22 March. It's effectively the classic Wii, slightly reduced in size and coloured black...
Wii Mini set for March launch in UK

Origin Accounts Hacked - Maybe Change Your Password

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Uh-oh. Eurogamer are reporting that a number of people have woken up this morning to find that their EA Origin account has been hacked. Receiving emails telling them that changes have successfully been made, recipients are not too delighted since they never asked for any. And then of course...
Origin Accounts Hacked - Maybe Change Your Password

Lord of the Rings Online Developer Says Subscription MMOs Are Not Dying

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The subscription based MMO is not yet disappearing but the success of the free-to-play model has forced developers to offer players options when it comes to their favorite online experiences, according to a representative of developer Turbine. Speaking to Eurogamer Adam Mersky, who is the leading executive at T... (read...
Lord of the Rings Online Developer Says Subscription MMOs Are Not Dying

Microsoft stops charging developers to patch their video games on Xbox Live Arcade

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Microsoft has confirmed that developers are no longer being charged to apply post-release patches to video games distributed through the Xbox Live Arcade digital marketplace. Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President for Xbox Live, confirmed to Polygon that Microsoft had ditched its fee policy for Xbox 360 Arcade titles in April 2013....
Microsoft stops charging developers to patch their video games on Xbox Live Arcade

5 reasons why reporters hate your PR pitches

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ed Zitron, the founder of EZPR, an east coast USA media relations firm focusing on consumer tech startups. He has been published by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, PC Gamer and PC Zone. His book, This Is How You Pitch: How To Kick Ass In...
5 reasons why reporters hate your PR pitches
Nintendo's European Wii U eShop blocking mature titles during the daytime, Eurogamer reports

Microsoft could force retailers, not players, to pay the activation fee for pre-owned Xbox One games

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Players won’t have to pay an activation fee in order to play pre-owned games on the Xbox One, according to reports by Eurogamer and MCV. The stores who sell them will. MCV cites numerous retail sources who say they have been briefed by Microsoft about how the new system will...
Microsoft could force retailers, not players, to pay the activation fee for pre-owned Xbox One games

Five great indie games for a long weekend

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Want something different to play over the next four days? Here's a selection of interesting independent titles that are all safe for family consumptionAmid all your other thoughts during the Easter Weekend you may at some point come to the conclusion that you have a house full of family members...
Five great indie games for a long weekend
Unlike the PS3, Sony isn't expecting to lose money on the PlayStation 4

The Wii U uses less than half the power of the Xbox 360 and the PS3

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Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii prided itself for being a super energy-efficient console that ran nearly silent and sipped very little electricity. And although Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox 360 was originally a loud monster with a penchant for Red-Ring-of-Death-ing itself, the amount of power it consumed was never as much as Sony’s (SNE) launch PlayStation 3, which used...
The Wii U uses less than half the power of the Xbox 360 and the PS3

Today in Tech: How the Xbox blew it in Japan

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Also: Why Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom's testimony doesn't add up; former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson on his startup.  Why Xbox failed in Japan [EUROGAMER] Doing business in Japan is not the same as doing business in the US, and the Xbox team learnt the hard way. In the US businessmen...
Today in Tech: How the Xbox blew it in Japan
EA Origin may have been hacked, users report difficulties reclaiming their accounts

Sony rules out PS Vita price cut in 2012, works to lower the price later

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It's time to get realistic about the prospects of a PlayStation Vita price drop. Sony Worldwide Studios' head Shuhei Yoshida dampened the fires of speculation at GamesCom this week by telling Eurogamer that it was simply "too early" to slash the price on the gaming handheld -- it was...
Sony rules out PS Vita price cut in 2012, works to lower the price later

PR people! Here are 5 ways to make tech reporters like you more

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ed Zitron, the founder of EZPR, an east coast USA media relations firm focusing on consumer tech startups. He has been published by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, PC Gamer and PC Zone. His book, This Is How You Pitch: How To Kick Ass...
PR people! Here are 5 ways to make tech reporters like you more
How video game purchases help fund gun makers

The Guardian becomes media partner for London Games Festival

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We'll be hosting at least three events during the capital's celebration of games, taking place between 27 September - 28 OctoberThe Guardian will be the first ever official media partner for the London Games Festival, it has been announced. We'll be running our own events as part of the annual...
The Guardian becomes media partner for London Games Festival

Press Start: Batman: Arkham Origins, Tearaway release date and more

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Plus, growth in the Japanese video game industry, ThatGameCompany's industry'changing next project, EA wins worst game company award again...A selection of gaming links hand-picked by the Guardian's games writers.Batman: Arkham Origins announced for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 | EurogamerWarner Bros. has announced Batman: Arkham Origins for the...
Press Start: Batman: Arkham Origins, Tearaway release date and more

Sony PlayStation 4: There's Still No "Mass-Production Box"

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After Wednesday night's PlayStation Meeting event, a flurry of questions still surround the future of next-gen gaming and where the PlayStation 4 will fit in. (See also The PlayStation 4 Is Here, But We Don't Know What It Looks Like) Since then, Sony has been nice enough to clear up...
Sony PlayStation 4: There's Still No "Mass-Production Box"

PlayStation 4: game on for the next generation?

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Sony has called a press conference in new York on 20 February. It can mean only one thing. The next console war is comingStart spreading the news ... Sony is hitting New York on 20 February and invites are going out to the global technology press. We're thinking this isn't...
PlayStation 4: game on for the next generation?

Friday game events round-up

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Get your calendar filled up with these must-attent gaming events from the Eurogamer Expo in London to Protoplay in DundeeIf your diary is looking a little bare for the rest of the year, fret not - we have the solution. Here's the latest round-up of games events, some aimed at...
Friday game events round-up

PlayStation 4: five things we want to know

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Sony is preparing to announce its next-generation PlayStation console in New York. Here's what we're keen to find outNew York, 6pm Wednesday, the next generation starts. Sony is filling the huge Hammerstein Ballroom with more than 1,000 journalists from all over the world. And although the company remains tight-lipped about...
PlayStation 4: five things we want to know
British retailer GAME sold to private investors, remaining 333 shops will remain open
Sony PS Vita exploit opens the door for unauthorized apps, piracy

News: Eurogamer's unique traffic surges 10% to 5.7m monthly users

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Unique visits to the eleven pan-European Eurogamer sites have risen by over ten per cent since last year, the latest traffic numbers have shown. The final tally for unique browser visits for Eurogamer.net and its ten other foreign language editions was 5,778,816 between November 1 and 31, 2011. Over...
News: Eurogamer's unique traffic surges 10% to 5.7m monthly users

Sony's 2012 PlayStation torn down, shows its evolved roots (video)

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We've looked intensely at the outside of the redesigned PlayStation 3 ever since it was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Getting a look inside has proven unusually tougher, but French YouTube member K0st3yr has volunteered to do what few gamers dare and tear down Sony's updated console. As we've...
Sony's 2012 PlayStation torn down, shows its evolved roots (video)
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