Monthly Archives: December 2013

Steam reaches 7.6 million concurrent users

Steam, the online service from Half-Life and Portal studio Valve, continues to set records. More than 7.6 million of Steam’s 65 million members logged in yesterday, December 29, setting a new record for peak concurrent usage. This is up from

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“No one cares about greater visual fidelity anymore” – Oculus’ David De Martini

Former EA exec signs on as VR firm’s head of worldwide publishing, lays out plan to line up content for launch. Oculus VR has added another seasoned veteran to its growing ranks, as the Rift maker today announced David De

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Zynga founder asks President to pardon Snowden

Tech leaders tell President Obama that NSA spying is hurting business. President Barack Obama met with the United States’ biggest technology firms on Tuesday to talk about improving Healthcare.gov and issues related to the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. The

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Investor sues EA over Battlefield 4 bugs

Class-action suit accuses publisher, execs of lying about shooter’s development to inflate stock price. An investor has filed a class-action suit against Electronic Arts in the Northern District of California, accusing the publisher of violating federal securities laws by making

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Microsoft to name new CEO in early 2014

Board member says progress being made, field has been narrowed to fewer than 20 candidates.  Microsoft may have up to eight months left with Steve Ballmer at the helm, but it’s going to be announcing its next CEO much sooner

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Kickstarter games top $200 million pledged

Gaming the largest draw for crowdfunding platform, accounts for more than 20% of money given. Kickstarter dubbed 2012 “The Year of the Game,” but 2013 has been even bigger for interactive entertainment on the crowdfunding platform. [link to Article]

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Oculus VR’s Brendan Iribe on raising $75M and building the next-generation consumer virtual reality

Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles, has had a whirlwind startup life that has taken it from an underdog of the gaming business to a viable alternative platform. The Irvine, Calif.-based company started as an

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Oculus VR nets $75m in funding

New investment will be used to build consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset. Oculus VR has secured a further $75 million in investment to finalise the consumer version of its highly anticipated virtual reality head-set. The series B round

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PS4 launches in 16 new markets

Gamers in Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and more can get hands-on with Sony’s latest console. Sony is wasting no time rolling out the PlayStation 4 to the world. The company today confirmed the launch of the system in

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3DS surpasses 10 million sold

Nintendo sends word that Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds helped push up hardware sales. This makes sense to me as both titles are in my top five for the year. Hardware sales

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