Nov 26, 2015

PlayStation 4 console sales top 30 million

Sony PlayStation 4 video game consoles have sold at a furious pace, topping 30 million units worldwide, the manufacturer said. PS4 has seen the fastest and strongest adoption since the first generation of the video game console was introduced in late 1994, according to ...

Nintendo delays launch of smartphone video games; shares plunge

Oct 29, 2015

Nintendo delays launch of smartphone video games; shares plunge

Nintendo Co. on Thursday pushed back the much-anticipated launch of its video game service for smartphones by a few months to March 2016, disappointing gaming fans as well as investors, who drove its shares down by more than 10 percent. Under a strategy announced ...

Localization: Has Japan lost the plot?

| Oct 17, 2015

Localization: Has Japan lost the plot?

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Japan once ruled and defined the global gaming industry. In the arcade age, Japanese developers gave us “Pac-Man,” “Space Invaders” and “Donkey Kong.” In the era of physical consoles: “Metal Gear Solid,” “Snatcher,” “Final Fantasy” and “Silent Hill.” Japan’s creative use of technology, physical ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

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On paper, “Manga * Anime * Games From Japan,” currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: “Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, ...

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Jun 17, 2015

Nintendo talks transformation but won't forget 'Mario'

Nintendo played to “Super Mario” fans Tuesday while talking transformation as it strives to regain momentum in the video game market. “If there is a secret to the longevity of Nintendo franchises, it is transformation,” Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said during a ...

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Jun 16, 2015

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Console kings Microsoft and Sony battled for players’ hearts with blockbuster games and the lure of virtual worlds as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, was poised to begin in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The companies behind Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ...

 PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

Jun 3, 2015

PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

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Godzillas galore, including last year’s Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally in mid-July. But don’t expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile’s trademark affliction. Simply named “Godzilla,” it’s the first video ...

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

Apr 1, 2015

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man’s chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac-Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned ...

Sony to finally launch PlayStation 4 in China next week

Mar 11, 2015

Sony to finally launch PlayStation 4 in China next week

Sony announced that it will begin selling its PlayStation 4 gaming console in China next week following a more than two-month delay. The console had been due to hit Chinese shelves Jan. 11, but Sony abruptly announced a delay just three days beforehand without ...