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Misplaced Priorities: A Console Unveiling Gone Wrong

May 21, 2013, the day Microsoft officially announced its participant in the coming generation of console gaming. The day the internet erupted in impotent rage over, what they perceived to be, a major slight to actual gamers. You see Microsoft did something so terrible on that day that gamers everywhere were up in arms—saying that it had already failed in the coming clash of the consoles. I mean, who would want to get excited over a console that introduced things like TV access and NFL/Madden features?

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EA Financials: Digital Up 36%, FIFA sells over 14.5m, Battlefield 3 has 3.5m Subs, and SimCity sells 1.6m

Electronic Arts released their financials today for their investors, and there were some interesting things to take away from it. ​EA's digital strategy, while taking a lot of criticism from hardcore gamers, has obviously been working as they saw their non-GAAP digital net revenue rise 36% to $1.7 billion. EA was also the #1 publisher in Western retail markets in the March quarter, and the #1 global publisher in the iOS game market for FY 2013. 

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Nintendo Looking Into Free-to-Play, Subscriptions, and More For Online

​Nintendo has recently taken huge leaps as far as digitally distributing their games. They have been a big proponent for releasing their retail releases both on disc as well as on the eShop and it has been extremely successful for them. Nintendo had a Q&A with investors recently where Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had a few things to say. 

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Wii U Miss Target Shipments, Projected At 9M For Next Fiscal Year

Nintendo has released their financials for the fiscal year today, and one of the biggest things to come out of that is the Wii U missing its target of shipping out Wii U hardware. Nintendo only shipped 3.45 million units, which is down from the projected 4 million which was also down from an early projection of 5 million units. Nintendo admitted the Wii U failed to "maintain initial sales momentum" due to game delays, but feel confident that they will ship 9 million by year's end once they release some "key Nintendo titles."​

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Gearbox Software Gets A New Homeworld and the THQ Auction Results Are In!

We now know who owns the rest of THQ's back catalog of games, and there was a pretty huge amount of intellectual properties up for sale in the auction. Joystiq reported earlier that Nordic Games came away with the most bang for their buck by shelling out a cool $4.9 Million for Darksiders, Red Faction, and the MX vs. ATV Series. One of the biggest surprises was Gearbox Software (creators of Borderlands and Brothers In Arms) have picked up Homeworld for $1.35 Million, which means they could re-release the previous entries digitally or make an entirely new entry to the series of real-time strategy games. The only other big pull was 505 Games picking up the Drawn To Life series for $300,000. However, a lot of IPs did exchange hangs at the auction, so check out the full article for the entire list.

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Respawn Entertainment Trademarks 'Titan'

There has been pretty much no information released so far on the first game from Respawn Entertainment, the studio formed from the fallout of Infinity Ward by Jason West and Vince Zampella. What we have now found out is that the developer has trademarked the name 'Titan' for use in video games. With an actual title maybe we could finally see Respawn and publisher EA announce the new game at E3. Odds are that the game will be a shooter, but not much is really known at this point since the project has been very tight-lipped. I know I'm personally looking forward to seeing what this team can do. ​

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Nintendo Has Some 3DS Announcements On Wednesday

Nintendo has announced that they will be making some announcements. Nice to see they are focusing on announcing. Anyway, This Wednesday, April 17, at 10 AM ET/ 7 AM PT Nintendo Direct will be showing some new 3DS-centric information. You can tune in live right here. We will also be covering it live for those who can't watch, so stay tuned!

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