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EA: Subscription-based Access program will grow, won't lose games

08/08, 8:30am

No mention of timetable or future titles to be added, COO laments Sony's refusal

Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore has given more context to the future offerings from its EA Access Xbox One game subscription service. The service will grow, with new additions to the offerings that users have access to for a subscription fee; in addition, old games will not be removed from the service as time goes on.

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UK agency calls Dungeon Keeper 'free-to-play' advertising misleading

07/03, 10:39pm

Regulator recognizes game can be played for free, but it's 'severely limited'

It appears that regulators are catching onto the idea that Electronic Art's (EA) Dungeon Keeper mobile game isn't really what could be considered a "free-to-play" game. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent regulator of ads in the UK, ruled this week that ads promoting the game as free-to-play must not appear in the future.

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EA press conference at E3 shows off prototypes, upcoming games

06/09, 4:53pm

Company demos Battlefield: Hardline, Mirror's Edge 2, sports games and Dragon Age: Inquisition

Electronic Arts (EA) CEO Andrew Wilson came on stage during the company's press conference at E3 to show off some of the projects that EA is bringing to next generation consoles soon, as well as in the longer-term future. Games including Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition were displayed, that are due out within the year, but also future projects such as Mirror's Edge 2 and teaser information from Bioware and Criterion.

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Briefly: Titanfall companion app, Bing's in-search snapshot info

05/17, 1:24am

Electronic Arts releases companion app for Titanfall game

Electronic Arts, the game publisher responsible for publishing Titanfall, has released a companion app for the game available for iOS, Windows Phone 8 and Android. Aiming to broaden the game experience, the companion apps offers notifications regarding the latest updates to Titanfall, in addition to personalized game statistics such as total kills, weapon load-outs and more. The app also features a second-screen map, allowing for reviewing teammates' location. The Titanfall companion app can be downloaded through iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Store.

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Oculus VR, EA, others form Immersive Technology Alliance before GDC

03/13, 1:29pm

ITA to promote VR and to collaborate on Virtual Reality technologies

A collective of companies working on virtual reality technologies is rebranding itself in time for the Game Developers Conference. The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance is now calling itself the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) and will continue to "foster a vibrant and diverse industry that content makers can support on a wide scale."

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EA denies claims Apple paid for Plants vs. Zombies 2 exclusive

09/25, 12:01pm

Meaning of 'truckload of money' comment in dispute

Games publisher Electronic Arts is denying claims that Apple paid it to make Plants vs. Zombies 2 an iOS exclusive. "A comment from an internal meeting taken out of context has created an unfortunate misunderstanding," the publisher says in an official statement. "Reports of a paid relationship between Apple and EA are factually inaccurate, and we apologise for any confusion." Apple has also denied that any money changed hands.

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Briefly: EA provides Origin refunds, Best Buy reports $266M profit

08/20, 10:56am

EA offers customers refunds for games bought through Origin store

EA has started to offer refunds for EA-published games bought through its digital marketplace, something that competitor Steam is yet to offer. Customers buying and downloading games through Origin have up to 24 hours from the first launch of the game, or seven days from the original purchase, to return the titles for a full refund. The Origin Great Game Guarantee, going live in 20 countries, will not apply to extra downloadable content.

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Apple now EA's 'biggest retail partner,' game publisher says

07/24, 12:36pm

Beats out Origin, GameStop

Apple has become Electronic Arts' "biggest retail partner as measured by sales," EA COO Peter Moore revealed yesterday during a conference call with investors. The achievement is particularly notable since it means Apple beat out EA's own Origin download service, and more traditional retailers like GameStop. In all EA made about $90 million from smartphone and tablet games during the last quarter, although the publisher hasn't explained how much of that came from iOS versus Android and other platforms.

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Frostbite Go engine coming to iOS, Android

05/14, 8:26pm

May carry over some Battlefield 4 technology

Games publisher EA is planning to bring the Frostbite engine to iOS and Android, according to the company's website. "One of our most exciting current projects is called Frostbite Go, a mobile division empowering EA game developers with Frostbite’s proven excellent workflows and features to bring true Frostbite experiences to all major mobile platforms," the site's History page reads. Switching over to the This is Frostbite page, EA mentions "diverse targets from XBOX360 and PlayStation 4 to iOS and Android."

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EA confirms SimCity for Mac arriving June 11

04/11, 1:01am

One purchase for both platforms, each is native

Electronic Arts, which has been embroiled in controversy over its botched launch of SimCity for Windows and was recently named "Worst Company in America" for the second year running, has confirmed that the Mac version of the latest instalment will launch on June 11. The Mac version is a native app, rewritten for OpenGL so that players get the best possible experience on the Mac. The news will be welcomed by Mac owners who already bought the PC copy, as they can get the Mac version free on EA's online portal Origin.

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EA debuts early alpha client of Origin for Mac

01/24, 4:59pm

Service should eventually bring more EA games to Mac

Electronics Arts has released an initial alpha build of Origin for the Mac. On Windows Origin is the publisher's digital storefront and game launcher, now effectively required to play many EA titles. The software's arrival on the Mac should, eventually, increase the number of EA games Mac users have access to, so long as studios tied to the company can devote the time and money needed to build Mac ports.

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EA sues Zynga on similarities between Sims Social, The Ville

08/03, 9:45pm

Zynga 'blatant mimic', make games 'nearly indistinguishable'

Electronic Arts (EA) has filed a lawsuit against Zynga, claiming the social games developer has violated copyright law. The complaint focuses on Facebook game The Ville, where Zynga is accused of infringing on The Sims Social, EAs own casual gaming endeavor. EA believes The Ville "blatantly mimic[s] the entire framework and style of gameplay," making the two games "nearly indistinguishable."

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Rumor: EA to lay off 500 to 1000 employees

04/16, 5:00pm

Electronic Arts in mass layoffs rumor

Electronic Arts is allegedly in the process of laying off hundreds of employees after the completion of several big-name games. According to Startup Grind, the game publisher stands to lose between 500 and 1000 people (5-11% of its workforce) in the near future.

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Apple, iOS app makers targets of questionable privacy suit

03/18, 2:15pm

Apple, Path, Facebook, others in lawsuit sights

A new lawsuit (below) filed last week and uncovered on Friday by CNET could try and take Apple and key iOS app writers to task for alleged unapproved contact access. The potential class action case accuses those who've admitted to any access, such as Path, Twitter, and Instagram, of violating privacy by becoming "mobile radio beacons" that were "broadcasting and publicly exposing" contact lists to everyone. Questionably, however, it also names the developers of numerous other unverified apps of doing the same thing, including Beluga, Burbn, Chillingo, EA, Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Hipster, Gowalla, Kik, LinkedIn, Rovio (Angry Birds), and ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope).

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Valve rumored prepping Steam Box, tackling Apple TV too

03/03, 1:25pm

Valve Steam Box would consolize PC gaming

Valve Software is entering the console race by developing its own hardware platform, new rumors brought up early Saturday. The approach outlined by The Verge would have typical PC hardware with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics, but it would serve as a fixed platform for three to four years. Developers would then target their games to the system, which as expected would use Steam as its primary way to get games.

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Mass Effect Infiltrator, Datapad coming to iOS

02/09, 10:00pm

Adds narrative, ties into Mass Effect 3

Electronic Arts has revealed that will soon be bringing a tie-in version of its Mass Effect sci-fi game series to iOS devices with a new game, Mass Effect Infiltrator. The game is an all-combat version of the console Mass Effect games, and ties into the current version, Mass Effect 3, by having the main character feed intelligence to Commander Shepard, the protagonist of ME3. Despite the combat emphasis, MEI will still feature some of the "decision points" of the console games.

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Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support

12/30, 12:10pm

Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill

A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.

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EA, Gameloft launch holiday sales for iOS games

12/21, 12:35pm

Dead Space, Need for Speed among EA discounts

Publishers Gameloft and Electronic Arts have announced their annual holiday sales for iOS games. EA in particular has dropped prices on over 100 titles, including both iPhone and iPad games. Some high-profile offerings in the collection include Dead Space and Tetris for the iPad, and NBA Jam for the iPhone; in all cases, apps are temporarily 99 cents.

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Gamers sue Sony for trying to silence PSN lawsuits

12/20, 4:25pm

Sony sued over addition of PSN do-not-sue clause

Sony is being sued for the new clause in its PlayStation Network end-user license agreement that protects it from just such things, Geek reported on Tuesday. The addition was made in September and prompted games developer EA and software giant Microsoft to make similar changes. Under the terms, PSN gamers must agree not to sue Sony if their accounts are hacked in the future or if anything else goes wrong.

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GameStop starts selling Android tablets in stores

10/28, 2:15pm

GameStop takes tablet pilot program live

GameStop's mobile plans became real Friday after the company started up a tablet test program to sell tablets online and in stores. Android tablets like Acer's Iconia Tab A100, ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in 200 of its stores. Each will have both access to Kongregate's Arcade app store as well as seven free games, including EA's mobile versions of Dead Space and Madden as well as Sega's Sonic CD.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G hits AT&T September 18 for $50

09/08, 10:45am

ATT dates and prices Xperia Play 4G

AT&T on Thursday set out launch details for its promised version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Now called the Xperia Play 4G, it expands on the original both with 14.4Mbps HSPA (technically 3G) and the inclusion of Sony Ericsson's own DK300 media dock and a music cable for RCA-equipped speakers. Gamers also get a better game loadout on the PlayStation phone, which brings in Dungeon Defenders, The Sims 3 and Tower Bloxx to existing titles like Crash Bandicoot, Madden NFL 11 and Gameloft titles.

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Lodsys reply to Apple uses poor evidence, may defeat case

08/29, 5:30pm

Lodsys sur-reply to Apple faces poor prospects

Lodsys showed potential strain in its lawsuit after it issued a sur-reply to Apple's own response. Originally submitted earlier in the month but just discovered Monday, the response makes the questionable claim that Apple can't motion because some of the app developers sued challenge the validity of the patents. Similarly, it contends that the license it has with Apple doesn't make it a licensor and makes generic claims towards Apple having not somehow satisfied a "heavy burden."

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Razer puts out Tiamat 7.1 headset, Battlefield 3 gear

08/17, 11:45am

Razer swings first ever real 7.1 headphones, more

Razer swung out a wide range of gaming hardware and accessories on Tuesday that included a few extras for Apple users. For everyone, the Tiamat 7.1 is billed as the first true 7.1-channel surround sound headset. By packing five drivers in each earpiece and coordinating their output, it can replicate not just the seven main satellite points but the subwoofer channel as well. Owners can individually adjust the output of each channel and revert to a regular stereo signal if they like.

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Google+ adds games, takes on Facebook

08/11, 4:45pm

Google Plus makes game support official

Google ended a string of leaks Thursday afternoon with official game support on Google+. The primarily Flash-based games come from majors in web games and some from Facebook, including Zynga titles like Zynga Poker as well as Rovio's Angry Birds and PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz. In a direct jab at Facebook's tendency to put all updates on the main news feed, Google added that games, their status updates, and their achievements would only show in a Games tab.

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Atari, EA, others ask court to allow Apple's help vs. Lodsys

08/11, 9:50am

Apple has necessary information, defendants say

Four major parties defending themselves against Lodsys' legal accusations are actively petitioning the court to accept Apple's intervention request. Game publishers Atari, Electronic Arts and Square-Enix were joined by Quickoffice in sending a letter to the court yesterday, urging it to grant Apple's motion. All four companies are being represented in the matter by the same lawfirm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The first three have yet to even be served their summons however, and state that they are stepping in early to "ensure that their voices are heard in connection with the pending motion to intervene."

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Legal precedent vs. carpet-bomb patent suits may hurt Lodsys

08/10, 1:25pm

Eon-Net loss may hurt Lodsys too

A recent decision in a patent lawsuit from Eon-Net against Flagstar Bancorp might pose trouble for Lodsys in its own attempts to skim royalties. Discovered today, a ruling late last month hit Eon-Net with Rule 11 sanctions for conducting what was cast as "extortion" through its practices. The company had submitted over 100 infringement lawsuits but each time gave the targets a settlement that would be cheaper than defending the case, effectively forcing companies to pay.

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Apple still pushing to intervene in Lodsys case

08/08, 10:30pm

Apple counters Lodsys in new intervention call

Apple on Monday countered Lodsys' resistance to intervention with a final argument of its own. A call for a court hearing argued multiple points, focusing most on the importance of the patent license covering in-app purchases. It argued that the license itself was enough interest to require an intervention and that it had a clear business motivation to get involved: developers were considering boycotting "core products" because they didn't want to be sued.

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EA founder says Apple decline likely to follow loss of Jobs

08/03, 4:00pm

Slip inevitable for anyone, says Hawkins

Apple is ultimately headed towards a fall, and probably after the departure of CEO Steve Jobs, says Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, now with developer Digital Chocolate. The latter develops casual games for several platforms, including the iPhone. "If you look at any institution in history -– look at the Roman Empire –- anything in history, and what it looks like when it's peaking," Hawkins tells IndustryGamers.

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Lodsys tries suing Atari, EA, Rovio over mobile apps

07/21, 7:40pm

Lodsys expands to target major game developers

Lodsys continued its rapidly widening lawsuit campaign Thursday by trying its hand at attacking major game developers. A larger complaint (below) now adds Atari, EA, Rovio, Square Enix, and Take Two over in-app purchases in their mobile games. The expansion singles out major games and isn't limited to just iPad and iPhone titles, going so far as to target Rovio's versions of Angry Birds for both Android and iOS.

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EA to acquire PopCap for $750 million

07/12, 7:30pm

EA pushing for a $1B digital business

EA has confirmed that it has established an agreement to acquire PopCap, a game publisher best known for mobile titles such as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled. The buyout will cost EA at least $750 million, which includes $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. PopCap will also be entitled to additional cash compensation based on EA's future earnings through the end of 2013.

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EA 'blown away' by Wii U performance

06/29, 1:05pm

EA label president very impressed by Wii U

At an interview with EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau at E3, Games Industry learned [sub. required] the games publisher is very excited about the upcoming Nintendo Wii U console. Gibeau is especially impressed by the console's ability to reproduce HD graphics and access game experiences in what he describes as a completely novel way. He went on to say Nintendo's methods run parallel with what EA plans for its FIFA, Madden and game lineups.

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Consoles hit lowest sales since 2006, Xbox 360 still on top

06/13, 7:55pm

NPD gives Xbox 360 lead in May despite new low

New NPD data unveiled Monday night showed the video game business at a rare low with Microsoft getting the most benefits. Although it hesitated to give full numbers, it had the combined hardware and software sales in May at their lowest point since October 2006 based on a "light slate of new releases" led mostly by LA Noire and Brink. The Xbox 360 was the top system of the batch at 270,000 units and was up 28 percent, making up 34 percent of the revenue, while the Wii's continued fall was the primary drag on the industry.

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EA buys out Real Racing developer Firemint

05/03, 4:25pm

Increasing hegemony affects iOS gaming

Game publisher Electronic Arts says it has acquired Firemint, the developer of titles like Flight Control and Real Racing. Firemint dates back to 1999, and currently employs about 60 people. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced, even though the acquisition process is expected to wrap up in four weeks.

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EA runs special Easter sale on iOS games

04/22, 11:30am

Dead Space, Scrabble among high-profile titles

Publisher Electronic Arts has launched a special Easter weekend sale of iOS games, discounting over 30 of them to 99 cents each. Both iPad and iPhone titles are included in the promotion. Some notable iPad games include Scrabble, Tetris, Risk, Monopoly and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Of special interest is Dead Space, a high-profile title which was recently given special graphics enhancements for iPad 2s.

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets 7digital to provide iTunes rival

03/08, 11:10pm

BlackBerry PlayBook to come with 7digital music

RIM late Tuesday scored a deal to give the BlackBerry PlayBook a preloaded music store. 7digital's store will be preloaded on the tablet and give access to about 13 million pay-per-track songs. The store is the most popular on BlackBerry phones and is one of the few to have an international scope, having grown beyond Europe to reach the US two years ago.

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BlackBerry PlayBook: 3D gaming hands-on

02/15, 8:55pm

We play the first live PlayBook games at MWC

RIM used the opportunity of Mobile World Congress not just to unveil plans for HSPA+ and LTE versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook but to get its first genuine 3D game roster ready. EA will be first out of the gate with native ports of titles like Need for Speed: Undercover and Tetris. We had the chance to try them ourselves and have a quick round-up of performance and whether it's a better experience than on an iPad or a Galaxy Tab.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play due for Verizon, we go hands-on

02/13, 3:00pm

Xperia Play due for Verizon and tested by us

Sony Ericsson as promised tonight unveiled the Xperia Play. The Android 2.3 flagship is the first to support PlayStation Suite and is designed to not only run PS1 and original games with PSP-style controls but to run them well. A 1GHz Snapdragon with an Adreno 205 graphics core runs many games at the full 854x480 resolution at 60 frames per second.

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Google launches Chrome Web Store, shows full Kindle for Web

12/07, 2:50pm

Google Chrome Web Store goes live

Google today formally launched the Chrome Web Store, its portal for web apps on both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The section lets users buy apps that they can access from a central launcher and which behave more like traditional apps, in some cases working offline. Many work with Flash but can use strict web standards and work for all platforms.

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iOS game "Cut the Rope" hits 3M sold; update coming

11/18, 8:55pm

v1.1 to introduce new box, 25 new levels

Games publisher Chillingo -- best known for their runaway iOS hit Angry Birds -- has revealed that their popular physics-puzzle iOS game Cut the Rope has sold over three million copies, and that a new update coming soon (v1.1) will debut a new "Cosmic Box," Retina Display graphics, improved scoring accuracy and 11 new achievements.

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EA admits having had PSP2 access

11/03, 1:00pm

EA gives first sign of PSP2 in works

Game developer EA in an interview late Tuesday acknowledged that it had seen at least details of Sony's PSP2. Senior VP Patrick Soderlund wouldn't say whether it included the actual hardware or target specifications but noted that a software firm had to have access. Silence was necessary because of an established relationship with Sony, he explained to CVG.

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Fender shows Stratocaster for Rock Band, pre-orders Jan. 1

11/02, 6:20pm

Fender Stratocaster Rock Band priced and dated

Fender today unwrapped details of its signature controller for Rock Band 3, the Stratocaster Guitar and Controller. The device is both a full-fledged electric guitar based on the Squier as well as a peripheral for the Harmonix game's realistic Pro Mode. Controls on the body steer both the game and the instrument's output.

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Scrabble becomes Amazon Kindle's first paid app

09/24, 12:20pm

Amazon Kindle gets first paid app months later

Amazon has quietly put up the first paid, third-party app for the Kindle. EA's Scrabble has been released for both the third-generation and second-generation six-inch Kindles as well as all versions of the Kindle DX. Despite the 3G and Wi-Fi links, the app only supports single-device multiplayer and not online games.

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EA's first Nintendo 3DS game shows console's power

09/15, 9:25am

EA My Garden shwos Nintendo 3DS much faster

EA today showed off a first game for the Nintendo 3DS that backs beliefs that the handheld is using a much faster platform than initially suspected. The garden creation game My Garden has both much more geometry than a typical DS/DSi game but has high dynamic range effects for bloom and depth of field to create a soft background. Many of the in-game objects also have their own individual shadows.

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Amazon opens UK Kindle Store, posts two free games

08/05, 2:10pm

Amazon Kindle gets UK-native store

Amazon on Thursday opened the UK Kindle Store, its first e-book shop outside of the US. The store gives access to a smaller 400,000-book library but scraps the extra fees that would come from downloading books outside of the US. Prices for popular books ranges from as little as £2.79 to as much as £11.25; most are under £10.

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Gaikai gets help from Intel for streaming game service

07/23, 1:20pm

Gaikai partners with Intel, Limelight Networks

Game streaming platform Gaikai has just announced two new partners in Intel and Limelight Networks. While details weren't released, Gaikai will use Intel's six-core CPUs and solid-state drives to handle the games. The devices will then be installed within Limelight Networks' infrastructure.

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Should social games be taken seriously by the game industry?

06/19, 1:25pm

Editorial tackles web gaming

With E3 just finished, it's time for the market to start evaluating game companies. But as EA, Ubisoft, Activision, and others continue to get all the headlines, social-gaming companies don't get the kind of respect their bigger competitors do. This may have to change with larger platform supporters, including non-traditional Apple, as they may be ignoring an untapped market.

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Mad Catz details, prices up Rock Band 3 instruments

06/11, 11:25am

Mad Catz to sell Rock Band 3 gear with MIDI hooks

Mad Catz unwrapped the final details of its whole instrument line for Rock Band 3. The headlining Wireless Keyboard Controller is now confirmed to not only handle 25 keys and two octaves of range but has MIDI support to work with computer audio editors and hardware like mixers. It can also double as a controller for the bass and regular guitars.

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Rock Band 3 gets MIDI keyboard, stringed instruments

06/10, 10:45am

Harmonix to tie Rock Band 3 to 25-key instrument

The mystery controller for Rock Band 3 was revealed today to be a real keyboard. Although deliberately limited to 25 keys, the peripheral will work as a true MIDI keyboard and should theoretically work with computers depending on the version of the controller. The game's more realistic Pro mode should use all 25 keys and, according to USA Today, will pan across the screen to show all the notes.

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Rock Band 3 controller to be a keytar?

05/26, 5:20pm

Rock Band 3 keytar would come separately

The fifth Rock Band 3 instrument is a keytar, a historically reliable tipster mentioned this afternoon. The peripheral would permit piano and synth music but would still have the familiar guitar feel. It wouldn't, however, ship in any bundle with the game and would only be an option, much like most of the non-guitar instruments.

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Harmonix teases keyboard for Rock Band 3

05/25, 5:00pm

Green Day Rock Band demo teases new RB3 controller

As a tease for early adopters, Harmonix with the launch of the Rock Band: Green Day demo has hinted there will be a new keyboard controller for Rock Band 3. An image in the demo shows the fifth instrument alongside the usual options. The game developer didn't say more, although it implies that many more piano- or synth-heavy tracks are in store.

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