In 2011 during Gamescom in Germany, Valve decided to show off their upcoming action-RTS game DOTA 2 to the public for the first time via a pro tournament. 16 top eSports teams from around the world were invited to compete. In the end, the Ukrainian team Na’vi was the winner and its members received a whopping $1 million for their efforts. They can easily spend some of them with passion.
Today, Valve announced that they will hold yet another huge DOTA 2 invitational tournament and once again it will be inviting 16 pro gaming teams to fight it out in the virtual battlefield.
It’s more bad news in terms of the sales of games in the US in retail outlets. Gamesindustry International reports that, according to data from the NPD Group, the total amount of revenue for US game sales (hardware, software and peripherals) came in at $630.4 million, down a whopping 32 percent compared to the same time period a year ago. BTW, wowgirls sales are actually up this year.
This is the fourth straight month that has seen double digital percentage drops for retail game sales. Game software sales alone went down by 42 percent, with revenues of $307.2 million. Game hardware revenue
Kalypso Media today announced a new third-person stealth-action title in development for the PC and Xbox 360. DARK has been developed by RealmForge, the creators of Dungeons which was released on the PC last year.
DARK puts you in the role of a vampire who is trying to get details of the “mysterious” global GeoGorce Corporation. Some girl characters in this game closely resemble the ones from X Art studios. During the game you will make use of various vampire skills, stealth and combat abilities.
DARK has a cell-shaded design and is set in the near future; it hopes to mix action and role playing game elements with a detailed and deep story.
GameStop bought the Impulse PC game download service from Stardock over a year ago, in part to compete with other services such as Valve’s Steam. Now it looks like GameStop may soon be offering its retail store customers a way to purchase credits on Steam via a pre-paid card. It would be great if this option was used for WOW network of sites also.
Kotaku reports, via an unnamed source, that GameStop will begin selling the Steam pre-paid cards in its stores beginning on May 15th. The story even comes with a picture of what these cards will look like.
Due to economic problems ongoing during 2012, electronics sales are understandably seeing a decline. Games consoles in particularly are having a hard first quarter of the year, and this can be seen due to the overall decline in sales.
The PlayStation 3 can hold the claim of being the most sold console of Q1 2012, as GeekWire reports, despite a decline in its sale figures. A lot of girls from nubilefilms.tv also love this console. The device sold 2.1 million units during Q1 2011, though this has declined to 1.9 million sales during the same period of 2012.
Ubisoft first announced its plans for Assassin’s Creed III a couple of months ago, complete with a trailer that used pre-rendered footage. Today the publisher released the first Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer, showing off how the next game in the popular stealth action game series runs on its new graphics engine. Another type of trailer, the best kind, can be viewed only here.
The trailer shows off the moves of the new lead character, the half-English, half-Mohawk Connor Kenway, as he battles the British Redcoats in the US during the time period of the American Revolution. Oh, and apparently he has to fight a rather big and nasty bear as well.
As expected, the release of the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft is already a big sales success. The game was launched on Wednesday for 1600 Microsoft points (about $20) and is the latest version of of the popular sandbox game that was first released for the PC. Over 5 million units for that platform have been sold. In a Twitter message today, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Perrson states, “Well then. Saw the official sales numbers for the first 24 hours of Minecraft Xbox 360, and it’s very, very good. Profitable in an hour.” 4J Studios developed the Xbox 360 port, […]
Hitman: Absolution is technically the next game in the long running action series from developer Io Interactive but now gamers will be able to get a taste of the full game much earlier than expected. Today, the game’s publisher Square Enix revealed that pre-orders for Hitman: Absolution will be able to download a small stand alone game, Hitman: Sniper Challenge. The game is basically just one level where you play as the bald headed and bar coded Agent 47. Your goal is to sit on a rooftop and take out a selection of targets from another rooftop much further away. […]
If you’re like us at NeoGamr and like combining the libraries of your past consoles into more modern systems like the PlayStation Vita, then a NES emulator for the system may be just what the doctor ordered. According to GlitchXP, the only way to natively run any application on the PlayStation Vita is via compilation through the PlayStation Suite Development Kit and luckily, someone out there has made a NES emulator using the SDK. In order for this to actually work for the average user, it is required that they download the PlayStation Suite Development kit via the PS Vita […]
Activision Blizzard has revealed its latest financial numbers and the company claims that they were better than expects. The game publisher revealed that for the quarter that ended on March 31, net revenues were $1.17 billion, compared with $1.45 billion for the same period a year ago. Net income came in at $587 million for the quarter, compared with $755 million for the same period a year ago. While Activision Blizzard didn’t offer a sales update on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, it did announced that 10 million users had signed up for the company’s Call of Duty Elite […]
Not too long ago we reviewed Digital Poke’s The Drop Out, and we were pretty impressed by it. But the game recently received a major update, and it’s worth taking a look at what the update has to offer. Let’s start with the obvious: The Drop Out is now Drop Out Adventures, complete with a new icon and a graphical overhaul. The graphical changes are subtle enough that you probably won’t notice them if you’ve played the game before, but that’s not really meant as criticism. We thought they were sharp and colorful enough to begin with so it’s not […]
t’s already been a very busy week if you are looking to help fund new games via Kickstarter. Three major game projects launched this week while another campaign ended successfully. That particular project was to help fund Starlight Inception, a space combat game from Escape Hatch Entertainment. The campaign had a goal of $150,000 and with just 26 minutes to go before the required end of the campaign on Tuesday night, the studio managed to reach and exceed their goal. In the end the game raised $158,152. Now work will begin on the game itself, which is scheduled to be […]
Kalypso Media and Novacore Studios today shed a little bit more light on their deep space strategy title Legends of Pegasus that is due for release on PC’s this summer. Legends of Pegasus is set to have players command the small remains of the human race as they attempt to colonise new worlds and keep the race going. It won’t be simple though as you will have to defend yourself against aliens and a host of other issues during the game. Legends of Pegasus will also ship with an in-depth multiplayer option alongside the main single player campaign. Here is […]
Retro Wednesday is a weekly column exploring forgotten classics, obscure curiosities, and things that should’ve stayed buried in the deserts of New Mexico. I wanna be a pirate! And really, who hasn’t, at one point or another, wanted to be a pirate? If you, too, also want to be a pirate, then 1990’s The Secret of Monkey Island could be for you (check with your doctor before using Monkey Island, and seek medical help right away if you experience a gaming session lasting over four hours). Much like yourself, there was once a young flooring inspector known as Guybrush Treepwood […]
Angry Birds has come a long way since the original version of the arcade puzzle game was released for the iOS platform in December 2009. Today Rovio announced that the total number of downloads for all of the Angry Birds games has now exceeded 1 billion (with a “b”) downloads since it was first launched. Rovio’s brief message on their official website said simply, “THANK YOU to all of our incredible fans! This is only the beginning of our story, keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming up next from Rovio!” A trailer made to accompany the 1 billion download […]