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2007’s Magic Numbers

UNITS UK MARKET (Weeks 1 – 26 2006 vs. Weeks 1 – 26 2007) Total Excl. Non Games Total UK MarketUnits (m) 2006 2007 Change % Total Games Software 21.87 26.01 +19 Gameboy Advance 1.00 0.52 -48 Microsoft Xbox 1.73 0.43 -75 Microsoft XBox 360 1.36 3.14 +131 Nintendo DS …

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New website for Develop

Today sees the relaunch of Develop’s home on the internet, www.developmag.com, with the overhauled site now offering regular features, tutorials and studio profiles alongside its daily complement of breaking business news. The new site has been designed with the development community in mind and is perfect for anyone involved in …

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Aussie retailer recalls Xbox 360

Leading Australian retailer EB Games has stopped selling premium Xbox 360 consoles following a recall. The systems are reportedly carrying a hard disk fault. Kotaku reports that sources within the firm have said that store managers were asked by EB’s headquarters to test every unit it had in stock a …

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Miyamoto: Theres still life in the GBA

Shigeru Miyamoto has said there is still life in the Game Boy Advance thanks to its large catalogue of games, reports Next Generation. However, Miyamoto admitted to Kotaku that Nintendo had completely shifted its focus to the Wii and DS and had no plans to bring out any new titles …

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UK tabloid links PlayStation to murder

The News Of The World has printed a two-page feature indicating that the murderer of 33-year old British nurse Cheryl Moss was influenced by video games. The newspaper interviewed the parents of killer Stuart Harling, 19, who bludgeoned Moss to death with a hunting blade in Hornchurch, East London on …

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Edinburgh Festival explores online worlds

The line-up of speakers at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival continues to grow, with Second Life and EVE Online creators the latest to join the roster. Linden Lab’s Jim Purbick will explore the intricacies of developing for Second Life in the festival’s aptly-titled ‘Developing for Second Life’ strand on Tuesday August …

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Oxygen gets Chegwin

TV personality Keith Chegwin will host a quiz game from Oxygen for the PS2, Wii and PC, following a licensing deal set up by AT New Media. Cheggers’ Party Quiz will be released in November this year and will feature thousands of questions based on entertainment. Who doesn’t love Cheggers?” …

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Mario Party 8 recalled over offensive word

After hitting retail on Friday, all copies of Mario Party 8 have been recalled due to the ‘wrong version’ of the game – which contains the word ‘spastic’ in its script – being released. During the game, Kamek the blue wizard says: "Magikoopa magic! Turn the train spastic! Make this …

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A brand new ‘Vision for the future

This development process has already begun to bear fruit – we have seen fantastic results with Spider-Man 3, to the extent our market share rivalled that of EA in May, according to ChartTrack data for the UK. The success of the movie helps of course, but we feel the level …

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Iwata: Wii can outsell PS2

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata has predicted that sales of Wii could end up eclipsing those of PlayStation 2. Iwata said that the wide appeal of the console gave it a chance to catch PS2 – which has shipped over 120 million units to date. "Sony’s PS2 sales of 100 …

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