Архив: November, 2010

“We’ll announce further details about our launch plans later this year, but we would hope to make it available by the end of 2011,” a British Telecom spokesperson told PCR. BT, who announced this partnership last month, will offer OnLive through select broadband bundles — it will also be available to existing customers and PlusNet subscribers. “Over time, as consumer broadband connectivity increases and as games become more complex, we expect cloud-based distribution models for gaming to become increasingly attractive and mainstream,” the spokesperson added.

OnLive is currently set to launch in the US on June 17. Pre-registrants gain access to a free game and free year’s subscription. As of now, no such incentive has been announced for the UK.

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You’ll definitely want to watch this gameplay clip of inFamous 2. Not only does it show off Cole’s new look, it highlights the revamped graphics engine, improved “in your face” camera . .. and best of all, a new power.

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TechCrunch and VentureBeat both have sources claiming Disney is ready to purchase social gaming developer Playdom for over $600 million. There are currently obscene amounts of money being invested in the social gaming arena; just last year EA purchased Playfish, another big player in the space, for $300 million.

Disney Interactive Media, which continues to have annual losses, has been working on making or buying a mega-money maker. Split/Second obviously isn’t panning out, but Club Penguin seems to be doing fine. There’s also the question of how the company will eventually incorporate the Marvel properties, unless it opts to continue licensing those out. The Playdom purchase, if true, would give the company access to a demographic that its current mouse house of studios doesn’t directly service.

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North Carolina is going to provide some epic tax breaks to video game developers. According to the ESA, a bill signed by Governor Beverly Perdue will provide a 15 percent tax credit on “wages and compensation for employees involved in digital media production, or the creation of a platform or engine to run such media. ” Of course, the big winner here is North Carolina-based Epic Games, which swims in a lake of Unreal Engine money and develops games in its spare time. However, other benefactors of the tax breaks include Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and another dozen or so developers in the state. The incentives take effect January 1, 2011.

Publishers, developers and governments use tax breaks like Ezio wields the hidden blade. It’s a weapon, either for financial defense (which seems to be the case in North Carolina) or aggression. With Canada’s relentless siren call of tax incentives, if other countries and states don’t step up their game, The Great White North will continue its Tim Hortons-fueled march to eventually developing most of the world’s video games.

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Square Enix’s pre-order bonus for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep might not be extravagant, but it is … adhesive. Putting money down at Amazon, GameStop or Best Buy will net you the system-bestickering decals shown, in light and dark variants so as to stand out on any color scheme.

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Did you really expect any less? Of course Halo: Reach is getting a full line of toys … er, action figures, with which you can tastefully decorate your abode. Also, those of you attending the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con will find an “exclusive” figure only available there (or until it’s decided that it gets sold everywhere else). We’ve got a full list of the wares just after the break, and pictures can be found over on Spawn. com.

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We’re just as easily drawn into the shame spiral that is buying games we don’t have any time to play as the next guy — especially when a tremendous sale is involved — so when we offer up news that every game available through OnLive is currently 30 percent off, we have to be a little wary.

Sure, it’s great for those among us with “self restraint” (or whatever) who’ll simply purchase one or two titles and not go totally bananas, but what of us folks with … control issues? Well, yeah, we suppose there’s always the rental options being equivalently discounted. Thankfully, the sale only lasts through Monday (at 11:59PM ET), otherwise we might end up with another two or three copies of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! — A Reckless Disregard for Gravity … which is only $7, by the way. Dammit!

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Arc System Works has finally revealed a launch date for the PC port of the first entry in its budding new fighting series, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Japanese gaming site 4Gamer reports Aksys Games is priming the Games For Windows Live version of the frenetic fighter for an August 26 PC release in Japan, for a suggested retail price of ¥5,040 ($58). Consider us thoroughly shocked.

We’ve contacted Aksys Games for word on whether the PC version will be coming to our neck of the woods. We’ll be sure to update you as soon as we hear back. For the console gamers out there, the sequel, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, is set to launch in North America next week.

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Promethium Marketing Group’s Twitter-enabled tower defense title, Tweet Defense, will be very on sale tomorrow for just 24 hours. Like, as on sale as anything could possibly be. Both the iPhone version and recently launched iPad version of the game will be downloadable for free from FreeAppaDay.com on Sunday, July 11.

The game usually retails for $2.99 on iPhone and $7. 99 on iPad, so we’d suggest taking Promethium up on this temporary offer. Unless, of course, you’re one of those people who thinks that every time you Tweet, part of your soul gets siphoned away. You guys should probably go play something else.

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JoystiqTweet Defense free on iPad and iPhone this Sunday originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter gets an upgrade, but will it pay?

Social media experts question whether it will make any difference, given that the Twitter website accounts for just 14 per cent of Twitter usage, according to Experian Hitwise. This year Twitter started carrying sponsored tweets from advertisers at the top of some search pages. The changes are being read as a sign that Twitter’s founders are finally addressing some of the shortcomings of the site that until now have been largely addressed by third-party applications such as TweetDeck for use on mobile phones. As well as the simple news feed of text and links, users can now watch video and view images without leaving the site. ”But the flip side is that people are less likely to leave and go to your website. In the past week Twitter has unveiled a new look aimed at making Twitter.com a richer media experience, like Facebook. The changes include the ability to preview content and indicate locations of tweets (known as geo-tagging), and mini-profiles that do not require leaving the site. Twitter accounted for 0.05 per cent of upstream traffic to all sites in February 2009; Google referred 27.24 per cent, Hitwise said. Coca-Cola reported that within 24 hours of sending out a sponsored tweet promoting a product it was seen 86 million times, giving it an ”engagement rate” of 6 per cent, compared with the average 0.02 per cent of users engaging with a standard online ad. Matt Houltham, a partner at Zenith Optimedia, said: ”This marks a fundamental change in the way that Twitter is used. It is moving from being a distribution platform to becoming a destination in itself.”

But media buyers, among them Mr Houltham, are assessing what this means for their clients, who are turning to Twitter as a means of getting their messages across to its massive global audience. We are all still trying to figure it out.”

On balance Mr Small said an improvement for users ”can only be a good thing for marketers as it will give them less of a reason to go elsewhere”. They are also seen as a sign that they are looking at ways of finally making money from the 190 million people who use Twitter each month. SOCIAL MEDIA experts predict Twitter is gearing up to make itself more ad-friendly but question how relevant the microblogging website’s homepage is when the vast majority of usage takes place elsewhere. ”The very first step is to see what those ads are going to look like.”

He suggested contextually placed ads or those that appeared at the top of searches would be the most likely next step. Simon Small, who heads the social media unit at the media agency Mitchell Communication Group, said: ”There’s more of a chance that your content will be found because people will be spending longer there because they don’t have as much of a reason to leave. Mr Small said the changes might be a precursor to introducing charges for users who wanted a premium Twitter service, much like the business networking site LinkedIn. They also allow the inclusion of replies. Rather than see traffic go off its site to other websites, Twitter’s strategy appears to be to keep users on its site for longer. Mr Houltham said Twitter’s changes would not make much difference unless it altered terms and conditions to force the developers of applications to include the ads.