In a rather tongue-in-cheek way, GAME have provided us with a sequel to last year's outing "Christmas Shopper Simulator", and appending "Black Friday" to to the title in a rather timely manner to celebrate next week's shopping bonanza.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say:
"The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment, with a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before."
King were in the news earlier in the year after trademarking the name "Candy Crush Saga", they sued the developers of "The Banner Saga" for using the word "Saga" in their games name.
The votes have been counted, the winners have been chosen and the awards have been awarded. Yep, its time for the Golden Joystick Award winners to be announced! Spoiler alert: apparently we love The Witcher 3.
Ultimate Game Of The Year - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Original Game - Bloodborne
Best Storytelling - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Visual Design - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Audio - Ori And The Blind Forest
Best Multi-Player - GTA Online
Best Indie Game - Kerbal Space Program
Best Family Game - Splatoon
Best Mobile Game - Fallout Shelter
Innovation Of The Year First person mode in GTA 5 (Seriously? Innovation of the year is a first person view?)
Best Moment In Gaming - The Bloody Baron questline in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Well deserved!)
Best Gaming Platform - Steam
Best Gaming Performance - Ashley Burch as Chloe in "Life Is Strange"
Best Playstation Game - Bloodborne
Best Nintendo Game - Splatoon
Best Xbox game - Ori And The Blind Forest
Best PC Game - GTA 5
Most Anticipated Game - Fallout 4
Critics Choice - Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Breakthrough Award - Her Story
eSports Icon - CS:GO - Anders Blume (A commentator for most CS:GO tournaments)
Rumours have been circulating for months that Hideo Kojima and Konami were not on the best of terms and that the two were due to part ways shortly after Metal Gear 5 was released. Thanks to an article in The New Yorker, we now know that Kojima has indeed left the company. It would seem that Konamis desire to move away from the console game industry and focus more on their Pachinko machines and mobile gaming (amongst other, non-gaming related ventures), meant that no place remained for Kojimas brand of high budget blockbuster games. This, despite reports that while Metal Gear 5 cost around $80 million to make, it made over $187 million on its first day of release.
Bizarrely, Konami seem to be claiming that Kojima is still an employee of their company and is simply taking an extended holiday following the release of a game that had a long development cycle. This was countered by Simon Parkin, author of the New Yorker article, who responded to that notion on Twitter:
Kojimas non-compete clause is expected to expire in December, at which point he is free to form a new studio, or sign with another publisher. He is unlikely to be unemployed for long.
Its that time again! EA's Origin service appears to have been breached again, thanks to a pastebin dump of user accounts and their associated passwords. For obvious reasons, I wont link to the Pastebin dump, but you can check if your account was on the list by checking with the Have I Been Pwned? website.
Even if your account doesnt appear to have been hacked... its probably a very good idea to change your passwords anyway.
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