In a tumultuous time for games retailers, one store has clung on for longer than most. You'll find Extreme Gamez ensconced down a jitty (Leicestershire lingo for an alleyway between buildings, in case you were wondering) against the picturesque backdrop of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The market town's ruined castle is a significant location in Sir Walter Scott's epic romance Ivanhoe and was partly demolished during the English Civil War to render the castle indefensible following the surrender of Royalist supporter Henry Hastings. This appealingly modest town is steeped in history, yet it has a connection with the global video game industry that isn't immediately apparent. Ashby is where Ultimate Play The Game was established in 1982 by Tim and Chris Stamper - the company which would attain near-legendary status with home micro players before morphing into Rare, one of the UK's most famous game studios. Extreme Gamez is a street away from Ultimate's first office, which was located in a row of … [Read more...] about The death of an indie store
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What a year it’s been. The first half was stacked to the gills with indie treasures, but the second half release schedule was a towering pillar of boxes that collapsed on us and left us retching on the shores of exhaustion.This is the second episode of a two part series, kicking off in late July and pushing right through to early December, when we got tired and threw all our consoles in the bin for a few weeks. Release: July 25 (PC) October 1 (Linux, Mac)This is hacking as we dreamed of it in our troubled youth; Quadrilateral Cowboy equips the player with a “top-of-the-line hacking deck outfitted with a 56.6k modem and a staggering 256k RAM”.Set in the same universe as indie cult favourites Gravity Bone and Thirty Flights of Loving, Quadrilateral Cowboy is about infiltration and heists, but with a twist – you play the hacker supporting the agent on the ground. With direct-feed footage from the agent’s goggles to guide them, this keyboard warrior must … [Read more...] about The games that made 2016: blockbusters, indie hits, cult favourites and massive embarrassments – July – Dec
Source: See below. What we heard: After it went on sale in February 2007, Crackdown became a hit for a variety of reasons. One big draw was that its Dundee, Scotland-based developer, Realtime Worlds, was founded by Grand Theft Auto cocreator David Jones. Another was that the game's GTA-esque open-world gameplay was slated to precede Grand Theft Auto IV by eight months. Following a subsequent delay, Crackdown beat Rockstar's game by over a year. Finally, the initial shipments of the game came with a code that allowed players to access the beta test of Halo 3. As a result of these factors, Crackdown went on to become a solid hit, selling more than 1.5 million units worldwide. According to the NPD Group, some 750,000 of those were in the US. So why hasn't a sequel been announced? That was the question raised by Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb in a podcast last week. Speaking with Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer, the Xbox Live director of programming pronounced, "I'm here to say on … [Read more...] about Ruffian manhandling Crackdown 2?
So, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 came out this week. You noticed that, right? Despite the obligatory bitching and whining from everyone across the Internet about the franchise being "stale" or "boring" or whatever, it still appears to have done remarkably well for itself. According to a representative from Amazon, Black Ops 2 dethroned Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as the "most pre-ordered" game ever, "shattering" that game's record. Not only that, but pre-launch it was already on pace to become the biggest launch in GameStop's history, too. GameStop president Tony Bartel said last month, "We are seeing the highest pre-orders in history. With its current pace, this Call of Duty is on track to break records and is likely to be our biggest game launch of all time." By Wednesday this week, things were already looking very good for the game. Bartel said in an email to Bloomberg that the speciality retailer sold more than 1 million copies of Treyarch's new shooter at its … [Read more...] about This Week in Games – November 17, 2012