Latest Pics: Smashing Stuff

Regular Posted 31|Jul by
Latest Pics: Smashing Stuff

There seems to be a bit of a theme running through the picks of the pics this week. It wasn't intentional, but smashing, beating and all manner of rendering asunder is in some major way a feature of these highlights. Take a look. Get your gawp on.

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What're You Looking At? Sims Stims

Regular Posted 30|Jul by
What're You Looking At? Sims Stims

The top games that are getting your eyes this week

People come to SPOnG's game database for all manner or reasons; buying advice, age suitability, foraging for pics, videos or info or good old retro reminiscing. Here's a snapshot of the top five most visited games this past week.

#5 Ben 10: Omniverse (DS/DSi)

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UK Charts: We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

News Posted 29|Jul by Staff
UK Charts: We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

The first proper week of the schools summer holidays, so what have Mums and Dads been buying?

The answer, it seems, is "nothing new". With little in the way of worthy new releases, it's hardly surprising that we face another week of shuffling the pack on the UK video game all formats charts this week. Watch_Dogs and FIFA 14 holds steady in first and second positions as Minecraft on Xbox 360 blocks Sniper Elite 3 to take third.
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New Games This Week: Kick Ass Who?

Regular Posted 25|Jul by
New Games This Week: Kick Ass Who?

After last week's epitome of the doldrums, we're thankfully back to seeing new releases this week. The pickings are scant, but it's better than nothing, right?

Kick-Ass 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
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Pics of the Week: Race On, Revivals

Regular Posted 25|Jul by
Pics of the Week: Race On, Revivals

Forza fans were blessed this week with new shots of vehicles coming to Horizon 2, due to arrive this October on Xbox One and 360.

Not one to rub your thighs in a creepy manner when you see the latest pixel renditions of supercars? Then maybe you'll get your thigh-rub on with these screens featuring the classic split-windscreen VW Camper, 1944 US Army Jeep (complete with shovel & axe) or 1970's Alpine Berlinette.
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New Games This Week: Dearthly, Hollow

Regular Posted 18|Jul by
New Games This Week: Dearthly, Hollow

If you're heading down to the high street, shopping centre or mall this weekend, skipping happily at the notion of grabbing a brand new game for your PC or console, then you're in for a fat slice of disappointment pie. For the first time since, well, SPOnG's been cataloguing new videogames (that's over 15 years), there are no new retail releases in the UK this week. There are no re-releases either.
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Linkpost: Strike Fear with the Shinobi Sleep Mask

News Posted 16|Jul by Staff
Linkpost: Strike Fear with the Shinobi Sleep Mask

Plus; Dictator sues Activision, old Batman does new Batman game, tamper-free Rapture

Xbox Not Microsoft's Focus
So says new CEO, Satya Nadella. With job cuts looming and stated repositioning on hardware, rough times may be ahead for the console's Devices Group.

Shinobi Sleep Mask
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Linkpost: Last of Us Dissection! Burnout Toast?

News Posted 15|Jul by Staff
Linkpost: Last of Us Dissection! Burnout Toast?

Plus PC hardware hotcakes, More Crytek doom, Elite for Consoles and more.

Burnout Burned Out?
Find out in this smashing interview with ex-Criterion coder Iain Angus.

The Last Of Us; Behind the Gameplay Curtain
Game designer Peter Field talks about the challenges of narrative and gameplay choreography. Here be spoilers.

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UK Charts: Faithful Watch_Dogs Returns

News Posted 14|Jul by
UK Charts: Faithful Watch_Dogs Returns

"Now with more Wii U disappointment"

Brought to heel for a couple of weeks by 505 & Rebellion's Sniper Elite III, Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs switches position with its precision murder sim counterpart as it returns to the top of the UK video game charts.

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UK Videogames Chart: Sniper Elite III Score a Hit

News Posted 7|Jul by
UK Videogames Chart: Sniper Elite III Score a Hit

FIFA gets a boost

Much like its predecessor, Rebellion's Sniper Elite III has kept the UK games charts Number 1 in its sights and nailed another week at the top spot.

Elsewhere in the charts Watch_Dogs is still doing well, while an old chart mainstay has seen a little action. Chart-Track reports: "Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs (-20%) takes a third week at No2 and EA’s FIFA 14 climbs 3 places to No3 (+15%) thanks to some price activity on old gen versions - this also affects 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil which climbs back in to the Top 10 at No8 (+5%).
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Bethesda: Doom Needs to Prove Itself

News Posted 7|Jul by
Bethesda: Doom Needs to Prove Itself

Publisher views it as similar to Wolfenstein

Bethesda isn't taking the gaming public or Doom for granted. The publisher says that the series will have to prove itself all over again with number 4, and it can't just assume people will buy it because it's Doom.

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Microsoft Shuts Ouya Game Server

News Posted 3|Jul by
Microsoft Shuts Ouya Game Server

Chess 2 The Sequel taken out of the game via court order

If you've been trying to play Chess 2: The Sequel with other like-minded chessists around the world, then you'll have been disappointed as the server has been taken down by court order.

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EA Loses Dungeon Keeper Fight

News Posted 2|Jul by &
EA Loses Dungeon Keeper Fight

Today the Advertising Standards Association has issued a ruling against Electronic Arts over its advertising of Dungeon Keeper - SPOnG writer made it happen.

Today the Advertising Standards Association has issued a ruling against Electronic Arts over its advertising of Dungeon Keeper on iOS and Android. The ad implied that the game was free to play and made no mention of how players would need to continually feed the game money in order for it to function as intended.
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EA Head - Core Gamers Fear Change - He Could Be Right

News Posted 2|Jul by
EA Head - Core Gamers Fear Change - He Could Be Right

Yup. Peter Moore says core gamers need to change

EA, the company that has churned out sequel after sequel in AAA safe-as-milk gaming has decided - via its COO Peter Moore - that hardcore gamers fear change.

First up, he goes all hype: "I think we're going into almost a golden age of gaming, where it doesn't matter where you are, at any time, any place, any price point, any amount of time, there's a game available to you". Yes, a golden age of more sequels; more shooting games; more sports games; more Sims games that sell Ikea and H&M product. But let's hear more from Peter.
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On Film: New Dead Island Game has Yet More Zombies

News Posted 2|Jul by
On Film: New Dead Island Game has Yet More Zombies

Yes, a sequel to a high selling game with zombies, has more zombies. Flogging an undead horse?

Deep Silver has a high-selling formula: an island, with people on, and zombies to fight. It works. So here's another slice of it in the form of Escape Dead Island.

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