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Latest Pokemon pair sells 3 million in opening weekend  
by Mike Rose [11.26.14]
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the latest Pokemon remakes, sold more than 3 million copies over their launch weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Amiibos are here - but what's next for Nintendo's video game-toy business? 6
by Christian Nutt [11.26.14]
How are the Amiibo figurines? How is the Smash Bros. gameplay using them? And more importantly -- what potential is there, and what pitfalls lie in store for Nintendo?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

FTC compels Sony to issue refunds over misleading Vita launch ads 3
by Alex Wawro [11.25.14]
SCEA has agreed to a settlement deal with the FTC over charges that it and its advertising partner intentionally misled people with the advertising campaigns for the launch of the PlayStation Vita.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Streaming game development on Twitch: Lessons learned 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"I have tried to compile a number of lessons here, from both the perspective of a long time viewer of development videos/streams and that of a new game development streamer."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Zenonia dev Gamevil snaps up another Korean mobile studio  
by Alex Wawro [11.25.14]
Gamevil continues to execute a proven strategy of buying up South Korean mobile game studios with its recent acquisition of Waplesoft, a company best known for producing social games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony leans on its PlayStation business as it searches for profitability  
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Sony today outlined its plans to swing its business back to profits -- and its PlayStation and video game exploits feature heavily in those plans.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Super Smash Bros. is the Wii U's fastest-selling game in the U.S.  
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U sold more than 490,000 copies in its opening U.S. weekend, making it the fastest-selling Wii U title to date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

F2P Summit returns to GDC with dev-focused talks from experts  
by Staff [11.25.14]
The field of free-to-play game design is here to stay, and GDC officials will once again host a series of frank talks on the topic from leading experts as part of the F2P Summit at GDC 2015.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Our Kickstarter: Scraping by without a scam, just working with fans 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.25.14]
"Every active player (and many a past player returning) was compelled to pledge. Not because they wanted to support the game, but because the rewards were irresistible for a player."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Super Mario Galaxy's planets wouldn't work so well in real life 3
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Students at a British university have put together a fun paper centered around the Super Mario Galaxy universe, stating that most of the planets presented in the game series would simply explode in real life.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve clamps down on Steam key resellers with new 30 day gift rule 6
by Mike Rose [11.25.14]
Valve has updated the rules behind trading games via the Steam platform, such that users must now own a newly-purchased gift for at least 30 days before they can trade it on.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

iOS App Store downloads spike in October, reaching record high  
by Christian Nutt [11.24.14]
The release of two popular new phones has helped to heat up the already popular market -- a 39 percent rise year-over-year for app downloads.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Video: Expert advice on how to make your indie games stand out  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Game designer Raph Koster hustled indie developers Adam Saltsman, Rami Ismail and Zach Gage into a room at GDC Next earlier this year to ask: as an indie, how do you successfully market your work?
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

American McGee takes casino games for a spin Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse has once again shifted strategy, teaming up with gambling game company Odobo to add slot games to McGee's previously Kickstarted action game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Analysts: 2015 will be the year cloud gaming finally takes off 1
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Analysts believe the recent launches of the PlayStation Now and Nvidia Grid game streaming services will be a one-two punch that catapults "cloud gaming" to mainstream relevance by the end of 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PA universities net $750k state grant to grow local game industry  
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Three Pennsylvanian universities have applied for and won a $750,000 "Discovered in PA" state grant to expand the state's burgeoning video game and digital entertainment industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

In Blood Sport, you give blood when you get shot 5
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
UPDATE A Toronto-based team is looking to gamify giving blood, by hooking a set of Xbox controllers up to blood collection machines, and taking the set-up on tour.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GTA V is now the best-selling game of all time in the UK  
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
Following its next-gen launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto is now the best-selling video game of all time in the United Kingdom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony says it couldn't effectively test Driveclub 8
by Mike Rose [11.24.14]
"They hit a hiccup. I prefer people to have the ambition to try that, though. It's no fun being safe all the time." - Sony's Shawn Layden says that there's no way they could have anticipated the problems for Driveclub.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft: Ten years of change  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
MMO designer Laralyn Williams reflects: "I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about: the flexibility and responsiveness of the development team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing