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Microsoft offers $99 Xbox consoles with a catch

Yahoo - May 8, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 7:32AM PST on May 8, 2012


The technology titan began offering four-gigabyte consoles bundled with Kinect voice-and-gesture sensing controllers at select Microsoft stores in the United States for $99. The catch is that buyers must subscribe for two years to the Xbox Live Gold online service for games, films, music and play. The monthly subscription fee was $15, bringing the total cost to about $460 over time.
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Starcraft II Zerg: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
Starcraft 2 HOTS on Hold For Diablo 3 Summer Release

100ARAW - May 5, 2011


Submitted by Zex_M19 (25) at 9:39AM PST on May 7, 2012


Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm was supposed to be released this year, but rumors has it that the project is slowed down to make way for the Diablo 3 summer release this May 15, 2012. Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm may come out the end of the year as its release is still to be announced. This is going to be the second installation for Bizzard’s Starcraft. The third title has already been released and its called Starcraft 2: Legend of the Void.
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Nintendo posts first annual loss

Yahoo - April 26, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 7:34AM PST on April 26, 2012


Japanese videogame giant Nintendo on Thursday posted its first annual loss since becoming a public company, blaming a soaring yen and price cuts on its consoles for sinking it $530 million into the red.
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Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
'Halo 4' scheduled for November launch

bloomberg - April 17, 2011


Submitted by Zex_M19 (25) at 8:13AM PST on April 20, 2012


Master Chief will awaken in November. Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that "Halo 4," the seventh game in the popular sci-fi franchise starring armored hero Master Chief, is scheduled for worldwide release Nov. 6 on Xbox 360. Set four years after the events of "Halo 3," the shoot-'em-up sequel will focus on Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and sidekick Cortana battling an ancient enemy.
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US video game sales drop 25 percent in March

Yahoo - April 13, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 9:05AM PST on April 13, 2012


U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories fell 25 percent in March from a year earlier to $1.1 billion. It marked the fourth month of decline as Sony Corp.'s new PS Vita handheld failed to spark a turnaround.
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Sega 7.1 billion yen loss, kills games, shrinks company

VOX Games - March 30, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 7:56AM PST on March 30, 2012


Citing the challenging economic climate and changes in the video game market in the U.S. and Europe, Sega Sammy this morning said it expects Sega's operating losses for the previous year to reach into the billions of yen and that they need to cancel game development and shrink the company.
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Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
Halo 4 'Warhouse' multiplayer map detailed

gamezone - March 29, 2011


Submitted by Zex_M19 (25) at 7:54AM PST on March 30, 2012


Last week, 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea shared with us some developer insight on the Halo 4 Wraparound multiplayer map. As promised, today's Halo bulletin delves deeper into the realm of Halo 4 multiplayer giving us a look at the Warhouse map.
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$3.3 billion spent outside of new boxed games in Q4 2011

Joystiq - March 22, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 7:34AM PST on March 22, 2012


NPD reported sales for the US and key European markets reached $3.33 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 (Oct. - Dec.). The number covers "used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full-game downloads, social network games, downloadable content and mobile games." To be extra clear, that means "everything besides new physical copies of games sold in retail stores."
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Diablo 3 (PC)
Diablo 3 emerges from hell May 15

Joystiq -


Submitted by TheSmilkman (53) at 11:15AM PST on March 15, 2012


This is it, folks. It's officially official: Everyone can finally return to Tristram on May 15 when Diablo 3 finally, finally launches. Interested dungeon crawlers can pre-purchase the game from Battle.net right now in order to "be ready to play the minute the servers go live."
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NPD: February

The Verge - March 10, 2011


Submitted by afsplat (23) at 11:13AM PST on March 10, 2012


February historically isn't a huge month for video game sales, but numbers from market research group NPD show that sales in the US have fallen 20 percent compared to 2011.
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