Nintendo's very first hand-held gaming system, the Game Boy, turns 25 years old today. Nintendo's original Game Boy hand-held was launched on April 21, 1989 and has sold over 118 million units to-date. Nintendo has sold over 118.69 million units - if you include Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color sales numbers - to date, along with 501.11 million pieces of game software. The first game to be bundled with the Game Boy was Tetris, a juggernaut in its own right.
Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance in 2001, which went on to sell over 81.5 million units worldwide.
It's hard to be against a game that lets you craft a shank out of a melted toothbrush, a Bic razor and a sheet from a bed. PCGamesN highlights the Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight campaign for the Prison-themed RPG Prisonscape.
Late last year the Chinese government said that it would lift the ban on home consoles in the country and created Shanghai Free Trade Zone so that foreign firms could set up operations to manufacture systems within the country. This was one of the conditions that the Chinese government put on companies that wanted to sell home consoles within the region. Foreign companies that make consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them in China will first have to get inspected by various cultural departments.
What's faster than a speeding train? Apparently U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who was nearly clipped by one at a press conference on Friday while standing on a train platform. Ironically enough, Sen. Blumenthal (who is known on GamePolitics as a politician keen on passing laws against gaming and the video games industry at large) was at the train stop to promote train safety.
While it's been operating in stealth mode since the beginning of 2013, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has officially launched TheECADigital channel on YouTube. The channel offers new content every Wednesday including the latest gaming news, Let's Play videos, event coverage, and more.
China-based MMO developer and publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to purchase more than 30 million shares of Chinese MMO outfit Shanda Games Limited for $100 million in cash.
Assassin’s Creed is Ubisoft’s most successful franchise, according to newly updated data on Ubisoft's Facts & Figures page on its website. The data was uncovered by Kotaku columnist Superannuation. The Assassin’s Creed series of games has sold 73 million to-date worldwide, but Ubisoft's second biggest game series is Just Dance, which has sold 48 million to-date, beating out big franchises such as Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Rayman, Petz, and Prince of Persia.
The AbleGamers Charity announced that it raised $33,635.07 for Gamers with Disabilities at PAX East 2014 - the largest fundraising total to date, according to the charity. Pachinko for charity players, donors and corporate matching funds helped the charity hit that number during PAX East in Boston.
The petition on Change.org urging Rockstar Games to bring Grand Theft Auto V to PC has almost 700,000 signatures. It has roughly 690,000 as of this writing, gaining 40,000 since that last time we checked earlier this year. GTA V was released in September 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, generating $800 million in 24 hours and more than $1 billion in sales in the first three days of its release. Around 32.5 million copies have shipped to-date.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether politicians should face the death penalty when convicted of a crime, the Dragon Age Inquisitor controversy related to 'on disc' DLC, Target recommending "M" rated games for children as Easter presents, and video game studies with no control groups. Download Episode 95 now: SuperPAC Episode 95 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.5 MB.
On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association and GamePolitics I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover.
If you do not celebrate either of those holidays, then we wish you a weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.
If you don't like having fun, think your family is bonkers, and that friends are a pain in the a$$, then I hope you do not get hit by a bus this weekend.
- James and the ECA team.
Indie developer Digital Eel let us know that its crowd-funded 3D space exploration game, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars is now available via Steam Early Access.
"Even as development continues, we're very excited to be able to share Sea of Stars early with Kickstarter backers and the gaming community at large," the company said today. "Steam's Early Access allows you to play work-in-progress versions of the game (new build updates are automatic), provide critical feedback and actually help shape its creation."
According to a Reddit thread, an exploit in The Elder Scrolls Online allows players to farm unlimited sums of gold. Developer ZeniMax Online Studios has already stepped in to prevent further use of the bug, it's unclear just how much the exploit has thrown off the in-game economy and what can be done to roll back the damage. A similar situation happened with the Diablo III Auction House, which caused trillions in virtual currency to flood the in-game economy.
According to a report on Gematsu, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has registered more than 2 million player accounts. The new number is being attributed to the MMORPG being released on the PS4 this week. Square announced in 2013 that PS3 players would gain full access to the PS4 version at no additional cost.
The revamped title launched last August on PC and PS3, following a beta that garnered more than 1 million sign-ups.
Nintendo is involved in another lawsuit with a familiar adversary, this time over a Wii U patent violation claim. Nintendo Co. Ltd, Nintendo of America and other companies are being accused of patent infringement by a company called Secure Axcess, LLC.
That company claims that its patent issued on February 18, 2003 for "a computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document," was infringed upon by Nintendo.
In Andrew Eisen's latest video he shows off just some of the bugs and glitches you can enjoy yourself by picking a copy of The LEGO Movie Videogame. It's fun for the whole family, unless your family isn't a fan of buggy, glitchy, anger-inducing bugs.
He's got a whole list of them over at his IGN blog.
Origin's 'On the House Program' is offering Battlefield 1942 for free this month. The game is free to download and keep, no string attached - except that you have to install and use EA's digital distribution platform. Last month EA gave away Dead Space for free.
EA plans on continuing to release full games, expansions, and more at no cost for the foreseeable future.
"Twenty Years after Doom: John Carmack on the Future of Engineering Virtual Worlds," a talk featuring former id Software co-founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack, will take place at Southern Methodist University's Lyle School of Engineering on April 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM (Caruth Hall Ground Auditorium) in Dallas Texas.
Here's more about the talk from organizers:
The Xbox One and PC versions of Titanfall led US retail software sales in March, according to new figures released by NPD. The popular online-focused action game from developer Respawn and publisher Electronic Arts had "a solid attach rate to the Xbox One," NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.
All 29 defendants in the massive federal corruption case that netted several politicians including California State Senator Leland Yee, a reformed gangster named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and many others, appeared in Federal court on Thursday.
The early proceedings are already proving to be very complicated for the court, with so many defendants, lawyers, documents, and evidence collected over five years by the FBI. The judge overseeing the case is trying to set up a system to manage the potentially unwieldy trial.