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Gamestop Reports $270 Million Loss for 2012

GameStop has announced today that for the business fiscal year of 2012 the corporation, which arguably makes most of their revenue through used game sales, has taken a loss of $269.7 million due to an expenditure of $680.7 million.

GameStop CEO Paul Raines made the following statement:

“While 2012 was a challenging year for console gaming, we focused on factors within our control. We expanded our market leadership position, maintained our financial strength and controlled our spending,” said CEO Paul Raines in a company statement. “Perhaps most importantly, we invested in our mobile and digital businesses to position the company for future success. These channels delivered as planned and significantly contributed to our highest ever gross margin and profitability.”

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PlayStation Vita Price Cut Could Come to United States

The next generation Sony handheld PlayStation Vita has released and met with a mixed emotion of love and hate depending on who you ask. Recently the PlayStation Vita has been under fire with analysts and web-journalists all throwing in their 2 cents about what Sony should or should not do in order to get the Vita moving impressive units and creating a larger install-base.

Take a look at the recent price drop for the PlayStation Vita in Japan and its effect on business though. Sony may have found its solution to its problem of getting passed the early adopter stage and cross into the golden period for their dedicated handheld.

The PlayStation Vita’s price was set to ¥19,980 (roughly $215 American or €165 Euros). This price drop from the original ¥24,980 (comparable to $270 American or €205 Euros). Both 3G+Wifi and Wifi-Only models were reduced to the ¥19,980 price point.

In the image below (enlarge by clicking here) you will see Japan retailer Akihabara with only two PlayStation Vitas left for sale as a result of the price drop.

All that’s left to see is when the PlayStation Vita will receive its price drop and what the new price will be. It is sure to be scooped up by the massive consumer-base in North America (and Europe for that matter) as the holiday buying begins to set in earlier and earlier each year due to the global economic downturn. Leave us your thoughts on this inevitable event to come for gaming.

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Tomb Raider Review Scores Incoming

Over here at RealGamerNewz most of us don’t care about Review scores too much. We would all rather play the game ourselves and provide our own unique review without manipulated opinions that come from looking up too many reviews before just playing a game. However, we do understand that some of you just can’t help yourselves. 😉

Here is the list of incoming Tomb Raider Review Scores so far:

“Games Master (Print) – 90/100
IGN – 9.1
GTTV – 8.5
Destructoid – 8.5/10
Eurogamer – 8/10
Shacknews – No Score
OPM – 8/10
Kotaku – ‘Yes’
OXM – 8/10
CVG – 9/10
Telegraph – 5/5
Polygon – 9/10
Gamespot – 8.5/10
Penny Arcade – No Score
Digital Spy – 5/5
Gametrailers – 8.5/10
HardGame2 (Spain) – 9.5/10
VaDeJuegos (Spain) – 5/5
Videogamer – declined to review due to NDA issues
GameInformer – 9.25/10
Meristation – 8.9/10
3DJuegos – 9.4/10
Vandal – 9/10
Hobbyconsolas – 93/100

Got a score? Chuck it in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list when we can.” [VG247]

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E3 2012 Halo 4 Trailer Makes Me Miss Bungie

E3 kicked off with an action packed mission glimpse from Halo 4. The live action trailer and short teaser along with some gameplay also were shown and for your pleasure you may watch let me know what you think in comments. Also, ask yourself this: don’t you miss Bungie now too?

 

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Tristan’s Twisted World: Halo 4 Rumor Roundup #3

After what we saw at E3, a whole lot of speculation came up about the story and multiplayer and I’m here to try to clean some of this stuff up.

The new Promethean enemies that were teased and it was stated that those three enemies weren’t even the main antagonists, but rather new ones. Also, in the trailer it shows some of those A.I. Prometheans blue and some red so there might be a civil war taking place on that planet.

But the big question is who is the main enemy? Well apartly to Halo fiction if you notice in the trailers the mining that’s taking place it points towards the Precurors since they mine planets for energy. Maybe it’s the Forerunners, the Prometheans warrior class may be one of the Diacts and their leader, or it could be both of these, or it could be neither – but at this point the Acient Evil is unknown so I’ll let you all speculate… until next time this has been Tristan’s Twisted World, signing out.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Announced for PlayStation Vita

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified has just been announced for the PlayStation Vita from Activision by Jack Tretton of Sony Computer Entertainment on stage in L.A. for the E3 2012 Sony Press Conference.

Gamers can finally rest assured that yes, your Black Ops is coming to the Vita! More details are expected to be released soon.

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Microsoft E3 2012: Have They Got Anything Left?

Microsoft’s E3 2012 show concluded shortly ago and the RealGamerNewz crew got together to let the world know their thoughts on the events that went down at this year’s “SuperBowl” chance for Microsoft. Check out the show now for all the details.

 

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Want To Hear GameStop’s Financial Earnings May 17?

GameStop, as scheduled, will be giving their financial earnings report Thursday, May 17, 2012 for investor relations and can be accessed in an online web conference.

Check out the full press release below for complete details as released by GameStop themselves:

“GRAPEVINE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), today announced that the Company will report earnings results on Thursday, May 17, 2012 for its first quarter ended April 28, 2012.

The Company will host an investor conference call at 11:00 AM EST on the same day to review the company’s financial results and operations. This call can be accessed at GameStop Corp.’s investor relations home page at http://investor.gamestop.com. The call will be archived for two months on GameStop Corp.’s website.

ABOUT GAMESTOP CORP.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME – News), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop’s retail network and family of brands include 6,683 company-operated stores in 17 countries worldwide and online at www.GameStop.com. The network also includes: www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; and a digital PC game distribution platform available at www.GameStop.com/PCGames.

General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/GameStop and find GameStop on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/GameStop.”

Full Press Release by GameStop

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rAge 2012 Gaming Expo Begins Booking

“Africa’s largest technology and video gaming exhibition, the really AWESOME gaming expo (rAge) takes place from 05-07 October 2012 at the Coca-Cola Dome.

The expo consistently delivers the latest technological developments, new and pre-released games on console and pc, the hottest consoles, creative-arts learning opportunities, product launches, competitions and giveaways, exclusive presentations by international game developers, and so much more.

To be part of the celebration, join the rAge expo from 05-07 October 2012 at the Coca-Cola Dome.  To book your exhibition space today or speak to the expert rAge team about sponsorship opportunities call 011 704 2679 or visit www.rageexpo.co.za/ for more details.

Dates:                   05-07 October 2012
Expo Times:       Friday: 10:00 – 18:00 | Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00 | Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue:                 Coca Cola Dome, Johannesburg
Admission:         Per person: R60
Weekend ticket: R100
Family pass (two adults and two children): R180
Kids under 6: Free
NAG LAN ticket: R350
Tickets only available from Computicket as of 01 August “

Full Press Release by Tide Media

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Rockstar Announces Paid DLC for Max Payne 3… Before It’s Even Out

Max Payne 3 Paid DLC Before Release

Max Payne is a franchise name that jumpstarts the fondest of fond memories for Action / Shooter gameplay fans who were lucky enough to have experienced this primarily PC and PlayStation 2 gem. Considered to hold the potential to live up to the classic by many, the third installment of Max Payne is headed to release May 15, 2012.

It is also potential, however, that Rockstar Games has decided to announce waves of Downloadable Content for the game (some of which is of course, paid DLC) before the game even releases.

Until the fans of gaming giants like Rockstar games react to announcements like this they will continue to be considered acceptable. Right now the community seems to be divided on this issue with many gamers turning a blind eye and apathetic shrug of the shoulders to the whole situation while others are up in arms about it.

Max Payne 3 Bullet Time Gameplay

Check out the full press release after the Bullet Time Gameplay Trailer below for all the information released by Rockstar today:

 

“NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is happy to announce downloadable content plans for the upcoming cinematic action-shooter, Max Payne 3, including a new Rockstar DLC Pass. New multiplayer maps, modes, bursts, items, playable characters, challenges and more will be available to purchase in the coming months on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, PlayStation® Network for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

“We intend to support the Max Payne community with new and innovative content well into the future.”

“The story of Max Payne 3 begins in the single-player game and crosses over into the deepest multiplayer experience we’ve ever created,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We intend to support the Max Payne community with new and innovative content well into the future.”

The first Max Payne 3 map pack arrives in June 2012. Dubbed “Local Justice,” the Map Pack includes the Police Precinct map for Gang Wars, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer multiplayer modes. The pack will also feature two additional maps for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer, new precinct-themed multiplayer avatar items, multiplayer challenges, and more.

Beginning today, players can pre-order the Max Payne 3 Rockstar DLC Pass for Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network from Best Buy and GameStop in the United States and directly from the PlayStation Network. The Rockstar DLC Pass grants access to all upcomingMax Payne 3 downloadable content and is available for 2400 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE), or $29.99 (PlayStation Network and PC) – over a 35% discount compared to purchasing the content individually. Once purchased, the Rockstar DLC Pass enables gamers to download all DLC releasing through the end of 2012, as it is made available on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and PC.

Featuring cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ effects, full integration of Natural Motion’s Euphoria Character Behavior system for lifelike movement and a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games.

Below is the release schedule for upcoming downloadable content packs. Additional packs including the release of all digital pre-order incentives will be revealed at a later date:

June 2012

  • Local Justice Map Pack

Summer 2012

  • Disorganized Crime Map Pack
  • Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
  • Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
  • New York Minute Co-Op Pack

Fall 2012

  • Painful Memories Map Pack
  • Trickle Down Economics Map Pack

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, which publishes its titles under the 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play brands. Our products are designed for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

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The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws and may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “seeks,” “will,” or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the Company’s future business and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our dependence on key management and product development personnel, our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles for current generation platforms, the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games, our ability to raise capital if needed and risks associated with international operations. Other important factors and information are contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” and the Company’s other periodic filings with the SEC, which can be accessed at www.take2games.com. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.”

Full Press Release by Rockstar Games

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New Data: PlayStation 3 is the Most Played Gaming Console, Global Console Sales to Decrease 19%

PS3 VS XBOX 360 SALES 2012

News has broken that Strategy Analytics are predicting the video game consoles business to drop by 19% in 2012, citing a downward trend worldwide. Strategy Analytics go on to present the PlayStation 3 as the most actively played gaming console. They also state that even Nintendo with their Wii U push will not be immune to this.

It’s possible that this data (if accurate) lead to a quicker deployment of next-gen console technology. On the other hand it could signal a shift to new formats. Check out the full press release below for even more interesting pieces of information:

“BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The global TV games console market will drop by 19 percent in 2012, according to the latest research from the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service, “Global TV Games Console Outlook: a Transitional Year Awaiting a New Wave.” The report projects a decline in global Xbox 360 sales 13.8 million units in 2012; and PS3 sales will also fall, to 13 million units. Nintendo is fully focused on preparing for the upcoming Wii U release; however, even the launch of the new Wii U will not save Nintendo, or the industry, from this downward trend.

“On the other hand, Xbox 360 appeals to a broader audience, as more consumers buy the Microsoft console for non-gaming as well as gaming functions.”

Additionally, this recent Strategy Analytics ConsumerMetrix survey shows that users of Sony’s PS3 games console showed the highest level of usage frequency, topping its two major competitors. Forty-four percent of PS3 owners use their console on at least a weekly basis, in contrast to 40 percent of weekly Xbox 360 users and 30 percent of Wii users.

“Last year, Xbox 360 sales beat PS3 globally, despite its relative weakness outside the US. However, Strategy Analytics research indicates that PS3 is slightly more popular among core gamers than Xbox 360,” comments report author, Jia Wu, Director in the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service. “On the other hand, Xbox 360 appeals to a broader audience, as more consumers buy the Microsoft console for non-gaming as well as gaming functions.”

“Sales figures alone do not determine winners in this generation’s console competition,” adds Kantideep Thota, Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Wii has sold the highest number of games consoles cumulatively; but Sony’s and Microsoft’s advancement in online game distribution and cross-platform integration grants them higher user engagement and a solid foundation for the next generation console war.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides timely and actionable market intelligence focused on opportunities and disruptive forces in the areas of Automotive Electronics and Entertainment, Broadband Connected Home, Mobile & Wireless Intelligent Systems and Virtual Worlds. Headquartered in Boston, MA, with offices in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, S. Korea and China, Strategy Analytics works with clients through annual multi-client services, management team workshops and custom consulting engagements. For more information, please visit http://www.strategyanalytics.com/

Full Press Release by Strategy Analytics

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PS3 Exclusive Starhawk Story Trailer + Details Further Revealed by Lightbox

Lightbox Interactive has saw fit to show the gaming masses more of Starhawk. Today we are treated to a brand new trailer revealing more of the Story in the fresh single player mode of this unique war game. With guns in hand, bases to build, and the incredible views of treacherous outer space as the backdrop, Emmit Graves hits the long road ahead of him. Check out the video below:

 

GameGuru further reports:

“Fans will be pleased to know that the game’s Build & Battle mechanics will be fully supported in the story mode which is focused upon the war between the Rifters and the Outcast. It revolves around the fight for rift energy, known as ‘blue-gold,’ which is found on a distant space colony called the Frontier. Protagonist Emmett Grave will be on the lookout of this brother Logan who is leader of an Outcast warband.”

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Stay tuned to RealGamerNewz for Starhawk Videos and more. If you’re deciding to give something new a try (or you’re a diehard fan), don’t miss out on the release date May 8.

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Nintendo reports first ever annual loss for FY2012, 3DS sells 17.13 million to date

According to analysis by VG247 on GameKicker Nintendo’s official financial report is a record of their first annual loss occurring during the year 2012. The official sales of the 3DS to date are also in for debating. See the full info below:

“Nintendo has reports its first ever annual loss at a net loss of ¥43.2 billion, a lower than expected figure compared to what was previously predicted.

Total sales of Nintendo 3DS during FY2012 were 13.53 million, with software at 36 million. LTD, 3DS sales are now at 17.13 million, with software at 45.4 million units.

The vanilla DS line – DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL – sold 5.1 million hardware units and 60.82 million software units. In its lifespan, the line has sold 151.52 million units combined and 900.31 million units in software.

For Wii, Nintendo reported hardware sales of 9.84 million units in the FY with software at 102.37 million. Lifetime to date, Wii’s now sold 95.85 million units and 818.46 million software units.

For FY2013, Nintendo has predicted it will stop selling 3DS “below cost” by the middle of the fiscal year – around September – and expects to make a profit on each unit sold by then. It follows a massive price-cut for the system last August that was put in place to boost flagging sales of the handheld.

Its predicted hardware sales of 18.5 million and 73 million software for 3DS in the next 12 months.

Following up on those, Nintendo has big releases planned for the year ahead, including New Super Mario Bros 2 for 3DS in August, Animal Crossing for 3DS this fall, Brain Age 3DS this summer in Japan

Get the full report hereMore soon.”

Source: Nintendo via VG247 on GameKicker

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God of War 4 Trailer Leaked – Is it Real?

A new trailer has been circulating the web from a supposedly leaked God of War IV PR campaign set to launch in the near future. We have no way of knowing if it’s real or not at this time, and few details exist that can be considered concrete and solid. If you are a die-hard Kratos fan you may be interested to know that the brother of Kratos (Deimos) may be getting some more time in the franchise with the latest entry.

It is very likely that this is a fake video created by the fans, but with the recent Assassin’s Creed III occurrence, who knows? Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself. Here’s to hoping that God of War IV is able to take us by surprise in one way or another and re-ignite all of our passions for the series.

 

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SSX Wingsuit Trailer Gets Added to Pre-Release Video Series

SSX from EA Sports set to release to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 February 28, 2012 in North America (and March 2, 2012 in Europe) has a new ‘Wingsuit’ trailer released to add to the gameplay videos released thus far for the game. Take a look below to see. This franchise is embedded in most gamers’ minds and hearts as a classic, will this new entry successfully revive the magic?

Antarctica Gameplay:

 Travis Rice – The Evolution of Tricks

 

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