400 And Counting: 'Week' 19 (I Don't Wanna Holiday in the Sun)

So, it’s been a long couple of weeks. I’ve had some big life milestones that have kept me busy. Despite that, Don (our very own editor and newsman) asked if I would be taking a break with the blog while I started a new job and went to New Zealand. I foolishly brushed the thought aside and arrogantly proclaimed that I would continue the blog without a break.

That was three weeks ago. Silly me. Continue reading 400 And Counting: 'Week' 19 (I Don't Wanna Holiday in the Sun)

Microsoft Announces Halo 5 Release Date

(In Brief) Microsoft has today announced that Halo 5: Guardians, will be releasing on October 27th, 2015. The announcement comes as Microsoft put out two TV ads for the game: one focusing on new character Locke, the other on Master Chief.

The above date is confirmed for the American release, and there’s yet to be any confirmation whether or not the date will be the same locally.

Twitch Servers Breached, Passwords Reset

(In Brief) Twitch is requiring its users to changer their account passwords after breach of its systems. In blog posts and emails to its community, Twitch has confirmed that unauthorised people may have had access to user information, including: Usernames, emails, cryptographically-protected passwords, IP addresses used to log in, names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

Twitch users will be prompted to change their password upon login.

Nintendo Forms Mobile Partnership With DeNA

Nintendo has announced a partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA to develop new games for mobile devices.

The arrangement between Nintendo and DeNA is designed to allow the best of both companies to shine; Nintendo with its IP and game development skills, and DeNA with its expertise in mobile gaming. While no games were announced, the companies confirmed that titles developed under this partnership will all be original titles using Nintendo Intellectual Property (IP), designed specifically for smartphones. Nintendo will have final approval on all games made as part of this alliance. Continue reading Nintendo Forms Mobile Partnership With DeNA

Respawn Working on Titanfall Sequel

(In brief) Respawn Entertainment is working on a sequel to 2013 first person shooter Titanfall. The studio’s founder and CEO Vince Zampella confirmed development in an interview with IGN, also mentioning that, “It’ll be multiplatform!” Zampella also hinted at changes to the single-player aspect, as well as a new approach to delivering DLC, citing Evolve’s model as a possibility.

TPG to Acquire iiNet for $1.4B AUD

TPG LogoIn a surprise move, Sydney based telecommunications giant TPG has announced that it will purchase Western Australian based internet service provider (ISP) iiNet for $1.4 billion dollars.

Prior to this announcement, TPG owned 6.25% of iiNet. The move will merge the two companies to create a subscriber base of 1.7 million users. In an Australian Stock Exchange disclosure, TPG is expecting the acquisition to be finalised and implemented by the middle of July 2015.  TPG’s Executive Chairman and CEO David Teoh believed the acquisition will allow TPG to upscale their plans to implement the National Broadband Network: “iiNet and TPG are highly complementary businesses in terms of geographic presence, market segments and corporate customer base. Continue reading TPG to Acquire iiNet for $1.4B AUD

Sega & Game Freak Announce Tembo The Badass Elephant

SEGA LogoAs part of Sega’s initiative to become more of a digital publisher, they have today announced a brand new downloadable title, Tembo The Badass Elephant. What’s surprising about the title is that it’ll be developed by Pokemon developers Game Freak, and hitting the PS4, Xbox One & Steam later in 2015. Continue reading Sega & Game Freak Announce Tembo The Badass Elephant

EA Shuts Down Maxis Emeryville

EA has shut down its Maxis Emeryville studio, which was responsible for creating SimCity and The Sims. The news, originally reported by BeyondSims.Com, came out when lead gameplay designer Guillaume Pierre tweeted: “Well it was a fun 12 years, but it’s time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door. #RIPMaxisEmeryville”

EA confirmed the move in a statement: “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to our studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne locations as we close our Emeryville location.” Continue reading EA Shuts Down Maxis Emeryville

Netflix Coming to Australia & New Zealand on March 24

After years of service in other parts of the world, global streaming giant Netflix will finally be making its Australian & New Zealand debut on March 24th. While no pricing information was released, there was plenty of important information for prospective local customers. Continue reading Netflix Coming to Australia & New Zealand on March 24

HTC & Valve Announce Virtual Reality Partnership

Steam-Logo-100x100With the 2015 Game Developers Conference upon us, mobile phone giant HTC has announced their foray into the burgeoning virtual reality market, partnering up with Valve to produce a VR headset. The product, known as HTC Vive, will be released to developers in a few months time, with a consumer version to be released by the end of the year. Continue reading HTC & Valve Announce Virtual Reality Partnership