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SUNDAY NEWS No microtransactions during Forza launch window > When the Xbox One launched almost a year ago, many players were surprised by the presence of microtransactions in a handful of Microsoft published releases. This was all good and well in the case of the free-to-play Killer Instinct, but titles such as Crimson Dragon, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5 demanded a significant upfront investment only to immediately nickel and dime players for additional content. READ MORE
MONDAY NEWS Dying Light release date bumped up > With a release date that seems to hop around more than a one legged zombie, Dying Light has finally settled on when it will be unleashed on the world. Wednesday 28 January 2015 is the day when the undead will swarm upon the gaming public. This change in date is actually a move forward as the game had previously been delayed until February. It is nice to see a release date move in the forward direction for a change. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEWS Microsoft acquires Mojang > Last week the WSJ published rumours of a Minecraft buyout and it has today been confirmed that the reports were bang on the money. Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the Swedish indie developer responsible for Minecraft, for approximately US $2.5b. In confirming the deal, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that it “adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.” READ MORE
WEDNESDAY NEWS Next gen GTAV dated > The last gen version of Grand Theft Auto V set sales records and divided reviewers with a technically impressive but ultimately emotionally shallow experience. Come November, current gen gamers will get the chance to embrace its nihilistic characters as they rampage across Los Santos and Blaine County to earn that all important cash. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS Lode Runner legend passes away > Douglas E. Smith, creator of the 1983 Apple II hit Lode Runner has passed away at the age of 53. The current owner and publisher of Lode Runner in its ported incarnations on XBLA, Android, iOS and Xperia, Tozai revealed the news with the following statement on its official website. READ MORE
FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED SingStar: Ultimate Party > If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. READ MORE