Despite earning the coveted award for Worst Company in America, EA has now been named one of the “Best Places to Work 2014” by the Human Rights Campaign. EA has received a 100 percent rating on the 12th Corporate Equality Index, and was praised by its commitment to employing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. EA is one of 304 businesses to receive a perfect 100 percent rating.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has honored the ‘fantastic launches’ of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Speaking during the VGX award show yesterday, Fils-Aime acknowledged that new hardware is what drives the video game industry, regardless of the manufacturer. The executive went on to say that although the newly released consoles from rivals boast powerful hardware, they need great games in order to survive in the long run.
“This industry loves brand new hardware and anything that’s good for the industry is good for Nintendo, so you know, they’re having a fantastic launch, kudos to them,” Fils-Aime said.
“What people recognize is that having pretty hardware is one thing, but you need games, and right now we’ve got some of the top rated games on our system, and it’s games that you can’t play anywhere else, so yeah, we’re feeling very good about where we are.”
Gamasutra has revealed just how much software was sold in the United Kingdom for dedicated gaming platforms. The Wii U has only managed to shift 650,000 units of software after being on the market for a year. The Xbox One hasn’t fared too badly, as it has already sold 475,000 games in the UK. However, it should be noted that Chart Track have included the Forza 5 and FIFA 14 bundles. You can check out all the formats software sales from Gamasutra in the chart above.
TIME has named their top 10 video games of 2013 and have included three Nintendo titles, along with two additional titles which appear on multiple platforms. Skylanders: Swap Force swooped in at number 10, Pikmin 3 placed at number seven, Animal Crossing: New Leaf at number five, Pokemon X & Y at number three, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag rounded it out at number two. What do you think of Nintendo’s showing? Should Super Mario 3D World and A Link Between Worlds have made the list? What is on the list that has no business being there? See below for the full list.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Pokemon X & Y
- Gone Home
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- The Last of Us
- Pikmin 3
- BioShock Infinite
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Skylanders: Swap Force
The embedded DRAM chip for the Wii U is considered to be the heart of the console and is manufactured at Renesas Electronics plant at Tsuruoka. Several sources are reporting that Sony is in talks with Renesas to acquire the Tsuruoka plant. This acquisition shouldn’t cause Nintendo too many problems in the short-term even if production of the chip at Tsuruoka were to be halted. In August, Renesas Electronics expected to close the plant due to the sluggish sales of the Wii U, which ultimately caused a decline in production of the chip.
Activision’s head of publishing Eric Hirshberg says that the disappointing critical response of the recently released Call of Duty Ghosts hasn’t diminished fan appreciation. Hirshberg shrugged off the mediocre reviews of the title and basically said that if the fans enjoy it, then that’s all that matters.
“Well no, obviously not – and obviously I don’t agree with the critics there. I know that Call of Duty’s a polarising franchise with some of the critics, and it’s clear to me that not all the critics like our strategy of making a game every year, but thankfully our fans do.”
“It’s also clear to me that the critical response doesn’t always mirror the fans’ appreciation of a game. We actually do read the critics’ comments and take them into consideration during our creative process, but we just can’t measure ourselves by that yardstick alone.”
This week’s Media Create sales figures are now in from Japan. The highly regarded Super Mario 3D World slipped from number two to number four in the all-formats charts. Wii U sales saw a slight rise from 21,002 to 28,518, but it’s still performing below Nintendo’s expectations. However, the Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well in Japan. This week it sold 108.373 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (Sega, 11/28/13) – 88,708 (New)
- [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) – 86,391 (3,089,129)
- [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix, 11/21/13) – 60,073 (337,155)
- [Wii U] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, 11/21/13) – 39,812 (139,400)
- [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (Tecmo Koei, 11/28/13) – 35,472(New)
- [PS3] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, 11/28/13) – 35,348 (New)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (Konami, 11/14/13) – 25,166 (212,844)
- [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World R (Namco Bandai, 11/21/13) – 24,623 (108,228)
- [PS3] Super Robot Wars OG Infinite Battle (Namco Bandai, 11/28/13) – 22,833(New)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 21,969 (2,981,758)
- 3DS LL – 82,409 (63,709)
- Wii U – 28,518 (21,002)
- 3DS – 25,964 (20,797)
- PlayStation Vita – 20,202 (21,044)
- PlayStation 3 – 13,311 (12,436)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 5,391 (7,868)
- PSP – 4,232 (3,546)
- Wii – 588 (457)
- Xbox 360 – 309 (342)
Ubisoft has posted an accolade trailer for their latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The game came out on October 29th in North America and on November 22nd in Europe for the Wii U. Previously we posted a video comparing the graphical prowess of the Wii U version compared to all the other versions of the game, including the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions. Is this a game you would be willing to pick up for the holiday season on the Wii U? Let us know!
Respected tech enthusiast site Digital Foundry has experimented to see whether the PlayStation Vita Remote Play is anywhere near as good as the Wii U tethered to the Wii U GamePad. The publication states that while it’s a neat concept, the Vita Remote Play simply isn’t as good as using the Wii U with the Wii U GamePad. Here’s what they had to say.
“It was perhaps a bit much to hope that Vita Remote Play could match up to the Wii U GamePad, or even Nvidia Shield’s performance. Nintendo built its system around its controller – ultra low latency was built into the design, while Vita Remote Play simply doesn’t have that priority for Sony.”
However, whether we’re talking about image quality, latency, frame-rate – or the simple fact that 1080p gaming doesn’t always translate well to a five-inch screen – we couldn’t help but feel that we were getting a less than ideal experience, and that nothing compares to just picking up the Dual Shock 4 and playing PS4 games in the conventional way.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced that it will begin publishing comics based on the Turok: Dinosaur Hunter franchise starting from February 5th 2014. The comics will be written by Greg Pak (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and the art will be done by Mirko Colak (Conan). Hopefully this reboot of the comic based franchise will mean that we will see an eventual reboot for the video game series.
“Turok’ is the story of a young Native American who is essentially exiled from his tribe. He’s an outcast for reasons that we will explore. He doesn’t belong anywhere, and into this world come the dinosaurs. It turns everything on its head, and our hero will end up having to decide who he’s going to stand with, and who he’s going to stand against, in a world turned upside down by the arrival of dinosaurs.”
“[Y]ou’ve got this amazing high-concept of a Native American fighting dinosaurs, which is just insanely fun. There are a million different ways you can go in trying to set up and explain that world… we had a lot of fun exploring this world, and coming up with some pretty surprising twists. When you get to the end of this first issue, you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before, and I think it’s going to open up really great storytelling possibilities, and great world-building possibilities.”