British actor and comedian Rik Mayall passed away Monday at the age of 56.
The news of his death clearly came as a shock to many, no doubt due to the sheer contrast between the somber realities of death and his vibrant larger-than-life on-screen personalities.
Rik Mayall is best known for his work on The Young Ones, Hollywood flick Drop Dead Fred, Blackadder and Bottom, however the alternative comedy star also featured in a number of TV advertisements for Nintendo in the early 1990′s.
E3 2014 kicks off on Monday the 9th of June. As ever the biggest players in the industry will be streaming their individual conferences live for those so inclined to watch. Oh, and Nintendo will host an E3 special ‘Nintendo Digital Event’, no conference.
So, have you been wondering when Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference gets started? Or pondering what time does the Sony presentation begin?
Well, Gamebrit has compiled a handy what’s on guide for all the E3 live stream conference action, complete with their BST/GMT+1 start times. Here’s hoping for a brand new Metroid game, right?
Watch Dogs releases to become Ubisoft’s best launch product in the UK to date. The new franchise marks seventeenth in a list of best new entries, behind established series such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, FIFA and Battlefield. Watch Dogs sales are strongest on PS4 — with exclusive content and a hardware bundle having improved the consoles sales by 94%.
Mario Kart 8 saw an impressive launch landing in at second, managing the best sales for any title on the Wii U after its own launch. Bundled with the console, it helps take Wii U sales up by 666%.
Falling to third, Wolfenstein: The New Order (-65%), ahead of FIFA 14 (+46%) and Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (+20%).
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil drops one place to sixth, but Titanfall falls three to seventh, ahead of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
Call of Duty: Ghosts lands at ninth from sixth, as The LEGO Movie Videogame.
Back in the Top 40, Borderlands 2 is at eighteenth thanks to a release on PS Vita.
With Mario Kart 8 due to hit store shelves tomorrow, Nintendo announced Thursday a partnership with car-maker Mercedes to bring a downloadable motor to the Mushroom Kingdom (for Japanese players at least).
The DLC will see a Mercedes GLA become available as a kart for Mario, Luigi and the Mario Kart 8 roster to pick from.
However, this isn’t the first time Nintendo have placed real-world brands within their first-party games. Here’s a round-up of Nintendo’s past and present product placement appearances:
Wolfenstein: The New Order tops the chart, with a quarter of total weekly game sales, to accomplish the second best launch of the year behind Titanfall.
Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (+49%) improves upon sales in its second week and moves up to second.
FIFA 14 slots in above Titanfall (-3%) and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (+20%).
At sixth, Call of Duty: Ghosts stays in place as Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fall to seventh and eighth respectively.
The LEGO Movie Videogame hops over Battlefield 4 to complete the top ten.
Elsewhere, internet famous Goat Simulator arrives in the PC budget chart at twelth.
Recent research suggests that the switch from physical to digital is far from being complete, revealing that a large number of consumers still prefer buying boxed games.
Analysis conducted by Kantar WorldPanel showed that, despite a significant uptake in digital retail, some 72 percent of consumers still buy only boxed products.
Nintendo and UK broadcaster Channel 4 announced plans Friday to show in-game race highlights from upcoming Wii U racer Mario Kart 8 on Freeview channel E4.
Due for release on Friday, May 30th, Mario Kart 8 allows players to share highlight footage from their races, no doubt featuring plenty of amusing banana-peel slip moments, directly via YouTube and Nintendo’s own MiiVerse social network.
The partnership between Nintendo and Channel 4′s E4 will see chosen ‘Mario Kart TV’ clips shown on television each evening over the course of a week.
At the end of the Premier League season, FIFA 14 (-8%) climbs back to the top of the chart. Titanfall (-15%) is marginally beaten and falls comfortably to second.
Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition enters at third ahead of Xbox 360 Edition which sticks in at fourth.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (-14%) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-19%) also remain in place, at fifth and sixth respectively.
With the release an Xbox One version, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (-39%) still performs poorly to fall four places to seventh.
The LEGO Movie Videogame (-29%) and Battlefield 4 (-17%) drop one place each, before Grand Theft Auto V (+20%) reenters the top ten.
The last new release in the top forty, Kirby: Triple Deluxe arrives at sixteenth.
Despite the annual E3 conference being just less than a month away, Microsoft have revealed a huge announcement a little early, and it’s one that has the potential to dramatically help increase their console sales.
From 9th June the Xbox One will be available without their previously ‘required’ Kinect camera at a reduced price of £349.99.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (-49%) has sales cut almost by half to fall from first to third, as Titanfall (-25%) regains the top spot. FIFA 14 (-11%) follows closely in second, behind first place by less than 400 copies.
Climbing two spots, Minecraft (-2%) forces 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (-18%) and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-17%) to fifth and sixth respectively.
The LEGO Movie Videogame (+7%) moves up one place with an increase in sales. Battlefield 4 (+8%) does a little better to take two places at eighth.
More LEGO titles complete the top ten, with LEGO The Hobbit (-30%) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (0%), with the latter maintaining sales to move up from eleventh.
Bound by Flame from Parisian developer Focus Home Interactive, is a new release at twelfth.
eSports will now feature as a star attraction at future MCM Expo’s following an announcement Monday of a new partnership between the pop culture event holders and the Electronic Sports League (ESL).
All eSports areas at future MCM events will be known as “MCM eSports Powered by ESL“.
UK development studio Team17, best known for their work on the Worms franchise, has opened a new office in Nottingham.
The expansion comes following Team17′s move into the publishing business last year, with the new Nottingham-based team established to focus particularly on increased “commercial and publishing activities”.