DVD and Videogame rental chain Blockbuster is set to go into administration for the second time this year, according to its current owner, placing some 2,000 jobs at risk.
The rental retailer first entered administration in January but were saved by Gordon Brothers Europe, a private equity firm, in March. Now, the nationwide firm finds itself in administration again.
Microsoft have taken an unexpected and unusual step in hiring presenter Jonathan Ross. The hire was announced Monday, October 28th at an Xbox One event in London.
Ross, whose company Hotsauce recently released its first iOS game Catcha Catcha Aliens, will serve as a consultant and advise Microsoft’s development teams in the UK.
Supermarkets ASDA and Tesco have both seen a massive boost in entertainment sales following the release of Grand Theft Auto V.
Tesco saw the largest increase in marketshare, with their share of the entertainment market, which includes videogames, increasing to 17.1% in the twelve weeks prior to 30th September. In comparison their share in the same period last year was 11.9% according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.
Fiona Keenan, strategic insight director for Kantar:
“The games market has grown by an impressive 29% compared with the same period last year. Tesco has been the biggest winner of the release of Grand Theft Auto V, collecting a third of all money spent on the title during the two weeks after it’s release.”
Asda’s share has seen a slight increase, growing from 9.8% to 12.1%, while Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s have both remained static at 6.9% and 2.9% respectively.
The sales boost has been no doubt helped by the special offers afforded by the supermarket chains and has played a large part in pushing the gaming market into growth for the first time in five years.
By heck it’s windy! Yup, the UK was sent into panic as the ‘St Jude’ storm blew its way across the nation on Monday morning, with wind speeds of up to 99-MPH recorded in some parts of the country.
Now, depending on where you live the storm may or may not be that bad, but either way the awful weather presents the perfect excuse to stay inside, get warm and put your feet up. Here’s a few particularly windy videogames you can play to pass the time:
Like Microsoft’s Xbox One Tour, Sony are also touring their next home console around the UK, out doing Microsoft with a massive 62-date playable tour of the Playstation 4.
Running in conjunction with retailer GAME, the tour is already well under way and will see the console playable at over 50 locations more than the Xbox One tour, which is visiting only eight major UK cities.
A far more outreaching tour than its rival, the Playstation 4 tour is also visiting Scotland, with locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston. Northern Ireland, however, has remained ignored by both manufacturers.
Eager gamers will get a chance to play titles including FIFA 14, Knack, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Super Mother Load, Pinball Arcade and Contrast.
A full list of the tour locations are available after the break.
With the launch of the Xbox One right around the corner, Microsoft have started cranking up the hype machine by way of holding a series of hands-on events with their next home console across the UK.
Three different types of events will be taking place including, the ‘Area One’ event, the ‘Xbox One Tour’, and ‘Xbox One Test Drive’ play sessions. The various events will offer a varying hands-on experience, with a range of playable next generation titles on show, including Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Battlefield 4 among others.
Gamebrit has compiled a list of the events through England and Wales alongside which titles will be playable.
Barely two weeks after its release the Nintendo 2DS has had its price cut by some retailers down from £109.99 to £99.
A £10 reduction might seem nominal, however given the amount of time it’s been on sale its surprising, accounting to a reduction of nearly £1 per for very day of sale. Reductions of any kind this close to a release date are rare and are often a indication of possible poor sales.
Nintendo of Europe confirmed Thursday that Wii availability is soon set to dry up, with European imports of the console now discontinued.
Earlier this week, Nintendo of Europe told Gamebrit that they had “no specific announcements for Europe regarding Wii production”, however in a statement today the company confirmed that stock will in fact no longer be replenished.
Nintendo of Europe confirmed to Gamebrit that “Wii imports to Europe have been discontinued.”
NoE continued by recommending their alternative home consoles, the Wii U and Wii mini:
“[...] there are still a variety of options for consumers to enjoy Wii games and the Wii gameplay experience.
“Wii U, which is Nintendo’s latest home console, is backwards compatible with nearly all existing Wii games and accessories, so you can enjoy a vast library of disc-based and downloadable Wii games and Wii gameplay experiences when you switch to Wii Mode on Wii U.
“Wii Mini is also now available across Europe offering Wii gameplay experiences at a great value. Wii Mini puts the focus squarely on games with over 1200 existing disc-based Wii titles to choose from.”
Not much has changed in the UK top ten this week, with Grand Theft Auto V (-31%) still the best selling title.
FIFA 14 (-29%) remains second, ahead of the only top ten new entry this week - Skylanders: Swap Force. New developer Vicarious Visions, Beenox, and 3DS developer N-Space, do not match the sales of last years Skylanders Giants, with around -35% over the first week. In the same week that Nintendo revealed they are continuing the manufacture and sale of the Wii in Europe, the console becomes the most popular platform for Swap Force with a 37% share.
Pokemon X (-59%), Pokemon Y (-58%) and The Last of Us (-60%) all fall one place to cover fourth to sixth.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (+19%) takes sales and a place in the chart at seventh, and has now remained in the Top 10 for the seventeen weeks since its release.
F1 2013 (-36%) and Just Dance 2014 (-30%) fall two places each to eighth and ninth respectively.
Disney Infinity (+20%) falls to tenth, despite making the best top ten improvement in sales this week, but stops new entry Sonic: Lost World at eleventh.
The practice of town twinning is no longer just limited to the physical world, as a Scottish island has twinned with the virtual world of the popular Skylanders series.
The Isle of Skye, located off the west coast of Scotland, is to be twinned with Skylands, the digital world setting for the Activision game. According to Visit Scotland the partnership is a world first, with no other link between a real-world locale and a virtual one like this existing before.
GTA V (-53%) reclaims the top spot from FIFA 14 (-66%) with the two trading places in their fourth week on sale.
The next generation of Pokemon games on Nintendo 3DS lands at third and fourth, with Pokemon X preferred over Pokemon Y. The combined first week figures are around double that of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, perhaps aided by the hardware release of the Nintendo 2DS this week.
Beyond: Two Souls, from Parisian developer Quantic Dream and starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, debuts this week at fifth on the PS3.
F1 2013 is pushed down three places with the new entries, but is ahead of Just Dance 2014, which rises two places to seventh.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Disney Infinity also fall three places to eighth and ninth respectively, due to high flying new entries.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U drops six places to tenth.
Other new releases this week include Dragon’s Crown at nineteenth and Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed at twenty-eighth.