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UKIE Report Says Over 40% Of UK Population Now Plays Games

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Jonathan Lester
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UKIE Report Says Over 40% Of UK Population Now Plays Games

43% Of Parents Game With Their Kids, Gamers "More Sociable" & Sporty

A newly-published report from British trade body UKIE suggests that the United Kingdom is fast becoming a united gaming nation.

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THQ Buys Eight Weeks' Grace With Creditor To Avoid Bankruptcy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Buyout, Financials, THQ

THQ Buys Eight Weeks' Grace With Creditor To Avoid Bankruptcy

New Deal In The Works, CFO Resigns

Financially struggling publisher THQ have managed to negociate some breathing room with their creditor, Wells Fargo, despite defaulting on repayment of a $50 million loan. Apparently this time will be used to secure a new line of sponsorship or proceed with a buyout.

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Metro: Last Light Devs Describe Wii U CPU As "Horrible, Slow"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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4A Games, Nintendo, THQ, Wii U

Metro: Last Light Devs Describe Wii U CPU As "Horrible, Slow"

Metro: Last Light probably won't be coming to the Wii U, after 4A Games slammed its CPU in no uncertain terms.

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Wii U Profitable For Nintendo After One Game Purchase

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Profitable For Nintendo After One Game Purchase

Though the Wii U is technically a loss-making console for Nintendo, it appears that the margins are incredibly tight.

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Skullgirls Developers Form New Studio After Being Quietly Fired

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fighting Games, Lab Zero Games, Reverge Labs, Skullgirls

Skullgirls Developers Form New Studio After Being Quietly Fired

The team behind phenomenal competition fighting game Skullgirls have formed a new studio - Lab Zero Games - after it emerges that they were all fired from Reverge Labs months ago.

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See Bayonetta Strut Her Stuff In Anarchy Reigns: Day One Edition Trailers

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Anarchy Reigns, Platinum Games, Sega, trailer

See Bayonetta Strut Her Stuff In Anarchy Reigns: Day One Edition Trailers

As previously reported, Anarchy Reigns pre-order customers will receive the Day One special edition that includes Bayonetta as a playable character, along with new game modes.

Since seeing is believing, here are two new trailers showing off the extra content (and Bayonetta's kinky fighting style) to advantage. Note that Anarchy Reigns will release at a budget £19.99 RRP next January, and we've seen deals dipping below the £15 mark. Also note that it's amazing.

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F1 2012 | £11.99 With Voucher Code | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Codemasters Racing, PC games, Racing Games
F1 2012 | £11.99 With Voucher Code | Gamefly | PC

Gamefly's £11.99 price for the PC version of F1 2012 isn't too shabby as is, but becomes even better when you slap down the NOV20OFFUK voucher code. Especially considering this year's competent racing iteration has only been out a few weeks.

Dead Island (CD Key) | £4.99 | Simply Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Deep Silver, PC games, Techland

Dead Island (CD Key) | £4.99 | Simply Games | PC

If you're looking to download and unlock Dead Island from Steam etc, Simply Games are on hand with CD keys for a fiver. Personally, I'd hold out for another good price for he GOTY edition (there have been a few of those lately), but I daresay this will come in useful for some.

Majestic-12 Review | Funcomplicated

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Exis Interactive, Indie Games, Majestic 12, PC games, SHMUP, Twinstick shooter

Majestic-12 Review | Funcomplicated

Platform: PC

Developer: Exis Interactive

Run from left to right. Shoot things. Power up. Dodge. Weave. Jump. Spread shot! Win.

Majestic-12 is that most satisfying of beasts, a good old-fashioned scrolling shooter in the vein of Contra or Metal Slug. Controlling an adorable-yet-deadly cel shaded shock trooper, you'll barrel headlong through some meaty stages, bring neon death to an entire legion of enemy combatants and fight a grizzly bear mecha tank.

Yes, that's right. The great thing about scrolling shooters is that they prioritise fun and challenging gameplay over grinding exposition and the looming spectre of 'authenticity.' Given the choice, I'll take a Bear Tank over door breaching sections any day. However, despite its old-school pretensions, Majestic 12 builds upon its traditional roots to deliver some interesting new gameplay ideas as well as insane bosses.

Majestic-12 Review | Funcomplicated

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5 Indie Games For £6.28 | GOG | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

5 Indie Games For £6.28 | GOG | PC

Good Old Games' Black Friday offer is a few days early, but there's no arguing with the savings. It's a refreshingly freeform approach to indie bundles, in that you can pick any five of a selection of excellent games and pay $10 (£6.28) for the privilege.

Highlights include To The Moon, Botanicula, Gemini Rue, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, the Blackwell Bundle, Unmechanical and Spacechem amongst many others. Considering that each game will effectively cost you £1.26, it's hard to quibble with the value here.

Ravaged | £3.13 | Rain Digital Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2 Dawn Games, FPS, Indie Games, PC games
Ravaged | £3.13 | Rain Digital Games | PC

Steam's £6.99 price for Ravaged might look tempting compared to GamersGate and Impulse, but Rain Digital Games have undercut everyone with an outrageously low offer. For less than two quid just over £3 (price has inflated) all of my concerns about Ravaged's long-term value merrily melt away.

Expect fantastic vehicular shenanigans that brighten up an otherwise formulaic shooter. Many thanks to gamestraderjames at HotUKDeals for another excellent spot, as well as a price update. Legend.

DOOM Classic Complete Collection Hits PSN This Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Doom, Doom II, Final DOOM, PS3 games, PSN

DOOM Classic Complete Collection Hits PSN This Week

A compilation of classic DOOM games will be arriving on European PSN tomorrow, Bethesda has confirmed. The Classic Complete Collection includes the original game (with the extra Thy Flesh Consumed episode), DOOM II (including No Rest for the Living and The Master Levels) and Final DOOM. It'll set you back £11.99.

Personally, we reckon that's good value for an entire slice of gaming history, but it's worth noting that vanilla versions of DOOM and DOOM II are included in the recently-released DOOM 3: BFG Edition.

Report: Steam Thanksgiving Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC games, Sales, Steam

Report: Steam Thanksgiving Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow?

Hold onto your wallets, folks, because temptation is coming. According to a post on the Artery Studios devblog [via PCGamesN], Steam are set to kick off their Autumn Thanksgiving sale tomorrow (November 21st), backed up by a report from Runic Games last week.

If true, we can therefore use some incredibly simple logic to deduce that Secret Of The Magic Crystals and Torchlight II will be put on sale. Sherlock Holmes I ain't, but it will be interesting to see what else gets reduced over the coming week.

Xbox Live Holiday Deals: Spelunky, Warp & Rock Band Blitz

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Spelunky, Warp, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Holiday Deals: Spelunky, Warp & Rock Band Blitz

Microsoft has delivered another week of promotions, which arguably lacks in quality what it packs in quantity. That said, wading through the reams of DLC packs and avatar tat reveals a couple of decent bargains, including Spelunky, Warp, Rock Band Blitz and Space Channel 5: Part 2 at half price.

Major Nelson has invited us to embed a the list of offers as an Excel Web App, which contains convenient links to the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Borderlands 2: Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage

Borderlands 2: Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage Trailer

EXPLOSIONS?!

Do you have what it takes to venture into the BADASS CRATER OF BADASSITUDE?!!1!one

If you suspect that the answer might be 'yes,' the latest Borderlands 2 expansion is likely to suit you down to the ground. Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage is out today, featuring plenty of arena battles, new areas to explore, new enemies, more Tiny Tina and more explosions than are strictly necessary. Ever necessary. It's included as part of the Season Pass - so remember to download from the in-game marketplace.

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Double Fine Asks Fans To Vote For Their Next Game Prototype

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Double Fine, Indie Games

Let The Amnesia Fortnight Commence!

Double Fine's annual Amnesia Fortnight is in full swing, a festival of blue sky brainstorming followed by prototyping the most promising (and bizarre) ideas. This year, however, they're asking fans for feedback on what projects ideas they should turn into prototypes.

To participate, head over to the Humble Bundle page and donate a minimum of $1 to the cause. You'll get the right to vote on your favourite pitches, receive two previous prototypes, watch live streams of the development process and eventually get to play the completed projects.

Costume Quest, Once Upon A Monster, Stacking and Iron Brigade were conceived in previous Amnesia Fortnight brainstorming sessions, so you might just end up playing an early version of the next big thing.

DMC: Devil May Cry Demo Hits Xbox Live, Out On PSN Tomorrow

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Jonathan Lester
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Capcom, Demo, DMC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

DMC: Devil May Cry Demo Hits Xbox Live, Out On PSN Tomorrow

Xbox Live Gold members can now try out one of the most controversial games currently in development. A DMC: Devil May Cry demo is out now on the downloadable marketplace (currently exclusive to Gold subscribers), while a PSN version will arrive tomorrow as part of the weekly store update.

Capcom believes that "other games will feel very slow in comparison" once you've tried it - and this is the perfect opportunity to get hands-on with Ninja Theory's incredibly divisive reboot. Let us know what you make of it!

Guardians Of Middle Earth Training Trailer Loads Up With Loadouts

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Jonathan Lester
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Guardians Of Middle Earth, MOBA, Monolith, Slow news day, trailer, Warner Bros. Interactive

Guardians Of Middle Earth Training Trailer Loads Up With Loadouts

If you ever wondered what Lord Of The Rings would be like as a MOBA, Guardians Of Middle Earth is set to answer your incredibly esoteric and bizarre question. You weirdo. Anyway, the latest in a series of training videos illustrates how loadouts will work: i.e. how the items you equip will drastically improve your character's combat potential.

Guardians Of Middle Earth is out on December 5th on PSN, with the XBLA version following before year's end. Retail editions will also be available.

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Vita Firmware Update 2.0 Patch Notes

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware update 2.0, PS Vita, Sony

Vita Firmware Update 2.0 Patch Notes

Yesterday, we reported that Vita Firmware 2.0 will be rolling out this week - bringing an improved web browser and massive support for PS Plus members. Sony has now released the full patch notes, which shows a few supplementary improvements hiding behind the scenes.

Wi-Fi PC file transfer and an email app take our fancy. Check out the changes after the break.

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The Walking Dead: Season Finale Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Adventure Games, Horror games, Survival Horror Games, Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left, trailer

The Walking Dead: Season Finale Trailer

The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left is out this week, bringing Telltale Games' critically-acclaimed series to a close.

We know you're excited. Now behold the trailer. No Time Left is out this week on PC, XBLA and EU PSN (which has been specifically dated for Wednesday 21st November - so no European certification delays this time).

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