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From Killer Hubris to Sonic 4 Release Details - News Roundup 28th September 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Bug, EA, GAME, Games news, Hubris, Metroid: Other M, Sonic 4: Episode 1
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Sonic 4 Dated for October

From Killer Hubris to Sonic 4 Release Details - News Roundup 28th September 2010

SEGA have been teasing us with a constant trickle of trailers and preview days and a heartbreaking delay, but a release date for the upcoming Sonic 4 Episode 1 hasn't been forthcoming. Luckily, they've now confirmed that the blue bomber will finally be hitting all formats in a fortnight's time.

  • App Store: 15th October
  • PSN: 13th October, £9.99
  • XBLA: 14th October, 1200 MSP

Looking forward to Sonic 4? Why not check out our hands-on preview? We just hope that they go easy on the torches and mine carts... and that it will contain enough content to justify its price tag. [Thanks, IGN]

Stuck In Metroid: Other M?

From Killer Hubris to Sonic 4 Release Details - News Roundup 28th September 2010

A nasty Bug in Metroid: Other M has been trapping players in dead games. This is how to avoid it (spoiler-free, courtesy of Nintendo support), but if you've already been stung, Ninty suggests contacting [email protected] to organise a free fix.

This sounds great... but there's a retro catch. You'd think that the save files (that are saved on a PC-friendly SD card, no less) could simply be emailed to Nintendo in order to correct the bug. You'd think. Upon contacting customer services, however, gamers are reporting that they're required to post the entire SD card and wait for the fix to be applied manually.

I know that Nintendo usually take the low-tech option, but this is ridiculous. Players can complete the game at least ten times over in the time that delivery will take. [Kotaku]

EA Hits Back At Activision "Hubris"

From Killer Hubris to Sonic 4 Release Details - News Roundup 28th September 2010

EA and Activision are two of the most bitter rivals in the gaming industry today, with both companies competing for talent and intellectual property... and sometimes competing for the exactly the same talent and IPs. Guitar Hero vs Rock Band has been one of the biggest bones of contention between the two companies- until allegations of ex-Infinity Ward heads considering defecting to EA came to light. Controversial Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had a few choice words for Electronic Arts yesterday (suggesting that they smother both studios and creativity), which have now been promptly returned in kind.

"Kotick's relationship with studio talent is well-documented in litigation,"

"His company is based on three game franchises – one is a fantastic persistent world he had nothing to do with; one is in steep decline; and the third is in the process of being destroyed by Kotick's own hubris."- EA corporate communications VP Jeff Brown

No prizes for identifying the three franchises, folks. [Gamasutra]

GAME Loses £18.8m; Closing 85 More Stores

From Killer Hubris to Sonic 4 Release Details - News Roundup 28th September 2010

This time last year, GAME were reporting profits of over £14.5 million. What a difference a year can make. The latest financials indicate that the high street retailer has made a loss of over 18 million pounds over the last six months.

GAME closed 43 stores earlier this year and the disastrous financial situation has prompted the planned closure of a further 85 before the end of the year. It's all about "efficiency", apparently. We wish the affected employees the best of luck. [Gamesindustry]

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Phil  Sep. 29, 2010 at 12:40

Game - Maybe if they started charging less they'd sell more. I've seen preowned games for more than they are online new. Also their PC game selection sucks - just top 10 (+£5) and budget games.

StauntonLick  Sep. 29, 2010 at 15:15

The problem with Game is one they've replicated with their takeover of Gamestation - they don't price games individually, but rather according to "bands" - consequently, some games are priced well above their worth. For instance, Replay sell "Lost: The Videogame" for £3, while two doors down at Gamestation it'll set you back £7.99.

It's rare to find games selling for less than £7.99 in Game or Gamestation, even when places like CEX are selling them for a fraction of the price. Couple that with their aggressive attitude towards trade-ins and there's little wonder they're flagging.

I used to love Gamestation - it had a real, friendly and genuine air about it; the kind of place you wouldn't mind spending a bit of time and money. Now they're just rebranded Game stores, and much worse for it.

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