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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Game Publishers and Devs

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Brendan Griffiths
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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Game Publishers and Devs

In recent years we’ve written numerous New Year’s Resolutions articles on things we, as gamers, can do to make the most of our gaming. 2014 saw lots of publishers and development studios being rather naughty though. So, just in-case our delivery of coal didn’t drive the message home, we have ten New Year’s Resolutions that developers and studios should follow.

Stop rushing!

Seriously, we’ll take all the delays in the world if it means we get to buy a game that feels like it’s been finished. 2014 saw way too many broken games released to try and take advantage of Christmas sales. Kudos to the likes of The Witcher III and Arkham Knight for the sensible delays. The Order: 1886? You may need even more time given our recent play tests.

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Develop Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Develop Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

The nominees for the annual Develop Awards are in. The awards celebrate the finest of European video game developers with awards including categories like New IP, Visual Arts, Online Innovation, Publishing Hero, Engine, New Studio and many more. MCV report that 36 different games and 49 studios are represented across the 19 main awards.

Dennation Games (Hotline Miami), Sony London (Wonderbook), Arkane Studios (Dishonored) and PlayGround Games (Forza Horizon) all tied for second place with four nominations each, but the leader with five is Fireproof Games, the UK iOS studio behind The Room. Where European studios have contributed significant development to titles outside of the EU, there are the Creative Contribution awards that cover the likes of Ni No Kuni, Halo 4 and Thomas Was Alone.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brighton on July 10th. We have the full list of nominees after the break.

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Dragon Age: Origins | £9.85 | The Hut | PS3 & Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Dragon Age Origins, Games deals, Games developers, RPG, Xbox 360 games
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I wasn't exactly blown away by Dragon Age: Origins when it first came out, mainly due to BioWare sticking to the same Tolkien-esque tropes that we're all sick and tired of. However, it's still a hefty, engaging and truly dynamic game that changes depending on your character's backgrounds and decisions. The sequence based in a prison is one of my favourite open-ended RPG segments of all time. Whilst the Ultimate Edition contains all the DLC for around £18 (a massive saving), many gamers would be much happier shelling out just under a tenner to get the core game by itself. Note that Sendit's competing price doesn't include the £2 postage charge.

Thanks to missgem at Hot UK Deals!

MetaCritic Banishes Developer Scores For Good

Author:
Felix Kemp
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News
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Games developers, Games news, Marc Doyle, Metacritic

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that MetaCritic had removed its controversial developer scores, where industry luminaries were awarded a rating based on their career titles. It was widely criticised upon release, with out-of-date or incomplete data being used to rank individuals, and MetaCritic has now come out and admitted it won't be returning.

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Metacritic Removes Developer Career Scores

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Games developers, Marc Doyle, Metacritic, News, Rankings

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We reported yesterday that review aggregation site Metacritic had begun a process of profiling individual industry workers, giving them a career average score based upon the scores received for the game in which they had been credited on sister site GameFAQs. With one of the main criticisms of this new initiative being the incomplete nature of their database, and thus providing highly inaccurate figures, Metacritic has seen fit to remove them for the time being.

Find out what the site's founder had to say after the jump...

Metacritic Starts Ranking Individual Developers

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Games developers, Industry, Metacritic, News

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You can already hunt for a review roundup of your favourite games on aggregator site Metacritic, and the report at the end of last year put numbers against all of the major publishers, but now it would appear industry individuals will be able to see a numerical appraisal of their career (or at least bits of it) on the site too.

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