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NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

NPD calculates $3.3 billion in digital game sales in US and Europe in Q4 2011

According to the latest numbers from analyst group NPD, digital game sales are on the rise in a big way. In the fourth quarter of 2011, in the US and Europe - the regions that NPD normally deals with - the amount of revenue that was brought in from digital download sales in the gaming industry was $3.33 billion. In the US, sales in this growing segment were up by 9%. NPD does not have comparative data for Europe or for the US/Europe aggregate.

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Valve denies Steam Box console rival rumor

Valve denies Steam Box console rival rumor

Digital game distributor Valve has denied plans to create an Xbox 360 and PS3 rivaling games console or, indeed, to push its own PC reference design, claiming hardware that may have fueled such rumors are merely test boxes for its own use. "We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that" Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi told Kotaku, going on to suggest that the company is "building boxes to test that on" but "it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware."

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Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Digital game distribution company Valve is working on a "Steam Box" console rival to the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with set-top boxes like the Apple TV, it's reported, an open platform using both standard and custom PC hardware. Rather than an own-built console, the so-called Steam Box would be based on an open spec design with custom Valve software, The Verge's sources suggest, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA graphics at its core. A proprietary controller - potentially including interchangeable controls, such as analog sticks, new buttons and the like, as illustrated in a patent Valve filed last year - could also be on the cards.

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PC game Alan Wake recoups production cost in record time

PC game Alan Wake recoups production cost in record time

The game Alan Wake has just done so spectacularly well in the first 48 hours it's been out on the digital download zone Steam that it's recaptured all the money it's spent on not only development, but marketing for the game as well. This game is currently inside the top 10 games listed on Steam, was number one for a period after launch and, needless to say, its creators at Remedy are ecstatic. Users currently interested in picking up the game have the option of getting the Collector's Edition DLC Free until the first of March - this including commentary videos, an illustrated PDF book, and a full soundtrack for the game as well.

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Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

Valve’s Steam analyzed in infographic

It's in vogue right now to say that PC gaming is dead. When we talk about digital downloads in the marketplace, it's always sexier to talk about Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network. But there's a new infographic that shows just how strong of a segment those people with their mousepads and keyboards still are. In fact, some of these numbers might shock you.

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EA exec Peter Moore says Origin will be perfected in two years

EA exec Peter Moore says Origin will be perfected in two years

Ever since Electronic Arts launched its own digital download platform Origin, a competitor to Steam that has caused a lot of controversy among PC gamers. After all, EA pulled its new games from Steam and has created a more confusing market in the digital distribution community. EA is accepting the criticism and telling gamers to just wait.

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Psychonauts 2 pre-green-lit by Minecraft producers

Psychonauts 2 pre-green-lit by Minecraft producers

The game known as Psychonauts was not exactly a winner when it was first released back in 2005, but amid internet furor by its now cult-status following, Minecraft producers at Mojang have expressed interest in a second installment. If you head over to Psychonauts current homepage, you'll find that the original is alive and well on the Mac App Store and Steam for Mac and PC, but it's not enough for future-looking gamers! Thusly upon hearing that Psychonauts' developing studio Double Fine's founder Tin Schafer was lamenting that he'd love to create a sequel but had no cash to do it, Notch from Mojang chimed in.

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Steam Mobile now open to all, Beta testing complete

Steam Mobile now open to all, Beta testing complete

Last week we let you in on a few bits of functionality that sat inside the mobile version of the gaming giant Steam - this week the beta period for testing of that app is done and everyone is allowed to join at will. This application may have mobile-based games in the future, but for now acts as a companion application for the browser-based interface for PC and Mac computers. You are able to purchase items for future playing from this mobile application, and community engagement is currently the biggest selling point for Steam fans.

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Steam mobile may capture a whole new audience for both ecosystems

Steam mobile may capture a whole new audience for both ecosystems

If you've ever used Steam to purchase games, converse with your friends, or get information and news on the developers you love, you know that it lends itself to a mobile environment without even asking about it. Thats why now that Steam is moving into the mobile environment with both iOS and Android, it seems as though both mobile and gaming are in for a mash-up that's destined for winning glory. What we've got here is a trusted environment for gamers, one that hordes of gamers trust, inserted into the smartphone and tablet world where it can thrive on a whole new level.

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Gog.com brings Square Enix games to downloadable catalog

Gog.com brings Square Enix games to downloadable catalog

Gog.com has struck a new deal with Square Enix to bring some of the most iconic games of a generation to its digital download platform. It is one of the biggest scores yet for the nascent online PC game store. Gog, whose slogan is "Good Old Games," will begin with Deus Ex and Hitman, and promises more of Square Enix's incredibly heralded games will be added to the list in the coming weeks.


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