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Thank Jeebus! Rockman Xover localization on hold

[ Header by samusmmx ] Oh, Rockman Xover . What a foul, foul beast you are. I know it’s not kosher to slam a game without having played it yourself, but just from watching gameplay videos, I think we can all agree that Xover is a major exception.

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Jimquisition: Friends

The Escapist : Jimquisition : Friends Friendships are precious things that allow us to get through this horrific maelstrom we bitterly call life.

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OpenFeint shuts down on December 14

While it probably won’t change the day of any gamers out there, you should still know that GREE, OpenFeint’s parent company, plans to shut down the OpenFeint mobile social connection service on December 14. Many of mobile gaming’s most popular titles use OpenFeint for achievements and networking.  A shutdown FAQ on GREE’s page says that after the cutting off of service, games could be disrupted if not reworked.

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NBA 2K13 is everywhere in this developer video

This developer video for NBA 2K13 elaborates on the Facebook, Android and iOS apps that expand the game’s “My Player” career mode. The initiative, known as NBA 2K Everywhere , allows players to build up their characters’ skill ratings through mini-games and unlock collectibles on the go.

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Rockman Xover fan-made demo, plus actual game details

Capcom insists on seeing this construct through to the end, so I might as well keep abreast of the latest news and developments.

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Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops coming to smartphones, hits worldwide this year

Konami announced Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops , an upcoming smartphone game, at this morning’s Metal Gear 25 th Anniversary event. GREE chief operating officer Yoshikazu Tanaka unveiled the game’s first trailer, showcasing its 3D graphics in the Unity engine, before announcing a worldwide release later this year.

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Konami is No. 2 social games publisher behind Zynga

Konami has recently received a massive bump to its financial report from its social gaming division: In the first nine months of fiscal 2012, Konami reported its year-on-year gain was driven by social gaming, which generated $348 million in revenue, up $127 million from 2011. Without context, these numbers can seem impressive, but meaningless. Fortunately, Careen Yapp provided a background for Konami’s finances during an “ask these publishers anything” panel at Gamescom: Last year estimates put Konami as the second-most-prolific social games publisher behind Zynga

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Japanese Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Lost $400 Million Today [Social Games]

Think you had a bad day? Japan’s youngest self-made billionaire, Gree honcho Yoshikazu Tanaka, just lost US$400 million bucks.

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Zynga breaking away from Facebook dependency with ‘Zynga Platform’

Zynga is, evidently, aware how crazy and risky it sounds to tie your entire multimillion-dollar business to a single other company (like, say, Facebook). And so it is diversifying, announcing its own Zynga Platform, a Zynga-run portal for the company’s social games, like CastleVille, Words with Friends , and … you know, Zynga stuff

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EA delays unspecified social game based on ‘major’ EA IP

EA adjusted its earnings for the most recent quarter (its fiscal Q4) in part because of the delay of an “important social game.” It just didn’t say which one. In an investor conference call, CEO John Riccitiello broke the news that EA is moving the launch to Q1 of fiscal 2013 (January-March of this year).

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