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Weekly News Roundup: ‘Nintendoland’ becoming a reality, ‘WoW’ losing subscribers, and more

Gaming News

Press that pause button and stretch those fingers. It’s time to roundup the news and find out what’s been going on in the world of gaming.

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According to the Oculus VR blog, Rift will be available in the first quarter of 2016! Pre-orders will be available later this year. Announcements about hardware, software, input, and games will be coming in the weeks to follow.

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At long last, video games are coming to theme parks. Nintendo is partnering with Universal Studios to create a real life Nintendoland. The Los Angeles Times reported that while there are few details about the addition of Nintendo characters to the park, Nintendo and Universal Studios have said that they will be looking into creating interactive rides that will hopefully attract gamers of all ages.

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WoW loses 3 million subscribers in 3 months, but still remains the world’s most popular MMORPG. Digital Trends notes that there are several possibilities for such a drastic drop in players including lack of content, garrison maintenance, and the “WoW Token.” Activision Blizzard isn’t worried though. CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say during the company’s quarterly earnings call:

Our talented teams around the world continue to create experiences that inspire our audiences. In the last 12 months, we had over 150 million active users around the world who played our games for more than 12 billion hours and spectators who watched over a billion hours of linear programming based on our games. In the past year, Activision Blizzard’s communities grew by more than 25 percent.

So there you go. While the WoW crowd shrinks, other Activision Blizzard communities grow.

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SEGA is poised to pull mobile games that don’t measure up to their new standards. Gamer Headline reported that SEGA will be removing a number of mobile games as a form of quality control.

At Sega we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans’ best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalog. It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards.

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Star Trek fans rejoice. According to GameSpot, three Classic Star Trek games are now available on Steam and GOG.com. All three games (Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Star Trek: Judgement Rites, and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy) can be purchased digitally for $6 each. Additional Star Trek classics will be revealed at a later date.


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