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James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously EIC and co-founder of IndustryGamers and spent several years leading GameDaily Biz at AOL prior to that.

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7 Steam user reviews can be bought for $5 - Report

2 months ago It's surprisingly easy to get positive reviews for Steam games on the Fiverr website, PCGamesN found

5 Activision won't have an E3 booth this year

2 months ago Publisher taking meetings at E3 but similar to EA it won't have a massive booth on the show floor

7 Most gamers not interested in VR in 2016 - report

2 months ago An exclusive Gamer Network survey reveals that only 15% of players intend to purchase any of the VR platforms this year


2 VR could make games a political scapegoat again - Capps

2 months ago Ex-Epic exec Mike Capps worries that "we're going to have to redefend our art form"


Oculus hires Hulu exec to head video team

2 months ago Hulu SVP Eugene Wei to oversee group that curates VR and 360 degree content from other creators, like LeBron James


8 "I think of that Sid Meier as being a different person"

2 months ago Father of computer gaming speaks up about his name being on boxes, also says devs should take responsibility for the messages their games send

1 Why Machine Zone still buys "overpriced" TV ads

2 months ago CEO Gabe Leydon says TV will "have its own reckoning" but explains why the ads for Game of War and Mobile Strike are still needed


3 "More inclusive development is better for everybody" - Sledgehammer

2 months ago Sledgehammer Games co-founder and studio head Michael Condrey on creating more diverse teams


7 PlayStation VR: Is Sony willing to be a loss leader?

2 months ago With Vive and Oculus now both priced, attention turns to Sony - will PlayStation play the pricing wildcard?

1 Spector: "Thank god for the indie space"

2 months ago Veteran designer laments lack of progress in mainstream gaming, discusses his return to development


Goodgame Studios appoints new head of studio

2 months ago Warner Bros. veteran William Corey Barnard is taking over for Michael Böni, who is leaving the developer

2 FunPlus announces $50m fund to "invest in the future of indie gaming"

2 months ago The first partnership is with Sirvo, a new studio from Threes! creator Asher Vollmer

Kickstarter "maturation means more money, but not for more people" - ICO

2 months ago ICO Partners' latest analysis of Kickstarter shows dominace by fewer, larger game projects; also mobile appears to be a dead-end


1 Unraveling Coldwood's change in design philosophy

2 months ago Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood, talks about Unravel's reception and why it's a game he simply needed to make

2 King's profit and sales fall in 2015

2 months ago Full-year results for the Candy Crush company show profit down 10% with revenues dipping 12%

China's mobile market shifts toward hardcore gaming - Report

2 months ago Research from DataEye and Niko Partners shows a maturing market that could see consolidation in the near future

Magic Leap, Virtuix become ESA members

2 months ago The AR and VR companies are the latest to join the Entertainment Software Association

Watch Gabe Newell, Palmer Luckey and more talk VR

2 months ago The Vision Summit 2016 keynote is kicking off at 10AM Pacific and you can watch the live stream along with us


SMITE developer opens new Brighton, UK office

2 months ago Hi-Rez looking to focus on the European community, appoints Veronique Lallier as Vice President of European Publishing

1 Mad Catz axing 37% of staff as Q3 profit dips 10%

2 months ago Rock Band sell-through failed to meet expectations, which led to higher inventory balances and lower margins

2 Morhaime: "You can't really distinguish eSports from game development"

2 months ago Blizzard CEO talks about the importance of the sector to his studio's growth


5 Does GameStop's future lie in publishing?

2 months ago Analysts discuss the implications of the retailer's first publishing deal with Insomniac

23 The Witness is being heavily pirated

3 months ago Jonathan Blow says piracy could impact his making another game

6 Star Wars Battlefront passes 13m shipped as EA exceeds Q3 guidance

3 months ago GAAP net revenues were flat, however, and the publisher lost $45 million [UPDATE: physical sales dominated digital for Star Wars]


GameStop makes publishing debut with Insomniac's Song of the Deep

3 months ago GameStop's Mark Stanley and Insomniac's Ted Price and Brian Hastings on why the retailer is publishing the studio's Metroidvania-style game