What makes The Legend of Zelda so special?

How has this relatively ancient series managed to stay relevant in today’s gaming landscape? On Zelda‘s silver anniversary, we look at what it is exactly that makes this most timeless of tales so endearing.

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'Xbox 720' to be shown at CES 2012 in January?

A report from French gaming website Xboxygen.com claims that Microsoft’s next console, codenamed ‘Xbox 10′, will boast a hex-core CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and an AMD dual-GPU prototype.

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Nitronic Rush - best ever freeware game?

Picture this: a fusion of WipeOut, F-Zero, Rollcage and Trackmania, mixed with the art style of Tron. Now throw in some genuinely impressive graphics and a pricepoint of, well, nothing at all, and you’ve got Nitronic Rush – a freeware title developed by a team of 11 students at the DigiPen Institute of Technology.

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RUMOUR - Need for Speed: The Run features just two hours of gameplay

The guys and girls over at EA Black Box seem to have taken the phrase ‘cinematic gaming’ a bit too seriously, as their latest racer apparently struggles to match the running time of a typical film. According to GameTrailers’ video reviewNeed for Speed: The Run‘s story mode will take little over two hours to beat.

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Impressions: Rayman Origins

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With industry figures such as EA’s Frank Gibeau boldly proclaiming that the single-player game model is “finished”, and with developers trying to, often artificially, add longevity to their games, is there really a place in the industry for a £40 2D (*gasp*) side-scrolling platformer? Absolutely.

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MMO pulled after devs accidentally delete game

During ‘emergency maintenance’, files were altered on one of the main servers for the Japanese MMO, M2, leaving the developers with what was most likely an undesired aftereffect: a massive headache and a broken game. Astonishingly, neither the original creators of the game, nor the current game operators were able to restore the data as they did not possess the original source code. At 8pm on October 21st, the MMO was taken down due to a “critical issue”, and Hangame announced that they will be issuing “conditional” reimbursements.

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Sony outlines backwards compatibility plans for Vita

Continuing their trend of awkward and inconsistent backwards compatibility solutions, Sony have announced their plans for users who wish to play their PSP games on the PlayStation Vita. A PSP app will become available from the PlayStation store, known as the UMD Registration Application.

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Nintendo may be unlocking second core for developers to use

As Resident Evil: Revelations proves, the 3DS is quite the graphical beast. It seems, however, that Nintendo could be unlocking another 25% of its CPU power for game developers to use. Presently, this power is used to run the 3DS’ operating system and is strictly reserved for system processes.

Nintendo are also upping the filesize limit for 3DSWare to 512mb, and are looking into the possibility of allowing downloadable patches for games.

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 - Rory

Modern Warfare 3 re-uses assets, internet goes apeshit

What do you get when you’re part of the development team that is tasked with pumping out new releases of the best-selling franchise of the generation year after year? What do you get when you have three different studios working and collaborating on individual aspects of a game, another team handling a port, and two different publishers taking care of localisation? What do you get when half of the key staff from one of those studios leaves mid-way through a somewhat troubled development? What do you get when, working to a strict, global deadline and under immense pressure, you manage to put out another AAA title in a franchise that’s regarded by many as the pinnacle of its genre? The answer to those admittedly long-winded questions should be “why, a bloody great big pat on the back, Rory”. Unfortunately, what you actually get is some whining sod moaning about a van.

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Call of Duty more popular than Star Wars

Despite the Battlefield franchise doing its best to eat into the FPS market share these past couple of years, theCall of Duty franchise has once again shown that it cannot be ignored, and is simply a powerhouse of the industry. Almost inevitably, Modern Warfare 3 has broken all pre-existing first-day sales records for any entertainment medium, with over 6.5 million sales in its first 24 hours of release. Its gross sell-through is over $400 million, obliterating Modern Warfare 2 first-day sales by a staggering $100 million.

Call of Duty is the only franchise which has broken worldwide sales records with three consecutive releases, and its worldwide sales now exceed box office takings for both Star Wars and The Lord of the RingsLike it or not, any talk of Modern Warfare 3′s sales figures was likely to force comparisons to those of Battlefield 3. EA haven’t released accurate figures as of yet, but an estimated 5 million copies sold in the game’s first week make it the fastest-selling EA game of all time. Its total first-week sales, though, still fall short of MW3′s first-day sales. CoD’s popularity is there for all to see, and it’s truly staggering.

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 - Rory