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  • Mojang bought for 2.5 Billion by Microsoft

    It’s official, Mojan has indeed been acquired by Microsoft for a whopping 2.5 billion dollars.

    The founders, Notch, Carl and Jakob will be leaving while most of if not all the current staff are expected to be kept on as part of Mojang projects or in other areas.

    Current versions of Minecraft will receive continued support as well as continued updates.

    Notch, majority shareholder of Mojang and man behind Minecraft felt the game became too big to allow working on other projects, leaving selling the company as the only option.

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    (Source: blog.kilabytes.com)

  • Age of Empires: Castle Siege announced

    New to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Age of Empires: Castle Siege brings a fast-paced experience to touch-based screens while delivering all the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for. Choose from one of several civilizations, expand your castle into a massive city, defend your walls against marauding empires and, when your newly trained army is ready, lay siege to other castles built by online opponents.

    Age of Empires: Castle Siege features:

    Empire-Building for those on the go: From building your castle into an impressive city, accumulating your resources to keep your fortress and your lands safe, to training your armies to both defend and attack your enemies, Castle Siege is built for you to enjoy the expansiveness of an Age of Empires game with the speed and simplicity of touch-based gaming.

    Built for Touch: Now all your strategizing, empire-building and sieging is controlled by the simple swipe of your finger. Drag paths on the touchscreen to command units directly in battle. Using this tactical control to counter your opponents’ defenses is crucial to victory.

    Connect with your Xbox Live Friends: Forge alliances with your Xbox Live friends, compete against other alliances for prized ‘crown count’, and fight your way to the top of the leaderboards.

    Recruit The Greatest Heroes: when times get tough, it’s time to call up heroes. From Richard the Lionheart to Charlemagne, Castle Siege will allow you to deploy them to turn the battle in your favor.

    Cross-platform play only on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8: If you have multiple Windows 8 devices, no matter. Your game progress is always saved to your Gamertag. Furthermore, you can battle friends across platforms, so any Windows 8 PC, tablet or Windows Phone 8 can join the siege.

    Several civilizations to choose from: Age of Empires: Castle Siege starts off with six civilizations from the Medieval Era, including Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus. Each civilization has upwards of six unique “cultural units”, along with cavalry and trebuchets equipment.

    Recreate Famous Historical Battles: play through 10 historical battles, including the Siege of Marienburg and the Fall of Constantinople.

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    (Source: blog.kilabytes.com)

  • WSJ:  Women Now Make Up Almost Half of Gamers

    Adult Women Gamers Now More Numerous Than Under-18 Boys

    A recent survey from Nielsen Holdings NLSN +1.58% NV, a U.S. consumer research company, concluded that women gamers in the U.S. are most likely to play games on personal computers, mobile devices and Nintendo’s 7974.TO -0.73% Wii console. In fact, U.S. women are more likely than U.S. men to play on the Nintendo Wii, Nielsen said, while they are equally likely as men to play games on Apple AAPL +0.04% devices.

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    (Source: blog.kilabytes.com)

  • Drift Stage releases its Sunset City trailer

    Upcoming indie driving game Drift Stage, has released a pre alpha trailer for the retro style racer’s Sunset City track. The trailer, which shows off the vibrant colours and in game racing action takes the retro resurgence in recent years to new territories with its unique aesthetic

    Check out the trailer here

    (Source: blog.kilabytes.com)

    Sunset Overdrive -  Character Customization Trailer

    The latest video for Insomnia’cs upcoming third person shooter, Sunset Overdrive, focuses on the customization options for your character. The customization options are much like the crazy and colourful in game environment in variety as well as design, as can be seen in the gif’s above.

    Check out the full video here.

    (Source: blog.kilabytes.com)