China softens stance on video game industry after $80 billion market collapse

China has approved 105 video games from local publishers at once. Among them are games published by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and NetEase Inc, reports Bloomberg. The measures come after Chinese regulators recently announced a series of new rules aimed at limiting the costs and rewards that encourage video game players. ... Read more

Nintendo is working on a movie based on The Legend of Zelda video game

Nintendo has announced that it is working on a feature film based on The Legend of Zelda video game, reports The Verge. The film will be directed by Wes Ball, best known for the The Maze Runner trilogy and the upcoming movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. The ... Read more

Valve loses a court case in the EU and has to pay 1.6 million euros in fines for geoblocking

The General Court of the European Union has upheld the decision to impose a fine for geo-blocking on Valve Corp. which owns the Steam digital game distribution platform, reports Bloomberg. As it is known, the European Commission has fined Valve and five other publishers for obstructing cross-border sales of PC ... Read more

Sony patents system for transmitting smells in games

Sony has patented a new system that can imitate smells in games, writes Gamerant. The patent describes a certain accessory that can emit scents during game moments. The scents would come from special cartridges that would be triggered in sync with the light and sound effects in the game. It ... Read more

Valve urges developers of games that use AI not to infringe copyright

The American company Valve will not prevent the use of artificial intelligence on the Steam platform, but seeks to respect copyright in matters related to the development of video games. This is reported by The Verge. “… instead, we’re working through how to integrate it into our already-existing review policies,” ... Read more

A selection of 3 Ukrainian visual novels: Hazy Mind, Heralds of the Avirentes, Argumentum ad Culpam

Greetings, Mezha readers! We bring to your attention a list of upcoming visual novels from Ukrainian developers, which are scheduled to be released this year. This is Hazy Mind, Heralds of the Avirentes, Argumentum ad Culpam. Novels are very different in atmosphere and content. They can pleasantly surprise connoisseurs of ... Read more

Ys 8: Lacrimosa Of Dana review

Ys 8 teaches us not to relax even if we managed to get out of the water after a shipwreck. The heroes of the game allowed themselves such luxury and everything almost ended with a cataclysm of planetary proportions. The game was a temporary PSVita exclusive, later ported to PS4 ... Read more

The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox

The gaming industry is old enough to have its own researchers, historians, and archaeologists who find priceless artifacts of its glorious past and display them for museum visitors or readers of special publications, such as this artbook, The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox. Although in ... Read more

Video games aren’t trending: spending by American gamers is down this year

The US gaming industry has lost 13% of revenue for the year. In the second quarter alone, gamers spent $1.7 billion less on video games, according to NPD research. This data is supported by reports from Microsoft and Sony: both companies experienced a decline in revenue from gaming products after ... Read more

Video game sales fall for the first time in years: the entire industry is preparing for a recession

Annual sales of video games have started to decline for the first time in several years. According to forecasts, the global market of games and services will decrease by 1.2% to $118 billion in 2022. This is reported by CNBC, citing Ampere Analysis. An industry that thrived during the coronavirus ... Read more