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A promotion by games company Electronic Arts offering users one free game allowed them to download as many as they wanted.
The promotion was intended for those who completed a survey, presenting them with a code for $20 (
Video games maker Activision Publishing arrives at the industry's biggest European event - Gamescom in Cologne, Germany - from a position of strength.
Its first and third-person shooter franchise, Call of Duty, continues to blast its way to success: The Modern Warfare 3 sequel has been one of the top-selling games since its November launch and its online service, CoD: Elite has attracted more than 12 million registered users.
The firm is showing off the series' next title, Black Ops 2, and a version for the Sony Vita handheld console at the event. It is also about to launch a free-to-play edition in China which will charge users for weapons and other upgrades.
Sony has revealed new functions and big-name games to reignite interest in its handheld PlayStation (PS) Vita console.
The Japanese firm recently cut its estimate of how many of the devices it expected to sell before March 2013.
It can now be used as a controller for the larger PS3 console and players can switch from a Vita to a mobile phone and continue the same game.
Users buying some PS3 or Vita games can get free versions for the other device.
This Cross Buy scheme will initially be limited to a select number of Sony's own titles, including the latest in its Ratchet and Clank series.
The moves were outlined at a news conference at Gamescom, the video games trade show in Cologne, Germany
Nintendo will start selling a version of its 3DS handheld gaming console with bigger screens from July.
The 3DS LL, which will be known as the XL outside Japan, will have displays that are almost twice as big as those on the current version.
It will be priced at 18,900 yen (
Jason Kingsley, co-founder of the British video games studio Rebellion, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the economy.
The honour comes at a pivotal time for his industry, which is gearing up for the next generation of video games consoles while facing disruption from a shift to digital downloads, as well as the rise of smartphones and tablets and the emergence of crowdsourced funding as an alternative source of investment.
Microsoft has unveiled Xbox SmartGlass: a service to allow tablet computers and smartphones to communicate with its video games consoles.
It allows users to control games on the touchscreen devices and can show extra information about progress.
It also lets the handhelds act as controllers for the firm's Internet Explorer web browser, which will launch on the console later this year.
The move poses a challenge to Nintendo's Wii U Game Pad.
Nintendo's new Wii U console will embrace social networking, according to a video presentation released ahead of the E3 video games conference.
The machine will promote the Miiverse in which users can see what others are playing, share self-created game content and swap gaming tips.
The firm said members would eventually be able to connect to the network via its 3DS handheld, PCs and smartphones.
The revelations, ahead of the Los Angeles trade show, may be designed to create a new buzz about the product ahead of a more detailed press conference on Tuesday.
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Diablo 3's creators say the title has become the world's fastest-selling PC-based videogame.
Blizzard Entertainment said that more than 3.5 million copies were sold during the first 24 hours of release.
It added that the total number of players had since risen to more than 6.3 million.
The firm apologised again for a series of glitches that have forced it to delay the launch of in-game auctions using real-world money.
The game takes place in a fantasy world in which players fight monsters and team up with other characters to save their land from "demonic annihilation".
It went on sale last week at more than 8,000 retailers as well as via a digital download from Blizzard's website.
Sales of video games in the US have shown a sharp drop in early 2012, figures suggest.
Gamers spent 42% less on video games in April compared to the same period last year, said market research firm NPD.
The entire market, which includes sales of both consoles and games, was down 32% overall in April, the figures indicate.
Analysts blamed some of the decline on the lack of compelling games being launched in the opening months of 2012.
Online video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" has seen about a 25% drop in subscribers, according to its publisher Electronic Arts (EA).
The firm revealed that the title had 1.3 million active subscribers at the end of April, compared to "a little over" 1.7 million in February.
The US-based company said that the figure was "consistent" with its original projections.
However, EA's shares fell as much as 10% in after hours trading.
The Star Wars MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) is EA's biggest investment to date.
The drop-off in subscribers is despite EA raising the amount it is spending on marketing and the launch of the game in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore at the start of March.
A fall in the number of subscribers had been expected but the size of the decline surprised some analysts.
The latest addition to the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set in 2025 and centres the enemy taking control of the US Army’s unmanned weapon systems.
Developed by Treyarch Studio, the game is slated for 13th November release.
Google has launched a new consumer service offering up to 16TB (terabytes) of storage for photos and other online content.
Dubbed Google Drive, the service goes head to head with rival cloud services such as Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive.
It offers 5GB (gigabytes) of storage for free. People pay on a rising scale for more space.
Experts say that Google is "late" to the market
India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet, suggests a report.
Compiled by security firm Sophos, the report ranks nations by the amount of junk mail routed through computers in each country.
India has leapt to the top of the spam chart in less than a year, rapidly overtaking the US, said Sophos.
About 10% of all junk mail sent across the web came from or passed through computers in India, said the firm.
A row has broken out in America over a computer games company including gay characters in its storylines.
Electronic Arts is being criticised by Christian campaign groups who say it is setting a bad example for young people.
Over the last few years EA has introduced gay characters, giving the option to flirt, kiss and go for a drink in a virtual bar.
It's thought several thousand complaints have been received but EA says it has done nothing wrong.
Gamers unhappy with the endings of Mass Effect 3 will get "further closure" thanks to new added content, developer Bioware has announced.
Large numbers of fans had complained that the finale to the popular saga did not live up expectations.
The company said they would provide a number of "game content initiatives" to clarify aspects of the game's plotline.
In a blog post, Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka described the feedback as "incredibly painful".
Shares in the video games retailer Games Group were suspended pending clarification of the company's financial position.
Discussions had not progressed enough with the various stakeholders and other parties to for a realistic prospect of a solution.
Struggling video games retailer Game Group has said it intends to file for administration.
Earlier, shares in Game were suspended "pending clarification of the company's financial position".
The firm said talks with stakeholders and other parties had not made enough progress to offer "a realistic prospect for a solvent solution".
Game has seen its business eroded by competition from online-only retailers, such as Steam and Amazon.
Last week, the retailer confirmed that a number of suppliers were refusing to do business with the company.
Microsoft says it is not launching a new Xbox games console "anytime soon".
Video game players were hoping that Microsoft would unveil an upgrade at the E3 Expo in June, an annual video game conference in LA where producers showcase new equipment and titles.
The US company has confirmed that it will not be talking about new Xbox hardware at the event.
It says it plans to focus on games, music and other entertainment for the Xbox 360, which came out in 2005.
Keza MacDonald, UK games editor at IGN.com, says gamers will be disappointed that there is no new Xbox being released.
"Historically there have been new games consoles every four or five years," she said.
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