The celebrated composer of Bungie's memorable musical scores says he has been sacked without cause by Bungie's board.
“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,” said Marty O’Donnell on Twitter.
Bungie has subsequently issued a statement, and without providing an explanation, couched O'Donnell's departure in friendlier terms. “For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans.
“Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future. We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.”
O'Donnell joined Bungie 10 days before the developer was bought out by Microsoft. He was one of the few Bungie staff members left who was around for the pre-Microsoft era. He is known best for his work on the Halo series.
Auckland LAN gaming event Ping Zero is taking place this weekend.
It is the 44th LAN event under the Ping Zero moniker, and it runs from April 18-20 at the Trust Arena in West Auckland.
Ping Zero is a gaming gathering open to all aged 18 and over, where participants bring their own computer along and can play casual games with others as well as compete in tournaments for prizes.
The latest patch for The Elder Scrolls Online fixes a number of the game’s buggy quest events, while an upcoming one will distribute loot found in chests more evenly, says Zenimax.
Many playing the game have discovered that some quest givers simply stop responding to the player at certain points, preventing them from completing tasks and reaping the subsequent rewards.
According to Zenimax, this bug has now been squashed in 30 quests across 15 of the game’s zones.
More than a third of all Steam purchases are yet to be played even once, according to data gathered by Ars Technica.
The website nabbed and then combed through a random sample of the 172 million-odd publicly accessible Steam profile pages to deduce that 36 percent of all games sit unplayed and unloved in Steam libraries the world over.
The data also showed that free-to-play games were the most popular on Valve’s distribution platform. Dota 2 tops the list with 25 million owners, with Team Fortress 2 next in line with 20 million. Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is next 12.77 million owners, but 10.7 million of those people have never played the level.
More than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide just over four months to April 6, says Sony.
PlayStation 4 software sales have reached 20.5 million across physical and digital retail, added the company.
More than 135 million videos have been shared using the PlayStation 4's video sharing functionality, and 4.9 million Twitch streams have been viewed a total of 90 million times.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting a second piece of free DLC this week.
The Zomboss Down pack takes the game to the Wild West with a new map, eight new playable characters, over 200 customisation items, an increased level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges.
The new characters include Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea, and the Sun Pharaoh.
The man behind Candy Crush reckons that all games should be free-to-play.
Speaking with IGN, King Games CEO Tommy Palm sung the praises of free-to-play, and said it was the only way forward for game makers.
“The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model – I think all companies have to transition over to that,” said Palm.
Auckland's Media Design School has begun a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that will see its students developing games for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation First Academic Development Programme will be an option for Media Design School (MDS) students in the third year of their game development degrees, and will grant each access to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita development kits, expertise incubation labs, and top game companies worldwide.
The aim is to have as many students as possible complete a game by the end of the course and publish it on the PlayStation Network.
Trials Fusion is out tomorrow on console, but the game’s competitive online mode won’t be available for a few months, says Ubisoft.
An Ubisoft spokesperson told Gamesbeat that players generally avoided the four-player online races in Trials Evolution, so developer RedLynx wanted to take some extra time to come up with something different.
“Trials Fusion will support a type of online multiplayer experience as, based on the metrics from Trials Evolution, RedLynx saw that online multiplayer wasn’t a popular feature among players,” said the spokesperson.
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