Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau

Mike Rougeau is a freelance writer covering video games, technology and entertainment. His words have appeared in publications that include Kotaku, IFC, TechRadar, GamesRadar, Complex Magazine, G4, 1Up, and others. He loves Dark Souls and his dog. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/roguecheddar.

‘World of Warcraft’ loses 1.3 million subscribers in three months

Activision-Blizzard's Q1 2013 report reveals that World of Warcraft lost 1.3 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, with the still-popular MMORPG down now to 8.3 million subscribers.

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EA Sports locks down its exclusive FIFA license through 2022

EA remains the only game developer and publisher with the right to release official FIFA-branded games for the next nine years. FIFA 14, meanwhile, will likely debut at E3 in June.

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Sony waives $99 fee for PlayStation Mobile developers

Sony will no longer charge PlayStation Mobile devs a $99 licensing fee to get their games published on the mobile-friendly platform. It's yet another reflection of the top-tier publisher's push for more indie content on PlayStation products.

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Electronic Arts earnings call hints at E3 2013 lineup

NBA Live for the PS4 and next-gen Xbox will be revealed at E3 alongside games in the Need for Speed, FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield series', according to EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau.

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Sony to manufacture the PS3 in Brazil with specially localized games

The PS3 is currently subject to high import tariffs in Brazil, but Sony announced that it will manufacture the console locally and sell it directly to Brazilians at a more affordable price. Sony hopes to boost the Brazilian games market.

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EA kicks the hornet’s nest, plans to stop paying license fees for the rights to guns

EA won't pay gun makers anymore to depict their weapons in video games, but it will still depict their weapons. The publisher believes it shouldn't have to pay for that privilege anymore than authors pay to write the word 'Colt.'

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Sony adding Indie Games category in the PlayStation Store

Sony continues to support indie development on its PlayStation platforms, with a new Indie Games category in the PlayStation Store. To celebrate, a few games within the new category are on sale for a limited time.

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‘The Sims’ creator Will Wright calls ‘SimCity’ launch debacle ‘inexcusable’

Maxis founder and SimCity creator Will Wright spoke recently about EA's "inexcusable" SimCity launch disaster and the state of the game industry, which he sees as having an "unpredictable" future.

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‘Eternal Darkness’ successor ‘Shadow of the Eternals’ is open for funding

Canadian studio Precursor Games seeks $1.5 million for development of Shadow of the Eternals, an 'spiritual successor' to Eternal Darkness with a story that spans 2,500 years of human history and cause players to 'question their own perception of reality.'

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ creator Patrice Désilets parts ways with Ubisoft… again

Patrice Désilets and Ubisoft have parted ways once again. The publisher claims that the Assassin's Creed co-creator "left the studio," though Désilets describes his departure as a "termination" that he will "vigorously" fight.

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Disney and EA team up to make Star Wars games

Electronic Arts will develop and publish Star Wars games aimed at core gamers across multiple genres and platforms. Meanwhile, Disney retains select rights "within the mobile, social, tablet, and online game categories."

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Next-gen Xbox won’t require always-on Internet, alleged internal memo states

Microsoft's Xbox successor won't require an always-on Internet connection, according to an allegedly leaked internal memo that was sent out to the company. A statement released to Digital Trends refuses to comment on the memo, stating only that all will be…

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Batgirl confirmed for Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC, more details this week

NetherRealm Studios acknowledges that "the bat's out of the bag" following the leak of Batgirl's name on Xbox Live Marketplace last week. More details and footage are coming later this week.

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PlayStation 4 developers can block parts of games from Share button features

PlayStation 4 developers will be able to block gamers from sharing certain parts of a game using the console controller's innovative Share button, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida revealed.

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EA announces The Sims 4, coming 2014

Maxis, the creator of The Sims series, returns to create the fourth entry in the addictive life simulation franchise. Electronic Arts confirms plans to release the game in 2014 for PC and Mac.

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