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Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past speedrunner plays the full game & beats every boss blindfolded

Remember how long it took you to beat A Link to the Past when you played as a kid? I know people who still haven't beaten the game to this day! Well now it's time to make those people feel even worse. After the jump is a video of speedrunner ParisianPlayer beating the entire game, including bosses, while blindfolded. It took him 9 hours straight.

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Footage of the cancelled port of Grand Theft Auto III to GBA

I love when prototype footage surfaces. A look at what could have been. This port of GTA III wasn't looking to shabby! Too bad it'll never see the light of day.

Resident Evil 7 producer says "no plans at the moment" to bring the series to Switch

Coming from producer Masachika Kawata...

"I think it's a very unique piece of hardware. I'm looking forward to the possibilities of the system itself, but we have no plans at the moment regarding Resident Evil on Switch."

Project Octopath Traveler - teaser site opens with a gorgeous bit of music

The game that caught my eye more than any other during Nintendo's Switch presentation was Project Octopath Traveler. I'm not even an RPG guy and I'm already dying to see more of this title. For now, we'll just have to settle with the teaser site. It may not offer much new content in the way of visuals, but it's got a killer theme song posted above! Hit up the link and have a look at the site as well.

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U.S. Video Game Industry Generates $30.4 Billion in Revenue for 2016, Pokemon makes an impact

Washington, D.C. – January 19, 2017 – The U.S. computer and video game industry generated $30.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to new data released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the NPD Group. This total consumer spend figure includes revenues from all hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases. This is an increase in total consumer spend from reported 2015 sales, which were at $30.2 billion.

“2016 was another enormous year for the interactive entertainment industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry. “The industry’s innovative genius and ability to engage and delight billions of gamers worldwide delivered another record performance. Congratulations to the developers, storytellers, creators, and investors who defined the leaderboard for entertainment.”

Separately, ESA highlighted that video game software revenue grew 6 percent from the 2015 level. In 2016, video game software revenue, which includes physical packaged goods, mobile games, downloadable content, subscriptions, and other revenue streams, reached $24.5 billion—up from 23.2 billion in 2015.

In 2016, virtual reality systems like the Sony PlayStation VR, Vive, and Oculus Rift reached the mass market to consumer interest. The release of Pokémon Go became a cultural phenomenon on mobile, while the later release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on portable gaming devices achieved the highest launch month consumer spend in the history of the franchise, according to NPD. Blockbusters like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and Tom Clancy’s The Division drove consumer spend on console platforms. Finally, the PC platform was the most diverse and dynamic of all growth platforms, with a record number of titles reaching PC gamers in 2016.

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable and digital console segments,” said Mat Piscatella, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content. No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”
The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors, providing tens of thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.