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June 24, 2009 (Wednesday)

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BioWare and Mythic to merge
EA is merging their two top role-playing game developers, BioWare and Mythic, into one massive RPG group, with BioWare's co-founder Ray Muzyka taking the lead and Mythic's Mark Jacobs leaving. Read more

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Bethesda's parent company now owns id Software as well
ZeniMax, the parent company of Fallout 3 developer, Bethesda Softworks, has just purchased id Software. In their press release, ZeniMax has stated that they expect id Software to continue operating as before, and don't expect any management turnover. Read more

June 16, 2009 (Tuesday)

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British Government selects PEGI
After pondering the matter for over a year, the British Government has selected the PEGI rating system over the BBFC for game ratings. This means that PEGI is now the official ratings standard in the United Kingdom. Read more

June 2, 2009 (Tuesday)

E3 2009
Today Nintendo had a conference announcing Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M which will be developed by Team Ninja instead of Retro Studios. This was followed by Sony's conference which showed off God of War III and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP Read more

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Ethics Organization of Computer Software Bans Rape games
Since feminist in western countries were complaining about Illusion's Rapelay 3 years after it's release, Japan's Ethics Organization of Computer Software has banned rape based games. Rapelay was released legally on the Japanese market. The group is beginning to help companies ease the transition into production of other erotic games. Unlicensed rape games are still legal. Read more

June 1, 2009 (Monday)

E3 2009
E3 2009 had a big Assassin's Creed 2 poster in front of the building. Ubisoft announced that Assassin's Creed 2 will be out in November. Microsoft announced a new xbox 360 controller called Natal which has motion control. Kojima productions showed off their new game Metal Gear Solid: Rising, featuring Raiden. Bungie showed off its new game Halo: Reach being released in 2010 Read more

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