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169 WEEKS How long New Super


Mario Bros. on


DS has spent in the UK All


Formats Top 40 to date.


87 WEEKS The time Dr


Kawashima’s Brain Training has spent in the UK All


Formats Top 10. FIVE SECOND FACTS


The first PC game to hit the All Formats No.1 this year.


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The price of the Gran Turismo 5‘Signature Edition’. £179.99


3% 25


The number of staff laid off at High Voltage Software, developer of The Conduit.


Future’s group revenue drop for the first nine months of its FY2010.


212.6 MILLION


1.27 billion Yen Konami’s Q1 operating profit rises 244 per cent.


The number of PCs in the world with discrete graphics cards.


The brands, people and technology that have dominated decades. This week, 3D Games.. EIGHTIES, NINETIES, NOUGHTIES


$967 MILLION


Activision Blizzard’s Q2 net revenues – down 7% year-on-year.


BONUS FACTS! 40 MILLION


worldwide sales of all Guitar Herotitles to date.


3D MONSTER MAZE


You had to make your own fun in the early 1980s. In an era when power cuts and television strikes were the norm, and rubbish ZX81 games like 3D Monster Mazewere celebrated, your only choice was to block it all out and use your imagination. It was either that or get your head kicked in repeatedly by bored football hooligans down at the rec. Released to extraordinary acclaim in 1982, Malcolm Evans’ 3D first-person adventure scared a generation of fragile children witless, who imagined they had been transported into the lair of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In fact, the game world was a randomly generated 16 by 16 cell maze, where you had to move one square at a time, trying to avoid the vicious prehistoric beast. HE IS HUNTING FOR YOU.


DOOM


Thankfully, by 1993 we no longer had to make our own fun. People like cunning development wizards id Software had figured out a way of making fun for us via the medium of gigantic, expensive PCs and the ninja coding skills of John Carmack. Suddenly we were able to shoot Hell’s denizens right in the face – or carve them up with a grisly-sounding chainsaw – and we’ve not actually stopped since. Of course, it all looks a bit chunky and crap in the unflattering light of 2010, but in a loveably evocative retro way that clever people like to wear proudly on T-shirts these days. And let’s not forget all the fun we hardcore PC users were able to have with the good old autoexec.bat and config.sys files. Life will never be the same again. Thank God.


COD: MODERN WARFARE


The sequel might have sold 40 bajillion copies, but this was Infinity Ward’s true masterwork, and we’d fight anyone with our bare, bloodied hands who dares to think otherwise. Having done the whole cinematic World War II thing to death via first Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, and then a further two Call of Dutytitles, West, Zampella and co finally hit top gear with a game so horribly memorable, it’s quite feasible to sit and relive entire levels in your head like some twitching ‘Nam vet. And not only did it boast arguably the most memorable single-player campaign mode of the decade, the multiplayer toppled even the mighty Halofrom its seemingly unassailable perch. Activision, how could you let these guys walk out the door?


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