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    TGS 2013 draws 270,000 attendees

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    Attendance for 2013 show up by 47,000 people over last year's event.




    The 2013 Tokyo Game Show welcomed 270,197 attendees, the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association announced in a release translated by Gematsu.



    That is around 47,000 more than last year's 223,753 attendees.


    According to data from organizers, September 22 was the busiest day this year, with 115,444 people packing into the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.


    Last year's busiest day saw 94,980 people inside the convention center.


    By comparison, the sold-out Gamescom 2013 drew a record 340,000 attendees.


    Dates for the 2014 Tokyo Game Show were also confirmed. The show will be held September 18-21, 2014 at the same venue.


    For more on the announcements from the 2013 Tokyo Game Show, check out GameSpot's coverage of the event.



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    Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes free on Xbox Live in October

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    Capybara Games' role-playing game will be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers October 1-15.




    Microsoft today announced that Capybara Games' role-playing game Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is the next free Xbox Live game for Gold subscribers.



    The game, normally $15, will be free for subscribers October 1-15. Microsoft did not say which game will follow from October 16-31.


    Clash of Heroes was originally released on Nintendo DS in 2009, before coming to Xbox 360 and other platforms.


    Rainbow Six Vegas (normally $20) is currently free on Xbox Live for Gold members.


    The free games are part of Microsoft's new Games With Gold program that gives Xbox Live Gold subscribers two free titles--to keep--each month until December 31.



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    Microsoft on Xbox One: "We are winning the games message"

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    Corporate VP Phil Harrison says he is confident Microsoft's software lineup is stronger than Sony's catalog of launch titles for PlayStation 4.




    Microsoft is "winning the games message" when it comes to Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4, according to corporate vice president Phil Harrison. Speaking with Edge, Harrison said he is confident in Microsoft's launch lineup for the Xbox One, noting that media outlets agree.



    "We are winning the games message," Harrison said. "We had over 100 awards coming out of E3 for games on our platform. That is more than twice as many awards as any other platform. So the media recognized our games on Xbox One as being the best lineup--including Titanfall, which is the most awarded game in the history of E3, coming to Xbox One and to Xbox 360."


    The Xbox One's launch lineup includes 23 games and was previously described by Harrison as the best in the history of consoles. By comparison, Sony has said it will have 33 titles available on PS4 by December 31.


    Also in Harrison's interview with Edge, the executive acknowledged that Microsoft's path thus far with the Xbox One has not been without its struggles.


    "I think when you create a vision of the future, you paint the vision of the future that you are most excited about," he said. "But we got clear feedback that some of the things we were proposing were perhaps a little too far into the future. So we changed. We took feedback from the community; we changed our plans. We think that's a good thing."


    Xbox director Albert Penello said earlier this month that though Microsoft is sticking with a disc-based model for the Xbox One launch, the company plans to support trading, loaning, and reselling of digital games down the road.


    "I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we're focused on launch and we switched the program back to discs, because that's what customers wanted," Penello said at the time.


    The Xbox One launches on November 22 for $500.



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    Research firm names Riot Games a top medium-sized US workplace

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    League of Legends developer named third-best medium-sized United States workplace in recent study.




    Research firm Great Place To Work has named League of Legends developer Riot Games the third-best medium-sized workplace in the United States. Riot Games, based Santa Monica, California, was the only game developer to be named to the medium-sized list.



    "We aspire to make Riot Games a legitimately great place to work, so it feels great to be recognized for our efforts to create a culture where Rioters can thrive," the company said in a statement.


    This was the first year that Riot Games applied for selection to the list. Surveys about life at Riot Games were sent to randomly selected employees, as were questionnaires about the company's culture and programs.


    "This process gave us the opportunity to share Riot culture and stories, but also gave us a chance to take cultural inventory of where we're at and where we still need to go," Riot Games said.


    Riot Games employees--or Rioters--work their own hours and have an unlimited amount of paid time off, according to Great Place to Work. 98 percent of employees said they look forward to coming to work and about the same percentage said they don't consider their work "just a job."


    Riot Games has 843 full-time employees, up from 678 full-time staff in 2012 and 347 people in 2011. Men make up 85 percent of full-time Riot Games staff and about 75 percent are under 34.


    "The player comes first and drives all business decisions as opposed to pure profitability," one Rioter said. "The management really practices what it preaches. Top management has created a great work environment where the mentality is no constraints and everyone is equal."


    94 percent of employees said they feel like they are treated fairly regardless of their position. The same ratio said management is approachable and easy to talk with.


    In terms of benefits, Riot Games pays 80 percent of health care costs and offer over 200 hours of training (public speaking, leadership, etc.) per year.


    Though Rioters set their own hours, this does not encourage a culture of slacking off, the report said. 78 percent of employees said they are encouraged to balance work and their personal lives, though work hours are known to be long. To assist in balancing this, Riot Games offers a meal delivery service for those who work late and finds "many ways" to involve partners and family in the workplace.


    In terms of pay, 63 percent of Rioters said they feel they receive a "fair share" of the organization's profits, while 79 percent said they feel they are paid fairly for the work they do. Overall, 98 percent of Rioters said they endorse the company as a "great workplace."


    Earlier this year, Riot Games was listed as the fourth-best company to work for as part of the Top Tech Companies to Work For in 2013 list from Glassdoor and Business Insider.



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    Sony teams with Taco Bell for PS4 promotion

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    PlayStation maker partners with fast food company for contest that will give away PlayStation 4 systems ahead of launch.




    The PlayStation 4 doesn't arrive in North America until November 15, but some gamers will be able to get their hands on the next-generation system a few days early thanks to a new promotion with fast food company Taco Bell.



    To participate in the "Play the Future First" promotion, consumers can purchase a specially marked $5 Buck Box or Big Box from participating Taco Bell stores and send in a code inside the package to see if they have won.


    The prize package includes one PS4 system, a copy of Knack, and a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus. The promotion will be offered only in the United States.


    The "Play the Future First" promotion begins September 26 and runs through November 10. Prize packages will be shipped on November 12, three days before the PS4 is due to launch in North America. More information about the promotion is available on a special Taco Bell site.



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    GTA Online to add microtransactions?

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    Reddit user discovers file that suggests GTAV's online mode will allow users to spend real-world money for virtual "Cash Cards."




    Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode--GTA Online--could introduce microtransactions, if a new claim turns out to be true. Reddit user 1880 discovered a file from the store section of the GTAV menu (which is currently empty) that mentions something called "Cash Cards."



    This XML file mentions downloadable content from the game's special editions, as well as four "Cash Cards" ranging from $100,000 to $1,250,000.


    "Cash is king in this town. Solve your money problems and help get what you want across Los Santos and Blaine County with the purchase of cash packs for Grand Theft Auto Online," reads a description of the cards. "All purchased cash is automatically deposited into your character�s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting."


    GTA Online will launch as a free update to GTAV on October 1.


    As the Reddit user points out, it is possible that "Cash Cards" are not an indication that microtransactions are coming to GTAV. The cards could have been created only for testing or could be prizes for a virtual sweepstakes, among any other combination of possibilities.


    Rockstar Games has not announced plans for microtransactions in GTAV and the company was not immediately available to comment on this report.


    If GTAV does end up supporting microtransactions, it will be far from the first AAA game to do so.


    Call of Duty: Black Ops II allows players to purchase personal customizations with real-world money, while Battlefield 3 offers "shortcut kits" that allow users to purchase weapons and upgrades without progressing at all through the game.


    GTAV launched last Tuesday and generated $1 billion in three days, reaching that milestone faster than any other entertainment property in history. Rockstar Games will release the open-world game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2014, according to one analyst.



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