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GamesBeat weekly roundup: THQ is bankrupt, Zynga shuts down 11 games

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best video game stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

This week, THQ is delisted from the NASDAQ after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Zynga shuts down 11 games to cut operating costs, and Atlus plans to release Demon’s Souls on the PlayStation Network.


News:
The DeanBeat: The game industry’s calendar will be different in 2013
The most popular GamesBeat stories of 2012
Atlus to release Demon’s Souls on PlayStation Network; servers in no danger of shutting down
The year in gaming in pictures (photo gallery)
Mad Catz launches GameSmart — universal peripherals for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs
THQ lenders object to its fast-track bankruptcy sale
Adults only: Sexually explicit Seduce Me is out now — just not on Steam
Sony’s new patented technology could eliminate used-game sales
This week in the Nintendo Download: Unchained Blades, Code of Princess, and Gunman Clive
PlayStation Network picks up Epix library of movies
No, no, no! — This is what Hollywood thinks of gamers
Microsoft acquires home-automation company R2 Studios to beef up Xbox
Orange taps Movea to create a gesture-based set-top box
PlayJam launches Kickstarter campaign for game console on a USB stick
Red Robot Labs gets off to good start with Life is Magic location-based game
NASDAQ delists THQ
Port justified: Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U has offscreen play
Hacker unlocks the 3DS system kernel key to running pirated software
Heavy Water starts Kickstarter for do-it-yourself game design factory (exclusive)
The end is near: 11 Zynga games are victims of cost-cutting
Free month of Xbox Live Gold for users impacted by cloud-save outage


Angry Birds Movie

Mobile news:
Gamers download 8M copies of Angry Birds games on Christmas
Pushy business: The world of mobile gaming engagement
Gift-giving holidays lead to huge success for mobile game developers


Pieces of Flair:
Was The Walking Dead saved by its story?
Dragon Runner is a space-based indie game that’s as deep and accessible as Mario
Nintendo 3DS hacking hurts small developers the most
My mom previews Tomb Raider, Dark Souls II, and other big games of 2013
The year in gaming in pictures (photo gallery)
Are video games easier than they used to be?
Top game controversies of 2012
Violent video games are not to blame: Why I’d cancel my membership to the NRA
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a card game
Top 15 video game Easter eggs of 2012
The quest to finish Star Ocean 3
The gaming school of law enforcement: How video games can improve officers’ effectiveness
Puzzler: Guess the video game magazine ads (32-bit era)


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