Take-Two CEO says product delays signal an “unwavering commitment to quality”

Take-Two Interactive didn’t hit its financial targets for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. But Strauss Zelnick, chief executive of the New York video game publisher, said that was because the company delayed several games so it could make sure they were done right. This “unwavering commitment to quality” is the right approach to maximizing shareholder value, Zelnick said.

Firaxis previews XCOM: Enemy Unknown details and launch date

Aliens are coming. Rather, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a re-imagining of the acclaimed PC strategy title X-Com: UFO Defense, should be invading stores on Oct. 9, 2012. I had the opportunity to preview the game (which is also slated for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) at a recent event that developer Firaxis hosted in Los Angeles. There, I learned how fans old and new can help protect the planet.

Author David Kushner tells the inside tale on Grand Theft Auto and the video game violence wars (interview)

David Kushner has been on the front lines of the video game culture wars. In 2004, he published Masters of Doom, a portrait of the founders of id Software (the makers of the seminal first-person shooter game Doom). Now he has published a book about Rockstar Games, the company at the heart of the culture war on game violence and creator of the Grand Theft Auto series.

Why Max Payne 3 could be this year’s next big blockbuster video game

Beware the ides of May. Max Payne 3 debuts on May 15, a significant time for gamers that Rockstar Games has pretty much owned for the past few years. The game developer, a division of Take-Two Interactive, wants to repeat history by launching one of the year’s blockbuster games at a time when gamers are have traditionally embraced big games. Now that Electronic Arts/BioWare has released Mass Effect 3, gamers are looking for the next big game, and the next big releases will come in mid-May again.

Civilization World taps Live Gamer for monetization on Facebook

As the Facebook game industry shifts toward Facebook’s Facebook Credits virtual currency ahead of the July 1 deadline, Live Gamer is making itself useful in helping with the transition. New York-based Live Gamer is announcing today that it will handle Facebook Credits on an exclusive basis for Sid Meier’s Civilization World, one of the most anticipated social games of the season.