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Crowds await Xbox One midnight launch in cold London

Gaming enthusiasts have flocked to central London for the launch of the hotly-anticipated Xbox One.

Gaming enthusiasts got a taste of the new console.

With the launch of Sony's PS4 next week, Microsoft has a head start on its rival in the run-up to Christmas for its all-in-one entertainment device.

The Xbox One - which goes on sale at midnight - costs £429.99

Crowds await the midnight launch.

London's Leicester Square was transformed into a fantasy world overrun by zombies from and a Roman legion from Xbox games.

Leicester Square was transformed into fantasy land.

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Video games 'do not make teens violent'

Playing violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty does not cause anti-social behaviour, according to a study of American teenagers.

Research involving 377 children with an average age of 13, some of whom had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression, challenged the perception that gory games can trigger violent behaviour.

“We found no evidence that violent video games increase bullying or delinquent behaviour among vulnerable youth with clinically elevated mental health symptoms,” said Professor Ferguson of Stetson University in Florida.

Grand Theft Auto has been linked to violent crimes in the past. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Instead researchers found that violent games could sometimes be therapeutic and make children with ADHD less aggressive, although study leader Christopher Ferguson stressed the results should be treated "cautiously".

Children in the study were asked about their favourite video games, their experiences of bullying, violence and stress, and how they would react in a confrontation.

Earlier this week, an eight-year-old boy from Louisiana reportedly murdered an elderly woman after playing Grand Theft Auto IV.

'World's dearest' video game launched for £125K

Video games manufacturers pride themselves on giving gamers a realistic experience, but for £125,000 you can go a step further.

A one-off edition of the new racing game GRID 2 will come with a "free" road-legal racing car customised to look like one of the virtual cars in the game.

The British-manufactured BAC Mono racing car that comes 'free' with the game Credit: BAC Mono/Codemasters

The buyer - who may enter the Guinness Book of Records along with the game - will also get a PlayStation3, full race outfit and a tour of the BAC Mono factory where the car was built.

Neill Briggs, a founding director of BAC-Mono, said the company has already been approached by "quite a lot of people who have expressed more than an interest".

GRID2 goes on sale in the UK today.

Physical sales still make up bulk of entertainment market

Figures collected by the Entertainment Retailers Association showed that physical formats still make up 75.5 percent of total music, video and games sales.

  • Music: 68.8% digital (2011) 62.0% digital (2012)
  • Video: 95.4% (2011) 93.9% (2012)
  • Games: 73.5% (2011) 65.4% (2012)

Source: Official Charts Company, GfK Chart-Track, IHS Screen Digest

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Digital entertainment sales hit £1 billion for 2012

Sales of downloadable material hit £1 bn for the first time while CDs , DVDs and Blu-ray sales continued to fall. Credit: PA

New figures show that 2012 was the first year in which sales of digital music, video and games were valued at more than £1 billion.

At an end-of-year total of £1.033 billion, legal download sales accounted for more than a quarter of the music, video and games market, according to official year-end figures released today by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Disc sales of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and video games still account for over three quarters of the entertainment market, despite falling by 17.6% compared with 2011.

BPI: 2012 was 'encouraging year for UK artists'

Geoff Taylor, the chief executive of the music industry body the BPI, said:

2012 was an encouraging year for UK artists and for music’s digital future.

Digital albums grew strongly and singles sales hit a new record.

Music fans are now streaming billions of songs from new services enabled by record labels.

He said that although market conditions proved troubling for High Street sales, digital growth was helping to counter a slump in CD sales.

The quality of our music and digital innovation by UK labels means we have excellent potential for domestic growth and to increase our share of the global music market.

We hope Government will recognise the potential of digital music to contribute to economic recovery and provide more active support in 2013.

– Geoff Taylor

Official singles chart 2012

  • 1. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
  • 2. Carly Rae Jespen - Call Me Maybe
  • 3. Fun ft. Janelle Monae - We Are Young
  • 4. David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
  • 5. James Arthur - Impossible
  • 6. Psy - Gangnam Style
  • 7. Nicki Minaj - Starships
  • 8. Jessie J - Domino
  • 9. Maroon 5 - Payphone
  • 10. Flo Rida ft Sia - Wild Ones

Source: Official Charts Company

Top selling albums of 2012

  • 1. Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events
  • 2. Adele - 21
  • 3. Ed Sheeran - +
  • 4. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die
  • 5. One Direction - Up All Night
  • 6. Mumford and Sons - Babel
  • 7. Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time
  • 8. Michael Bublé - Christmas
  • 9. Coldplay - Mylo Zyloto
  • 10. Rihanna - Unapologetic

Source: Official Charts Company

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