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GAME over?

Computer game retailer Game is in danger of collapse after several suppliers refused to provide it with hotly anticipated new titles.

The failure to secure eagerly awaited games such as Mass Effect 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken have added to the speculation that the company’s future in the UK is under threat.

The group, which employs 10,000 people, confirmed that the sale of its UK business, which has 600 stores, was a viable option in its battle for survival.

The retailer is also seeking access to alternative sources of funding and has asked suppliers for more generous trading terms, but so far it has not been possible to source new products from a number of suppliers.

Game said it was working to resolve the supply issues as quickly as possible.

“This includes ongoing discussions with suppliers, seeking access to the original facility or alternative sources of funding, and reviewing the position of all of its assets in the UK and international territories,” it said.

But it warned investors: “It is uncertain whether any of the solutions currently being explored by the board will be successful or will result in any value being attributed to the shares of the company.”

The group’s quarterly rent bill is due in a fortnight and it is believed that failure to pay its landlords could push the company into administration.

The company, which has 1,300 stores worldwide trading under the Game and Gamestation brands, has lost 94 percent of its value over the last year, with the business now valued at 12.2 million pounds ($19.2 million).

Kinect moves gamers.

By Oliver Hughes

Last night avid gamers queued for hours in the November cold to get their hands on Microsoft’s latest, and

Microsoft have bigger living rooms then most.

distinctly “hands off”, piece of technology. Kinect works using the latest in motion control technology, implementing 3D infrared cameras to sense the gamers movement and generate an in game, virtual model from over 40 points of a players body working in almost real time.

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Gamers spoiled for choice this Christmas

by Andrew Donaldson

Around a dozen new titles are flooding the market on Friday, as the video game industry prepares itself for the Christmas shopping period.

With the big day only around five weeks away, many of the industry’s biggest hitters see this week as the perfect opportunity to release their flagship games.

Top of the pile is New Super Mario Bros Wii.

Nintendo’s first 2-D Mario game on a home console since 1992 is a safe bet to top the sales charts come Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, for the sport fans out there, the Wii versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 and Formula 1 2009 are also available from today.

But if Nintendo isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for something with a little more action, don’t worry.

Xbox 360 owners can at last get their hands on Valve’s long awaited first-person-shooter, Left 4 Dead 2 – exclusive to Microsoft’s system.

Another much anticipated sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2 from Ubisoft Montreal, is also available to pick up from today, on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Also among today’s pile of releases on PS3 and 360 are Lego Indiana Jones 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Konami’s video game adaptation of the Saw movie franchise.

For those who prefer to do their gaming on the move however, today sees the unveiling of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky for Nintendo DS.

What will be in his stocking come the 25th?

But which game will prevail as the Christmas number one?

A spokesperson for the high-street retailer, Game, said: “So far we’re selling more copies of Assassin’s Creed 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 than the new Mario game.

“We had a lot of pre-orders for Left 4 Dead 2 and expect it to sell a lot over the next couple of weeks.

“Although we’ve sold a decent number for Lego Indiana Jones, we currently sell it as part of a console bundle, so it’s hard to tell if people are only buying it because it’s part of an offer.”

Murray thwarts American challenge

By Stewart Primrose

Andy Murray made a winning start as he bids to win his first Grand Slam and Wimbledon title.

The Scot won in four sets, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, but had to endure a scare as his opponent Robert Kendrick took the second set and threatened throughout their encounter.

Murray battles through
Murray battles through

Kendrick, ranked 76 in the world, strengthened as the match went on and with his big, powerful forehand won an impressive tie break to level matters up.

Murray, who looked  passive throughout, improved in the third set, which was epitomised with some impressive serves.  He managed to take the set fairly comfortably and this was repeated in the fourth and final set.

In truth Murray did not play great, but did not need to and his performance was solid and good enough to beat an inspired opponent. He will have to up his game as the tournament goes on, but it is clear to see he does have a few extra gears he can move up to. In any case, you do not want to play your best tennis at the start. It is all about timing it and hopefully this can happen a week on Sunday in the final.

Murray now plays Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who is ranked 74th in the world.