An Analysis of Video Game-Related Kickstarter Campaigns in 2014

January 29, 2015

Update: A rep. from Kickstarter points out that Thomas Bidaux's research uses estimates, and that some of his numbers are inaccurate. For example, they claim that successfully funded video game-related projects rose to 465 in 2014, up from 438 in 2013.

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D.I.C.E. Award Presenters Revealed

January 29, 2015

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced today its list of presenters for the 18th annual D.I.C.E. Awards. Taking place February 5 as part of the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, this year's list or presenters include video game personalities, notable game developers, and executives from some of the top publishers in North America.

Ted Price, Chris Taylor, Brenda Romero, Richard Garriott, Chris Roberts, Jade Raymond, and John Romero are just some of the presenters taking part in this year's awards show.

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Report: Rovio's Head of Games Leaves Company To Launch Start-Up

January 29, 2015

Jami Laes has left Angry Birds maker Rovio to launch his own start-up, according to this Reuters report.

Laes, who served as the company's Head of Games, oversaw Rovio's top franchise Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. The report does not reveal any details on what Laes has planned at this new start-up or what kinds of games it might make - though one would assume they would be in nature given Laes' experience with one of the most popular mobile franchises in the world.

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Microsoft Reveals 'Games With Gold' Titles For February

January 29, 2015

Microsoft has revealed the three games that will be part of February's Games With Gold free game giveaway for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

Xbox One owners will be able to score #IDARB (It Draws a Red Box) free of chart from February 1 to February 28. The game is described as "an offbeat, crowdsourced multiplayer action game."

Xbox 360 owners will be able to grab puzzle adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for free from February 1 - 15. From February 16-28 Sniper Elite V2 will be made available free of charge.

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Nintendo To Launch YouTube Revenue Sharing Plan in May

January 29, 2015

Nintendo this morning revealed the launch date for a new program to share YouTube ad revenue with content creators called the Nintendo Creators Program. The new revenue-sharing scheme officially launches on May 27 but a beta of the program is available now.

Those interested can sign up to get 60 percent of the advertising revenue from a video containing "Nintendo intellectual property" such as a Let's Play of a Wii U game. "Partners" can also designate entire channels to Nintendo content - which will net them 70 percent of the ad revenue.

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The Guardian Details The NSA's Spying Activities on Leaky Apps Like 'Angry Birds'

January 28, 2015

Update: It turns out that this story is incredibly old and a bit of a rerun of a story we wrote last year. Some confusion on the date on the left hand side of The Guardian led us to believe the story was brand new. We apologize for the error. Nevertheless the data in the report is still valuable today because there are still plenty of "leaky apps" out there being used to gather data from. Whether apps in the Angry Birds series still have problems remains a mystery but we assume Rovio took this and other reports to heart and did something about it..

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Valve Has Paid Out $57 Million to Content Creators

January 28, 2015

According to a new blog post from Valve developer Alden Kroll, 1,500 community-based content creators in 75 different countries have earned $57 million from selling in-game vanity items for such Valve-created games as Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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'Torchlight II' Comes To The Mac February 2nd

January 28, 2015

Apparently Unicorn bacon could be a thing if Unicorns existed. But in more important and breaking news, Runic Games has finally finished the Mac version of its popular RPG Torchlight II and will release it to the masses via Steam on February 2nd. Keep in mind that Torchlight II was released on September 20, 2012 for PC... Yeah that is a long time for Mac owners to wait, but if their interest has not waned then they can grab the game on Steam in early February.

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Attorney For Former RI Secretary of State Faces Fine Over 38 Studios Court Action

January 28, 2015

In a report earlier this month we reported that former Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis had been fined $18,000 by the state's Superior Court for misusing the judiciary process in the case involving a former 38 Studios associate who did not register as a lobbyist before meeting with politicians to secure a $75 million bond deal for the studio prior to 2010.

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Nintendo Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

January 28, 2015

Nintendo is predicting that it will see its first profitable full-year results since 2012, but the company also notes in its latest financial report that the Wii U continues to struggle to increase its installed user base around the world.

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Hotfix Released For 'Borderlands: The Prequel'

January 28, 2015

Earlier in the week Gearbox released an update for Borderlands: The Prequel alongside the official launch of the latest DLC, Lady Hammerlock Pack. Unfortunately the update broke a very important part of the game: The Grinder. Putting three items of purple rarity into the Grinder has "the potential to cause a crash." At the time Gearbox warned players who had already updated to not use The Grinder in game until a fix could be applied.

Today the developer released a hotfix to deal with the issue, but it says that a full blown update is still in the works.

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Sony Teams With Spotify For 'PlayStation Music'

January 28, 2015

Sony announced this morning that it is teaming up with Spotify to create a new music destination for PlayStation platforms called PlayStation Music. Spotify will help bring its digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world.

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One Million Copies of 'Hyrule Warriors' Shipped Worldwide

January 28, 2015

Hyrule Warriors for Wii U has shipped one million units worldwide to-date according to Nintendo. "Shipped" is not the same as "sold through" to customers, but it shows that retailers are committed to the game and see it as a bonafide hit. The Wii U Legend of Zelda spinoff from Nintendo and Koei Tecmo combines two popular franchises into one game - Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. The game launched last fall.

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Sony Dumping 'Maps' and 'YouTube' Apps on PS Vita

January 28, 2015

Apps for YouTube and Maps are being discontinued on PlayStation Vita, according to the Vita support page. The first to go is YouTube, which will no longer be supported on Sony's hand-held in North America and Europe. Downloads for it are no longer available and on April 20, it will be removed from Vita for good. Users can continue to use the app until that date.

Sony says that users can continue to use YouTube through the browser application.

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Code Reseller Targeted By Ubisoft Denies Wrongdoing

January 28, 2015

Yesterday we reported that Ubisoft was deactivating codes bought at code resellers for use on digital distribution platforms like Steam and EA's Origin. Well, the reason that the publisher is doing this is because - it claims - these codes were bought with fraudulent or stolen credit cards. Consumers who bought codes for games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were not happy when Ubisoft did this for obvious reasons.

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Andrew EisenI played most of the Codename Steam demo. Pretty neat so far but the enemy turn (it's turn based) takes way too long.01/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Goth_SkunkJust finished the first episode of Life is Strange. The writing is hit-or-miss, the lip-syncing is awful (but I can't fault an indie dev for that), but the chronokinesis mechanic is dynamite. Love the concept. Can't wait to play more.01/30/2015 - 8:23pm
Andrew EisenNintendo invites disaster!01/30/2015 - 7:34pm
TechnogeekRelevant links: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/apex_2015_video_gaming_tournament_at_secaucuss_emp.html http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/30/apex-2015-smash-bros-tournament-resumes-after-short-delay01/30/2015 - 7:29pm
TechnogeekApparently, this was the first SSB tournament to actually be sponsored by Nintendo; the upcoming Wii U title Splatoon was even going to be demoed there.01/30/2015 - 7:29pm
TechnogeekMore "game" related than "politics" related, but still noteworthy: the Apex 2015 Super Smash Brothers tournament was forced to relocate after the fire marshal demanded an evacuation due to building damage caused by the recent winter storm.01/30/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpgot my Reading Rainbow kickstarter rewards....I cant tell if this is a sticker or a bumper sticker.01/30/2015 - 5:38pm
Goth_SkunkAs such, the first playthrough is always going to be the most evocative.01/30/2015 - 3:47pm
Goth_SkunkSo while branching storyline is hallmarked as a feature of the game, the storyline never stays branched for too long. There is a linear story that may branch at points, but each branch always comes right back to the main line further down the road.01/30/2015 - 3:46pm
Goth_SkunkMy biggest gripe about it though would have to be that its replay value sucks. I quickly learned that apart from a few key decisions you make, most choices end up not being relevant because something terrible happens anyway.01/30/2015 - 3:45pm
Goth_SkunkI *love* The Walking Dead. Like I said, I played Season 1 through in one go, and subsequently pre-purchased Season 2 in its entirety sight-unseen.01/30/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenBy the by, I take it you're a fan of Telltale's Walking Dead? I'm one of the very few who really doesn't like it. Bums me out.01/30/2015 - 3:39pm
Andrew EisenI think we're safe with stuff like Life is Strange, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and TellTale's games. I was thinking more along the lines of D4. It's genuinely up in the air whether we'll get a conclusion to that story or not.01/30/2015 - 3:33pm
Goth_SkunkUltimately, from this potentially ignorant perspective, it's the gamer who assumes the risk, not the developer. I don't approve. Fortunately, I'm only paying $5 (CDN, no less), so that's money I can easily write off if I'm disappointed.01/30/2015 - 3:32pm
Goth_SkunkIf I'm wrong, and the unthinkable should happen where the developer ends up aborting production of the rest of the episodes, bundle purchasers would be understandably upset. Even moreso if attempting to get a refund turns out to be a hassle.01/30/2015 - 3:30pm
Goth_SkunkThere is an option on XBL to purchase all episodes in a bundle. Pay full price now, get the rest of the episodes as they're released. I would like to think this means that the other episodes are in fact done and ready.01/30/2015 - 3:29pm
Andrew EisenCatch 22 sometimes. Some gamers don't want to buy it if there's no guarantee the whole thing will come out and the whole thing can't come out unless enough people buy the early installments.01/30/2015 - 3:17pm
Goth_SkunkI sincerely hope this trend towards episodic games is not done so because the developer only had enough capital to produce the first 1/5th of the story and is banking on making enough money from the sales of that fifth to produce the rest.01/30/2015 - 3:16pm
Goth_SkunkThat being said, I want to try Life is Strange to get my feet wet.01/30/2015 - 3:13pm
Andrew EisenI'm that way too. I'll wait until the whole thing is out. Same goes for DVDs of TV shows. I'll wait for the season set.01/30/2015 - 3:13pm
 

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