The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it is helping to launch a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically increasing secure Internet browsing. The new non-profit is called Let's Encrypt and it will eventually offer free server certificates beginning in the summer of 2015.Read more
The BBC reports that Netflix will expand its reach to Australia and New Zealand in March of 2015. The company said that it will expand to these new regions in the first quarter of next year and will have two new original series - Marco Polo and BoJack Horseman - ready to watch when the service goes live there. Pricing and programming available for Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date.Read more
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen says that while Sony has hit the ground running in the current generation of console wars with its PlayStation 4 console, he expects Microsoft is catching quickly.
"Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, but "Microsoft is catching up quickly."Read more
The US Senate fell short of enacting the USA Freedom Act, the first bill in 30 years that attempted to seriously curtail the spying activities of the National Security Agency. The bill had the support of both privacy advocacy groups like the EFF and lawmakers. The bill needed 60 votes to pass and came just two votes shy of hitting that milestone: the final vote was 58 yeah, 42 nay - with a majority of Republicans (41 of the 42 votes) voting against the bill.Read more
Electronic Arts has announced that it will not be releasing Dragon Age Inquisition in India. Apparently the mature-rated role-playing game created by BioWare runs afoul of "local content laws." While EA denies that its decision not to bring the game to India has nothing to do with same-sex relationships in the game, others disagree - including India's NDTV Gadgets who cite EA's Indian retail distributor, Milestone Interactive. Read more
The GamerGate social media movement (to root out corruption in games journalism or to get "social justice warrior voices out of it" depending on whom you ask) is on the precipice of a bizarre cliff where disbarred Florida attorney and staunchly anti-video game advocate Jack Thompson agrees with some of their points... and some supporters seem to agree with him.Read more
Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.
In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:
"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.Read more
There's a mild brouhaha today over the new first-person mode in Grand Theft Auto V (PC, Xbox One and PS4). Highlighted by several articles from non-gaming outlets (of course!), they point out that you can have sex with a prostitute in a more realistic way and then kill her from a first person perspective. While this new perspective might be considered slightly more realistic than GTA V in third-person it's less sexually explicit than, say a sex scene from a mature rated TV show on ABC like How to Get Away With Murder (that's some pretty steamy stuff!).Read more
Angry Birds franchise owners Rovio announced that its latest game in the series, Angry Birds Go!, has been downloaded over 107 million times since it launched. The celebrate the latest milestone for this Angry Birds racing title, Rovio announced that it has launched a new mode - team multiplayer:Read more
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Shawn Layden is defending UK-based DriveClub developer Evolution Studios, despite continual problems with the PS4-exclusive racing game since launch. The game has been out for six weeks and in that time has been continually plagued with technical issues and problems with connectivity. The game was also supposed to be launched as a freebie for PS Plus subscribers - but that version of the game has been put on hold until everything can be ironed out.Read more
It's officially game over for G4 TV. Yeah, it's been over for awhile and the slot that was once reserved for the popular tech, geek and gaming culture network was supposed to be occupied by Esquire on a national level. But according to this Joystiq report channel owner NBC Universal l is putting an end to its G4 cable television network is going dark after more than a decade of operation. Read more
Early adopters of Frontier Developments' space exploration game Elite Dangerous are up in arms over news that the UK-based developer will dump offline single player mode in favor of an "always-online" mode. The news came via the game's weekly newsletter, where Frontier Developments founder and game series creator David Braben attempted to explain why the company decided to take this seemingly drastic step.Read more
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "When Someone Criticizes an Aspect of a Game You Like, Do You Take It Personally?." Of those who voted a majority of our readers said that they do not take criticism of their favorite game or franchise personally.Read more