'BasedGamer' Raises 22 Percent of its Funding Goal

November 19, 2014

The crowd-funding campaign for BasedGamer has raised $11,163 of its $50,000 goal (around 22 percent) with 40 days left to go in the campaign. The campaign for this project started on November 13 and will close on December 28.

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EFF Announces 'Let's Encrypt'

November 19, 2014

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.

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Netflix Coming to Australia and New Zealand in Q1 2015

November 19, 2014

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.

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EA CFO Thinks Microsoft Will Catch Up With Sony After The Holiday Season

November 19, 2014

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."

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Senate Fails to Pass 'USA Freedom Act'

November 19, 2014

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.

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EA Will Not Release 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' in India

November 18, 2014

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

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Jack Thompson Guest-Stars in Latest #TheSarkeesianEffect Teaser Video

November 18, 2014

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.

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Rockstar Fixing Problems With 'GTA V' Profile Transfers to PS4, Xbox One

November 18, 2014

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.

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Grand Theft Auto V's First-Person Sex With a Prostitute

November 18, 2014

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!).

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'Angry Birds Go!' Downloaded 107 Million Times

November 18, 2014

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:

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SCEA President Defends Evolution Studios Handling of 'DriveClub'

November 18, 2014

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.

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G4 Officially Shutting Down Nov. 30

November 18, 2014

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

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Frontier Developments Faces Backlash Over Turning 'Elite Dangerous' Into an Always-Online Game

November 18, 2014

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.

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New Zealand's Rating Board Head Not Happy With Companies Avoiding Classification

November 18, 2014

New Zealand's chief censor in charge of rating games is not happy with some game developers and publishers who are skirting the classifications process in the country by launching them digitally, according to this NZ Gamer report.

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Poll Results: When Someone Criticizes an Aspect of a Game You Like, Do You Take It Personally?

November 17, 2014

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.

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Andrew EisenNo but it is defaulting to a very low volume. Not muted though.11/20/2014 - 10:14pm
MaskedPixelanteIs anyone else experiencing this weird Youtube glitch where, no matter what you had the volume set at last time, it defaults to muted no matter what?11/20/2014 - 10:07pm
MechaTama31What was wrong with Remember Me? I liked that one... >.>11/20/2014 - 8:50pm
AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character? SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
 

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