France makes changes to cultural tax breaks for games

June 25, 2015

The French government has let up on restrictions required to get a cultural tax break for the development of "18" rated games, GamesIndustry.biz reports. According to the report, the program has been improved in three ways:

Tax breaks for games rated 18 by PEGI can now apply - prior to this change they were automatically disqualified.

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Content in 'Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition' will be sold separately

June 25, 2015

After an interview with Eurogamer went a bit off the rails and may have put Bungie in a less than flattering light (basically the contention was over existing owners of Destiny having to buy content they already owned in the fancy new Collector's Edition in order to get a handful of new in-game items and perks), the company has decided that the Collector's Edition content for the upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King will be sold separately.

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'Fallout Shelter' played 70 million times a day

June 25, 2015

Bethesda Softworks gleefully announced this morning that Fallout Shelter – the company's free-to-play iOS app set in Fallout universe - is the top downloaded game in 48 countries and the top downloaded app of any kind in 25 countries following its release last week. Fallout Shelter also remains the number 1 most downloaded free game on the App Store. In the first week following its release, play sessions of Fallout Shelter have surpassed 70 million times a day by fans globally, according to Bethesda.

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' developer offering $100 bounty for hack reports

June 25, 2015

Developer Studio Wildcard announced today that it will give a $100 bounty to players of its early access game to anyone who reports hacks being used in its upcoming dinosaur themed survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to the developer's post on Steam, bounties are for "hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers." Those looking to make some quick cash can send a note to info@studiowildcard.com.

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Report: Apple banning games that feature the Confederate Flag

June 25, 2015

It's one thing to display a Confederate Flag on a state capitol building; it's quite another to ban a game because it uses it in a historical context. Apple is wading into that murky territory today, it seems. According to this Touch Arcade report, that is exactly what Apple is doing. Read more

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Shenmue 3 creator: Sony and Shibuya Productions will not see a 'cent of your Kickstarter dollars'

June 25, 2015

In a new update to the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Shenmue 3, series creator Yu Suzuki attempts to clarify how the $3.6 million raised since last week will be spent and how Sony's backing will help him and his development studio Ys Net spend all of the money on the development of the game (and not on things like marketing and PR).

Suzuki is adamant that no backer money will go to development partners Sony and Shibuya Entertainment, but he still doesn't explain just how big of an investment Sony is making in the project:

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Rocksteady suspends sales of 'Batman: Arkham Knight' on Steam

June 25, 2015

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Rocksteady Studios have decided that it would be in everyone's best interest to no longer offer the PC / Steam version of Batman: Arkham Knight. As of this writing the game is no longer available for purchase on Steam and the product page for the game offers a simple message:

"Sales of Batman: Arkham Knight have been temporarily suspended while Warner Brothers works to address performance issues."

The developer and publisher of the game have also pulled the game from retailers as well.

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Green Man Gaming promises refunds for 'Batman: Arkham Knight' customers

June 24, 2015

Retailer Green Man Gaming announced via its blog today that it will give refunds to customers who bought the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight a refund if developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment don't fix the myriad of performance issues the game is suffering from.

And while GMG hopes that an upcoming patch will fix the problems, it also notes that it is ready to reimburse customers for the purchase if it comes down to doing that.

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Nintendo: over one million units of 'Splatoon' sold worldwide

June 24, 2015

Splatoon, Nintendo's popular squid-kid based ink multiplayer shooter for the Wii U, has sold more than one million units worldwide according to an announcement from the company today. That sales figure includes both digital and physical retails sales around the world.

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Techland makes fun of Red Bull-Destiny marketing

June 24, 2015

After Bungie and Activision announced an exclusive quest in the upcoming Taken King expansion would be tied to buying Red Bull products, Dying Light developer Techland offered a little satire of the whole situation.

The developer wrote took a jab at the marketing campaign for Destiny with the following message on Twitter:

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'DriveClub' for PS Plus subscribers sort of available tomorrow....

June 24, 2015

Sony says that the PlayStation Plus version of its online racing title DriveClub will finally be made available to subscribers - but it says that it is launching it with some cautionary warnings to users and in offline mode to start.

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida on the PlayStation blog described a roll-out of the game that may very well taste the patience of PS Plus subscribers who have already shown saintly patience in waiting for this game - it was supposed to be launched earlier this year for subscribers.

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Bradley University game design students release game about type 2 diabetes

June 24, 2015

Game design students at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois have released a mobile game to show the effects of blood sugar imbalances in those with type 2 diabetes. The game is called  Coco’s Cove, and puts players in control of a cute little monkey in a multi-level puzzle game that illustrates the ups and downs of someone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A subtle gameplay mechanic changes how the player moves through the level in a light-hearted, amusing way.

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Rocksteady offers recommended specs for PC version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

June 24, 2015

We're not sure if Rocksteady Studios' response to performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be met with much joy among those gamers who bought the game when it launched yesterday on Steam. In a lengthy post on Steam, the developer laid out suggested settings for various PC configurations, and many of them are below the expected threshold of 1080p running at 60 fps.

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People Can Fly flies solo again

June 24, 2015

People Can Fly is once again an independent studio. The Poland-based developer responsible for such hits as Painkiller and Bulletstorm is no longer under the auspices of Epic Games. While terms of the amicable split from Epic were not disclosed, the studio says that it will continue to work with Epic on game projects and to use its Unreal Engine 4 game engine technology for an upcoming and unannounced title.

People Can Fly also worked on Gears of War: Judgment, Epic's upcoming Fortnite game, the iOS title Infinity Blade III and Unreal Tournament.

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Andrew EisenSee? Suggestions for improvements that involve taking things away do not mean the work is garbage or performing poorly, critically or commercially.07/01/2015 - 9:29pm
Andrew EisenSkyward Sword is spiff-a-rific but it would be an improved experience if the game didn't explain what each item and rupee was every single time you picked them up!07/01/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenHere's another: De Blob is a ton of fun but it would be improved without motion controls. Incidentally, THQ heard our cries, removed motion controls for the sequel and it was a better game for it!07/01/2015 - 9:24pm
Andrew EisenI'll give you an example: Arkham Knight is a ton of fun but the tank sucks and the game would be even better without it.07/01/2015 - 9:23pm
Goth_SkunkWell clearly we're diametrically opposed about that.07/01/2015 - 9:03pm
Andrew EisenNot even remotely true.07/01/2015 - 8:59pm
Goth_SkunkIt is, if the suggestion involves taking something away from a product in order to make it better.07/01/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenOffering suggestions for improvement does not mean that the work in question is garbage or not doing fine.07/01/2015 - 8:21pm
Goth_SkunkIf their products were garbage, they wouldn't be as praiseworthy as they are.07/01/2015 - 8:08pm
Goth_SkunkAnd Andrew, I really don't think GRRM or the producers of the Game of Thrones TV show need anyone to tell them what to do to make their products better.They appear to be doing just fine on their own.07/01/2015 - 8:07pm
Goth_SkunkThe only thing not worth talking about, is what shouldn't be talked about.07/01/2015 - 7:47pm
Goth_Skunk@Infophile: It could be a reason, if I were wrong. I'm not.07/01/2015 - 7:44pm
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/steam-players-take-justice-into-their-own-hands-virtua-1715215648 anyone seen this, Steam Players Make Their Own Justice, Virtually Imprison Troll07/01/2015 - 7:17pm
Andrew EisenHeh, just had our (IGN's) journalistic integrity called into question over two typos on one of the Wikis (which are editable by the readers).07/01/2015 - 6:08pm
Matthew Wilson@tech this isnt the only stupid tax in recent months though. they were adding a commuter tax as well. if they continue doing crap like this, they will run in to the same issues as Detroit.07/01/2015 - 5:34pm
TechnogeekI guess we can give Chicago credit for diversifying their portfolio of corruption, although they've still got a lot of work before they retake that crown from Louisiana.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
TechnogeekEh, cities abusing taxation power for their own game isn't really a "Detroit" thing so much as a "corrupt small town" thing.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/chicago-netflix-customers-your-bill-is-about-to-up-9-percent/ Chicago wants to become the new Detroit so be it.07/01/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileAnd also, she said "anyone," but she also said "probably." This means there's a subset for whom the "you shouldn't write it" doesn't apply.07/01/2015 - 4:47pm
InfophileGoing back a bit: "As I believe there is no justification, there is no reason for me to continue reading." - One reason to read might be to find out if you're wrong about there being no justification for it.07/01/2015 - 4:45pm
 

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