Report: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star to direct 'Minecraft' movie

July 22, 2015

A Minecraft movie is in the works (this you probably already know) but Deadline has the scoop on who is going to be directing the film based on Mojang and Microsoft's popular open-world building and survival sandbox game. According to Deadline, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator, writer and co-star Rob McElhenney will direct the film being created by Warner Bros.

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SPJ AirPlay organizers remind everyone that its August 15 event is 'free'

July 22, 2015

In the latest update to SPJ Airplay's blog, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky emphasizes that the event is free and open to the public. If you haven't been paying attention, SPJ AirPlay will take place August 15 in Miami, Florida and will feature multiple panels discussing the social media-based movement GamerGate, "ethics in games journalism," and - generally - how to cover online movements.

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Microsoft records Xbox One gains and a big loss on Nokia

July 22, 2015

While Microsoft may have registered a year-over-year decline of five percent in revenue for the fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter, the company is saying that its Xbox One console is doing pretty well. First the bad news: revenues were down five percent from the same period a year ago - coming in at $22.2 billion, down from $23.4 billion. The company also reported a loss of $2.1 billion for the quarter, mostly due to a $7.5 billion write-down related to its Nokia smartphone business acquisition…

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Poll: How do you feel about not knowing which race and gender you'll play as in Rust?

July 21, 2015

In the PC survival game Rust, your player character is unique to you.  Using your Steam ID as a key, the game randomly generates your character's look - including race and gender.

So, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

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'Humble Jumbo Bundle 4' launches

July 21, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle offers a lovely bunch of indie titles for cheap, along with a number of other special offers rolled in to make the deal spicier.

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 lets you pay whatever you want for Mercenary Kings, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, and Outland - Special Edition.

Pay more than the average price to also get The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, The Stanley Parable, Endless Space - Emperor Edition, a Humble Store 25 percent off Medieval Engineers coupon (expires August 18, 2015).

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EFF launches tool for unfettered advocacy

July 21, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new web-based tool to help Americans quickly locate and contact their elected representatives in Washington D.C. to highlight support for opposition to tech and privacy issues, copyright and trademark law, surveillance law and international trade agreements and treaties.

EFF said it made the tool available to the public after it tried using Google to search for lawmakers and ended up getting results inundated with paid political ads.

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Mod DB & Indie DB join the Gamer Network family

July 21, 2015

Gamer Network, which owns and operates sites such as GamesIndustry.biz and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, has brought two popular sites into the fold. The company announced today that popular developer-driven database sites Mod DB and Indie DB are joining the network.

Both sites have been around for over a decade and are dedicated to the communities surrounding fan and indie-made creations of all shapes, scopes, and sizes.

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European Women in Games Conference set for Sept. 2

July 21, 2015

Organizers of the fifth annual European Women in Games Conference announced today that it will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at the University of Westminster (in London, England).  The conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards.

Speakers confirmed so far for this year's event include Andy Payne, Chairman of video games industry trade group Ukie; Vicky Smalley CTO of Small Jelly; and Claire Tavernier, owner and managing director of StoryTech Life.

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Xbox 360 disc-scratching class action lawsuit will proceed

July 21, 2015

Microsoft will still have to face the music on a lawsuit involving its Xbox 360 damaging game discs. Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals justices Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Carlos T. Bea voted against Microsoft's petition to rehear the case with a larger group of judges (En Banc hearing).

According to the decision, "No further petitions for rehearing or rehearing en banc will be accepted." In March the court ruled that the Xbox 360 disc-scratching case could move forward as a class-action lawsuit.

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New 'GTA V' update for PC could break online mods

July 21, 2015

While Rockstar Games' new update for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 fixes frame-rate issues, it may also break mods, the company said in announcing the update. After the release of GTA 5 update 1.28, some PC players claimed they were getting lower frame-rates while playing GTA Online. A new title update released today fixes this issue, Rockstar said, but it may also break some of your favorite modifications.

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Edge Case Games secures $1.3 million in funding for 'Fractured Space'

July 21, 2015

Edge Case Games has received a total funding of $1.3 Million (£850,000), led by the UK-based investment firm Mercia Technologies.  The company said that it will use the investment to "accelerate development and help to push the technological boundaries of its team-based space combat game."  Edge Case games is the developer and publisher of Fractured Space, a team-based space combat fought in "gigantic capital ships" the promises to combine "the intensity of a shooter and the big-picture-thinking of a strategy game."

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'Camelot Unchained' beta delayed

July 21, 2015

The beta test for Camelot Unchained, an ambitious MMO that was crowd-funded on Kickstarter and is being developed by former Mythic Entertainment founder Mark Jacobs, has been delayed until next year. Jacobs and Mythic Entertainment are best know for developing the popular MMO Age of Camelot. The company was eventually bought by EA and went on to developer Warhammer Online. Now Mythic mostly works on the long-running MMO Ultima Online for EA.

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UK agencies CMA and ASA looking into three games over questionable marketing practices

July 21, 2015

In a release dated June 4, 2015 UK regulatory agency the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed that it has referred three online games to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to consider whether to launch investigations.  The games, which were not revealed in the release, are being looked into specifically for questionable marketing of in-app micro-purchases aimed at children/their parents.

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Wii U version of 'Project CARS' cancelled

July 21, 2015

Nintendo Life is reporting that the Wii U version of the ambitious racing game Project CARS has been cancelled.  Slightly Mad Studios boss Ian Bell told the publication in a brief statement that the game is simply "too much" for the Wii U hardware and that it is awaiting an announcement from Nintendo on its newest console - currently codenamed "NX." Nintendo has already indicated that it won't be talking about thi Read more

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Retired Senator: Edward Snowden should be hung in public

July 20, 2015

For every person in our country who believes that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (pictured, left) is a hero for leaking hundreds or thousands of classified documents about the agency's various secret spying programs that targeted American citizens to the media, there's another who thinks he is a traitor who should face the full measure of justice if he ever returns to the United States. Then there's a whole contingent of people who want to go old school on him. One of those people is former Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss.

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Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
Mattsworknameimproperly. Neither is good, but one is on the edge of censorship to me, while the other is demanding some level of accountability from public media provider. but thats just my view point07/28/2015 - 8:36pm
MattsworknameEZK: You can treat it as bullying or what not, As I've pointed out, I didn't like either practice, I made that clear. But I do hold some different between trying to pull a product from the shelves, and calling out a media outlet that you feel has acted07/28/2015 - 8:35pm
E. Zachary KnightMatt, So you feel confident enough to make the call that petitioning target to remove GTAV is "bullying and threatening" but not confident enough to make the call on Intel/Gamasutra. Finding it hard to take your gripes seriously.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAs for gamers holding media sites accountable? If you mean, how to respond to opinion pieces you disagree with, yes, there are tons of more appropriate means.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAgain, no one likes being lumped in with the bad apples. Gamers or feminists so lets all strive not to do that, yes? Could the petitioners gone about it a better way? Yes, it could have been more factual in its petition, for starters.07/28/2015 - 8:25pm
 

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