Developers Sound Off On Metacritic

February 20, 2015

MCV has an interesting report on the shifting attitudes of the media and game developers towards review aggregation site Metacritic. Eurogamer, which recently eliminated reviews scores altogether from its reviews earlier this month, thinks the biggest problem with Metacritic is how certain parts of the industry use metascores to approve or deny developer bonuses, among other issues.

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T-Mobile Unconcerned About Reclassification

February 20, 2015

While some mobile carriers are proclaiming that the sky will fall if the FCC approves measures to reclassify broadband and mobile as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (in effect giving it the legal authority to regulate both industries) at the end of the month, mobile phone service provider T-Mobile seems to be taking all of it in stride.

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Nepro Japan Acquires Tri-Ace

February 20, 2015

Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile developer Tri-Ace has been acquired by Japanese mobile gaming company Nepro Japan. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fans of these and other Tri-Ace games are concerned that these franchises might be seriously hurt - particularly when it comes to future titles being proliferated on other platforms that aren't mobile in nature.

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'Underworld Ascendant' Gets Steam Greenlight Approval

February 20, 2015

Even as OtherSide Entertainment's spiritual sequel to the Ultima Underworld series inches ever so much closer to getting funded on Kickstarter, it has already managed to get approved by the Steam Greenlight community. While this is good news for those interested in what former Looking Glass Studios developers are capable of creating, the team still needs to raise $111,883 to hit its base crowd-funding goal of $600,000 on Kickstarter. Read more

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GDC Micro-Talk Offers Ten Speakers in One Hour

February 20, 2015

Ten speakers. One hour. That's the premise of the Game Developers Conference micro-talk, "One Hour, Ten Speakers, Games and Play, and Us." The talk features ten industry professionals - academics, developers, and journalists - who have approximately six minutes each to deliver something solid on a topic they think attendees might find interesting and/or thought-provoking.

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'Data Caps Are The Law,' Comcast CS Rep. Tells One Customer

February 20, 2015

A mildly amusing thread on Reddit captures an exchange between a customer and a Comcast customer service rep. complaining about data caps on his broadband connection and an ever increasing bill. As he decides to cancel his Comcast account, the company rep. tells him that data caps are used by all ISPs these days because, "they are mandated by law."

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'Camera Obscura' Celebrates Steam Launch With Charity Drive For Get-Well Gamers

February 19, 2015

Indie puzzler Camera Obscura launches on Steam today, and to celebrate developer Anteater Games announced that it will give a portion of each sale to Get-Well Gamers for a limited time.

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Play With a Friend: Humble Bundle Co-op 2

February 19, 2015

The latest humble Weekly Bundle is all about cooperative play with friends and family. Humble Bundle Co-op 2 lets you pay whatever you want for Hero Siege, ibb & obb - Best Friends Forever Double Pack, and Shadow Puppeteer.

If you are willing and able to pay more than the average price, you'll also get Damned and Hammerwatch.

Paying $10 or more, will get you two more games - Contagion and FORCED.

Finally, if you will pay $17 or more you can get duplicates of all these games so you can give them to friends and family.

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Sega Networks Spends Big on Western Developers

February 19, 2015

Sega's mobile arm Sega Networks announced today that it has acquired independent developer Demiurge Studios. Sega says that this purchase is part of series of investments in the "Western market." Sega Network also announced that it has taken a major stake in San Francisco start-up Ignited Artists and London-based Space Ape Games.

Sega did not reveal financial details on any of these deals.

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iOS Version of 'The World Ends With You' Pulled from Apple App Store

February 19, 2015

Square Enix has pulled iOS version of The World Ends With You: Solo Remix from the Apple App Store after user complaints about the game finally got some attention from a Kotaku report. According to that report, the game hasn't worked for months - since the release of the latest major iOS update. Square Enix finally decided to pull the game from the store so no one else buys it as it works on fixing the issues.

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Couple Plays 'Call of Duty' While Infant Suffers From Brain Injuries

February 19, 2015

A couple from South Yorkshire, England are currently on trial for their part in giving their infant son brain damage. According to a report in The Star, the couple (who are not named) played a newly launched "Call of Duty" video game while their four-month-old son lay in his crib with a severe brain injury, according to what the court was told by prosecutors at the couple's ongoing trial.

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Tim Schaefer Defends Peter Molyneux

February 19, 2015

In his latest video update to talk about the progress of Broken Age, Double Fine's Tim Schaefer took a little bit of time to share his thoughts on 22Cans founder Peter Molyneux's treatment by the press in the last week or so.

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Buffalo Mayor Announces 48-Hour Game Jam to Create Pro-Buffalo Serious Game

February 19, 2015

Buffalo, New York Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the Serious Computer Game Design Competition on Wednesday, a 48-hour game jam to create a serious game for a prize of $5,000. The video game must promote diversity, job-training skills, and represent Buffalo in a futuristic way.

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BioWare Co-Founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk Returns To Gaming

February 19, 2015

BioWare's co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk surprised everyone in 2012 when he announced that he was leaving the company and stepping away from gaming - perhaps forever. But it appears that his retirement from all things that might be considered gaming was short lived; Zeschuk has joined the board of Biba, a Vancouver-based app developer making mobile augmented reality apps that work with playground equipment aimed at young children.

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Epic Games Offers $5 Million in Grants to Unreal Engine 4 Developers

February 19, 2015

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced a new program that will dole out grants to games being built using its game engine technology, Unreal Engine 4. Sweeney said that developers of all shapes and sizes and in all regions of the world are eligible to receive grants. The only requirement is that the game you are working on must have a working prototype and it must be nominated for a grant by someone.

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ConsterDon't 'beauty rags' already get plenty of criticism?02/27/2015 - 9:02am
ZippyDSMleeEh still rather subjective… the haters would be better off going after teen and beauty rags and magazines than fiction, fiction follows reality and going after fiction tends to turn into a bullying fest’s… plus its fiction its unrealistic to start with….02/27/2015 - 1:10am
MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
E. Zachary KnightAE. Very true. I think that is where I was going, but it didn't come out right. Jack Harkness is sexy but not objectified. Whereas, a women would have to be objectified in order to be "sexy" in most games.02/26/2015 - 8:26pm
E. Zachary KnightAnd as Andrew pointed out, there is a big difference between a sexualized man, and an idealized man. But for some reason, there is no distinction between women in games. For the most part.02/26/2015 - 8:25pm
Andrew EisenI think one of the issues we run into repeatedly with these conversations is the confusion over "sexy" and "sexually objectified."02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightYet, for some reason, in orde rto have a sexualized women, she must be wearing lingerie or a bikini. Can't women be sexual and still dress for the job at hand?02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
 

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