US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has always been opposed to the FCC regulating anything, but she has been particularly outspoken about the FCC's Open Internet Order since it was introduced in 2010. To that point, Rep. Blackburn recently said that she wants to make sure the FCC never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks.Read more
A new Kickstarter has been launched for a game called Ninja Pizza Girl. Indie developer Disparity Games describes it as "a serious game about bullying, emotional resilience – and pizza delivering ninjas!"Read more
In an article on Gamasutra, game developer and president of Game Mechanics John Ardussi claims that 150,000 views of a YouTube video featuring a game only generates about 10 game sales.
Ardussi did not detail how he came to this conclusion, and not all games have that kind of sales performance as it relates to YouTube exposure. In other words, mileage may vary.
But Ardussi still has doubts that YouTube exposure generally stimulates sales in any significant way.Read more
The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho announced today in a joint press release that they will join Anna Smith's legal team in her challenge of the government's bulk collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans.Read more
In a lengthy public comment to the FCC on net neutrality, Comcast said that it "would not be opposed" to a new standard (proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler and tentatively approved by an FCC vote) in which paid prioritization arrangements are considered commercially unreasonable unless proven otherwise. Comcast wrote:Read more
People who are trying to sell their Oculus Rift headset pre-orders on eBay may run into a road block put down by the virtual reality headset maker. According to TechCrunch, Oculus VR reacted quickly when a listing (since deleted) was spotted on eBay.
Basically if the company finds a listing on eBay they will figure out who is selling it and cancel their pre-order.Read more
Watch a random video on YouTube and it's probably some person playing a video game. Or talking about a video game.
Or it's a cat.
Point is, a lot of people record videos of themselves playing video games. Some of them (26% of producers with over 5000 subscribers according to Gamasutra's small survey) received money from the game's publisher/developer to make the video.Read more
A new website launched for a company staffed by former Infinity Ward employees who plan on making games for virtual reality devices such as Oculus, mobile devices, and current-generation consoles. The company is called Reload Studios, and according to the site, it is staffed by former Call of Duty artists, producers, and developers.Read more
UK charity SpecialEffect will receive over £10,000 in funding thanks to runners in the recent British 10k. Those participants who ran for the charity include staff from Disney, EA, Microsoft, Rare, IGN, New Star, Firefly, Green Man, and Bandai Namco. All of the companies helped raise that final total, which will go towards the charity's goal of helping those with disabilities.Read more
If you love X-Com, then you'll be interested to know that four X-Com games have been added to the Humble Bundle's latest bundle - the Humble 2K Bundle.
Pay $1 or whatever you want for BioShock, The Darkness II and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
If you pay more than the average price (currently at $8.05), you can get your hands on BioShock 2, Mafia II, Spec Ops: The Line, and the X-COM: Complete Pack (X-COM: UFO Defense, Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor, and Enforcer).Read more
The Federal Communications Commission was forced to extend the deadline for comments today after the public, interest groups, and others flooded the agency websites with comments today and caused it to crash. Now the public will have until midnight on Friday to comment on the agency’s controversial fast-lane net neutrality proposal. Those who haven't already can file a comment by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in on the proposal. Anyone who wants to respond to initial comments filed with the FCC has until September to file additional comments.Read more
A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.
The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.Read more