Watch the SPJ AirPlay live steam right here

August 15, 2015

We're going to have a recap later today but you can watch the live stream right here on GamePolitics and join in the conversation. The first panel focusing on "ethics in games journalism" will start at around 10:15 am ET (after a brief description of what GamerGate is), followed by a break for lunch and then a second panel at around 1:00 pm ET.

The full schedule can be found below:

10:00 - 10:15 am – What  is GamerGate?


10:15 am - Noon – Five examples of gaming journalism


LUNCH BREAK

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PSA: SPJ AirPlay takes place August 15

August 14, 2015

A friendly reminder that tomorrow SPJ AirPlay takes place in Miami, Florida and it will be  streamed live throughout the day. The day-long event will discuss "ethics in games journalism" and how to cover online movements, with a keen focus on GamerGate.  

The SPJ Florida chapter revealed details about the event today, but the live feed link won't be announced until tomorrow in the interest of security (read: they don't want to give attackers an extended amount of time to DDoS it, etc.).

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Nintendo pulls 'Ironfall: Invasion' from 3DS eShop over exploit

August 14, 2015

Nintendo has pulled a game from the 3DS eShop after it was revealed that it could be used to enable homebrew games and software. The "Ironhax" exploit showed off by coder Jordan "Smealum" Rabet in a recent video has not been released to the public, but the game is no longer available on the eShop in Europe and North America. The game, Ironfall: Invasion, was a free download, which made it particularly attractive to those who might want to utilize it to enable homebrew software.

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American Psychological Association report claims link between violent games and aggression

August 14, 2015

Update: Stetson University psychology professor Chris Ferguson speaks to Game Informer about why this new report from the APA is inherently flawed.  It's a lot to chew on, but basically he explains why this latest research report seems to be steered by an anti-game agenda.

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Epic warns community about phishing scam

August 14, 2015

Epic Games is warning its community that Phishing attacks are being aimed at people claiming to be from Epic Games. In a tweet and on its forums Epic warned people that these emails are bogus and an attempt to steal your private information.

"Epic is experiencing a phishing attack, the company's official Twitter account wrote. "DO NOT CLICK LINKS in emails claiming to be from us for now. Investigation continues."

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Guillermo Del Toro done with trying to make video games

August 14, 2015

In a newly published interview at Shacknews, film and TV director Guillermo Del Toro said that he is done trying to make video games.  In the interview, which was conducted a few weeks ago at San Diego Comic-Con, Del Toro said that every video game company he has been involved with seemed to be cursed by his association.

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LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship now accepting applications

August 14, 2015

Organizers of the LOFT (Leaders on the Fast Track) Video Game Innovation Fellowship announced that it is now accepting applications. The fellowship program is the creation of the Entertainment Software Association and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Its goal is to give 20 young people ages 15-25 grants to fund a game-related endeavor. The grants allow recipients to continue developing their game-related projects, which will be presented at the White House, members of Congress, and national community leaders in October. Submissions are open until September 15.

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'Afterlife Empire' delayed

August 14, 2015

A post on The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) web site this morning announces that Afterlife Empire has been delayed. The game was set to launch today on Steam, but apparently some of the bugs encountered by backers are extreme enough that it warrants a bit more quality assurance and testing time.

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Studio Wildcard launches mod tools for 'ARK: Survival Evolved'

August 14, 2015

ARK: Survival Evolved makers have launched the ARK Dev Kit, which allows players to mod the game. In addition it has announced a modding contest co-sponsored by PC maker Alienware. The ARK Dev Kit is a streamlined version of the UE4 Editor to simplify the creation and sharing process of mods for ARK: Survival Evolved. It is available to download now for free via the Epic Games Launcher. Modders can generate their own ARK items, weapons, creatures, maps and game modes to share with ARK community.

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'Fallout Shelter' Android leaderboards hacked

August 13, 2015

We're not sure if it was mere minutes, hours, or seconds after it was released on Android but the leaderboard for Bethesda's Fallout Shelter has already been hacked, according to this Polygon report. The strategy sim game for mobile set in the Fallout universe was released this morning on Google Play. Sometime shortly after it was released somebody already managed to hack the game's Android leaderboards.

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Nintendo fires employee over podcast appearance

August 13, 2015

Kotaku has an interesting story on Nintendo localization editor Chris Pranger, who was fired by Nintendo for appearing on a podcast. Nintendo, like other Japanese companies, keeps its employees on a short leash, and does not want them talking outside of official channels.

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Intel makes inroads in diversifying its workforce in the first half of 2015

August 13, 2015

According to Intel's mid-year diversity report released yesterday, the 43.3 percent of the people it hired in the United States over the last six months were either female, African American, Hispanic or Native American. The hiring period highlighted in the report was roughly January - July, 2015.

Of the 2,944 people the company hired since January, 1,035 were women, 139 were African American, 222 were Hispanic and nine were Native American, according to Intel's report.

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'Humble Weekly Bundle: The Return of Space Boy' launches

August 13, 2015

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is all about space games and supporting space-related charities. The Humble Weekly Bundle: The Return of Space Boy lets you pay what you want for Steam Marines, ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS, and StarMade (Early Access).

If you are willing to pay more than the average price, you'll also receive Interplanetary, STARWHAL, and Edge of Space (Early Access).

Paying $10 or more will get you all of that plus Reassembly.

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Survey says video games and technology are an integral part of teen friendships

August 13, 2015

Last week, Pew Research Center released the results of a survey of 1,060 teens aged 13 to 17 and found that technology such as video games, mobile phones and social media platforms are an integral part of how kids today make and maintain friendships.

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PewDiePie and Smosh Games nominated for a VH1 Streamy Award

August 13, 2015

VH1 today announced the nominees for the fifth Annual Streamy Awards. The Streamy Awards are billed as a multi-platform event honoring the best in YouTube, online video and the creators behind it. The event will air live on VH1 and its digital platforms from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm ET/delayed PT.

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RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am
Big PermI've never heard if Apple was dominant in Japan.08/28/2015 - 11:25am

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