'The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods' Kickstarter campaign launches

July 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Independent game developer and animator Chris de Castro has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for his first game, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods. The game is described by its creator as an experiment in narrative that uses gameplay mechanics to explore issues that surround cities such as urbanization, gentrification, immigration, urban economies, recycling, and public space.

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'Insights into Sexism' - What the study really says

July 20, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Well, this is embarrassing.

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PSA: EVO 2015 takes place this weekend

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you love fighting games, competition, and watching streams then this story will be of interest to you. This weekend in Las Vegas (well, actually right now, live) the Evolution Championship Series 2015 takes place, featuring the world's best Ultra Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros, Guilty Gear Xrd and Killer Instinct players fighting it out for top honors.

If this sounds like your kind of fun but you can't make it to Vegas, you're in luck - the event will be streamed live via Twitch.

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Research: sexism in online gaming is just good old-fashioned bullying

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study contends that sexism in video gaming culture is simply just another form of bullying. The findings come from a new study called "Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour" by researchers Michael M. Kasumovic (from the Ecology and Evolution Research Centre at the University of New South Wales) and Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff (from the Department of Integrative Studies at Miami University Middletown).

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Outspoken eSports critic leaves ESPN

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GameSpot is reporting that Colin Cowherd has left ESPN. Why does this matter to gamers? Because Cowherd has been a vocal critic of the network running eSports event coverage in the past. ESPN boss John Skipper announced Cowherd's departure from the network today in a formal statement.

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Poll: Should game journalists be part of the GamerGate discussion at the SPJ AirPlay event?

July 14, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Yesterday, Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky laid out the schedule for next month's GamerGate discussion at the AirPlay event in Florida.

Discussion participants currently include three GamerGate advocates, two journalism experts and a game developer.

Notably, there are currently no game journalists attending.

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Reddit’s chief engineer leaves the company

July 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has left the company, joining interim CEO Ellen Pao who left the high-profile online community earlier in the month. In an interview with Re/code, Blount confirmed that she was leaving the company but would not say that her departure after only two months at Reddit was due to Pao’s exit. She did say that she had "lost confidence in the new direction of the company."

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GDC Vault releases video of Satoru Iwata's 2005 GDC Keynote

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In honor of his passing, GDC Vault has made available a very important and inspiring speech from Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata today.  By way of Gamasutra, GDC Vault has made available a video of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata's 2005 Game Developer Conference keynote address, "Heart Of A Gamer."

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'Fallout 4' and 'Elder Scrolls Online' will be at QuakeCon 2015

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it shouldn't shock anyone that other Bethesda properties will be shown off at QuakeCon in August, it's still good news for those who plan on attending the annual event dedicated to id Software's popular first-person shooter franchise.

Bethesda - which is owned by Zenimax, along with id Software - announced that it would show The Elder Scrolls Online, the new DOOM, and... Fallout 4.

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New governance system having a real impact on 'League of Legends' community

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games' lead designer of social systems Jeffrey Lin has penned an article at Re/code detailing the changes that the company is making to its ultra popular MOBA League of Legends - and how these changes are having a real impact on community behavior.

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PewDiePie talks money, addresses haters in new video

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After Swedish newspaper Expressen revealed that PewDiePie (in real life 25-year-old Felix Kjellberg) made around $7 million in 2014 from his popular YouTube videos about gaming, some people took to social media to take aim at the popular Internet star. The response was mixed, but some negative articles and Internet comments proved to be enough to get Kjellberg's attention.

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'Prescription Pixel' offers a space for gamers to talk about mental health issues

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This Kotaku Australia article highlights a new web site dedicated to creating a safe space for people who like gaming and want to discuss mental health issues called Prescription Pixel. Speaking to Kotaku Australia, founder "Jennifer" (described as a YouTube broadcaster and a psychologist in her day job) says the site is meant to serve as an important resource to gamers who might find themselves isolated, feeling alone and depressed.

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Bakersfield, Calif. teacher takes aim at 'Just Dance' world record

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Bakersfield California elementary school teacher will attempt to break three world records related to Just Dance beginning on July 11.

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Reddit protests takes popular subs offline after AMA coordinator gets fired

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Parts of Reddit have been set to private - including some of the biggest gaming subreddits - in protest of "Ask Me Anything" coordinator Victoria Taylor getting fired. In response to Taylor getting sacked yesterday, several moderators have decided to set their sections to "private," effectively taking them offline for the rest of the world to peruse.

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'Gaming in Color' now available on Steam

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games documentary about the culture of gaming as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community, Gaming in Color is officially available for purchase on Steam. Distributed through Devolver Digital Films, the documentary is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, VHX, Gumroad, and Vimeo. The film will is available for a limited time for a 33 percent discount as well - for $4.01.

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PSA: 'MineCon' will be broadcast on Twitch this weekend

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Can't make it to MineCon, the annual event celebrating all things Minecraft, that is being held in London July 4 - 5? Well then we have some news that might make you feel a little bit better: parts of it will be broadcast live via Twitch.

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National Stem Video Game Challenge announces winners of 4th annual competition

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The National STEM Video Game Challenge announced today the winners of the fourth annual national competition that challenges students to develop games or game concepts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects / learning.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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'Arthur' intro remade in 'Grand Theft Auto V'

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube user Merfish is at it again with a brand new remake of a popular show using Grand Theft Auto V as his playground of choice. The latest video is a remake of the intro to the PBS Kids' show, Arthur. While it's pretty close to the opening of the show, Merfish takes some rather violent liberties with certain scenes.

You can check out the video below, though it will be a lot more amusing for those familiar with the show than those who aren't (just like the Full House intro he created earlier in the month):

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Techland makes fun of Red Bull-Destiny marketing

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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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Story Bundle offers Unwinnable, Kill Screen, and more in 'Summer Video Game Bundle'

June 24, 2015 - James Fudge

The latest bundle of digital books from the fine folks at Story Bundle offers several books and collections related to video games.

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Your penis size in 'Rust' is determined by your Steam ID

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you have a small penis in Rust, blame it on your Steam ID, according to this PC Gamer report. Apparently developer Facepunch is using Steam IDs to determine what length/size your penis will be in the game.  

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'Full House,' GTA V-Style

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

There's no better way to end a Friday then with this wacky Full House meets Grand Theft Auto V remix created by YouTuber Merfish. The video, which you can watch to your left or on YouTube recreates the opening from the popular ABC sitcom starring the Tanner family living in the wild and wonderful city of San Francisco - but featuring the trademarked violence and cast of Grand Theft Auto V.

It's fun for the whole family - if the whole family can play and watch "mature" rated content...

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Report: Mariah Carey tapped to promote 'Game of War'

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report on TMZ (as pointed out by Eurogamer), pop diva Mariah Carey has inked a "seven figure deal" to promote freemium developer Machine Zone's Game of War.

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PSA: second annual LA Cosplay Con takes place this weekend

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The second annual LA Cosplay Con returns to the Hyatt Century City Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on June 13, 2015 (this weekend). Tickets for the event are still available for this one-day event dedicated to all things cosplay and gaming-related. The event celebrates the art and culture of cosplay through competitions, panels on cosplaying and other interesting topics (like the pros and cons of becoming a "YouTube personality"), gaming events, contests, exhibitor booths, and much, much more.

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Ninja's Theory's 'Hellblade' tackles mental health issues

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Along with the very first glimpse at the new game Hellblade, developer Ninja Theory revealed that its "mysterious historical adventure" coming to PlayStation 4 and PC will feature a storyline that focuses on mental health issues.

Hellblade's story focuses on the mental health of protagonist Senua, a Celtic warrior traumatized by Viking invaders. Ninja Theory says that mental state is a central part of the story and even the gameplay because Senua has to battle "physical manifestations" of her mental illness during the course of the game.

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Justice Dept. funds teen dating violence prevention game

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Department of Justice, researchers in Rhode Island, and Colorado-based multimedia developer Klein Buendel are working together to develop a video game designed to teach eighth grade boys about teen dating violence, according to an Education World report. The project has cost nearly $800,000, according to the report.

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Uwe Boll has a NSFW message for fans and Hollywood

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Director Uwe Boll has had it with Kickstarter, Hollywood, and many of its top stars, following another unsuccessful attempt to get his latest movie funded through the crowd on the world's most popular crowd-funding platform. Uwe Boll is best known for directing the less-than-stellar game-to-movie adaptations of Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, Far Cry, Postal, and In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

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Take This and IGN team up to promote mental health awareness in the gaming community

June 5, 2015 - James Fudge

Although it was revealed earlier this month, today game-related mental health awareness charity Take This and gaming super site IGN revealed the details on their new partnership.

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Meet the 2015 inductees to The Strong's World Video Game Hall of Fame

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has announced the first games to be officially inducted in to its World Video Game Hall of Fame.  There's no denying that all of these games deserve to be put into a hall of fame; many of them either broke new ground or served as benchmarks that influenced future games and inspired game developers.

The first games to be inducted to the Hall of Fame are Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Doom, and World of Warcraft.

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PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/7/27/9050375/street-fighter-5-beta-offline-delayed Street Fighter 5 beta taken offline, now postponed indefinitely07/27/2015 - 9:51pm
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MechaTama31Re: Google+, wow. I never in a million years thought they would backpedal on that. I just resigned myself to not using commenting functions on any of their services.07/27/2015 - 6:21pm
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Andrew EisenInteresting coincidence. I tweeted about the evils of vertically oriented video just last night. https://twitter.com/AndrewEisen/status/62549836960397312007/27/2015 - 4:01pm
PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_I9-CkzDE The Great Atari Ransack (The Jimquisition) Warning Vertical video syndrome in one scene07/27/2015 - 3:40pm
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MechaCrashGoogle drops Google+ requirements for YouTube and other services: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/27/google-is-dropping-its-google-requirement-across-all-products-starting-with-youtube/07/27/2015 - 12:55pm
benohawkThat still isn't Steam pay royalties. At best it is Bethesda not being willing to relicense the music,07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
Infophile(cont'd) different service. This often happened with TV shows, where music was only licensed for broadcast, but not for DVD release. So for many older shows, they either have to relicense it or use different/no music for the DVD release.07/27/2015 - 12:36pm
Infophile@benohawk: It most likely comes down to the original licensing agreement for the music in it. Often those agreements only license it for the medium it first releases in, so it has to be re-licensed if it's rereleased in a different form or through a ...07/27/2015 - 12:35pm
benohawkWhy would steam be paying royalties on anything in quake?07/27/2015 - 12:01pm
black mantaI recommend using the KMQuake II patch which supports .ogg music files, then downloading the music from someplace, then dropping it in to a music folder into the \baseq2 directory.07/27/2015 - 10:32am
black mantaI got Quake 2 during the Steam Quakecon sale. Funny thing is, there's no music for it! Guess Steam didn't want to pay the royalty fees or something.07/27/2015 - 10:30am
black mantaLike EZK, I also have a backlog of games. Right now I'm playing Crysis 3 for the first time, and replaying Quake 2.07/27/2015 - 10:29am
E. Zachary KnightZippy, No. It is because I have a backlog of games a mile long and have not bought to many new games, which includes Mass Effect.07/27/2015 - 9:28am
 

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