AGDQ Event Raises $1.5 Million For Prevent Cancer Foundation

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick held a 160-hour speed-running marathon (Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ) all last week in the hopes of raising at least $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The annual marathon gaming session ran from January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia and was broadcast live on Twitch as well.

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The 'Take This Podcast' Launches

January 9, 2015 - James Fudge

In the inaugural episode of the Take This Podcast - the official podcast for the mental health awareness organization that serves the gaming community - executive director and co-founder Russ Pitts shares the story of his realization that he was suffering from an anxiety disorder and what he finally decided to do about it.

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Devolver Digital Launching 'Devolver Live' Tomorrow

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie publisher Devolver Digital will be hosting movies every Friday on its Twitch channel (which it is calling "Devolver Live"). Starting tomorrow, Devolver Digital brings you a weekly series of live screenings of game related movie titles on Twitch. The series kicks off tomorrow, January 9, 2015, with each film airing every Friday at 2:15pm PST on www.twitch.tv/twitch. In addition to screening the film Devolver Digital will offer a live chat with filmmakers.

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AbleGamers Names 'Bayonetta 2' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamers with disabilities charity AbleGamers has announced its 2014 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award winner. The annual AbleGamers' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award aims to highlight excellence in accessible game design and is awarded to developers that make intentional choices to include accessibility in their games. This year the organization dedicated to helping gamers with disabilities find tools and hardware to allow them to play their favorite games chose one game above all others: Bayonetta 2.

Four Editors Leave IGN To Launch 'Kinda Funny Games'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four of IGN's top editors have "left" the site to focus on making videos under the banner of a new series called "Kinda Funny Games." We say "kind of left" because several of the departing editors will still be doing some work for the company on an ongoing basis.

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PSA: 'Awesome Games Done Quick' Charity Event Kicks Off This Weekend

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick will kick off its 160-hour AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event this Sunday, January 4. The annual marathon gaming session runs from January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch as well. Once again this year the speed running group will be playing to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Patrick Klepek Joins Kotaku

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an introductory post on Kotaku, former GiantBomb news editor Patrick Klepek announces that he has joined the Kotaku editorial team as its new senior reporter. Klepek announced his exit from GiantBomb last week, though he had officially left the site a long time before that.

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The Porn Charity Hosting First Event to Fund Merit -Based STEM Scholarship

January 2, 2015 - Jamers Fudge

There's no denying that "sex sells," but can it be used as a force for positive change in the right hands? Adult Entertainment star Mercedes Carrera is doing her level best to prove that adult entertainment stars can be powerful fundraising allies for charities willing to give them a chance.

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#GamerGate Political Attitudes Part Two: Old Liberals vs. New Progressives

December 30, 2014 - Allum Bokhari

This is the second (and final) article in a series analyzing the political attitudes of GamerGate, based on online polling conducted between the 18th and the 22nd of December.

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Bandai Namco Clarifies Its Position On GamerGate

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gameranx offers a rebuttal to a Reddit thread (on the popular GamerGate hangout Kotaku in Action) which implied that Bandai Namco Games was either neutral or supportive of the social media movement. In the KIA thread, an email from an unnamed Bandai Namco customer support representative offered the following response:

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Editorial: #GamerGate Political Attitudes, Part 1- Is The Movement Right-Wing?

December 29, 2014 - Allum Bokhari

This is part one of a series analyzing the political attitudes of GamerGate, based on an online survey conducted between the 18th and the 22nd of December. The full data tables can be found HERE, and an overview of the results can be found HERE

Rob Pardo: Video Games Should Be An Olympic Sport

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Blizzard Entertainment chief creative officer Rob Pardo says that e-sports should be included in the Olympic games because of the very broad definition of what is considered a sport today.

Speaking on the Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live, Pardo (who left Blizzard this summer) said that video games are in a good position to be a popular sport to watch among viewers:

"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport," he told Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live.

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Operation Supply Drop Named The Official and Exclusive Charity at Future UMG Gaming Events

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video-game themed military charity Operation Supply Drop, and veteran-owned gaming event organizer UMG Gaming announced today that Operation Supply Drop has been named the official and exclusive charity of all future UMG Events. Operation Supply Drop and UMG Gaming are both veteran-founded organizations, so the long-term partnership makes perfect sense.

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Marijuana Games Release Two New Free Games for Pot Lovers

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The San Francisco Gate highlights the latest creations of Marijuana Games - free web-based games called "Crop Defender" and "Too Stoned Russ." These two original games about the recreational drug follow several parodies from the developer including Stoned Mario, Stoned Pacman, Stoned Memory, Stoned Kings, and Stoned Hangman.

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How The Middle Class Would 'Win' in a Video Game

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Washington Post has created a nifty video showing the economy in the last 25 years  rendered in a style reminiscent of video games from the 16-bit era dominated by Sega, Nintendo and Sony.

The video is part of the publication's Liftoff & Letdown series about the floundering middle class in America.

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'Games Done Quick' Prepares for January Charity Marathon Event

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick has announced that its 160-hour AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event will take place January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch as well. Once again this year it will be playing to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Computer & Video Games Shutting Down

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The website for Future Publishing's Computer & Video Games will be closing soon, with the publisher focusing its attention on the GamesRadar+ website starting in February of next year. GamesRadar+ already combines the GamesRadar site with the SFX and Total Film websites. Some of CVG's content (news and reviews, for example) will be migrated over to this new portal, but the site as we know it today will eventually be phased out.

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'How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2' Available Today

December 17, 2014 - James Fudge

Writer Russ Pitts' new book, "How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2," is now available at Gumroad for $10 and comes in PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions, all for one price.

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Valve Reinstates 'Hatred' on Steam Greenlight

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Maybe the Christmas Spirit moved them, or maybe they thought it should be up to the community - but whatever the reason - Valve has decided to reinstate Creative Destruction's controversial game Hatred on Steam Greenlight.

If you haven't been paying attention to the situation, Valve removed the game (which its developers describe as a mass shooting action game where you gun down people for no particular reason) from Steam Greenlight a few hours after the project went live on the service, with Valve's Doug Lombardi saying the game wasn't a good fit for Steam.

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'Flappy Bird' Dominates Google Searches in 2014

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Flappy Bird was the most searched for game on Google this year, beating searches for Destiny, Titanfall, Mario Kart 8, and even some hot pop culture topics to become one of the top overall trending searches globally of the year, according to Google's annual Year in Search report.

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GDC Offering Childcare Services for 2015 Event

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced today that it has partnered with childcare provider KiddieCorp to provide childcare services for parents attending next year's GDC 2015 in San Francisco. The KiddieCorp team will "engage your children with a program they want to attend, providing you with that critical peace of mind so you can attend your GDC sessions and events worry-free," according to GDC.

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IndieCade East Returns February 13 - 15 At The Museum of the Moving Image

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Independent game festival IndieCade, and Museum of the Moving Image announced that they will partner for a third year to present IndieCade East from February 13 - 15, 2015 at Museum of the Moving Image. The Festival program includes a professional conference featuring panels and discussions headlined by prominent game makers, academics, artists, marketers, and journalists.

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'Tekken 7' Director Lashes Out at Fans Who Criticized 'Lucky Chloe'

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Katsuhiro Harada, the man serving as Tekken 7's director reacted rather strongly to criticism of character Lucky Chloe. After the character was revealed, users responding in this NeoGAF thread harshly criticized Chloe as being a stereotypical sexualized Japanese female character that is more appropriate for the Dead or Alive series.

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AbleGamers' Weird Weekend of Porn, Charity, DDoS Attacks, and GamerGate

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It was a strange and troubling weekend for gaming and disabilities charity AbleGamers. After agreeing to accept funds from a charity put on by porn star Mercedes Carrera and then declining because of disclosure issue with the stream promoting the funding drive, AbleGamers found itself the target of a DDoS attack.

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PSA: 'The Game Awards' Air Tonight

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Game Awards will air tonight live from Las Vegas at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), with streams available in a variety of locations including Steam, Twitch, YouTube, PSN, Wii U, and Xbox Live. The show is a rework of the Spike Video Game Awards and is the brainchild of gaming personality Geoff Keighley. Once again he'll serve as the presenter.

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The Writer's Guild of Great Britain Names 2014 Awards Nominees

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Writer's Guild of Great Britain has released its short list for its 2014 writing awards today. The 2014 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain annual Awards will take place at RIBA in London on January 19, 2015. Sandi Toksvig will be this year's presenter at the awards.

"As a long-standing member of the Writers’ Guild I am delighted to be presenting the WGGB Awards,” said Sandi Toksvig. “I am looking forward to an evening of fun and fanfare."

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South Park Tackles Let's Play Videos and the Generational Gap in '#Rehash'

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's episode of South Park on Comedy Central is called "#Rehash" and deals mainly with Let's Play YouTube personalities. The synopsis for the episode is as follows:

"Kyle just wants to play video games with his little brother. But, when Ike doesn't want to play with him anymore, Kyle is afraid that the next generation is passing him by."

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'That Dragon, Cancer' Within Striking Distance of Reaching Funding Goal

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With less than eight days to go That Dragon, Cancer needs a little over $12,000 to be successfully funded on Kickstarter. As of this writing the game has generated $72,513 of its $85,000 goal from 2,415 backers. Developers Ryan Green and Josh Larson turned to Kickstarter in November to fund the rest of the game's development. If successfully funded the game will released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

YouPorn Sponsors DOTA 2 Pro Team Play2Win

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Adult entertainment web site YouPorn has finalized a deal with Spain-based pro gaming team Play2Win to sponsor them for six months. Play2Win will play as Team YP at the Gamergy competition in Madrid on December 5 (www.gamergy.es). Play2Win specializes in professional competitive multiplayer DOTA 2 matches.

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PewDiePie Makes Cameo In This Week's Episode of 'South Park'

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's episode of South Park will feature the most popular YouTube Let's Play personality on the planet: PewDiePie. In a very short announcement video (to your left) PewDiePie makes the announcement with as much enthusiasm and excitement as you'd expect him to, given his over the top personality.

While it wasn't emphatically stated by PewDiePie, we assume that this week's episode will lampoon either Let's Play video makers or internet culture in general. It will be interesting to see.

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Andrew EisenBullying resulting from criticizing fiction is not the critic's fault. Fiction is not always unrealistic. Neither begets sexual objectification.02/27/2015 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenSubjective? Sure, but that doesn't matter because no one's trying to regulate sexual objectification. Plenty of room to criticize sexual objectification in multiple forms of media (like Sarkeesian already does). 02/27/2015 - 11:56am
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
 

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