Fundraising Campaign Launched For Family of Fallen 'Ultima Dragon' Justin Eckblad

January 20, 2015 - James Fudge

Ultima super site Ultima Codex details the passing of Justin Eckblad, better known to the Ultima internet community as one of the first Ultima Dragons - Black Dragon. According to Internet lore, Black Dragon was the third person to join the iconic group that celebrates all things related to Richard Garriott's popular Ultima series of classic role-playing games.

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Entertainment Media Council Partners With Defy Media

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment Media Council (EMC) has announced a partnership with The Escapist owner Defy Media to add content to what it calls the "the world's first nonprofit media library that will preserve the rich history of video games." Defy Media will provide EMC full-text content from The Escapist under this new partnership. Access to this database will be by subscription only for corporate and academic researchers, the group says. EMC plans to work with other media companies in the future.

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Nintendo Discontinuing 'Club Nintendo' Later This Year

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After a decent six year run, Nintendo announced this morning that its Club Nintendo player loyalty program is coming to an end. For those who love this program, there is at least a silver lining: Nintendo says that it is already working on a new loyalty program to replace it. Players have until the end of March to earn coins, but they will have to spend them before the end of June, the company said in its announcement today.

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Operation Supply Drop Announces ' Ambassador Program'

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game focused military charity Operation Supply Drop today announced the launch of its Ambassador Program. The program enlists the help of "key influencers, celebrities and well-known entertainment personalities" to raise awareness for Operation Supply Drop's mission - supporting men and women in uniform that are currently deployed for combat operations and those veterans that have previously served, many recovering or struggling with serious injuries related to their military service.

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BasedGamer Hits Funding Goal

January 13, 2015 - James Fudge

While it looked like it wasn't going to hit its funding goal, BasedGamer.com managed to surpass it at the tail end of its crowd funding effort. By its close, BasedGamer.com managed to raise $52,619 - a little bit over its funding goal of $50,000. BasedGamer is the creation of Jennie Bharaj, a vocal and long-time supporter of the GamerGate social media movement. The goal of the site is to be an alternative to Metacritic, and to highlight content that fits the narrative of the GamerGate movement.

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BBC Radio Asks: Can Video Games Be A Sport?

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Thursday, January 15, BBC Radio 5 Live will present a segment called "Gaming: Rise of the Cyber Athlete." The show will air from 8:30pm-10pm (UK time) on January 15, and will explore whether playing games professionally is a legitimate sport. The BBC website will also offer an online iWonder guide on Wednesday at midnight.

The show will be hosted by radio presenter OJ Borg and guests will include Team Dignitas manager Michael O'Dell (ODEE) and PlayStation racing champ Jann Mardenborough.

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University of North Dakota Professor Donates 'Centipede' Cartridge to The Smithsonian

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The University of North Dakota's Special Collections department owns a cartridge of the Atari 2600 game Centipede, which was excavated from a landfill in New Mexico last year as part of a Microsoft documentary (Atari: Game Over) about the legendary "Atari game grave site." The thousands of cartridges were dumped there in the aftermath of the video games industry crash of 1983.

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Writers Guild of America Reveals Nominees For 'Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Videogames' Award

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced today nominations for the "outstanding achievement in writing for videogames" for 2014.

Winners will be honored at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 14, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

The nominees are:

- Alien: Isolation - Writers: Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter - SEGA

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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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Andrew EisenYeah, I'll wait for the cheaper Game of the Year Edition that includes all the DLC.04/28/2015 - 2:17pm
PHX Corphttp://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2015/04/28/a-full-version-of-batman-arkham-knight-costs-100/ A Full Version Of 'Batman: Arkham Knight' Costs $10004/28/2015 - 2:07pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/business/2015/04/28/verizon-fios-sales-reps-you-need-to-pay-more-for-smoother-netflix/ come on now it doesnt cost that much to upgrade interconnect points.04/28/2015 - 1:05pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eD7zacG39I "Are eSports real sports and does it even matter?" is a solid video by TB on some of the controversy after heroes of the storm was on espn 204/28/2015 - 10:54am
james_fudgeTurns out laser cats are real in 2105.04/28/2015 - 10:08am
james_fudgeSorry I was time traveling this morning.04/28/2015 - 10:07am
E. Zachary KnightPHX, thanks. I fixed it.04/28/2015 - 9:14am
PHX CorpThere is a typo in the Gamestop raising 500K article, it should be 2015 not 210504/28/2015 - 8:36am
MattsworknameThis is the world now Colin, either get with the times, or get left behind. Your choice.04/28/2015 - 8:14am
Mattsworknamehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/08/24/league-of-legends-finals-sells-out-las-staples-center-in-an-hour/04/28/2015 - 8:14am
Mattsworknamehttp://www.polygon.com/2014/7/29/5949773/dota-2-the-international-tournament-20-million-viewers04/28/2015 - 8:13am
Mattsworknamehe's not needed, not in the modern world, not in a world where more people attend the LOL finals for 5 million, then attend your average sports event.04/28/2015 - 8:12am
MattsworknameFunny that Colin Cowherd is so out of the times, he had to try multiple times to get the names of the games right. People like him are anachronisms.04/28/2015 - 8:10am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/halo-mcc-esports-event-canceled-because-the-game-would-1700543158 Halo: MCC eSports Event Canceled Because The Game Wouldn't Work04/27/2015 - 10:15pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I know I was just stating where I stand on issues like that in general04/27/2015 - 8:12pm
Andrew EisenWho, Colin Cowherd? No one's suggesting he should be forced out. Or that he should commentate on video games.04/27/2015 - 8:10pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I do not think he should be forced ou though. he has his right to his opinion and shouldnt be forced out because people disagree with it.04/27/2015 - 8:07pm
ZippyDSMleeJim suggjested a pay what you want setup like humble bundel.04/27/2015 - 7:49pm
MontePerhaps they should just add a donation system for creators like the monthly pateron model. Only those who regularly make quality content can get compensated while those who would abuse the system are ignored04/27/2015 - 7:46pm
MontePaid mods is not a bad idea; i mean its only fair that makers be compensated and even better if they can do it full time. UNfortunatly there is too much that can go wrong and room for abuse04/27/2015 - 7:44pm
 

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