Yale University's Play2Prevent Lab Working on Game About HIV Awareness

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yale University's Play2Prevent lab is using a grant from the Women’s Health Research at the Yale Pilot Program to create a game that teaches about effective ways to reduce HIV infections among young African American women. The team will spend this year working with groups of black teens and 20-year-olds to design a game that will be "relevant, entertaining and a model for future public health projects."

Wargaming and RAF Museum Launch Apparition App

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks and World of War Planes maker Wargaming announced today the global launch of an augmented reality application that draws attention to the Dornier 17 aircraft currently being exhibited at the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, United Kingdom.

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Area 5 Seeks Funding for 'Outerlands: Season One' Documentary Series About Games and Culture

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A crowd-funding campaign has launched today on Kickstarter to fund Area 5's latest project - a documentary series called Outland on the people and culture of videogames. The details on just what aspects of gaming culture the series will cover is fairly vague, but the group hints at covering some interesting topics like game preservation efforts and movements, and eSports. Area 51 is made up of former 1UP personalities Ryan O'Donnell, Matt Chandronait, Jason Bertrand, Cesar Quintero, and Rick Curnutte.

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Ad Council Releases its First In-House Created Game, Toothsavers

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Ad Council, the country’s largest producer of public service advertising, has created and released its first in-house game called Toothsavers. The game is designed to encourage children to brush their teeth for at least two minutes, two times a day. The game was developed with the aid and input of Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives.

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Chinese Culture Minister: Games That Don't Conform to Chinese Culture Standards 'Don't Have a Chance'

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Chinese government announced last week that it would temporarily lift a 14 year ban on consoles within the region, the rules the country's culture ministries will put in place will make it hard for Chinese gamers to play anything that might be found by government censors to be offensive or culturally unacceptable. What is and isn't offense or culturally acceptable to the Chinese government is unknown because the rules haven't been written yet.

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Ultimate Gay Fighter Creator: Game is Not Meant to be Hateful

January 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The creator of the game Ultimate Gay Fighter says that his fighting game featuring gay and lesbian characters is not meant to be hateful. Michael Patrick, who identifies himself as gay, says that the "world's first ever gay video game...ever" is not meant to be mean-spirited or derogatory against gay people..

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 for Charity Underway

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a week-long gaming marathon in which participants speed run through a number of popular games, hopes to raise money for Prevent Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit group that funds cancer research and educational efforts. In its fourth year, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 takes place until January 11. Donations will directly benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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Yogcast Raises Over $1.1 Million For Charities in December

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Popular YouTube personalities the Yogcast Network managed to raise $1,148,293.91 (or £700,000) in the month of December as part of its Yogscast Dwarven Dairy Drive. The proceeds generated from the charitable event will be divided between several UK charities including Oxfam, War Child, GamesAid, Special Effect and Little People UK.

"We were aiming to reach £300,000 so to get to £700,000 is an incredible achievement and shows how generous gamers in general and Yognau(gh)ts in particular are," said chief executive Mark Turpin.

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Child's Play Raises $7.6 Million in 2013

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Child's Play, the charity dedicated to giving sick children in hospitals around the world toys and games to play with while they undergo surgeries of treatments for serious illnesses, announced that it managed to raise a record amount of money in 2013.

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NASA Video Shows How Kinect and Oculus Rift Can Be Used to Control a Robot Arm

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the Human Interfaces division of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California released a video on YouTube showing how game-related technologies like Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing hardware and Oculus VR's Oculus Rift headset could be used together to control a robotic arm remotely.

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'Take This Project' Renamed, New Web Site Launched

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the "Take This Project" was quietly relaunched as "Take This," along with a new website at www.takethis.org. Take This is a support group for gamers (though it doesn't specifically exclude those people who do not identify themselves as gamers), games journalists, game developers, and other industry professionals that suffer from depression, anxiety and other challenges associated with mental illness.

Buffalo Man Has Largest Video Game Collection in the World

December 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A Buffalo, New York man has found himself in the Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer's Edition for accomplishing something he loves: collecting video games and video game systems. Thirty-one-year-old Buffalo, New York resident Michael Thomasson began collecting games and game systems after receiving his first game, Cosmic Avenger, as a Christmas present from his grandparents when he was 12. Ironically enough, he didn't get to play that game until a year later when his parents could afford to buy the system.

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Games for Change Festival Dated

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The 11th Annual Games for Change Festival will take place April 22-24, 2014 at New York University's Skirball Center, event organizers announced this week.

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OSD Surprises Wounded Soldiers With $10K Video Game Giveaway For the Holidays

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop sent along an inspiring note about a recent happening at the Fort Eustis Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. The group stopped by the military medical facility to throw the injured soldiers staying there a pizza party and video game raffle just in time for the holidays. The operation, code named BATTLE WAGON, included the donation of brand new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on mobile 19" GAEMS Vanguard cases so they can be wheeled into soldier's rooms who are unable to leave their beds.

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Microsoft Encourages Zoo Tycoon Community to Help Endangered Animals

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is encouraging Zoo Tycoon Xbox One and Xbox 360 players to help raise money for endangered species with a series of special initiatives. Each month Microsoft will launch a Zoo Tycoon community challenge to raise money to help endangered animals.

PAX Events to Feature 'Diversity Lounges' in 2014

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

2013 was a challenging year for the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo, mostly due to comments made by its founders that offended many in the community. To try and bring some goodwill back to those injured parties, PAX organizers plan on creating a special area at its events that promote "diversity."

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Wargaming Helps Bring the Last Surviving Dornier Do 17 to Life

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming passed along word that the Royal Air Force Museum has officially unveiled the German Dornier Do 17 and the associated Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone at its site in Cosford, Shropshire (England).

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Origin Story: Operation Supply Drop

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Polygon wrote an excellent article detailing the back story on Operation Supply Drop, the military focused gaming charity that sends video game-related care packages to soldiers deployed in combat zones around the world and recovering in military hospitals.

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EA Earns Perfect Rating for 'Workplace Equality'

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitcs staff

While EA generates a fair share of bad press on a variety of fronts from time to time, it's hard to deny that the company has a pretty good track record when it comes to workforce diversity and inclusiveness in its various studios. In this year's Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign, the company scored a 100 percent rating. Corporate Equality Index is part of the group's 2014 Best Places To Work report.

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Humble Bundle Details How Bundle Purchasers Helped Bring Clean Drinking Water to Ethiopia

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Bundle does not disclose just how much of its regular bundle sales actually goes to charity, but in a blog post this week the company offered a glimpse of how the money it helps raise through bundle sales helps charities. In the post they talk about charity: water, an organization devoted to bringing clean and safe drinking water to poorer countries.

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DARPA Uses Games and Gamers to Eliminate Security Problems in Software

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Maximum PC offers an interesting report on a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that uses video games. The government agency’s Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program hopes to crowdsource formal verification (testing that aims to ensure that software is bug-free and isn’t vulnerable to attack or misuse) with "purpose-built games" called Verigames.

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V&A Museum and Abertay University Team Up for Video Game Museum Venture

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The V&A Museum and Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland are working together to develop new ways to display video games in museums, according to a report in the Scotsman. The two organizations have formed a new research network to work on a project called Video Games in the Museum.

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The Video Game Bundle 2.0 Offers Nine eBooks for $10

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Do you like video games? How about books? How about a bunch of books for as little as $3.00 about video games?

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Letters to the Editor: Animal Activists Need Their Own Bechdel Test

November 19, 2013 - Jon Hochschartner

In our latest Letters to the Editor, freelance writer Jon Hochschartner posits that animal rights activists need their own "Bechdel test" to evaluate the mistreatment of animals in video games.

Animal activists need their own rubric to assess anthropocentrism in fictional work that's similar to the Bechdel test employed by feminists to gauge gender bias.

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ESA: Almost Half of Americans Over 50 Play Video Games

November 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) this week, 48 percent of adults age 50 and older say that they play video games. The data comes from new research released by the ESA called "Gamers Over 50 Study: You're Never Too Old to Play." The data in the report is based on a survey of 1,800 adults age 50 and older conducted by the ESRB.

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GaymerX Organizers Launch New Studio, Reveal First Game: Read Only Memories

November 13, 2013 - James Fudge

The men and women behind the GaymerX convention have formed a new indie development studio called MidBoss Games and have announced their very first game: Read Only Memories. MidBoss Games has also launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign today to raise funds for ongoing development.

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Poll Results: Has a Video Game Ever Scared You?

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers if they had "ever found a video game legitimately scary?" After 541 votes were cast the majority of readers said that they had in fact been scared by one or more games at one time or another. Around 73 percent (395 votes) said that they had played a video game that they found legitimately scary, while 27 percent (146 votes) claimed that they had never played a video game that scared them.

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Critical Hit Releases Music Video for Reimagined Modern Warfare 3 Tune. 'Battle for New York'

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

You can watch the band's latest music video to your left.

Video game cover band Critical Hit has released a second music video on YouTube today - this time playing its own rendition of "Battle for New York" from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The band will also be performing live at BlizzCon 2013 on November 9 and taking part in a panel on sound in games. In case you don't know, Critical Hit is a game music cover band led by Blizzard’s composer Jason Hayes, as a side freelance project.

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PSA: Last Day to Get Early Bird Pricing on GaymerX2 Event

October 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the last day to get early bird pricing on GaymerX2, the second annual 18+ gaming and cultural event that welcomes gay, lesbian, transgendered, and gamers of all stripes for several days of gaming and geek culture-related fun. The event, taking place from July 11 - 13, 2014 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco has already lined up a number of special guests including David Gaider, Mattie Brice, Alexis Ohanian, Gordon Bellamy, Jaime Woo, and John Scalzi, as well as returning faces like Ellen McLain, John Patrick Lowrie and Zach Weinersmith.

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Mark DeLoura to Take Part in Fireside Chat During GamesBeat 2013

October 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the many guests taking part in this year's GamesBeat 2013 two-day conference is Mark DeLoura, the former video game executive and technologist who went to Washington to work for the Obama Administration. DeLoura is senior advisor on digital media for the White House Office of Science and Technology. When he was in the games industry he worked in executive roles at such companies as Sony, Nintendo, Google, Ubisoft, and THQ.

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lomdrPretty much, Andrew. And hell, it helps that it is a bit reasonably priced too. $8 for 1, $12 for both at once08/28/2014 - 3:43am
Andrew EisenMP - Probably not and for good reason. That term holds a lot of deserved negative baggage.08/27/2014 - 10:02pm
Uncharted NESApprently there is still a classic mode, but...08/27/2014 - 9:34pm
MaskedPixelanteSo, there's been massive positive reception to the Mario Kart 8 DLC bundle. Somehow, I doubt it would have gotten as much positive buzz if they called it a "Season Pass".08/27/2014 - 9:34pm
Uncharted NEShttp://m.pcgamer.com/2014/08/27/quake-live-makes-newbie-friendly-changes-in-latest-update-people-get-mad/08/27/2014 - 9:19pm
Uncharted NESQuake Live makes newbie-friendly changes in latest update, people get mad.08/27/2014 - 9:19pm
Uncharted NESAnd here's another article about it.08/27/2014 - 9:19pm
Uncharted NEShttp://kotaku.com/id-software-lives-dangerously-decides-to-change-classi-162774804308/27/2014 - 9:16pm
Uncharted NESid Software Lives Dangerously, Decides To Change Classic Quake08/27/2014 - 9:16pm
Matthew WilsonI am flying out to pax tomorrow.08/27/2014 - 9:16pm
MechaTama31Haven't been to GOG in a while. Their website reminds me of the old Zune software now...08/27/2014 - 6:01pm
Andrew EisenAlso, I know it's nitpicking but only ONE of the 21 movies on offer goes for $15. Four more are $10 and the rest are $6. But right now, all of them are $6 (except for two that are free).08/27/2014 - 3:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMasked, What are you talking about? I guess you never buy DVDs either?08/27/2014 - 3:21pm
Andrew EisenNot if they've hired more people.08/27/2014 - 3:13pm
MaskedPixelantePlus, now that they're negotiating movies, that's LESS manpower to negotiate true, pre-2000, non-console-port classics.08/27/2014 - 3:08pm
MaskedPixelanteNo rewatch value, once you've seen it there's no reason to rewatch it, and it's 15 bucks down the drain.08/27/2014 - 3:06pm
E. Zachary KnightIndie movies are a great start. They need a great distribution system too.08/27/2014 - 3:04pm
Andrew EisenEven if that were true, so what?08/27/2014 - 3:01pm
MaskedPixelanteYou do realize that there are going to be NO Hollywood movies on this service, right? It's all going to be indie documentaries and stuff like that.08/27/2014 - 2:56pm
Andrew EisenI think it's an awesome next step for GOG and completely fail to see why anyone finds it problematic or improper.08/27/2014 - 2:51pm
 

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