Northport, NY teen brings Sony and PlayStation to town

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Northport, New York (a village in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island's North Shore, in case you didn't know) teen has the distinction of being the only teenager in America to be selected among those whose created a video for the PlayStation contest "My Road To Greatness." In addition to being spotlighted by Sony in an upcoming video that will appear on its highly trafficked PlayStation Blog, the teen's home town of Northport will get to play Sony games at a special one-day event for the community.

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Redditor becomes Bungie's new community manager

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon, the man who created a subreddit dedicated to Bungie's online-focused shooter Destiny, has apparently impressed Bungie so much that it has hired him.  Shannon has been hired as the company's new community manager.

"It’s my honor to be the latest player plucked from the community to assist in its management," Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon said. "I now aim to better serve the larger Destiny community alongside those who create and maintain the game."

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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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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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DARPA launches five new games on Vergiames portal

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released five new games as part of its ongoing initiative to crowd-source bug detection via its Verigames portal. DARPA launched the portal in 2013 and is pleased with the results - it claims the program has helped it over hundreds of thousands of annotations from regular everyday non-coding users.

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'Warfighter Engaged' kicks off charity drive to help wounded war veterans game

May 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Military focused gaming charity Warfighter Engaged is looking to raise funds to make gaming accessible to injured war veterans through a new GoFundMe campaign called #GivingEngaged.

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Bethesda clarifies: 'The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited ' does not use one-time activation code

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital gears up for 'Play Live' charity gaming marathon

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Dominos, GameStop and many others are teaming up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the second annual PLAY LIVE video game charity. Employees from Domino's Ann Arbor, Michigan headquarters will play games in a 48-hour marathon (to be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/DominosGames) to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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'Yooka-Laylee' crowdfunding campaign raises over $2 million

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On its very first day of existence, the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee - a platformer game being developed by former Rare employees who worked on the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo-Kazooie - earned an additional $1 million. The last time we reported on the game's fundraising progress it was inching towards $1 million. As of this very moment, the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee is at right around $2,015,658.

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The Tribeca Film Festival's final screenings of 'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' take place this week

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.

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Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton celebrate 'TableTop Day' by giving games to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Geek & Sundry will celebrate the third annual International TableTop Day on April 11 by giving away board games to worthy charities. Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry are teaming up with board game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games, and Steve Jackson Games, Geek & Sundry to donate thousands of board games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their national associates.

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Operation Supply Drop's '8-Bit Salute' charity event taking place May 16 & 17

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that its fourth-annual 8-Bit Salute gaming marathon will take place May 16 & 17. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages for U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.

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Give blood in Copenhagen, get 'Bloodborne' for free

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Live in Denmark? Can't afford to pay for Bloodborne for PS4? Then give some blood instead of your hard-earned cash. An event being hosted by PlayStation Denmark and GiveBlod will let participants donate blood in exchange for a copy of the upcoming game for PS4.

There are other games donors can choose from if they like, but the organization doesn't list them in the promotional material.

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Here Lies My Hatred

March 13, 2015 - Anonymous Hero

(The following editorial was written by a former member of GamerGate who felt so guilty and depressed about their participation in the movement that they felt compelled to write down their experiences and share them with the gaming community at large. Besides removing gender identifying pronouns (to protect the author's identity) and some light editing to correct spelling and grammatical errors, we have not modified the contents of this article. The opinions expressed in this editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of GamePolitics - editor.)

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'Take This' PAX East Panel Offers Practical Advice On 'When To Step Away From The Screen'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Game-related mental health awareness charity Take This will be hosting a panel discussion on knowing when to take a break from things on the Internet and in other parts of your life when they get too overwhelming.

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Operation Supply Drop Team With Bionik Monkey For 'Gamers March 4 Troops'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has teamed up with Bionik Monkey for a major charity event for the entire month of March called Gamers March 4 Troops. Running until March 31st, and available exclusively through gmft.bionikmonkey.com, supporters can help the Operation Supply Drop cause by purchasing a Limited Edition Flex-Fit Operation Supply Drop Tactical Hat.

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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Reddit Donating Ten Percent of 2014 Profits To Ten Charities

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit announced today that it will donate ten percent of its income from 2014 to charity and it is letting the community choose which ten charities deserve to get the money. Reddit earned around $8,276,594.93 in 2014, which means that it will donate $827,659.49 to ten charities, or $82,765.95 each.

If you have a favorite charity you'd like to see get this money, then we urge you to hit the Reddit blog for more details on how you can participate.

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $1.58 Million For Charity

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Awesome Games Done Quick managed to raise $1.58 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, organizers revealed today. The speed-running specialists at Games Done Quick host the Twitch-based speed run marathon in January of every year as a way to support one of its favorite causes - cancer research.

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'WOW Insider' Will Live On In Spirit As 'Blizzard Watch'

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.

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Jennifer Ann's Group To Host GDC Session on Video Games

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann's Group will be hosting a session at the Game Developers Conference next month about how video games are one of the most effective ways about raising awareness about teen dating violence and teaching prevention skills to teens and adults. The session will be led by Jennifer Ann's Group executive director Drew Crecente, whose daughter Jennifer Ann Crecente was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. Since then Crecente has been using his group - named after his daughter - to raise awareness about the deadly consequences of teen dating violence.

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'Plague Inc.' Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.

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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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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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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.

Bethesda's Pete Hines Joins the 'Take This' Board

January 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Mental health awareness charity Take This announced today that Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda Softworks, has joined the organization's board of directors. Hines, who has been working in his current role at Bethesda Softworks (a wholly owned subsidiary of Zenimax Media) for the past 16 years, will provide input on how the organization can raise awareness of mental health issues and inform the video games industry about mental wellness preparedness training and solutions.

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Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
 

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