Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

'League of Legends' player admits swatting and stalking multiple victims in the U.S. and Canada

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.   

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Apple sees brisk pre-orders on Apple Watch

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You could say the Apple Watch "will make you sterile and give you cancer" and people would still buy it. Despite all the negative coverage of Apple's latest gizmo (amidst a lot of positive coverage, of course), people are lining up (literally and metaphorically speaking) to buy the watch.

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'GGautoblocker' creator and 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative' founder targeted by swatting attempt

April 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.

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Why the 'Bloodborne' PC petition is a complete waste of time

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Two dueling petitions related to Sony Japan and From Software's Bloodborne calling for the hardcore action RPG (exclusive to the PS4) to be released on PC - and another demanding that it NOT be released on PC - are up on Change.org. Clearly the latter petition is in response to the futility of the former.

The first petition found here calls on From Software to release Bloodborne on the PC. It notes:

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GDC Awards Show Hosts Deliver Messages About Internet Hate

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night at the Indie Games Festival Awards, host Nathan Vella, the head of Capy Games, took a few minutes to speak out against the Internet hatred and harassment that has taken place over the last seven months on social media - mostly aimed at females journalists, and game developers.

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President Obama Thanks Americans For Supporting Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 - James Fudge

President Barack Obama issued a statement today following the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

While avoiding the specific details and ramifications of the FCC's reclassification rules to make the Open Internet Order enforceable and legal, the president heaped praise on American citizens who went out of their way to strongly support these and other changes.

His statement to the American public can be read below in its entirety.

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Report: PS4 Owners Chose System Because It Offered 'Higher Resolutions'

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

We are apparently not at a point in the video game industry's history where graphics no longer matter, if you believe a new Nielsen survey on the buying habits of console owners.

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'Suspicious Male In Possession of Flight Simulator Game' Case Moves Forward

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A lawsuit that revolves around the words, "suspicious male in possession of flight simulator game" has been given the greenlight by a federal judge in San Francisco. The lawsuit has to do with the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), which encourages local law enforcement agencies to provide informational reports to the federal government on individuals who are engaged "in suspicious behavior" - flags that an individual may be someone to watch - as part of some terrorism plot or related organizing activity. The case, Gill et al. v.

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Pro CS:Go Players Get Banned For Match Fixing, Five Get Reinstated After Investigation

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has banned a new batch of professional players accused of betting against themselves. At first, the number of professional Counter-Strike Global Offensive players banned was quite high but Valve later reinstated five of them after their investigation seemed to vindicate multiple players. The accusation from Valve is that all of these players engaged in match fixing and betting on themselves to earn real world money.

Obviously this is an illegal act for pro players so Valve banned the following players who supposedly engaged in the activity:

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Garena Philippines eSports Changes Policy on LGBT Players in Iron Solari League

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported that Garena Philippines eSports, a Manila, Philippines-based gaming tournament organizer, was taking heat for its policies about including gay, lesbian, and transgendered players for an "all-feminine" series of League of Legends tournaments (Iron Solari League) aimed at female players.

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'DOTA' Banned in Salawag, Philippines After Fatal Stabbings

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The small town of Salawag (Salawag, Dasmariñas City, Cavite to be exact) in the Philippines has banned playing the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, due to a number of stabbings and bad behavior among some of the town's youth, The Inquirer.net reports (as highlighted by Kotaku).

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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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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today we honor the life and work of an American hero and patriot, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On August 28, 1963, Dr.

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President Unveils 'Personal Data Notification and Protection Act'

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barak Obama has proposed that companies that become the victim of a security breach should have to disclose it to the public. President Obama announced two proposal on Monday that are aimed at providing more protection to consumers from the massive data breaches and to protect student from companies farming and sharing their data.

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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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Updated: The Porn Charity Raises Over $11K For Merit-Based STEM Scholarship

January 9, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: In an earlier version of this story (which you can read in its entirety below) we reported that the charity had raised over $14,000. It turns out that this was not an accurate number. According to what The Porn Charity co-founder Mercedes Carrera told us this afternoon, the $3,100 generated from the three-hour web cam show was rolled into the Indiegogo campaign total. That means that the total from the Indiegogo campaign was actually right around $11,280.

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Open Gaming Alliance Announces New President, Vice-President

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The non-profit organization once known as the PC Gaming Alliance has announced that it has a new president and vice-president following a new round of elections. The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) has elected Drew Johnston as its new president and Wanda Meloni as the new vice president. Johnston replaces Matt Ployhar, who will remain on the OGA board. Johnston is the senior director of technical sales for e-commerce and payments company Digital River.

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The Porn Charity Raises Over $8K for STEM-Focused Scholarship Fund

January 5, 2015 - James Fudge

Last week the first event from The Porn Charity took place, with the goal of raising funds for a merit-based STEM scholarship. The event held by the charity organization founded by adult entertainment star Mercedes Carrera - a three hour live adult web cam show featuring Carrera and fellow adult film stars Paisley Parker, Holly Heart, Mia Austin, Selma Sins, and Nadia Styles - had a modest showing, raising $1,550 in tips. That figure was matched by event host webcams.com, bringing the total amount raised to $3,100.

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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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Valve's Chet Faliszek To Host Developer Sessions at EGX Rezzed 2015

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software's Chet Faliszek will host a developer session at EGX Rezzed 2015. EGX Rezzed is a consumer friendly event dedicated to PC, indie and console gaming taking place March 12-14, 2015 at Tobacco Dock, London.

Faliszek is best known for his writing on Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Left 4 Dead. more details about the developer session are to be announced in January.

Organizers also announced that the following games will be playable during the event.

  -  Adventure Box. City building multiplayer RPG.

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President Obama Shows Off His Coding Skills

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama has become the first sitting president to write a program. Promoting the annual Computer Science Education Week by participating in the "Hour of Code" event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, President Obama wrote a simple computer program using a few lines of code that draws a square on a screen.

"All programming starts simple," says Hadi Partovi, co-founder Code.org. Code.org promotes computer science education in the United States. "No one starts by creating a complicated game.”

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RIP, Ralph Baer: The Father of Video Games

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ralph H. Baer, the man recognized as the father of video games, passed away on Saturday at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire at the age of 92. Baer created the very first video game system - the Magnavox Odyssey. It was patented in 1971 and launched in the summer of 1972. It sold 130,000 units the first year.

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Kim Dotcom Wins Against U.S Government in Bail Violation Hearing

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 123

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 123), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, watch it to your left, or download it below.

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PSA: Sony PS4 Firmware Update Delivers 'Share Play' Features This Week

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony will launch an update on Oct. 28 that will finally add some of the PlayStation 4's more interesting features that it highlighted earlier in the year at E3. The update will finally turn on Share Play. Share Play offers PS4 owners new features that can be used with their friends. Those features at a glance are:

- Share Screen — Share your screen with a friend, allowing them to spectate. This is ideal for PS4 owners that want to watch their friends play a game and provide helpful tips. PlayStation Plus is not required to use this.

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Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about certain aspects of the GamerGate movement - accusations of engaging in harassing, threatening and doxxing women. In her post, Day urges those who love gaming not to let other people drive them away:

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What People Are Saying About 'Hatred'

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We thought it would be fun to see what people are saying about Hatred, a game announced this morning that focuses on the exploits of a "mass murderer" on a killing spree.

Our first stop is Destructoid, where they note, "Well, this is about as f*cked up as they come."

Dtoid Commenters seems to be split on whether the game's premise and gameplay has any value. Some are comparing it to GTA, while others find it a bit repulsive.

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'Stop The Spies' Hopes to Kill Australia's 'Mandatory Data Retention' Bill

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is shining a spotlight this week on a new Australian bill that would make it so that Internet service providers in the country would have to collect and store personal user data and give law enforcement agencies access to it for up to two years. The unnamed bill, currently being referred to as the "mandatory data retention bill," will be introduced to the Australian federal parliament during the week of October 27.

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'Mario & Luigi Dream Team' Miiverse Gets Unnecessarily Sexy

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A number of adult-themed images managed to make their way to the Mario & Luigi Dream Team Miiverse community, before they were finally spotted by administrators and deleted. While none of the images were x-rated, they did show anime and real women with huge breasts in various provocative poses.

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Goth_SkunkI figured, rather than keep taking it silently on the chin, as I have been, I instead should call it out, shine a big bright light on it, and loudly proclaim 'That's not okay. Stop it.'05/30/2015 - 4:33pm
Goth_Skunk@MechaCrash: While I am a proponent of growing a thicker skin, GamerGate has also opened my eyes to the widespread redefinition of harassment in an effort to stifle critical conversation. It shouldn't work, but it has been.05/30/2015 - 4:32pm
DocMelonheadPlus the constant Ad Hominem and Loaded Questions IP keeps on posting.05/30/2015 - 4:06pm
MattsworknameTo be honest, I think everyone gets worked up about there own personal causes, Ive done it to be sure. Ip just tends to do it all day everyday.05/30/2015 - 4:01pm
Andrew EisenNo problem. It's rarely an issue so it's not brought up much.05/30/2015 - 3:12pm
DocMelonheadsorry about that, it's just that it seems that IP wanted to make sure everyone knows that Gamergate were nothing but insecure harassers.05/30/2015 - 3:05pm
Andrew EisenFor instance, if everyone finds your comments annoying, try saying the same thing but in a different way. Who knows? Maybe a slight tweak in your approach to communicating will be all it takes to foster awesome and interesting discussions.05/30/2015 - 2:58pm
Andrew EisenDoc - I had to slightly edit a few of your comments. Please keep the heavier profanities out of the Shout box. And everyone, discussions are fine and dandy but do endeavor to keep things pleasant, okay?05/30/2015 - 2:51pm
DocMelonheadWhich is why I find him/her to be annoying as hell.05/30/2015 - 12:34pm
ConsterIP raises valid points sometimes, but they're drowned out by his "REPENT, SINNER!" attitude.05/30/2015 - 12:32pm
DocMelonheadOne of them were friend of those who got harassed by GameGate; another feel that GamerGate made it worst for people like her.05/30/2015 - 12:19pm
DocMelonheadI met several people at Boing Boing who have their own personal grude against them;05/30/2015 - 12:16pm
DocMelonheadSo, the question is this Iron Patriot, WHAT'S YOUR BEEF AGAINST GAMERGATE?05/30/2015 - 12:15pm
DocMelonheadThat's why many Anti-GG here see you as a JERK.05/30/2015 - 12:09pm
DocMelonheadSo in other words, You failed to keep a decent disscusion and proceed to talk down on those who argues against you.05/30/2015 - 12:08pm
DocMelonheadBut that's the thing, all you said that GamerGate is NOTHING BUT HARASSMENT AND VICTIM BLAMING05/30/2015 - 12:07pm
DocMelonheadAlso, IP you're no better than GamerGate; and yes, it ENABLE death threats, but not encourage them.05/30/2015 - 12:06pm
DocMelonheadSo who agree that the report buttion should be put back up.05/30/2015 - 12:05pm
DocMelonheadalso We all agree that you're annoy as heck IP05/30/2015 - 12:05pm
DocMelonheadGoth Skunk never gone victim blaming05/30/2015 - 12:04pm
 

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