Study: Chimpanzees Play Games Better Than Kindergartners

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A study conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn found that a 22-year-old female chimp named Panzee performed better at virtual reality computer game simulation than 12 children and four adults.

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Atlus making 'minor edits' to U.S. release of 'Dungeon Travelers 2'

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Siliconera reports that Atlus will make four specific edits to the U.S. version of its upcoming first-person, turn-based RPG, Dungeon Travelers 2.

Atlus issued a press release explaining the "minor edits" to the game - a move it made to make sure the game avoided creating offense to Western audiences and to avoid an "Adults Only" rating by the ESRB. Here's what the company said:

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Two new games launch featuring Shaquiille O'Neal

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Two games featuring former NBA all-star Shaquiille O'Neal have been released for mobile devices and Facebook via MyVegas apps. O'Neal is the latest celebrity to get in the business of releasing a self-branded game, joining the likes of Kim Kardashian and other stars who want to cash in on the mobile and social gaming space. O'Neal's two games are "CaddyShaq," and "ShaqJack" - both were developed by PlayStudio for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Facebook.

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Jimmy Fallon releases first mobile game

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Apparently NBC Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is in the business of making games for iOS platforms. Fallon's first game through his freshly revealed company Sparklehorse is called Tedzy for iOS devices. The goal of the game is to collect feathers for Tedzy’s pillow so he can get a good night's sleep. The game is free to download and play.

Tedzy is an arcade game where the title character travels down dream roads to collect feathers. Tedzy can jump, spin from road to road and collect power-ups.

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Australian Government sets the record straight on 'Minecraft' geosciences

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This mildly amusing report from the Australian Government explains the different "blocks and rocks" in Minecraft and dispels the myths about what happens to them in the game (as opposed to what would "really happen"). We are sure this short report is for the benefit of youngsters who play the game and might be getting some less-than-accurate "geosciences" from it.

Here are some myth busting highlights from the report:

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Prison won't let Pirate Bay co-founder play Nintendo games

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console.

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Colorado uses video games to warn motorists about driving under the influence of pot

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Colorado Department of Transportation has found a novel way to remind purchasers of legal marijuana at dispensaries through the state that it is still illegal to drive while under influence. The Denver DoT is putting sponsored arcade video game cabinets in dispensaries with the title "End Game."

The sponsored game cabinets are in ten dispensaries throughout the state and warn customers that "playing video games while high is legal. Driving is not."

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Report: popular online gambling sites taken out by DDoS attacks

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Poker News and several other publications that focus on the ins and outs of online poker/gambling are reporting that two popular online gambling services were taken offline this weekend. Betfair and PokerStars were both offline over the weekend, according to the reports and are still suffering from connectivity issues today.

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Man ruptures tendon in hand playing 'Candy Crush Saga'

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Live Science has the bizarre story of an unnamed 29-year-old man, who reportedly tore a tendon in his thumb after playing Candy Crush Saga on his mobile phone for an extended period of time. The story is part of "case report" written by Dr. Andrew Doan an April 13 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. He's a co-author of the case report and head of addictions research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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YouTube sensation PewDiePie getting his own mobile game

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube star PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) will soon have his own game, according to Pocketgamer. The game, a mobile title called PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, is being developed by Outerminds for iOS and Android with a tentative release date of Summer 2015.

The 2D side-scroller will feature PewDiePie, his girlfriend, CutiePie, their two dogs Edgar and Maya, and cameos by other Youtubers including CinnamonToastKen and JackSepticEye.

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Elders React to 'The Last of Us Remastered'

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

I love the YouTube series, "Elders React," where older people play different games and react to what's going on in the game. In the latest Elders React video, Anne, Barbara, Catherine, Hanoch, Libby, Lloyd, Robert, and Rock try their hands at the remastered version of Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic story-driven action game The Last of Us for PS4.

We'll let the video speak for itself. You can watch it on YouTube or to your left.

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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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'Final Fantasy 15' demo being sold on eBay

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

People will do anything to make a quick buck. Apparently people are selling the Final Fantasy 15 demo voucher code that comes packed in with Xbox One and PS4 versions of the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on eBay. The price averages out to be between $15 (at the low end) to $46 at the high end.

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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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HTC Chairwoman Walks Back Comments on 'Half-Life' VR Game

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday, HTC's chairwoman suggested that the company was working alongside Valve to create a special version of Half-Life for the new VR headset, the Vive. But it turns out that HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang may have misspoken. Following Valve denying that a VR-version of its popular game was being developed, Wang acknowledged her error to the BBC.

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Capcom Enables Local Coop Play in 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After saying it left local cooperative play out of the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 due to stability issues, Capcom had decided to add it into the game this week. The company's change of heart was likely due to a mod released last week that enabled local co-op play (showing that it did not affect performance in any way). While that mod is still available for use, Capcom decided to release local co-op play alongside the Raid Mode introduced in a recently released patch.

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The Saucy Night-Life of San Francisco Targets GDC Attendees

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

We all get that sex sells, but there's a reason that parties involving strippers and other male-focused titillation might be looked down upon in this day and age. After all it's no longer the 1990s and people expect party organizers to show some sensitivity to the growing number of women that attend game industry trade events like the Game Developers Conference.

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Elderly Don't Really React To 'Five Nights at Freddy's'

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest video in The Fine Bros.' series, Elders React, senior citizens play the game Five Nights at Freddy's and don't respond the way everyone else does.

If you have watched other people play the game you can hear them screaming and watch them jumping as the game surprises them at every turn. These senior citizens? Not so much.

Watch the video to your left and the check out the Fine Bros.' channel on YouTube.

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'Final Fantasy Mystic Quest HD Remake' is a Scam

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday several major publications were duped by a supposed remake of the Super NES Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. It happens. But it turned out that the company that supposedly created the game was in fact running an elaborate con.

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$386K Dying Light Special Edition Detailed

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Techland has revealed one (as in one in the entire world) special edition of its zombie-themed survival game Dying Light that costs $386,000. Don't worry, the $386,000 (£250,000) My Apocalypse Collectors Edition comes with a lot of meager extras...

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The Sexiest Sex in Video Games

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This Eurogamer video offers five minutes worth of what Aoife Wilson calls "The Best Sex I've Ever Had (In Games)." This is probably the best way to end your day.

"By all means have lots of sex in video games," says Eurogamer video producer Aoife Wilson, "but if we're going to do it, let's do it right. Here are some games that hop on the good foot and do the bad thing in a great way."

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Nintendo's Romance With Metacritic

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While publications that cover games and publishers and game developers seem to be tired of the influence of reviews aggregation site Metacritic, at least one major gaming company still seems to be in love with the site: Nintendo.

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Law & Order: SVU 'GamerGate' Episode Turns Out As We Expected

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night NBC stations aired an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit dealing with the thorny topic of harassment of women in the video games industry. As one would expect from a show written by people unfamiliar with said industry and the culture that surrounds it, the episode was a bit over-the-top in its portrayal of angry white male gamers and the lengths they might go to terrorize and torment women.

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Report: Turkish Government Investigating Violence in 'Minecraft'

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report on Turkish website Haberturk (as reported on by Newsweek and GameSpot) Turkey's family and policies minister Aysenur Islam has expressed concerns that Mojang's sandbox building game might be too violent and might "promote aggression."

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'DOA 5: Last Round' Producer Concerned About The 'Morality' Of Modders

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with MCV (thank you Ars Technica for pointing out this portion of the interview), Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi talks about the Steam version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, which will feature mod support.

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'DOA 5: Last Round' Producer Talks About Cultural Differences And Portrayals Of Women In DOA Games

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yosuke Hayashi, the leader of developer Team Ninja and producer for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, says that the controversy over the series' portrayal of women is likely a clash of cultures. Speaking to MCV, Hayashi said that any controversy over the series’ approach to female representation may be the result of a cultural clash.

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Cybersecurity Firm Says Russian Hackers May Have Been Involved in Sony Pictures Hack

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report on Computer Business Review suggests that it might have been hackers from Russia - and not anyone associated with the North Korean government - who hacked Sony Pictures.

According to cybersecurity firm Taia Global, Sony employees in Russia, India and Asia were spear-phishing emails containing a PDF and remote access trojan (RAT). This allowed hackers from Russia to gain access Sony Pictures Entertainment's networks.

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'Torchlight II' Comes To The Mac February 2nd

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Apparently Unicorn bacon could be a thing if Unicorns existed. But in more important and breaking news, Runic Games has finally finished the Mac version of its popular RPG Torchlight II and will release it to the masses via Steam on February 2nd. Keep in mind that Torchlight II was released on September 20, 2012 for PC... Yeah that is a long time for Mac owners to wait, but if their interest has not waned then they can grab the game on Steam in early February.

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EA Sued For Allegedly Violating Sports Statistics Patent

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Joystiq report, a company named White Knuckle filed a lawsuit last week against Electronic Arts claiming that the company's sports titles infringe on U.S. Pat. No. 8,529,350, a software method patent that relates to recording "real-world parameters, then storing those elements on a server so players can download to update their games." The patent was approved by the USPTO in October 2002.

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Capcom Removes GameCube From 'Resident Evil HD'

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom has released a remastered version of the 2002 GameCube Resident Evil remake, but one small change redacts a GameCube specific gag that some fans might notice.

Resident Evil HD offers the same core gameplay and story from the original 1996 PlayStation Resident Evil and the new features added into the GameCube version like new enemies. But one thing the game does not contain is a specific reference to the Nintendo platform.

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PHX Corphttp://www.thejimquisition.com/2015/04/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-review/ anyone seen this04/26/2015 - 4:19pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.destructoid.com/director-del-toro-says-silent-hi… Can not say I am surprised sadly. I feel bad for del Toro because every time he tries to do a video game project it falls apart.04/26/2015 - 1:42pm
InfophileAnyone play any of the following games: War Thunder, Infinite Crisis, or Strife? Got a card for a big chunk of money in them with my new computer which I won't need and looking to give it away if anyone wants it.04/26/2015 - 9:02am
Mattsworknamei I hope there is, I love that series.04/25/2015 - 5:59pm
Matthew Wilson@matt I am sure there will never be a armored core game04/25/2015 - 5:24pm
Mattsworknameof From softwares recent games, bloodborne is the best work they have done yet, though they really need to get to work on armored core 604/25/2015 - 5:10pm
Matthew WilsonLost Kingdoms came out in 2002 this day. I played that game. I did not relize it was made by From Software. Lost Kingdoms was a good unique hard game.04/25/2015 - 4:56pm
MattsworknameOff topic, but, who heres playing Bloodborne, and if so, is it mercillesly murdering you every chance it gets?04/25/2015 - 7:35am
Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://tinyurl.com/ok9pf6b a interesting opinion piece on the life is strange episode 2, and a dark event that happens in it. full warning major spoilers.04/24/2015 - 10:11pm
Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
ZippyDSMleeoy the skyrim paid mod thing is going over well. My 2 lints, I would not mind if Skyrim had a full SDK and not a crappy lil editor....04/24/2015 - 6:46pm
Andrew EisenWell, that is indeed crappy and nonsensical.04/24/2015 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
 

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