Cumberland, Rhode Island Mayor Dan McKee showed a flair for the dramatic this week when he brought a letter to the race for lieutenant governor, according to the Providence Journal. Mollis showed up at the State House to personally hand-deliver a letter to his democratic primary opponent, current Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.
A requirement for Finland's Assembly Summer 2014 Hearthstone competition has outraged the gaming community. According to this PC Gamer report, an announcement page for the Hearthstone qualifier reveals that "The participation is open only to Finnish male players." The qualifier's organizers, the Finnish eSports Federation, are taking a lot of heat for this requirement and for their explanation why they have decided to separate and/or exclude players based on gender.
Orcs Must Die! developer Robot Entertainment thinks that toxic players are an important part of a game's chance at having longevity. In an interview with Polygon, Orcs Must Die! Unchained designer Jerome K. Jones says that toxic players are an asset that should be leveraged by game developers.
While Sony works on Morpheus for PS4 and Oculus continues to developer Oculus Rift, Google is offering a more mundane approach to the virtual reality space called Google Cardboard. It sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but Google Cardboard is a DIY VR headset offering developed by a two-man team (in Europe) at Google that uses a simple cardboard headset, and a few household items to offer VR using an Android phone and a Google app.
One of the biggest complaints about Battlefield 4 (aside from the fact that it required Origin) was its technical and connectivity issues at launch that prevented many people from playing the popular shooter. The developers of the next Battlefield game - the cops v. robbers-themed Battlefield Hardline - promise that those issues will be kept to a minimum at launch.
Speaking to PSLifestyle, lead multiplayer designer Thad Sasser said that players should "expect great stability at launch."
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft says that separating the Kinect from Xbox One at retail will not drive game developers away from utilizing the device. Speaking to GII, Spencer said that Microsoft expects that the stand-alone Kinect will sell well and the success of the device and the software that uses it is heavily reliant on having a strong Xbox One install base.
Crysis series and CryEngine middleware developer Crytek has denied a report in German publication Gamestar alleging that the company is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The GameStar report alleges that the Frankfurt, Germany based company was in serious financial trouble after its Xbox One launch title Ryse failed.
Microsoft continues to refute that it is shutting Games For Windows Live down in July. In August of last year a support update on Xbox.com stated, "Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014". That message was later removed and Microsoft has denied that it is shutting down the multiplayer service for PC games ever since.
Ubisoft has issued a statement attempting to explain why the PC version of Watch Dogs included unused graphical options hidden within its game files. The company also said that a mod enabling these features is not a good thing for PC users because it can cause a number of unwanted technical and gameplay issues.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says that his company is working hard to improve its character creation processes in response to criticisms over 'bland' characters in its blockbuster games (although the most recent criticisms were related to both Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity not offering gender options in multiplayer and the creative leads of those games saying that they lacked the resources and time to add them).
The winner of Monday's DreamHack Hearthstone tournament has been accused of cheating by the community - even though organizers have reviewed the situation and given both participants a "pass," and the loser of the event says that the winner beat him fair and square. The trouble revolves around the winner, Radu 'RDU' Dima, who apparently received Battle.net messages from friends while the finals were taking place. Dima eventually bested Team Liquid's Jason 'Amaz' Chan by 3-0 to take home a $10,000 prize pot.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said lots of interesting things while he was at E3 last week. Adding to his comment that watching people playing games isn't exciting (millions of people do it every day on Twitch and YouTube), Fils-Aime told the Seattle Times that the Wii U is currently second place in console war, right behind Sony's PS4 and right ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One.
Microsoft hasn't been the best of friends with the PC gaming community over the last few years. While the company says that it has a lot of faith in the PC gaming space, you can always tell how strongly they feel about something by how much they highlight it at E3. And at this year's E3 Microsoft didn't even talk about PC games or show any that we know of.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime attempted to address concerns that there has been a real lack of third-party titles for the Wii U announced so far this week, but didn't actually mention any third-party titles. During Nintendo's E3 Direct feed yesterday Nintendo didn't highlight one company outside of its own brand that is developing a game for the Wii U or even the 3DS.
In the latest episode of Stossel, Libertarian host John Stossel tackles what he views as "Popular Nonsense" including Hollywood's use of global warming as themes in movies, income inequality, and video game violence causing real-world violence. At around the 31:14 mark in this YouTube video of the show Stossel talks about violent video games and is joined by disbarred Florida attorney and long-time anti-video game critic Jack Thompson.
Earlier this week Microsoft said that the newest update provided a boost to developers using the Xbox One to develop their latest games. They claim that boost comes from resources that are used by Kinect. With the new Kinect-free Xbox One bundle coming out this month, everyone assumed that Microsoft meant that disconnecting the Kinect from the Xbox One magically made more resources available to the system. Eurogamer offered an extensive report yesterday.
AT&T says that it would be happy to expand its broadband fiber infrastructure throughout the country... if the government agencies like the FCC and the Justice Department approve its proposed merger with satellite TV provider DirecTV. AT&T recently name checked 100 municipalities in 21 metropolitan areas where it "might" bring its fiber-to-the-home network, GigaPower service. The company did not say just how many customers might be served under this attentive plan to expand its network. The service offers up to 1Gbps download speeds.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he has no intention of selling the Xbox business.
"I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today," Nadella told reporters at the Code Conference in California this week, according to The Verge.
Conan O'Brien's latest edition of "Clueless Gamer" takes on Ubisoft's hacking-themed open-world action game, Watch Dogs. Being that Conan isn't much of a gamer, he acts like he's playing Grand Theft Auto V, with lots of inadvertent car crashes, car jackings, random gunfire, and other acts of stupidity.
AT&T said yesterday that it would follow the FCC's old net neutrality rules for three years if the government approves its acquisition of DirecTV. It's a miracle. This is despite the fact that the D.C. circuit of the federal Appeals court basically put those rules out to dry, noting that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate broadband service providers because they are not "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (Verizon v. FCC).
What does the average gamer look like and how are people who play games different from the rest of the population? Are they better or worse than the rest of society? While Jagex would never claim to know the full answers to these burning questions, the company behind the long-running MMORPG RuneScape thinks it has a clearer picture.
Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering owner Wizards of the Coast has filed a lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment related to their digital card game Hex: Shards of Fate. According to the lawsuit the digital collectible card game is a clone of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering.
Microsoft doesn't plan on providing any compensation to those who have already bought an Xbox One, according to Eurogamer, though one has to ask the question - why would they? After yesterday's announcement that it would start offering the Xbox One without a Kinect for $399, GameSpot decided to ask Microsoft if it planned to offer any freebies to early adopters of the system.
Naturally the answer is an emphatic "no."
Syracuse University researchers have conducted a study that aims to suss out whether female avatars in games are actually women in real-life or just men role-playing as female characters.
Research that included work at Syracuse University considered 375 people playing a multi-player World of Warcraft quest. Researchers found that 23 percent of the men chose opposite-gender avatars, compared to 7 percent of women who played as male characters.
Washington D.C-based news station WIJA offers a report that tries to solicit anger from local policemen about the depiction of violence in Starbreeze Studios.
Electronic Arts and ISP Comcast are believed to be negotiating a game streaming deal, according to five independent sources speaking to Reuters. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Comcast will give some customers the ability to buy and stream EA titles through Comcast's new X1 operating system. X1 is only available in certain areas covered by Comcast at the moment.
Here's a bizarre bit of polling reported on by the Wall Street Journal about the correlation between tattoos and video gamers. Apparently those who have a tattoo are also more inclined to be video gamers, though the folks responsible for the polling don't really understand why.
Pollsters also found that "Tattooed Americans" are more likely to be uninsured, live in a Republican congressional district, and voted for President Barack Obama in the past. The polling data also showed that there are far more tattooed people than there were 15 years ago.