Researchers: Game Developers Need to Put Limits on MMORPG Players to Avoid 'Pathological Addiction'

August 6, 2013 -

Researchers in the United Kingdom are warning MMO developers that they need to consider limiting the amount of time the average player spends per session to combat "pathological addiction," and avoid inevitable government intervention. Researchers at Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities said some gamers play up to "90 hours a session,"  and that if game companies did not create in-game limits for players, governments might have no choice but to follow Asia's model for limiting play time.

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Report: Xbox One Designed to Stay on for Ten Years

August 1, 2013 -

According to Eurogamer sister publication Digital Foundry, the Xbox One was designed to stay on for ten years. Tapping sources inside Microsoft, Digital Foundry says that the design of the Xbox One was based on a "brief that bore the 10-year lifecycle in mind, in which the console would remain switched on."

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Filmmaker Says Facebook is a Public Utility

July 31, 2013 -

Libertarian publication Reason.com offers an interesting interview with filmmaker Cullen Hoback, who says that Facebook and other internet services are a lot like public utilities.

Hoback is working on a new documentary about digital privacy in the Internet age called "Terms and Conditions May Apply." The title was inspired by the privacy policies we all agree to when we uses services such as Facebook, Google, AT&T and any other notable or popular digital service in 2013.

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Is Taking Drugs in a Game Worse Than Selling Them? The Australian Classification Board Seems to Think So

July 26, 2013 -

The Australian Classification Board has refused classification on several games in recent weeks because they featured interactive drug use, but as web site Stevivor points out (thanks to Cheater87 for the link), different rules seem to apply to making and selling drugs.

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Mad Catz Reveals Mojo, an Android-Based Home Console

July 25, 2013 -

In an extensive report over on CVG, Mad Catz reveals its entry into the growing Android-based home console market. The new system is called "Mojo." The difference between the Mojo and other Android-based consoles such as Ouya is that it won't lock users into buying games from a custom app store, according to Mad Catz. Users will have access to Google Play, Amazon's App Store, and Nvidia TegraZone.

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Blame YouTube: No Story Mode in Next Super Smash Bros. Game

July 25, 2013 -

The next Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS will not have a Story Mode because of... the Internet. Yeah, apparently Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai said in his bi-weekly column in Weekly Famitsu that story mode and CG cutscenes would be eliminated from the next game because the movie scenes from it were uploaded onto the Internet. Yeah, that's really the reason for it.

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VZVB Promises Lawsuit Over Steam Software Resale Rights

July 22, 2013 -

According to Gaming Blend, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) is reportedly looking to challenge Valve's stance on digital trade-ins in court before the end of the year. The VZVB is pursuing legal action regarding Steam's inability for its customers to resell the software they buy. The group had promised in February that it planned to sue Valve.

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How to Enjoy Comic-Con in Three Easy Steps

July 19, 2013 -

This short video from Andrew Eisen might make you feel a little bit better about missing out on Comic-Con in San Diego this week. While you may miss out on dressing up like Sailor Moon or Spock (no one is going to stop you from doing it at home though!) and showing off just how great your costume is to unwashed masses, you can still see all the announcements, panel discussions, and more very easily.

Watch Andrew's video to learn how you can have the Comic-Con experience in three easy steps.


Studio Ports and Resells Game it Doesn't Own, Says it 'Assumed it Was Going to be Okay'

July 18, 2013 -

It's bad enough to steal someone else's work wholesale, but it is beyond the pale to defend such action by saying "we couldn't reach the original developers to present it with a deal." In April of this year Taiwanese developer Rocky Hong released the puzzle game Magnetized on GameStop's Kongregate. The game proved to be very popular with the Kongregate community who downloaded it an impressive 280,000 times.

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Daily Mail Tries to Blame 'Xbox' for UK Teen's Death

July 16, 2013 -

As it often likes to do, the UK paper the Daily Mail tries to pin the death of a 16-year-old on "too much excitement" while playing a Sonic the Hedgehog game on his "Xbox."

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Chinese Man Forges Government Documents for Game Account, Gets Caught

July 15, 2013 -

A Chinese man thought it would be a good idea to forge government documents as a means to regain control of his online account for a MOBA game, according to Wenzhou Online. The Hangzhou, Zhejiang province resident, identified in the report only as "Zou," contacted the makers of the MOBA game Dream Three Kingdoms Online (Hangzhou Dianhun) asking it to reset the login and password after he was locked out of his account.

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Microsoft Pitches Xbox One to Small Businesses

July 11, 2013 -

Microsoft thinks that every small business should spend money on an Xbox One.

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Putt Putt Threatens Mojang Over User-Made Maps, Notch Calls Them 'Silly'

July 10, 2013 -

Miniature golf company Putt-Putt golf has threatened to sue Minecraft maker Mojang for maps that feature the putt-putt name, according to Eurogamer. The problem with the threat? The examples they use in pointing out trademark infringement were created by the Minecraft community and not Mojang... Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson posted an image of the cease-and-desist letter on Twitter along with a message that the company was being pretty silly.

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Report: China Preparing to Lift 13-Year-Long Console Ban

July 10, 2013 -

According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese government is preparing to lift the 13 year long ban on game consoles in the region. Such a move would be good for the industry, but first console makers such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft would have to kowtow to the demands of the government. Apparently efforts to eliminate the ban are strongly supported by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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Headset Promises to 'Overclock Your Brain'

July 5, 2013 -

Would you buy a peripheral - for the purposes of training yourself to be a better gamer - that gives you feedback in the form of an electric shock? If the answer to that question is "yes," then you might be interested in the $249 Foc.us, "a tDCS [transcranial Direct Current Stimulation] headset for gamers" that allows users to "overclock your brain to increase the plasticity." The Foc.us comes with an iOS app so that the headset "can be controlled manually using the touch sensor."

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Report: Google Secretly Working on Android-Based Home Console System

June 28, 2013 -

According to a Wall Street Journal report (sourced by IGN), Google has been secretly developing an Android-based home games console, which could be available as soon as this fall. Citing anonymous sources close to the situation, the WSJ claims that the console is just one of a number of secret projects Google has been working on.

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Actress Ellen Page Comments on Last of Us Protagonist Ellie

June 24, 2013 -

Speaking during a Reddit AMA actress Ellen Page claimed that Naughty Dog stole her likeness for protagonist Ellie from The Last of Us. Page is working with Quantic Dream on its game Beyond: Two Souls. She has done motion capture with the studio as well as voice acting for her role as Jodie Holmes, a young troubled woman.

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Watch Dogs: A Glimpse at our Possible Future?

June 14, 2013 -

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs couldn't be more topical and timely than at this very moment. With the revelation that the NSA is allegedly collecting data from our Internet activity on sites like Google and Facebook and tracking the data of Americans' mobile phones, Watch Dogs is like this generation's cautionary tale on government tyranny (think 1984 or Fahrenheit 451).

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Michael Pachter: Publishers Won't Block Used Xbox One Games

June 7, 2013 -

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter does not believe that third-party Xbox One game publishers will disable used games using the system Microsoft has put in place to do just that on its next-generation platform. Pachter goes so far as to say that any publisher that disables used games runs a serious risk of significant backlash or boycotts from consumers. In a note to investors today, Pachter said the majority of publishers will not block used games in the system's first few years.

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Dr. Oz Proclaims: Video Games Bad for Teens

June 6, 2013 -

In a syndicated editorial penned by Dr. Mehmet Oz (who is known best for "The Dr. Oz Show") and Dr. Mike Roizen (chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute), the good doctors proclaim that "It's official (again)- violent video games hurt teens." They determine (without citation) that playing games like Call of Duty: Black Ops (which they say features dismembered limbs, obscene language, torture) and Hitman: Absolution is "bad for teens" (both games are rated "M" and therefore shouldn't be played by teens).

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Russian Hacker Pirates The Dishwasher, Calls it 'Justice'

June 4, 2013 -

A Russian coder and hacker known only as "Barabus" has ported Ska Studios popular "M" rated XBLA action game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to the PC. But before you celebrate, this PC version of the game is not an official port and doesn't exactly have the blessing of Ska Studios founder James Silva. It is basically pirated version of the game.

Barabus defends his action by arguing that the developer of the game should have made a PC port himself and that by not doing so is "not very nice."

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Who's Watching Who: Microsoft's Questionable Rewards Patent for Xbox One

June 3, 2013 -

This TechDirt article details a Microsoft patent application related to the Xbox One console that might give you a little pause. The patent, "Awards and achievements across TV ecosystem," uses (what we assume is) the Kinect camera and sensors to tell whether a person is watching an advertisement.

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Glen Jacobs Considers Run Against Lamar Alexander

May 30, 2013 -

Lamar Alexander, the Republican Senator from Tennessee that made headlines earlier this year for saying that "video games are a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people," may have a hard time getting nominated as the Republican candidate for the 2014 race if Glenn Jacobs decides to jump in.

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Morning Joe Co-Host Inserts Foot in Mouth About Millennials Being Lazy Gamers

May 30, 2013 -

Continuing to show just how out of touch he is with reality, Joe Scarborough offered some silly comments about 20-somethings being lazy gamers on the Morning Joe show he co-hosts on MSNBC. His comments were his contribution to what could have been a serious conversation about how women are becoming the primary bread winners in American households and the shifting roles of gender. He did his best to derail the conversation, as usual.

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Shadow Warrior Classic Free on Steam

May 29, 2013 -

Shadow Warrior Classic, an updated version of 3D Realms' 1997 game Shadow Warrior, is now available for free on Steam. The free game has been released by developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital, who are also working on a "reimagining" of the game. The remake will also be called Shadow Warrior, and is set for release later this year on Windows PC and next-generation consoles.

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Worst Idea Ever: Fighting Copyright Infringement with Malware and Rootkits

May 29, 2013 -

If rights holders had their way they would have the ability to install rootkits and deploy malware that would include Ransomeware (restricted access to your computer until you pay them a fee) on to the computer systems of hackers and illegal file downloaders in order to fight piracy and cyber attacks. This may sound a little too over-the-top, but these are just some of the crazy ideas presented in a new report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.

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Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comments Inspire Pinball Game

May 28, 2013 -

During the last election cycle Senatorial candidate Todd Akin said something so ridiculous that it caught the attention of people around the world. He used the term "legitimate rape" and that the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Obviously these amazing comments related to abortion cost him the Senate race in Missouri and made him the laughing stock of the entire political class.

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Andrew Eisen Video: Interactive Fish

May 28, 2013 -

Is Call of Duty: Ghosts really that innovative? In Andrew Eisen's latest video he points out that a certain feature touted during the Xbox One press conference last week has been around since... 1996. Check out the video to your left. At least having a canine companion is new. Oh wait... maybe not...


Microsoft Claims it Can Sell 25 Million More Xbox 360s

May 24, 2013 -

Microsoft tells OXM that it can sell 25 million more Xbox 360s even after it rolls out the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 has sold an estimated 77.2 million units since it launched in 2005. Speaking to the UK's Official Xbox Magazine, Interactive Entertainment Business Senior VP Yusuf Mehdi said that Microsoft plans to sell these 25 million additional consoles over the next five years.

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Report: Microsoft Will Take Control of the Xbox One Used Games Market

May 24, 2013 -

We're not sure how much stock you should put into this news, but we're putting it out there anyway because Microsoft has been so dodgy on the topic since it announced the Xbox One.

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Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
IanCSo im guessing a bunch of edutainment games, which a lot of people elsewhere are going gaga over, dot count as classics? Okay. If you don't mind me, i have a sudden urge to play Putt Putt....04/19/2014 - 6:15am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
 

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