Indie Developers Rail Against YouTube After Being Targeted with Copyright Claims

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developers including the makers of The Witness, Thomas Was Alone, VVVVVV, and Ridiculous Fishing, are railing against YouTube and Google over their new copyright detection policies after being the target of false copyright claims on videos of their own games.

Mike Bithell, creator of puzzle platformer game Thomas Was Alone, was the target of a claim by a group called 'Indmusic' for "systematically" claiming rights to footage of his game. He lashed out at the group via Twitter:

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Google Defends YouTube Automated Content ID System

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In an email to YouTube content creators yesterday (obtained by Kotaku), Google defended its automated "Content ID" system deployed last week and offered some advice on what those affected by it could do if they feel they have become the target of a false copyright claim.

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Online Retailer Threatens Legal Action Against Customers for a Mistake it Made

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

By all accounts online retailer Zavvi made a mistake when it mailed out a PlayStation Vita and Tearaway bundle to UK customers who simply ordered only the PS Vita game, but the company's response to customers is what's making news this morning. According to Eurogamer, the retailer has sent customers who received the PS Vita bundle by accident emails filled with ultimatums and legal threats.

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Riot's New Contract for Pro LoL Players Restricts Streaming 'Other Games'

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games, makers of the popular MOBA game League of Legends, requires a lot from players who want to sign up with them to play professionally.

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A Game So Bad It Was Canceled After Release

November 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

You've probably heard of games being cancelled while being in early development, in beta, and at various stages of development but one game is likely the first to be cancelled after it has been released. Published by 505 Games and developed by Trickstar, Ashes Cricket 2013 is the first game to be cancelled publicly by a publisher - in addition to being unceremoniously pulled from Steam for being awful. Naturally 505 Games points its fingers at the game's developer who did not deliver a game up to anyone's standards.

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Report: Microsoft Banning Xbox One Users Over Videos and Skype Calls Containing Vulgar Language

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Reddit thread unearthed by Eurogamer, Microsoft has been banning Xbox One users who have been deemed to have used foul language in their chats via Skype and uploaded videos through Upload Studios. Dozens of users have also complained about the bans on the Xbox forums, according to Eurogamer.

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No More FIFA Manager Titles After 14, Says Series Founder

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

FIFA Manager series' founder Gerald Köhler announced that FIFA Manager 14 will be the last game in the soccer/football management series.

"Today I’m writing to tell you that FIFA MANAGER 14 will be the last installment of the football simulation series marketed by EA SPORTS. This is was a very tough decision, so I want to take the time to explain it. This probably comes as a big disappointment to many of you, and it is understandable that you would ask why."

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Small Number of Consumers Claim to Receive Xbox One with Faulty Disc Drives

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Kotaku continued to report on disc drive failures in Microsoft's new Xbox One console, according to the publication, it has received over 150 readers saying that they have bought an Xbox One with a faulty disc drive. In addition editors from websites Polygon, IGN, and GamesRadar have reported receiving one of these faulty units directly from Microsoft.

Microsoft has been pretty lukewarm in its response to the news:

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Sony Attempts to Address DOA PS4 Consoles, Launches Troubleshooting Guide

November 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

As the PlayStation 4 hit North America some consumers took their shiny new next-generation home and realized that it didn't work very well. On Friday Sony said that it was looking into an issue some customers were experiencing with the PS4, and today they have put together a page dedicated to working out the problem. What was the problem? Some customers in North America were reporting that the console was giving them a blue blinking light. A blue blinking light was replacing the white solid light, which means that the console is in the "powered on" state.

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Wadjet Eye Games Gets Burned Over Halloween Promotion

November 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

What started out as a goodwill Halloween gesture to the community by indie developer Wadjet Eye Games turned into a nightmare last night. Wadjet Eye Games made the latest game in its popular point-and-click adventure game series Blackwell Deception available for free. It was supposed to be available until midnight on November 1, but Wadjet Eye Games was forced to shut the promotion down early, leaving many who found out about the freebie later to miss out. Fans who didn't know what was going on were obviously peeved with the indie developer.

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Taiwan's FTC Fines Samsung for Astroturfing

October 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Samsung and two local PR firms for what it described as an organized campaign to post positive reviews of its products, while maligning competitors' products. Samsung reportedly carried this plan out through two local public relations firms who used a "large number of hired writers and designated employees" to get the job done. Samsung and the two local firms were fined $100,000 each, though the original fine it faced was much higher - as much as $1 million.

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Developers Rebuke Ryse Crunch Time Tweet from Crytek

October 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A tweet from Crytek has rubbed several developers the wrong way leading some to lash out at the company in a very public fashion. Talking about finishing up its upcoming game Ryse, Crytek tweeted that the development team had been in crunch mode as it pushed hard to have the title ready to ship in time for the Xbox One launch on November 15.

"By the time #Ryse ships for #XboxOne, we will have served the crunching team more than 11,500 dinners throughout development. #RyseFacts," the official Twitter account for the game joked.

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SEC Files Lawsuit Against Left Behind Games Founder

September 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the founder of Left Behind Games and Ronald Zaucha. The SEC claims that Left Behind Games CEO and CFO Troy Lyndon inflated the company's reported revenue by 1,300 percent by issuing nearly 2 billion shares of stock to Zaucha as "purported compensation for consulting services" to the California-based company.

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Kickstarter-Funded Sword Fighting Game 'Clang' Runs out of Cash

September 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Kickstarter-funded sword fighting game Clang has run out of cash and is looking - with little success - for additional funding. In an update to the Kickstarter page for the game, Neal Stephenson from Subutai Studio told backers that the $526,000 pledged by Kickstarter donors in July 2012 is all gone and raising funding from other sources has proven difficult because publishers and investors interested in the sector are "risk-averse."

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PayPal Strikes Again: Freezes Funds of Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm Developers

September 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: A spokesperson for PayPal has informed us that the situation has been resolved. The company's statement can be found below:

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The Penny Arcade Controversy That Will Not Die

September 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Wired contributor Rachel Edidin has joined a growing contingent of writers and game developers that say they won't be attending PAX events in the future. Edidin says that a Q&A with Mike Krahulik (the artist of the web comic Penny Arcade and co-founder of PAX) this weekend was the final straw that broke the camel's back for her. She is not alone in that assertion.

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No Wii U Price Cut for Australia

August 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week Nintendo of America announced that it plans on knocking $50 off the retail price of its Wii U console in September and that it would launch a special Wind Waker HD Limited Edition Wii U Bundle that includes the game, the Wii U console, a specially branded Zelda gamepad, and a digital copy of the Hyrule Historia book.

While America is getting all of this, apparently Australia is getting a big fat goose egg.

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Xbox One Delayed in Eight Regions to 'As Soon as Possible in 2014'

August 14, 2013 - James Fudge

We have some bad news for Xbox One fans living in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland: you'll have to wait until 2014 to get your hands on the new next-gen console system from Microsoft.

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GameStop Comments on Xenoblade Pricing, Doesn't Answer Main Question

August 13, 2013 -

Yesterday, it was suggested that GameStop received a new shipment of the fairly rare and in demand RPG Xenoblade Chronicles and is selling them as 'used' for $90.

Why would GameStop mislabel a batch of new games as 'used' when it could command a higher price selling them new?  Like the number of licks required to reach the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know because all anyone's been able to get out of the games retailer is why a used copy of Xenoblade costs so darn much.

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Consumers Cry Foul on High Price of Xenoblade Chronicles at GameStop

August 12, 2013 -

When you go to eBay, Craigslist, or some off-the-beaten-path retro game store you expect some level of price gouging to happen. People selling old games in these spaces categorize them as collector's items and try to sucker you into paying $500 for an old copy of a game (like Minish Cap for GBA). But when GameStop does it, you have to wonder what the heck is going on. Apparently that is exactly what the world's largest video gaming retailer is doing, according to this Kotaku report.

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Russian Distributor Halts Sales of Company of Heroes 2 After Consumer Complaints

August 5, 2013 -

Russian distributor 1C-SoftClub was forced to halt sales of the WWII real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2 after consumers complained about the portrayal of Russian forces in the game. After numerous player complaints about Russian forces being portrayed as having a ruthless leadership and taking liberties with history, the distributor decided to stop shipping the game to retailers, and reached out to publisher Sega. Sega said that it was looking into these concerns.

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Wii U Version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist Will Not Have Local Co-op Play

August 5, 2013 -

The Wii U version of Ubisoft's next Splinter Cell title apparently WILL have multiplayer but it WON'T have offline multiplayer. Ubisoft producer Liu Jim told Nintendo Life that Splinter Cell: Blacklist for the Wii U won't have four-player local co-op because the company just didn't have enough time to devote to it before it ships. The game will ship on all platforms at the same time - August 20.

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Apple Supplier Accused of Abusing Workers

July 29, 2013 -

According to this Reuters report, the Taiwanese company Pegatron Corp. is being accused of forced overtime, low wages and the use of underage workers. Pegatron is one of several companies that works in Apple's supply chain for various iOS devices. So who is accusing the company of such horrendous practices?

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'The Doom That Came to Atlantic City' Backers Will Wait a Long Time for Refunds

July 26, 2013 -

Backers of the The Doom That Came to Atlantic City boardgame Kickstarter are learning a harsh lesson about crowd-funding: there's always a risk that the project you put money into will fail miserably. Eurogamer chronicled the epic failure of this popular Kickstarter-funded board game in an extensive report this morning.

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Zynga Abandoning Online Real Money Gambling Space

July 26, 2013 -

Zynga is in a bad spot. New information revealed through an earnings statement filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the social game maker has lost a lot of daily active players and had a substantial loss in Q3 2013. In its filing Zynga reported that the number of daily average users (DAU) dropped from 52 million to 39 million in the quarter. This is the lowest number of daily active users since the company started tracking those numbers. Roughly 25 percent of its daily user base has stopped playing Zynga games in a single quarter.

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Activision's Dan Amrich Offers a Strong Rebuke to Surly Call of Duty Players

July 24, 2013 -

After Treyarch released a new update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, some fans of the game showed that they lack basic communication skills. For example, it's not usually good form to wish someone to die or for harm to come to their family... But that is exactly what some fans wished for Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar via Twitter as he talked about some minor changes to three weapons in the game.

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Westboro Baptist Church Renews Threat to Protest GaymerX Event

July 19, 2013 -

Update: Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), was kind enough to offer his opinion on the WBC's planned protest of GaymerX. He also confirmed that members of his organization plan on attending the event.

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Report: Microsoft Cooperated with NSA Surveillance Programs

July 12, 2013 -

A new report from The Guardian reveals the scope of Microsoft's alleged collaboration with the National Security Agency and its PRISM domestic spying program. According to the report, which cites top secret documents obtained by the Guardian, Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption related to its Outlook portal and web chat services; provided help with Hotmail mail services, its cloud storage service SkyDrive; and Skype.

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More Troubles for Code Hero

July 5, 2013 -

Code Hero, a game that promised to "teach you how to code," managed to raise $170,000 on Kickstarter, but since going beyond its funding goals, it hasn't been smooth sailing for the game's developers or the people who backed it. The trouble began in December 2012 when Code Hero developer Primer Labs announced that it had run out of money. In February it was looking for ways to compensate or reward backers.

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Former Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth to Speak at GDC Next

June 19, 2013 -

Former Microsoft creative director Adam Orth will be giving an ironic speech that explores "toxic online behavior" and why he left the Xbox maker at this year's GDC Next. Adam Orth is best known for his controversial "always-online" and "deal with it" comments on Twitter that angered a lot of gamers and inevitably led to him getting fired by Microsoft. Orth will give a talk titled "Mob Rules: The Destructive Power of Opinion and Online Community."

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Andrew EisenIn case anyone was wondering, Nintendo's eShop no longer does that "you don't make money until you've sold x units" thing. http://www.develop-online.net/news/nintendo-no-minimum-sales-needed-for-eshop-revenues/019921010/24/2014 - 1:52pm
MaskedPixelanteGOG needs better web developers. Someone dug into their countdown timer, found numbers using fonts from Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Monkey Island, and pretty much confirmed that LucasArts is coming on Tuesday.10/24/2014 - 1:43pm
Papa MidnightI've seen glowing reviews for Bayonetta 2 so far.10/24/2014 - 1:17pm
Andrew EisenI'm not picking up Bayonetta. Today. Tomorrow's not looking good either. I'll get it eventually though!10/24/2014 - 12:23pm
Infophile@MP: No it doesn't. You're a terrible human being for completely unrelated reasons. (/snark)10/24/2014 - 12:15pm
MaskedPixelantePicked up Bayonetta 2, which according to Polygon means I am now a terrible human being.10/24/2014 - 11:58am
Matthew Wilsonofcourse not he did a video on the new civ game just yesterday.10/24/2014 - 10:32am
Papa MidnightYou think a bit of cancer surgery would keep The Cynical Brit from railing about bad PC ports? Not a chance! :)10/24/2014 - 10:15am
Matthew Wilsonmight be a bit soon only becouse he got out of cancer surgery last week, but ask his email is public.10/24/2014 - 9:56am
Papa MidnightHell, set up a Google Hangout or Skype call, and I'll be happy to join in.10/24/2014 - 9:34am
Papa MidnightBring Totalbiscuit on SuperPAC for Saturday!10/24/2014 - 9:32am
CMinerThere is no journalism/ethics concern that you've raised that would be made weaker by not raising it under the umbrella of GamerGate.10/24/2014 - 9:32am
CMinerNeo: You want to start some healing? Stop using the GamerGate hashtag. Even if you don't believe that it originated with harassers, you have to see that it's been irrevocably tainted by their actions.10/24/2014 - 9:31am
MaskedPixelanteGOG has a four day countdown to their next publisher. All hints suggest Disney, but no guarantee it'll be LucasArts.10/24/2014 - 6:58am
Neo_DrKefkawith a neutral party Moderating it. I've been waiting a long time for a GamerGate to happen but now all I want is the healing to start. Weird huh? Gamers don't need to be attacking gamers we should all be on the same side10/24/2014 - 12:39am
Neo_DrKefkaRight now from what I seen your tweet and the other guys tweet there are hard feelings. Until we start a dialogue with each other I think it will get worse before it will get better. I hope you guys work something out meet in a neutral stream10/24/2014 - 12:37am
Neo_DrKefkaThanks James. Even if a hot/hard headed person likes me thinks the public needs to sit down and discuss this together. We all might not agree right now but if the public does not start talking to each other we are not going anywhere.10/24/2014 - 12:36am
james_fudgeHey guys I had a nap because, getting old! I'll take a look.10/24/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonjames needs to contact Totalbiscuit than10/23/2014 - 10:07pm
Neo_DrKefkaJames said earlier he went into a stream earlier informed them who he was and they didn't care. If James is trying to talk lets set something up?10/23/2014 - 9:38pm
 

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