Report: 48 Percent of PS Vita Software Sales Are Digital

February 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony says that around 48 percent of the games bought by PS Vita customers are sold online. Speaking at a behind-closed-doors meeting in California, a representative for the company told IGN that digital games sales currently account for 48 percent of the PS Vita’s total software sales.

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Valve Wins German Lawsuit Concerning Used Digital Games Sales

February 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to the web site for law firm Osborne Clarke, the results of the German court case against Valve for not allowing Steam accounts to be transferred or the ability to sell pre-owned Steam games are in.

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GOG.com Customers Help Raise $1.9 Million for Charity in 2013

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com says that its customers helped raise $1.9 million for various charities in 2013. The DRM-free digital marketplace for classic and new PC games said that customers raised this money mostly through its first ever online charity event carried out in November 2013. The money is being split up between several charities including WWF, Worldbuilders, and Gaming for Good.

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Report: Japan to Tax Digital Goods from Foreign Sources in 2015

January 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you live in Japan you already know that the government taxes games (and other physical goods) with a consumption tax that are imported from outside the country, but that tax will soon be applied to digital purchases as well, according to this Kotaku report.

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'DERP' Claims Responsibility for Taking Down EA's Origin

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The hacking group known as "DERP" has reportedly struck again, claiming responsibility for taking down EA's digital distribution platform Origin yesterday.

The hacker organization claimed responsibility for the attack in posts via Twitter.

"We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline."

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Nintendo Apologizes for eShop Outages During Christmas

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has apologized for outages over the Christmas holiday period on its eShop. The company said that these outages were mostly due to high volumes of traffic. As a result of these problems Nintendo also said that it was forced to delay the Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter apps, which were originally due to go live on December 27.

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GOG.com MD Talks About the Power of a DRM-Free Catalog

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Wired UK (by way of sister publication Ars Technica) offers an interesting and lengthy discussion with GOG.com managing director Guillaume Rambourg about digital rights management. Rambourg talks about DRM, anti-sales, and a whole lot more.

Rambourg starts out with GOG.com's origin story and how high levels of piracy in its home country of Poland inspired the founders to create a storefront that worried very little about DRM and put their focus instead on creating value that would convert those pirates into paying customers. Here's an excerpt:

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GOG.com Kicks Off Winter Sale With Free Fallout Games

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has launched its "2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, giving consumers deep discounts on many of the games in its DRM-free catalog, offering special pricing in three different random categories and giving away all of its Fallout games for FREE for the next 48 hours.

While many will head over to the site to get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free, there are plenty of decent deals on old and new games in the GOG.com worth checking out.

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Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

December 5, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

I miss video game cartridges.

They were sturdy and more fun to handle.  No need to worry about fingerprints or gingerly placing them in a tray or slot.  Just jam those suckers in your console and away you go!  Heck, you could dropkick those suckers across the room if you didn't mind getting grounded.

The amount of space is limited only by cost.  You could have battery backups and even custom chips (remember the Super NES's FX chip?).  They were faster too!  No installing and rarely any loading!

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Hotfile Goes Offline After MPAA Settlement

December 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Only a few hours after it was revealed that cloud-based file-sharing destination Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as part of a settlement for a trial set to begin next week, the site went offline. Not only did the site go offline, but it took all of the user content being stored on its servers with it. Users who stored legal personal and business-related documents are now left in much the same situation that Megaupload users were left in, but this time it can't be blamed on anyone except the service provider.

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ShinyLoot Offers $1 Games on Black Friday

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital game store ShinyLoot will be hosting a massive Black Friday sale where over one hundred games in its catalog will be discounted to $1 each. The sale will include indie games from developer partners, DRM-free including such titles as The Oil Blue, Children of the Nile, Aztaka, The Cat Lady, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, Creeper World, Bridge Construction Set and Hinterland. The sale will begin on Friday, Nov. 29 at midnight CST, and will run until Monday Dec. 2 until Midnight CST.

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NPD Report: Digital Game Sales Surpass Physical in Q3

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Research firm NPD Group has released a new report called Q3 2013 Games Market Dynamics: U.S., which details the spending habits of video game consumers in the United States during the third quarter of this year. The report notes that $3.45 billion was spent on games in Q3 2013. Around $1.30 billion of that total was spent on physical game software, while $1.75 billion was spent on digital content (digital purchases, DLC, subscriptions, social, and mobile games), $436 million went towards used games and game rentals.

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Analyst: A Third of Games Sales for Consoles Will Be Digital

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Research firm IHS forecasts is suggesting that 34 percent of the money consumers spend on software for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be done in the digital space by 2017.

"A key driver for this digital transition will be publisher ambition to release most games digitally at the same time as boxed versions at retail outlets," said the report prepared by Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 75

October 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, Dark Matter being released on Steam and GOG and then being pulled, the TotalBiscuit YouTube controversy, and Sony being upset over pics of a nude character model from Beyond: Two Souls. Download Episode 75 now: SuperPAC Episode 75 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 81.1 MB.

Nintendo Releases Fix for Pokémon X & Y Save Bug

October 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week it came to light that the latest Pokémon games contained a rare save bug at a certain location in the game that locked the game down. Today Nintendo released a title update for Pokémon X and Y that fixes the bug and makes the game safe to play again. The software update is now available to download from the 3DS eShop. All you have to do is boot up the game, go to the game updates menu and download the update you see listed.

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Humble Bundle With Android 7 Launches

October 15, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Did you think Humble Bundle had closed up shop?  We're not sure why you would think that but the Pay-What-You-Want bundle dealer is back with a new bundle featuring four games: Ticket to Ride (plus the USA 1910 DLC), Greed Corp, Incredipede and Anodyne.  Also included are the soundtracks for Ticket to Ride, Greed Corp, and Anodyne (plus a remix album).

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Study: Digital Piracy's Harm Exaggerated by Entertainment Industries

October 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study by the London School of Economics suggest that the movie, music, and video games industries have been exaggerating the impact that file sharing has had on their bottom line and found that - for some creative industries - copyright infringement may actually be helping to boost revenues.

Researchers found that internet-based revenues have been a large part of the music industry's growth since 2004 because the industry has adopted methods of distributing and consuming content modeled after file-sharing services such as BitTorrent, Pirate Bay, and Napster.

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IndieGameStand Goes Big With New Store Front

September 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After a year of small sales of some great indie game titles, IndieGameStand is going big. The digital storefront dedicated to selling the best indie games becomes a full blown indie game digital store front, joining the ranks of Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Game Bundle. The store now has a permanent and dedicated store front with a full catalog of indie games - in addition to the 96 hour indie deals it has become famous for.

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Valve Reveals Steam Family Sharing Program

September 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has revealed the "Steam Family Sharing" program, which allows friends and family to share their library of Steam games online. A limited beta for the program will launch next week. Valve says that the Steam Family Sharing plan allows family members and friends to play each other's games, and individual members can earn their own achievements and keep their own saves and application data intact via the Steam cloud too.

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Capcom Predicts Severe Contraction in Packaged Goods Market

September 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Capcom predicts that the traditional physical goods market will shrink by $5.3 billion by the time 2017 rolls around. This has prompted the Japanese-based publisher and developer to commit to more investments in DLC going forward.

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UPlay Coming to Next-Generation Consoles

September 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Uplay, Ubisoft's middleware platform that became a full-fledged digital distribution platform a little over a year ago, will be rolled into its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases. Ubisoft announced that Uplay will be available on all the titles in Ubisoft's next-generation lineup, including Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, The Crew, The Division, Watch Dogs, and the recently announced games Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and Trials Fusion.

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EA Reveals 'Timed Refund' Initiative for Origin Purchases

August 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts announced a new initiative for its Origin digital distribution platform this week called "The Origin Great Game Guarantee." The new policy gives Origin users who purchase EA-published games on Origin "timed refunds" dependent mostly on when a purchase has been made.

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Humble Origin Bundle Generates Nearly $7.2 Million

August 19, 2013 - James Fudge

The Humble Origin Bundle has generated nearly $7.2 million from the sale of nearly 1.5 million bundles. It is officially the best-selling Humble Bundle to date, beating out THQ's and Deep Silver's bundles and all those that have come before it. The average price of the bundle is up two cents (from Friday's average price) to $4.82, as of this writing. The bundle has 9 days left to go.

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GOG Courts Indies With New Portal

August 19, 2013 - James Fudge

GOG.com has launched a new portal intended to entice indie developers to join its DRM-free PC games digital storefront. The new portal, found here, encourages indie developers to apply with GOG to have their games available for sale on the site. The site offers details on royalty splits and how developers who need a small investment can get some help from GOG.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 65

August 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show we talk about extreme developer harassment, GameStop's Xenoblade pricing, EA's Humble Origin Bundle, the latest poll from GamePolitics, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 65 now: SuperPAC Episode 65 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 69.3 MB.

Humble Origin Bundle Surpasses $5.3 Million Mark

August 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Love it or hate it, the Humble Origin Bundle is on track to be the most successful Humble Bundle offering to-date if it keeps trending the way it has been in the last couple of days. As of this writing, the bundle has generated over $5.3 million from the sale of over 1.1 million bundles, with an average price of $4.80. The bundle still has a little over 11 more days to go before it is over too.

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Humble Origin Bundle Generates over $3.6 Million

August 15, 2013 - James Fudge

As of this writing, the Humble Origin Bundle has generated over $3.6 million from the sale of a little more than 764,000 bundles. The Origin-themed, Not-DRM-Free bundle features a total of eight games including Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (includes 4 Limited Edition unlocks, and the Retaliation and Decimation packs), Mirror's Edge, and Medal of Honor. Paying more than the average price will get you The Sims 3 + Starter Pack and Battlefield 3. The current average price sits at $4.74.

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Humble Origin Bundle Launches

August 14, 2013 - James Fudge

There is no doubt in my mind that this latest bundle from the fine folks at Humble Bundle is going to get a mixed reaction from the game community. On the one hand it is offering up to eight high-profile games on the cheap; on the other hand all of these games are from Electronic Arts and use its Origin digital distribution platform - and at least three of the games require the bundle buyer to install Origin on their system in order to play.

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Former Valve Executive Joins Microsoft

August 14, 2013 - James Fudge

Former Valve executive Jason Holtman has joined Microsoft, according to GamesIndustry International. Holtman was in charge of Steam for eight years, helping to turn it into the digital distribution platform juggernaut that it is today. Holtman was the point man for developers looking to get their games on the platform, and is credited with convincing big third-party publishers like Activision and Electronic Arts to hawk their PC wares there.

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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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Sleaker@MP - Looked up hitbox, thanks.07/24/2014 - 9:40pm
Matthew WilsonI agree, but to me given other known alternatives google seems to the the best option.07/24/2014 - 6:30pm
Andrew EisenTo be clear, I have no problem with Google buying it, I'm just concerned it will make a slew of objectively, quantifiably bad changes to Twitch just as it's done with YouTube over the years.07/24/2014 - 6:28pm
Matthew WilsonI doubt yahoo has the resources to pull it off, and I not just talking about money.07/24/2014 - 6:15pm
SleakerI wouldn't have minded a Yahoo purchase, probably would have been a better deal than Tumblr seeing as they paid the same for it...07/24/2014 - 6:13pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's the golden age of Hitbox, I guess.07/24/2014 - 6:08pm
Matthew Wilsonagain twitch was going to get bought. It was just who was going to buy it . Twitch was not even being able to handle the demand, so hey needed a company with allot of infrastructure to help them. I can understand why you would not want Google to buy it .07/24/2014 - 5:49pm
Andrew Eisen"Google is better than MS or Amazon" Wow. Google, as I mentioned earlier, progressively makes almost everything worse and yet there are still two lesser options. Again, wow!07/24/2014 - 5:43pm
Andrew EisenI don't know. MS, in my experience, is about 50/50 on its products. It's either fine or it's unusable crap. Amazon, well... I've never had a problem buying anything from them but I don't use any of their products or services so I couldn't really say.07/24/2014 - 5:42pm
Matthew WilsonGoogle is better than MS or Amazon.07/24/2014 - 5:33pm
Sleaker@AE - I've never seen youtube as a great portal to interact with people from a comment perspective. like ever. The whole interface doesn't really promote that.07/24/2014 - 5:28pm
Andrew EisenNor I. From a content producer's perspective, almost every change Google implements makes the service more cumbersome to use. It's why I set up a Facebook fan page in the first place; it was becoming too difficult to connect with my viewers on YouTube.07/24/2014 - 4:50pm
Sleakerwonder if anyone is going to try and compete with google, I'm not a huge fan of the way they manage their video services.07/24/2014 - 4:41pm
Andrew EisenIt happened. Google bought Twitch. http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/24/googles-1b-purchase-of-twitch-confirmed-joins-youtube-for-new-video-empire/07/24/2014 - 4:28pm
MaskedPixelanteI hope Nintendo actually follows through with the DS Virtual Console, that sounds like it could be cool.07/24/2014 - 2:15pm
james_fudgePeople don't deny it persay, they bristle at the idea that it's a "problem" that nneds to be "fixed."07/24/2014 - 2:15pm
Papa MidnightRacism and Misogny are heavily prevalent in the gaming and online arena. Getting people to actually admit that, however...07/24/2014 - 11:42am
Papa MidnightThat very thing is somthing that anyone who has been subjected to racial-based targeting online could actually state that they've experienced.07/24/2014 - 11:41am
Papa MidnightPerfect example: "I have yet to talk to a man who has had to call a police officer due to a stalker, only to be told nothing can be done until they are physically assaulted."07/24/2014 - 11:40am
Papa MidnightNot that said communities are mutually exclusive. Even the very first comment on that last article equates women in the gaming industry with being the n-word. Despicable, aetestable, and (sadly enough) this is not an uncommon presence in either community.07/24/2014 - 11:35am
 

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