Epic awards Unreal Dev Grants to three developers - including one making a game about net neutrality

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Epic Games has selected three more developers that will receive money through its Unreal Dev Grant program. The recipients for March include Retro Yeti Games, Three One Zero, and PixelBeam.

Epic has given Retro Yeti Games a $13,000 grant for its Unreal Engine 4 powered game, 404Sight. The development team is made up of University of Utah students, who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.

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Unity offers high school educators free Unity 5 licenses and curriculum

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Buoyed by support from the Obama administration right out of the gate, Unity's new program aimed at secondary school educators has the right trajectory for wide proliferation.

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Bungie adding Colorblind Mode to 'Destiny' in next update

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie announced that it will add new audio and colorblind-friendly options to its online action game Destiny in the next major update. The upcoming 1.1.2 update for Destiny will add the ability to play your own music, adjust your teammate's chat volume, or mute the soundtrack.

The new colorblind mode will also be implemented, allowing those players who are colorblind to adjust the settings so that they can see the game better.

"We don't all see the world the same way," said Bungie community manager.

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Four days left to help fund Pixelles Game Incubator program for women

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four days remain to donate to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Pixelles Game Incubator 2015/2016. While the crowdfunding effort has already generated $8,716 CAD - well above its $5,000 CAD goal and beating all of its funding stretch goals - the money put towards the campaign will help Pixelles Montreal have even more resources to realize its goal: empowering young girls and women to "learn, love, and create games."

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Xbox One version of 'Battlefield: Hardlines' suffers DDoS attack on launch day

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the servers for the Xbox One version of Battlefield: Hardlines last night as the game kicked off its first day of availability. Publisher EA was aware of the problem and alerted fans via several tweets from the official Battlefield Twitter account last night (you can read them below). While it's unclear if EA has fully dealt with the problem, the company did say that it is aware of it and working on it.

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God of War Done Quick speed run to benefit AbleGamers

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of God of War for the PS2, Sony and speed running experts Awesome Games Done Quick have teamed up for a marathon play session to benefit the AbleGamers charity. Utilizing "some of the most skilled God of War players from around the world," Awesome Games Done Quick will attempt to speed run God of War 1, 2 and 3 in less than 5 hours total. The whole affair will be broadcast on Twitch beginning March 20.

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Ubisoft Montreal develops game to help treat Amblyopia

March 16, 2015 - James Fudge

Ubisoft Montreal is developing a video game that can help people who suffer from "lazy eye," or Amblyopia. Around three percent of Canadians and three percent of Americans suffer from Amblyopia, according to Prevent Blindness.  Amblyopia is a condition where one eye is stronger than the other.

The studio, better known for developing the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry series, is working with Simon Clavagnier, a researcher from McGill University, and U.S.-based medical software company Amblyotech.

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'This War of Mine' DLC To Benefit War Child Charity

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

11 bit studios announced that one-hundred percent of the sales from its freshly released This War of Mine downloadable content will go to the War Child charity, which helps children in war-torn regions of the world like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, The Uganda, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

This War of Mine - War Child Charity DLC adds unique street art pieces into the game made by artists from all over the world into the game including M-City, Gabriel "Specter" Reese, SeaCreative, Emir Cerimovic, Fauxreel and Mateusz Waluś.

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Free International Women’s Day DLC For Europa Universalis IV Makes Some Men Mad

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A free batch of downloadable content over the weekend for Paradox Interactive' grand historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV had the unintended consequence of whipping some of its users into a frenzy over the plight of men. The content was released for free to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) and adds 100 of the greatest women in history into the game.

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Epic Games Hands Out First Unreal Dev Grants

March 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last month Epic Games announced that it would dole out $5 million to developers using Unreal Engine 4 under a new grant program called Unreal Dev Grants. Today the company announced that it has handed out over $50,000 to the first recipients of the program.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Gamers In Real Life Game Design Competition Will Award Two Scholarships This Year

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Company (formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) has opened the submission process for its 2015 Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Game Design Competition. This year Daybreak's G.I.R.L. scholarship program will award two winners scholarships instead of one.

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Riot Games Named 13th Best Place to Work in America By Fortune

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends maker Riot Games has been named as one of the top 15 best places in America to work, according to the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For poll. Riot Games came in at number 3 on the Best Medium Work Places poll in 2013, but, with over 1,000 employees and continued expansion since that time, the company has managed to elevate itself by maintaining its policies on providing a friendly and inclusive work environment.

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Intel Promises To Help Foster More Diversity in The Video Games Industry

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In addition to announcing deals with Codemasters, Funcom and Ubisoft to use its technology in upcoming games and a new game developer friendly portal at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel revealed a number of initiatives it is backing to promote more diversity in the video games industry.

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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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'Blacks in Gaming' GDC Party Details

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blacks in Gaming (BIG) is hosting a GDC Party for those lucky enough to be attending the event this week in San Francisco. The party is sponsored by Xbox and will take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST). You can find out more information about the party here.

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Epic Games Makes 'Unreal Engine 4' Free For Everyone

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has decided that it is time to make Unreal Engine more competitive with stiff competition from the likes of Unity and other free game development tools. Unity has been free for some time, and some believe that it is cutting into Unreal Engine's market share in the game development space (no, we do not have stats on whether or not this is true, but this is at least the perception in some circles - ed.).

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Tactical Simulations Interactive Reveals 'Gateway' Character Transfer Initiative

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI), a company formed by former Strategic Inc. employees, has announced a new system called "Gateway" that allows players to transfer their favorite characters across multiple role-playing games that support the system. TSI’s first game, Seven Dragon Saga, will support Gateway, and Harebrained Games and inXile have committed to supporting the system as well.

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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'Camera Obscura' Celebrates Steam Launch With Charity Drive For Get-Well Gamers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie puzzler Camera Obscura launches on Steam today, and to celebrate developer Anteater Games announced that it will give a portion of each sale to Get-Well Gamers for a limited time.

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Epic Games Offers $5 Million in Grants to Unreal Engine 4 Developers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced a new program that will dole out grants to games being built using its game engine technology, Unreal Engine 4. Sweeney said that developers of all shapes and sizes and in all regions of the world are eligible to receive grants. The only requirement is that the game you are working on must have a working prototype and it must be nominated for a grant by someone.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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Reddit Donating Ten Percent of 2014 Profits To Ten Charities

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit announced today that it will donate ten percent of its income from 2014 to charity and it is letting the community choose which ten charities deserve to get the money. Reddit earned around $8,276,594.93 in 2014, which means that it will donate $827,659.49 to ten charities, or $82,765.95 each.

If you have a favorite charity you'd like to see get this money, then we urge you to hit the Reddit blog for more details on how you can participate.

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Winning Bidder on First 20th Anniversary PS4 System Backs Out

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like that $129,000 bidder for the very first limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 has gone south. According to Famitsu, the highest bidder on the auction for the special limited edition system has backed out. The auction, put on by Sony in January, was meant to raise funds for the Save The Children Japan charity.

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Get-Well Gamers and 'Goat Simulator' Maker Team Up For Charity

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game-related charity Get-Well Gamers Foundation and indie developer Coffee Stain Studios have teamed up to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and to raise funds for charity. Beginning February 19 through the end of the year (the year of Goat), everyone who donates $5 to Get-Well Gamers Foundation or makes equivalent purchase on eBay gets a free copy of the PC version of Goat Simulator, the odd and popular game from Coffee Stain Studios that allows players to experience life as a goat.

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'Dying Light' Update Restores Mods

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A freshly released update for the PC edition of Dying Light has removed a previous ban on modding the game. You may recall that earlier this month developer Techland decided to ban the use of mods from the game for fear that it was messing with the integrity of the game's "Be The Zombie" multiplayer mode. But in its zeal to ban mods that messed with multiplayer, it also inadvertently blocked ALL modifications - including those that improved performance and tweaked the game's visual style.

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'Mortal Kombat X' Will Feature More Realistic Portrayals of Women

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer NetherRealm will take a more realistic approach to the way it presents female combatants in its upcoming game Mortal Kombat X. In other words, female characters won't have gigantic breasts and other ridiculously overblown body features. This, says production manager Spiro Anagnostakos, is in the name of making Mortal Kombat X more realistic.

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Godus Contest Winner Becomes a Character in 'Not A Hero'

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Godus contest winner Bryan Henderson may be "god of gods" in name only in 22Cans' god sim at the moment (see this story for more details on that) publisher Devolver Digital is making a small but cool gesture to the young man: they are putting him into the upcoming game Not A Hero.

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Blizzard 'World of Warcraft' Pet Sale Generates $1.9 Million for Red Cross

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that sales of the World of Warcraft in-game pet Argi generated $1.9 million for charity. The digital sale of this cute little World of Warcraft pet ended on December 31. It let WoW players buy the pet for a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The money generated will be used to fight against Ebola on the African continent.

"The community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process," Blizzard said in a Battle.net post announcing the news. "Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference."

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MechaCrashMiyamoto once said "a delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever." While this can be taken to excess, it is good that Nintendo remembers it.03/27/2015 - 7:44pm
MaskedPixelanteYay for it not being a buggy mess like AC Unity. Boo that it got delayed til November 2016.03/27/2015 - 7:07pm
Andrew EisenAgreed. Considering we've seen nothing of the game (and those who did see it last E3, said it was super duper early) I would be quite surprised to see it this year.03/27/2015 - 5:28pm
Matthew WilsonI am sure star fox is 2016 too.03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
ZippyDSMleeThe primary reasons I would get a Nintendo system is Zelda and Metroid, Metroid prime collection was beyond words awesome even if 3 was the weakest one. I played TWP on the emulator I have Skyward Sword but like TWP I been putting it off…. LOL03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
Daniel LewisI actually thought star fox would be the game to be delayed,hopefully that isn't as well!03/27/2015 - 5:13pm
Daniel Lewiswoah post shared at the same time matthew,you just beat me!03/27/2015 - 5:11pm
Daniel LewisZelda wii u delayed until 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=67&v=C6Pzdl1wdUM03/27/2015 - 5:10pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=866919960035802&permPage=1 Who did not see this coming?03/27/2015 - 5:09pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/27/kleiner-perkins-verdict_n_6958164.html03/27/2015 - 5:07pm
MechaTama31I am always mysitfied when Cowboy Bebop is held up as an example of a good dub. Is it because it merely makes you want to cover your ears, rather than want to jam red-hot pokers into them?03/27/2015 - 5:04pm
james_fudgeyeah we covered that03/27/2015 - 4:41pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/13-year-old-minecraft-player-confesses-to-swatting-police-say/ not surprised.03/27/2015 - 3:51pm
Matthew WilsonI know most of my friends first saw robotech when it was on Toonami in the mid 90s, but it is possible that a fan who watched it in the 80s are in a position to do it.03/27/2015 - 1:04pm
Andrew EisenRobotech was mid 80s. Fans of the show (who were kids when it aired) are my age and older.03/27/2015 - 1:01pm
Matthew Wilsontiming. anime only really became widely known in the US in the mid 90s. if we assume it was mostly kids watching it, they still wouldnt be high enough in managment to be given full creative control yet. it would still be another 5 to 10 years for that.03/27/2015 - 12:59pm
Andrew EisenI agree. Now what makes you think that there is no one in power who cares about (or has the ability to) make a good adaptation?03/27/2015 - 12:47pm
Matthew Wilsonits not about pratice, it is about people who understand it getting in to positions of power.03/27/2015 - 12:34pm
Matthew Wilsonallot of the comic book characters that have been turned in to good movies started in the 70s or earlier.03/27/2015 - 12:32pm
Andrew EisenWell, if it really does take two generations of practice to get it right, we'll never get good live action adaptations of anime if no one starts making them.03/27/2015 - 12:31pm
 

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