Frontier Developments Softens Stance on Refunds for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Frontier Developments co-founder and Elite Dangerous creator David Braben told Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who would be eligible for a refund after the company revealed in the prior week that it was nixing single-player in favor of always online multiplayer. Earlier in the week Braben told those invested in the game that if they played the alpha or beta builds they would probably not be eligible for a refund at this point.

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Rockstar Fixing Problems With 'GTA V' Profile Transfers to PS4, Xbox One

November 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.

In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:

"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.

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Creative Assembly Hosting Game Jam to Honor Fallen Colleague This Weekend

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

To pay tribute to a colleague and a close friend who passed away, UK developer Creative Assembly is launching a game jam in his honor. Long-time Creative Assembly senior programmer Simon Franco died in June. His most recent work was on Alien: Isolation. To honor Franco, his colleagues and friends will remember and honor his memory with a game jam this weekend called the Franco Jam.

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Global Gaming Initiative Releases 'Outbreak Responder' Game in Partnership with Malaria No More

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Global Gaming Initiative (GGI) has released its latest game, Outbreak Responder in partnership with Malaria No More. MNM is a non-profit that seeks to end deaths from this preventable disease. The new free-to-play strategy game allows players to join the fight against the real-world health crisis, and 50 percent of profits from in-app purchases go directly to the non-profit organization. GGI points out that one dollar can provide malaria treatment to a child in Africa via Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. The game was developed by Developed by CodeSustainable.

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Kickstarter Launched for 'That Dragon, Cancer'

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The makers of That Dragon, Cancer have turned to Kickstarter to fund the rest of the game's development. If successful, the game will be released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

That Dragon, Cancer is a game created by Ryan and Amy Green (with the help of Josh Larson), whose 4-year-old son Joel was diagnosed with cancer. During the ongoing development of the game, Joel lost that fight with cancer.

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'World of Warcraft: Looking for Group' Available For Free

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The World of Warcraft documentary, "World of Warcraft: Looking for Group," is now available for free via YouTube (thanks Matthew Wilson). The documentary had its official debut at Blizzard's annual fan gathering BlizzCon over the weekend.

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'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' Buyers Getting 16 DLC Packs For Free

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt RED announced that the next game in its popular action RPG series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will get 16 free DLC packs after it is released. The DLC packs will be free to anyone who buys the game as they are released and will be made available on all platforms the game is on. Here's what the company said about it today on the official The Witcher web site (thanks Blue's News):

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'The Sims 4' Finally Gets Swimming Pools

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A brand new The Sims 4 update will finally add what people have been clamoring for: swimming pools. Yes, people have been clamoring for swimming pools. Why? Because they were not included in the original game. The patch, which will automatically download when you launch your Origin account, is the second of three monthly updates promised by Maxis. The first one launched in October and added ghosts and 4 Star Wars themed costumes.

The next big update in December will open up new career paths and associated rewards.

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'Evolve' Alpha Available to PS4 Owners

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a rough start for PS4 owners who wanted to get into the Evolve alpha but couldn't last week because Turtle Rock delayed it (due to problems with a PS4 firmware update that caused technical problems on Playstation Network), it looks like things are back on track. The team-based online-focused action game is now available to PS4 users and the alpha has been expanded to some degree on Xbox One and PC.

The news comes from the official Twitter account for the company. It notes that on Nov. 4 at 12PM PT  the alpha will be expanded to some degree:

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Women in Games Jobs Appoints New CEO

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jenny Richards-Stewart is the new CEO of Women in Games Jobs. Richards-Stewart previously worked as CEO at the Gremlin Group and as the chair of the board of governors at UK games industry charity GamesAid. Prior to that she worked for six years at the Paddington Academy. Richards-Stewart took on the position because she was keen to help the organization to promote equality within the games industry.

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PS4 Version of 'Evolve' Alpha Delayed

October 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As Sony continues to grapple with PlayStation Network problems related to the deployment of a major PS4 system firmware update this week, it has forced another major developer to delay a launch on the system.

In a post on the official site for Evolve, Take-Two announced that it would postpone the alpha test of the online team-based action game. To make up for it, Take-Two is offering an alternative way of getting in on the alpha if you happen to own a PC or an Xbox One:

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Double Fine Gives Away Free Game to 'Spacebase DF-9' Early Access Customers

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 is now at version 1.0, bringing the game that was launched briefly on early access via Steam to its final build. Double Fine took some heat for launching the game on Early Access and then quickly moving it toward a final build.

Many who bought the game early with the intention of playing it for awhile before it was released felt that Double Fine had not given them their "money's worth." To sort of make up for that, Double Fine has given early adopters its Zelda-like Hack 'n' Slash game for free.

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Big Huge Games Returns

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With Big Huge Games owner 38 Studios all but a memory, it looks like the original studio founders are bringing it back to life. According to this Game Informer report, the original founders of Big Huge Games - Brian Reynolds and Tim Train - have found a way to bring back the studio from the dead. Epic Games bought the rights to the studio, hired old employees from the company and renamed them Impossible Games.

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Swedish Game Developers Sign Petition Supporting Diversity, Rejecting Harassment

October 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A number of companies that are part of Sweden's game development community have signed on to a public petition protesting the harassment of female game developers over the last few months and reiterated that diversity is of paramount importance in the Sweden. Other developers outside Sweden have signed on to the petition as well in the spirit of supporting diversity.

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Bethesda Details Extra Life Plans

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Software has an update on its official blog detailing all of its grand plans for this year's Extra Life charity marathon. While the company has long supported Extra Life, it has decided to create its own dedicated page this year - complete with a schedule of games it plans to play and stream, and some interesting prizes that donators can win.

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'Dark Souls' Players Will Be Able To Transfer Game Data From GFWL To Steamworks In November

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like From Software and Bandai Namco are finally going to ditch Games For Windows Live. After saying earlier in the year that they were going to stick with the multiplayer matchmaking system for PC games from Microsoft, From Software says that it will allow gamers to transfer over their Dark Souls characters, progress, and Achievements to their Steam accounts later this year. GFWL rankings will not be transferred over.

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Blizzard Gives Every 'World of Warcraft Expansion' to Subscribers for $20

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As Blizzard prepares for the November launch of its fifth World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, it has decided to give active players and those who reactivate their accounts for the expansion Mists of Pandaria for free. Blizzard is also offering a deal where you can buy all the rest of the expansions - the Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and  Mists of Pandaria for $19.99 at the Battle.net Store.

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DriveClub Online Features Getting Turned Back On Soon

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Evolution Studios says that it may be able to turn on some of the features that are currently disabled in DriveClub. Last night on its Facebook fan page the studio said that continual upgrades to the servers are making performance better for players.

"Continual upgrades to the DriveClub servers are building a steady increase in performance, meaning that we're getting more and more players connected," the studio wrote on Facebook.

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'Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Does A Virtual Walk-a-Thon For Mom

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At the end of last week, Tommy Refenes - one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy - held a three night fundraising event to raise money for his sick mother. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Refenes took to Twitch to play and stream Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto V in the hopes of helping his sister raise $15,000 to get their mother a diabetic alert dog.

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Ian Livingstone Hopes to Launch School That Utilizes Video Game-Based Curriculum in 2016

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Eidos President for Life Ian Livingstone has applied to launch a free school in England that will deliver lessons to students using video games. Livingstone told the BBC that he wanted to start a school that uses games-based learning and get away from what he called the  "relentless testing" method used and most schools in the country.

"I'm passionate about children who have been born into the internet," he told the BBC. "I think they learn in a different way."

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Mojang Vows Continued Support for 'Minecraft' YouTube Community

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Mojang has had a rocky relationship with its community over the last few months following some changes to Mojang’s EULA (that some interpreted as a threat against the business of Minecraft video casting), the company is trying its best today to reassure fans that Minecraft YouTubers will continue to have its support, despite being bought by Microsoft.

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Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Hosting Fundraiser For Sick Mom This Week

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.

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GitHub Offers Game Development Tools and Services to Student For Free

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GitHub revealed that it will give free access to a suite of development tools that small-scale game makers may find useful. The only catch? You have to prove that you are a student.

The offer is part of the GitHub Education initiative, and is available to students over the age of 13 and currently enrolled in an academic program. If you can do that, you can get access to project development help and tools like the Crowdflower crowdsourcing platform, a hosting plan with the DNSimple DNS management service, and free access to Unreal Engine 4.

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Twitch Changes Disclosure Policies On Its Own Sponsored Content

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch announced plans yesterday to tighten up how it discloses "paid-for and sponsored content" after some in the community expressed concerns over transparency. Moving forward, Twitch says that it will label videos more boldly that are created as part of a partnership between the content maker and another party.

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Bandai Namco Games Offers 'Ms. PAC-MAN' DLC to Support the National Breast Cancer Foundation

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bandai Namco Games America has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of its Ms. PAC-MAN Pink Ribbon Campaign. Headlined by special DLC featuring Ms. PAC-MAN, this effort is aimed at raising funds for NBCF to help women with early detection, education and support services related to breast cancer.

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Tom Chick Cancer Relief Fund Generates Over $22K

September 29, 2014 - James Fudge

The GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer, has managed to raise $22,211 from 338 people in five days. The campaign has another five days to go if you are interested in helping Tom out.

In a recent update to the GoFundMe page for Tom, PR ninja Stephanie Schopp (who works for Tinsley PR) expressed her surprise and joy that so many in the video games industry, press, and gaming community have helped Tom out in his hour of need:

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UK Government Teams With Industry Leaders For 'The Next Gen Skills Academy'

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Several major publishers doing business in the United Kingdom have teamed up with the British government to fund a whole new generation of game designers, according to Gamasutra. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft Reflections have teamed up with the British government to back The Next Gen Skills Academy, which will fund video game developers, visual effects and animation professionals.

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Sony Online Entertainment Gets Ready for 'Extra Life'

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last year, with the help of the gaming community and companies like Sony Online Entertainment, game-related charity Extra-Life raised more than $4 million dollars to help battle serious ailments affecting children like cancer and cystic fibrosis. This year SOE has renewed its commitment to the cause with the goal of making 2014 a banner fundraising year for the charity.

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Riot Announces NCAC 2014-2015 Season

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games announced that the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC) is ready to kick off its 2014-2015 season. The NCAC is a League of Legends collegiate competition featuring hundreds of teams from universities across the U.S. and Canada. Last year 540 teams from over 300 universities competed for a chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship money.

The 2014-2015 NCAC competition will now span the entire academic year and North America has been divided into four new regional brackets: North, South, East, and West.

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Help Tom Chick Beat Cancer's Ass

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

PR ninja Stephanie Schopp has launched a GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer.

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WonderkarpBlocklist Author Randi Harper accused of Doxxing Someone on the List http://theralphretort.com/time-caught-blocklist-dunce-randi-harper-doxing-someone/11/24/2014 - 10:56am
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=35311/24/2014 - 9:46am
WonderkarpDay 4 of my Amiibos. Still Unopened. Now pegged too a wall. I just love the packaging too much11/24/2014 - 8:12am
PHX Corp@Jessy I actually saw it on gamespot, seems that Nintendo accidently turned Samus into a Badass11/23/2014 - 9:28pm
Jessy HartAnybody else see the Samus Amiibo with 2 arm canons?11/23/2014 - 9:10pm
Andrew EisenNeo - If you're not bleeding then it's probably not you who needs to go to the doctor.11/23/2014 - 5:45pm
Wonderkarpgood. that kind of behavior is unnecessary.11/23/2014 - 5:44pm
WonderkarpGeorgina Young - Are Video Games Sexist? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX9LV4GuG9E11/23/2014 - 5:43pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://deadspin.com/starcraft-player-says-hell-rape-opponent-is-booted-f-1662346891/+Fahey11/23/2014 - 5:40pm
Wonderkarphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4a9tMGSTG411/23/2014 - 5:32pm
WonderkarpDan Vavra of Warhorse Studios at the Nordic eCommerce Summit 2014 on Game Journalism and why ethics are important11/23/2014 - 5:27pm
WonderkarpGame Dev Ashley Ross on the Block/Blacklist https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2n603f/thoughts_on_the_recent_igdaggautoblocker_incident/11/23/2014 - 5:25pm
Wonderkarpwhich is interesting cause this the first one 100% made by 2k games after the THQ buy11/23/2014 - 4:17pm
Wonderkarpbleh. the more I play WWE 2k15 on PS4, the more I get disappointed.11/23/2014 - 4:09pm
Neo_DrKefkaIt happened around 1030 this morning. I was not blooding because blood was on my hands11/23/2014 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenThat depends on a lot. Were you bleeding at the time you requested to leave or did you want to leave work to go to the doctor over an incident that happened on a different day that you didn't file an incident report for?11/23/2014 - 3:21pm
Neo_DrKefkaThat would be a major OSHA violation correct?11/23/2014 - 1:54pm
Neo_DrKefkaOff topic but I was at work and went over to the first aid kit to get some eye drops. I look at my hand and noticed blood on my hands. My employers said their is no incident report and they won't send me to see a doctor and that I am abandoning my job.11/23/2014 - 1:54pm
MaskedPixelanteThe more I hear about AC Unity being rushed out, the more I think Ubisoft was telling the truth about why they couldn't add female co-op models.11/23/2014 - 1:14pm
IanCI wouldnt say the 360/PS3 version were superior. They were different games.11/23/2014 - 11:49am
 

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