Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Shoot some clay pigeons, help support Special Effect

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are a game developer living in England then you might want to attend GunsGamesGiving (G3 - get it?), a one-day clay pigeon shooting contest for teams of four. The event is designed to benefit worthy UK-based game-related charity Special Effect. It will take place at Gosterwood Manor in Surrey on August 28 and you can get tickets here.

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PSA: 'MineCon' will be broadcast on Twitch this weekend

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Can't make it to MineCon, the annual event celebrating all things Minecraft, that is being held in London July 4 - 5? Well then we have some news that might make you feel a little bit better: parts of it will be broadcast live via Twitch.

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So long, Club Nintendo

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Club Nintendo, Nintendo's rewards program for its various hand-held and home consoles, has officially closed its doors. A visit to the official web site for the rewards program features an image of Mario with hat in hand and head bowed to signify the somber moment. It is accompanied by the following message from Nintendo:

"Club Nintendo has been discontinued. Our heartfelt thanks to our members for your support over the years. Please stay tuned for more information about our new loyalty program."

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2015 Gamers in Real Life scholarship winners revealed

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Company LLC has announced the two winners of the 2015 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. The recipients of this year's scholarships are Grace Kim of Aurora, Colo., and Cherylynn Lima of Brentwood, Calif. Now in its eighth year, the G.I.R.L Scholarship was expanded this year to honor students in two categories: Art & Design and Programming & Engineering. Daybreak Games established the scholarship program to encourage college students to pursue careers in the video game industry.

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Lenovo joins Open Gaming Alliance as 'corporate member'

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA - formerly the PC Gaming Alliance) today announced that PC maker Lenovo has joined the association as a corporate member. Lenovo joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Razer, Unity, and Webroot in supporting the OGA’s "efforts to provide leadership and opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the games business ecosystem."

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Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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Fan who sent Bethesda bottlecaps getting 'Fallout 4' for free

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Fallout fan who sent more than 2,000 bottle caps (11 lbs. worth) to Bethesda's offices prior to the company's big E3 press event is going to get Fallout 4 for free, according to this report.

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Content in 'Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition' will be sold separately

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After an interview with Eurogamer went a bit off the rails and may have put Bungie in a less than flattering light (basically the contention was over existing owners of Destiny having to buy content they already owned in the fancy new Collector's Edition in order to get a handful of new in-game items and perks), the company has decided that the Collector's Edition content for the upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King will be sold separately.

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' developer offering $100 bounty for hack reports

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Studio Wildcard announced today that it will give a $100 bounty to players of its early access game to anyone who reports hacks being used in its upcoming dinosaur themed survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to the developer's post on Steam, bounties are for "hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers." Those looking to make some quick cash can send a note to info@studiowildcard.com.

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Riot Games visits Ex’pression College to discover new student talent

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Designers and recruiters from Santa Monica-based video game developer Riot Games recently met with students and faculty members at Ex’pression College in Emeryville, CA. The League of Legends makers shared details about the company’s work culture with students and reviewed the reels of junior and senior students enrolled in Ex’pression’s Animation & Visual Effects, Game Art & Design, Interactive Audio, and Sound Arts programs.

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Day Break celebrates ' Take Your Dog To Work Day' with Zingy

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EverQuest and PlanetSide developer Daybreak Game Company, and Zingy, a dog-walking company, are teaming up for Take Your Dog To Work Day. Take Your Dog To Work Day is Friday, June 26, and Daybreak is celebrating by enlisting the services of Zingy to make having dogs in the office a little easier. Zingy's resident dog trainer David Wright will also be on-hand to conduct a special training session for Daybreak employees and their dogs.

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Team Meat co-founder takes a virtual walk on Twitch today for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes began his 24-hour virtual walk-a-thon on Twitch this morning to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refenes is currently taking a long walk through Just Cause 2, with plans to walk through Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. His long walk through all these game worlds is taking place live on his Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/tommunism.

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'Dogmeat' is immortal in 'Fallout 4'

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's something that is very important to a lot of people: your faithful canine companion in Fallout 4 cannot die. That's according to what Todd Howard passed along to Bethesda's Twitter account (found by Rock, Paper Shotgun).

Dogmeat, the faithful companion from Fallout 3, was beloved by many and mourned by many more because he would often die in the game. Bethesda has decided to fix that problem by making him virtually indestructible.

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Team Meat's Tommy Refenes to host virtual walk-a-thon to benefit National MS Society

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes will host a 24-hour virtual walk-a-thon on Twitch to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On Friday, June 19 beginning at 10am PT Refenes will take a virtual walk through Just Cause 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. His long walk through all these game worlds will take place live on his Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/tommunism.

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Ninja's Theory's 'Hellblade' tackles mental health issues

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Along with the very first glimpse at the new game Hellblade, developer Ninja Theory revealed that its "mysterious historical adventure" coming to PlayStation 4 and PC will feature a storyline that focuses on mental health issues.

Hellblade's story focuses on the mental health of protagonist Senua, a Celtic warrior traumatized by Viking invaders. Ninja Theory says that mental state is a central part of the story and even the gameplay because Senua has to battle "physical manifestations" of her mental illness during the course of the game.

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One thing you can never call Activision is stupid when it comes to squeezing the very last nickel from its largest franchise - the Call of Duty series. Earlier this year Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch told Eurogamer that the latest game was only for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Justice Dept. funds teen dating violence prevention game

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Department of Justice, researchers in Rhode Island, and Colorado-based multimedia developer Klein Buendel are working together to develop a video game designed to teach eighth grade boys about teen dating violence, according to an Education World report. The project has cost nearly $800,000, according to the report.

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'Dungeon of the Endless' update adds a little 'Team Fortress 2'

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Amplitude Studios announced the latest update to its rogue-like, dungeon-defense game Dungeon of the Endless, is now available. Most notably, the new "Australium update" adds four playable characters and five new items from Team Fortress 2 into the game - and it's all free.

The developer says that this free content is the result of a stretch goal that was surpassed during the spring ‘Endless Free Weekend’ on Steam.

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Frontier Developments releases free 'Powerplay' update for 'Elite: Dangerous'

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments is releasing a major update today that adds a bunch of free content to its highly successful space simulation Elite: Dangerous. The new update is called Powerplay and is free for all players.

Powerplay marks the third major free update for Elite: Dangerous and Frontier calls it the largest content update released to date. It gives players new ships, new features and a new strategic layer.

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Bungie raises over $1 million for Nepal earthquake relief

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The last time we checked in on Bungie's efforts to generate money for Nepal earthquake relief for the Red Cross, the campaign powered by Destiny t-shirts and in-game apparel had raked in over $800,000. Today Bungie revealed that it has raised over $1 million.

"All told, your collective power has raised over $1,000,000," said community manager David "DeeJ" Dague.

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Epic Games and Ronen Bekerman team up for '2015 Vineyard Challenge'

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has teamed up with architectural site Ronen Bekerman for a competition to bring realistic architecture into gaming via assets for Unreal Engine 4. That competition is called the "2015 Vineyard Challenge," and challenges competitors to "interpret a modern winery setting" in Unreal Engine 4. Competitors' entries will be judged on lighting, design, and interactivity.

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Help fund 'The Bard's Tale IV' on day one, get free stuff

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer inXile announced today that those who back its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the latest title in the RPG series The Bard's Tale within the first 24 hours can score some free games. Earlier this month the company announced that it would launch the crowd-funding campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV on June 2. Those willing to take the plunge within the first 24 hours will be able to get a free copy of inXile’s Wasteland 2, CD Projekt’s The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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This 'Bloodborne' player is one of the best in the world, we imagine

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you ever think you're a superstar while playing a hardcore game, there's always someone out there ready to humble you.

Twitch user Craddoc brings some humble pie for Bloodborne players by running through From Software's PS4 exclusive hardcore action RPG without leveling up, healing, using guns or getting help from other players. He also does the optional bosses just for fun.

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'FIFA 16' to feature 12 female teams

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Sports announced today that FIFA 16 will - for the first time- give players the option of playing as a women in its long running soccer game series (or football if you are in Europe).

According to EA Sports, the game will feature a total of 12 Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

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PlayStation Home developer breaks free from Sony

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PlayStation Home developer Loot Entertainment is getting out from behind the long shadow of Sony to publish independently developed games on its own. According to GamesBeat, the company has re-launched as Loot Interactive and will show off three games at the Electronic entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next month that it plans on publishing this summer.

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Major tweaks come to 'Bloodborne' with update 1.04

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new update for From Software and Sony Computer Entertainment has been released for Bloodborne, and - by all accounts - it looks like it will make the game a lot easier to play; it also appears to tweak coop play so that it isn't as difficult to get help from your friends.

The new updates fixes a lot of things and balances out a lot of gameplay issues that have proven to be problematic. In one instance it even makes the game more difficult in New Game + areas like it supposed to after you've beaten the game.

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Double Fine regains rights to 'Iron Brigade,' dumps Games For Windows - Live

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine Productions has regained the publishing rights to its alternate history World War I tower defense game Iron Brigade, according to Polygon.

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'Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle' adds three more games

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Andrew EisenI don't know, maybe a heaping, helping of DRM is the panacea for all that ails Konami.07/06/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameThe only thing thats gonna save them andrew , is walking back all the stupid they have been doing lately. At this point , ithink they did to much damage to there brand to survive07/06/2015 - 12:42am
PHX Corphad there been a sonic 4 episode 3, I would Buy it on Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3 right away07/05/2015 - 10:10pm
Andrew EisenWell, what if Konami released MGS 5 with a mandatory $60 plastic peripheral? Do you think that would help?07/05/2015 - 8:09pm
MattsworknameI dont think so, I think that between the lose of iga, kojima, and so forth, i think MGS 5 will be less succesfull then they think, and tha will spell there end.07/05/2015 - 7:08pm
Andrew EisenI'm sure the Metal Gear micro-transactions will keep 'em afloat!07/05/2015 - 6:58pm
MattsworknameKonami is dying, slowly, surely, inevitably. Capcom is in the same situation, and I think that if they don't get there respective acts together, there going to pull a thq and sell off all there IP.07/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Andrew EisenHowever, if you have a gaming PC and like PC gaming, the Wii U is arguably the best console you could get (unless you just don't care for Nintendo's games, of course).07/05/2015 - 6:07pm
Andrew EisenAnyway, if the Wii U is your only gaming platform, yeah, you're missing out on a ton of great stuff.07/05/2015 - 6:06pm
Andrew EisenMatthew is referring to my latest video, if anyone's wondering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkuL1UVHYJA07/05/2015 - 6:00pm
Matthew Wilson@AE the wiiu may have the best exclusives among consoles, but lack of third party support kills it. now if we want to play the exclusives game, the pc wins, not just in numbers,but some of the best games I have played.07/05/2015 - 5:53pm
Andrew EisenPic of the pack with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61768231705475481607/05/2015 - 5:38pm
Andrew EisenThis is really cool to see. Ghostbusters director helping out cosplayers with prop pics. Here's the thrower with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61735089365938995307/05/2015 - 5:37pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lMLRIwiB_c a very interesting video. by Unseen64 Tamaki. the video covers how project hammer fell apart.07/05/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenImagine if Nintendo started charging for the Super Guide feature it has in some of it's games. That's what the MGS microtransactions sound like to me.07/05/2015 - 12:36pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamesradar.com/konami-mgs-5s-microtransactions-and-future-franchise/ Konami explains MGS 5's microtransactions & what happens after Koj07/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Andrew EisenFinished Gone Home last night. Really enjoyed that game. Very different. Definitely not for everyone though.07/05/2015 - 11:00am
InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
 

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