'Catlateral Damage' releasing May 27th

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Often we write stories on Kickstarter campaigns that don't deliver to the people who put their faith in and money behind a game project, so it's nice to be able to report on one that will finally deliver.

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'The Witcher 3' day one update detailed

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt already (or soon - 7:00 pm ET in the U.S.) in the hands of those who were smart enough to pre-load it, we thought now would be a good time to share what the Day One update for the game contains. As we reported last week CD Projekt is making this update available to everyone - even those who pirated the game.

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PSA: Blizzard offers goodies to celebrate Diablo III's birthday

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard celebrates three years of Diablo III being online today by offering something special for both PC and console players. From May 15th-21st PC, PS4, and Xbox One players can get a "Totally Not a Cow Level" buff; while PS3 and Xbox 360 owners of the Ultimate Evil Edition of the game can take advantage of a 100 percent buff to XP and gold instead.

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Bungie raises $800K for Nepal earthquake relief

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On May 1, Bungie began selling a Destiny-themed t-shirt specifically to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.  To date, Bungie has already raised $750,000 - with Activision kicking in an additional $50,000.  That's up from $400,000 a week ago. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from each purchase will go to "recognized charities providing direct relief efforts in Nepal."

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Report: CD Projekt RED lets pirates patch 'The Witcher 3,' urges them to buy it

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Whether you bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or downloaded it from a torrent (and didn't pay for it), CD Projekt RED will allow you to apply a day one update; at the same time one of the game's developers is urging people to buy it. CD Projekt RED has always taken a "do no harm" policy when it comes to DRM, which in turn makes it a lot easier to pirate the game. Right now the game's files are available - save the locked executable which won't work until next week - and they are already on file-sharing sites for download everywhere.

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'Rock Band 4' fan schools GameStop employee - with some help from Harmonix

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat has an amusing story about a fellow who went to his local GameStop to ask about Rock Band 4, and was informed by a clerk that it did not exist. He was so upset about it that he expressed his frustration on the Rock Band Facebook page:

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PSA: 'Dark Souls II' durability bug fixed for PC players

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

From Software's hardcore action RPG Dark Souls II has suffered from a bug since it was launched that makes weapons degrade faster than they should. Last month From Software said that it was working on a fix, and it looks like that fix is in first for PC users, according to this Reddit thread (spotted by Eurogamer).

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ArenaNet publicly shames 'Guild Wars 2' cheater

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

ArenaNet did something mildly amusing when it found out that a Guild Wars 2 player was cheating: they took control of the account, stripped the player's character (Darkside) in the public square, sentenced it to death, deleted characters off the account, and then banned the account holder. All of this was captured on video and shared for the entire world to see (as first reported on by Eurogamer).

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GOG launches beta for 'Galaxy' client

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com announced today the beta testing phase for its Galaxy client is a go. Announced almost a year ago, the GOG Galaxy client is described as an "optional client" to facilitate cross play multiplayer regardless of where you buy a game from.

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CCP Games launches 'PLEX for Good' campaign to benefit Nepal earthquake relief efforts

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EVE Online maker CCP Games is accepting "PLEX for GOOD" donations from players to benefit victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, leaving over 6,000 people dead, over 14,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless. CCP began its PLEX for GOOD campaign in support of disaster relief for Nepal on May 1 and plans on letting it run until May 15.

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Wargaming celebrates Military Appreciation Month

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming America dropped us a note today to let us know that it is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by donating 25% of in-game proceeds from dedicated NMAM bundles throughout the month of May.

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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' gets free DLC next week

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:

Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.

Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.

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'H1Z1' adds default female character model

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being),  and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.

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Bungie sells 'Destiny' t-shirts to benefit Nepal earthquake relief efforts

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has created a Destiny-themed t-shirt specifically to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.  The t-shirt, available exclusively on the Bungie Store, comes in three types (and varying sizes): men's, women's, and children's.  The shirts are available for purchase between now and May 24, with orders shipping in "early June." Also included in the purchase price are some digital goodies - a Destiny in-game shader and emblem.

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'Far Cry 4' dev team will match donations to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft and the Far Cry 4 development team said today that they will match the first $100,000 in donations given to the Canadian Red Cross for the Nepal Region Earthquake Fund, Polygon reports. The company wrote on the Canadian Red Cross web site that it decided to help out victims of the recent earthquake there because it spent a lot of time in the country taking in its scenery and culture for research related to the development of Far Cry 4.

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'Minecraft' finally gets default female character skin

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft players finally get a default female character model option. Developer Mojang announced today that the new "Alex" character skin will be available for the console version of the game on April 29, while the mobile versions of the game will have to wait until this summer.

Mojang describes the Alex skin as having "thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."

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'Kitty Powers' Matchmaker' developer warns YouTubers about licensed music

April 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Kitty Powers' Matchmaker is proving to be a popular hit, but the dating simulation starring the larger-than-life personality may cause some trouble for YouTubers. Developer Magic Notion gave a warning to anyone thinking of making Let's Play videos and posting them on YouTube that they might find themselves the target of a copyright claim.

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'Humble Origin Bundle 2' generates $2.25 million for charity

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has generated $2.25 million (as of this writing, at least) for charity.  The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. Pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

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Ubisoft signs on as a sponsor for 'GX3: Everyone Games' event

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the GX3: Everyone Games event have announced that publisher Ubisoft has signed on as "64-bit sponsor." GX3 takes place December 11-13, 2015 at the San Jose Marriott, in downtown San Jose. The event is an adults-only (18-years-old minimum) gathering designed to offer a welcoming space to celebrate geek and gaming culture. Previous GaymerX events have focused on LGBTQ+ friendliness, but organizers are emphasizing that its December event is all inclusive and that everyone is welcomed.

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The Tribeca Film Festival's final screenings of 'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' take place this week

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.

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Mojang quickly patches 'Minecraft' server software security flaws

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Pakistan-based programmer Ammar Askar revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game. Developer Mojang responded in kind by releasing an update to the game that deals with the issue.

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Epic hands out cash to six more projects through its Unreal Dev Grants program

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has announced the game projects that will get a small chunk of its $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program to promote projects that use its Unreal engine 4 technology. Today Epic gave Arran Langmead a $14,000 grant for a kart racing Steam and PS4 game called Bears Can't Drift; $7,000 to Aaron Shea for BLUI, a free Chromium plugin for UE4 that enables UI elements to be created in Web objects and served to UE4; and $16,000 to Untold Games for its VR project, Loading Human.

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The first gay character in 'Mortal Kombat' revealed

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first gay character in the Mortal Kombat universe has been revealed today by Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer NetherRealm. The character is Kung Jin (not pictured), a Shaolin Monk fighting for the Earthrealm in the recently released Mortal Kombat X.

First reported by Gay Star News, the character's sexual orientation was confirmed by NetherRealm's Dominic Cianciolo on Twitter:

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Poll: How would you have handled the controversial epitaph in Pillars of Eternity?

April 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.

One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

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'No Pineapple Left Behind' pokes fun at the U.S. educational system

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

Subaltern Games is working on an interesting game that pokes fun at the U.S. education system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind." In its game, No Pineapple Left Behind, an evil wizard appears at a local school and turns all of the students into pineapples. These pineapples don't do much, save bounce around from classroom to classroom and take tests.

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Gaikai founder looks back at his toughest competitor: OnLive

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On his personal blog, Gaikai founder David Perry offers his opinions on the rocky road that game streaming service OnLive was on - from its inception to its acquisition by Sony this month.

Perry starts out by saying that OnLive was a serious competitor to Gaikai but the two companies made different choices - primarily that OnLive decided to focus solely on the PC gaming space, while Gaikai wanted the kind of organization and clarity that the console space provided.

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Epic releases free 'Open World demo' assets for 'Unreal Engine 4'

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has released a "collection of realistic assets" from its Open World demo introduced during the Game Developers Conference back in March. The assets are for use with Unreal Engine 4.0, which the company made free to everyone during GDC 2015. The freely available assets were created using a process Epic calls 'photogrammetry' using photos of objects in the real world. Here's more from Epic on the assets:

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Obsidian replaces questionable epitaph in 'Pillars of Eternity'

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Obsidian Entertainment has removed a questionable epitaph from its hit computer role-playing game, Pillars of Eternity. The epitaph in question was part of an in-game memorial rewarded to those who backed the game's Kickstarter at the $500 level.

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You can redeem those old GameSpy keys for 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R' on GOG.com and Steam

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is doing something cool for PC gamers through a new "reclaim" program for select games, according to Eurogamer.

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BioWare's 'Orbit 'Java framework now open source

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare has announced that it is making its Orbit Java framework open source. Orbit is described by BioWare as a Java framework to "build and maintain distributed, secure, and scalable online services." This is the same toolset it used to develop technology used in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep, according to BioWare.

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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
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
 

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