Video From Zoe Quinn's SIEGE 2014 Keynote

January 7, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Back in September, we ran a story noting that Zoe Quinn, developer of Depression Quest and victim of a horrifying amount of disgusting harassment, would kick off the following month's Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo (SIEGE) with a keynote address on "Translating Everyday Systems into New Gameplay Mechanics."

There were two major themes running through our story's comments:

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Independent Games Festival Award Finalists Announced

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Finalists for the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards have been announced today. For the 2015 event, which runs in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in March (Moscone Center, San Francisco), organizers chose 30 indie games in a variety of categories including Excellence In Visual Art, Excellence In Narrative, Excellence In Design, Excellence In Audio, the Nuovo Award, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Encourage Women and Minorities To Join The Tech Sector

January 7, 2015 - James Fudge

During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week,  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company will pledge $300 million to be used for scholarships aimed at bringing more women, African Americans, and other ethnicities into the tech sector. The company is partnering with a number of groups to do this including Feminist Frequency, The National Center for Women and Information technology, The Anita Borg Institute, UNCF, Girls Who Code, Society of Women Engineers, the IGDA, NACME, and many others.

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Riot Games Building Its Own Network For 'League of Legends'

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on its own network to address combat ping disparity. In a post on the League of Legends forum, Riot's Charlie Hauser said that the way ISPs currently route internet traffic doesn't work very well for online video games. Its plan is to work closely with ISPs to have League of Legends players peer directly with its new network.

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AbleGamers Names 'Bayonetta 2' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamers with disabilities charity AbleGamers has announced its 2014 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award winner. The annual AbleGamers' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award aims to highlight excellence in accessible game design and is awarded to developers that make intentional choices to include accessibility in their games. This year the organization dedicated to helping gamers with disabilities find tools and hardware to allow them to play their favorite games chose one game above all others: Bayonetta 2.

Bethesda's Pete Hines Joins the 'Take This' Board

January 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Mental health awareness charity Take This announced today that Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda Softworks, has joined the organization's board of directors. Hines, who has been working in his current role at Bethesda Softworks (a wholly owned subsidiary of Zenimax Media) for the past 16 years, will provide input on how the organization can raise awareness of mental health issues and inform the video games industry about mental wellness preparedness training and solutions.

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'Monument Valley' Suffers From High Rates of Piracy

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The award-winning Android game Monument Valley is pretty popular, but it's developer (Ustwo) who says that for all of its critical reception and GOTY awards, only five percent of its installed base on Android actually paid for it.

Of course this number excludes legitimate free copies obtained by users during a one-day Amazon Appstore promotion that saw the game given away for free - as well as other free downloads from other promotions. Ustwo says that the number is a lot higher on iOS - at 40 percent.

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Former DICE And Spark Developers Reveal 'Into The Stars'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of former DICE and Spark Unlimited developers have been quietly toiling away for months on a new project under the banner of a new company. Both of those things have been revealed today, along with a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding. The new company is called Fugitive Games and the new game is a space game with roguelike elements called Into The Stars.

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Report: Perfect World May Go Private In 2015

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Perfect World may decide to become a privately owned company in 2015, according to this GII report. The company is considering going private in 2015 because a proposal put forth by Michael Yufeng Chi, Perfect World founder and current chairman of the board.

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Bandai Namco Clarifies Its Position On GamerGate

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gameranx offers a rebuttal to a Reddit thread (on the popular GamerGate hangout Kotaku in Action) which implied that Bandai Namco Games was either neutral or supportive of the social media movement. In the KIA thread, an email from an unnamed Bandai Namco customer support representative offered the following response:

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Registration Opens for Ubisoft Graduate Program

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher Ubisoft announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Ubisoft Graduate Program. Those interested in applying have from now until January 31, 2015. The Ubisoft Graduate Program lets applicants intern at a Ubisoft studio for two years to learn about three areas of game development: Project Management (producer), Online Programming, and Gameplay Programming.

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Richard Lemarchand Talks 'Open Play Game Design' at GDC 2015

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Naughty Dog lead game designer Richard Lemarchand - currently an associate professor in the USC Games program - will deliver a talk at the 2015 Game Developers Conference about "open play" games. What are "open play" games? They are described as games that feature play that does not necessarily result in the traditional outcome of victory or defeat.

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Reminder: TakeThis.Org Hosting All-Star Stream This Weekend

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend game-related mental health charity TakeThis.org will be hosting a stream to spread awareness about the charity, have some fun, talk about mental health issues, and raise some cash so it can continue to do its work.

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MCV and Develop Launched 2015 Salary Survey

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based games industry publications MCV and Develop have officially launched their 2015 Salary Survey. The survey is open to anyone in the the video games industry including developers, publishers, retailers, services companies, and more - anywhere in the world.

The deadline for all comments is 6pm UK time on Monday, January 12th. The results will revealed in the January 23 print edition of MCV.

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Rob Pardo: Video Games Should Be An Olympic Sport

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Blizzard Entertainment chief creative officer Rob Pardo says that e-sports should be included in the Olympic games because of the very broad definition of what is considered a sport today.

Speaking on the Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live, Pardo (who left Blizzard this summer) said that video games are in a good position to be a popular sport to watch among viewers:

"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport," he told Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live.

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NYU Game Center Makes All Lectures Freely Available Online

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the NYU Game Center has launched its free online archive of Game Center Lectures with recordings of all talks to date. The NYU Game Center has been hosting lectures from video game industry professionals since 2009. The archives offer past lectures from such notable developers as Tim Schafer, Heather Kelley and Jonathan Blow - just to name a few.

The NYU Game Center announced the launch of the archives today on Twitter:

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Double Fine Launches 'Dev Plays' Video Series

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Double Fine and 2 Player Productions today launched Devs Play, a new video series that pairs game developers with popular and classic games. Devs Play is described as a "Let's Play" series that combines classic video game titles with notable developers who provide running commentary on the games they are playing.

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GSC Gameworld Returns

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apparently GSC Gameworld, the makers of the popular S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of first-person shooters is back. Today the company officially announced its return and launched an official website here. There's not much information on the new company, who from the old company has rejoined, or if another STALKER game is in the works.

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Halfbrick Celebrates The Holidays By Giving Away iOS Games For Free

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile developer Halfbrick Studios is celebrating the holidays by giving the gaming community every game in its iOS catalog for free. All ten of the studio's games are available for free for a limited time including the popular Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, and its other games Fish Out Of Water!, Monster Dash, Age Of Zombies: Season 2, Band Stars, Colossatron: Massive World, Birzzle Fever, Yes Chef!, and Top Farm.

You can find all of the studio's games on its iTunes page.

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'Thimbleweed Park' Nearly Doubles Funding Goal

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, the creators of the classic 2D point-and-click adventure game Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island (and many other games over the years) have something to celebrate today: their latest endeavor, a classically-styled 2D point-and-click adventure game project called Thimbleweed Park has been fully funded via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The game managed to raise $626,250 from 15,623 backers when it finally ended eerier today.

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'Assassin's Creed Unity' Season Pass Buyers Can Get One Free Game Starting Today

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you bought the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass, you can now claim your free game from publisher Ubisoft from this website. As of this writing connecting to the site is touch and go due to a heavy volume of traffic. Be patient. Those who ordered the season pass for the game can choose one game to get for free - The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015.

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'How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2' Available Today

December 17, 2014 - James Fudge

Writer Russ Pitts' new book, "How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2," is now available at Gumroad for $10 and comes in PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions, all for one price.

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Valve Reinstates 'Hatred' on Steam Greenlight

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Maybe the Christmas Spirit moved them, or maybe they thought it should be up to the community - but whatever the reason - Valve has decided to reinstate Creative Destruction's controversial game Hatred on Steam Greenlight.

If you haven't been paying attention to the situation, Valve removed the game (which its developers describe as a mass shooting action game where you gun down people for no particular reason) from Steam Greenlight a few hours after the project went live on the service, with Valve's Doug Lombardi saying the game wasn't a good fit for Steam.

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bitComposer Files For Bankruptcy

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie publisher bitComposer has filed for bankruptcy protection after filing for a "protective shield procedure" back in September, according to this Develop report. The company has published a number of PC titles over the years including Space Hulk, Shadowrun Returns and Jagged Alliance.

The company applied for protection from creditors on September 26th, allowing it some breathing room to create a plan for insolvency, according to the Develop report.

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GDC Offering Childcare Services for 2015 Event

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced today that it has partnered with childcare provider KiddieCorp to provide childcare services for parents attending next year's GDC 2015 in San Francisco. The KiddieCorp team will "engage your children with a program they want to attend, providing you with that critical peace of mind so you can attend your GDC sessions and events worry-free," according to GDC.

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Free GDC 2015 Passes Available to Students Who Apply

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced that they have once again donated a number of complimentary GDC 2015 passes to a variety of organizations through its GDC Scholarship Program. Those students interested in applying can still do so but the deadline is fast approaching.

Since 2001 GDC has given away passes for free as part of its scholarship program. This year GDC is partnering with the GDC International Ambassador program and the Dames Making Games program and those two organizations will close their call for GDC 2015 scholarship applications next week.

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Tiga: Video Games Should Officially Be Recognized As Art

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.

'Killzone Shadow Fall' Update Adds Alternative Way to Earn In-Game Currency

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new update to the PS4 launch title, Killzone Shadow Fall, adds a way to earn in-game currency - as opposed to buying it with real-world cash. Prior to the update, the only way to get it was through paid downloadable content. Patch 1.80 adds a new in-game currency called Valor, which can be spent on customization and gameplay boosting DLC.

Players can earn Valor by playing multiplayer matches and have their score converted into the new currency. Players can also receive bonuses by completing challenges listed on the game's Update screen.

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IndieCade East Returns February 13 - 15 At The Museum of the Moving Image

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Independent game festival IndieCade, and Museum of the Moving Image announced that they will partner for a third year to present IndieCade East from February 13 - 15, 2015 at Museum of the Moving Image. The Festival program includes a professional conference featuring panels and discussions headlined by prominent game makers, academics, artists, marketers, and journalists.

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UK PlayStation Boss Apologizes for 'DriveClub' Problems

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Fergal Gara, the chief executive officer of UK PlayStation tells IGN in a recent interview that all he and his company can do is apologize for the way DriveClub launched and its ongoing troubles post-launch. Gara joins Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who wrote an apology on Facebook about the game's problems back in October.

"We apologize to any players affected and are doing our damnedest to make things right. So that's what we've been doing and the game is pretty near-complete now," Gara told IGN.

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PHX CorpI have to say somthing about an injustice in the Xbox video Store, the first 6 Star Wars films are not available in either SD or HD03/29/2015 - 6:17pm
mthielThis reminds me of schools a few years ago who forbade their students from having MySpace accounts. I don't mean blocking MySpace from the school, I mean banning the kids from having accounts)03/29/2015 - 5:12pm
Constermthiel, that is fucked up. Threatening to call social services on parents if you find out they let their kids play the wrong kind of video games is a suicidal move for schools.03/29/2015 - 5:07pm
mthielSchools in england are sending letters to parents regarding GTA. http://www.cnet.com/news/school-principals-threaten-parents-with-police-if-kids-play-grand-theft-auto/03/29/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew Wilson@mask that tweet says zeldu wiiu will be missing, it says nothing about some kind of remaster.03/29/2015 - 4:01pm
MaskedPixelanteI highly doubt Zelda will be missing from E3. They've got something lined up, next year is the 30th anniversary.03/29/2015 - 3:59pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/581579256704081920 for those who did not see it zelda wont be at e3 ether.03/28/2015 - 2:22pm
ZippyDSMleeGot my keyboard working now now trying to sort and customize my stuff back to where I had it.03/28/2015 - 2:03pm
InfophileSony's customer service has always been crap, but up till now it's been manageable crap. A few cases of people having to pay for being hacked at worst, the Other OS removal... This one is going to be much worse for them.03/28/2015 - 1:34pm
WymorenceWhen did Sony start doing the ransomware stuff...? other than the old BMG rootkit stuff that is.03/28/2015 - 12:45pm
ZippyDSMleeother keyboards work but my keyboard will not work on it works on all the laptops tho...03/27/2015 - 11:22pm
ZippyDSMleeComp crashed acouple days ago and ate my keybaord drivers worse yet it's mislabel the drivers or hardware ID or soemthing and can not install the right drivers even manually it gives errors... going to try another restore point....03/27/2015 - 11:18pm
PHX Corphttp://ps4daily.com/2015/03/ps4-update-bricks-gamers-console-sony-wants-150-to-fix-it/ New PS4 update bricks gamers’ console, Sony wants $150 to fix it03/27/2015 - 11:11pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.newsarama.com/23947-axel-alonso-says-x-men-will-have-new-world-post-secret-wars.html Marvel gives 20th Century Fox the finger, takes their ball and segregates the mutant population in their own universe. According to rumors at least.03/27/2015 - 10:21pm
Papa MidnightSure thing!03/27/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenPM - Thanks, I've updated the story.03/27/2015 - 8:59pm
Papa Midnighthttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/13-year-old-minecraft-player-confesses-to-swatting-police-say/03/27/2015 - 8:38pm
Andrew EisenThat would mean either Nintendo's next home console will be out by next year or the next Zelda game is suffering a two year delay. Both extraordinarily unlikely.03/27/2015 - 8:34pm
Matthew Wilsonsome people are thinking we might have a Twilight Princess situation on our hands, what do you guys think?03/27/2015 - 8:01pm
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
 

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