New York State Senator Working on More Incentives for Video Games Industry

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A top New York State Senator admits that lawmakers are not doing enough to attract the video game and tech industries to the Empire State, but will make it his top priority in 2015. New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) believes other states and parts of Canada are beating New York State in attracting gaming and biotech companies.

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An Analysis of Video Game-Related Kickstarter Campaigns in 2014

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: A rep. from Kickstarter points out that Thomas Bidaux's research uses estimates, and that some of his numbers are inaccurate. For example, they claim that successfully funded video game-related projects rose to 465 in 2014, up from 438 in 2013.

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D.I.C.E. Award Presenters Revealed

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced today its list of presenters for the 18th annual D.I.C.E. Awards. Taking place February 5 as part of the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, this year's list or presenters include video game personalities, notable game developers, and executives from some of the top publishers in North America.

Ted Price, Chris Taylor, Brenda Romero, Richard Garriott, Chris Roberts, Jade Raymond, and John Romero are just some of the presenters taking part in this year's awards show.

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Report: Rovio's Head of Games Leaves Company To Launch Start-Up

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jami Laes has left Angry Birds maker Rovio to launch his own start-up, according to this Reuters report.

Laes, who served as the company's Head of Games, oversaw Rovio's top franchise Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. The report does not reveal any details on what Laes has planned at this new start-up or what kinds of games it might make - though one would assume they would be in nature given Laes' experience with one of the most popular mobile franchises in the world.

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Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will receive the Ambassador Award for helping games "advance to a better place," while Frontier Developments founder and Elite: Dangerous co-creator Braben will receive the Pioneer Award for producing breakthrough technological and game design milestones.

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Layoffs Hit Frontier Developments

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments, the makers of Elite: Dangerous, have laid off a number of employees this week, according to this VG247 report. At least 15 employees have been laid off at developer’s Halifax, Canada studio, according to a new Investors update. In a section labeled "Operations Update," the company said that 15 content creation roles have been made redundant in Cambridge:

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Very First 'Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4' Made Sells For $128K

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first special Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 off the production line has been sold in an online charity auction - ultimately raking in $128,000, or ¥15.135 million. The charity auction to benefit Save the Children Japan launched by Sony Japan officially ended over the weekend.

The system is a mighty special prize for whoever purchased it; the limited-edition Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 console went on sale last month for $500 in very limited supply. It sold out almost immediately, with many buying the system to resell on eBay.

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer Joins SpecialEffect Charity

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine front man Tim Schafer is one of several new high profile vice presidents newly appointed to help out UK charity Special Effect. The Double Fine Productions CEO and founder joins MP Tom Watson, the BBC’s Kate Russell, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, UKIE boss Jo Twist and TIGA boss Richard Wilson in the new line-up.

Special Effect is a charity that helps disabled gamers get access to gaming by providing them with assistive technology, services, and software. The charity has been doing this since its inception in 2007.

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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

January 23, 2015 - James Fudge

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck To Keynote D.I.C.E. 2015

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck will deliver the featured keynote address at the upcoming 2015 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas., announced organizer AIAS (The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences - thanks GII).

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IGF Student Finalists Announced

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the 2015 Independent Games Festival have announced the eight finalists that will be attending the IGF event in San Francisco in March as part of the Game Developers Conference.

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Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz Launch Anti-Harassment Resource 'Crash Override'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have revealed that they are working on Crash Override Network, described as a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of "unique forms of online harassment." The site, which has a countdown timer at the moment, is being lead by the duo, and is staffed by "online abuse survivors whose identities remain anonymous to anyone outside the network."

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Starbreeze Sells 'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' to 505 Games for $500K

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developer Starbreeze Studios announced today that it has sold the full rights and trademarks to its critically acclaimed game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The developer said it sold the IP and all rights to 505 Games for the sum of $500,000. The game has sold more than 800,000 copies since its fall 2013 release. Starbreeze says that the franchise will be "best nurtured under a new owner."

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CVG Editor Joins Bandai Namco Games

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bandai Namco Games has hired former Computer & Video Games editor Andy Robinson as its new PR executive. Robinson worked for the Future publication for nine years as the website's editor. Future announced late last year that it plans to close the publication, though - as of this writing - it is still producing daily content.

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Turtle Rock Addresses Concerns About 'Evolve' DLC

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Evolve maker Turtle Rock Studios has responded to sharp criticism about its planned downloadable content after the asymmetric multiplayer shooter releases on February 10 (the beta for the game launched today on Xbox one).

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'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' Nominated For Nine D.I.C.E. Awards

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Monolith Productions-developed Lord of the Rings action-adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is heading into this year's D.I.C.E. Awards with the most nominations. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has a total of nine nominations in a variety of categories including Game of the Year.

Meanwhile Ubisoft's Far Cry 4 has seven nominations, Destiny and Hearthstone have six each, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Monument Valley have five each, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, InFamous: Second Son and Valiant Hearts: The Great War have four nominations each.

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Kabam Acquires TapZen and Magic Pixel

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile game publisher Kabam has acquired Los Angeles-based studios Magic Pixel Games and TapZen, the company announced today. TapZen and Magic Pixel are best known for their collaboration on the iOS game This Means War. Magic Pixel's credits include iOS titles Outcast Odyssey and Stick to It, and the PS 3 game Carnival Island. TapZen founder and former Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has also joined the company.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Crowd-Funding Campaign Launches, Gets Fully Funded In Hours

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning the crowdfunding campaign for a new installment in the tactical RPG series from Harebrained Schemes launched, asking for $100,000 to make Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The cyberpunk-themed RPG follow-up to the award-winning Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut has already surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, with 34 more days still to go. Naturally there will be plenty of room for stretch goals in the next 34 days.

Here's what Harebrained says about the new game on its Kickstarter page:

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Report: Layoffs Hit Codemasters

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer is reporting that a round of layoffs has hit UK racing game publisher Codemasters. Eurogamer says that sources have told them that around 50 jobs are "being reviewed," with a little over 30 of those jobs set to be eliminated as part of a 30 day consultation period. The company employs around 500 people worldwide.

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BBC On The Hunt For Game Development Partnerships

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is on the hunt for a few good studios to develop games based on its most popular series, according to this Develop report. BBC Worldwide's Game team will be visiting London Mobile Games event later this month, seeking any development and partnership opportunities that will benefit their biggest IPs like Doctor Who and Sherlock.

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Zombie Studios Closing, But 'Blacklight Retribution' Will Live On

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Zombie Studios will close its doors, according to this PC Gamer report. The studio known for developing the Spec Ops series, military training games for the U.S. Army, and the popular online shooter (facilitated and run by Perfect World Entertainment) Blacklight: Retribution, said a fond farewell to customers on its official website.

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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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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.destructoid.com/director-del-toro-says-silent-hi… Can not say I am surprised sadly. I feel bad for del Toro because every time he tries to do a video game project it falls apart.04/26/2015 - 1:42pm
InfophileAnyone play any of the following games: War Thunder, Infinite Crisis, or Strife? Got a card for a big chunk of money in them with my new computer which I won't need and looking to give it away if anyone wants it.04/26/2015 - 9:02am
Mattsworknamei I hope there is, I love that series.04/25/2015 - 5:59pm
Matthew Wilson@matt I am sure there will never be a armored core game04/25/2015 - 5:24pm
Mattsworknameof From softwares recent games, bloodborne is the best work they have done yet, though they really need to get to work on armored core 604/25/2015 - 5:10pm
Matthew WilsonLost Kingdoms came out in 2002 this day. I played that game. I did not relize it was made by From Software. Lost Kingdoms was a good unique hard game.04/25/2015 - 4:56pm
MattsworknameOff topic, but, who heres playing Bloodborne, and if so, is it mercillesly murdering you every chance it gets?04/25/2015 - 7:35am
Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://tinyurl.com/ok9pf6b a interesting opinion piece on the life is strange episode 2, and a dark event that happens in it. full warning major spoilers.04/24/2015 - 10:11pm
Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
ZippyDSMleeoy the skyrim paid mod thing is going over well. My 2 lints, I would not mind if Skyrim had a full SDK and not a crappy lil editor....04/24/2015 - 6:46pm
Andrew EisenWell, that is indeed crappy and nonsensical.04/24/2015 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
 

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