Nearly Blind Child Plays Nintendo With Her Family

August 27, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Picture this:

Your young child wants nothing more than to play video games with you and the rest of the family but she's nearly blind and can't focus on anything more than a few inches from her face.  She can't see the game unless she puts her nose to the screen and you can't see the game when her head is blocking the TV.  What do you do?

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Ridiculous Fishing Nears Million Dollar Sales Milestone

August 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Vlambeer's ridiculously popular iOS game, Ridiculous Fishing, is edging towards $1 million in sales, developers Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman revealed today during a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference Europe.

"We're so close," Ismail told Polygon. "We're almost at $1 million."

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Brad Keselowski Credits Video Gaming for NASCAR Nationwide Series Win at Watkins Glen

August 12, 2013 -

Something interesting happened this weekend after Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen: he credited video games for helping him to master the track. Keselowski told Motorsports Talk that he learned to navigate the legendary New York road course by playing video games, and that the knowledge and expertise he gained playing the track in the virtual world translated to success in the real world.

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Sandy Hook Arcade Center Closing August 31

August 1, 2013 -

Way back in February we reported on the opening of the Sandy Hook Arcade Center, an arcade founded by Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari, two long-time Newtown residents, who wanted to share their love of pinball with the community in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adult staff members.

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Polytron Producer: We Were Surprised by the Cancellation of Fez 2

August 1, 2013 -

Polytron producer Marie-Christine Bourdua said that she was pretty surprised to hear that Fez 2 had been cancelled. Speaking to Joystiq at the Torontaru July (a monthly meet-up for game players and developers in Toronto, Canada), Bourdua said that she wasn't at the home office in Montreal when Fish made his very public announcement about cancelling Fez 2.

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Artist Uses Kinect to Create Real-World Art

July 29, 2013 -

Using Kinect, an artist named Luke Jerram has created an interesting pixilated sculpture of his daughter Maya. Using an Xbox Kinect, some aluminum sheets and more than 5,000 colored stickers, Mr. Jerram has built a sculpture on Platform 1 at Bristol Temple Meads train station in the U.K.

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Zeboyd Games: There is no Internet War on Creatives

July 29, 2013 -

While the editorial pages at many gaming websites are featuring opinion pieces on how the Internet is a pretty nasty place for creative types, not everyone agrees. Of course all this soul searching and hand ringing is related to Polytron's Phil Fish saying over the weekend that he has cancelled further development on Fez 2 and has quit the games industry after a public dust-up with Marcus Beer (also known as Annoyed Gamer over at GameTrailers).

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Over Two Million Copies of Torchlight II Sold To-Date

July 25, 2013 -

Runic Games announced that its popular role-playing game for the PC, Torchlight II, is well, pretty popular. Since its launch the game has sold over two million copies. Given that the game was highlighted prominently in the recent Steam Summer Getaway Sale, this announcement is not surprising, though clearly all of those copies did not sell for the full regular price. The game was released in September of 2012.

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BostonFIG and Harmonix Present Boston Plays Indies

July 22, 2013 -

The 2013 Boston Festival of Indie Games announced that it will present a night of video game and chiptune music from some of the world's most exciting performers in Boston, Ma. The one-day event, Boston Plays Indies, is being sponsored by music game developer Harmonix and BostonFIG.

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PSA: Video Games Live Comic-Con Concert Free on Twitch

July 15, 2013 -

The fine folks at Video Games Live are teaming up with streaming service Twitch to give those who can't make it to Comic-Con in San Diego the chance to experience just how wonderful a Video Games Live concert can be. The concert will air on twitch.tv/twitch on July 20th, beginning at 8PM PT. A pre-show begins at 6PM offering interviews with various composers including Journey composer Austin Wintory and Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell.

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Spiderweb Software Humble Bundle Weekly Sale Generates Over $100K

July 12, 2013 -

The Humble Bundle Weekly Sale featuring 15 games from indie RPG developer Spiderweb Software's catalog (DRM-free) has managed to raise over $100,000 in a little over 24 hours.

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Internet Activist Aaron Swartz to be Inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

June 27, 2013 -

Internet activist Aaron Swartz has been posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, according to the BBC. Swartz committed suicide in January of this year in his New York City apartment. He was 26 years old. He helped build internet institutions like Reddit and Creative Commons, co-authored the very first RSS specification and was an internet activist through his work as the founder of Demand Progress.

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EMA Honors William Shatner With a Video Legend Award

June 19, 2013 -

William Shatner has been honored with a Video Legend Award by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) in recognition of his extraordinary career and the popularity of his work on home video, the EMA announced today. The award was presented by EMA during its 2013 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.

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Some OMGPOP Employees Relieved by Studio Closure

June 5, 2013 -

A former employee (who is quoted anonymously) of Draw Something developer OMGPOP said that he/she felt a sense of relief as the entire team was laid off by Zynga. Yesterday the company announced that it had cut 520 jobs - which included the entire staff at OMGPOP. Renamed Zynga New York after its $180 million acquisition during the peak of Draw Something's success, the studio went on to create Draw Something 2 which was released six weeks ago.

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Harvey Smith's 'Big Jack is Dead' Free for a Limited Time

May 29, 2013 -

Harvey Smith's new book Big Jack is Dead was released on Amazon.com in early April and has been generally received with praise and accolades. Now for a limited time you can download it and read it for free on your iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire-based devices.

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Old Meets New: Video Game Sans Video

May 20, 2013 -

Michael Newman and his Los Angeles-based interactive development and product design company Pomp Productions has created an interesting game called Video Game Sans Video. Recently shown off at the 2013 Maker Faire, and highlighted by Discovery, Video Game Sans Video is a clever contraption that lets players navigate a space ship in four directions (up, down, forward and back).

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Jason Rubin Offers High Praise to Metro: Last Light Developers

May 15, 2013 -

THQ's former president Jason Rubin offers high praise to Metro Last Light developer 4A Games, describing the challenging conditions that the company was in as it developed the latest game - Metro: Last Light - in the popular post-apocalyptic first-person shooter series. Rubin also took a few jabs at the game's new publisher for its PR push related to the game, but a representative from Deep Silver decided to punch back at Rubin's allegations.

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Peter Thiel Foundation Announces the 2013 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellows

May 10, 2013 -

The Peter Thiel Foundation (founded by the former CEO and co-founder of PayPal) announced the third set of young entrepreneurs to be awarded 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowships. These new "Thiel Fellows" will receive $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation as well as mentorship from the Foundation’s network of entrepreneurs over a two year period.

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Three Former NIS America Employees Form New Company

May 7, 2013 -

Three former Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) America employees have struck out on their own to create a new independent and digital content publishing company located in Los Angeles called Acttil. The name is an acronym for "acceptance +creativity +teamwork +trust +innovation +love." The studio features the talents of long-time and now former NIS America employees Jack Niida, Hiroko Kanazashi, and Nao Miyazawa.

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Infinite Space 3 Kickstarter Officially Ends, Game Surpasses Funding Goal

May 6, 2013 -

Digital Eel's Rich Carlson let us know that the Kickstarter for the next chapter in its rogue-like space adventure game, Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars, managed to raise $36,661 from 1,764 backers. Digital Eel was originally asking for $30,000, but managed to rake in a little extra.

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Four Programs Just For Aspiring Female Programmers

May 1, 2013 -

Four coding schools just for young girls and women are trying to change the number of females that program (and give girls more STEM-focused educational opportunities) in the United States - as highlighted in this ReadWriteWeb feature. The start-ups catering to women and girls aspiring to learn how to code include Girl Develop It, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and Girls Learning Code/Ladies Learning Code.

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The Origin Story of Global Gaming Initiative

April 26, 2013 -

Develop offers an interesting feature on Global Gaming Initiative founder Elizabeth Sarquis, who details why she started the mobile game development studio. GGI will release a new mobile game in May called Sidekick Cycle for $0.99. Sidekick Cycle downhill biking game challenges players to cycle through hazardous levels to deliver bikes to children in need.

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Chicago Development Scene Powered by Indies

April 23, 2013 -

A DePaul University report says that the Chicago game development space once dominated by titans such as Midway Games and Electronic Arts is now being mostly powered by independently owned and operated small to medium sized game studios. These studios are focusing on mobile platforms and social games, and many feature a mix of both industry veterans and newcomers trying to make a name for themselves in the industry while remaining faithful to the area.

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Philadelphia Skyscraper Becomes a Gigantic Game of Pong

April 22, 2013 -

Over the weekend, a Philadelphia skyscraper was transformed into the world’s largest video game by a Drexel University professor who used the building’s lighting system to display a working version of Pong.

The gigantic game of Pong was the creation of Drexel professor Frank Lee, who has spent the last five years working on the idea.

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Former Zynga Boston Employees Raise $2.25 Million in Equity Funding for New Studio

April 19, 2013 -

The former staff members of Zynga Boston have managed to raise $2.25 million for a new game development start-up called Proletariat. The new studio managed to raise all of its funds through an equity funding run, according to an SEC filing by the new company.

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Harvey Smith's Book 'Big Jack is Dead' Released

April 10, 2013 -

Harvey Smith's new book Big Jack is Dead is now available on Amazon.com, and it draws quite a bit of inspiration from his own life.

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IndieCade Accepting Game Submissions for 2013 Event

April 3, 2013 -

IndieCade announced today that it is now accepting game submissions from independent game artists, creators, and designers. Those interested in getting in on this indie game competition can submit interactive media of all types for the 2013 International Festival of Independent Games through the IndieCade website. Works-in-progress submissions are also encouraged.

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Project Awakened Tries Another Round of Crowd Funding

March 26, 2013 -

Project Awakened recently suffered a major setback when the Kickstarter campaign asking for $500,000 in crowd-funding missed the mark by $161,502. Being so close to the goal and garnering the support of 6,287 backers,

Phosphor Games has decided that it will try again - but this time it will do it without the help of Kickstarter. Right now those backers who want to see this open-ended super powered action game world come alive can fund it again at www.projectawakened.com.

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Ex-Con Creates Chess Game Variant With a Message

March 18, 2013 -

A man sentenced to ten years in prison for robbing two men for $110 and their driver's licenses in 1999 spent a good portion of his time playing chess and developing a new puzzle-based game that uses the classic board game to teach children how to make good choices in life. Nkosi Brown said that he spent much of his time in prison playing chess to avoid fighting with guards and other inmates and during his time in solitary confinement he would play chess with other isolated inmates by yelling out moves and using a chess board scrawled onto the floor.

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Fan Immortalized in Total War: Rome 2

March 18, 2013 -

Eurogamer details a bittersweet story of one Total War: Rome 2 fan who was immortalized in the game, but the 24-year-old named "James" who inspired developers Creative Assembly when he visited the studio, would later lose his fight with liver cancer.

 
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Matthew WilsonThis is a interesting long form article about xbox live since halo 2. http://www.polygon.com/a/the-second-generation-of-xbox-live/page-102/26/2015 - 6:01pm
ConsterJust take pride in joining the group of net neutrality nations, even if it's only temporarily.02/26/2015 - 1:24pm
Matthew Wilsonfcc passed net neutrality. now lets hope they dont screw up the details. ps I am not holding my breath on that one.02/26/2015 - 1:03pm
ZippyDSMleeIf I could stand blizz I would do what I do in Facebook and use zippy, they can screw off if they do not like it.02/26/2015 - 9:31am
Michael ChandraAh. Now THIS is a good reason to not want to enable RealID: Anyone with your email can try adding you as a friend, leading to complications if they find out you're using it but declining their request.02/26/2015 - 5:15am
Michael Chandra(Also, why the hell would you not announce this?? Now people think they got a bug.)02/26/2015 - 5:11am
Michael ChandraThe only argument against the second that I've read so far is 'I'm afraid I'd accidentally RealID instead of BattleTag someone'. How secure are the RealID databases anyway?02/26/2015 - 5:10am
Michael ChandraIt's a silly argument detracting from the two main issues: Is this safe (so RealID only enabled but not given out through twitter in any way) and is it problematic to force people to 'use' RealID without actually sharing it with others?02/26/2015 - 5:10am
Michael ChandraGot to love how people immediately bring up 'yeah I don't see a problem with using my real name, it's not as if people can find me with it'. Maybe not you, but that doesn't mean others cannot be found.02/26/2015 - 5:08am
Michael ChandraSo apparently it's because they wanted to tie it to Parental Controls and didn't want to make a separate parental control for it due to that taking effort.02/26/2015 - 5:03am
ZippyDSMleeWhy do they have billing account name and user name confused? Never understood that....02/26/2015 - 3:29am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/google-s-computers-learn-to-play-video-games-by-themselves that is fairly impressive.02/25/2015 - 9:21pm
MechaCrashA universal ID among all of your characters across all games is a good idea. Making it use your real name instead of a screen name of your choosing is a horrible idea.02/25/2015 - 5:45pm
Michael ChandraThey also said posting on the forums was optional. To be honest, I really do NOT get why you'd introduce a new feature, brag about it and then secretly put a lock on it.02/25/2015 - 4:52pm
InfophileTwitter integration is a lot more optional than the forums (which was the last place they tried to enforce real names). So I don't see the backlash being as strong this time, especially since they aren't adding the requirement to an existing service02/25/2015 - 12:59pm
Michael ChandraIn the Real ID info, it's an optional thing for friends. Enforcing its usage for tweeting seems rather unnecessary.02/25/2015 - 12:14pm
ZippyDSMleenothing like a a few crashes inbetween moveing 400gb of data....02/25/2015 - 12:09pm
Michael ChandraOkay, so Blizzard's memory officially only goes back four years, as they cannot remember the backlash last time they tried forcing people to use their real names.02/25/2015 - 12:09pm
IvresseOnly context I can provide at the moment is the response from Blizz customer service: https://twitter.com/BlizzardCSEU_EN/status/57060293549676544402/25/2015 - 11:31am
PHX Corp@Craig R. I'm still testing Windows 10 Technical Preview as a consumer in advance of the final build02/25/2015 - 11:30am
 

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