Play.com goes offline

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Play.com has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (www.rakuten.co.uk), according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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After Videogamer.com Acquisition Candy Banana Is On The Hunt For More Properties

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sweden-based IBIB announced earlier this month that it had acquired Videgamer.com and launched a network called Candy Banana to house all its game-related properties including The Sims Resource, Planet Destiny, Sportra and more. Today the company revealed that it is on a hunt to acquire more video game related sites.

“Candy Banana will be investing in and improving the existing sites and, for the coming few months, we are looking to acquire additional high-quality sites to grow the network,” said Candy Banana director Adam McCann.

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Future Publishing Hires Former Joystiq Management For GamesRadar+

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Future Publishing has made a number of new hires this week and shuffled some of its staff around at its revamped GamesRadar+ website. First the company has strengthened its UK-based news staff by hiring former Kotaku UK news editor Leon Hurley as its new executive news editor and former Official PlayStation Magazine writer Louise Blain has been hired as its news lead.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Story Bundle Serves Up Eight Issues of Kill Screen Magazine

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Story Bundle is offering a fantastic deal on eight issues of Kill Screen Magazine, the video game art and culture publication that explores the "intersection between games, play, and other seats of culture, from art to music to design." The Story Bundle offers eight issues including Kill Screen Issue 1: No Fun by Kill Screen Magazine, Kill Screen Issue 2: Back To School, Kill Screen Issue 3: Intimacy, Kill Screen Issue 4: Public Play, Kill Screen Issue 5: Sound, Kill Screen Issue 6: Change, and Kill Screen Issue 7: The Great Outdoors.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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GDC Micro-Talk Offers Ten Speakers in One Hour

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ten speakers. One hour. That's the premise of the Game Developers Conference micro-talk, "One Hour, Ten Speakers, Games and Play, and Us." The talk features ten industry professionals - academics, developers, and journalists - who have approximately six minutes each to deliver something solid on a topic they think attendees might find interesting and/or thought-provoking.

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Eurogamer Dumps Review Scores

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer announced this morning that, like Kotaku did earlier in the year, it will no longer be using review scores when it rates games. Instead games rated by the publication will use descriptors such as "Recommended," "Essential," or "Avoid." Some game reviews will not carry a descriptor at all.

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Tomo News Makes Fun of Brian Williams

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tomo News has an amusing take on Brian Williams' series of half-truths and tall tales about coming under RPG rocket and gunfire in a helicopter while covering the conflict in Iraq and some other stories he may have tweaked the truth on during his career. Yes it's full of wacky imagery as you would expect from a Tomo News report, and is kind of harsh towards Williams, but it's hard to deny that it is funny. Check out the video to your left.

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'WOW Insider' Will Live On In Spirit As 'Blizzard Watch'

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.

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Former Massively Staff Turn To Crowdfunding For New Site

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

One of the biggest tragedies in 2015 (so far) as a writer who has covered video games from various angles over the last 18 years, is seeing a publication like Joystiq and all of its affiliate sites get shut down by its parent company AOL.

One of those affiliate sites, Massively, faithfully served massively-multiplayer online game fans for years (since 2007) and did so with passion and care for the subject matter it covered so well.

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AOL Shutting Down Joystiq and Massively

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

AOL is shutting down Joystiq and popular MMO sister site Massively. A report earlier in the day from Techcrunch indicated that parent company AOL planned on rolling the Joystiq brand back into tech site Engadget.

The news was confirmed today by Massively editor-in-chief Brianna Royce (in this blog post) and in a tweet from Joystiq News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski.

In his tweet, Sliwinski shared a LinkedIn staff list:

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Report: AOL Will Close Joystiq

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A report on Re/Code is making the rounds this morning, suggesting that the parent company of popular gaming site Joystiq will shut the site down in the coming weeks and lay off its staff. Citing multiple sources within AOL, Re/Code claims that the company is "likely to shutter" Joystiq and lay off its staff as part of a house cleaning of media properties that are underperforming.

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Layoffs Hit Defy Media's The Escapist, GameTrailers, And GameFront

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Defy Media has laid off a large amount of staff from three of its popular game-related properties: The Escapist, GameTrailers, and GameFront. An exact number of affected employees is unknown as of this writing, but we do know that The Escapist Editor-in-Chief Greg Tito is just one of many affected by this latest round of layoffs. In a post on Twitter, Tito announced that he and others had been laid off today:

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Devs Play Features John Romero Playing 'Doom'

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest episode of Double Fine's video series, "Devs Play," features John Romero playing the classic first-person shooter that took over the PC gaming world way back in the 90s. The id Software co-founder who helped create Doom and Quake is joined by Doom history enthusiast and Spacebase creator JP LeBreton as they play through "Knee Deep in the Dead" in its entirety.

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BasedGamer Hits Funding Goal

January 13, 2015 - James Fudge

While it looked like it wasn't going to hit its funding goal, BasedGamer.com managed to surpass it at the tail end of its crowd funding effort. By its close, BasedGamer.com managed to raise $52,619 - a little bit over its funding goal of $50,000. BasedGamer is the creation of Jennie Bharaj, a vocal and long-time supporter of the GamerGate social media movement. The goal of the site is to be an alternative to Metacritic, and to highlight content that fits the narrative of the GamerGate movement.

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Four Editors Leave IGN To Launch 'Kinda Funny Games'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four of IGN's top editors have "left" the site to focus on making videos under the banner of a new series called "Kinda Funny Games." We say "kind of left" because several of the departing editors will still be doing some work for the company on an ongoing basis.

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Patrick Klepek Joins Kotaku

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an introductory post on Kotaku, former GiantBomb news editor Patrick Klepek announces that he has joined the Kotaku editorial team as its new senior reporter. Klepek announced his exit from GiantBomb last week, though he had officially left the site a long time before that.

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Former Destructoid EIC Joins GamesBeat

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You may recall that GamesBeat put out word that it was hiring a new Senior Editor to replace the outgoing Dan Hsu, who went to work for Sony earlier in the year. After months of interviewing qualified candidates, the publication announced that former Destructoid Editor-in-Chief Dale North (pictured, left) would be joining the editorial team. GamesBeat also announced Mike Minotti (pictured, right) has been promoted to a full-time role overseeing the new GamesBeat Community.

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Computer & Video Games Shutting Down

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The website for Future Publishing's Computer & Video Games will be closing soon, with the publisher focusing its attention on the GamesRadar+ website starting in February of next year. GamesRadar+ already combines the GamesRadar site with the SFX and Total Film websites. Some of CVG's content (news and reviews, for example) will be migrated over to this new portal, but the site as we know it today will eventually be phased out.

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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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Gamasutra News Editor Joins tinyBuild

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra news editor Mike Rose has left the publication to join indie game developer and publishing company tinyBuild. The long time editor for the site devoted to game developers, tools, and culture has also written for IndieGames.com and PocketGamer.

In his new role at the studio responsible for No Time to Explain he'll seek out new and exciting games for the company to publish.

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Ubisoft: Reviewers Won't Get Early Access to 'The Crew'

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Ubisoft is continuing to shift and adjust its polices on reviewing its games. The latest game to do this is its online racing game, The Crew. According to Destructoid, reviewers won't be able to play any sooner than regular players who go out and buy the game, according to this Ubisoft blog post.

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A Long Overdue Correction and an Apology to Brad Wardell

November 11, 2014 - James Fudge

On September 16, 2012 GamePolitics published a story about Brad Wardell and Stardock Systems entitled "Report: Stardock Sued Former Marketing Manager After She Sued CEO for Sexual Harassment." In that report we echoed a false narrative that Stardock's lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta was filed in retaliation for her filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Warde

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Verizon-Backed Tech Site Forbidden From Writing About 'Spying' and 'Net Neutrality'

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon's wireless subsidiary is funding a tech site called SugarString but writers who sign up to work for the web site have to agree not to write about two subjects: net neutrality and surveillance or spying activities. While there are lots of stories about technology and culture on the site, the two aforementioned subjects can never be written about on Sugarstring.

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Leigh Alexander Lists Ethical Concerns With the Video Game Industry

October 16, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

GamerGate can't seem to focus.

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Editorial: The Truth About GamerGate and GameJournoPros

October 15, 2014 - James Fudge

Editor's note: The opinions in this article are the author's, and do not represent the opinions of GamePolitics.

My name is James Fudge and I was a member of the now defunct GameJournoPros, an email list for professional writers and wonderful human beings covering the video game industry and culture. I do not regret being on that list and I make no apologies for anything I have said in my private conversations to my peers that were made public by former members that lack integrity, decency, loyalty, or honor (they know who they are).

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Intel Pulls Ad Campaign From Gamasutra

October 14, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Welcome to two weeks ago!

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Journalism School Uses Grant to Teach Journalist 'Game Design'

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The American University School of Communication is using a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for a new program to train journalists in game design, Gamasutra reports.The grant money will be used to fund a "Journalism Leadership Transformation" pilot program with six fellowship positions: three for working journalists, and three for journalism students.

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Report: YouTubers Making 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' Videos Strong-Armed by PR Firm Representing WBI

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some Youtubers who wanted to review the PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor had to jump through several questionable hoops put in place by Warner Bros. Interactive's social media PR firm Plaid Social in order to get access, according to a new video by high profile gaming personality and writer Jim Sterling. The story first came to light through a series of tweets from YouTube star TotalBiscuit.

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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
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