Ghost Recon Online Coming to Steam Early Access

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft is the first major publisher to launch a major game via Steam's early access program. Is this the beginning of a trend where developers and publishers who make PC games take their games to Steam and let players play early alphas to shape the game before it officially launches? We're not sure but if it is, it looks like Ubisoft will be on the ground floor of the trend embraced by indies.

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'Take This Project' Renamed, New Web Site Launched

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the "Take This Project" was quietly relaunched as "Take This," along with a new website at www.takethis.org. Take This is a support group for gamers (though it doesn't specifically exclude those people who do not identify themselves as gamers), games journalists, game developers, and other industry professionals that suffer from depression, anxiety and other challenges associated with mental illness.

Canada's Military Considering Using Video Games in the Future For Training

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A brief report in the Canadian Press reveals that the Canadian military is keen to start using video games and video-game related simulations in the future to train its soldiers. In fact, officials say that games like Call of Duty will play an "increasing role in its training in the future."

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Capcom Kills Ghost 'N Goblins Demon World Kickstarter Campaign

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom has put the brakes on a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for an unlicensed Ghost 'N Goblins game. Phantasm Studios' campaign is now the subject of an intellectual property dispute initiated by Capcom, and has been shutdown. The Kickstarter page for the campaign now features a DMCA notice from Capcom.

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Koei Tecmo Implements Micro-Transaction Spending Limits in Games for Japan

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Koei Tecmo has introduced spending limits for micro-transactions in its games for those under the age of 20 in Japan. According to Silicon Era, the company will only allow $50 a month to be spent by someone under the age of 15, with the 16-19 year olds being limited to a maximum of $200 a month. No restrictions apply for players 20 years old or older.

Koei Tecmo plans to add these limits in its games in Japan before the year's end. No word on if this policy will be a global one or if it is just specific to Japan.

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Steam Hits Seven Million Concurrent Users Milestone on Sunday

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's Steam digital distribution platform managed to hit a major milestone as its biggest sale of the year continued to play out over the weekend. On Sunday, over seven million users logged in to the service concurrently as they searched for deals in the company's annual Steam Autumn Sale.

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Skyrim Falskaar Mod Creator Lands a Dream Job

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a success story to inspire anyone who wants to make the leap from hobbyist mod maker to full-fledged developer: it's possible if you put love into your creation and catch someone's attention. Alexander J. Velicky, the fellow who created the popular Falskaar mod for Elder Scrolls IC: Skyrim, is now working for a big studio - and it isn't Bethesda.

Posting on the official Skyrim forums to thank everyone, Velicky revealed that he has been hired by Bungie - apparently to help out on the company's upcoming next-gen game Destiny.

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Microsoft Offers Free Digital Download to Consumers with Broken Xbox One Consoles

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recognizing that some Xbox One owners might be a tad bit upset that they can't play their shiny new console while Microsoft makes right on failing disc drives in some systems, the company announced that it would provide digital downloads of at least one launch title per customer so they have something to play while they wait for a replacement console.

The games offered as part of this include like Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon.

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PC and Mac Versions of Minecraft Getting Native Twitch Support ' Soon'

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft for Mac and PC will soon have native support for Twitch live streaming, according to news coming out of Minecon 2013 this weekend. Speaking at Minecon 2013 over the weekend, Twitch Marketing Vice President Matthew DiPietro confirmed that this level of functionality would be introduced 'soon'.

"Minecraft has struck a very powerful chord with the Twitch community," DiPietro said.

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PlayStation Second Most Popular Brand on YouTube

November 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While Red Bull is the number one brand on YouTube (mostly because it sponsors so many interesting sporting and gaming events worldwide), "PlayStation" is also pretty popular, according to data collected by Statista and Mashable.

Valve: Steam Has Over 64 Million Registered User Accounts

October 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you laughed when Valve introduced its new Steam OS, Steam-based hardware and a controller along with it, then you'll understand why the company thinks it can take up space in gamers' living rooms alongside current and next generation consoles when you hear how many people in the world have Steam accounts. According to an announcement made today, Valve's digital distribution platform and soon-to-be living room entertainment destination has over 65 million registered user accounts worldwide.

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Report: Tiger Woods Already in Talks with Unnamed Video Game Company

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While EA Sports has announced that it has broken its long-time relationship with golfing sensation Tiger Woods, it looks like Woods may already be talking to other game companies about putting his name and face on a whole new product. Tiger Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN that he is currently speaking with another unnamed video game company regarding video game rights.

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PS4 to Require Day One Patch To Activate Major Features

October 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Xbox One won't be the only next-generations system that will need to apply a launch-day patch before it can be used. Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will need to have a firmware update applied before consumers can have access to some features.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Now on Android

October 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After hitting a major milestone with Plants vs. Zombies 2 - 25 million downloads on iOS devices - PopCap Games' has decided that it is finally time to bring the free-to-play strategy game sequel to Android devices worldwide. The Android version of the game is available right now through Google Play and features full integration with Google Play's Game Services.

The Android version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes all the same features and functionality found in the iOS version, according to PopCap.

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Microsoft: Cross Platform Play Makes Sense

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer says that "it makes a lot of sense" that a symbiotic ecosystem exist between Xbox One and the Windows-based PCs. In an interview with AusGamer, Spencer was asked if Windows 8 and Xbox One could host cross-platform play between their respective platforms.

"I'm not allowed to leak things," Spencer replied, "but I think what you're talking about makes a lot of sense."

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Research: Food Advergames Promote Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices to Children

October 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

New research from Michigan State University examined advergames and found that they have a tendency to promote foods that are unhealthy - full of fat, sugar, and sodium. Researchers concluded that these games meant to promote products and brands often promote unhealthy lifestyle choices for children too.

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DICE Creative Director: 'We Should Be Slapped For Load-Outs in Battlefield 3'

October 3, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking to VG247, DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson admitted that the company made a mistake with how it structured the unlocks in Battlefield 3, going so far as to say that he should probably be "slapped for it."

"We shipped Battlefield 3, which we should be slapped for, with probably the worst set-ups ever," he said.

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EA Shutting Down Warhammer Online Dec. 18

September 19, 2013 - James Fudge

EA's Mythic Games announced via the game's official site that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be shutting down on December 18. The MMO launched by Mythic and Electronic Arts in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on September 18, 2008. While it had a rough launch, the game managed to interest a small and faithful following over the last five years.

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Jinni Chosen as Xbox Video Discovery Engine

September 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Jinni has inked a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems including the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Xbox One releasing in late November. Jinni is described by its creators as a "taste-and-mood based engine" that enables entertainment discovery using "content genetics" and an understanding of user preference analytics.

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PSA: Respawn Warns About Fake Titanfall Beta Offers

September 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is warning users that any offers to get in on an early beta of the game are not real and will likely lead to some sort of scam that could compromise personal info, privacy, or computer security.

The studio took to its official Twitter feed to advise fans not to provide any personal details to sites pretending to offer testing opportunities for the upcoming Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows shooter.

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Microsoft Rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace

August 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has renamed the "Xbox Live Marketplace" on Xbox.com to the "Xbox Games Store," putting the name in line with other marketplaces the company runs - like "Windows Phone Store." The Xbox Games Store is still located at marketplace.xbox.com (at least for now), and now groups titles by platform, with sections for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Mobile and Web games.

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Games for Windows Live Marketplace Closing August 22

August 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft will officially close its Xbox.com PC Marketplace on August 22, 2013. According to this FAQ on Xbox.com, those who have purchased Games for Windows Live titles and DLC will still be able to play them through the service's client, but won't have access to any kind of marketplace to purchase additional content. Some are concerned that Games for Windows Live titles will be inadvertently pulled from other services such as Steam, but that is really up to the publishers, according to Microsoft.

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Call of Duty Ghost Multiplayer Features Female Soldiers

August 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

During a special reveal of multiplayer modes in Call of Duty Ghost at an LA event today, Infinity Ward revealed that it has added female models into the game. In addition to having the ability to play as a female soldier, the multiplayer offers dynamic events that affect gameplay and new moves such as knee slides, mantling, and contextual leaning. The game also adds 30 new weapons (including a new Marksman Rifle weapon class), 20 new killstreaks, 14 maps at launch, seven new multiplayer modes, and a new Squads mode that supports up to six players on a team.

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Major Fighting Game Tournaments Add New Rule on Player Collusion

July 31, 2013 -

Several major fighting game tournament organizers have decided to standardize rules about player collusion. According to a Shoryuken report, any form of collusion between competitors is now considered cheating and tournament directors who catch any competitor "intentionally underperforming" will disqualify them "immediately."

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Report: Microsoft Will Change Policy on Xbox One Software Publishing Requirements

July 24, 2013 -

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that "every Xbox One" can be used to make games, meaning that every unit can in fact be turned into a development kit, or debug unit. Kotaku offers this statement from Microsoft on the matter:

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Report: Mattrick Tried to Negotiate Sale of Zynga to Microsoft in 2010

July 8, 2013 -

According to a Bloomberg report, former Xbox chief and current Zynga CEO Don Mattrick has been an admirer of the social game maker for quite some time. In fact, in 2010 he tried to convince higher-ups at Microsoft that it should buy Zynga. This was prior to the company going public and during the company's popularity with games on Facebook, according to Bloomberg.

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The War Z Renamed to Infestation: Survivor Stories

June 20, 2013 -

Hammerpoint Interactive's zombie survival MMO, The War Z, has been renamed Infestation: Survivor Stories today, the developer announced this morning. The name change won't have any effect on the game itself. Hammerpoint claims that the name change is meant to "help fans differentiate the popular game from similarly titles brands." In January of this year, DayZ creator Dean Hall expressed anger at the similarity of the two game names, feeling that it caused confusion about which of the games was the original concept.

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Xbox One Retail Games to Sell for $60

June 17, 2013 -

While Microsoft has had its fair share of bad press surrounding the Xbox One console, those still considering a purchase when it is released later this year will at least be happy that the price of new games will remain in line with Xbox 360 retail disc pricing. Games will retail for $59.99, according to an unnamed source speaking to Kotaku.

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Sony Plans to Support PS4 for Ten Years

June 12, 2013 -

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida believes that the PlayStation 4 will have a lifespan of over ten years, just like previous PlayStation family home consoles. Speaking with CVG, Yoshida said with PS4 there is room for growth should games start to exceed the 8GB of RAM, and that Sony plans to support the console for at least 10.

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Report: Ballmer and Xbox One Go to Hollywood

June 5, 2013 -

Deadline is reporting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer - with entertainment studios president Nancy Tellem in tow - is taking meetings with big Hollywood studios and television companies to drum up support for Xbox One as an entertainment hub for the living room.

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Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenObviously, the picture was created by someone who doesn't understand what the issue actually is (or, possibly, someone trying to satire said misunderstanding).09/01/2014 - 4:10pm
Papa MidnightPeople fear and attack what they do not understand.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
Papa MidnightWell, let's not forget. Someone held their hand in a peace sign a few weeks ago and people started claiming it was a gang sign. Or a police chief displayed the hand signal of their fraternity and was accused of the same.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
Papa MidnightIn other news, Netflix states why it paid Comcast: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/29/technology/netflix-comcast/index.html?hpt=hp_t209/01/2014 - 3:10pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
 

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