Operation Supply Drop appoints new COO

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Special Operations veteran Raymond Whitaker has been named the new COO of military-focused video games charity Operation Supply Drop. The announcement was made today by Operation Supply Drop founder and CEO Glenn Banton in a lengthy letter (which we have posted in its entirety below) sent to the media today. The appointment was unanimously approved by the charity's board of directors.

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DARPA launches five new games on Vergiames portal

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released five new games as part of its ongoing initiative to crowd-source bug detection via its Verigames portal. DARPA launched the portal in 2013 and is pleased with the results - it claims the program has helped it over hundreds of thousands of annotations from regular everyday non-coding users.

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'Warfighter Engaged' kicks off charity drive to help wounded war veterans game

May 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Military focused gaming charity Warfighter Engaged is looking to raise funds to make gaming accessible to injured war veterans through a new GoFundMe campaign called #GivingEngaged.

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Wargaming celebrates Military Appreciation Month

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming America dropped us a note today to let us know that it is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by donating 25% of in-game proceeds from dedicated NMAM bundles throughout the month of May.

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Operation Supply Drop Team With Bionik Monkey For 'Gamers March 4 Troops'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has teamed up with Bionik Monkey for a major charity event for the entire month of March called Gamers March 4 Troops. Running until March 31st, and available exclusively through gmft.bionikmonkey.com, supporters can help the Operation Supply Drop cause by purchasing a Limited Edition Flex-Fit Operation Supply Drop Tactical Hat.

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U.S. Navy Details 'Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix'

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States Navy on Thursday revealed a training simulation game sponsored by the Office of Naval Research called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix. Strike Group Defender is a virtual "demo space" developed as part of the Office of Naval Research Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) portfolio managed by PMR-51.

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Activision Prevails in 'Angry Monkey' Military Patch Lawsuit

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Public Funding Launches for Video Game to Aid Veterans with Hearing Impairments

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Researchers at the University of California Riverside and the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research are developing a video game that will aid in treating auditory dysfunction by training the auditory cortex to better process complex sounds. The development team is seeking public support to raise $100,000 needed to fund research and develop a computer game they claim will improve the brain’s ability to process and distinguish sounds.

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NGA Releases Gamification Software To The Masses

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra reports that the United States' National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made gamification software it created available for free on GitHub under an MIT free software license, allowing programmers and the general public tools and assets to tinker with.

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Operation Supply Drop Launches Mentorship Program, Backs HeroCrate

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video-game themed military charity Operation Supply Drop announced the launch of a new mentorship program to support veteran-owned businesses, with a focus on the video game and entertainment space. The goal of the program is to encourage other veterans to look at starting their own businesses after returning home from a long deployment overseas.  HeroCrate is the first veteran-founded company that Operation Supply Drop has partnered with as part of this mentorship program.

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ESA Foundation Honored By ThanksUSA for Charitable Contributions

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Foundation was honored earlier this week by ThanksUSA for providing grant money that directly benefits the ongoing educational needs of the spouses and children of United States armed forces personnel serving around the world. ThanksUSA describes itself as a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces and also provides college, technical and vocational school scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel.

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DOJ Indicts Four For Stealing Data From Microsoft, Valve, and The U.S. Military

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four people have been indicted for allegedly breaching the computer systems of several video game companies and the US military, and stealing software worth over $100 million.

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Visceral Talks About the 'Militarization of Police' in the Real World, Versus What's In 'Battlefield Hardlines'

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an interview with Polygon, Visceral Games' Ian Milham, the creative director of the upcoming cops v. robbers first-person shooter Battlefield Hardlines, tackles the thorny subject of the militarization of police departments in America. The subject came to the forefront of conversation after the police force in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri rolled out armored vehicles and military gear in response to large scale protests over the shooting of Michael Brown.

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Kinect Used for U.S. Military Project, 'Augmented Reality Sand Table'

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Design Interactive, an Army Research Labs contractor, is using Microsoft's Kinect to create an augmented reality program that simulates sand for the U.S. military. The technology was recently shown off at the Modern Day Marine Expo at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., according to the Marine Corps. Times.

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics and the ECA we wish our readers a safe and happy holiday. We hope you are enjoying your extended weekend and are out (or in, as the case may be) having fun on the unofficial start of summer.

If you want an explanation of what Memorial Day is all about and why it is a very important holiday to a majority of Americans, then you should check out usmemorialday.org.

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Latest Version of Army's Combat Simulator 'Keeps it Real'

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The new version of the U.S. Army's official training simulator is getting a little more realistic about weight and how it affects soldiers in the field. The Army's official simulation software, Virtual Battlespace 3, developed by Bohemia Interactive (makers of ARMA and DayZ), adds avatar customization. If a soldier using the simulation is overweight, his or her avatar will look overweight. But more than mere aesthetics, that weight will affect fatigue levels on the virtual field of battle.

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Wargaming Teams With Russian Kubinka Tank Museum to Restore WWII-Era Tank

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks and World of Planes maker Wargaming today announced its plans to join with its long-term partner the Russian Kubinka Tank Museum to reconstruct and put back in running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank.

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Operation Supply Drop Invades PAX East

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop will be at PAX East in Boston April 11 - 13 for a variety of activities in support of its ongoing charitable efforts. First and foremost, the group will be signing up teams for its charity gaming marathon, 8-Bit Salute.

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Operation Supply Drop Teams Up With Twitch for '8-Bit Salute'

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that it will partner with game-focused video streaming service Twitch to raise funds for the third-annual 8-Bit Salute. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon taking place this year from May 17-18. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages to U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.

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Wargaming and RAF Museum Launch Apparition App

January 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks and World of War Planes maker Wargaming announced today the global launch of an augmented reality application that draws attention to the Dornier 17 aircraft currently being exhibited at the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, United Kingdom.

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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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OSD Surprises Wounded Soldiers With $10K Video Game Giveaway For the Holidays

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop sent along an inspiring note about a recent happening at the Fort Eustis Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. The group stopped by the military medical facility to throw the injured soldiers staying there a pizza party and video game raffle just in time for the holidays. The operation, code named BATTLE WAGON, included the donation of brand new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on mobile 19" GAEMS Vanguard cases so they can be wheeled into soldier's rooms who are unable to leave their beds.

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China Hates on Battlefield 4 DLC

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Battlefield 4 DLC, China Rising, is taking some heat in the editorial page of the Chinese military newspaper Zhongguo Guofangbao, according to the South China Morning Post (as reported by Polygon).

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DayZ Early Access Generates $5.1 Million in First 24 Hours on Steam

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The standalone early access version of the zombie survival game DayZ has managed to generate sales in the $5.1 million range in its first 24 hours since launch, with new players joining the zombie survival adventure every hour (88,000 survivors joined in the first 12 hours), according to Bohemia Interactive's CEO Maruk Spanel.

He revealed on his blog that, after 24 hours of being made available, 172,500 copies of the game had been sold and 142,403 players were online. The early access version of the game landed on Steam earlier this week.

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Origin Story: Operation Supply Drop

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Polygon wrote an excellent article detailing the back story on Operation Supply Drop, the military focused gaming charity that sends video game-related care packages to soldiers deployed in combat zones around the world and recovering in military hospitals.

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World of Tanks Veteran’s Day 1-Million Gold Charity Division Winners Announced

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks maker Wargaming and event sponsor NVIDIA announced the winners of the NVIDIA GeForce eSports World of Tanks Veteran’s Day 1-Million Gold Charity Division held this past November. Over 280 teams and 800 players participated in the competition, vying for a massive in-game prize pool.

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MOGA and Power A Give Big Donation to Operation Supply Drop

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics staff

Game related charity Operation Supply Drop announced that it has received $12,000 in gaming gear from two gaming accessory developers: MOGA and Power A. Power A has donated a variety of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 wireless Batman themed controllers, while MOGA sent the charity 350 of their MOGA Gaming Controller, which can be snapped onto any Android mobile device and turn into a portable gaming system. The items will be put into care packages for soldiers deployed in combat zone around the world and recovering in military hospitals.

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Operation Supply Drop Raises $300K for the Troops in November

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop passed along word today that during the month of November it managed to raise what it called a record-shattering $302,187 worth of games and swag for soldiers and sailors deployed overseas as well as recovering in military hospitals. Much of that tally for the month of November came from game developers and corporations.

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ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt Chooses 'Bill of Rights' Theme

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

ThanksUSA and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation announced the launch of the ninth annual ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt (TH9), a free, fully interactive digital trivia and puzzle game about U.S. history, culture and values. The annual hunt supports ThanksUSA's annual scholarship fund to benefit the children and spouses of active-duty military personnel by providing scholarships for two-year or four-year colleges, vocational or technical schools. The focus of this year's hunt will be the Bill of Rights.

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Operation Supply Drop Raises Nearly $300K During 8-Bit Salute Charity Drive

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Operation Supply Drop has raised nearly $300,000 in games and gear for Veterans Day through its 8-Bit Salute drive. The military gaming charity surpassed last year's $58,000 in games and gear raised by over five times with the grand total of $282,721. Donations are still coming in, so that figure is sure to continue trending upwards. The donations will be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop's end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals.

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Goth_SkunkAnd at long last, I think I'm finally done.06/30/2015 - 3:08am
Goth_SkunkAnd if those progressive games fail to make any headway in the market, don't blame gamer culture for not being cultured enough to appreciate the product. Own up to the fact that the game either sucks, is not interesting, or both.06/30/2015 - 3:06am
Goth_Skunknor suggest that the games industry and culture is rife with toxicity because of it and needs to change for the good of the medium. There is room in the market for progressive games to co-exist with games like Hatred, not replace them outright.06/30/2015 - 3:04am
Goth_SkunkAnd if the overly violent content of most AAA games or the perceived mistreatment of women in such games bothers one, by all means criticize it, but do not under any circumstances suggest that it such content shouldn't exist or be promoted,06/30/2015 - 3:02am
Goth_SkunkGames, for the most part, let you do this! You can be the man or woman you're not. You can escape reality and immerse yourself in the experience. And that's wonderful! I play as female characters all the time in games I play, when the option is available.06/30/2015 - 2:59am
Goth_SkunkA choice that nature denied transgender people at birth! People don't undergo gender reassignment because they want to be transgender; they undergo gender reassignment because they want to be the gender they identify with!06/30/2015 - 2:52am
Goth_SkunkBut I think it gets silly when people start asking for the ability to play as a transgender protagonist. I mean, why would one do that? One usually has the option to create a character that's either a man or a woman, gay or straight. You have the choice!06/30/2015 - 2:50am
Goth_Skunkfirst two games, a move which was ultimately corrected in the 3rd game. By extension, Dragon Age has always had the option, and good on it!06/30/2015 - 2:45am
Goth_SkunkBut it certainly is good to see developers entertain the allowance of allowing the player to develop their protagonist to be homosexual if they want. The Mass Effect series was criticized rightly for not allowing a male homosexual romance plot in the06/30/2015 - 2:44am
Goth_Skunkand only just by the slimmest of margins. Homosexuality is sadly still a hot button controversy in the USA, which makes developing a noteworthy game with a hardcoded homosexual lead or theme a dangerous risk to take.06/30/2015 - 2:37am
Goth_SkunkThe United States is the largest single customer base for video games in the world, and it only just mandated by rule of its Supreme Court that marriage ought to be just as much an inalienable right for homosexuals as it is for heterosexuals,06/30/2015 - 2:35am
Goth_SkunkFor example, it would be difficult for a developer to produce a AAA quality game where the protagonist is hardcoded to be MtF transgender, and convince enough people to buy it in order to make it worth its production costs.06/30/2015 - 2:31am
Goth_SkunkNo Mecha, not woe unto those who ask for representation. By all means, ask and be represented. I don't have an issue with it, nor would I say anyone in GamerGate does either. But be reasonable about asking too.06/30/2015 - 2:27am
Goth_Skunkthat would've made Benedict Arnold raise a glass in toast.06/30/2015 - 2:25am
MechaCrashGamers are more than straight white men, but woe unto those who actually ask for representation!06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkBut Games Journalism, who in the past has stood up for gamers and developers, when their hobby was under attack by idealogues and governments for being overly violent, suddenly switched sides in a move06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkYet the media continues to push that narrative, and they will continue to do so until their medium dies out from obscelesence or when the old guard retires and is replaced by people who were raised by gamers, people who know the score.06/30/2015 - 2:20am
Goth_SkunkGamerGate, by my view, is far more diverse and inclusive that the purveying culture surrounding games journalism right now. The stereotypical gamer is a straight white male, but GamerGate has shown, time and time again, that this is not really the case.06/30/2015 - 2:18am
Goth_SkunkAfter all, you did just call it a "problem."06/30/2015 - 2:15am
Goth_SkunkAs opposed to setting the bar high, creating a culture clique that promotes exclusivity rather than inclusivity. Cronyism rather than diversity. Do you feel that inclusivity and diversity are just buzzwords to be used whenever convenient?06/30/2015 - 2:12am
 

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