The 'Humble Game Making Bundle' gives you the tools to make your own game

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The newest Humble Bundle gives fans the tools they need to make their own games - for whatever they are willing to pay.

The Humble Game Making Bundle lets you pay whatever you want for a Game Dev Starter Pack that includes Stencyl: Indie Edition One-Year License; Humble Store coupons for 90% off RPG Maker 2000, 2003, and XP; a Humble Bundle Starter DLC Pack; an Indie Game Maker Contest '14 Finalist Pack featuring Remnants of Isolation and Last Word; and Labyrinthine Dreams.

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'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' announced

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A special beta for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be launched on July 29, Mojang announced at its Minecon event in London over the weekend. The beta for the Windows 10 enhanced version of the game will be launched alongside the operating system which is set to be given away for free worldwide on July 29.

If you already own the PC version of the game, it will be a free upgrade - and if you don't own it you can get it for $10.

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Physical media now an option for 'Shenmue 3' backers

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest update to the Shenmue crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter announces that physical media is now planned. Playstation 4 and PC owners willing to back the project at the $60 level will be able to get a physical copy of the game. This backer level will have a choice of either a physical or digital copy of the game for either PS4 or Windows - a choice backers of this level will make when the company sends out a survey after the Kickstarter concludes.

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'Stage Presence' lets you tame a wild crowd with a mic and Oculus Rift

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Well here's an experience you won't find every day: a game that lets you dodge bottles of urine... sort of. As highlighted by Eurogamer in this report, Stage Presence is described by its creators as a "microphone-based music festival and angry mob simulator" for PC and virtual reality headsets. The goal of the game is to play a set while avoiding things thrown at you by an angry audience.

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Report: WBIE knew the PC version of 'Batman Arkham Knight' was broken

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Several testers who worked on the quality assurance team for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight say that they are not surprised that the game was so riddled with bugs, glitches and general technical problems.

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Riot Games invests in 'Curse Voice'

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends maker Riot Games (which is owned by China-based online gaming super power Tencent) has invested an undisclosed amount of money in online media and tech company Curse. The focus of the investment appears to be in Curse Voice, the company's   VOIP solution for gaming, but Curse is best known for its Gamepedia web portal, a Wikipedia-style repository of information on a number of popular games, and a number of portals dedicated to specific games run by fans. The site touts 28 million monthly visitors and over 1 billion page views.

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Over 20 million copies of 'Minecraft' sold on PC

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.

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PSA: 'Terraria' 1.3 update is finally available

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.

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Mojang's 'Scrolls' will shut down July 1, 2016

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.

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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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Developer Chris Avellone is a stretch goal for 'The Bard's Tale IV' crowd-funding campaign

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.

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TIGA: New British game developers focusing more on PC game development

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data collected through a new TIGA survey of "new" British game developers, there appears to be a trend towards making games more for the PC. According to the trade group representing British game developers, more than half of all new developers launched in the UK during 2014 are primarily focused on the PC, showing that some are moving away from mobile game development. Around 52 percent of British games companies started in 2014 are focused on the PC, versus 35 percent on mobile.

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Valve changes policy on Steam item trading

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' PC problems are significant, notes Rocksteady

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Rocksteady Studios has released the first update to the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, the developer says that the work that needs to be done to fix everything is "significant" and will "take some time." Basically, expect some problems to continue to exist for awhile while Rocksteady works them out slowly.

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Report: 'ARK' and 'Total War: ATILLA' top Steam Monster Summer Sale

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data collected by Steamspy, ARK: Survival Evolved, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Total War: ATTILA sold the most games and generated the most income during the Steam Monster Summer Sale which ended on June 21.

In terms of unit sales, Steamspy put ARK, two Total War games Counter-Strike Global, and Castle Crashers in the top five. In terms of actual revenue, Total War ATILLA topped the list with $14.7 million in sales.

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Rocksteady working 'like crazy' to fix PC version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Stafff

Rocksteady co-founder and game director Sefton Hill noted on Twitter last night that he fully supported the decision to pull the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight off of Steam, from other digital distribution channel and from retail.

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Two new Humble Bundles deliver both beauty and brains

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

There are two Humble Bundle offerings worth checking out today: the new Humble Weekly Bundle Eye Candy 3, and the Humble School's Out Book Bundle from Starch Press.

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Green Man Gaming promises refunds for 'Batman: Arkham Knight' customers

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Retailer Green Man Gaming announced via its blog today that it will give refunds to customers who bought the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight a refund if developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment don't fix the myriad of performance issues the game is suffering from.

And while GMG hopes that an upcoming patch will fix the problems, it also notes that it is ready to reimburse customers for the purchase if it comes down to doing that.

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Rocksteady offers recommended specs for PC version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

We're not sure if Rocksteady Studios' response to performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be met with much joy among those gamers who bought the game when it launched yesterday on Steam. In a lengthy post on Steam, the developer laid out suggested settings for various PC configurations, and many of them are below the expected threshold of 1080p running at 60 fps.

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Humble Borderlands Bundle launches

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Gearbox Software's and 2K Games' popular Borderland series of action RPGs. The Humble Borderlands bundle lets you pay whatever you want to get Borderlands, and the DLC Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, and Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.

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Report: Steam version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight' suffering technical issues at launch

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Rocksteady Studios have acknowledged the problems with the PC version of the game and are looking into it.

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Bethesda has no plans to offer paid mods for 'Fallout 4'

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda has no plans to support paid mods for Fallout 4; apparently it learned a valuable lesson when it tried to introduce them on Steam earlier in the year for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This news comes from an interview with the game's lead Todd Howard, who spoke to German publication Spiegel Online at E3.

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Hidden Path shuts down 'Early Access' for 'Windborne'

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new update on the Steam page for Early Access game Windborne, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announces that it is shutting down its game's inclusion in the program due to a lack of funding. You may known Hidden Path better as the game studio that the popular Defense Grid games for PC and consoles.

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Inaugural PC Gaming Show highlights games from Bohemia, Blizzard, ArenaNet, and more

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The PC Gaming Show, an event celebrating PC gaming put together by PC Gamer magazine and a number of sponsors, held its inaugural event this evening in Los Angeles on day one of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The over two-hour event was hosted by Sean Plott and mostly stuck to a talk show format.

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'The Bard's Tale IV' hits funding goal

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

We missed this news yesterday because, E3. inXile's The Bard's Tale IV has hits its funding goal on Kickstarter with 24 more days still to go. As of this writing The Bard's Tale IV crowd-funding campaign has raised $1,265,277 - a little over the $1,250,000 it was asking for. It's been backed by 28,503 people and still has 24 more days to go.

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'Shenmue 3' fully funded within hours of being acknowledged at Sony's E3 press event

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In less than 24 hours after being mentioned on stage last night at the Sony E3 media briefing, Shenmue 3 has been fully funded. Last night during the event, series creator Yu Suzuki took to the stage to help count down the launch of the Kickstarter and urged fans to help "save Shenmue" by creating a true sequel to the original RPG-themed action games. He is not disappointed this morning.

As of this writing, the Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 has generated $2,319,889 from nearly 29,000 backers and it still has 31 more days to go.

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PSA: Nintendo, Square Enix, and PC Gaming Show E3 events today

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today there will be three E3 press events starting at 9am PT (Noon ET) with the Nintendo Direct E3 pre-recorded presentation. That will be followed by the Square Enix media briefing at 10am PT (1pm ET), and the PC Gaming Show at 5pm PT (8pm ET). You can watch them all live via Twitch, but we'll have a recap of each shortly after each one concludes.

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Get in the spirit of E3 with the 'Humble Bundle E3 Digital Ticket'

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Humble Bundle is celebrating E3 this week by teaming up with Twitch for the E3 Digital Ticket. In addition to hosting a Twitch live stream of all of this week's major press events, Humble Bundle is offering a collection of games and other goodies on the cheap in a special bundle to support Twitch and the ESA Foundation.

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PSA: Xbox E3 press event at 9:30 am PT

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At 9:30 am PT (12:30 pm on the east coast) this morning Microsoft will host its annual Xbox media presentation live from Los Angeles. You can watch the event in its entirety right here - we'll have a full report later today.

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DRM-free PC version of 'Yooka-Laylee' now an option for backers

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Playtonic Games has added the option to receive a DRM-free PC copy of Yooka-Laylee via GOG.com on its Kickstarter. The spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie will also be available for PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One. According to an update to the Kickstarter page, anyone already eligible for a PC copy as a backer reward will be able to choose between Steam or GOG versions.

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TechnogeekIn large part, though, that's an extension of the level of unjust deference given to police in general. Kind of hard to find any real grievances to defend against when the organizational culture views "complains about coworker" as worse than "murderer".07/07/2015 - 8:45pm
TechnogeekThat's a police union.07/07/2015 - 8:43pm
TechnogeekNo, police unions are worse by far. Imagine every negative stereotype about unions, then add "we can get away with anything".07/07/2015 - 8:43pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: No, I do not agree they are union members.07/07/2015 - 7:48pm
E. Zachary KnightTeachers unions are just as bad as police unions, except of course you are far less likely to be killed by a teacher on duty than you are a cop. But they also protect bad teachers from being fired.07/07/2015 - 6:29pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, so you agree they are still union members. Thankfully we have a first ammendment that protects people from being forced to join groups they don't support (in most cases any way.)07/07/2015 - 6:27pm
E. Zachary KnightAh, police unions. The reason why cops can't get fired when they beat a defenseless mentally ill homeless person to death. Or when they throw a grenade into a baby's crib. Or when theykill people they were called in to help not hurt themselves.07/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: Non-union employees have no right to attend meetings or union convention/AGM, or influence policy. The only time they get to vote is whether or not to strike.07/07/2015 - 6:24pm
Infophile(cont'd) about non-union police officers being given hell until they joined the union.07/07/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileParadoxically, the drive in the US to get rid of unions seems to have left only the most corrupt surviving. They seem to be the only ones that can find ways to browbeat employees into joining when paying dues isn't mandatory. I've heard some stories ...07/07/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew WilsonI am old school on this. I believe its a conflict of interest to have public sector unions. that being said, I do not have a positive look on unions in general.07/07/2015 - 3:59pm
TechnogeekWhat's best for the employee tends to be good for the employer; other way around, not so much. So long as that's the case, there's going to be a far stronger incentive for management to behave in such a way that invites retalitation than for the union to.07/07/2015 - 3:10pm
TechnogeekTeachers' unions? State legislatures. UAW? Just look at GM's middle management.07/07/2015 - 3:05pm
TechnogeekIn many ways it seems that the worse a union tends to behave, the worse that the company's management has behaved in the past.07/07/2015 - 3:02pm
james_fudgeCharity starts at home ;)07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
james_fudgeSo mandatory charity? That sounds shitty to me07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, if Union dues are automatically withdrawn, then there is no such thing as a non-union employee.07/07/2015 - 2:38pm
Goth_Skunka mutually agreed upon charity instead.07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_Skunkyou enjoy the benefits of working in a union environment. If working in a union is against your religious beliefs or just something you wholeheartedly object to, dues will still be deducted from your pay, but you can instruct that they be directed towards07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_SkunkBasically, if you are employed in a business where employees are represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining, whether or not you are a union member, you will have union dues deducted from your pay, since regardless of membership,07/07/2015 - 2:32pm
 

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