Latest 'The Witcher 3' update accidently adds XP gain bug

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The new 1.02 update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is causing problems for some players on Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4, according to this Polygon report. Along with some tweaks and bug fixes, the new update inadvertently introduced a new bug related to experience gains from quests.

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Double Fine regains rights to 'Iron Brigade,' dumps Games For Windows - Live

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine Productions has regained the publishing rights to its alternate history World War I tower defense game Iron Brigade, according to Polygon.

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'Hatred' won't be available on GOG.com

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Creative Destruction announced today that, while its game Hatred will be coming to Steam and Desura next week, it apparently won't be available on GOG.com. In a press release issued today the Poland-based developer said that GOG.com evaluated releasing the game on in its digital distribution platform, but ultimately decided not to.  

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'PC Gaming Show' adds ten more participants

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show announced that ten more developers have signed on to take part in its one day event during E3 Expo week in Los Angeles next month.  The latest companies to join the show include ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software, and Splash Damage.

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PSA: Mojang releases 'Minecraft' PC security update 1.8.5

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang has released a new update to the PC version of its popular open-world building game Minecraft that fixes some "security issues" and some other minor problems. What "security issues" it fixes, we do not know...

We do know that update 1.8.5 offers "better server validation for movement packets," "invalid beacon packets no longer getting validated," a fix for the exploit related to signs and command blocks, and a whole lot more.

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Latest Humble Weekly Bundle is packed with adventure

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle sets players on a course for adventure! The Humble Weekly Bundle: Adventures! 2: Temple of Bundles lets you pay whatever you want for Secret Files: Tunguska, Stacking, Syberia, and The Novelist with "Digital Extras."

Paying more than the average price will get you The Night of the Rabbit Premium Edition, Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse, and Always Sometimes Monsters.

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PSA: Buy 'The Witcher 3' on Uplay, get one free game

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's a risk versus reward situation with a new deal from Ubisoft. On the one hand, if you buy CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Ubisoft's Uplay platform, you can get one of four free games: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition, or Watch Dogs.

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Riot Games begins testing new 'League of Legends' player reform system

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games announced that it has begun initial testing of a new automated instant "player reform system" for its popular MOBA game League of Legends. The new instant feedback system  delivers actionable feedback and appropriate punishment to players who are being verbally abusive in-game.

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Daybreak Game Company bans nearly 25K 'H1Z1' players for cheating and hacking

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a recent tweet from Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) president John Smedley, 24,837 H1Z1 accounts have been banned for various infractions including cheating. In case you don't know, H1Z1 is an online focused zombie apocalypse survival game for the PC.

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'Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle' adds three more games

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Humble Bundle celebrates all things Paradox Interactive

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Get five classic THQ games DRM-free at GOG.com

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is offering five new titles to its library - all formerly published by bankrupt publisher THQ - now owned by Deep Silver and Nordic Games. To celebrate these games landing on GOG.com, they are being offered for between 50 - 66 percent off, and also DRM-free.

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ArenaNet publicly shames 'Guild Wars 2' cheater

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

ArenaNet did something mildly amusing when it found out that a Guild Wars 2 player was cheating: they took control of the account, stripped the player's character (Darkside) in the public square, sentenced it to death, deleted characters off the account, and then banned the account holder. All of this was captured on video and shared for the entire world to see (as first reported on by Eurogamer).

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Now you can embed classic games from the Internet Archive in tweets

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Internet Archive has made it so that thousands of MS-DOS game can be embedded and playable in tweets (hat tip to Wired's Chris Kohler for first reporting on this). Yes, you read that right, you can embed a playable game in a tweet to your followers.

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New 'No Pineapples Left Behind' trailer shows how education can be a magical experience

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Subaltern Games released a new trailer for its upcoming game No Pineapple Left Behind.  The game pokes fun at the U.S. educational system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind."

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Valve gives Steam developers control of the banhammer

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has made it easier for developers with games on Steam to ban players. Under a newly deployed system, developers have the full authority to ban players, ultimately taking the burden off Steam. The new system gives developers oversight and responsibility to ban cheating or disruptive players as they see fit.

This also means that any player appeals of bans will have to be directed at the people who make the game and not Steam/Valve.

Here's more from the Steam community announcement:

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'Afterlife Empire' approved on Steam Greenlight

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Afterlife Empire has been greenlighted by the Steam community. The game's introduction to Steam Greenlight earlier in the month was met with a small amount of controversy due to an introduction video that contained an image of Vivian James (a playable character in the game and the mascot for GamerGate), and a shout-out to both Vivian James and GamerGate below the image. While that video remains, a new teaser video has been added that shows off some of the gameplay from this promising game.

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This week's Humble Bundle is all about 'Might & Magic'

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle offers a ton of role-playing, strategy, and online games in the classic Might & Magic universe. The Humble Might & Magic Bundle lets you pay whatever you want to get your hands on the strategy RPGs Heroes of Might & Magic II: Gold Edition and Heroes of Might & Magic IV: Complete Edition, the Might & Magic Heroes Online - Angel Starter Pack, and the classic RPG series compilation Might & Magic 1 to 6 Collection.

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'Ultima 8' is 'On The House'

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ultima 8 Gold Edition is free as part of EA / Origin's "On The House" free giveaway program. The eighth adventure starring the Avatar sees our hero plucked from Britannia by the god-like villain the Guardian and thrust into the world of Pagan. The eighth entry was widely criticized by fans for abandoning the party system of the series and adding platforming elements into the mix.

Still, Ultima 8 is an interesting game that offered a solid role-playing game experience in its day - particularly after it was patched (and the platforming headaches were minimized).

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Tripwire takes heat for 'Killing Floor 2' EULA

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Killing Floor 2 developer Tripwire has upset some fans over a clause in the End User License Agreement (EULA) that gives them the power to ban abusive players and take away the game they purchased.

Many fans are unhappy about this and have taken to the community forum for the game to complain about it. Here's the part of the EULA that has some in the community up in arms:

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GOG.com's massive weekend sale offers up to 75 percent off big titles

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is offering a weekend sale that discounts over 25 games by up to 75 percent. That list of games includes Wizardry 6 & 7, Wizardry 8. Desktop Dungeons, Divinity: Dragon commander, Mark of the Ninja, Dustforce DX, Triple Town, The Ball, The Banner Saga, and a whole lot more.

These and a bunch of other DRM-free PC games will be available for drastically reduced prices until Tuesday, April 28 at 3:59am GMT. As always many of the titles on sale come with digital extras like hint books, maps, desktop art, icons, and more.

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'Humble Origin Bundle 2' generates $2.25 million for charity

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has generated $2.25 million (as of this writing, at least) for charity.  The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. Pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

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Microsoft apologizes for confusion on 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' Xbox One trailer

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Microsoft released a trailer showing off some game footage of CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt running at 60 FPS and in 1080p resolution and either accidently or on-purpose presented it as footage from the Xbox One version of the game. Later it was revealed that the footage was actually from the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To say this ticked some fans off would be an understatement.

You can see the footage here.

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Four more games added to Humble Origin Bundle 2

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Origin Bundle 2 just got a lot better. The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. The Humble Origin Bundle 2 lets you pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

If you pay more than the average price, you can also get Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2.

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Get six strategy games for cheap in 'Humble Weekly Bundle Strategy 2'

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly bundle features six strategy games for those willing to pay upwards of $12 or more.

The Humble Weekly Bundle Strategy 2 lets you pay whatever you want for Frozen Synapse Prime (Windows), Shattered Planet (Windows, Mac), and Skulls of the Shogun (Windows, Linux, Mac).

Paying more than the average price will get you CastleStorm and Bloodsports.TV (both only for Windows).

Paying $12 or more will get you all of the above, plus Endless Space Emperor Edition (Windows, Mac).

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Programmer reveals serious 'Minecraft' server software flaw

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pakistan-based developer Ammar Askar has revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game.

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'GTA V' breaks concurrent user record on Steam for non-Valve game

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Steam release of Grand Theft Auto V set a new record for concurrent users on Valve's platform yesterday, pulling in just over 300,000 players at its peak, according to Valve. The record is for games not developed by Valve (such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, etc.).

Grand Theft V beat out Skyrim's record for concurrent users set way back in 2011; Bethesda's popular RPG had 280,000 Steam players after selling more than 3.5 million units across PC and console in its first two days.

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Humble Origin Bundle 2 offers eight EA games for cheap

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. The Humble Origin Bundle 2 lets you pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

If you pay more than the average price, you can also gets Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2.

More games will be added at a later date, according to Humble Bundle.

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Rockstar releases video editing tools for the PC version of 'GTA V'

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

When Grand Theft Auto V launches tomorrow, it will come complete with a video editing suite that will allow you to make movies from Story Mode and GTA Online footage you capture. The software, the Rockstar Editor lets you do a number of things record and edit footage and share them with the community. The editor features special camera modes, filters, depth of field and audio customization options, and a Director Mode feature that allows you to create movie-making sequences from a cast of characters from Story Mode.

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PSA: when you can start playing 'GTA V' for PC

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Next Tuesday Grand Theft Auto V will release for PCs worldwide. It has been roughly one year and three months since the game was initially released on Xbox 360 and PS3, and five months since it hit next-gen systems Xbox One and PS4 - so PC gamers are excited to finally get their hands on the game.

You can pre-purchase and pre-load the PC version of the game right now on Steam, but the million dollar question is, "when can you start playing it?"

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IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
Andrew EisenThe humor reminds me a lot of Axe Cop.05/29/2015 - 1:37am
WymorenceOh sweet god, Kung Fury is freaking awesome...05/28/2015 - 10:03pm
E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
 

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