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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Humble Weekly Bundle: Tabletops offers six digital boardgames

April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle lets you play board games on your PC device. The Humble Weekly Bundle: Tabletops offers digital versions of six tabletop games and a special "Humble Tabletop Box" for those willing to spend more than $32.

Pay what you want to get Small World 2 Complete Pack (with DLC), Magnific, and the Talisman Digital Edition + Frostmarch Expansion.

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Poll: How would you have handled the controversial epitaph in Pillars of Eternity?

April 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.

One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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First 'Dead or Alive 5: Last Round' PC mods are NSFW

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year the PC gaming community bristled when Koei Tecmo's Yohei Shimbori, the director of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, said that he wanted PC users of the game to use it in a "moral and good manner." This morning we think we know what he meant by those comments.

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'Pillars of Eternity' update offers a ton of fixes, but doesn't address in-game trans joke

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While the latest update to Obsidians' crowd-funded CRPG Pillars of Eternity fixes a ton of problems, it does not appear to remove an in-game trans joke we reported on last week. While Obsidian is well aware of the joke now, the developer has been pretty quiet about what it plans to do about it.

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Life is hard if you buy the latest Humble Weekly Bundle

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is full of difficulty. The Humble Weekly Bundle (ARGGGHHH These Games Are Hard) offers six games for anyone willing to pay a little more than $8. Pay what you want for hardcore restaurant sim Cook, Serve, Delicious!; bullet heel shot 'em up QP Shooting - Dangerous!!; and nerve-wracking action game Velocibox.

Pay more than the average price to get the strange action game Woah Dave! and roguelike RPG Tales of Maj'Eyal.

Finally, if you pay more than $8 you can get all of those games plus 2D platformer Wings of Vi.

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You can redeem those old GameSpy keys for 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R' on GOG.com and Steam

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is doing something cool for PC gamers through a new "reclaim" program for select games, according to Eurogamer.

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Microsoft hits 'Halo Online' modders with DMCA takedown

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has hit modders using leaked files from its recently announced Halo Online game with a DMCA takedown notice, TorrentFreak reports. Last week Microsoft announced the free-to-play online PC game for Russia only, and didn't promise that the game would be released outside that territory. This made some Halo fans a bit upset.

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'Humble Indie Bundle 14' offers seven indie games and exclusive merchandise

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle offers seven games, along with some cool merchandise if you are willing to spend a little more than $40. The Humble Indie Bundle 14 let's you pay what you want for action strategy game Super Splatters, side scrolling action RPG UnEpic, and strategy pirate game Pixel Piracy.

Pay more than the average price to get the wonderful action RPG Torchlight II, the Archeological Ruin Exploration Action Game La-Mulana, and survival horror game Outlast.

Pay $10 or more to get all the games and Shadow Warrior Special Edition.

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Raptr launches 'Plays.tv'

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Raptr has launched "Plays.tv," which it describes as an "Instagram-like service" for PC gamers to capture their "pro moments" and share them with their friends and the community at large. Raptr also announced $14 million in new financing, "some of which will be allocated to further expansion of Plays.tv."

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PC version of 'DOA 5 Last Round' launches today with missing features

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches today on Steam, but it will be missing a number of features that are found in other versions of the game.

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'Crowfall' raises $1.8 million from crowdfunding campaigns

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The crowdfunding campaign for the MMO Crowfall has ended today. The game met its initial funding goal on February 27, raising over $850,000 - well above the $800,000 it was asking for. Since that time it has managed to raise $1,766,204 from 16,936 backers on Kickstarter - and when combined with what it raised on its web site, that total jumps to $1.8 million.

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'Pillars of Eternity' released

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

No doubt you've been reading about it all day on social media, but in case you didn't know, Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity is finally available. The game is available on GOG.com in three different flavors: the Hero Edition, the Champion Edition, and the Royal Edition.

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Why the 'Bloodborne' PC petition is a complete waste of time

March 26, 2015 - James Fudge

Two dueling petitions related to Sony Japan and From Software's Bloodborne calling for the hardcore action RPG (exclusive to the PS4) to be released on PC - and another demanding that it NOT be released on PC - are up on Change.org. Clearly the latter petition is in response to the futility of the former.

The first petition found here calls on From Software to release Bloodborne on the PC. It notes:

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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
Goth_SkunkIt's something that has existed in Canada since 1946. You can read more on it here: http://ow.ly/PiHWR07/07/2015 - 2:27pm
Goth_SkunkSee, we have something similar in Canada, called a "Rand Employee." This is an employee who benefits from the collective bargaining efforts of a union, despite not wanting to be a part of it for whatever reason.07/07/2015 - 2:22pm
Matthew Wilson@info depends on the sector. for example, have you looked at how powerful unions are in the public sector? I will make the argument they have too much power in that sector.07/07/2015 - 12:39pm
InfophileIt's easy to worry about unions having too much power and causing harm. The odd thing is, why do people seem to worry about that more than the fact that business-owners can have too much power and do harm, particularly at a time when unions have no power?07/07/2015 - 12:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthe thing is unions earned their bad reputation in the US. the way unions oparate the better at your job you are, the likely you want to be in a union.07/07/2015 - 11:33am
InfophilePut that way, "right to work" seems to have BLEEP-all to do with gay rights. Thing is, union-negotiated contracts used to be one of the key ways to prevent employers from firing at will. Without union protection, nothing stops at-will firing.07/07/2015 - 11:06am
Infophilehas an incentive to pay dues if they're represented either way, so the union is starved for funds and dies, unless things are bad enough that people will pay dues anyway.07/07/2015 - 11:02am
InfophileFor those who don't know, "right to work" laws mean that it can't be a condition of an employment contract that you pay union dues. That is, the right to work without having to pay dues. Catch is, unions have to represent non-members as well, so no one...07/07/2015 - 11:01am
MechaCrashUnexpected? Seriously?07/07/2015 - 10:55am
Mattsworknamejob they wanted without the unions getting involved. The problem is, it has some unexpected side effects, like the ones Info mentioned07/07/2015 - 8:49am
MattsworknameThe problem being, right to work states exsist specificly as a counter to Unions, as the last 20 or so years have shown, the unions have been doing this countries economoy NO favors. The right to work states came into being to allow people to work any07/07/2015 - 8:49am
Infophile(cont'd) discriminatory. This can only be done for protected classes which are outlined in law (race, sex, religion, ethnicity everywhere, sexual orientation in some states). So, a gay person could be fired because they're gay and have no recourse there.07/07/2015 - 7:27am
Infophile@Goth: See here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/firedforbeinggay.asp for a good discussion on it. Basically, the problem is that in the US, most states allow at will firing, and it's the burden of the fired person to prove the firing was ...07/07/2015 - 7:25am
Goth_SkunkAssuming that's true, then that is a fight worth fighting for.07/07/2015 - 6:58am
Yuuri@ Goth_Skunk, in many states being gay is not a protected status akin to say race or religion. It's also in the "Right to work" states. Those are the states where one can be fired for any reason (provided it isn't a "protected" one.)07/07/2015 - 6:07am
Goth_Skunkregarded as a beacon of liberty and freedom that is the envy of the world, would not have across-the-board Human Rights laws that don't at the very least equal those of my own country.07/07/2015 - 5:47am
Goth_SkunkI find that hard to believe, Infophile. I have difficulty believing employers can *still* fire people for being gay. I would need to see some evidence that this is fact, because as a Canadian, I can't believe that the United States,07/07/2015 - 5:46am
InfophileFor that matter, even women don't yet have full legal equality with men. The US government still places limits on the positions women can serve in the military. And that's just the legal side of things - the "culture wars" are more than just laws.07/07/2015 - 5:43am
 

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