Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is taking aim at a $450,000 grant to make a video game about climate change, The Hill reports. Paul, the son of former Texas Congressman and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul, highlighted the 2013 National Science Foundation grant as part of his “Waste Report” which – he says – highlights wasteful government spending.
Earlier this month AMD announced the new Crimson drivers for its line of graphics products, but now that they have been released, it seems like a major step backwards for the company because some consumers are claiming that they are causing their cards to overheat.
On November 27 UK-based video games publisher Mastertronic announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection and that it planned to sell its assets to another company. At the time managing director Andy Payne told MCV that an investment that should have saved the company from a Bahrain/Qatar based organization back in February went sideways and left Mastertronic in such a bad place that it had no choice but to file for bankruptcy.
The new micro computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation went live last week and sold out in its first 24 hours. The super-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero sold out of its 20,000 units in the first day, according to Tech Radar. The new computer selling out is no surprise given that it sells for £4 in the UK and $5 in the States.
A market study by research firm Infoscout calls PlayStation and Sony the big winners of Black Friday. The annual day chosen by retailers both online and in the real world to host major sales events was dominated by sales of its PlayStation products in two demographics: consumers ages 18 to 35 and ages 36 to 55. Infoscout’s data comes from tracking the purchases of 300,000 users over three mobile apps.
NBC Sports’ Mike Florio claims that young players on the Green Bay Packers “have a video game problem.” In his latest Pro Football Talk column, Florio says that Green Bay’s 17-13 loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night, “may have been fueled in part by an addiction to Madden’s billion-dollar video game franchise.”
This Friday (December 4) the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will finally hear arguments on why the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules (commonly referred to as “net neutrality”) should be struck down. As this Wall Street Journal report points out, both the FCC and service providers (and the trade groups supporting them) have taken heart that one of the judges on the three-judge panel hearing the case is Judge David Tatel.
If you are looking for a place to watch The Game Awards 2015 on December 3, you can check out GameSpot. The popular gaming website joins other big names in streaming the event live as it happens December 3rd at 6pm Pacific.
Sony will ditch its UMD Passport program in Japan early next year, the company revealed this week. The program – which never made it to North America or Europe and was exclusive to Japanese PS Vita customers – allowed those who owned UMD format discs for the PlayStation Portable to register those games through the PlayStation Network and download them for free.
If you are good enough to make it into the finals of next year’s Hearthstone World Championship you could have a chance at taking home a substantial amount of money. Blizzard Entertainment announced that the prize pool for the 2016 event has been raised to $1 million.