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

March 31, 2015

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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Researchers: it's not 'what' games children play, but 'how long' they play them

March 31, 2015

It's not what you kinds of games you play, it's how long you play them, according to new research from Oxford University. The study found that children (in the UK) who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive and get involved in fights than those who don't play games at all or for less than three hours a day. Researchers also revealed that they could find no link between playing violent games and real-life aggression. Read more

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Microsoft wanted to give Xbox away and other fun facts from Lorne Lanning

March 31, 2015

GamesIndustry International has an interesting and mildly nostalgic interview with Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning, who shares some wild secrets on the early days of the Xbox console and Microsoft's ideas on how to get ahead during that time period.

The most interesting tidbit of information shared by Lanning is that - prior to its launch - Microsoft was seriously considering give away its first console system free of charge. Lanning said it was one of the key reasons that he decided to make his game, Munch's Oddysee, a launch title.

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'Laws of War' GDC panel available for viewing

March 31, 2015

Daniel Greenberg passed along word that his GDC panel, "Gaming the Laws of War: Can Real Consequences Mean Real Fun?" is now available for free and unfettered viewing through the GDC Vault video archives.

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FEMICOM Museum to host first-ever game jam in April

March 31, 2015

FEMICOM Museum announced plans to host its first-ever game jam. The first FEMICOM Museum Game Jam will take place April 15 - 21. The theme of the jam will be inspirational femme / feminine games, software, hardware, and toys of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Those new to developing games are encouraged to participate and FEMICOM Museum suggests tools such as Gamemaker: Studio, Phaser, Scratch, Twine, and Unity to build your game - though I would imagine you can use whatever you like.

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Indianapolis Mayor pushes back on 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'

March 31, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) signed an executive order on Monday that reminds companies doing business within the city limits that they must abide by the human rights ordinance, which bars discrimination based on a variety of criteria including sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Ballard announced the executive order on Monday, according to Huffington Post, and expressed his strong disapproval of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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PS Plus games for April revealed

March 31, 2015

Sony's PlayStation Blog has announced that Tower of Guns on PS4 and PS3 will be one of April's PS+ games. Dishonored for PS3 will also be available for the month of April, as will Killzone Mercenary and MonsterBag for the PS Vita. PS4 owners will also be able to get their hands on Never Alone as well.

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Raptr launches 'Plays.tv'

March 31, 2015

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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Bandai Namco will offer Japanese developers 'free access' to some IP

March 31, 2015

Bandai Namco took the wraps off a new initiative aimed at Japanese developers that will give them free access to some of its most beloved and classic IPs. Read more

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Nintendo Goes After 'Super Mario 64 HD' freebie made with Unity

March 31, 2015

Nintendo has fired off a DMCA takedown notice at Super Mario 64 HD, a remaster of Nintendo's 3D platformer for the Nintendo 64 built using Unity - according to Eurogamer. Specifically, the rework is the first level from the popular Mario game - Bob-Omb Battlefield.

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38 Studios auction brings in $90K for Rhode Island

March 30, 2015

The Providence Journal reports that an auction held last week to sell the last earthy possessions of bankrupt game developer 38 Studios brought in around $90,000. The auction consisted mostly of office-related equipment, software and other odds and ends left over from other asset sales. The last asset auction brought in a combined $830,000.

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Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

March 30, 2015

On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends SB 101 on Sunday talk shows

March 30, 2015

While hitting the Sunday talk show circuit Indiana governor Mike Pence defended SB 101, Indiana's "Religious Freedom Act." Speaking on ABC's This Week political program, Pence said that there is a general misunderstanding of the law and that he has no plans to change it. He also said that his state has been "under an avalanche of intolerance" from "people who preach tolerance every day."

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GSN Games acquires rival Idle Gaming

March 30, 2015

Social casino games and cash tournament company GSN Games has acquired social casino game studio rival Idle Gaming. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said in a press release announcing the deal today that the acquisition adds both "high-quality talent and mobile platform technologies that support GSN Games’ long-term strategic growth."

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Community questions Obsidian over 'Pillars of Eternity' in-game trans joke

March 30, 2015

An in-game joke in Obsidian Entertainment's hit RPG Pillars of Eternity has been causing a bit of controversy in social media circles over the last few days. The in-game joke is about a character who kills himself after having sex with a trans person (a woman who "turned out a man").

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Andrew EisenHuh?04/01/2015 - 2:42am
Matthew Wilson@AE I think the first dragon age did it the best. the person you played was treated differently based class,race, and gender. if the npc are going to act like 2015, you should just set the game in 2015 and add magic and dragons.04/01/2015 - 1:23am
E. Zachary KnightYeah, the PS3. My son paid for the Steampunk Texture Pack and it would not work at all. No matter what I did, it wouldn't allow us to save.03/31/2015 - 10:56pm
Sora-ChanConsole version?03/31/2015 - 10:40pm
E. Zachary KnightSo, Mojang has been selling a broken texture pack for Minecraft since at least Dec. 2014 and it hasn't been fixed yet.03/31/2015 - 10:30pm
Andrew EisenI think TT Games gets away with multiple LEGO games a year because they're all based on different franchises. If there were two or three LEGO Star Wars games every year, I think people would feel the same fatigue as they do with Assassin's Creed.03/31/2015 - 6:40pm
Andrew EisenIn other words, a hero is male because that's the default. A hero is female because of a gender-related reason. So, male heroes are for everyone. Female heroes are for women.03/31/2015 - 5:32pm
Andrew EisenHer point is that "When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that... women should be able to empathize with male characters but that men needn’t be able to identify with women’s stories."03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
Andrew EisenDaniel - She doesn't say that in any of the TvW videos and I doubt she's said elsewhere that all games with male protagonists are male power fantasies. Anyway, you seem to be conflating two different ideas.03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/Yuriofwind/status/583028257890635776 Oh snap!03/31/2015 - 5:14pm
WymorenceFor me it just boils down to the fact that, even at a giant company, when a game comes out annually it just gives it a vibe of being rushed out the door. And god knows Unity sucked some major lemur with all its bugs...03/31/2015 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpI launched my spotify account today, and I kinda went a little overboard with adding music03/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Sora-ChanCon't. Games like AC are a pain to someone like me who likes to play games in order. So when a game gets too many releases too quickly, it puts me off. Only exceptions are games that have no interconnected underlying stories like the FF games.03/31/2015 - 2:53pm
Sora-ChanWikipedia has rarely let me down on matters like this. But yeah... AC needs a break.. like two.. or three... or eight years.03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
ConsterThere's 9 already?! I think I played 1, 2, and the ones inbetween 2 and 3.03/31/2015 - 2:23pm
Sora-ChanCon't There are now Nine... of just the main entries into the series. There are 13 more in the "other games" department.03/31/2015 - 2:15pm
Sora-ChanI tried to get into AC. Was having a decent time with the first one, at which point they had already released three titles. Then a fourth came out... then a fifth... the wall kept growing before I could finish the first.03/31/2015 - 2:14pm
Daniel LewisI think ubisoft should give AC a break before it's milked to death,and i'm a big fan of the games03/31/2015 - 1:15pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/3/31/8320017/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-india-russia Assassin's Creed Chronicles is now a trilogy, goes to China, India and Russia03/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Daniel LewisThe only thing said i disagree with is the final quote on Men's experiences are seen to be universal but women are gendered,though doesn't anita say that games with male protagonists are male power fantasies,so in turn both are gendered03/31/2015 - 1:08pm
 

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