Positech releases 'Big Pharma'

August 27, 2015

Positech Games has released a brand new game that deals with multi-national pharmaceutical companies appropriately called Big Pharma. The game was developed by Twice Circled and published by Positech Games. It's available on Steam, GOG.com, the Humble Store and directly from the Positech web site.

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Eco Global Survival Game Hits Funding Goal

August 27, 2015

Last we left Eco Global Survival Game, it was a target of Rep. Steve Russell's latest Waste Watch report. At the time of that writing, Eco's Kickstarter was well on its way to reaching its $100k funding goal. 

Earlier this week, Eco reached its funding goal and is now at $120k and only $30k short of its first stretch goal, land ownership.

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Brad Bushman compares Virginia shooter's horrific video to a 'first-person shooter game'

August 27, 2015

We knew it wouldn't be long before someone somewhere tried to connect the dots between the latest tragedy in Virginia and the "evil influence" of video games. So who is the person to make that jump? A very familiar name. Speaking to NPR's All Techs Considered, Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, said that the video of Vester Lee Flanagan shooting reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward looked like a first-person shooter video game.

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'Divinity: Original Sin II' fully funded

August 27, 2015

By its own accounting, Larian Studios' first crowd-funding attempt with Divinity: Original Sin took a mere 12 days to get fully funded. The crowdfunding campaign for the sequel, Divinity: Original Sin II, took 12 hours. In fact it's $167,000 above its initial ask. As of this writing, 15,254 backers have pledged Divinity: Original Sin and the campaign still has 33 more days to go. Larian was asking for $500,000.

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Poll: How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?

August 26, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V comes out next week!*  Yay!

It's a full-priced, AAA game being sold for $60 and it includes microtransactions...

Um, yeah.

So, how do you feel about the inclusion of microtransactions in $60 games?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and share our opinions on this weekend's podcast.

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Derek Smart threatens to sue Cloud Imperium over 'Star Citizen'

August 26, 2015

Derek Smart, owner of 3000AD Inc. and developer of the upcoming space-themed MMO Line of Defense, has promised to spearhead a class action lawsuit against Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games. In a new blog post, Smart claims that he has instructed his lawyers to send a demand letter to Cloud Imperium calling for a "complete forensic accounting" of the money the company has spent so far on the development of the game. Read more

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UK watchdog agency forbids free-to-play game makers from direct appeals to children

August 26, 2015

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, a government consumer watchdog agency, issued two rulings against free-to-play game makers over the way they market to children. 

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PSA: HuffPost Live hosting segment on 'ethics in games journalism' today

August 26, 2015

Update: If you missed the show, you can watch a replay here.

Original Story: At 2:05 pm ET Huffington Post Live will host a segment called "#GamerGate & The Ethics In Gaming Journalism." It will feature Gamesided staff writer and TechRaptor editor Georgina Young, Reason contributing editor Cathy Young, and Jesse Singal - editor of Science of Us, NY Magazine contributor and a Boston Globe video game columnist.

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Konami shutting down 31 iOS titles in Japan in September

August 26, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment will shut down 31 iOS games and apps in Japan next month, according to a GamesIndustry.biz report. None of these games are "free-to-play titles" and the closure of these apps in Japan will not affect any games operating in other regions throughout the world, according to the report. That is likely because most of the 31 titles being shut down were not released outside of Japan.

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Bethesda classics go DRM-free on GOG.com

August 26, 2015

GOG.com is offering a collection of Bethesda and id Software classics DRM-free and for a steep discount today.  In addition to slashing prices on all of Bethesda's games available in its catalog, GOG.com is offering a number of limited-time bundles and deals.

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Rovio lays off 260 employees

August 26, 2015

Angry Birds maker Rovio has cut a major chunk of its workforce. Following the 110 employees it laid off during Holiday 2014, the company announced that it has "made redundant" an additional 260 jobs. This new round of layoffs represents around 38 percent of its global workforce.

"Fundamental changes are needed to ensure Rovio succeeds in its global ambitions to be the leading entertainment company with mobile games at its heart," studio boss Pekka Rantala said in a statement that accompanied the news of the layoffs.

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Three games added to 'Humble PC & Android Bundle 13'

August 25, 2015

The Humble PC & Android Bundle 13 now offers seven games that can either be played on your mobile Android-based device or your PC. This bundle offers Crimsonland, Neverending Nightmares, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, and FOTONICA for whatever you want to pay. All of these games are available for Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows and come in DRM-free versions.

Paying more than the average price will also get you TinyKeep, Crowntakers, and Monster Loves You! Additionally the digital sountracks for FOTONICA and TinyKeep are unlocked at this level.

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'Games With Gold' freebies revealed for September

August 25, 2015

Microsoft's Games With Gold free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will offer a total of four games this month.

Xbox One owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get The Deer God from September 1 - 30, alongside Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from September 16 - October 15.

Xbox 360 owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get Battlestations Pacific from September 1 - 15. After that the game will disappear and be replaced by Crysis 3 from September 16 - 30.

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Michael Koretzky talks SPJ AirPlay with David Pakman

August 25, 2015

Society of Professional Journalists region 3 director and SPJ AirPlay organizer stopped by the David Packman show to talk about the GamerGate-focused event that took place in Miami, Florida on August 15.

In addition to talking about the highs and lows of the event, and the bomb threat (one of several during the day of the event) that abruptly ended the second panel, Koretzky offers his take on the movement itself and what - if anything - was accomplished at SPJ AirPlay.

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Curt Schilling objects to latest 38 Studios settlement deal

August 25, 2015

According to a brief Associated Press report making the rounds today, 38 Studios founder and former all-star Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling and others tied to the state's lawsuit against those involved in the company's $75 million loan deal, have objected to a settlement deal. Lawyers for Schilling and other 38 Studios executives filed an objection to the settlement deal on Monday, though those objections were under seal.

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Andrew EisenMatthew - Of course they do. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Hell, Quiet's already been cosplayed quite a bit.08/27/2015 - 1:25pm
Big PermThere's been some pretty good Kill La Kill cosplay08/27/2015 - 12:56pm
Matthew WilsonI saw someone cosplay as the main charector from kill la kill last year at pax, so people do it.....08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
Andrew EisenPerm - Well yeah, Kojima himself said something along the lines of "Cosplay this, I dare you! No, seriously. Please cosplay this!" I was just wondering if there was an in-universe explanation.08/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Andrew EisenCheck out last week's story on The State of Play book for an updated cover and a list of all the authors and their essay titles! http://gamepolitics.com/2015/08/21/state-play-looks-current-state-video-games08/27/2015 - 12:44pm
Big PermI figured it was because titties are awesome08/27/2015 - 12:37pm
Andrew EisenI'm still waiting to see if any reviews spill the beans on the story reasons behind Quiet's goofy getup in Metal Gear Solid 508/27/2015 - 12:33pm
ZippyDSMleeHave you seen what the Deva wrestlers wear? Now lets get all that Japan only DLC for DOA over here, and DOA Volly ball,ect let the whining commence!08/27/2015 - 12:18pm
Matthew Wilsonsuprisingly, there has not been the negative reaction I was expecting.08/27/2015 - 12:13pm
Andrew EisenWe should devote a segment to R. Mika's costume on the podcast. It'll be great!08/27/2015 - 11:40am
Andrew EisenMatt - So... who is the producer of the video you linked?08/27/2015 - 11:15am
ZippyDSMleeAnd its not as bad as rumble roses :P08/27/2015 - 11:14am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I dunno wrestling is about spectacle nd bad costumes are part and parcel of it..08/27/2015 - 11:13am
Big PermThis costume is amazing. Praise it08/27/2015 - 10:59am
E. Zachary KnightOh wow. This costume is obnoxious. Why? The character and moves are cool but man that costume. Ugh. http://kotaku.com/r-mika-and-her-ridiculous-outfit-join-street-fighter-v-172692528208/27/2015 - 10:56am
Big PermHe leveled up08/27/2015 - 8:24am
black mantaBrad Bushman's back again, saying how the WDBJ shooter's use of a body camera made it look like an FPS. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/08/27/435076699/why-shooters-record-themselves-in-the-act08/27/2015 - 8:01am
MattsworknameSorry andrew, forgot to include that08/27/2015 - 7:40am
Andrew EisenReminder - Always put indicate who the producer is when linking YouTube videos.08/27/2015 - 7:25am
MattsworknameGreat video about the shift in SJW narritive following E3 this year. I liked it, I know some others might not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cULlU1Lbrcw08/27/2015 - 6:42am

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