The Guardian Details The NSA's Spying Activities on Leaky Apps Like 'Angry Birds'

January 28, 2015

While we have read reports in the past that some smart phone apps like Angry Birds are leaky and that the intelligence communities around the world are taking advantage of this fact, The Guardian goes into great detail about the depths that U.S. and UK intelligence agencies have gone in taking advantage of "leaky apps" to gather data about targets around the world. Read more

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Valve Has Paid Out $57 Million to Content Creators

January 28, 2015

According to a new blog post from Valve developer Alden Kroll, 1,500 community-based content creators in 75 different countries have earned $57 million from selling in-game vanity items for such Valve-created games as Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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'Torchlight II' Comes To The Mac February 2nd

January 28, 2015

Apparently Unicorn bacon could be a thing if Unicorns existed. But in more important and breaking news, Runic Games has finally finished the Mac version of its popular RPG Torchlight II and will release it to the masses via Steam on February 2nd. Keep in mind that Torchlight II was released on September 20, 2012 for PC... Yeah that is a long time for Mac owners to wait, but if their interest has not waned then they can grab the game on Steam in early February.

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Attorney For Former RI Secretary of State Faces Fine Over 38 Studios Court Action

January 28, 2015

In a report earlier this month we reported that former Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis had been fined $18,000 by the state's Superior Court for misusing the judiciary process in the case involving a former 38 Studios associate who did not register as a lobbyist before meeting with politicians to secure a $75 million bond deal for the studio prior to 2010.

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Nintendo Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

January 28, 2015

Nintendo is predicting that it will see its first profitable full-year results since 2012, but the company also notes in its latest financial report that the Wii U continues to struggle to increase its installed user base around the world.

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Hotfix Released For 'Borderlands: The Prequel'

January 28, 2015

Earlier in the week Gearbox released an update for Borderlands: The Prequel alongside the official launch of the latest DLC, Lady Hammerlock Pack. Unfortunately the update broke a very important part of the game: The Grinder. Putting three items of purple rarity into the Grinder has "the potential to cause a crash." At the time Gearbox warned players who had already updated to not use The Grinder in game until a fix could be applied.

Today the developer released a hotfix to deal with the issue, but it says that a full blown update is still in the works.

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Sony Teams With Spotify For 'PlayStation Music'

January 28, 2015

Sony announced this morning that it is teaming up with Spotify to create a new music destination for PlayStation platforms called PlayStation Music. Spotify will help bring its digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world.

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One Million Copies of 'Hyrule Warriors' Shipped Worldwide

January 28, 2015

Hyrule Warriors for Wii U has shipped one million units worldwide to-date according to Nintendo. "Shipped" is not the same as "sold through" to customers, but it shows that retailers are committed to the game and see it as a bonafide hit. The Wii U Legend of Zelda spinoff from Nintendo and Koei Tecmo combines two popular franchises into one game - Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. The game launched last fall.

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Sony Dumping 'Maps' and 'YouTube' Apps on PS Vita

January 28, 2015

Apps for YouTube and Maps are being discontinued on PlayStation Vita, according to the Vita support page. The first to go is YouTube, which will no longer be supported on Sony's hand-held in North America and Europe. Downloads for it are no longer available and on April 20, it will be removed from Vita for good. Users can continue to use the app until that date.

Sony says that users can continue to use YouTube through the browser application.

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Code Reseller Targeted By Ubisoft Denies Wrongdoing

January 28, 2015

Yesterday we reported that Ubisoft was deactivating codes bought at code resellers for use on digital distribution platforms like Steam and EA's Origin. Well, the reason that the publisher is doing this is because - it claims - these codes were bought with fraudulent or stolen credit cards. Consumers who bought codes for games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity were not happy when Ubisoft did this for obvious reasons.

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Poll: Which Feminist Frequency Video Are You Looking Forward To Most?

January 27, 2015

Feminist Frequency has announced its plans for the new year and in addition to new entries in its Tropes vs Women series, it will also start two new video projects.  The first is a new series that examines the representations of men and masculinity in video games and the second a miniseries presenting examples of positive female characters in video games.

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FCC Prohibits American Businesses From Blocking Wi-Fi Signals

January 27, 2015

Today the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning companies that blocking wi-fi signals in hotels and motels is officially prohibited.

"Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action," the FCC bluntly stated, referencing a dispute between Marriott and its customers who said the hotel chain had blocked their personal hotspots to force them to pay for Marriott’s Wi-Fi services.

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Former Valve Employee Named Greece's Minister of Finance

January 27, 2015

The man who once served as Valve's economist-in-residence (he wrote a regular blog about the company's virtual economies for a time) has taken a job with the government of Greece. Yanis Varoufakis, who worked for Valve from 2012 - 2013, analyzed some fascinating data about Valve's virtual economies including how gifting played a part in TF2's overall economy, how a bartering and arbitration formed around trades, and how Valve fires people.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled the new cabinet earlier in the week.

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'Plague Inc.' Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

January 27, 2015

Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.

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Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

January 27, 2015

Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will receive the Ambassador Award for helping games "advance to a better place," while Frontier Developments founder and Elite: Dangerous co-creator Braben will receive the Pioneer Award for producing breakthrough technological and game design milestones.

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Matthew Wilson@AE they better not try to force reviewers to jion, if they do they will be in violation of fair use laws.01/28/2015 - 11:59pm
Andrew EisenNintendo has launched its YouTube Creators program. https://r.ncp.nintendo.net/01/28/2015 - 10:58pm
ZippyDSMleeand a book on ninjustu....really..... it made more sense to be a pet a rat of a great master ><01/28/2015 - 9:13pm
ZippyDSMleeI seen the new one they tried to take to many liberties with the foot clan of which the frist movie evuantly overcame. /drunken no spell sheck post01/28/2015 - 9:12pm
WymorenceTMNT talk? In my Game Politics? *goes off to don his classic TMNT cartoon shirt*01/28/2015 - 8:43pm
Goth_Skunk... This is relevant to my interests...01/28/2015 - 8:19pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.pcgamer.com//cd-projekt-explains-why-the-witcher-3-has-16-hours-of-sex-scene-mo-cap-data/ I do not mind that they have it, but 16 hours of it?! what is this Game of Thrones.01/28/2015 - 8:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2015/1/27/7921837/grim-fandango-remastered-interview-double-fine-disney-lucasfilm-sony a interesting read, or listen.01/28/2015 - 5:28pm
Wonderkarpyep. but they werent bebop and rocksteady yet. so technically i'm right :P01/28/2015 - 5:00pm
E. Zachary KnightBebop and Rocksteady have already been introduced in the human forms. They were the duo after Shredder's helmet.01/28/2015 - 4:55pm
Wonderkarpmy only complaint is no bluray boxed season sets yet. WTF Nickelodian!01/28/2015 - 4:42pm
Wonderkarpthe voice acting and story telling quality are awesome. Its like they took everything that was great about the original show, and Batman Animated Series'd it but kept it funny too01/28/2015 - 4:41pm
WonderkarpIts Awesome. Bebop and Rocksteady are going to debut this weekend. The new take is Bebop is a thief while Rocksteady is an arms dealer. took 3 seasons to get them on the show.01/28/2015 - 4:41pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I see. I'm afraid I'm too invested in Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The Walking Dead, and Hemlock Grove to notice the new TMNT on TV. :(01/28/2015 - 4:40pm
E. Zachary KnightMy kids love watching the 90's TMNT movies. They love the new TMNT cartoon on Nick. Yet, none of them really enjoyed the the new one.01/28/2015 - 4:39pm
Wonderkarpexecution and if there is a real wanting for something new on the big screen. There is somewhat of a wanting for new Ghostbusters on the big screen, but most people seem to agree that the new film shares little with ghostbusters beyond its original premis01/28/2015 - 4:38pm
Wonderkarpadding homages to classic via good storytelling. The new TMNT movie was just a crappy Bayformers affair that did nothing to develop character, with a mishmash of a story. Nerd Culture can accept new takes on older franchises. It just depends on the01/28/2015 - 4:37pm
Wonderkarpactually, Goth_Skunk, TMNT is a thriving TV show on Nickelodian which has enough old and new storytelling to create a thriving new product. its in its 3rd season and it just gets better as a show. The CGI Show is universally praised for being new yet01/28/2015 - 4:36pm
Goth_SkunkI propose that the new TMNT movie was not about making nostalgic adult nerds smile, but introducing the franchise to a new generation of younger fans. And some of those fans may even be kids of the nerds that grew up with the original TMNT.01/28/2015 - 3:55pm
Goth_Skunk...disservice to the franchise. But when I look at it, I see a franchise fanbase that, the last time anything major happened in the franchise, all its fans were kids. Those kids have now all grown up and are adults.01/28/2015 - 3:54pm
 

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