Summer Games Done Quick raises $1.2 million for charity

August 3, 2015

This year's Summer Games Done Quick, a speedrunning event under the auspices of Games Done Quick for charity, ended this past weekend and managed to raise $1.2 million for the Doctors Without Borders charity.

This year's total is an impressive jump from last years' event total, which clocked in at around $700,000. During the Awesome Games Done Quick event in January, the organization managed to raise $1.5 million. And the latest numbers will probably change because organizers say that donations are "still coming in."

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Dota 2 The International prize pool hits $18 million

August 3, 2015

The prize pool for the Dota 2 The International is at an amazing $18 million, according to Valve. This year's prize pool for the annual international Dota 2 competition is up a whopping $8 million from last year's prize pool.

The annual event kicks off today at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

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'Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain' multiplayer delayed

August 3, 2015

Metal Gear Online, the online multiplayer component, won't be available when Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1, according to this GamesRadar+ report. Konami announced today that the game's squad-based competitive online mode will go live on consoles October 6 and in early January 2016 on PC. Both the console and PC versions will be released at the same time.

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GamesAid seeks nominations for worthy charities to receive funds this year

August 3, 2015

UK-based video game charity GamesAid is seeking nominations for charities it should give money to this year.  Between August 17th - 28th, GamesAid members (you have to be a member to put forth a charity, but you can sign up for free here) can put forward the names of organizations that deserve to receive a portion of the funds GamesAid collects through fundraising efforts.

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TPP protesters secure Guinness Book World Record for chant

August 3, 2015

It was a bad week for negotiators from 12 countries that met in Hawaii to hash out - what was supposed to be - the final details of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The 12 countries couldn't seem to agree on a number of issues and it lead to trade reps ultimately agreeing to have another meeting two weeks from now.

In addition to negotiators having it out behind closed doors, a large crowd of protestors gathered in Maui to vocally express their disdain for the trade agreement.

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PSA: Get older 'Gears of War' games free with 'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition'

August 3, 2015

Microsoft announced today on Xbox.com that those who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One will get access to backwards compatible versions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment.  Anyone who buys and plays Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015 will get access to the aforementioned games when they launch this fall on Xbox One.

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China Joy 2015 'bans' scantily-clad models

August 3, 2015

Chinese newspaper Xinhuanet is reporting that this year's China Joy 2015 event, an annual gathering to celebrate and promote interactive entertainment in the region, has "banned" scantily-clad models.  According to the report this is to keep things "appropriate." Most companies seem to have had little problem in adhering to the new standards set by organizers. One game fan who spoke to the publication said that most people in attendance seemed to enjoy the change.

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Report: Konami's treatment of employees called into question

August 3, 2015

Konami's Japanese headquarters is a highly restrictive place to work, according to a damning report in Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.  The report paints a picture of a hostile work environment where employees are monitored, shamed company-wide when they do something wrong, limited or banned from having access to the Internet on their work computers, and demoted when their usefulness as creators is determined to be diminished by management.

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Resident Evil producer already pitched a 'Resident Evil 2' remake to Capcom

August 3, 2015

It was interesting last week when Capcom appeared to express interest in a high definition fan remake of Resident Evil 2, but it turns out that it might have been soliciting comments on community interest for something it has been thinking about for awhile internally.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 152

August 3, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 152), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below.

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ISPs argue that they are 'information services,' not 'telecommunication services' in federal court

July 31, 2015

Internet service providers and trade groups filed a 95-page brief on Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia laying out their arguments why the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules that went into effect in June should be overturned.

It seems that the core argument among ISPs is that common carrier rules cannot be applied to broadband internet providers because they provide "information services" and not "telecommunication services."

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Microsoft: 14 million installs so far for Windows 10

July 31, 2015

Microsoft announced today that around 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their computers. Windows 10 began rolling out in phases on Wednesday and the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 seems to be something that a lot of people decided was too good to pass up.

"We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade," Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

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HTC invests $10 million in VR content creator

July 31, 2015

Mobile phone maker HTC announced an investment of $10 million in VR development community and media platform WEVR. The goal of the investment is to stimulate the creation of virtual reality content for its upcoming Vive VR headset. Under the terms of the investment deal, HTC 15 percent stake in the Los Angeles-based WEVR.

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Local multiplayer nixed in 'Zombi'

July 31, 2015

Yesterday Ubisoft announced that it would bring the Wii U exclusive zombie survival game ZombiU to other platforms as "Zombi" in the middle of August, but it left out some important details that might make some fans a bit irritated.

In a new blog post the company said that the game will have more melee weapons in the Xbox One, PC, and PS4 versions of the game. That's good news. The bad news? It won't have any multiplayer.

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'League of Legends' hero killed and unplayable

July 31, 2015

Riot Games has killed off a League of Legends hero that some people paid money for, though it seems that this death is part of a narrative being crafted as part of the game's lore - and the character will return at a later date. Those who had paid money to play as the pirate hero Gangplank and use his character skins were a little bit upset, with some calling for refunds.

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MattsworknameNight man, take care08/04/2015 - 2:59am
Andrew EisenOff to bed. Play nice.08/04/2015 - 2:53am
Andrew EisenNo worries. Yeah, it's the pits. It's like "How many times do I have to tell you I'm not interested in this producer's work before you stop recommending his videos to me?!"08/04/2015 - 2:53am
MattsworknameAndrew: Sorry man, youtubes recomendations system is really crappy08/04/2015 - 2:49am
MattsworknameIp: they cite 4 chan. Enough said08/04/2015 - 2:47am
IronPatriotWhat I don't get is why anyone wants to be part of the private online army for a stalker.08/04/2015 - 2:32am
IronPatriotYes, it's pretty sad that even after GG has been exposed as a fraud designed to harass Sarkeesian, they still want to attack her. Do facts even matter anymore?08/04/2015 - 2:30am
Andrew EisenDammit. For context's sake, I watched that one Chris Ray Gun video Matt linked to and now my recommends are chockful of anti-Sarkeesian crap from the usual suspects. ARGH!08/04/2015 - 2:27am
Andrew EisenIP - Now you just essentially asked Matt the same question twice in a row. Seriously, once is enough.08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattsworkname, do you have any actual evidence for your "complete bollocks" claim? Or are you making up more "facts08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattswork, prove your claim that the article is "based on complete bollocks"08/04/2015 - 2:08am
Andrew EisenIP - Stop asking me the same question over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's super annoying. Especially when I've already addressed it.08/04/2015 - 2:07am
Andrew EisenMatt - How? Set aside half an hour. It's not hard if you know your history. It's just time consuming.08/04/2015 - 2:06am
IronPatriotAndrew, so you agree about the lying fraudulent nature of gamergate's origins? So supporting gamergate when it is clearly a fraud deserves to be called what it is, right?08/04/2015 - 2:06am
Andrew EisenFrom an ethics standpoint, there's nothing wrong with that article or posting news on subjects that are of interest.08/04/2015 - 2:05am
MattsworknameAndrew: the toughest thing about Gamergate is that it lacked any form of directed leadership or oganizaotion, How do you really explain something so amourphous that it leterally took months and moths to gain any real shape?08/04/2015 - 2:05am
Andrew EisenIP - A metric crap ton of history and context. GamerGate isn't hard to explain, it just takes a while.08/04/2015 - 2:01am
MattsworknameAnd ip wonders why gamergate went after sites like ARS and kotaku08/04/2015 - 2:00am
MattsworknameWow, its like ARS posted an intentially controversial article based on complete bollocks to get clicks, Imagine that?08/04/2015 - 1:58am
Mattsworknamehttp://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/arstechnica.com08/04/2015 - 1:58am
 

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