Australian government bans over 200 mobile games

June 30, 2015

Ugh.

It is so hard for me to refrain from editorializing when I write these types of stories but... I'll do my best.

The Australian Classification Board has the ability to refuse classification to any game it feels falls outside the scope of its highest rating.  This effectively bans these titles because it's illegal to sell games in Australia that aren't rated.

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Over 20 million copies of 'Minecraft' sold on PC

June 30, 2015

The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.

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Lenovo joins Open Gaming Alliance as 'corporate member'

June 30, 2015

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA - formerly the PC Gaming Alliance) today announced that PC maker Lenovo has joined the association as a corporate member. Lenovo joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Razer, Unity, and Webroot in supporting the OGA’s "efforts to provide leadership and opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the games business ecosystem."

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PSA: 'Terraria' 1.3 update is finally available

June 30, 2015

As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.

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eSports company 'Unikrn' raises $7 million in investments

June 30, 2015

eSports and gaming company Unikrn has raised an additional $7 million from an all-star group of investors led by Jonathan Teo and Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital, who are known for early investing in companies such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Whisper, Taskrabbit and more.  Unikrn was co-founded by Rahul Sood, creator of gaming PC company VoodooPC. 

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Europe bans roaming charges, adopts stricter net neutrality rules

June 30, 2015

The European Commission announced that roaming charges for mobile phones will be banned in all European territories and that European lawmakers have adopted stricter net neutrality rules.

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Sony: 'No plans for PS4 price cut in Europe'

June 30, 2015

This should come as no shock to anyone, but Sony's introduction of the new 1TB PlayStation 4 model is not an indicator that it plans to cut the price of the 500GB model that was already on the market. According to what the company tells VG247, the system's success in Europe is a good indication that it doesn't need a price cut.

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Prosecutor: Canadian teen took 'sadistic delight' in harassing, swatting targets

June 30, 2015

Last month we reported on the Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player (and also reportedly a member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad) who pleaded guilty to over 23 charges stemming from his one-man campaign of harassment in North America before he was finally arrested in December of last year.

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Mojang's 'Scrolls' will shut down July 1, 2016

June 30, 2015

Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.

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Sony to sell off stock and convertible bonds to raise roughly $3.6 billion

June 30, 2015

Sony's share took an eight percent dip in early morning trading after the company announced that it would raise capital by selling outstanding shares and convertible bonds. Sony said in its announcement this morning, found here (PDF), that it would use the money raised from the sale of stock and convertible bonds to finance the increased production of image sensors for smartphones and cameras.

Ultimately Sony hopes to raise 440 billion yen, or $3.6 billion USD, from the sale.

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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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National Stem Video Game Challenge announces winners of 4th annual competition

June 29, 2015

The National STEM Video Game Challenge announced today the winners of the fourth annual national competition that challenges students to develop games or game concepts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects / learning.

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Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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'Pokémon Shuffle' coming to iOS and Android devices

June 29, 2015

The Pokémon Company plans on bringing Pokémon Shuffle to iOS and Android-based mobile phones. The news comes from a freshly released trailer showing off the game playing on mobile devices and highlighting some of its phone-specific features.

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Developer Chris Avellone is a stretch goal for 'The Bard's Tale IV' crowd-funding campaign

June 29, 2015

inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.

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Andrew Eisen(Ghostbusters is my favorite movie, if anyone was wondering why I'm so unusually excited for this project.)06/30/2015 - 7:01pm
Andrew EisenI am so completely over-the-moon with excitement for the new Ghostbusters movie! It's going to absolutely destroy me if it sucks. Long wait. Fingers crossed!06/30/2015 - 7:00pm
Goth_SkunkAdditionally, the entry really doesn't have much of a point to it. It's just a long, rambling rant akin to what an angsty high-school student would write on their facebook page.06/30/2015 - 6:51pm
MonteAnd most of those viewpoints just so happen to revolve around women and topics that feminists cover, and not actual gaming journalism.06/30/2015 - 6:51pm
Goth_Skunk@DocMelonhead: First off, thanks for using an archive. Second, I would argue that Miss Alexander doesn't know the right women. Given the members of her echo-chamber, I don't find that surprising in the least.06/30/2015 - 6:50pm
Goth_Skunk@Monte: GamerGate does not focus attention on feminists; it focuses its attention on viewpoints it happens to disagree with. The fact that most of those opinions happen to come from radical feminists is a coincidence.06/30/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenBut hey, we all make bad videos from time to time. I'm certainly not going to hold that single one against her.06/30/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenAh, okay. I probably don't read their blogs or follow them on Twitter so I've never heard anything they've had to say. The only thing I know about Sommers is the video we reported on a while back and I certainly wouldn't classify that as scholarly!06/30/2015 - 6:30pm
Goth_SkunkAlso, "junior campus feminist" is a young (late teens to late 20's, hence "junior") college student radical activist (see Emma Sulkowicz as an example). This, as opposed to a more mature, scholarly feminist like Sommers.06/30/2015 - 6:24pm
Andrew EisenNo, because "feminisim" isn't a group. There are feminist groups with leaders though.06/30/2015 - 6:23pm
Goth_SkunkDoes Feminism have a leader?06/30/2015 - 6:19pm
Andrew EisenWell, maybe the SPJ Airplay discussion will be just what everyone needed and we'll all live happily ever after!06/30/2015 - 6:16pm
MonteFrankly, for those in it for jounalism, the best thnig they can do is forget GG and find a new Tag. By using GG theybring with themselves all of the baggage that comes with it, and thus no one listens to them. They voices would go farthar without trolls06/30/2015 - 6:12pm
MonteThing is with internaet movements, their is no leadership or membership which means ANYONE can define it and use it as they please. No one member gets to sayhis version is right and everyone else is wrong because his claim is just as valid as theirs06/30/2015 - 6:10pm
MonteGamergate's menaing varies from person to person. Some pretty much allign it with MRA's. Other's do it because they want to defend developers from feminists who criticize their work. This has nothing to do with journalism but gets the Tag anyway06/30/2015 - 6:08pm
DocMelonheadGoth, Take a look at this: It's old, but got a point form the "Gamers are Over" blogger herself: https://web.archive.org/web/20150530072314/http://boingboing.net/2015/05/29/all-the-women-i-know-in-video.html06/30/2015 - 6:08pm
Monte@Goth, What you just described GG to be has nothing to do with feminism, and yet GG focus's their attention on feminists. REAL examples of bad jounralism often forgotten, while feminists reamin a constant target06/30/2015 - 6:03pm
Andrew EisenSuggesting such doesn't automatically make one not a feminist. And what the heck is a "junior campus feminist"?06/30/2015 - 6:02pm
Goth_SkunkIt's fine to disagree. It's entirely another to suggest that Sommers is a proponent of rape culture or a puppet of the Patriarchy. Not that you yourself have made any such claims Andrew, but junior campus feminists certainly have.06/30/2015 - 6:01pm
Andrew EisenFeminists can disagree with each other. That doesn't mean one is a feminist and one isn't.06/30/2015 - 6:00pm
 

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