SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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PSA: FCC Voting on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Tomorrow

February 25, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on whether it will reclassify mobile and broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (thus giving the agency regulatory authority over telecom companies) and to ban or put more scrutiny on the practice of "Fast Lanes" (paid prioritization).

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Steam Boasts 125 Million Active Users

February 25, 2015

Valve claims that it has hit several new milestones on Steam - including the number of active users that platform has an concurrent users on the service at one time. According to Valve's internal user data, Steam has over 125 million active users worldwide.

Valve also noted that Steam now offers 4,500 games and 400 million bits of user-generated content. How many of those are incomplete "early access" games was not revealed.

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University of Catalonia Professors See Expanded Role For Video Games In Education

February 25, 2015

Three professors from the Open University of Catalonia, UOC, (Barcelona, Spain) argue that video games have value as education tools and as a positive means of communication in a new study. The study, "A report on media literacy in the digital game Experts in Europe," analyzes 18 European videogame applications in education.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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Blizzard Experimenting With 'Diablo III' Microtransactions in Select Regions

February 24, 2015

In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.

Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.

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ESRB Gives 'Batman: Arkham Knight' a Mature Rating

February 24, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight has been given a mature rating by the ESRB for its North American release, much to the surprise of Rocksteady, whose previous Batman games have all been rated "T for Teen" in the past.

Speaking with IGN, Rocksteady founder and the game director Sefton Hill expressed surprise at the rating:

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Two More Games Added To 'Humble Square Enix Bundle 2'

February 24, 2015

Two more games have been added to the Humble Square Enix Bundle 2, but you'll have to spend on the higher end of the bundle to get them. The two games added are Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia. You'll have to pay more than the current average price to get them (currently at around $7.57).

The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 offers Hitman: Absolution, Supreme Commander 2, and Hitman GO for $1.

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PC Version of 'GTA V' Delayed Again

February 24, 2015

It looks like the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed again by Rockstar Games. In a new post on the Rockstar Newswire, the company delivers the bad news in a sea of updates about other things. The game's original release date was January 27, but that date was pushed to March 24. Now PC gamers won't be able to play it until April 14.

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Fake 'Darkest Dungeon' Game Pulled From Windows Game Store

February 24, 2015

Yesterday we reported that the version of the popular indie game Darkest Dungeon being sold on the Windows Game Store was a fake and was not put there by developer Red Hook or its founder Chris Bourassa. Bourassa tweeted a warning yesterday that the Windows Game Store version was not from his company and that he was reaching out to Microsoft to get the game removed.

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GDC General Manager Kindly Warns: Be Good Or Be Gone

February 24, 2015

Meggan Scavio, General Manager for GDC Events, put out a short and friendly reminder today that there are rules that both speakers and attendees need to follow to make the Game Developers Conference a safe and happy environment for everyone. In her brief note to the development community, Scavio said that GDC is for everyone and anyone at the official venue during GDC week should act accordingly:

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Valve Reveals SteamVR

February 24, 2015

It looks like Valve is getting into the virtual reality game with everyone else. The Steam, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Portal, and Counter-Strike owners announced this morning its own entry into the space called "SteamVR." Valve describes SteamVR as a "previously unannounced hardware system," which will make its formal debut at the Game Developers Conference in early March.

Valve also plans to show the reworked Steam controller gamepad, and a series of new living room devices (what it used to call Steam Machines) at the event.

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Crowfall Crowd Funding Campaign Launches

February 24, 2015

The crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign for recently revealed massively-multiplayer online game Crowfall has launched today. The game, which has a PvP focus, uses procedurally generated server-sized worlds that die over time, according to developer ArtCraft Entertainment. Players, thankfully, live forever and after the world they fought in days they return home to the Eternal Kingdom with their prizes and treasure to prepare for another battle within a brand new realm.

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How 'Patchmania' Was Playtested By The Sorry Souls Trapped At The DMV

February 24, 2015

Gamasutra has an interesting and fascinating article on how one developer harnessed the power of a captive audience to test a prototype of his mobile game. Waiting in line at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office is a pain in the ass. Chances are you'll be fiddling around with your phone anyway so when the developer of the mobile puzzle game Patchmania needed some help testing his latest creation it made perfect sense to him to ask people to try it out. Read more

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The Sexiest Sex in Video Games

February 23, 2015

This Eurogamer video offers five minutes worth of what Aoife Wilson calls "The Best Sex I've Ever Had (In Games)." This is probably the best way to end your day.

"By all means have lots of sex in video games," says Eurogamer video producer Aoife Wilson, "but if we're going to do it, let's do it right. Here are some games that hop on the good foot and do the bad thing in a great way."

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ZippyDSMleeEh still rather subjective… the haters would be better off going after teen and beauty rags and magazines than fiction, fiction follows reality and going after fiction tends to turn into a bullying fest’s… plus its fiction its unrealistic to start with….02/27/2015 - 1:10am
MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
E. Zachary KnightAE. Very true. I think that is where I was going, but it didn't come out right. Jack Harkness is sexy but not objectified. Whereas, a women would have to be objectified in order to be "sexy" in most games.02/26/2015 - 8:26pm
E. Zachary KnightAnd as Andrew pointed out, there is a big difference between a sexualized man, and an idealized man. But for some reason, there is no distinction between women in games. For the most part.02/26/2015 - 8:25pm
Andrew EisenI think one of the issues we run into repeatedly with these conversations is the confusion over "sexy" and "sexually objectified."02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightYet, for some reason, in orde rto have a sexualized women, she must be wearing lingerie or a bikini. Can't women be sexual and still dress for the job at hand?02/26/2015 - 8:24pm
E. Zachary KnightThe problem I have with complaints of "sexualized men" is that men don't have to wear speedos to be sexualized. Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood/Doctor Who, was one sexy man, but he spent 99% of his time in a WW2 soldier's trenchcoat.02/26/2015 - 8:23pm
 

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