Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

March 30, 2015

On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends SB 101 on Sunday talk shows

March 30, 2015

While hitting the Sunday talk show circuit Indiana governor Mike Pence defended SB 101, Indiana's "Religious Freedom Act." Speaking on ABC's This Week political program, Pence said that there is a general misunderstanding of the law and that he has no plans to change it. He also said that his state has been "under an avalanche of intolerance" from "people who preach tolerance every day."

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GSN Games acquires rival Idle Gaming

March 30, 2015

Social casino games and cash tournament company GSN Games has acquired social casino game studio rival Idle Gaming. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said in a press release announcing the deal today that the acquisition adds both "high-quality talent and mobile platform technologies that support GSN Games’ long-term strategic growth."

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Community questions Obsidian over 'Pillars of Eternity' in-game trans joke

March 30, 2015

An in-game joke in Obsidian Entertainment's hit RPG Pillars of Eternity has been causing a bit of controversy in social media circles over the last few days. The in-game joke is about a character who kills himself after having sex with a trans person (a woman who "turned out a man").

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PC version of 'DOA 5 Last Round' launches today with missing features

March 30, 2015

The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches today on Steam, but it will be missing a number of features that are found in other versions of the game.

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Apple CEO pens editorial strongly opposing Indiana's SB 101

March 30, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an impassioned editorial in the Washington Post expressing his and his company's strong opposition to SB 101 and the multitude of similar bills being proposed in other states. Read more

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'Mortal Kombat X' producer leaves Twitter after threats to family

March 30, 2015

MCV reports this morning that Mortal Kombat X producer Shaun Himmerick has decided to leave Twitter after his family was threatened by unscrupulous people on the social media network.

In a series of tweets, Himmerick explained why he was leaving Twitter:

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UK school district will report parents to authorities for letting their children play R18 rated games

March 30, 2015

According to this wild report in the Independent, parents who let their young children play games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty could be reported to police and children’s social care as it is being negligent.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 137

March 30, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 137), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("What was the best decade for video games?" - 20:55 mark), GenCon and SB 101 (39:39), and the Northamtonshire police commissioner's (UK) call for an AO rating for GTA V and other games with ultra violence (1:04:19).

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Digital Press Videogames in Clifton, NJ gets swatted

March 29, 2015

According to several reports (Cliffview Pilot, NorthJersey.com, and New York Daily News), Clifton, New Jersey Police received a 911 call from someone claiming that "men armed with shotguns" had taken hostages at a shopping Read more

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PlayStation Vue subscribers get AMC

March 27, 2015

Sony has announced that AMC is now available as part of its PlayStation Vue television service. AMC joins IFC, Sundance and WEtv. PlayStation Vue is only available in three U.S. markets at the moment: New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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Report: Some Twitch streamers may be inflating viewer numbers with bots

March 27, 2015

Security research firm and antivirus software maker Symnatec says that Twitch viewership may be being inflated by bots. The firm uncovered what it calls a "Twitch botnet marketplace" where people can "take a shortcut and generate a large audience of bots for their Twitch channels" (though Symantec points out these bots are being used on other video-related platforms as well.

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Beware: 'Bloodborne' contains progress killing bug

March 27, 2015

From Software and Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed a potentially game stopping bug in Bloodborne, according to Polygon. While the bug can mess up your progress in the game, the good news is that can be avoided until Sony and From Software come up with a fix (which it tells Polygon it is already working on).

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Report: UK children spend six hours a day in front of a screen

March 27, 2015

A new report from UK-based market research firm Childwise claims that screen time among children has dramatically increased over the last twenty years. Details from the research, "The Connected Kids," were revealed today in a detailed BBC report. This biggest takeaway is that children in the UK spend at least six hours a day in front of a screen. Read more

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast event generates £120K in donations

March 27, 2015

GamesIndustry International reports that during UK-based children's charity SpecialEffect's February GameBlast charity gaming weekend, it managed to rake in over £120,000 in donations, surpassing last year's total by an impressive £50,000.

"We are genuinely blown away by the huge amount of support that we've had from gamers and the gaming industry all over the world," said CEO Mick Donegan.

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MaskedPixelanteI might be wrong, but aren't the console versions of Minecraft handled by a completely different studio?04/01/2015 - 11:52am
Papa MidnightMight want to keep an eye on this case. It's effects could be pretty wide reaching: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/if-you-believe-enough-can-you-invalidate-a-patent-supreme-court-to-decide/04/01/2015 - 11:52am
E. Zachary KnightMojang Support is trying to claim they have no responsibility for broken content on the PS3 version of Minecraft.04/01/2015 - 9:23am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.destructoid.com/kojima-productions-logo-removed-from-silent-hills-website-289814.phtml So... Japan doesn't usually do April Fool's, right?04/01/2015 - 7:51am
E. Zachary KnightXKCD is really fun this morning. http://xkcd.com/04/01/2015 - 7:37am
E. Zachary KnightI managed to wrangle a refund out of Sony for the broken texture pack. But for actual issues with texture packs, they referred me to Mojang. When I asked mojang about it, they referred me to Sony.04/01/2015 - 7:16am
Andrew EisenHuh?04/01/2015 - 2:42am
Matthew Wilson@AE I think the first dragon age did it the best. the person you played was treated differently based class,race, and gender. if the npc are going to act like 2015, you should just set the game in 2015 and add magic and dragons.04/01/2015 - 1:23am
E. Zachary KnightYeah, the PS3. My son paid for the Steampunk Texture Pack and it would not work at all. No matter what I did, it wouldn't allow us to save.03/31/2015 - 10:56pm
Sora-ChanConsole version?03/31/2015 - 10:40pm
E. Zachary KnightSo, Mojang has been selling a broken texture pack for Minecraft since at least Dec. 2014 and it hasn't been fixed yet.03/31/2015 - 10:30pm
Andrew EisenI think TT Games gets away with multiple LEGO games a year because they're all based on different franchises. If there were two or three LEGO Star Wars games every year, I think people would feel the same fatigue as they do with Assassin's Creed.03/31/2015 - 6:40pm
Andrew EisenIn other words, a hero is male because that's the default. A hero is female because of a gender-related reason. So, male heroes are for everyone. Female heroes are for women.03/31/2015 - 5:32pm
Andrew EisenHer point is that "When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that... women should be able to empathize with male characters but that men needn’t be able to identify with women’s stories."03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
Andrew EisenDaniel - She doesn't say that in any of the TvW videos and I doubt she's said elsewhere that all games with male protagonists are male power fantasies. Anyway, you seem to be conflating two different ideas.03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/Yuriofwind/status/583028257890635776 Oh snap!03/31/2015 - 5:14pm
WymorenceFor me it just boils down to the fact that, even at a giant company, when a game comes out annually it just gives it a vibe of being rushed out the door. And god knows Unity sucked some major lemur with all its bugs...03/31/2015 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpI launched my spotify account today, and I kinda went a little overboard with adding music03/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Sora-ChanCon't. Games like AC are a pain to someone like me who likes to play games in order. So when a game gets too many releases too quickly, it puts me off. Only exceptions are games that have no interconnected underlying stories like the FF games.03/31/2015 - 2:53pm
Sora-ChanWikipedia has rarely let me down on matters like this. But yeah... AC needs a break.. like two.. or three... or eight years.03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
 

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