Majesco Hands Off Retail Publishing As Annual Shareholder Meeting Looms

March 4, 2015

Majesco Entertainment announced that it is effectively handing off its retail publishing business to someone else. All of the publisher’s packaged products retail distribution business in North America will be handled by U&I Entertainment LLC going forward. Majesco said that it would continue to publish and distribute its own digital game products.

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'God of War Ascension' Director Joins Cloud Imperium

March 4, 2015

Todd Papy announced via Twitter that he has joined Cloud Imperium as its new design director, where he'll soon be working on Chris Roberts' massive space simulation game Star Citizen.

Papy is best known for his work on Sony's popular God of War series. His most recent credited  (finished) work was on God of War: Ascension -  he served as director.

Papy left Sony Santa Monica in November of 2013 and joined Crysis developer Crytek to work on an unannounced title.

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Positech Founder Takes Aim at Middleware in GDC Talk

March 4, 2015

Positech founder Cliff Harris has been known to be outspoken on issues that are important to him (DRM, for example) over the years and has taken it upon himself to speak out on issues when he felt the need, so word of what he said during a GDC talk this week is not all that surprising. During The Indie Soapbox panel Harris had some strong language for middleware makers and how - in some ways - the accessibility of game engine software that is cheap or free has been a detriment to the indie game development scene.

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'Gone Home' For Consoles Has 'Gone Fishing'

March 4, 2015

With the death of Majesco's Midnight City label, a publishing arm that was dedicated to bringing slick independently developed games to market, one of the biggest game deals that label had secured has fallen through. Midnight City signed on to publish the console versions -including a Wii U version - of Fullbright's first-person adventure game Gone Home, but late last year the company laid off staff and effectively shut the label down.

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Sony: 20.2 Million PS4 Systems Sold To-Date

March 4, 2015

Sony announced from the bowels of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (where it revealed details on new features and a release window for its Project Morpheus VR headset for PS4 earlier in the week) that it has sold 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers worldwide. That figure tabulates sales all the way up to March 1, and is up from the 18.5 million PS4s it claims it sold back in January. The PlayStation 4 has been released in 123 countries and regions worldwide.

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Valve Announces Free 'Source 2' Engine, 'Steam Link' and More at GDC

March 4, 2015

This week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Valve Software announced several products including a new cost-effective solution for streaming Steam PC games to high definition television sets, Steam Machines coming from third-party partners, its VR offering with HTC, and a free version of its game engine software.

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Operation Supply Drop Team With Bionik Monkey For 'Gamers March 4 Troops'

March 3, 2015

Military focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has teamed up with Bionik Monkey for a major charity event for the entire month of March called Gamers March 4 Troops. Running until March 31st, and available exclusively through gmft.bionikmonkey.com, supporters can help the Operation Supply Drop cause by purchasing a Limited Edition Flex-Fit Operation Supply Drop Tactical Hat. Read more

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Unity 5 Released

March 3, 2015

Unity announced today the release of Unity 5, the version of its popular game development suite. The company announced two versions of Unity 5: Unity 5 Professional, and Unity 5: Personal.

Unity 5 Personal, is a completely free version for developers with revenue or funding less than $100,000 a year. It includes the full engine, but no advanced services package. The Personal version also doesn't allow building out games on Xbox 360.

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Edward Snowden Ready To Return To The U.S.

March 3, 2015

NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden said through his lawyer that he would be willing to return to the United States to face charges for leaking classified NSA documents on the agencies vast spying apparatus used against American citizens, foreign governments, and people around the world.

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Xbox 360 Getting Its Own 'Preview Program'

March 3, 2015

Microsoft has finally extended the Xbox One Preview program to Xbox 360 owners. Despite the age of Microsoft's last-generation console, Microsoft revealed this week at GDC that it will extend the preview program to the system later this year. The preview program allows Xbox 360 owners to try out dashboard and other system-wide changes before they are officially deployed.

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Notch Makes It Into The 'Forbes Billionaires List'

March 3, 2015

Markus "Notch" Persson, co-founder of Mojang and the creator of Minecraft, has managed to make the Forbes Billionaires List. Persson generated his current holdings when he sold off the company he co-founded and the Minecraft franchise to Microsoft in September of last year for around $2.5 billion. Persson owned 70 percent of Mojang, giving him a pretty hefty payday when the company was sold to Microsoft. Persson left the company shortly thereafter.

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HTC Chairwoman Walks Back Comments on 'Half-Life' VR Game

March 3, 2015

Yesterday, HTC's chairwoman suggested that the company was working alongside Valve to create a special version of Half-Life for the new VR headset, the Vive. But it turns out that HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang may have misspoken. Following Valve denying that a VR-version of its popular game was being developed, Wang acknowledged her error to the BBC.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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'Skyrim' PC Beta Update Offers Unlimited Mod Sizes

March 3, 2015

A new massive update for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim now makes it possible to create mods for the popular RPG of unlimited scope and size.

The biggest change is that the Creation Kit no longer has a file size limit for Steam Workshop mods, meaning you can now find mods in Steam Workshop that are larger than 100 MB. The update also changes the way that mods are downloaded - with everything being handled within Steam now.

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Capcom Enables Local Coop Play in 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2'

March 3, 2015

After saying it left local cooperative play out of the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 due to stability issues, Capcom had decided to add it into the game this week. The company's change of heart was likely due to a mod released last week that enabled local co-op play (showing that it did not affect performance in any way). While that mod is still available for use, Capcom decided to release local co-op play alongside the Raid Mode introduced in a recently released patch.

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Andrew EisenPM - Yep, that's the one.03/06/2015 - 12:53am
TechnogeekBest case, it was some marketing douchebag who thought they could pander to both sides at once.03/06/2015 - 12:49am
TechnogeekAlso, this was the mistake tweet: http://i.imgur.com/4eLWNHx.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:48am
TechnogeekBecause nothing says "open, diverse gaming community" like buddying up with Breitbart.03/06/2015 - 12:47am
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen, I believe this is the picture that you seek: http://i.imgur.com/Gdk60pa.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:30am
Papa MidnightSurely, Goth_Skunk, you say that in jest?03/06/2015 - 12:28am
prh99Craig R. Cause quite a few of them are not, they're bullies with different politics.03/06/2015 - 12:23am
MechaTama31What was the "mistake" tweet?03/06/2015 - 12:18am
MechaCrashWhatever you say, Goth.03/06/2015 - 12:02am
E. Zachary KnightGoth, they could have fooled me.03/05/2015 - 11:16pm
Goth_SkunkI don't understand. GamerGate supports an open, diverse gaming community for all as well. Google's statement is contradictory.03/05/2015 - 10:59pm
TechnogeekAnd as far as the Card thing went, I basically balanced it out personal guilt-wise by donating an amount equal to the Shadow Complex purchase price to the ACLU.03/05/2015 - 9:44pm
TechnogeekWelp, look like the Gerberghazi crowd is going to have to use Bing now. https://twitter.com/googlecloud/status/57365320825126093003/05/2015 - 9:42pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I misinterpreted your statement about being left with almost every game in existence. I interpreted it as 'If you boycott games he's been involved with, you're boycotting almost all of them.'03/05/2015 - 9:31pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Card has been involved with only a small handful of games so if one were to boycott games for his involvement, they wouldn't be missing out on many games.03/05/2015 - 9:29pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Only if you're not interested in seeing it end.03/05/2015 - 9:27pm
Craig R.Instead of calling people the "anti gamergate faction", you could just call them "sane"03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
Goth_SkunkWhat do you mean 'almost every game in existence'? Card is a writer, not a game developer.03/05/2015 - 9:18pm
Andrew EisenBut I too wonder how many people who cry boycott actually follow through. I vaguely remember a few years ago a bunch of people boycotting one of the CoD games and were all found playing it on Steam.03/05/2015 - 7:53pm
Andrew EisenAn interesting quandary but not equivalent as boycotting games that Card was involved with leaves you with... well, almost every game in existence.03/05/2015 - 7:51pm
 

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