Subaltern Games releases alpha version of 'No Pineapple Left Behind'

July 28, 2015

Subaltern Games is hard at work on a game that pokes fun at the U.S. educational system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind" called No Pineapple Left Behind. Today the company announced the release of a playable alpha for No Pineapple Left Behind that lets you get a taste of what it is aiming for when the game is finally released.

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Research: Australians spend 88 minutes a day playing games

July 27, 2015

Australian video game industry trade group Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) and Bond University have released their latest Digital Australia report, which details the habits of Australian game players and consumers.

According to the latest report, found here (PDF), 68 percent of Australians play video games,  with the average age of players at around 33-years-old. While the majority of players are male, an impressive 47 percent of players are female.

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FCC chairman will tell lawmakers net neutrality does not stymie ISP infrastructure investment plans

July 27, 2015

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to tell U.S. lawmakers this week that the net neutrality rules implemented in early June will not interfere with internet service providers investing in infrastructure.

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Wii U TVii is getting put down in August

July 27, 2015

Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii U TVii service via a system update on August 11th, the company revealed. Nintendo said that it is shutting the service down because "it is time to focus our resources on other projects." The service launched a little under three years ago. At the time Nintendo thought it was a pretty big deal.

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Republican FCC commissioner calls AT&T-DirecTV merger condition a form of 'rate regulation'

July 27, 2015

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said that broadband rate regulations are coming, despite the fact that the FCC specifically said since before new regulations went to affect in June that it had no plans to regulate broadband.

Pai, who voted against the new rules in a February meeting that ultimately saw them approved, said that the ATT-DirecTV is a prime example of rate regulation.

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343 Industries explains why split-screen coop was cut from 'Halo 5'

July 27, 2015

In a lengthy post on Halo Waypoint, Halo 5 developer 343 Industries attempts to explain why it has eliminated split-screen cooperative play from the game. Split screen co-op play has been in every Halo game to-date until Halo 5, and fans have strongly expressed their displeasure in it being removed.

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RealNetworks sells Slingo and Social Casino division for $18 million

July 27, 2015

RealNetworks will sell its Slingo bingo/slot machine hybrid game franchise and its Social Casino division to Gaming Realms for $18 million, according to a GamesIndustry.biz report. Along with the sale of these assets, 60 employees will be shifted to the new company.

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Valve patches serious security hole in Steam

July 27, 2015

Valve has finally fixed an odd (and rather serious) bug that allowed hackers to easily take control of a Steam account using only a Steam username. The bug is detailed at length in this video, but the long and short of it is that the hijacking exploit took advantage of a security hole in Steam's password recovery system.

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Digital Kids Summit opening day keynote speaker revealed

July 27, 2015

Organizers of the Digital Kids Summit announced that Bjorn Jeffery, CEO and co-founder of Toca Boca, will be the opening day keynote speaker for its event. Toca Broca is a top mobile brand aimed at creating apps for children. It has released 28 apps that have been downloaded in 215 countries worldwide that have been downloaded over 90 million times to date.

Jeffery will discuss building a successful company, mistakes the company has made and the lessons it has learned over the last four years, and how Toca Boca is continuing to evolve and adapt in the digital media space.

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Razer buys out Ouya

July 27, 2015

Razer has purchased Android-based micro console maker Ouya’s software, technology and development teams in an undisclosed "all-cash" deal, according to an announcement made by the company this morning.  Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman has also left the company, according to a brief announcement made on Twitter this morning.

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Chinese government fully lifts ban on game consoles

July 27, 2015

The Chinese government has officially lifted the ban on all consoles being sold within the country.  Last year China began easing restrictions on console by allowing game console-makers like Sony and Microsoft to start manufacturing and selling consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone. The country did put some heavy restrictions for those wanting to release consoles in the region: for one, they had to be manufactured locally and each console had to be inspected and improved prior to release. Game software also had to be approved by government regulators.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 151: Q&A with SPJ AirPlay organizer Michael Koretzky

July 26, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 151), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below.

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SPJ's Michael Koretzky will answer your AirPlay questions live on Super Podcast Action Committee

July 25, 2015

Next month, several GamerGate supporters, two journalists and a game developer will gather at the SPJ AirPlay event in Florida to discuss GamerGate itself, ethics in games journalism, and how reporters should tackle social media-based movements.

Naturally, such contentious subjects are bound to get people asking questions:

How did this happen?  Why now?  Where the hell are the anti-GamerGaters?  Who's responsible for this?

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FCC approves AT&T - DirecTV merger

July 24, 2015

It's official: the FCC has voted and given approval for AT&T to buy DirecTV today. The FCC did put a few conditions on AT&T, though nothing the company wasn't anticipating. Besides promising to abide by the new net neutrality rules implemented in June, AT&T promises to expand its broadband network to 12.5 million customer locations and to give discounted rates to poorer consumers.

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Guillermo del Toro and Kojima will work together

July 24, 2015

While Konami effectively killed the dream-team collaboration between film director and writer  Guillermo del Toro and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima when it canceled Silent Hills earlier this year, the relationship between the two will continue, according to a new report.

Guillermo del Toro tells IGN that he has remained in touch with Kojima and still plans on collaborating with him in the future on a game. He did re-emphasize the fact that it won't be on a Silent Hill game, though.

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E. Zachary KnightPapa, Of course thre is. That has now become a permanent part of the EULA boilerplate template.07/29/2015 - 12:56pm
Papa MidnightIn case anyone is interested, there is a clause written into Section 10 of Windows 10's EULA that provides for a Class Action Waiver, and restricts the user to Binding Arbitration.07/29/2015 - 11:15am
TechnogeekNo, that folder is what gets used for the upgrade process. I already had the upgrade go through on my notebook.07/29/2015 - 10:35am
Andrew EisenMatt - And AGAIN, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published? How is it not accountable to its readership (which, AGAIN, is primarily game industry folk, not gamers)?07/29/2015 - 10:10am
james_fudgeThat's the clean install, for anyone asking07/29/2015 - 9:23am
TechnogeekAlso, it's the upgrade that's available for installation now. You might need to forcibly initiate the Windows Update process before it'll start downloading, though. (If there's a C:\$Windows.~BT folder on your computer, then you're in luck.)07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekAdmittedly there's more room to push for an advertiser boycott when you get into opinion content versus pure news, but keep in mind that reviews are opinion content as well.07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekMatts: There's a difference between "this person regularly says extremely terrible stuff" and "I don't like the phrasing used in this one specific editorial".07/29/2015 - 8:45am
MattsworknameWait, is that for the upgrade or the clean install only? cause I was gonna do the upgrade07/29/2015 - 8:32am
james_fudgehttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows1007/29/2015 - 8:30am
PHX Corp@Wilson, I'm still waiting for My upgrade notice aswell07/29/2015 - 7:57am
MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
 

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