Fan-Made Demake of 'Day Z' Gets Some Love From Bohemia

November 21, 2014

Bohemia Interactive liked a fan-made 2D demake of Day Z so much that it is now hosting it on their official web site. The free fan-made DayZ tribute called MiniDayZ "demakes" Bohemia's popular survival sandbox as a top-down 2D experience with retro-style graphics and single-player gameplay (the game doesn't feature multiplayer like Day Z).

MiniDayZ was created by a Russian DayZ fan who goes by the online name of CannedBits. He (or she) has been developing the project since the spring and managed to get the attention of DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall.

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'Far Cry 4' PS3 Data Corruption Bug Requires A Fresh Install

November 21, 2014

Some bad news for Far Cry 4 players who bought the game for the PlayStation 3 and are having trouble with the game: you'll have to delete your data and reinstall the whole thing.

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GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014

Unlike most U.S. retailers, the world's largest retailer of games will be closed on Thanksgiving in the United States. GameStop announced that it will shut down its stores in the United States next Thursday. CEO Paul Raines confirmed the news during a post-earnings call on Thursday.

"We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day next week in the United States out of respect for our associates and their families," he said. "Sometimes, we have to not let the pressure from other retailers distract us from our values."

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Report: Valve Making Changes to Steam Early Access Guidelines

November 21, 2014

It looks like Valve Software has decided to tighten up the rules a bit on Steam Early Access games, according to Gamasutra. In a new post on the official Steam Partners site and in emails sent out to developer partners this week, Valve laid down some new rules for Steam Early Access games. Read more

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Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Attacks on 'World of Warcraft' Servers

November 21, 2014

A hacker group calling themselves "DerpTrolling" has claimed responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers over the weekend and has released a partial list of passwords and logins for various game-related services, including PlayStation Network and 2K accounts, according to this GII report.

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Poll: Should 'Sexism' Factor Into a Video Game's Rating?

November 20, 2014

The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.

Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.

This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"

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Activision Proclaims Latest 'Call of Duty' Game The Biggest Entertainment Launch of the Year

November 20, 2014

This brief Gamasutra report highlights an interesting point about what Activision is and isn't saying about its latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Usually Activision is more than happy to share sales figures on new Call of Duty titles, but this time around the company instead focused on overall sales of the franchise to-date.

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The Game Awards Nominees Announced

November 20, 2014

Nominees for the first inaugural The Game Awards have been announced. The winners will be chosen and revealed on Friday, December 5 at a gala event in Las Vegas. The awards show is put together by game industry personality Geoff Keighley, who will also serve as its host. Keighley was the long-time host and creator of the Spike TV Video Game Awards.

In addition to the traditional awards chosen by journalists, there's "Fan's choice" categories like Best Fan Creation, eSports Player of the Year, eSports Team of the Year, Most Anticipated Game, and Trending Gamer.

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Joystiq Picks Latest Humble Bundle Weekly Selections

November 20, 2014

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is curated by the fine folks at Joystiq.com, with the charity of note being the Able Gamers charity. The Humble Weekly Bundle Joystiq offers a total of seven games selected by Joystiq for as little as $15.

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Latest 'World of Warcraft' Expansion Puts Subscriber Numbers Up Over 10 Million

November 20, 2014

The Fifth expansion to Blizzard's ultra popular and long-running MMO World of Warcraft is proving to be one of the most popular in recent memory. Warlords of Draenor has driven monthly subscriber numbers for the MMO up to over 10 million, according to a new announcement from Blizzard. Blizzard also said that more than 3.3 million copies of the expansion were sold in its first 24 hours of availability.

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Frontier Developments Details Who Can Get a Refund for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 20, 2014

Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM. Read more

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Microsoft Celebrates Xbox One One-Year Anniversary With Free Goodies and Giveaways

November 20, 2014

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Xbox One, Microsoft will be giving away a handful of freebies and will be giving away major rewards to a few select and randomly chosen Xbox One owners. Anyone who bought an Xbox One between November 22, 2013 and November 11, 2014, and has logged at least 10 hours of usage is eligible. Everyone will get a Year One gamer picture, new Xbox One backgrounds and a Year One image for use as your desktop, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained in a new blog post. Read more

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Wonderkarphave a tight grip on the films in comparison to their comics. Corporate Synergy11/24/2014 - 9:16pm
Wonderkarpthe reason Marvel produces better films is because Marvel Studios is run by Marvel. All the top writers and such are brought in to have these discussions about the films while in production. Its why Edgar Wright Bailed on Antman. Because Marvel's Creators11/24/2014 - 9:15pm
Wonderkarpoh it'll still make a ridiculous amount of money.11/24/2014 - 9:13pm
Andrew EisenThat hopelessly stupid title doesn't inspire confidence though.11/24/2014 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenI think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (ugh, that title!) will be very telling as to the rest of the DC film slate. Who knows? Maybe WB knows what it's doing and will knock it out of the park.11/24/2014 - 9:11pm
WonderkarpProblem with DC's films, MaskedPixelante, is DC isnt making them. WB is. Which is why they fail alot. if WB was smart, they'd have DC Comics make them.11/24/2014 - 9:10pm
Wonderkarpfavorite thing I'm hashing out for the website is I'll feature anybodys game, AAA or Indie, on the front page regardless of who makes it. so long as they gimmie screenshots or a trailer, and info.11/24/2014 - 9:09pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/michelle-maclaren-signs-develop-direct-752055 Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman. Still have no hope for the project.11/24/2014 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenI'm sure someone could come up with something regarding barrel jumping but there's certainly a lot of fun stuff to mine out of the scenario and back story.11/24/2014 - 9:03pm
Wonderkarpand the defining trait of a Game is that it should be fun.(Thank you Nintendo)11/24/2014 - 9:00pm
Wonderkarpwe can talk about games, but there's no existential questions regarding Mario jumping over Barrels to beat a Monkey.11/24/2014 - 8:59pm
WonderkarpGaming won 1st Ammendment Rights. Its Already Legit. Nobody can legislate against it. So just enjoy.11/24/2014 - 8:57pm
Wonderkarplike, in early nintendo power, they would write these little blurbs. Not really crapping on the game if its bad. Kinda hinting at it. I want people to play the games for themselves. One Persons Duck Tales is another Persons Festers Quest.11/24/2014 - 8:55pm
black mantaRight. "Leave us alone to let us play our video games devoid of of deeper analysis and influence. They're just playthings." You do realize how damaging that is; potentially undoing everything we in the ECA have fought for to legitimize gaming?11/24/2014 - 8:50pm
Andrew EisenI have no idea what that means but hey, good luck with that and post a link when it's ready for prime time.11/24/2014 - 8:49pm
Wonderkarpno editorials unless absolutly necessary, no scored reviews. Reviews are going to be ambiguous ala classic Nintendo Power11/24/2014 - 8:47pm
WonderkarpI decided I'm going to pull the trigger on my website I've been working on. Getting some people together. I want to make a Gaming News Site that only cares about the Games.11/24/2014 - 8:46pm
Matthew Wilsonin the end, I dont think its a big deal.11/24/2014 - 8:44pm
WonderkarpRight, I'm not going to argue with Black Manta. I've already argued once today on the Internet. Thats one time too many. Anybody hear about the Star Wars Spinoff news?11/24/2014 - 8:43pm
black mantaIf it's imprtant at all.11/24/2014 - 8:43pm
 

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