Konami shutting down 31 iOS titles in Japan in September

August 26, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment will shut down 31 iOS games and apps in Japan next month, according to a GamesIndustry.biz report. None of these games are "free-to-play titles" and the closure of these apps in Japan will not affect any games operating in other regions throughout the world, according to the report. That is likely because most of the 31 titles being shut down were not released outside of Japan.

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Bethesda classics go DRM-free on GOG.com

August 26, 2015

GOG.com is offering a collection of Bethesda and id Software classics DRM-free and for a steep discount today.  In addition to slashing prices on all of Bethesda's games available in its catalog, GOG.com is offering a number of limited-time bundles and deals.

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Rovio lays off 260 employees

August 26, 2015

Angry Birds maker Rovio has cut a major chunk of its workforce. Following the 110 employees it laid off during Holiday 2014, the company announced that it has "made redundant" an additional 260 jobs. This new round of layoffs represents around 38 percent of its global workforce.

"Fundamental changes are needed to ensure Rovio succeeds in its global ambitions to be the leading entertainment company with mobile games at its heart," studio boss Pekka Rantala said in a statement that accompanied the news of the layoffs.

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Three games added to 'Humble PC & Android Bundle 13'

August 25, 2015

The Humble PC & Android Bundle 13 now offers seven games that can either be played on your mobile Android-based device or your PC. This bundle offers Crimsonland, Neverending Nightmares, Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, and FOTONICA for whatever you want to pay. All of these games are available for Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows and come in DRM-free versions.

Paying more than the average price will also get you TinyKeep, Crowntakers, and Monster Loves You! Additionally the digital sountracks for FOTONICA and TinyKeep are unlocked at this level.

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'Games With Gold' freebies revealed for September

August 25, 2015

Microsoft's Games With Gold free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will offer a total of four games this month.

Xbox One owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get The Deer God from September 1 - 30, alongside Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from September 16 - October 15.

Xbox 360 owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get Battlestations Pacific from September 1 - 15. After that the game will disappear and be replaced by Crysis 3 from September 16 - 30.

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Michael Koretzky talks SPJ AirPlay with David Pakman

August 25, 2015

Society of Professional Journalists region 3 director and SPJ AirPlay organizer stopped by the David Packman show to talk about the GamerGate-focused event that took place in Miami, Florida on August 15.

In addition to talking about the highs and lows of the event, and the bomb threat (one of several during the day of the event) that abruptly ended the second panel, Koretzky offers his take on the movement itself and what - if anything - was accomplished at SPJ AirPlay.

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Curt Schilling objects to latest 38 Studios settlement deal

August 25, 2015

According to a brief Associated Press report making the rounds today, 38 Studios founder and former all-star Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling and others tied to the state's lawsuit against those involved in the company's $75 million loan deal, have objected to a settlement deal. Lawyers for Schilling and other 38 Studios executives filed an objection to the settlement deal on Monday, though those objections were under seal.

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Andrew Eisen's segment on HuffPost Live

August 25, 2015

GamePolitics contributing editor and Super Podcast Action Committee co-host Andrew Eisen joined IBM Watson Interaction Designer Caroline Sinders, and Kill Screen Daily writer David Rudin for a Huffington Post Live segment called "What The Internet Got Right & Wrong In #GamerGate" earlier today.

Here's the description of the segment from Huffington Post:

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GOG Galaxy client gets a major update

August 25, 2015

The newest update to GOG's game client, GOG Galaxy, adds a number of interesting features including a "rollback" option for games, an improved friends search function, new installation options, pause and resume features, an improved sidebar, HiDPI support, improved performance, and better navigation.

The DRM-free client launched earlier this year in beta.

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RI Watchdog groups call for independent investigation in 38 Studios loan deal

August 25, 2015

Following a report last week from Providence, Rhode Island-based news station WPRI about former Rhode Island House speaker Gordon Fox's involvement in the 38 Studios loan deal, several state watchdog groups have called for a complete interdependent investigation into the deal.

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Creative Europe hands out millions in funding to 31 studios in Europe

August 25, 2015

Thirty-one different game development studios in Europe have received a portion of a €3.4 million fund from Creative Europe. The goal of Creative Europe's fund is to help companies that are in the early stages of a development project. The size and location of the studio doesn't seem to matter (beyond being located in Europe, of course).

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PS Plus games for September revealed

August 24, 2015

September's freebies for subscribers of PlayStation Plus have been revealed by Sony today.  Beginning September 1 (next Tuesday) PS Plus subscribers can download and play Ubisoft's  Grow Home on PS4, along with Super Time Force Ultra on PS4 and Vita. 

Renegade Kid's sci-fi adventure Xeodrifter will also will also be available for PS4 and PS Vita. Teslagrad for PS4 and PS3, La-Mulana EX PS Vita, and Twisted Metal for PS3 will also be available.

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New PS Plus offerings:

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Programming note: Andrew Eisen talks #GamerGate on HuffPo Live August 25

August 24, 2015

GamePolitics contributing editor and Super Podcast Action Committee co-host Andrew Eisen will join IBM Watson Interaction Designer Caroline Sinders, and Kill Screen Daily writer David Rudin for a Huffington Post Live segment called "What The Internet Got Right & Wrong In #GamerGate" on Tuesday, August 25 at 2:00 pm ET.

Here's the description of the segment from Huffington Post:

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John Carmack's ten-year-old son releases second video game

August 24, 2015

Oculus VR chief technology officer and id Software co-founder (makers of such hits as DOOM and Quake) John Carmack (pictured, left) revealed via Twitter today that his ten-year-old son Ryan is following in his footsteps. Ten-year-old Ryan Carmack has created two games so far - a Pong-style game called "Angry Face" (created last year using Unity) and another called "Fly." The latter is available for Mac and Windows and was built using Racket and Blender. Here's Ryan's description of his latest game - from his web page:

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Unanswered: all the questions we had for Michael Koretzky

August 24, 2015

On Saturday, Society of Professional Journalists region 3 director Michael Koretzky spent two hours on the Super Podcast Action Committee podcast (episode 155) talking about the SPJ AirPlay event that took place in Miami, Florida on August 15. In addition to giving us his take on how the event went, he answered some of the questions submitted to us from the community. There were a lot we didn't get to due to time constraints.

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RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am
Big PermI've never heard if Apple was dominant in Japan.08/28/2015 - 11:25am

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