From Software working on weapon durability bug in 'Dark Souls II'

April 17, 2015

It looks like From Software will finally deal with a long standing bug in the Dark Souls II that ties framerate to weapon degradation speeds, according to Kotaku. When you use a weapon in Dark Souls II it degrades until it breaks, which is a real pain in the ass by anyone's definition of what a "real pain in the ass" is because it has been plaguing players for a very long time (if you are using a framerate of 60 frames-per-second then your weapon will degrade a lot faster). Read more

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Mojang quickly patches 'Minecraft' server software security flaws

April 17, 2015

Yesterday Pakistan-based programmer Ammar Askar revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game. Developer Mojang responded in kind by releasing an update to the game that deals with the issue.

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Epic hands out cash to six more projects through its Unreal Dev Grants program

April 17, 2015

Epic Games has announced the game projects that will get a small chunk of its $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program to promote projects that use its Unreal engine 4 technology. Today Epic gave Arran Langmead a $14,000 grant for a kart racing Steam and PS4 game called Bears Can't Drift; $7,000 to Aaron Shea for BLUI, a free Chromium plugin for UE4 that enables UI elements to be created in Web objects and served to UE4; and $16,000 to Untold Games for its VR project, Loading Human.

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Net Neutrality-themed game '404Sight' released

April 17, 2015

404Sight, an Unreal Engine 4 game about net neutrality, is now available on Steam. The game was developed by Retro Yeti Games, who received a $13,000 grant from Epic Games as part of its Unreal Dev Grant program in late March.

The development team is made up of University of Utah students who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.

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Video game sales fall six percent in March

April 17, 2015

Console sales fell an estimated 21 percent in March, according to new data from retail research firm NPD Group. Overall video game sales were down around six percent to $963.7 million in March, while consoles sales fell 21 percent to $311.1 million, and software fell 3 percent to $395.4 million. The video game accessories category was the only bright spot for March, rising 15 percent to $257.2 million.

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Poll: Is Bill Paxton the right actor to play Jack Thompson?

April 16, 2015

Based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto, a new BBC film will feature Bill Paxton as disbarred Florida Attorney Jack Thompson.

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Get six strategy games for cheap in 'Humble Weekly Bundle Strategy 2'

April 16, 2015

The latest Humble Weekly bundle features six strategy games for those willing to pay upwards of $12 or more.

The Humble Weekly Bundle Strategy 2 lets you pay whatever you want for Frozen Synapse Prime (Windows), Shattered Planet (Windows, Mac), and Skulls of the Shogun (Windows, Linux, Mac).

Paying more than the average price will get you CastleStorm and Bloodsports.TV (both only for Windows).

Paying $12 or more will get you all of the above, plus Endless Space Emperor Edition (Windows, Mac).

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Programmer reveals serious 'Minecraft' server software flaw

April 16, 2015

Pakistan-based developer Ammar Askar has revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game.

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Congress inches towards passing fast tracking measures for trade agreements

April 16, 2015

Bloomberg reports that lawmakers are close to hashing out a deal on a "Fast Track" bill or "Trade Promotion Authority" that would make approving trade agreements a more streamlined process. Opponents of the measure like the Electronic Frontier Foundation say that what lawmakers are seeking with this proposal essentially takes away its oversight powers related to trade agreements.

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Kim Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand over speeding ticket

April 16, 2015

Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, can't seem to catch a break lately. According to this TorrentFreak report, Dotcom faces deportation from New Zealand because he didn't disclose a speeding ticket. That's right. While the U.S. Justice Department has had a hard time extraditing Dotcom to the states to face a number of charges related to alleged piracy and copyright infringement activities, it looks like a clerical error on Dotcom's part might undo his citizenship in the country.

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Two more freebies available starting today for Xbox Live Gold subscribers

April 16, 2015

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel are now free to download as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold monthly giveaway for Xbox Live Gold level subscribers. Earlier in the  month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 were able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria.

Xbox One owners got (and can still get) two titles during the month: Child of Light and Pool Nation FX.

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Colorado uses video games to warn motorists about driving under the influence of pot

April 16, 2015

The Colorado Department of Transportation has found a novel way to remind purchasers of legal marijuana at dispensaries through the state that it is still illegal to drive while under influence. The Denver DoT is putting sponsored arcade video game cabinets in dispensaries with the title "End Game."

The sponsored game cabinets are in ten dispensaries throughout the state and warn customers that "playing video games while high is legal. Driving is not."

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University of Missouri researchers find that violent video games do not cause aggression in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 16, 2015

A new University of Missouri study may be the beginning of disproving the idea that people with autism spectrum disorders who play violent video games are more likely to commit acts of real-world violence. This assertion gained some traction in the media after the December 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the national media focused on shooter Adam Lanza's emotional issues related to suffering from Autism and his exposure to violent video games.

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Netflix apologizes to shareholders for Australian data cap deal

April 16, 2015

Netflix made a deal in Australia earlier this year that it wishes it could hit the rewind button on and this week the entertainment streaming company admitted it was wrong to do so. It had good intentions, but as the old saying goes, "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" - and it's desperately looking for an off-ramp.

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Anita Sarkeesian named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

April 16, 2015

Anita Sarkeesian has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People (as reported on by Polygon). The Tropes v. Women in Video Games creator and founder of Feminist Frequency is honored in a write-up by actor and author Wil Wheaton under the "Pioneers" section of the list.

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Matthew Wilson@zippy I want windows 10 badly, but that is because I am stuck on 8.1 yuk. that being said the new dx12 looks very good, and the reported performance gain from it.04/20/2015 - 8:00pm
ZippyDSMleeMy body is readY! http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2015/04/20/amd-microsoft-to-launch-windows-10-at-the-end-of-july04/20/2015 - 7:54pm
PHX CorpI may have posted this before but a leaked email from Sony pictures has the MPAA written all over it http://www.extremetech.com/computing/203654-leaked-sony-emails-show-mpaas-opposition-to-fair-use-confirms-users-are-viewed-as-thieves04/20/2015 - 4:53pm
Mattsworknameyet another reason the DMCA should be dismantled and rewritten04/20/2015 - 4:41pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy that is worse than the ESA thing.04/20/2015 - 4:26pm
ZippyDSMlee0-o good luck with that car companies, http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/20/automakers-gearheads-car-repairs/04/20/2015 - 4:07pm
Andrew EisenYes, hence my subsequent shout.04/20/2015 - 3:15pm
Matthew Wilsonwhile the article itself isnt that great, but the point is still valid.04/20/2015 - 3:14pm
Andrew EisenProfessionals do need to be mindful of what they say on social media though. That's true.04/20/2015 - 3:11pm
Andrew EisenWell, it was almost a decent article from Techraptor. Some day. Some day...04/20/2015 - 3:09pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://techraptor.net/content/gamings-pr-problem both game devs and pr people alike need to to keep in mind, when your on twiter you are also representing the company you work for.04/20/2015 - 2:39pm
E. Zachary KnightI don't really care either way, but that was just my understanding based on previous reads.04/20/2015 - 2:13pm
E. Zachary KnightBut now I am confused. I thought Johnny Storm was the adopted one, but the dad is black. Does that mean that Sue is adopted or is it just an interracial marriage with existing children?04/20/2015 - 2:12pm
E. Zachary KnightNew Fantastic 4 trailer finally shows powers and just a wee bit of whimsy. Not too much mind you. No need to dilute the dark and brooding. http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/431505-the-new-trailer-for-fantastic-four-is-here04/20/2015 - 2:11pm
E. Zachary KnightOk. Just checked another of my Twitter accounts and there is a setting, opt-in. So it looks like a slow roll out.04/20/2015 - 1:17pm
E. Zachary KnightI agree. I looked but could not find any settings for DMs. So either there is no opt-out or they are slowly rolling it out one block of users at a time.04/20/2015 - 1:11pm
Andrew EisenI can't find the setting for direct messaging but I agree, it should absolutely default to off.04/20/2015 - 12:54pm
Matthew Wilson@james the issue is that it is way to easy to make a troll twiter acount. if I had it my way I would set it so you can fallow anyone, but if you want to send tweeta, you have to pay a one time 5$ fee.04/20/2015 - 12:38pm
james_fudgeIt shows how Twitter management thinks: instead of fixing harassment let's offer another avenue for it… DUMB.04/20/2015 - 12:35pm
james_fudgeIt depends on what the default setting is, Andrew04/20/2015 - 12:34pm
 

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