Nintendo considering 'early access' program of its own

June 26, 2015

Microsoft announced at E3 last week that it was working on an "early access" program for Xbox One / Windows games - clearly inspired by the success of Valve's early access program for Steam. Now Nintendo is saying that it is considering such a program as well.

Speaking to Polygon,  Nintendo of America’s third-party relations and indie development head Damon Baker said that, while they don't have anything to announce at this point, his company is kicking the idea around…

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'Warframe' makers take shot at 'Destiny' with free emotes

June 26, 2015

In a not-so-subtle dig at Bungie, online shooter Warframe is now offering small features that Destiny players often have to pay extra for.  Developer Digital Extremes has added four emotes to its third-person shooter for the tidy sum of $0.00.

The new emotes, which you can check out in action here, are a "shrug," a "clap," the "Eclipse Narta," and the "Fathom Narta."

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Report: Apple reinstating historical war games on Apple App Store that use confederate flag

June 26, 2015

Apple isn't admitting that it didn't anything wrong when it pulled a bunch of historical games from the Apple App store yesterday because they featured the confederate flag, but according to this TechCrunch report, the company is working with developers to reinstate them as we type this.

According to what an Apple rep. tells TechCrunch, they only meant to remove games that use the flag in a way that promotes hate or harm.

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Parents of rampage killer Elliot Rodger sued by one of his victims

June 26, 2015

A University of California - Santa Barbara lifeguard injured during Elliott Roger's shooting spree last year is suing the parents of the killer, the university, and the county.  Rodger killed six UC Santa Barbara students (two of the victims were his roommates, who he stabbed to death) and injured 14 others in a May 23, 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, near the college campus.

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Fan who sent Bethesda bottlecaps getting 'Fallout 4' for free

June 26, 2015

The Fallout fan who sent more than 2,000 bottle caps (11 lbs. worth) to Bethesda's offices prior to the company's big E3 press event is going to get Fallout 4 for free, according to this report.

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Rocksteady working 'like crazy' to fix PC version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

June 26, 2015

Rocksteady co-founder and game director Sefton Hill noted on Twitter last night that he fully supported the decision to pull the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight off of Steam, from other digital distribution channel and from retail.

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'Arthur' intro remade in 'Grand Theft Auto V'

June 25, 2015

YouTube user Merfish is at it again with a brand new remake of a popular show using Grand Theft Auto V as his playground of choice. The latest video is a remake of the intro to the PBS Kids' show, Arthur. While it's pretty close to the opening of the show, Merfish takes some rather violent liberties with certain scenes.

You can check out the video below, though it will be a lot more amusing for those familiar with the show than those who aren't (just like the Full House intro he created earlier in the month):

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Two new Humble Bundles deliver both beauty and brains

June 25, 2015

There are two Humble Bundle offerings worth checking out today: the new Humble Weekly Bundle Eye Candy 3, and the Humble School's Out Book Bundle from Starch Press.

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France makes changes to cultural tax breaks for games

June 25, 2015

The French government has let up on restrictions required to get a cultural tax break for the development of "18" rated games, GamesIndustry.biz reports. According to the report, the program has been improved in three ways:

Tax breaks for games rated 18 by PEGI can now apply - prior to this change they were automatically disqualified.

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Content in 'Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition' will be sold separately

June 25, 2015

After an interview with Eurogamer went a bit off the rails and may have put Bungie in a less than flattering light (basically the contention was over existing owners of Destiny having to buy content they already owned in the fancy new Collector's Edition in order to get a handful of new in-game items and perks), the company has decided that the Collector's Edition content for the upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King will be sold separately.

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'Fallout Shelter' played 70 million times a day

June 25, 2015

Bethesda Softworks gleefully announced this morning that Fallout Shelter – the company's free-to-play iOS app set in Fallout universe - is the top downloaded game in 48 countries and the top downloaded app of any kind in 25 countries following its release last week. Fallout Shelter also remains the number 1 most downloaded free game on the App Store. In the first week following its release, play sessions of Fallout Shelter have surpassed 70 million times a day by fans globally, according to Bethesda.

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' developer offering $100 bounty for hack reports

June 25, 2015

Developer Studio Wildcard announced today that it will give a $100 bounty to players of its early access game to anyone who reports hacks being used in its upcoming dinosaur themed survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to the developer's post on Steam, bounties are for "hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers." Those looking to make some quick cash can send a note to info@studiowildcard.com.

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Report: Apple banning games that feature the Confederate Flag

June 25, 2015

It's one thing to display a Confederate Flag on a state capitol building; it's quite another to ban a game because it uses it in a historical context. Apple is wading into that murky territory today, it seems. According to this Touch Arcade report, that is exactly what Apple is doing. Read more

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Shenmue 3 creator: Sony and Shibuya Productions will not see a 'cent of your Kickstarter dollars'

June 25, 2015

In a new update to the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Shenmue 3, series creator Yu Suzuki attempts to clarify how the $3.6 million raised since last week will be spent and how Sony's backing will help him and his development studio Ys Net spend all of the money on the development of the game (and not on things like marketing and PR).

Suzuki is adamant that no backer money will go to development partners Sony and Shibuya Entertainment, but he still doesn't explain just how big of an investment Sony is making in the project:

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Goth_SkunkIdeologically.06/29/2015 - 11:18pm
black mantaAlso, the quote from Vox Day there (as well as an advertisement for his books) just tells me all I need to know. And that GG and the Sad Puppies are connected.06/29/2015 - 10:49pm
black mantaIt is still a fringe group. If it is Libertarian (and i can see its Libertarian appeal) it leans more to the right side of it.06/29/2015 - 10:48pm
Goth_Skunk"GamerGate Came To Life When It Was Declared Dead" - http://ow.ly/OXOm806/29/2015 - 9:10pm
Goth_SkunkAnd, like the microtransactions in Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, completely optional and voluntary. http://ow.ly/OXIRH06/29/2015 - 8:12pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamespot.com/articles/halo-5-guardians-dev-clarifies-how-microtransactio/1100-6428510/ Apparently 343's Smoking Something, They tried to Clarify the microtransactions side of multiplayer unaware that Microtransactions in $60 Games=BAD06/29/2015 - 7:54pm
MattsworknameGoth, add vox, polygon, and most print media to that list for me. Also, add msnbc to that list, as long as they have people like shults, matthews, sharpton, hayes and so forth, will not watch06/29/2015 - 7:33pm
Goth_SkunkThat's fair, I treat every article from 'The Mary Sue' in the exact same manner. As well as Polygon, Kotaku, and Gamasutra, to name a few others.06/29/2015 - 7:17pm
Infophile"www.breitbart.com..." and I'm done reading. Got better things to do with my life.06/29/2015 - 5:40pm
Goth_SkunkHarping On: The Hypocrisy And Lies of Twitter's Most Notorious 'Anti-Abuse' Activist, part 1 of 3: http://ow.ly/OXsfP06/29/2015 - 5:12pm
ZippyDSMleeGot another weapon finished up ^^ http://zippydsmlee.tumblr.com/post/122614396265/zippylabs-rushhour-automatic-poison-dart-gun06/29/2015 - 4:37pm
ZippyDSMleeI wish they would revive Shining Force as a decent Warcraft clone with TB option...06/29/2015 - 4:15pm
ZippyDSMleeFrom my genisis days the only other TBS I enjoyed was Sorcerers Kingdom and Warsong The only down side to Shining Force as a seriers they took out towns on the Sega CD ports and later games....06/29/2015 - 4:13pm
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: Shining Force is awesome the aera damage done by mages,ect really make it shine. I miss that in ZOE:Fist of mars where there is no aera damage but you have a neat real time targeting system.06/29/2015 - 4:11pm
Goth_SkunkShaved my head for the first of many times in my life today. I refuse to bear a receding hairline: It's all-or-nothing for me with regards to my hair loss.06/29/2015 - 3:52pm
james_fudgeEZK: great game06/29/2015 - 2:51pm
E. Zachary KnightBack to my initial question, I started playing Shining Force 1. So far a pretty cool tactical RPG. I am looking forward to playing more.06/29/2015 - 1:27pm
PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_euReGOTGk Arkham Shite (The Jimquisition)06/29/2015 - 11:55am
E. Zachary KnightPHX, Yep. That was reported on this morning.06/29/2015 - 11:16am
PHX Corphttp://www.eteknix.com/valve-now-refuses-compensate-trade-scam-victims/ -facepalm- Valve Now Refuses to Compensate Trade Scam Victims06/29/2015 - 10:43am
 

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