The social media movement known as GamerGate held its first U.S. meet-up (called #GGinDC) on May 1 at a bar called the Local 16 in Washington, D.C. But in the wee hours of Friday night / Saturday morning as hundreds of people were mingling and having a good time, police converged on the scene and evacuated the building.Read more
Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:
Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.
Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.Read more
A mere few days after its discovered that MS-DOS games on the Internet Archive could be embedded into tweets, Twitter has decided to disable it, much to the chagrin of people playing games on Twitter. According to this GamesIndustry report, the ability to embed games in tweets violates Twitter's "terms and conditions."Read more
Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being), and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.Read more
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is popular among republican lawmakers - and by popular we mean a regular target of House and Senate committee hearings. Wheeler was hauled before the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee this week for a hearing about transparency: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency" (as detailed by this Ars Technica report).Read more
Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have managed to delay his extradition hearing by an additional three months this week, TorrentFreak reports. Dotcom's extradition hearing to decide whether he will be sent to the United States to face a litany of copyright infringement offenses (and other alleged crimes) related to file-sharing and storage site Megaupload was scheduled to take place in about a month. Read more
Microsoft is letting non-paying Xbox silver users on Xbox One and Xbox 360 get a taste of the good life starting today. Xbox Live Silver subscribers will get to see how the other half lives when they have full access to multiplayer features in all of their favorite games.
The free promotion will run from May 1 - May 3. No doubt Microsoft thinks that this free weekend will result in Silver to Gold subscriptions galore.Read more
Valve is trying to put some extra cash in the prize pool for this year's Dota 2 tournament, The International. Like last year it is selling The Compendium, a digital interactive book first introduced in 2013 as a way to increase the total cash prize for tournament winners, cost $10, with 25 percent of the purchase price going into the prize pool.Read more
Bungie has created a Destiny-themed t-shirt specifically to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims. The t-shirt, available exclusively on the Bungie Store, comes in three types (and varying sizes): men's, women's, and children's. The shirts are available for purchase between now and May 24, with orders shipping in "early June." Also included in the purchase price are some digital goodies - a Destiny in-game shader and emblem. Read more
The Sacramento County Superior Court has ruled that documents from former California State Senators Leland Yee (D) and Ronald S. Calderon (D) are public records and should be made available to members of the press, according to the LA Times. Those records include meeting schedules, office calendars, and miscellaneous records from Senate offices of both former lawmakers. Read more
Hillary Clinton has long espoused some rather negative attitudes towards violent video games and violent media in general. In 2005 she joined the chorus of people condemning Rockstar for the "hot coffee" mod that unlocked an otherwise inaccessible and unfinished interactive (yet non-explicit) sex scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.Read more
The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the 2006 conviction of Jerone Hunter, for his part in what is commonly referred to as the notorious "Xbox Murders." The court heard the case in October of last year. Jerone Hunter, was one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.Read more