Editorial: everything you know about boys, video games, and surveys might be wrong

July 24, 2015

"Everything you know about boys and video games is wrong," is the bold title of a Time article written by author, teacher, and parenting educator Rosalind Wiseman. The claim is the result of a survey conducted by Wiseman in a collaborative effort with colleague Charlie Kuhn and YouTube gaming celebrity Ashly Burch to determine attitudes towards sexism in video games.

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'Fallout Shelter' coming to Android next month

July 24, 2015

QuakeCon 2015 is underway in Dallas, Texas and news is starting to trickle out of it. The first bit of interest to almost everyone is that Bethesda's hit mobile game Fallout Shelter for iOS will finally be coming it Android devices... next month.

The iOS version of the game was released during the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month in Los Angeles on the Apple App Store. The game is a free-to-play vault management game where players control every aspect of a bona fide Vault-Tec vault and all of its inhabitants.

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One million copies of 'Life is Strange' sold

July 24, 2015

French developer Dontnod's episodic time travel-themed adventure game Life is Strange has managed to move one million copies, according to a tweet commemorating this latest milestone.

In case you didn't know, Life is Strange chronicles the adventures of Maxine Caulfield, a girl who has the unique ability to manipulate time. The game series has managed to tackle a lot of interesting themes including bullying, drug use and suicide over the course of the three episodes that have been released to date.

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Playing 'Half-Life' on Android Wear

July 24, 2015

From the fine fellow who brought you "Play Team Fortress Classic on  Android," and "Play Portal on Android" and "Play PS2 Games on Android," comes a new video tutorial on how to get Half-Life running on Android Wear, aptly titled "Play Half Life on Android Wear."

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Michael Pachter and others added to GamesBeat 2015 line-up

July 24, 2015

VentureBeat has announced the latest speakers to join the line-up of industry participants in this year's GamesBeat 2015 conference taking place Oct. 12 - 13 at the Grand Hyatt Union Square in San Francisco. The latest speakers to be added include Michael Pachter, research analyst at Wedbush Securities; Mihai Pohontu, vice president of emerging platforms at Samsung; and Sunny Dhillon, partner at Signia Venture Partners.

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PSA: Microsoft's Xbox Gamescom press briefing will be streamed live

July 24, 2015

If you can't make it to Cologne, Germany for Gamescom in August, you can still at least catch whatever Microsoft plans on showing during its press conference for the European fan and gaming press event. Microsoft announced that on August 4 at 7am Pacific (3pm UK), it will air its Gamescom press briefing on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and at Xbox.com.

So far, we know that Microsoft will show off Scalebound, a new game in the Crackdown series, and Quantum Break. These games were left out of its E3 press briefing in June on purpose so the company could show them off at Gamescom.

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Facebook employees to take part in 'Super Mario Maker hackathon'

July 24, 2015

To celebrate (and obviously promote) its upcoming launch of the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console, Nintendo and Facebook have teamed up to host a special "hackathon event" at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29. Unfortunately, you have to be a Facebook employee in order to participate. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game.

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'Lords of the Fallen 2' executive producer backs off project

July 23, 2015

Lords of the Fallen 2 has lost its executive producer Tomasz Gop. According to Eurogamer, developer CI Games is going in a different direction:

"We're grateful for his input, but we have different visions for further development of the series and Tomasz will not be a part of CI Games' progress," the company said.

In an email to Eurogamer, Gop explained why he has stepped away from the game:

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Humble Weekly Bundle: Simulators 4 launches

July 23, 2015

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is all about simulations games - from sports to flight simulators. Humble Weekly Bundle: Simulators 4 lets you pay whatever you want for Out of the Park Baseball 15, Kill The Bad Guy, and Real Boxing.

Paying $6 or more will also get you Gnomoria (Early Access) and Emergency 2014.  

Paying $10 will get you all of the above plus Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.
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'The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods' Kickstarter campaign launches

July 23, 2015

Independent game developer and animator Chris de Castro has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for his first game, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods. The game is described by its creator as an experiment in narrative that uses gameplay mechanics to explore issues that surround cities such as urbanization, gentrification, immigration, urban economies, recycling, and public space.

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'Rise of the Tomb Raider' coming to PS4 and PC in 2016

July 23, 2015

While we've all know for awhile that Square Enix and Eidos' Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a "timed exclusive" for Xbox One, it turns out that the window will be fairly small - especially for PC gamers. While the Xbox One will release on November 10 for Xbox One, the game will land on PS4 in "holiday 2016," and on PC sometime in "early 2016."

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ESL cracking down on 'performance enhancing drug' use in league events

July 23, 2015

Pro gaming league and event organizer the ESL announced today that it is taking steps to address problems associated with players using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) at events it organizes. The league has partnered with NADA (Nationale Anti Doping Agentur) to help craft rules on PEDs and is meeting with WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) to make sure the new rules will be enforced.

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John Smedley steps down as Daybreak Game Company CEO and president

July 23, 2015

Long-time Daybreak Game Company chief executive officer and president John Smedley has stepped down from the position, GamesBeat reports. Current chief operating officer Russell Shanks will step into the top executive position effective immediately.

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Tom Wheeler endorses AT&T-DirecTV merger

July 22, 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has given his approval to a merger between AT&T and DirecTV merger. Wheeler released an order today to other commissioners within the FCC highlighting his support for the merger.

"The proposed order outlines a number of conditions that will directly benefit consumers by bringing more competition in the broadband marketplace," Wheeler wrote in the order.

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Report: ESL considering drug testing players

July 22, 2015

According to this VG247 report, the ESL may be considering instituting a drug testing policy. According to a source "close to the ESL" speaking to DailyDot, the pro gaming league has been in conversations with both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) regarding random drug testing of eSports participants.

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PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/7/27/9050375/street-fighter-5-beta-offline-delayed Street Fighter 5 beta taken offline, now postponed indefinitely07/27/2015 - 9:51pm
Goth_Skunk@eZeek: Noooooooooo.... ;)07/27/2015 - 8:44pm
MechaTama31Re: Google+, wow. I never in a million years thought they would backpedal on that. I just resigned myself to not using commenting functions on any of their services.07/27/2015 - 6:21pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, are you saying all women are fat. ;)07/27/2015 - 5:38pm
benohawkMake it more adorable and more gender neutral! Widescreen Dog and 16:9 their 16 kitten sidekicks07/27/2015 - 5:15pm
Goth_SkunkOr, if you prefer, Widescreen Woman.07/27/2015 - 4:12pm
Goth_SkunkWho will save us from this abominable practice?! Introducing WIDESCREEN MAN and his sidekick 16:9!07/27/2015 - 4:10pm
Andrew EisenInteresting coincidence. I tweeted about the evils of vertically oriented video just last night. https://twitter.com/AndrewEisen/status/62549836960397312007/27/2015 - 4:01pm
PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_I9-CkzDE The Great Atari Ransack (The Jimquisition) Warning Vertical video syndrome in one scene07/27/2015 - 3:40pm
MattsworknameBout time google07/27/2015 - 3:33pm
james_fudgeugh. TG man :)07/27/2015 - 1:15pm
MechaCrashGoogle drops Google+ requirements for YouTube and other services: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/27/google-is-dropping-its-google-requirement-across-all-products-starting-with-youtube/07/27/2015 - 12:55pm
benohawkThat still isn't Steam pay royalties. At best it is Bethesda not being willing to relicense the music,07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
Infophile(cont'd) different service. This often happened with TV shows, where music was only licensed for broadcast, but not for DVD release. So for many older shows, they either have to relicense it or use different/no music for the DVD release.07/27/2015 - 12:36pm
Infophile@benohawk: It most likely comes down to the original licensing agreement for the music in it. Often those agreements only license it for the medium it first releases in, so it has to be re-licensed if it's rereleased in a different form or through a ...07/27/2015 - 12:35pm
benohawkWhy would steam be paying royalties on anything in quake?07/27/2015 - 12:01pm
black mantaI recommend using the KMQuake II patch which supports .ogg music files, then downloading the music from someplace, then dropping it in to a music folder into the \baseq2 directory.07/27/2015 - 10:32am
black mantaI got Quake 2 during the Steam Quakecon sale. Funny thing is, there's no music for it! Guess Steam didn't want to pay the royalty fees or something.07/27/2015 - 10:30am
black mantaLike EZK, I also have a backlog of games. Right now I'm playing Crysis 3 for the first time, and replaying Quake 2.07/27/2015 - 10:29am
E. Zachary KnightZippy, No. It is because I have a backlog of games a mile long and have not bought to many new games, which includes Mass Effect.07/27/2015 - 9:28am
 

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