Poll: How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?

August 26, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V comes out next week!*  Yay!

It's a full-priced, AAA game being sold for $60 and it includes microtransactions...

Um, yeah.

So, how do you feel about the inclusion of microtransactions in $60 games?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and share our opinions on this weekend's podcast.

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Derek Smart threatens to sue Cloud Imperium over 'Star Citizen'

August 26, 2015

Derek Smart, owner of 3000AD Inc. and developer of the upcoming space-themed MMO Line of Defense, has promised to spearhead a class action lawsuit against Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games. In a new blog post, Smart claims that he has instructed his lawyers to send a demand letter to Cloud Imperium calling for a "complete forensic accounting" of the money the company has spent so far on the development of the game. Read more

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UK watchdog agency forbids free-to-play game makers from direct appeals to children

August 26, 2015

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, a government consumer watchdog agency, issued two rulings against free-to-play game makers over the way they market to children. 

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PSA: HuffPost Live hosting segment on 'ethics in games journalism' today

August 26, 2015

Update: If you missed the show, you can watch a replay here.

Original Story: At 2:05 pm ET Huffington Post Live will host a segment called "#GamerGate & The Ethics In Gaming Journalism." It will feature Gamesided staff writer and TechRaptor editor Georgina Young, Reason contributing editor Cathy Young, and Jesse Singal - editor of Science of Us, NY Magazine contributor and a Boston Globe video game columnist.

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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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PHX Corp@Goth_skunk Seconded08/31/2015 - 7:43pm
Goth_SkunkWith GP going down for maintenance, I propose that Andrew do a daily Google Hangout where we can all participate until it comes back.08/31/2015 - 7:21pm
RedMageOnly NOW? Not even when they threw Silent Hills and PT under a bus?08/31/2015 - 7:11pm
WymorenceAnd with this, Konami needs to go die in a ditch somewhere08/31/2015 - 7:05pm
PHX Corphttp://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1104842 NeoGAF: MGSV FOBs beyond the first must be bought via microtransactions08/31/2015 - 6:54pm
RedMageKonami: Proudly living in dodoland since 2010 or so.08/31/2015 - 6:51pm
WymorenceSo tell me again, Konami, why you've still got physical retail copies of your game...?08/31/2015 - 6:48pm
Andrew EisenHa! The only thing on Metal Gear Solid 5's PC disc release is a Steam installer! http://www.destructoid.com/the-only-file-on-the-pc-retail-version-of-the-phantom-pain-is-a-steam-installer-308547.phtml08/31/2015 - 6:39pm
Wymorenceglad to hear the 'old' 3DS amiibo NFC reader adapter is only going to be $20 though08/31/2015 - 6:26pm
WymorenceSmaller? Dear god, my 3DS XL is perfect for my hand size...08/31/2015 - 6:26pm
PHX CorpFinally: The Smaller New Nintendo 3DS Model is Coming to North America http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/08/the_smaller_new_nintendo_3ds_model_is_coming_to_north_america08/31/2015 - 5:47pm
InfophileRetailer exclusives are the worst preorders, especially when there's more than one. It's just trying to take advantage of the hardcore fans who want all the bonuses.08/31/2015 - 5:00pm
Andrew EisenNeat idea for a comic: single parent trying to raise a kid with superpowers. http://www.dennis-liu.com/08/31/2015 - 4:35pm
Goth_SkunkFound a fascinating youtube series from The Oxford Union: Right To Free Speech And Right To Offend. http://ow.ly/RBGLH08/31/2015 - 4:31pm
Goth_SkunkBig Perm sure likes people's hair. Sadly, I shave my head bald, so I will never be noticed by their fine tastes. D:>08/31/2015 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenMethinks Super Podcast Action Committee will be talking pre-order shenanigans this weekend!08/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Andrew Eisenhttp://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2015/08/31/sfv-pre-order-costumes-and-collectors-edition-for-north-america08/31/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenMore pre-order crap but pretty neat alt-costumes for Street Fighter 5. Love it when they take the time to model new outfits and hairstyles as opposed to going the easy route with a palette swap. Pick your favorite because each is retailer exclusive...08/31/2015 - 3:52pm
WymorenceI wish I could say I'm surprised by Squenix's actions here, but I recall one of the last Tomb Raiders doing the same thing...08/31/2015 - 3:49pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/8/31/9232741/deux-ex-mankind-divided-preorder-stunt Deux Ex: Mankind Divided is the latest AAA game to hold its biggest fans in contempt08/31/2015 - 2:49pm

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