Some 'Rust' players not thrilled about new character races

March 25, 2015

Recently the makers of action survival game Rust introduced new "player races" into the game to give users an avatar that has a unique look, but the randomness of the system and the lack of choices is rubbing some players the wrong way and causing a rise in racist behavior among some of the game's more loathsome players.

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Global Government Surveillance Reform group urges lawmakers to revise Patriot Act

March 25, 2015

Google, AOL, Apple, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook - as members of the Global Government Surveillance Reform - (you can read the coalition's mission statement here) have sent an open letter pushing for real reform of government surveillance practices and to make sure that these reforms are constitutional.

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Play.com goes offline

March 25, 2015

Play.com has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (www.rakuten.co.uk), according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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Researchers use Kinect to help measure upper extremity movement in young MD patients

March 25, 2015

As highlighted in this TheMarySue report, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have developed and deployed a new system to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using specially designed game software, the Xbox 360, and its Kinect technology. Read more

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'In Tune' explores the thorny topic of consensual physical contact

March 25, 2015

Tweed Couch Games (an indie studio made up of three student developers - Jessica Rose Marcotte, Allison Cole, and Zach Miller) has developed a game called In Tune that teaches men and women about the importance of gaining consent when it comes to intimate physical contact.

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Gen Con organizers urge Indiana governor to rescind support for SB 101

March 25, 2015

The organizers of Gen Con have sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence asking him to rescind his support of SB 101, a state bill that limits the state and local government from interfering in a business or individuals "exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means." In other words, people can refuse service to Read more

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New 'World of Warcraft' Update lays groundwork for 'WoW Tokens'

March 24, 2015

Blizzard is set to release a new update to its still-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft today that should lay the groundwork for a new way of in-game financing called WoW Tokens.

WoW Tokens allow players to "securely exchange" in-game gold and game time. The new system will be released a few weeks after this week's update, according to what Blizzard has said publicly. It will be deployed in Latin America, North America and Oceania first.

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TSI pauses 'Seven Dragon Saga' Kickstarter

March 24, 2015

Apparently we missed the fact that Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI) decided to cancel postpone its crowdfunding campaign for its PC role-playing game Seven Dragon Saga on Kickstarter yesterday. While the Kickstarter was not on a trajectory to raise the $450,000 it was aiming for, it did manage to bring in over $106,000 from 1,860 backers before TSI pulled the plug.

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Republican FCC commissioner urges lawmakers to put conditions on agency's budget

March 24, 2015

If you can't beat 'em, defund them. That seems to be the undercurrent at a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing today featuring testimony from FCC Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai. On the other side of that contentious proposal is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who offered a counter argument at the budget hearing earlier in the day.

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Yale play2PREVENT partners with Yogome for educational games

March 24, 2015

Video game research initiative Yale play2PREVENT (p2P) Lab has signed a two-year partnership with Yogome to develop educational mobile games for elementary school children. Researchers in the p2P Lab will work with Yogome to develop math, science, computer programming, and sustainability games. Games developed through the collaboration will be based on the Common Core framework and adhere strictly to child privacy standards.

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From Software working on update to deal with long load times in 'Bloodborne'

March 24, 2015

After Digital Foundry ran tests on the freshly released Bloodborne to gauge various aspects of the game, it found that loads times in between character deaths and revivals took an incredibly long time. This information was passed on to game developer From Software, who said that it would issue a patch to deal with this particular problem soon.

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Daybreak moves one million units of 'H1Z1' on Steam Early Access

March 24, 2015

According to a tweet from Daybreak Game Studio president John Smedley, over one million copies of H1Z1 have been sold to date on Steam Early Access. The online open-world zombie survival game for PC hit Steam 'Early Access' program on January 15.

It had a rocky start at launch, but Daybreak (or the artist formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) seems to have fixed a lot of the game's early quirks, bugs, and general shortcomings.

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'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

March 24, 2015

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Greens are best known as the co-creators of That Dragon, Cancer, an adventure game that chronicles the Green family's journey as they face the challenges, hardships, highs and lows of having a child with a terminal disease. Their son Joel died last year after a long battle with cancer. The Greens call That Dragon, Cancer a love letter to the beautiful baby boy.

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FCC faces first legal challenges to Open Internet Order changes

March 24, 2015

It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside. Read more

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Northamptonshire, England police commissioner wants an 'AO' rating for games like 'Grand Theft Auto V'

March 24, 2015

Update: The report referenced in our story can be found here (PDF).

Original Story: Adam Simmonds, police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, England, wants games like Grand Theft Auto V to carry a stronger rating than what it currently does under the UK's games rating system. Grand Theft Auto is rated "18" by the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating system in the UK.

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Andrew EisenConster - Sure, give me a few minutes.03/26/2015 - 3:05pm
Consterhttp://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/salesforce-ceo-says-company-is-cancelling-all-programs-in-indiana-over-lgbt-discrimination-fears/ http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index.html03/26/2015 - 2:55pm
ConsterApparently Salesforce and the NCAA are also upset over SB 101. I know they're not video-games related, but maybe add a line to the article?03/26/2015 - 2:54pm
Andrew EisenThat said, I doubt that if the movie gets made, it will be similar to either version of the show. But, Star Wars movies will be out again and the designs are still pretty awesome so it's got a chance.03/26/2015 - 2:34pm
Andrew EisenPeople my age and older with disposable income and a fondness for nostalgia.03/26/2015 - 2:32pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I am kinda surprised sony would want to make a movie of something that is 30 years old. I woulder how many people remember robotech?03/26/2015 - 2:24pm
Andrew EisenProbably not but my wish is that Hollywood make good anime movies.03/26/2015 - 2:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://variety.com/2015/film/news/robotech-movie-sony-tv-series-anime-1201460191/ am I the only one that wishes Hollywood would stay a million mile away from anime?03/26/2015 - 1:29pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/markcassidycbm/news/?a=117247 Because when I think "all new, all different", my mind jumps to a hero that's served on FOUR different Avengers teams.03/26/2015 - 11:31am
Matthew Wilsonnot shocked, lets see how gencon reacts.03/26/2015 - 11:01am
Andrew EisenAnd for those of you keeping track, Indiana's SB 101 was signed into law this morning by Gov. Pence.03/26/2015 - 10:58am
james_fudgeyeah!03/26/2015 - 9:17am
Ivresseand Command and Conquer, Wing Commander, Fallout03/26/2015 - 8:51am
james_fudgeand Quake, DOOM, Warcraft03/26/2015 - 8:07am
james_fudge90's, because X-Com, MOM, MOO, Ultima VII03/26/2015 - 8:06am
MechaTama3190s. SNES. 'Nuff said.03/26/2015 - 7:45am
james_fudgeIanC: er what?03/26/2015 - 6:20am
IvresseIanC - Context required please...03/26/2015 - 4:15am
ZippyDSMleeCare to take a look at this and tell me what you think about it? http://www.amazon.com/Frisby-FS-5010BT-Surround-Speakers-Bluetooth/dp/B00EYX1N2S/03/25/2015 - 11:06pm
ZippyDSMlee^^ This was before I tried to get into surround… at least the bass is good on the Z506….03/25/2015 - 11:06pm
 

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