PSA: FCC Voting on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Tomorrow

February 25, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on whether it will reclassify mobile and broadband as common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (thus giving the agency regulatory authority over telecom companies) and to ban or put more scrutiny on the practice of "Fast Lanes" (paid prioritization).

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Steam Boasts 125 Million Active Users

February 25, 2015

Valve claims that it has hit several new milestones on Steam - including the number of active users that platform has an concurrent users on the service at one time. According to Valve's internal user data, Steam has over 125 million active users worldwide.

Valve also noted that Steam now offers 4,500 games and 400 million bits of user-generated content. How many of those are incomplete "early access" games was not revealed.

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University of Catalonia Professors See Expanded Role For Video Games In Education

February 25, 2015

Three professors from the Open University of Catalonia, UOC, (Barcelona, Spain) argue that video games have value as education tools and as a positive means of communication in a new study. The study, "A report on media literacy in the digital game Experts in Europe," analyzes 18 European videogame applications in education.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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Blizzard Experimenting With 'Diablo III' Microtransactions in Select Regions

February 24, 2015

In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.

Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.

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ESRB Gives 'Batman: Arkham Knight' a Mature Rating

February 24, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight has been given a mature rating by the ESRB for its North American release, much to the surprise of Rocksteady, whose previous Batman games have all been rated "T for Teen" in the past.

Speaking with IGN, Rocksteady founder and the game director Sefton Hill expressed surprise at the rating:

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Two More Games Added To 'Humble Square Enix Bundle 2'

February 24, 2015

Two more games have been added to the Humble Square Enix Bundle 2, but you'll have to spend on the higher end of the bundle to get them. The two games added are Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia. You'll have to pay more than the current average price to get them (currently at around $7.57).

The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 offers Hitman: Absolution, Supreme Commander 2, and Hitman GO for $1.

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PC Version of 'GTA V' Delayed Again

February 24, 2015

It looks like the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed again by Rockstar Games. In a new post on the Rockstar Newswire, the company delivers the bad news in a sea of updates about other things. The game's original release date was January 27, but that date was pushed to March 24. Now PC gamers won't be able to play it until April 14.

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Fake 'Darkest Dungeon' Game Pulled From Windows Game Store

February 24, 2015

Yesterday we reported that the version of the popular indie game Darkest Dungeon being sold on the Windows Game Store was a fake and was not put there by developer Red Hook or its founder Chris Bourassa. Bourassa tweeted a warning yesterday that the Windows Game Store version was not from his company and that he was reaching out to Microsoft to get the game removed.

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GDC General Manager Kindly Warns: Be Good Or Be Gone

February 24, 2015

Meggan Scavio, General Manager for GDC Events, put out a short and friendly reminder today that there are rules that both speakers and attendees need to follow to make the Game Developers Conference a safe and happy environment for everyone. In her brief note to the development community, Scavio said that GDC is for everyone and anyone at the official venue during GDC week should act accordingly:

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Valve Reveals SteamVR

February 24, 2015

It looks like Valve is getting into the virtual reality game with everyone else. The Steam, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Portal, and Counter-Strike owners announced this morning its own entry into the space called "SteamVR." Valve describes SteamVR as a "previously unannounced hardware system," which will make its formal debut at the Game Developers Conference in early March.

Valve also plans to show the reworked Steam controller gamepad, and a series of new living room devices (what it used to call Steam Machines) at the event.

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Crowfall Crowd Funding Campaign Launches

February 24, 2015

The crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign for recently revealed massively-multiplayer online game Crowfall has launched today. The game, which has a PvP focus, uses procedurally generated server-sized worlds that die over time, according to developer ArtCraft Entertainment. Players, thankfully, live forever and after the world they fought in days they return home to the Eternal Kingdom with their prizes and treasure to prepare for another battle within a brand new realm.

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How 'Patchmania' Was Playtested By The Sorry Souls Trapped At The DMV

February 24, 2015

Gamasutra has an interesting and fascinating article on how one developer harnessed the power of a captive audience to test a prototype of his mobile game. Waiting in line at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office is a pain in the ass. Chances are you'll be fiddling around with your phone anyway so when the developer of the mobile puzzle game Patchmania needed some help testing his latest creation it made perfect sense to him to ask people to try it out. Read more

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The Sexiest Sex in Video Games

February 23, 2015

This Eurogamer video offers five minutes worth of what Aoife Wilson calls "The Best Sex I've Ever Had (In Games)." This is probably the best way to end your day.

"By all means have lots of sex in video games," says Eurogamer video producer Aoife Wilson, "but if we're going to do it, let's do it right. Here are some games that hop on the good foot and do the bad thing in a great way."

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Canadian Games Industry Wants Improvements To Temporary Foreign Worker Guidelines

February 23, 2015

According to this Globe and Mail report, the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) and the video games industry are pushing for more flexible rules related to temporary foreign workers a week after the federal government of Canada agreed to allow universities to be more self-governing in how they comply with the temporary foreign worker programs.

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Matthew WilsonThis is a interesting long form article about xbox live since halo 2. http://www.polygon.com/a/the-second-generation-of-xbox-live/page-102/26/2015 - 6:01pm
ConsterJust take pride in joining the group of net neutrality nations, even if it's only temporarily.02/26/2015 - 1:24pm
Matthew Wilsonfcc passed net neutrality. now lets hope they dont screw up the details. ps I am not holding my breath on that one.02/26/2015 - 1:03pm
ZippyDSMleeIf I could stand blizz I would do what I do in Facebook and use zippy, they can screw off if they do not like it.02/26/2015 - 9:31am
Michael ChandraAh. Now THIS is a good reason to not want to enable RealID: Anyone with your email can try adding you as a friend, leading to complications if they find out you're using it but declining their request.02/26/2015 - 5:15am
Michael Chandra(Also, why the hell would you not announce this?? Now people think they got a bug.)02/26/2015 - 5:11am
Michael ChandraThe only argument against the second that I've read so far is 'I'm afraid I'd accidentally RealID instead of BattleTag someone'. How secure are the RealID databases anyway?02/26/2015 - 5:10am
Michael ChandraIt's a silly argument detracting from the two main issues: Is this safe (so RealID only enabled but not given out through twitter in any way) and is it problematic to force people to 'use' RealID without actually sharing it with others?02/26/2015 - 5:10am
Michael ChandraGot to love how people immediately bring up 'yeah I don't see a problem with using my real name, it's not as if people can find me with it'. Maybe not you, but that doesn't mean others cannot be found.02/26/2015 - 5:08am
Michael ChandraSo apparently it's because they wanted to tie it to Parental Controls and didn't want to make a separate parental control for it due to that taking effort.02/26/2015 - 5:03am
ZippyDSMleeWhy do they have billing account name and user name confused? Never understood that....02/26/2015 - 3:29am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/google-s-computers-learn-to-play-video-games-by-themselves that is fairly impressive.02/25/2015 - 9:21pm
MechaCrashA universal ID among all of your characters across all games is a good idea. Making it use your real name instead of a screen name of your choosing is a horrible idea.02/25/2015 - 5:45pm
Michael ChandraThey also said posting on the forums was optional. To be honest, I really do NOT get why you'd introduce a new feature, brag about it and then secretly put a lock on it.02/25/2015 - 4:52pm
InfophileTwitter integration is a lot more optional than the forums (which was the last place they tried to enforce real names). So I don't see the backlash being as strong this time, especially since they aren't adding the requirement to an existing service02/25/2015 - 12:59pm
Michael ChandraIn the Real ID info, it's an optional thing for friends. Enforcing its usage for tweeting seems rather unnecessary.02/25/2015 - 12:14pm
ZippyDSMleenothing like a a few crashes inbetween moveing 400gb of data....02/25/2015 - 12:09pm
Michael ChandraOkay, so Blizzard's memory officially only goes back four years, as they cannot remember the backlash last time they tried forcing people to use their real names.02/25/2015 - 12:09pm
IvresseOnly context I can provide at the moment is the response from Blizz customer service: https://twitter.com/BlizzardCSEU_EN/status/57060293549676544402/25/2015 - 11:31am
PHX Corp@Craig R. I'm still testing Windows 10 Technical Preview as a consumer in advance of the final build02/25/2015 - 11:30am
 

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