2K Australia closed, entire staff laid off

April 16, 2015

2K Australia, one of the last major AAA game development studios in the country, is shutting down, Kotaku Australia reports. According to that report all employees are being laid off and the studio is being shut down. The studio was located in Canberra.

Costs were the reason the studio was shuttered according to sources speaking to Kotaku Australia, who also said that a move to Melbourne was considered at one point.

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The first gay character in 'Mortal Kombat' revealed

April 15, 2015

The first gay character in the Mortal Kombat universe has been revealed today by Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer NetherRealm. The character is Kung Jin (not pictured), a Shaolin Monk fighting for the Earthrealm in the recently released Mortal Kombat X.

First reported by Gay Star News, the character's sexual orientation was confirmed by NetherRealm's Dominic Cianciolo on Twitter:

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GameStop may soon accept older consoles and games as trade-ins

April 15, 2015

According to this IGN report GameStop will soon accept older console systems as trade-ins for in-store credit or cash. According to the report, the country's top games retailer will launch pilot programs in its New York City and Birmingham markets. Those two market's represent around 250 retail stores.

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AT&T sues FCC over Net Neutrality rule changes

April 15, 2015

Yesterday mobile and broadband provider AT&T filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concerning its February decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Ars Technica reports that other cable operators like Comcast and Verizon have indicated that they don't plan to sue the FCC - instead referring the publication to a trade group.

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'GTA V' breaks concurrent user record on Steam for non-Valve game

April 15, 2015

The Steam release of Grand Theft Auto V set a new record for concurrent users on Valve's platform yesterday, pulling in just over 300,000 players at its peak, according to Valve. The record is for games not developed by Valve (such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, etc.).

Grand Theft V beat out Skyrim's record for concurrent users set way back in 2011; Bethesda's popular RPG had 280,000 Steam players after selling more than 3.5 million units across PC and console in its first two days.

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PSA: Buy BlizzCon tickets tonight at 7pm PDT

April 15, 2015

Tonight at 7pm PDT will be your shot at purchasing tickets for Blizzard's annual BlizzCon fan gathering taking place later this year. Blizzard suggests that purchasers check out the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website or read its ticket-purchasing guide prior to trying to get those elusive tickets. Chances are many will not be lucky enough to secure tickets tonight because they will probably sell out minutes after they are available.

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EA Shutting down 'Battlefield Heroes' and three other free-to-play games

April 15, 2015

Patrick Söderlund, EVP of EA Studios made an announcement via the company's official blog that will have a lot of people upset: the company is shutting down several long-running and popular online games. The games getting shut down are Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World.

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Ms. Quinn goes to Washington

April 15, 2015

Today United States Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA.), in partnership with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the National Council of Women’s Organizations and The National Organization for Women took part in a congressional briefing on cyberstalking and online threats and best practices to combat them.

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China tops iOS download charts for Q1 2015

April 15, 2015

New data from App Annie suggests that China is now the leader in iOS app downloads for the first quarter of 2015. China is followed by the U.S., Japan, the UK, and Russia. Only the U.S. and China saw any movement during the quarter. App Annie's data shows that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China is responsible for the big shift in iOS app downloads.

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Winnipeg man charged with sexually assaulting teen he met in online game

April 15, 2015

A 37-year-old Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) man was arrested and charged with allegedly raping a girl from Singapore who he befriended in an unnamed MMORPG. Read more

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Twitch streamer caught up in child pornography scandal

April 15, 2015

A Twitch streamer has found himself embroiled in controversy after a file that viewers noted as "child pornography" popped up on his computer during a live stream. The Denmark-based Twitch user, Søren "RandomRambo" Jensen (also on YouTube), makes his living streaming on Twitch playing such games as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Path of Exile. Read more

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Humble Origin Bundle 2 offers eight EA games for cheap

April 14, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. The Humble Origin Bundle 2 lets you pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

If you pay more than the average price, you can also gets Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, and Mass Effect 2.

More games will be added at a later date, according to Humble Bundle.

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'Bloodborne' sells-through over one million copies

April 14, 2015

From Software's and SCE Japan's latest Souls-esque PlayStation 4 exclusive game Bloodborne is doing very well, according to Sony. In a post on PlayStation Blog from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio's Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne's producer) detailing the upcoming 1/03 update to the game, the studio reveals that Bloodborne has sold through over one million copies of the game worldwide since its launch.

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NJ lawmaker seeking tougher penalties for swatting gets targeted over the weekend

April 14, 2015

New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester) claims that he was recently the victim of a swatting attempt. The name might sound familiar to GamePolitics readers; Assemblyman Moriarty is the New Jersey lawmaker who has been pushing a bill since October of last year in the state that would stiffen the punishment for swatting (or other crimes loosely associated with reporting a "False Public Alarm"). Read more

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Rights groups back effort to curtail the power of The Patriot Act

April 14, 2015

A new website backed by dozens of rights groups and other organizations wants the powers given to the NSA and other government surveillance agencies under section 215 of The Patriot Act to end. The coalition of rights groups under the banner of Fight215.org includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, DownsizeDC, TechFreedom, Fight for the Future, R Street Institute, Human Rights Watch, the Sunlight Foundation Media Alliance, Student Net Alliance, MLFA, and many others.

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Matthew Wilson@pm intreasting the gta5 port was already good from what I have read.04/20/2015 - 9:32pm
Papa Midnighthttp://www.pcgamer.com/gta-5-pc-patch-reduces-cpu-usage/04/20/2015 - 9:00pm
PHX Corp@zippy I'm Probaly going to Warn my uncle who is a techie that it may come out at the end of july04/20/2015 - 8:45pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy I want windows 10 badly, but that is because I am stuck on 8.1 yuk. that being said the new dx12 looks very good, and the reported performance gain from it.04/20/2015 - 8:00pm
ZippyDSMleeMy body is readY! http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2015/04/20/amd-microsoft-to-launch-windows-10-at-the-end-of-july04/20/2015 - 7:54pm
PHX CorpI may have posted this before but a leaked email from Sony pictures has the MPAA written all over it http://www.extremetech.com/computing/203654-leaked-sony-emails-show-mpaas-opposition-to-fair-use-confirms-users-are-viewed-as-thieves04/20/2015 - 4:53pm
Mattsworknameyet another reason the DMCA should be dismantled and rewritten04/20/2015 - 4:41pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy that is worse than the ESA thing.04/20/2015 - 4:26pm
ZippyDSMlee0-o good luck with that car companies, http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/20/automakers-gearheads-car-repairs/04/20/2015 - 4:07pm
Andrew EisenYes, hence my subsequent shout.04/20/2015 - 3:15pm
Matthew Wilsonwhile the article itself isnt that great, but the point is still valid.04/20/2015 - 3:14pm
Andrew EisenProfessionals do need to be mindful of what they say on social media though. That's true.04/20/2015 - 3:11pm
Andrew EisenWell, it was almost a decent article from Techraptor. Some day. Some day...04/20/2015 - 3:09pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://techraptor.net/content/gamings-pr-problem both game devs and pr people alike need to to keep in mind, when your on twiter you are also representing the company you work for.04/20/2015 - 2:39pm
E. Zachary KnightI don't really care either way, but that was just my understanding based on previous reads.04/20/2015 - 2:13pm
E. Zachary KnightBut now I am confused. I thought Johnny Storm was the adopted one, but the dad is black. Does that mean that Sue is adopted or is it just an interracial marriage with existing children?04/20/2015 - 2:12pm
E. Zachary KnightNew Fantastic 4 trailer finally shows powers and just a wee bit of whimsy. Not too much mind you. No need to dilute the dark and brooding. http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/431505-the-new-trailer-for-fantastic-four-is-here04/20/2015 - 2:11pm
E. Zachary KnightOk. Just checked another of my Twitter accounts and there is a setting, opt-in. So it looks like a slow roll out.04/20/2015 - 1:17pm
E. Zachary KnightI agree. I looked but could not find any settings for DMs. So either there is no opt-out or they are slowly rolling it out one block of users at a time.04/20/2015 - 1:11pm
Andrew EisenI can't find the setting for direct messaging but I agree, it should absolutely default to off.04/20/2015 - 12:54pm
 

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