Former Valve Employee Named Greece's Minister of Finance

January 27, 2015

The man who once served as Valve's economist-in-residence (he wrote a regular blog about the company's virtual economies for a time) has taken a job with the government of Greece. Yanis Varoufakis, who worked for Valve from 2012 - 2013, analyzed some fascinating data about Valve's virtual economies including how gifting played a part in TF2's overall economy, how a bartering and arbitration formed around trades, and how Valve fires people.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled the new cabinet earlier in the week.

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'Plague Inc.' Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

January 27, 2015

Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.

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Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

January 27, 2015

Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will receive the Ambassador Award for helping games "advance to a better place," while Frontier Developments founder and Elite: Dangerous co-creator Braben will receive the Pioneer Award for producing breakthrough technological and game design milestones.

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Report: Gamers and Hacktivists Big Players in DDoS Attacks

January 27, 2015

A new report from Arbor Networks (cited by the BBC in this report suggests that hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of new (but not necessarily technically sophisticated) attacks to take web sites offline. The new report from Arbor Networks examines 10 years of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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Valve Bans 'Counter-Strike' Pros For Match Fixing

January 27, 2015

Valve has banned a number of high profile professional Counter-Strike players who were caught match-fixing, according to this Eurogamer report. The maker of Counter-Strike punished multiple high-profile players profited from a recent Cevo Season 5 match between teams iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides.com. Read more

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Feminist Frequency Details 2015 Plans

January 27, 2015

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans for Feminist Frequency 2015, which includes an expansion of the videos and topics the organization already makes that focus on the portrayal of women in video games. But what about how men are portrayed?  Sarkeesian will introduce a new series discussing "men and masculinity" in video games in addition to a new miniseries presenting positive examples of female characters in video games. Read more

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New Update To 'Borderlands: The Prequel' Breaks The Game

January 27, 2015

The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel game update that launched alongside the latest DLC The Lady Hammerlock Pack, is causing crashes for some users. The update was released today alongside the latest DLC for the game, but some users have experience serious problems after updating.

Developer Gearbox Software says in this post that when the update is applied, "putting three items of purple rarity into the Grinder has the potential to cause a crash."

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Microsoft Sold 6.6 Million 'Xbox' Systems In The Last Three Months of 2014

January 27, 2015

Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox systems in the final three months of 2014, the company revealed this week as part of its FY15 Q2 earnings report, which covers the quarter ended December 31, 2014. We say "Xbox systems" because Microsoft combined sales of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One during that time period in its financials.

Microsoft also said its Xbox business enjoyed a "strong holiday season", while the Devices and Consumer division saw year-over-year revenue growth of 8 percent to $12.9 billion.

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Report: AOL Will Close Joystiq

January 27, 2015

A report on Re/Code is making the rounds this morning, suggesting that the parent company of popular gaming site Joystiq will shut the site down in the coming weeks and lay off its staff. Citing multiple sources within AOL, Re/Code claims that the company is "likely to shutter" Joystiq and lay off its staff as part of a house cleaning of media properties that are underperforming.

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Layoffs Hit Frontier Developments

January 26, 2015

Frontier Developments, the makers of Elite: Dangerous, have laid off a number of employees this week, according to this VG247 report. At least 15 employees have been laid off at developer’s Halifax, Canada studio, according to a new Investors update. In a section labeled "Operations Update," the company said that 15 content creation roles have been made redundant in Cambridge:

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Sony Corp. Delays Q1 Results By One Month Due To November Security Breach

January 26, 2015

Sony announced today that it plans to delay its first quarter earnings by a month in the wake of its latest security breach at the hands of a hacking group. The company was hacked and had data stolen at the hands of a group called the Guardians of Peace. The hack was supposedly in response to Sony Pictures' plan to release the James Franco and Seth Rogan comedy The Interview.

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Amazon Dominates UK Christmas Entertainment Sales

January 26, 2015

According to new data from analyst firm Kantar Worldpanel (as reported on by MCV), Amazon dominated Christmas entertainment sales in the United Kingdom. For the 12 week period that ended on December 21, one in four pounds spent on video games, physical music and video content in the UK went to Amazon. Ultimately the retailer claimed a 25.6 percent share of the market during the UK holiday season.

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Wargaming.net and Full Sail University Partner for 'Full Sail User Experience Lab'

January 26, 2015

World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net has partnered with Full Sail University to launch the new on-campus Full Sail User Experience Lab. The collaborative effort promises to bring "state-of-the-art UX testing to over 5,000 play testers annually, and will include Full Sail students and graduates, as well as external members of the community." The Full Sail User Experience Lab plans to accomplish 100+ research projects per year for companies from multiple industries, as well as provide a project-based teaching environment.

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CD Projekt RED on the Benefits of Free DLC For 'The Witcher 3'

January 26, 2015

Speaking to IGN, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red expanded on why it has decided to give away 16 different DLC releases after the game is released later this year on various platforms. The short answer? "We owe" our customers who will buy the game.

"Because people just paid full price for our game," CD Projekt Red co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski tells IGN. "We owe them."

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Very First 'Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4' Made Sells For $128K

January 26, 2015

The first special Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 off the production line has been sold in an online charity auction - ultimately raking in $128,000, or ¥15.135 million. The charity auction to benefit Save the Children Japan launched by Sony Japan officially ended over the weekend.

The system is a mighty special prize for whoever purchased it; the limited-edition Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 console went on sale last month for $500 in very limited supply. It sold out almost immediately, with many buying the system to resell on eBay.

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Goth_SkunkThat being said, I want to try Life is Strange to get my feet wet.01/30/2015 - 3:13pm
Andrew EisenI'm that way too. I'll wait until the whole thing is out. Same goes for DVDs of TV shows. I'll wait for the season set.01/30/2015 - 3:13pm
Goth_SkunkIf an episodic game is really good, and the time between episodes is more than a week, I'm more inclined to wait for the rest of the episodes to all come out than to try playing it episode by episode at launch date.01/30/2015 - 3:12pm
Goth_SkunkAs someone who played through TWD Season 1 entirely in one day, and then played Season 2 episode by episode when they each came out, I strongly agree with this sentiment.01/30/2015 - 3:11pm
Goth_SkunkFrom what I've been hearing, people haven't been buying it because they're sick of episodic games where they have to wait 6 weeks or more between episodes and they'd rather just wait for the whole thing to come out at once.01/30/2015 - 3:10pm
Andrew EisenNot sure what GamerGate could do to dissuade people from buying a game they'd otherwise be interested in or why it would even want to but I agree, I think the premise is interesting and look forward to learning more about how it actually plays.01/30/2015 - 2:58pm
Goth_SkunkAnd for what it's worth, I saw Life is Strange advertised today on XBL, and the premise looks very, very intriguing. I'm going to buy it today and give it a shot.01/30/2015 - 2:42pm
Goth_SkunkI'm hearing rumours that the recently released game Life is Strange is not selling very well on Steam, and that GamerGate is being blamed as a result. It's just a rumour though.01/30/2015 - 2:42pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://smashboards.com/threads/apex-2015-venue-changed-competition-will-restart-tomorrow.388991/ twitch saves apex2015 tournament after original location gets condemned.01/30/2015 - 2:37pm
prh99Probably not unless you can prove they knew and did nothing. ianal01/30/2015 - 12:16pm
InfophileIs it possible to sue advertisers for breach of contract or something if they do that? Or sue the ad providers if they don't take reasonable measures to enforce their rules on advertisers?01/30/2015 - 12:06pm
prh99AdBlock fixes the problem :) Since these ad network do a terrible job at screening. With the recent exploits for Java and Flash, it's just a mess.01/30/2015 - 11:46am
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Wonderkarpafter deep thought, I can live in a world with 2 Ghostbusters Franchises. Though I highly doubt the new film will top the original(And still wish it were a sequal), The new film's cast won me over hardcore.01/30/2015 - 10:43am
PHX Corphttp://www.tssznews.com/2015/01/30/former-sega-of-america-employees-voice-mistreatment-greed-racism/ there is alot of problems with sega but this is new01/30/2015 - 9:33am
Matthew WilsonI cant say anything though I am stupid lucky. I have a 75/75 line01/29/2015 - 11:27pm
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