California Legislature holding an informational hearing on video games this morning

August 21, 2015

The California Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is holding an informational hearing this morning.  Titled "California’s Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game," the hearing will "examine what the industry looks like and how California can maintain its leadership role in the field and strengthen its position for the future."

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Latest Waste Watch Report Released With Ecological MMO In Its Sights

August 20, 2015

Last year we noted that Oklahoma Representative Steve Russell took over for former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn in highlighting what he considers to be wasteful spending in the federal government. While Rep. Russell's report was not as extensive as Sen Coburn's, he did not fail to include game related entries in his first Waste Watch report.

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Poll: Other than the bomb threats, was SPJ AirPlay a success?

August 20, 2015

Last Saturday in Miami, Florida, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 3 director Michael Koretzky corralled two panels worth of GamerGaters, two journalism experts and a game developer on stage to discuss GamerGate, ethics in games journalism, and how the media can best cover online movements.

You can read our coverage here and here.

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'Super Mario Maker' hand has different skin tones and... fur color?

August 20, 2015

It took a bit of work but Nintendo finally clarified that the white, female hand graphic that appears when you place objects in the company's forthcoming Super Mario Maker will have a variety of skin tones to choose from in addition to a few... alternate options.

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UK video content creators get new guidelines on advertorial content

August 20, 2015

The UK Committee of Advertising Practice, a watch dog agency that enforces advertising rules, has published official guidance for video content makers that take payment to promote products in their videos and on social media.

Under the new rules, video makers in the UK can not endorse or promote a product they have been paid for without offering a full and highly visible disclosure. More succinctly if you take money for a product, then any video made about is an ad and has to be marked as such.

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Court documents finger Gordon Fox as the driving force behind 38 Studios deal

August 20, 2015

According to a new report from Providence news station WPRI, former Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox ordered the man in charge of the state’s economic-development agency to put together the deal the lured former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. The news comes from court filings from state lawyers uncovered by Target 12.

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'Stage of Development' documentary series adds 'Total Biscuit' to the line-up of interviewees

August 19, 2015

Yesterday we wrote about the launch of the crowd-funding campaign for "Stage of Development: the human stories of video games," a documentary being created by Russ Pitts and his company Flying Saucer Media about gamers, gaming personalities, and game developers with interesting stories to tell.  

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'Duke Nukem' lawsuit settled

August 19, 2015

The legal battle between Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, and Interceptor Entertainment is at an end. The case has been settled, with Gearbox the "full and rightful" owner of Duke Nukem. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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ESRB has no plans to change ratings system after APA report

August 19, 2015

The ESRB, the ratings system for video games in the United States operated by video game industry trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said that it would not change its ratings as suggested by the American Psychological Association.

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Disabled video game industry executive needs your help

August 19, 2015

Friends and family of Nick Grange - a former video games industry executive who has worked for such companies as Apple, Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division - are looking to raise £10,000 to fund a specially designed mobility vehicle.

Grange was in a very serious car accident in 2014 that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He spent five months in a coma and nine months in the hospital recuperating.

The vehicle will enable him to visit his daughter, who lives over an hour away.

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'SMITE' launches on Xbox One

August 19, 2015

It is a bit of a landmark day for developer Hi-Rez Studios as it earns the distinction of launching the first MOBA game on Xbox One. Today the developer launched SMITE on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers (you need a Gold account to play, if you didn't know). The launch follows a successful beta test on Xbox One, with over one million unique players taking part. Hi-Rez says that all the purchases, progress and achievements players earned during the beta test will carry over to the full final game that launched today.

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Anita Sarkeesian and Suleiman Bakhit deliver 'Hate and Heroism' keynote at The Conference

August 18, 2015

Tomorrow morning in Malmö, Sweden, The Conference will kick off its second day with a keynote hosted by Anita Sarkeesian (Tropes vs Women in Video Games) and comic book creator and social activist Suleiman Bakhit called Hate and Heroism.

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FCC fines 'Smart City' for blocking wi-fi hotspots

August 18, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission has punished another company for blocking Wi-Fi access.  The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC. The settlement is a punishment for the company blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States.

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Researcher Chris Ferguson takes aim at APA study in Sky News interview

August 18, 2015

Chris Ferguson, associate professor and department Chair of Psychology at Stetson University in Florida, continues to make the rounds to point out that the American Psychological Association's (APA) latest study is flawed and biased. Speaking to the UK's Sky News, Ferguson highlighted one possible positive coming out of the APA Task Force study: it shows that violent video games don't cause real-world violence.

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Why 'patent trolls' love the eastern part of the great state of Texas

August 18, 2015

Ars Technica has a fascinating article on why "patent trolls" love to take their cases to the Eastern District of Texas Court. The article is based on an analysis by Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Daniel Nazer published earlier in the week.

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Big PermYou might be right, Zippy08/28/2015 - 9:21am
ZippyDSMleeBig Perm: Naw best ever goes to kill la kill!08/28/2015 - 9:14am
Big PermHer costume is amazing. It may be the best costume ever08/28/2015 - 8:30am
E. Zachary KnightLike I said, she looks like a fun character to play, but her costume is really obnoxious.08/28/2015 - 8:29am
MattsworknameMika was always about being a show off and using her but to crush her foes, even back in the alpha days. They just took that and maxed it to the extreme, and I LOVE IT!!!!!08/28/2015 - 5:36am
IvresseJust saw R Mika trailer myself. I do like the inclusion of Vega as the punching bag, especially with that Stone Cold Stunner knocking his mask off....but that ultra move with his face between 4 buttcheeks...class! :-)08/28/2015 - 5:20am
MattsworknameOk, finally got a chance to look at the R mika trailer for SF 5, and I Heart her so bloody much. She just looks like pure fun to play as and is SO colorful. All the YES!08/28/2015 - 3:23am
PHX Corphttp://www.gamnesia.com/news/sony-is-disabling-users-from-archiving-their-ps4-livestreams-of-until-dawn Sony is Disabling Users from Archiving Their PS4 Livestreams of Until Dawn08/27/2015 - 8:47pm
MattsworknameAndrew: SOrry I didnt get back, i went to bed before I saw your post. The Producer is listed as Arbitor36508/27/2015 - 6:06pm
Andrew EisenNope.08/27/2015 - 4:17pm
ZippyDSMleeDid you guys cover Fatal Frame 5 being nintendo Eshop only?08/27/2015 - 3:55pm
Big Perm120 bucks for a tetanus shot. Thanks Obama08/27/2015 - 3:01pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - Of course they do. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Hell, Quiet's already been cosplayed quite a bit.08/27/2015 - 1:25pm
Big PermThere's been some pretty good Kill La Kill cosplay08/27/2015 - 12:56pm
Matthew WilsonI saw someone cosplay as the main charector from kill la kill last year at pax, so people do it.....08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
Andrew EisenPerm - Well yeah, Kojima himself said something along the lines of "Cosplay this, I dare you! No, seriously. Please cosplay this!" I was just wondering if there was an in-universe explanation.08/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Andrew EisenCheck out last week's story on The State of Play book for an updated cover and a list of all the authors and their essay titles! http://gamepolitics.com/2015/08/21/state-play-looks-current-state-video-games08/27/2015 - 12:44pm
Big PermI figured it was because titties are awesome08/27/2015 - 12:37pm
Andrew EisenI'm still waiting to see if any reviews spill the beans on the story reasons behind Quiet's goofy getup in Metal Gear Solid 508/27/2015 - 12:33pm
ZippyDSMleeHave you seen what the Deva wrestlers wear? Now lets get all that Japan only DLC for DOA over here, and DOA Volly ball,ect let the whining commence!08/27/2015 - 12:18pm

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