Sony to sell off stock and convertible bonds to raise roughly $3.6 billion

June 30, 2015

Sony's share took an eight percent dip in early morning trading after the company announced that it would raise capital by selling outstanding shares and convertible bonds. Sony said in its announcement this morning, found here (PDF), that it would use the money raised from the sale of stock and convertible bonds to finance the increased production of image sensors for smartphones and cameras.

Ultimately Sony hopes to raise 440 billion yen, or $3.6 billion USD, from the sale.

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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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National Stem Video Game Challenge announces winners of 4th annual competition

June 29, 2015

The National STEM Video Game Challenge announced today the winners of the fourth annual national competition that challenges students to develop games or game concepts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects / learning.

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Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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'Pokémon Shuffle' coming to iOS and Android devices

June 29, 2015

The Pokémon Company plans on bringing Pokémon Shuffle to iOS and Android-based mobile phones. The news comes from a freshly released trailer showing off the game playing on mobile devices and highlighting some of its phone-specific features.

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Developer Chris Avellone is a stretch goal for 'The Bard's Tale IV' crowd-funding campaign

June 29, 2015

inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.

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Youtuber swatted while playing 'Batman Arkham Knight'

June 29, 2015

Phil Burnell, better known as YouTuber DSPGaming or DarkSydePhil, was swatted while recording a play session of Batman: Arkham Knight, according to this Crave Online report. Audio of the swat team telling him and his girlfreind to come outside with their hands up was captured on video, which you can listen to to your left. You can also hear an officer making a sweep of his residence.
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'Batman: Arkham Knight' is best-selling game of 2015 in the UK

June 29, 2015

While the PC version of Batman Arkham Knight might be having some serious technical issues, these problems don't appear to be affecting sales - at least early ones - if you believe the latest numbers from the UK collected by Chart Track. According to Chart-Track sales data from last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's latest Batman game is the biggest release of 2015 so far, stealing The Wither 3: Wild Hunt's title and knocking The Elder Scrolls Online from the top spot.

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Paul Sage leaves Zenimax for Gearbox

June 29, 2015

Former The Elder Scrolls One creative director Paul Sage has left Zenimax Online Studios this month to work with Borderlands and Battleborn developer Gearbox, according to this Eurogamer report. The news comes via Sage’s LinkedIn profile, which now reflects the change through a recent update putting his work at Zenimax Online in the past tense.

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TIGA: New British game developers focusing more on PC game development

June 29, 2015

According to data collected through a new TIGA survey of "new" British game developers, there appears to be a trend towards making games more for the PC. According to the trade group representing British game developers, more than half of all new developers launched in the UK during 2014 are primarily focused on the PC, showing that some are moving away from mobile game development. Around 52 percent of British games companies started in 2014 are focused on the PC, versus 35 percent on mobile.

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Valve changes policy on Steam item trading

June 29, 2015

Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' PC problems are significant, notes Rocksteady

June 29, 2015

While Rocksteady Studios has released the first update to the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, the developer says that the work that needs to be done to fix everything is "significant" and will "take some time." Basically, expect some problems to continue to exist for awhile while Rocksteady works them out slowly.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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Former Capcom exec joins Six Foot

June 26, 2015

GamesIndustry.biz reports that former Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has found a new home at Six Foot as chief operating officer and head of its games division in Houston, Texas. Svensson will also manage Grey Box, which worked with Petroglyph, Axis Animation, and Weta Workshop on the RTS title Grey Goo.

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PS4 'Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition' owners having trouble with latest DLC

June 26, 2015

Some Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition customers who bought the special version of the game for PS4 are reporting that they are unable to play its Criminal Activity DLC for Premium members. The new DLC, which was released last week offers four new maps, a Nail Gun and some new masks. The Ultimate Edition, which costs a whopping  $119.99, came with a Premium DLC Pass - which should have given them access to the latest batch of DLC.

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TechnogeekRegion locking bans seem like something that'll be very difficult to pass into law. I'm fully on board with the subtitle requirement, though.07/02/2015 - 10:00pm
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TechnogeekUnfortunately, the shoutbox moves fast enough that I can't find why I got that impression, so if was indeed erroneous I do apologize.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
TechnogeekBut yeah, as far as my earlier comment re: you and the article, I did get the impression at some point that you felt there should have been some sort of reprecussions for the article's existence.07/02/2015 - 4:34pm
TechnogeekI got expletive-censored for posting something a few weeks back wherein I expressed my shock that I agreed with you about something, Skunk; so you're not the only one being hit with that stick.07/02/2015 - 4:31pm
Andrew EisenI know you don't. And you haven't recently so all's well.07/02/2015 - 4:25pm
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Goth_SkunkSo I can't say a 4-letter curse word, but Mechacrash is free to call me a moron. Acknowledgment: Mecha was warned about his conduct, but his post was not edited, as mine was.07/02/2015 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenWhat people took issue with was your misrepresentation of what the author said. Now that you're criticizing what she actually said, no one has a problem (though they might disagree with your opinion).07/02/2015 - 4:19pm
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