The organizers of Gen Con have sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence asking him to rescind his support of SB 101, a state bill that limits the state and local government from interfering in a business or individuals "exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means." In other words, people can refuse service to individuals who Read more
Blizzard is set to release a new update to its still-popular MMORPG World of Warcraft today that should lay the groundwork for a new way of in-game financing called WoW Tokens.
WoW Tokens allow players to "securely exchange" in-game gold and game time. The new system will be released a few weeks after this week's update, according to what Blizzard has said publicly. It will be deployed in Latin America, North America and Oceania first.Read more
Apparently we missed the fact that Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI) decided to
cancel postpone its crowdfunding campaign for its PC role-playing game Seven Dragon Saga on Kickstarter yesterday. While the Kickstarter was not on a trajectory to raise the $450,000 it was aiming for, it did manage to bring in over $106,000 from 1,860 backers before TSI pulled the plug.
If you can't beat 'em, defund them. That seems to be the undercurrent at a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing today featuring testimony from FCC Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai. On the other side of that contentious proposal is FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who offered a counter argument at the budget hearing earlier in the day.Read more
Video game research initiative Yale play2PREVENT (p2P) Lab has signed a two-year partnership with Yogome to develop educational mobile games for elementary school children. Researchers in the p2P Lab will work with Yogome to develop math, science, computer programming, and sustainability games. Games developed through the collaboration will be based on the Common Core framework and adhere strictly to child privacy standards.Read more
After Digital Foundry ran tests on the freshly released Bloodborne to gauge various aspects of the game, it found that loads times in between character deaths and revivals took an incredibly long time. This information was passed on to game developer From Software, who said that it would issue a patch to deal with this particular problem soon.Read more
According to a tweet from Daybreak Game Studio president John Smedley, over one million copies of H1Z1 have been sold to date on Steam Early Access. The online open-world zombie survival game for PC hit Steam 'Early Access' program on January 15.
It had a rocky start at launch, but Daybreak (or the artist formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) seems to have fixed a lot of the game's early quirks, bugs, and general shortcomings.Read more
THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Greens are best known as the co-creators of That Dragon, Cancer, an adventure game that chronicles the Green family's journey as they face the challenges, hardships, highs and lows of having a child with a terminal disease. Their son Joel died last year after a long battle with cancer. The Greens call That Dragon, Cancer a love letter to the beautiful baby boy.Read more
It was inevitable that telecoms would sue the Federal Communications Commission in federal court over the reclassification of mobile and broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but two entities have decided to get a head start on it this week. In separate filings in different District courts USTelecom and Texas-based service provider Alamo Broadband have asked that the new net neutrality rules be put aside. Read more
Update: The report referenced in our story can be found here (PDF).
Original Story: Adam Simmonds, police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, England, wants games like Grand Theft Auto V to carry a stronger rating than what it currently does under the UK's games rating system. Grand Theft Auto is rated "18" by the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating system in the UK.Read more
Blizzard Entertainment has filed a complaint against DOTA Legend, a popular Chinese mobile game that topped the charts in China and Taiwan throughout 2014, with authorities in Taiwan. The game, which translates to "Turret Legend," is published in China and Taiwan by Longtu. The company said that it has filed a formal complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office alleging that DOTA Legend infringes upon game characters and scenes from its popular MMORPG World of Warcraft and the Warcraft game universe. Read more
Time's list of The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet has some interesting and familiar names if you pay attention to games and game culture. Game-related personalities making this list include YouTube superstar PewDiePie and Feminist Frequency founder and popular GamerGate target Anita Sarkeesian.Read more
Game streaming service Twitch is warning users on its blog and individually through email that they may want to change their passwords as soon as possible. The Amazon-owned company says that it recently suffered a security breach.
"We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information."Read more