Australian government bans over 200 mobile games

June 30, 2015

Ugh.

It is so hard for me to refrain from editorializing when I write these types of stories but... I'll do my best.

The Australian Classification Board has the ability to refuse classification to any game it feels falls outside the scope of its highest rating.  This effectively bans these titles because it's illegal to sell games in Australia that aren't rated.

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Over 20 million copies of 'Minecraft' sold on PC

June 30, 2015

The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.

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Lenovo joins Open Gaming Alliance as 'corporate member'

June 30, 2015

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA - formerly the PC Gaming Alliance) today announced that PC maker Lenovo has joined the association as a corporate member. Lenovo joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Razer, Unity, and Webroot in supporting the OGA’s "efforts to provide leadership and opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the games business ecosystem."

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PSA: 'Terraria' 1.3 update is finally available

June 30, 2015

As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.

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eSports company 'Unikrn' raises $7 million in investments

June 30, 2015

eSports and gaming company Unikrn has raised an additional $7 million from an all-star group of investors led by Jonathan Teo and Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital, who are known for early investing in companies such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Whisper, Taskrabbit and more.  Unikrn was co-founded by Rahul Sood, creator of gaming PC company VoodooPC. 

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Europe bans roaming charges, adopts stricter net neutrality rules

June 30, 2015

The European Commission announced that roaming charges for mobile phones will be banned in all European territories and that European lawmakers have adopted stricter net neutrality rules.

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Sony: 'No plans for PS4 price cut in Europe'

June 30, 2015

This should come as no shock to anyone, but Sony's introduction of the new 1TB PlayStation 4 model is not an indicator that it plans to cut the price of the 500GB model that was already on the market. According to what the company tells VG247, the system's success in Europe is a good indication that it doesn't need a price cut.

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Prosecutor: Canadian teen took 'sadistic delight' in harassing, swatting targets

June 30, 2015

Last month we reported on the Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player (and also reportedly a member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad) who pleaded guilty to over 23 charges stemming from his one-man campaign of harassment in North America before he was finally arrested in December of last year.

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Mojang's 'Scrolls' will shut down July 1, 2016

June 30, 2015

Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.

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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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Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
Andrew EisenYou know what I'd really like to see become standard? The ability to pause cutscenes. Rewind and skip (with "Are you sure?") would be nice too. Oh, and maybe display the duration of the cutscene when it's paused.07/03/2015 - 1:03am
Mattsworknameonly reason to do region locking now is to be dicks your consumer base. Granted, we see that ALOT these days07/03/2015 - 12:48am
MattsworknameI understand the concerns about the region locking thing, I just thing that if you buy a game legitimately, no matter where it's from or what langauge it's in, you should be allowed to play it. the argument about piracy was proven false years ago, the07/03/2015 - 12:47am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/culture/2015/7/2/8888243/reddit-subreddits-private-after-ama-victoria-taylor-fired bad optics by Reddit.07/03/2015 - 12:33am
Goth_SkunkI'm in full agreement on the subtitles issue. I also believe that every game should come with a single-player component, and be playable without an internet connection. Except MMOs.07/02/2015 - 10:51pm
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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