Microsoft 'not looking to directly compete with Steam'

May 21, 2015

Microsoft says that the digital store it is deploying with Windows 10, Window 10 phones and devices, and Xbox platforms isn't trying to cut into Steam's business - even though it's kind of trying to cut into Steam's business. Ahem. GamesBeat, who was in attendance at the recent Casual Connect Asia in Singapore, has the dirty little details on Microsoft's digital storefront plans.

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Techland shelves 'Hellraid'

May 21, 2015

Eurogamer reports that Dead Island and Dying Light developer Techland has officially abandoned development on Hellraid, a first-person fantasy-themed game tentatively scheduled for release in 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In a statement released this morning on its web site Techland said that the game's development progress was not meeting internal expectations.

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PSA: Buy 'The Witcher 3' on Uplay, get one free game

May 21, 2015

It's a risk versus reward situation with a new deal from Ubisoft. On the one hand, if you buy CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Ubisoft's Uplay platform, you can get one of four free games: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition, or Watch Dogs.

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Riot Games begins testing new 'League of Legends' player reform system

May 21, 2015

Riot Games announced that it has begun initial testing of a new automated instant "player reform system" for its popular MOBA game League of Legends. The new instant feedback system  delivers actionable feedback and appropriate punishment to players who are being verbally abusive in-game.

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Take-Two sues BBC over 'Grand Theft Auto' movie

May 21, 2015

The BBC's movie about the making of Grand Theft Auto has just run into a mountain-sized obstacle: Take Two Interactive. The publisher of the series and the owner of Rockstar Games is suing the BBC over its upcoming film based on the book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto series creator Rockstar Games released a statement written by parent company Take Two Interactive announcing that it was suing the BBC for trademark infringement.

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'League of Legends' player admits swatting and stalking multiple victims in the U.S. and Canada

May 21, 2015

A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.   

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Delaware court approves Activision settlement with shareholders

May 21, 2015

A Delaware court has approved a $275 million settlement to shareholders who felt that the management of Activision Blizzard had grossly enriched themselves and left investors out in the cold after it bought back Vivendi SA's stake in the company. The court also approved the $72.5 million fee to lawyers who represented plaintiffs in the case. The settlement was reached last year.

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Report: EU member states try to kill off net neutrality protections

May 20, 2015

French rights group La Quadrature du Net is claiming that it has obtained a leaked copy of a "non-paper" on net neutrality written by the presidency of the Council of the EU that basically guts net neutrality protections in the European Union. It also delays or waters down previous proposals that would have abolished mobile roaming charges in the European Union. La Quadrature du Net further claims that the "heavily edited" document removes any reference to "net neutrality," removes language about protecting against throttling, and other protective language. Read more

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Twitter highlights Crash Override as a 'trusted resource' to combat online abuse

May 20, 2015

Twitter has added Crash Override to its list of "trusted sources," according to the organization's twitter account. Sure enough under its "Online Abuse" section, Twitter Support lists Crash Override as a trusted resource alongside such organizations as Amnesty International, Connect Safely, Cyberbullying Research Center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many, many other familiar names.

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PSA: Bandai Namco celebrates 35 years of 'PAC-MAN'

May 20, 2015

Bandai Namco Entertainment America is kicking off a number of festivities to commemorate the 35th anniversary of its iconic game series, PAC-MAN today. PAC-MAN first launched in Japanese arcades on May 22, 1980. Since that time the multiple games have appeared on countless platforms over the last 35 years. To celebrate this major milestone, Bandai Namco has updated the mobile releases of PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN Lite with a new classic-inspired user interface. Both games are available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable

May 20, 2015

According to Reuters and VentureBeat reports, a French billionaire that most in the United States have never heard of may have designs on acquiring one of the country's biggest broadband and cable providers - Time Warner Cable. Read more

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PSA: 'Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle' coming later this month

May 20, 2015

Larry Hryb (aka Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson) revealed details on a new Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle on his blog today. The bundle features Cirrus White Xbox One console, one wireless controller and a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. Read more

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'GameSpot Game Guide' and 'Delta Force Extreme 2 Videogame Guide' found in Osama bin Laden's Compound

May 20, 2015

As pointed out by this story over on Kotaku from Patrick Kleepek, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released more details on the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan - and in that report two game-related books are mentioned. Read more

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Microsoft offers cord cutters the 'Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner' for Xbox One

May 20, 2015

Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State seeks tougher lobbying laws

May 20, 2015

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has put forth a proposal that would increase fines for unregistered lobbying and "lessen the frequency of lobbyist filings during the legislative session," according to the Providence Journal.

The proposal is a reaction to lobbying cases aimed at people associated with the failed 38 Studios $75 million loan deal that continues to cast a long shadow on the taxpayers of the state of Rhode Island.

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Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenRerating San Andreas was a mistake though. That seemed to be the result of kowtowing to public pressure.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenThere wasn't one. It's just a dumb rating.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
WonderkarpI dont see Moral Panic with a racing game though05/28/2015 - 3:40pm
Matthew Wilson@AE when they tend to misrate games its normally because of moral panic surrounding it.05/28/2015 - 3:38pm
E. Zachary KnightReally awesome short film here. Predator: Dark Ages. Very well done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRD8jAk274I05/28/2015 - 3:36pm
 

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