Nintendo Sees Big Returns on November Releases

December 15, 2014

Nintendo announced that the releases of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Amiibo on November 21 are already smashing successes. In fact the company has put these products as some of the best-selling properties in 2014.

Together Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold nearly 1.5 million copies during their first ten days of availability in the US at retail and through digital channels. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have performed even better in Japan, with 1.5 million copies sold in just three days.

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UK Spy Agency Releases 'Fun and Free' Cryptography App for Kids

December 15, 2014

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK agency dedicated to surveillance and other hush hush top-secret stuff has released its own Android app to teach secondary school students about cryptography. The app is "free and fun," though it is from the same agency known for cooperating the National Security Agency in a number of surveillance and spying programs around the world.

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Report: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Drive Digital Sales in November

December 15, 2014

New data from Superdata shows that November's digital sales revenues jumped 23 percent to hit the $1 billion mark (as reported on by GII). Superdata's monthly US digital games market update for November shows that Black Friday and Cyber Monday bargains and sales helped significantly helped push US digital game revenues totals to $1 billion. This data includes mobile, PC, and console digital sales.

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Why Andrew Eisen Doesn't Do Reaction Videos

December 15, 2014

Our very own Andrew Eisen shows us all why he doesn't do "reaction videos" - you know those videos where people get excited, scared or overwhelmed by something they have watched like a video game, a scary movie, etc.

We will warn you that there is at least one graphic scene in the video that made us squirm a little when we saw it (you'll know it when you see it).

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 125

December 15, 2014

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 125), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("Will Street Fighter V remain a PS4 exclusive?" - 49:30 mark), if Tekken 7's Lucky Chloe will be removed from western versions of the game (59:49), and how Apple thinks nudity constitutes porn and removes Papers, Please (1:12:46). Read more

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Report: Xbox One Outsold PS4 in November

December 12, 2014

The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One since February, but it looks like Microsoft might have finally broken that streak in the month of November - according to this Ars Technica report. Microsoft announced that the NPD retail sales data shows the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK.

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Analyst: 'Call of Duty' Franchise Sees Year-Over-Year Decline in Sales

December 12, 2014

It looks like this year's Call of Duty is not faring as well as last year's Call of Duty, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson - as reported by Street Insider. Olson said the NPD Group's November US retail sales of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were down 27 percent compared to last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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Microsoft Promises News About Windows 10 and Gaming in January

December 12, 2014

Microsoft keeps giving lip service to gaming on the PC, but it hasn't done much with the space in a very long time. It has all but abandoned its Games For Windows concept and - while it hasn't confirmed it - is quietly shutting down its Games For Windows Live multiplayer service (which was poorly received by fans anyway). Earlier in the year Microsoft renewed its talk about how important PC gaming is and promised some movement in the space. This followed its announcement about Windows 10. Read more

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Valve Temporarily Shuts Down and Resets Steam Holiday Auction

December 12, 2014

Valve's first annual Holiday Auction ran into a bit of a snag in its early outing and has been rebooted due to some questionable activity by a small minority of participants, according to this Ars Technica report. The idea behind the auction was simple: Steam users could trade their unwanted inventory items for gems that could then be used to bid on 2,000 Steam game codes (with a total of 200,000 copies being sold during the course of the auction).

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Free GDC 2015 Passes Available to Students Who Apply

December 12, 2014

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced that they have once again donated a number of complimentary GDC 2015 passes to a variety of organizations through its GDC Scholarship Program. Those students interested in applying can still do so but the deadline is fast approaching.

Since 2001 GDC has given away passes for free as part of its scholarship program. This year GDC is partnering with the GDC International Ambassador program and the Dames Making Games program and those two organizations will close their call for GDC 2015 scholarship applications next week.

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Tiga: Video Games Should Officially Be Recognized As Art

December 12, 2014

UK video games industry trade body Tiga says that games should officially be recognized as art. Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat program, Tiga CEO Dr. Richard Wilson said that video games should officially be classified as cultural products on the same level as Television, film, animation, etc.

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EFF and 47 Other Groups and Individuals Urge Release of TPP Draft

December 12, 2014

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has signed a letter with 47 other rights groups, civil society groups, and experts urging the negotiators and Ministers involved in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to publish the current draft of the trade treaty along with all participating nations' positions on it.

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PSA: 'Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition' Coming to Linux, Android, and iOS December 16

December 12, 2014

The Linux, Android, and iPhone versions of Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition will be released December 16. Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition was released last year at around this same time for PC, Mac and iPad. Linux support will be added via Update 1.3, which will also include lots of bug fixes, better pathfinding, improved multiplayer, German and Spanish language support (and a few other languages), an option to increase font size, and much more.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Gives Nearly $100K Grant for Small Pox History Game

December 12, 2014

Lisa Rosner, a distinguished professor of history at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, NJ, has been awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a game about the early history of smallpox vaccination. The NEH has given professor Rosner $99,837 to create a game called "Pox Hunter," as part of a project called "A 3D Strategy Game for the History of Medicine." She is building the game with the help of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and digital learning game developer Eduweb.

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38 Studios Is The Cautionary Tale Rhode Islanders Tell Politicians With Questionable Ideas

December 12, 2014

In Rhode Island when a constituent drops the name "38 Studios," it's probably not going to illicit warm and fuzzy feelings in anyone. So when one vocal detractor raised the specter of the 38 Studios failure to describe "Rhode Map RI," people got a little defensive.

The Rhode Island State Planning Council has voted unanimously in favor of the controversial Rhode Map RI and has adjourned the meeting. The plan is a bit complicated and includes federal grants, but there are a bunch of details on it here.

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PHX Corp@Adam802 We'll break out the popcorn in June12/19/2014 - 9:23pm
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante: I'm itching to start it too but I will wait till the patch goes live. >>12/19/2014 - 7:52pm
Adam802Leland Yee and Jackson get trial date: http://sfbay.ca/2014/12/18/leland-yee-keith-jackson-get-trial-date/12/19/2014 - 5:24pm
MaskedPixelanteNevermind. Turns out when they said "the patch is now live", they meant "it's still in beta".12/19/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelanteSo I bought Dark Souls PC, and it's forcing me to log into GFWL. Did I miss something?12/19/2014 - 5:00pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/republicans-may-have-plan-to-save-internet-providers-from-utility-rules/ this is intreasting. congress may put net nutrality in to law to avoid title 2 classification12/19/2014 - 2:45pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/19/7421953/bullshit-cards-against-humanity-donated-250k-sunlight-foundation I have to admit I like the choice o organization. congrats to CAH.12/19/2014 - 1:51pm
E. Zachary KnightIf you are downloading a copy in order to bypass the DRM, then you are legally in the wrong. Ethically, if you bought the game, it doesn't matter where you download it in the future.12/19/2014 - 12:06pm
InfophileEZK: Certainly better that way, though not foolproof. Makes me think though: does it count as piracy if you download a game you already paid for, just not from the place you paid for it at? Ethically, I'd say no, but legally, probably yes.12/19/2014 - 11:20am
ZippyDSMleeAnd I still spent 200$ in the last month on steam/GOG stuff sales get me nearly every time ><12/19/2014 - 10:55am
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante:And this is why I'm a one legged bandit.12/19/2014 - 10:51am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I buy what I can as long as I can get cracks for it...then again it I could have gotton Lords of the Fallen for 30 with DLC I would have ><12/19/2014 - 10:50am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/12/19/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-leaving-online-storefronts-soon/ Speaking of "last chance to buy", Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is getting delisted from all major storefronts. Behold the wonders of the all digital future.12/19/2014 - 9:59am
MaskedPixelanteSeriously, the so-called "Last Chance" sale was up to 80% off, while this one time only return sale goes for a flat 85% off with a 90% off upgrade if you buy the whole catalogue.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
E. Zachary KnightInfophile, Tha is why I buy only DRM-free games.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
MaskedPixelanteNordic is back on GOG for one weekend only. And at 85% off no less, which is kind of a slap in the face to people who paid more during the "NORDIC IS LEAVING FOREVER BUY NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE" sale, but whatever...12/19/2014 - 9:28am
InfophileRe PHX's link: This is one of the reasons the digital revolution isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's also the flip side where Sony can block access to games you've bought if they ban your account for unrelated reasons. All power is theirs.12/19/2014 - 8:52am
MaskedPixelantehttp://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/events/uplay-15-days You can win FREE GAMES FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately, they're Ubisoft games.12/18/2014 - 6:29pm
Papa MidnightAh, so it was downtime. I've been seeing post appear in my RSS feed, but I was unable to access GamePolitics today across several ISPs.12/18/2014 - 6:06pm
james_fudgeSorry for the downtime today, folks.12/18/2014 - 5:54pm
 

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