Court documents finger Gordon Fox as the driving force behind 38 Studios deal

August 20, 2015

According to a new report from Providence news station WPRI, former Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox ordered the man in charge of the state’s economic-development agency to put together the deal the lured former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. The news comes from court filings from state lawyers uncovered by Target 12.

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'Stage of Development' documentary series adds 'Total Biscuit' to the line-up of interviewees

August 19, 2015

Yesterday we wrote about the launch of the crowd-funding campaign for "Stage of Development: the human stories of video games," a documentary being created by Russ Pitts and his company Flying Saucer Media about gamers, gaming personalities, and game developers with interesting stories to tell.  

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'Duke Nukem' lawsuit settled

August 19, 2015

The legal battle between Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, and Interceptor Entertainment is at an end. The case has been settled, with Gearbox the "full and rightful" owner of Duke Nukem. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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ESRB has no plans to change ratings system after APA report

August 19, 2015

The ESRB, the ratings system for video games in the United States operated by video game industry trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said that it would not change its ratings as suggested by the American Psychological Association.

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Disabled video game industry executive needs your help

August 19, 2015

Friends and family of Nick Grange - a former video games industry executive who has worked for such companies as Apple, Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division - are looking to raise £10,000 to fund a specially designed mobility vehicle.

Grange was in a very serious car accident in 2014 that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He spent five months in a coma and nine months in the hospital recuperating.

The vehicle will enable him to visit his daughter, who lives over an hour away.

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'SMITE' launches on Xbox One

August 19, 2015

It is a bit of a landmark day for developer Hi-Rez Studios as it earns the distinction of launching the first MOBA game on Xbox One. Today the developer launched SMITE on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers (you need a Gold account to play, if you didn't know). The launch follows a successful beta test on Xbox One, with over one million unique players taking part. Hi-Rez says that all the purchases, progress and achievements players earned during the beta test will carry over to the full final game that launched today.

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Anita Sarkeesian and Suleiman Bakhit deliver 'Hate and Heroism' keynote at The Conference

August 18, 2015

Tomorrow morning in Malmö, Sweden, The Conference will kick off its second day with a keynote hosted by Anita Sarkeesian (Tropes vs Women in Video Games) and comic book creator and social activist Suleiman Bakhit called Hate and Heroism.

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FCC fines 'Smart City' for blocking wi-fi hotspots

August 18, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission has punished another company for blocking Wi-Fi access.  The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC. The settlement is a punishment for the company blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States.

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Researcher Chris Ferguson takes aim at APA study in Sky News interview

August 18, 2015

Chris Ferguson, associate professor and department Chair of Psychology at Stetson University in Florida, continues to make the rounds to point out that the American Psychological Association's (APA) latest study is flawed and biased. Speaking to the UK's Sky News, Ferguson highlighted one possible positive coming out of the APA Task Force study: it shows that violent video games don't cause real-world violence.

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Why 'patent trolls' love the eastern part of the great state of Texas

August 18, 2015

Ars Technica has a fascinating article on why "patent trolls" love to take their cases to the Eastern District of Texas Court. The article is based on an analysis by Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Daniel Nazer published earlier in the week.

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Brian Fargo, Feargus Urquhart, and Tim Schaefer team up for new crowdfunding platform

August 18, 2015

Seasoned industry veterans inXile Entertainment's Brian Fargo, Double Fine's Tim Schafer, Obsidian Entertainment's Feargus Urquhart, and Double Fine’s Justin Bailey have banded together to create a gaming-focused crowdfunding platform that aims to go head-to-head with Kickstarter. Indie Fund co-founder Aaron Isaksen is also on board. 

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Fan-created 'Resident Evil 2' remake project shut down

August 18, 2015

As expected, the fan-made Resident Evil 2 remake project has been shut down. But before you grab your virtual pitchforks and torches and head over the Capcom HQ (or its Unity Blog), the end of the project appears to be voluntary.

According to a translated post on the Facebook page for Invader Games, they decided to shut down Resident Evil 2 Reborn after talking with Capcom - shortly before it announced its official remake of the game. Not only that, it appears that Capcom will at some point meet with the team to get its input.

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'The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods' halfway to funding goal

August 17, 2015

Independent game developer and animator Chris de Castro's crowd-funding campaign for his first game, The Wizards of Trinity Bellwoods, has raised $6,106 - over half of the amount the project needs to get fully funded. The game is described by de Castro as an experiment in narrative that uses gameplay mechanics to explore issues that surround cities such as urbanization, gentrification, immigration, urban economies, recycling, and public space.

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'Stage of Development' Kickstarter looks at the human stories of video games

August 17, 2015

Founder and President of Flying Saucer Media Russ Pitts has launched a Kickstarter for a documentary web series that will look at the human stories of video games.  If Pitts' name sounds familiar, it should.  He's the former EIC of The Escapist, co-founder and former Features Editor of Polygon, and co-founder of mental health non-profit Take This.

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After legal fees, latest 38 Studios settlement deal will net $9.9 million for Rhode Island

August 17, 2015

WPRI reports that the settlement announced at the beginning of August in the 38 Studios case will be significantly smaller after legal fees. Rhode Island state officials announced on August 7 that they had reached a settlement agreement with former RICC executive director Keith Stokes, former RICC deputy director J. Michael Saul, former RICC former outside counsel Robert I. Stolzman, and his law firm. Read more

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PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
PHX CorpOk, see you guys Tomorrow on the GP Facebook Page, I'll be steaming either the first 2 megaman games(Through Megaman Legacy Collection) or Rare Replay as the first game on My twitch.tv page tomorrow While we wait for GP to Come back up later this week08/31/2015 - 10:01pm
james_fudgeAlso check out our Facebook page and chat there! https://www.facebook.com/gamepolitics08/31/2015 - 9:53pm
james_fudgeSee you all on the other side! Find me on Twitter :)08/31/2015 - 9:51pm
james_fudgeAllright, i'll mention this on the GP facebook page08/31/2015 - 9:49pm
PHX Corpand now it's ready to go for everyone08/31/2015 - 9:35pm
PHX Corpok, done http://www.twitch.tv/trustygemtwitch I have to put on one more finishing touch and it is ready to go08/31/2015 - 9:19pm
Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm
Andrew EisenGP Movie Night!08/31/2015 - 8:41pm
Big PermEveyone should be too busy with phantom pain to notice GP is down. Hail Vidya!08/31/2015 - 8:40pm
Goth_SkunkBut such a hangout *could* be a neat idea. It could be used, for example, for all us GPers to get together and watch the new FemFreq video, and then discuss amongst ourselves in real time what our thoughts are.08/31/2015 - 8:38pm

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