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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Daybreak Game Company bans nearly 25K 'H1Z1' players for cheating and hacking

May 20, 2015

According to a recent tweet from Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) president John Smedley, 24,837 H1Z1 accounts have been banned for various infractions including cheating. In case you don't know, H1Z1 is an online focused zombie apocalypse survival game for the PC.

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'Leeroy Jenkins' had a part in the original 'World of Warcraft' movie script

May 20, 2015

Screenwriter Garry Whitta revealed on Twitter that Leeroy Jenkins may appear in the upcoming World of Warcraft movie. While Whitta doesn't know for sure, in his original script for the film Jenkins throws all caution to the wind and runs into battle without his mates, ultimately dying. In the draft screenplay, he is referred to as "Private Jenkins."

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RI court appoints former judge to mediate 38 Studios lawsuit

May 19, 2015

WPRI reports that Rhode Island Superior Court Associate Justice Michael A. Silverstein has appointed retired State Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams as a mediator in the 38 Studios lawsuit between the former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Wells Fargo Securities.

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'Gaming in Color' documentary officially launches

May 19, 2015

MidBoss Games documentary about the culture of gaming as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community, Gaming in Color is officially available for viewing on various platforms today. Distributed through Devolver Digital Films, the documentary is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, VHX, Gumroad, and Vimeo. The film will also be coming to steam at a date to be announced.

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'Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle' adds three more games

May 19, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Microsoft and 'Words With Friends' are official sponsors of the '2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee'

May 19, 2015

Microsoft and Zynga's mobile multiplayer word game Words With Friends are the official broadcast sponsors of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals live on ESPN.

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Twenty-eight groups urge the Senate to let the 'USA Patriot Act' expire, vote no on extension

May 19, 2015

A total of 28 rights groups and organizations sent a letter to lawmakers in the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1357. S. 1357 would extend the USA Patriot by two months up until July 31. The USA Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1 and the groups who sent the letter say that lawmakers should let it expire as it was intended to do.

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The Pirate Bay loses its Swedish domains

May 19, 2015

According to this TorrentFreak story, notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay will lose its Swedish domain names after a court ruled that they must give them up. Back in 2013 Swedish Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad filed a motion to have both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se seized after he successfully got the main site taken offline for copyright infringement.

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'The Witcher 3' pre-orders reach 1.5 million

May 19, 2015

Last week The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED revealed that the action-RPG had around 1 million pre-orders on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Today it revealed that those number increased by 500,000 units, topping out at around 1.5 million pre-orders.

Those numbers were revealed by CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski in an interview with Money.pl.

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Oculus won't block adult entertainment on its virtual reality platform

May 19, 2015

The adult entertainment industry has its own unique way of helping to drive technology adoption and media formats. It helped establish the VCR format, CDs, Blu-Ray and even high definition television. So it doesn't surprise us at all that the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset have publicly confirmed that it has no intention of blocking the development and deployment of virtual reality-based adult entertainment products.

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Rand Paul promises to do 'everything possible' to end the NSA's domestic surveillance programs

May 19, 2015

Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) promised at a speech yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that he will do "everything possible" to halt the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance and collection of phone data as the deadline for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act inches closer.

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Konami rolling the dice on gambling

May 19, 2015

The future of Konami - as you may have read here or elsewhere - is mobile, but it turns out that the company is keen on games that allow for real-world gambling too, according to Game Informer. Nevada lawmakers this week passed Senate Bill 9, which allows for new types of technologies - including video game technologies - to be incorporated into slot machines. Read more

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'Catlateral Damage' releasing May 27th

May 18, 2015

Often we write stories on Kickstarter campaigns that don't deliver to the people who put their faith in and money behind a game project, so it's nice to be able to report on one that will finally deliver.

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Appeals Court chops Apple's 2012 $930 million patent case award nearly in half

May 18, 2015

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has stripped a large portion of the money awarded to Apple in a 2012 jury verdict against Samsung, according to this Ars Technica report. The verdict originally awarded Apple $930 million in damages for Samsung's infringement of two iPhone patents.

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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
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
 

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