Report: ESL considering drug testing players

July 22, 2015

According to this VG247 report, the ESL may be considering instituting a drug testing policy. According to a source "close to the ESL" speaking to DailyDot, the pro gaming league has been in conversations with both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) regarding random drug testing of eSports participants.

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Republicans add rider to FCC appropriations bill

July 22, 2015

The Hill reports that Senate Republicans are pushing a rider to an appropriations bill that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband Internet rates under its net neutrality rules.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has already said that the agency would not get into rate regulation, but that hasn't stopped Republicans from pushing measures that would stop them from doing... what the agency has no plans of doing in the first place.

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PC-style mouse and keyboard support likely on Xbox One

July 22, 2015

PC-style keyboard and mouser support will be coming to Xbox One at some point, according to what Xbox boss Phil Spencer told one gamer on Twitter today.  The news came from a conversation on Twitter regarding the possibility of PC streaming to Xbox One. Spencer doesn't offer any definitive timeframe for when this would happen, but with Windows 10 coming out soon we expect it sooner rather than later.

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'Gears of War Ultimate Edition' gets later release on PC

July 22, 2015

While Gears of War Ultimate Edition is coming to the PC, Microsoft has let loose a wee bit of bad news for those who wanted to get it on the same day it is released on Xbox One: you can't. The game will be launched first on Xbox One, with the Windows 10 version getting released "later."

How much later? Microsoft's Phil Spencer didn't offer a definitive date for the game's release on Windows 10 - simply that it would come out "after" it is released on Xbox One:

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'Call of Duty' games dominate fan voting for backwards compatibility on Xbox One

July 22, 2015

Call of Duty Black Ops II is now the most requested Xbox 360 game to receive the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and while Black Ops II may be at the top of the list, it isn't the only Call of Duty game in the mix. In fact a total of six CoD games are in the top 12 including Black Ops, Black Ops II, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and World at War.

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Open beta for Linux and Mac version of 'Terraria' coming soon

July 22, 2015

After a long wait Mac and Linux users will finally be able to play the popular open-world building RPG, Terraria. According to several tweets from Re-Logic's official Terraria Twitter account, an open public beta for the Linux and Mac version of the game will launch "sometime tomorrow." More details will be released prior to the beta launch, according to Re-Logic's tweets.

While the beta will be open and public you will have to own a copy of the game, according to Re-Logic:

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Report: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star to direct 'Minecraft' movie

July 22, 2015

A Minecraft movie is in the works (this you probably already know) but Deadline has the scoop on who is going to be directing the film based on Mojang and Microsoft's popular open-world building and survival sandbox game. According to Deadline, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator, writer and co-star Rob McElhenney will direct the film being created by Warner Bros.

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SPJ AirPlay organizers remind everyone that its August 15 event is 'free'

July 22, 2015

In the latest update to SPJ Airplay's blog, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky emphasizes that the event is free and open to the public. If you haven't been paying attention, SPJ AirPlay will take place August 15 in Miami, Florida and will feature multiple panels discussing the social media-based movement GamerGate, "ethics in games journalism," and - generally - how to cover online movements.

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Microsoft records Xbox One gains and a big loss on Nokia

July 22, 2015

While Microsoft may have registered a year-over-year decline of five percent in revenue for the fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter, the company is saying that its Xbox One console is doing pretty well. First the bad news: revenues were down five percent from the same period a year ago - coming in at $22.2 billion, down from $23.4 billion. The company also reported a loss of $2.1 billion for the quarter, mostly due to a $7.5 billion write-down related to its Nokia smartphone business acquisition…

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Poll: How do you feel about not knowing which race and gender you'll play as in Rust?

July 21, 2015

In the PC survival game Rust, your player character is unique to you.  Using your Steam ID as a key, the game randomly generates your character's look - including race and gender.

So, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

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'Humble Jumbo Bundle 4' launches

July 21, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle offers a lovely bunch of indie titles for cheap, along with a number of other special offers rolled in to make the deal spicier.

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 4 lets you pay whatever you want for Mercenary Kings, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, and Outland - Special Edition.

Pay more than the average price to also get The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, The Stanley Parable, Endless Space - Emperor Edition, a Humble Store 25 percent off Medieval Engineers coupon (expires August 18, 2015).

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EFF launches tool for unfettered advocacy

July 21, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new web-based tool to help Americans quickly locate and contact their elected representatives in Washington D.C. to highlight support for opposition to tech and privacy issues, copyright and trademark law, surveillance law and international trade agreements and treaties.

EFF said it made the tool available to the public after it tried using Google to search for lawmakers and ended up getting results inundated with paid political ads.

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Mod DB & Indie DB join the Gamer Network family

July 21, 2015

Gamer Network, which owns and operates sites such as GamesIndustry.biz and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, has brought two popular sites into the fold. The company announced today that popular developer-driven database sites Mod DB and Indie DB are joining the network.

Both sites have been around for over a decade and are dedicated to the communities surrounding fan and indie-made creations of all shapes, scopes, and sizes.

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European Women in Games Conference set for Sept. 2

July 21, 2015

Organizers of the fifth annual European Women in Games Conference announced today that it will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at the University of Westminster (in London, England).  The conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards.

Speakers confirmed so far for this year's event include Andy Payne, Chairman of video games industry trade group Ukie; Vicky Smalley CTO of Small Jelly; and Claire Tavernier, owner and managing director of StoryTech Life.

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Xbox 360 disc-scratching class action lawsuit will proceed

July 21, 2015

Microsoft will still have to face the music on a lawsuit involving its Xbox 360 damaging game discs. Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals justices Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Carlos T. Bea voted against Microsoft's petition to rehear the case with a larger group of judges (En Banc hearing).

According to the decision, "No further petitions for rehearing or rehearing en banc will be accepted." In March the court ruled that the Xbox 360 disc-scratching case could move forward as a class-action lawsuit.

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-31/khan-academy-s-sal-khan-studio-1-0-full-show-7-30- not game related, but this is a good interview.07/30/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkFinally, I never misspelled Chipman's name. So, feel free to try your luck again, but pick an opponent you can beat.07/30/2015 - 8:32pm
Goth_Skunk@Technogeek: I paid for the experience of the seat, and upon completion of the movie determined that the extra for the seat wasn't worth it. Additionally, your opinion is not law. You thinking the movie is crap does not make it so.07/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Craig R.1st I heard of Pixels was seeing trailer in theater. Was interested until Sandler appeared, then it became an instant 'Nope'.07/30/2015 - 4:52pm
james_fudgesick burns are not always allowed in the shoutbox.07/30/2015 - 4:28pm
MechaCrashIt's especially funny because I said "you'd have to be a moron to enjoy it," and Goth boasted about enjoying it, as if that does anything to change my opinion of the movie or of him.07/30/2015 - 4:19pm
TechnogeekMatthew: Back when that law was first implemented, I kept trying to come up with a scenario where it would be anything other than an unmitigatedd sisaster. Nothing ever came to mind.07/30/2015 - 4:16pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/new-study-shows-spains-google-tax-has-been-a-disaster-for-publishers/ no duh Sherlock!07/30/2015 - 4:10pm
TechnogeekI can't even make a joke about that. It's like poking fun at Donald Trump's hair.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
TechnogeekSo you willingly paid more money than you needed to in order to watch a crappy Adam Sandler movie (but I repeat myself), just to spite a reviewer that you can't even spell the name of properly.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
Goth_SkunkMy one regret was paying extra for a DVX seat, which jostles and vibrates in relation to the action on screen. What a waste of money.07/30/2015 - 3:55pm
Goth_SkunkYes, I did watch Pixels just to spite Chipman. I was originally going to see Minions, but moved it down the list. AND I ENJOYED IT. So nuts to you, MechaCrash.07/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Matthew Wilson@phx works fine for me, but I did it the long way. I upgraded, made a recovery drive, than did a full install.07/30/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenReally liking Child of Light so far (I play on console so UPlay isn't a concern). Gorgeous aesthetic with a fun presentation and battle system. So far, so good!07/30/2015 - 1:36pm
PHX CorpWell I'm offically on Windows 10 Laptop Wise(I had to download the Windows 10 Media tool from Microsoft to get it now rather than waiting for the update through windows update)07/30/2015 - 12:16pm
ZippyDSMleeI dunno I'd go to see it, seems liek dumb fun, better than half assed serious stuff that has so many holes large enough to drive mac trucks through(coughinterstellercouch).07/30/2015 - 10:58am
Andrew EisenGoth - Wait, you went to see Pixels just to spite Chipman?07/30/2015 - 10:49am
MechaCrashYou can see Pixels, which requires you to be a moron to enjoy it, or you can actually spend that time and money watching something actually good. Gosh, what a choice.07/30/2015 - 10:49am
benohawkHot damn, I'm sold. Why see something you can enjoy on multiple levels when you can nap through half the film and still get it all?07/30/2015 - 10:17am
james_fudgeSo what people are saying is PIXELS is a great movie to see if your are comatose.07/30/2015 - 9:47am
 

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