This year’s Desert Bus For Hope charity marathon event managed to raise an impressive $676,000 in a six-day gaming marathon. To date the event has generated $3.1 million for the Child’s Play charity. Desert Bus For Hope was started in 2007 by the Canadian comedy team Loading Ready Run.
New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has signed a new bill into law that stiffens the penalty for those who make false emergency calls to police and emergency personnel in the state. The new bill makes the charge of “swatting” or “inciting false public alarm” a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000 – or both.
Xbox Gold subscribers who use either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One can get their hands on a whole new line-up of free games beginning December 1 as part of Microsoft’s ongoing Games With Gold promotion.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting a substantial discount via GOG.com – along with a slate of other games as part of the digital distribution channel’s “Only on GOG.com” promotion. The promotion runs until Nov. 29 and gives deep discounts on games available exclusively on the site.
Earlier in the summer, Donkey Kong champion Billy Mitchell sued the Cartoon Network for appropriating his likeness when it created its Regular Show character Garrett Bobby Ferguson. He claimed that this appropriation was an infringement on his publicity rights. Yesterday, New Jersey Federal District Judge Anne Thompson tossed the case stating CN’s use of his likeness was protected by the First Amendment.
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced this morning via a blog post that the deadline for the first annual Bill Kunkel Awards has been shifted forward to January 15, 2016. The deadline was previously February 14, 2016 but organizers say that they have received a lot more submissions than they expected in a short amount of time. They expected around 50 nominations by the original deadline, but so far they have received “118 nominations representing 36 websites and webcasters” to-date.
On this week’s show (episode 167) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll (“Which type of game review most influences your purchasing decisions?” – 13:49), Polygon and Kill Screen’s reactions to a nearly all male jury for this year’s Game Awards (25:50), Kotaku being blacklisted by Bethesda and Ubisoft (40:10), and YouTube’s new fair use initiative (52:35).
The Humbly Weekly Bundle Japan Edition All-Stars lets you pay whatever you want for Vanguard Princess (plus some nifty DLC), Unholy Heights, and One Way Heroics.