Chris Christie takes aim at Rand Paul over the Patriot Act

July 6, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) took a hard shot at GOP presidential rival Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for his part in letting the USA Patriot Act expire earlier this year. Christie, clearly a hawk who supports the NSA's spying programs, said that Paul should have to answer to Congress if a terrorists attack occurs due to the government not having access to warrantless bulk data collection capabilities.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Christie also said that voters are concerned about the threat posed by terrorists.

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Former Valve economist is now a former Greek finance minister too

July 6, 2015

Former Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis is now the former Greek Finance Minister as well. Varoufakis took the post a mere six months ago, but given the financial turmoil in the country at present and some in the government playing financial chicken with the loans owed to the International Monetary Fund, it's understandable why Varoufakis would simply walk away from the post. Read more

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Square Enix pulls 'Final Fantasy 14' for Mac from sale, offers refunds

July 6, 2015

Square Enix has pulled the Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV from sale and apologized to customers for the number of bugs and glitches that plague the game. In a forum post Square Enix apologized and put a fair share of the blame on Open GL. Read more

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The war is over: Andrew Eisen proclaims the Wii U the winner of exclusives

July 6, 2015

Making the case that the Wii U is the winner in the war of exclusives, Andrew offers some evidence in his latest video "Exclusive Games: Wii U Wins the War."

"Wii U has more than double the exclusives of either the Xbox One or PS4," declares Andrew Eisen in his latest video. "Hell, it has more than both of them combined!"

I think them is fighting words, but I'm afraid to argue with Andrew because he might bludgeon me to death with an old Wii Balance Board he has lying about his apartment.

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'Prescription Pixel' offers a space for gamers to talk about mental health issues

July 6, 2015

This Kotaku Australia article highlights a new web site dedicated to creating a safe space for people who like gaming and want to discuss mental health issues called Prescription Pixel. Speaking to Kotaku Australia, founder "Jennifer" (described as a YouTube broadcaster and a psychologist in her day job) says the site is meant to serve as an important resource to gamers who might find themselves isolated, feeling alone and depressed.

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NCAA players' video game lawsuit inches closer to being settled

July 6, 2015

A settlement between former college players Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA is nearing the final stretch. College players sued the aforementioned parties claiming that EA video games used their likenesses without providing any proper compensation. EA decided to settle last year and U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken gave it preliminary approval last July.

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'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' announced

July 6, 2015

A special beta for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be launched on July 29, Mojang announced at its Minecon event in London over the weekend. The beta for the Windows 10 enhanced version of the game will be launched alongside the operating system which is set to be given away for free worldwide on July 29.

If you already own the PC version of the game, it will be a free upgrade - and if you don't own it you can get it for $10.

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

July 3, 2015

To all of our American readers - and on behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight -  I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy this weekend worshipping at the altar of the goddess of meats (or vegetables if that's your jam), drinking tasty beverages (some may or may not contain an alcoholic content), watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos. Maybe one or two of us will even read a book or something!

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Evolutionary biologist: we play violent games, because sex

July 3, 2015

Evolutionary biologist Michael Kasumovic thinks that the reason many of us play violent video games has a lot do with sex - or at least the competition associated with it. Kasumovic, a member of the Ecology and Evolution Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UK), tells radio program RN Afternoons (on ABCRadioNational) that video games may allow us to practice the competitive ability related to finding a mate.

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Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

July 3, 2015

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Mad Catz downplays financial problems

July 3, 2015

Game peripheral company Mad Catz is downplaying a recent admission to investors and in financial documents that the future of the company is in question. At the end of last month Mad Catz warned investors and government filings that it did not meet the requirements of a milestone set by creditor Wells Fargo. The company was supposed to hit a certain number of sales for the month and failed to do so.

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Physical media now an option for 'Shenmue 3' backers

July 3, 2015

The latest update to the Shenmue crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter announces that physical media is now planned. Playstation 4 and PC owners willing to back the project at the $60 level will be able to get a physical copy of the game. This backer level will have a choice of either a physical or digital copy of the game for either PS4 or Windows - a choice backers of this level will make when the company sends out a survey after the Kickstarter concludes.

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'Stage Presence' lets you tame a wild crowd with a mic and Oculus Rift

July 3, 2015

Well here's an experience you won't find every day: a game that lets you dodge bottles of urine... sort of. As highlighted by Eurogamer in this report, Stage Presence is described by its creators as a "microphone-based music festival and angry mob simulator" for PC and virtual reality headsets. The goal of the game is to play a set while avoiding things thrown at you by an angry audience. Read more

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Bakersfield, Calif. teacher takes aim at 'Just Dance' world record

July 3, 2015

A Bakersfield California elementary school teacher will attempt to break three world records related to Just Dance beginning on July 11. Read more

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Shoot some clay pigeons, help support Special Effect

July 3, 2015

If you are a game developer living in England then you might want to attend GunsGamesGiving (G3 - get it?), a one-day clay pigeon shooting contest for teams of four. The event is designed to benefit worthy UK-based game-related charity Special Effect. It will take place at Gosterwood Manor in Surrey on August 28 and you can get tickets here.

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PHX Corphttp://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/3bvzy7/as_a_former_developer_theres_a_lot_of_things_i/ Reddit Games: As a former developer, there's a lot of things I wish gamers knew. Here are some of those things...07/06/2015 - 10:52am
james_fudgeI play all of my games there!07/06/2015 - 10:36am
Andrew EisenHey, have you heard of Origin? It's pretty sweet!07/06/2015 - 10:26am
MattsworknameNot sure if your being sarcastic, or if you joined up with EA's marketing department07/06/2015 - 4:01am
Andrew EisenI don't know, maybe a heaping, helping of DRM is the panacea for all that ails Konami.07/06/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameThe only thing thats gonna save them andrew , is walking back all the stupid they have been doing lately. At this point , ithink they did to much damage to there brand to survive07/06/2015 - 12:42am
PHX Corphad there been a sonic 4 episode 3, I would Buy it on Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3 right away07/05/2015 - 10:10pm
Andrew EisenWell, what if Konami released MGS 5 with a mandatory $60 plastic peripheral? Do you think that would help?07/05/2015 - 8:09pm
MattsworknameI dont think so, I think that between the lose of iga, kojima, and so forth, i think MGS 5 will be less succesfull then they think, and tha will spell there end.07/05/2015 - 7:08pm
Andrew EisenI'm sure the Metal Gear micro-transactions will keep 'em afloat!07/05/2015 - 6:58pm
MattsworknameKonami is dying, slowly, surely, inevitably. Capcom is in the same situation, and I think that if they don't get there respective acts together, there going to pull a thq and sell off all there IP.07/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Andrew EisenHowever, if you have a gaming PC and like PC gaming, the Wii U is arguably the best console you could get (unless you just don't care for Nintendo's games, of course).07/05/2015 - 6:07pm
Andrew EisenAnyway, if the Wii U is your only gaming platform, yeah, you're missing out on a ton of great stuff.07/05/2015 - 6:06pm
Andrew EisenMatthew is referring to my latest video, if anyone's wondering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkuL1UVHYJA07/05/2015 - 6:00pm
Matthew Wilson@AE the wiiu may have the best exclusives among consoles, but lack of third party support kills it. now if we want to play the exclusives game, the pc wins, not just in numbers,but some of the best games I have played.07/05/2015 - 5:53pm
Andrew EisenPic of the pack with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61768231705475481607/05/2015 - 5:38pm
Andrew EisenThis is really cool to see. Ghostbusters director helping out cosplayers with prop pics. Here's the thrower with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61735089365938995307/05/2015 - 5:37pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lMLRIwiB_c a very interesting video. by Unseen64 Tamaki. the video covers how project hammer fell apart.07/05/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenImagine if Nintendo started charging for the Super Guide feature it has in some of it's games. That's what the MGS microtransactions sound like to me.07/05/2015 - 12:36pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamesradar.com/konami-mgs-5s-microtransactions-and-future-franchise/ Konami explains MGS 5's microtransactions & what happens after Koj07/05/2015 - 12:21pm
 

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