Sony to sell off stock and convertible bonds to raise roughly $3.6 billion

June 30, 2015

Sony's share took an eight percent dip in early morning trading after the company announced that it would raise capital by selling outstanding shares and convertible bonds. Sony said in its announcement this morning, found here (PDF), that it would use the money raised from the sale of stock and convertible bonds to finance the increased production of image sensors for smartphones and cameras.

Ultimately Sony hopes to raise 440 billion yen, or $3.6 billion USD, from the sale.

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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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National Stem Video Game Challenge announces winners of 4th annual competition

June 29, 2015

The National STEM Video Game Challenge announced today the winners of the fourth annual national competition that challenges students to develop games or game concepts that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects / learning.

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Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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'Pokémon Shuffle' coming to iOS and Android devices

June 29, 2015

The Pokémon Company plans on bringing Pokémon Shuffle to iOS and Android-based mobile phones. The news comes from a freshly released trailer showing off the game playing on mobile devices and highlighting some of its phone-specific features.

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Developer Chris Avellone is a stretch goal for 'The Bard's Tale IV' crowd-funding campaign

June 29, 2015

inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.

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Youtuber swatted while playing 'Batman Arkham Knight'

June 29, 2015

Phil Burnell, better known as YouTuber DSPGaming or DarkSydePhil, was swatted while recording a play session of Batman: Arkham Knight, according to this Crave Online report. Audio of the swat team telling him and his girlfreind to come outside with their hands up was captured on video, which you can listen to to your left. You can also hear an officer making a sweep of his residence.
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'Batman: Arkham Knight' is best-selling game of 2015 in the UK

June 29, 2015

While the PC version of Batman Arkham Knight might be having some serious technical issues, these problems don't appear to be affecting sales - at least early ones - if you believe the latest numbers from the UK collected by Chart Track. According to Chart-Track sales data from last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's latest Batman game is the biggest release of 2015 so far, stealing The Wither 3: Wild Hunt's title and knocking The Elder Scrolls Online from the top spot.

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Paul Sage leaves Zenimax for Gearbox

June 29, 2015

Former The Elder Scrolls One creative director Paul Sage has left Zenimax Online Studios this month to work with Borderlands and Battleborn developer Gearbox, according to this Eurogamer report. The news comes via Sage’s LinkedIn profile, which now reflects the change through a recent update putting his work at Zenimax Online in the past tense.

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TIGA: New British game developers focusing more on PC game development

June 29, 2015

According to data collected through a new TIGA survey of "new" British game developers, there appears to be a trend towards making games more for the PC. According to the trade group representing British game developers, more than half of all new developers launched in the UK during 2014 are primarily focused on the PC, showing that some are moving away from mobile game development. Around 52 percent of British games companies started in 2014 are focused on the PC, versus 35 percent on mobile.

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Valve changes policy on Steam item trading

June 29, 2015

Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' PC problems are significant, notes Rocksteady

June 29, 2015

While Rocksteady Studios has released the first update to the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, the developer says that the work that needs to be done to fix everything is "significant" and will "take some time." Basically, expect some problems to continue to exist for awhile while Rocksteady works them out slowly.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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Former Capcom exec joins Six Foot

June 26, 2015

GamesIndustry.biz reports that former Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has found a new home at Six Foot as chief operating officer and head of its games division in Houston, Texas. Svensson will also manage Grey Box, which worked with Petroglyph, Axis Animation, and Weta Workshop on the RTS title Grey Goo.

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PS4 'Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition' owners having trouble with latest DLC

June 26, 2015

Some Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition customers who bought the special version of the game for PS4 are reporting that they are unable to play its Criminal Activity DLC for Premium members. The new DLC, which was released last week offers four new maps, a Nail Gun and some new masks. The Ultimate Edition, which costs a whopping  $119.99, came with a Premium DLC Pass - which should have given them access to the latest batch of DLC.

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Andrew EisenI'm still trying to figure out where anyone is getting the idea violent content or lousy representation of women and minorities shouldn't exist or be promoted.06/30/2015 - 9:25am
james_fudgeWell, members of GP first, members of GG second, I always say.06/30/2015 - 9:06am
black mantaConsidering it's only you and Mattsworkname that have been carrying the banner for it here, that pretty much testifies to how little influence they have. Most everyone else here couldn't care less.06/30/2015 - 8:54am
black mantaAgain GG is more like Occupy Wall Street than the Tea Party movement. They had their moment, but they fizzled out. And now exist more as a nebulous thing spouting ideas. They haven't achieved anything meaningful.06/30/2015 - 8:52am
black mantaAs sincere as your beliefs may be, the movement is still rife with bigots and misogynists.06/30/2015 - 8:51am
black mantaI'm sure you're heart's in the right place, Goth. But it doesn't excuse the behavior of GG's members towards the people they don't like.06/30/2015 - 8:50am
MattsworknameWow goth, write a novel why dont cha. Seriously I know you have a passion for this stuff, but wow, thats kinda overkill.06/30/2015 - 8:46am
james_fudgeI hereby dub this space the Mainifesto Box (tm)06/30/2015 - 8:34am
Infophile13 shouts in total by Goth in a row. I think I'm to blame here. If I'd read the Breitbart link when he'd posted it, maybe he wouldn't have felt the need to say everything here.06/30/2015 - 8:27am
E. Zachary KnightI go away for one night and Goth writes his Gamergate manifesto in the shoutbox.06/30/2015 - 8:15am
james_fudgeI blame Andrew for this.06/30/2015 - 8:10am
Goth_SkunkAnd at long last, I think I'm finally done.06/30/2015 - 3:08am
Goth_SkunkAnd if those progressive games fail to make any headway in the market, don't blame gamer culture for not being cultured enough to appreciate the product. Own up to the fact that the game either sucks, is not interesting, or both.06/30/2015 - 3:06am
Goth_Skunknor suggest that the games industry and culture is rife with toxicity because of it and needs to change for the good of the medium. There is room in the market for progressive games to co-exist with games like Hatred, not replace them outright.06/30/2015 - 3:04am
Goth_SkunkAnd if the overly violent content of most AAA games or the perceived mistreatment of women in such games bothers one, by all means criticize it, but do not under any circumstances suggest that it such content shouldn't exist or be promoted,06/30/2015 - 3:02am
Goth_SkunkGames, for the most part, let you do this! You can be the man or woman you're not. You can escape reality and immerse yourself in the experience. And that's wonderful! I play as female characters all the time in games I play, when the option is available.06/30/2015 - 2:59am
Goth_SkunkA choice that nature denied transgender people at birth! People don't undergo gender reassignment because they want to be transgender; they undergo gender reassignment because they want to be the gender they identify with!06/30/2015 - 2:52am
Goth_SkunkBut I think it gets silly when people start asking for the ability to play as a transgender protagonist. I mean, why would one do that? One usually has the option to create a character that's either a man or a woman, gay or straight. You have the choice!06/30/2015 - 2:50am
Goth_Skunkfirst two games, a move which was ultimately corrected in the 3rd game. By extension, Dragon Age has always had the option, and good on it!06/30/2015 - 2:45am
Goth_SkunkBut it certainly is good to see developers entertain the allowance of allowing the player to develop their protagonist to be homosexual if they want. The Mass Effect series was criticized rightly for not allowing a male homosexual romance plot in the06/30/2015 - 2:44am
 

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