Xbox boss talks gender, diversity in new interview

July 28, 2015

In a new interview with Edge Magazine, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer took some time to talk about gender and racial diversity in the games industry and what his company is doing about it in its own backyard.

The talk of gender and race came up after Spencer said that the traditional videogame image has been "all sports, broad shoulders and guns."

When asked how that can be changed, he said:

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'Metro' games and 'MGS 5: Ground Zeroes' headline Games With Gold in August

July 28, 2015

Microsoft has announced the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get in the month of August through its Xbox Live Games with Gold free game giveaway program.

Xbox One users who have an active Xbox Live Gold account can get their grubby little hands on Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for free during the month of August. Xbox One users will also get How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition beginning August 16th and up until September 15.

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'Humble Jumbo Bundle 4' adds three more games into the mix

July 28, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle has added three more games today. 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, and a Humble Store 25 percent off Medieval Engineers coupon (expires August 18, 2015).

Added into the mix at this tier are Screencheat, Freedom Planet, and Coin Crypt…

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Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Editions'

July 28, 2015

If you haven't secured a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition through a pre-order somewhere, then you are officially out of luck. According to Fallout 4 maker Bethesda.

Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks tells GameSpot that the company has hit its limit on the number of Pip-Boys it can manufacture. The facility that makes it says it ran out of capacity.

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'Humble NEOGEO Mobile Bundle' brings home the classics

July 28, 2015

Want to bring back the NeoGeo but don't have a time machine or magical powers? Then you could just buy the Humble NEOGEO Mobile Bundle. This Android-only bundle lets you pay whatever you want for METAL SLUG X, METAL SLUG 2, THE KING OF FIGHTERS '97, BLAZING STAR, and GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES.

If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get METAL SLUG 3, SAMURAI SHODOWN II, FATAL FURY SPECIAL, METAL SLUG, BEAST BUSTERS featuring KOF DX, and THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98.

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Report: Ouya 'Free the Games' indie funding scheme abandoned

July 28, 2015

Update: Polygon is reporting that Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has promised to pay the outstanding debt. He told the publication in a phone interview this afternoon that he wasn't aware of the scope of Ouya's debt to indie developers until the news broke today.

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Capcom takes 'Street Fighter 5' beta test offline until 'further notice'

July 28, 2015

Capcom has taken the Street Fighter 5 beta offline and has postponed it until further notice. The company said in a post on its Unity Blog that players were not having a good time, and after three days of testing the game it felt it was necessary to take it offline and deal with some pressing issues that affected players. The beta test went live for PlayStation 4 players on July 23, but was plagued from the start with performance and connectivity issues.

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EMA reveals 2015-2016 board of directors

July 28, 2015

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has announced its new 2015-2016 board members. New to the board this year are Aaron Cherveny from Target, Michael Aragon from Sony Network Entertainment, and Cameron Douglas from M-GO.

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Northport, NY teen brings Sony and PlayStation to town

July 28, 2015

A Northport, New York (a village in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island's North Shore, in case you didn't know) teen has the distinction of being the only teenager in America to be selected among those whose created a video for the PlayStation contest "My Road To Greatness." In addition to being spotlighted by Sony in an upcoming video that will appear on its highly trafficked PlayStation Blog, the teen's home town of Northport will get to play Sony games at a special one-day event for the community.

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Subaltern Games releases alpha version of 'No Pineapple Left Behind'

July 28, 2015

Subaltern Games is hard at work on a game that pokes fun at the U.S. educational system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind" called No Pineapple Left Behind. Today the company announced the release of a playable alpha for No Pineapple Left Behind that lets you get a taste of what it is aiming for when the game is finally released.

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Research: Australians spend 88 minutes a day playing games

July 27, 2015

Australian video game industry trade group Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) and Bond University have released their latest Digital Australia report, which details the habits of Australian game players and consumers.

According to the latest report, found here (PDF), 68 percent of Australians play video games,  with the average age of players at around 33-years-old. While the majority of players are male, an impressive 47 percent of players are female.

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FCC chairman will tell lawmakers net neutrality does not stymie ISP infrastructure investment plans

July 27, 2015

Federal Communication Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to tell U.S. lawmakers this week that the net neutrality rules implemented in early June will not interfere with internet service providers investing in infrastructure.

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Wii U TVii is getting put down in August

July 27, 2015

Nintendo plans to shut down the Wii U TVii service via a system update on August 11th, the company revealed. Nintendo said that it is shutting the service down because "it is time to focus our resources on other projects." The service launched a little under three years ago. At the time Nintendo thought it was a pretty big deal.

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Republican FCC commissioner calls AT&T-DirecTV merger condition a form of 'rate regulation'

July 27, 2015

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said that broadband rate regulations are coming, despite the fact that the FCC specifically said since before new regulations went to affect in June that it had no plans to regulate broadband.

Pai, who voted against the new rules in a February meeting that ultimately saw them approved, said that the ATT-DirecTV is a prime example of rate regulation.

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343 Industries explains why split-screen coop was cut from 'Halo 5'

July 27, 2015

In a lengthy post on Halo Waypoint, Halo 5 developer 343 Industries attempts to explain why it has eliminated split-screen cooperative play from the game. Split screen co-op play has been in every Halo game to-date until Halo 5, and fans have strongly expressed their displeasure in it being removed.

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Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
 

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