Reminder: TakeThis.Org Hosting All-Star Stream This Weekend

December 26, 2014

This weekend game-related mental health charity TakeThis.org will be hosting a stream to spread awareness about the charity, have some fun, talk about mental health issues, and raise some cash so it can continue to do its work.

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MCV and Develop Launched 2015 Salary Survey

December 26, 2014

UK-based games industry publications MCV and Develop have officially launched their 2015 Salary Survey. The survey is open to anyone in the the video games industry including developers, publishers, retailers, services companies, and more - anywhere in the world.

The deadline for all comments is 6pm UK time on Monday, January 12th. The results will revealed in the January 23 print edition of MCV.

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Get Double XP in 'Diablo III' For The Holidays

December 26, 2014

In the spirit of the holidays, Blizzard is giving back this weekend with more than the usual amount of experience points in its popular (but always online) game Diablo III. Launched on Christmas, and running until midnight on December 29, anyone who plays logs into and plays Diablo III will get two times the normal experience.

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Rob Pardo: Video Games Should Be An Olympic Sport

December 26, 2014

Former Blizzard Entertainment chief creative officer Rob Pardo says that e-sports should be included in the Olympic games because of the very broad definition of what is considered a sport today.

Speaking on the Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live, Pardo (who left Blizzard this summer) said that video games are in a good position to be a popular sport to watch among viewers:

"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport," he told Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live.

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How Kim Dotcom Tried To Save Christmas

December 26, 2014

TorrentFreak details at great length how Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom did his best to get hacking group Lizard Squad to stop DDoSing PlaySation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas. While it's debatable if the peace offering made by Dotcom really did stop all the Lizard Squad attacks, it shows that he at least made a strong effort to do something on behalf of gamers.

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NSA Does Document Dump on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2014

Boing Boing points out that the National Security Agency quietly dumped a cache of documents on its web site on Christmas Eve. Perhaps the agency was hoping that holiday revelers would miss the document dump. The release of these heavily redacted documents - quarterly and annual reports to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board from Q4/2001 to Q1/2013 - were in response to the ACLU's ongoing Freedom of Information Act requests - which the group went to court for multiple times in 2014.

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Security Researcher Says FBI 'Probably Wrong' About Sony Pictures Hackers

December 26, 2014

A security researcher says that the FBI's December 19 proclamation that agents from or related to North Korea hacked Sony Pictures is probably not true. Marc Rogers, the director of security operations for DEF CON and a security researcher for a mobile security company says that the hack is more likely the work of a disgruntled former or currently employee.

Here's some of what he wrote in The Daily Beast:

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Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users

December 26, 2014

Over the Christmas holiday hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for taking both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline, much to the consternation of Xbox One and PS4 owners - particularly those who got one of the newer consoles for Christmas. Both networks were the targets of a concentrated series of DDoS attacks on Christmas, making it difficult to log in to either service all Christmas day.

Both Microsoft and Sony acknowledged that their services were experiencing downtime after angry users took to social media to complain to and at both companies.

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Happy Holidays from the ECA and GamePolitics

December 24, 2014

On behalf of GamePolitics, the ECA, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday - whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, some other holiday, no holiday at all, etc.. We will be back after Christmas!

Peace, out.

- James Fudge, Managing Editor, GamePolitics.com

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Nintendo Wins Appeal At ITC Over Creative Kingdoms

December 24, 2014

Nintendo announced that it has won an appeal at the International Trade Commission related to patent infringement claims made by Creative Kingdoms. The company alleged that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U systems violated several of its patents. an earlier ruling by the ITC side with Nintendo, but the company appealed that decision. This week the ITC reaffirmed its earlier decision, noting that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid and should not have been issued because Creative Kingdoms tried to claim more than the company invented. Read more

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'The Interview' Available on YouTube, Xbox Consoles, and Google Play

December 24, 2014

Sony Pictures will release the controversial comedy "The Interview" on YouTube's movies service, and Xbox platforms, according to The Washington Post. The film is already available for on demand viewing ($5) or as an HD download ($15) through Google Play.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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GOG.com Offers 'Akalabeth: World of Doom' For Free, Discounts 'Ultima Series'

December 24, 2014

GOG.com is giving away what is commonly referred to as "Ultima 0," the very first role-playing game from Richard Garriott. Akalabeth: World of Doom is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as an early Christmas gift from Garriott and GOG.com. It joins GOG.com's other free games created by Garriott including Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire, and Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams.

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Nintendo Wins Over UltimatePointer in Patent Case

December 24, 2014

Nintendo has won another patent case in a federal court in Seattle, the company announced this week. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik found that Nintendo’s Wii system does not infringe on two patents held by UltimatePointer, LLC. Judge Lasnik also found a number of UltimatePointer’s claims invalid, and decided that a trial was not warranted. Judge Lasnik’s decision is in line with a similar decision earlier in the case by Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, which occurred before the case was transferred to Seattle. Read more

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Report: Samsung Smart TVs Will Be Able To Use PlayStation Now Without a Playstation Device

December 24, 2014

According to this CNET report, Samsung's line of Internet-ready high definition smart TVs will be able stream game content from Sony PlayStation Now streaming service sometime in the first half of 2015. CNET says that Samsung and Sony might make an announcement about it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and that the compatibility with Samsung TVs will be supported in both the United States and Canada.

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MaskedPixelanteI can't believe Kenji Yamamoto got another job. Then again, his job on Smash was "musical arrangment", so copying other people's work is right up his alley.12/26/2014 - 9:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthe company that hosts it is a cyber security firm, and from what I understand it is the data they they see just shown publicly.12/26/2014 - 8:22pm
Wonderkarpa question about that website, Matthew...how does it know its a cyberattack or not12/26/2014 - 8:06pm
Matthew Wilsonfor those intreasted in seeing cyber attacks in real time check out this site. http://map.ipviking.com/12/26/2014 - 7:51pm
PHX Corp@MP you can add me on XBL and Nintendo Network if you want, I go under TrustyGem(Same gamertag as on Steam)12/26/2014 - 2:01pm
CMinerI blame North Korea.12/25/2014 - 11:49pm
MechaTama31For the last few weeks, the GP site fails to load about 2/3 of the times I try.12/25/2014 - 11:13pm
MaskedPixelanteOK, is GP having trouble loading for anyone but me?12/25/2014 - 9:21pm
Matthew Wilsonits a bunch of script kiddies. ddosing is one of the easiest thing to do,and most companies can not stop it sadly.12/25/2014 - 5:05pm
MaskedPixelanteI like Nintendo as much as the next person, they're pretty much the only company putting out the games I want to play, but that was pretty embarassing to have NNID go down due to overuse.12/25/2014 - 4:35pm
MaskedPixelanteSee? It's NOT a repeat of last year's fiasco.12/25/2014 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpLizard squad is responsible for The XBL/PSN shutdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSpZvsoWvig12/25/2014 - 4:17pm
IanCOh shut up bitching about Nintendo. At least they advised people to downloading updates before the big day. Sony/MS? Not a peep.12/25/2014 - 3:50pm
MaskedPixelanteBoth PSN and Xbox Live are down. Since I'm sure Sony and Microsoft have better online support than Nintendo did last year, this isn't from "everyone logging onto their new devices all at once".12/25/2014 - 3:48pm
prh99John Romero's Christmas present, a custom Icon of Sin sculpture. http://www.pcgamer.com/john-romero-gets-the-icon-of-sin-for-christmas/12/25/2014 - 3:37am
Matthew Wilsonthe interview will be on youtube/xb1/ andriod today.12/24/2014 - 1:05pm
james_fudge1900's?12/24/2014 - 12:56pm
james_fudgeYeah we could go way way back :)12/24/2014 - 12:56pm
E. Zachary KnightCopyright law in general has been broken since at least 1976. Could be even earlier than that.12/24/2014 - 12:24pm
james_fudgeWhat he said :) They want to make it worse than it already is.12/24/2014 - 12:14pm
 

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