Poll: Should Nintendo have DMCA'd a fan's free Super Mario HD remake?

April 1, 2015

Recently, programmer Roystan Ross created the first level of Super Mario 64 in HD using Unity and posted it on the web for all the world to play.

Nintendo said "oh no you didn't!" and DMCA'd the crap out of him.  Literally.  Mr. Ross's innards are now entirely bereft of crap.

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Final rewards revealed for 'Club Nintendo' members

April 1, 2015

The very last Club Nintendo Elite rewards are now available, GameSpot reports. Nintendo announced earlier in the year that it would shut down the rewards program, but gave members up until yesterday to continue earning "coins" to be spent on games and other special virtual items. Now members have until June 30 to spend their coins on any of the available rewards (listed below). Read more

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DeNA hopes first game from Nintendo mobile deal generates 3 billion yen a month

April 1, 2015

Japanese mobile gaming powerhouse DeNA said that it wants to make 3 million yen (roughly $25.02 million) a month off of games built through its partnership with Nintendo. Nintendo and DeNA announced the partnership on March 17 and revealed that the first game through this partnership would be released on mobile platforms by the end of this year. Speaking to Reuters, DeNA Chief Executive Isao Moriyasu said that his company wants to make games that hundreds of millions of people will play.

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BioWare's 'Orbit 'Java framework now open source

April 1, 2015

BioWare has announced that it is making its Orbit Java framework open source. Orbit is described by BioWare as a Java framework to "build and maintain distributed, secure, and scalable online services." This is the same toolset it used to develop technology used in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep, according to BioWare.

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Federal Court says FTC case against AT&T for throttling unlimited data mobile customers can proceed

April 1, 2015

Ars Technica reports that a federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission does have jurisdiction to sue AT&T for allegedly throttling customers. In its argument before the federal court, AT&T - who hates net neutrality and didn't want to be classified as a common carrier - said that the FTC did not have jurisdiction to take it to court because it is... a common carrier. Read more

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PlayStation Home goes dark

April 1, 2015

Back in September of 2014 we reported that PlayStation Home, Sony's virtual 3D hang-out for PlayStation 3 owners, would be shutting down March 31, 2015. Yesterday that announcement came to fruition, with PlayStation Home for Japan, North America, and Europe going dark.

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Andrew Eisen Video: 'My Favorite Thing About Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs Women Videos'

April 1, 2015

Andrew Eisen has launched a new video this morning extolling the virtues of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Games video series. Personally, I think the best thing Andrew says in the video (to paraphrase) is that Sarkeesian's video series demonstrates that video games have finally arrived as an artform worthy of mainstream, real-world criticism. That's a fact all of us should accept and embrace.

You can check out the video to your left or on YouTube.

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New 'Bloodborne' update eliminates serious progress-stopping bug

April 1, 2015

From Software and Sony have released a new update for the PS4-exclusive action RPG Bloodborne that kills off a game-stopping bug. The version 1.02 update fixes a bug in the Forbidden Woods area of the game; when the player uses the "Resonant Bell" multiplayer summoning items and summons another player it would cause an important item not to drop after a boss fight (we won't get into specifics because it might spoil the game for you).

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Anita Sarkeesian's first video in new series highlights 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

April 1, 2015

The first game to be highlighted in Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian's new series of videos, Positive Female Characters, is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. According to the video (which you can watch to your left), Sarkeesian chose Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP because of the way of the novel way it presents the protagonist in the game.

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Pixel Nation Game Store targeted in swatting attempt

April 1, 2015

Pixel Nation Game Store is the latest target of a swatting attempt - and like last week's incident in New Jersey - the same person who made the initial attempt to call in a SWAT team to the store also tried to escalate the situation so that people at the location could get seriously hurt or killed.

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Oracle settles with Rhode Island in 38 Studios bankruptcy case

April 1, 2015

According to the Providence Journal, Oracle has agreed to pay the state of Rhode Island $30,000 in a settlement related to Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's bankrupted game development company 38 Studios. The settlement was part of a lawsuit to get back money paid to vendors by 38 Studios and to put that money in the hands of the state of Rhode Island.

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'Humble Indie Bundle 14' offers seven indie games and exclusive merchandise

March 31, 2015

The latest Humble Bundle offers seven games, along with some cool merchandise if you are willing to spend a little more than $40. The Humble Indie Bundle 14 let's you pay what you want for action strategy game Super Splatters, side scrolling action RPG UnEpic, and strategy pirate game Pixel Piracy.

Pay more than the average price to get the wonderful action RPG Torchlight II, the Archeological Ruin Exploration Action Game La-Mulana, and survival horror game Outlast.

Pay $10 or more to get all the games and Shadow Warrior Special Edition.

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Researchers: it's not 'what' games children play, but 'how long' they play them

March 31, 2015

It's not what you kinds of games you play, it's how long you play them, according to new research from Oxford University. The study found that children (in the UK) who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive and get involved in fights than those who don't play games at all or for less than three hours a day. Researchers also revealed that they could find no link between playing violent games and real-life aggression. Read more

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Microsoft wanted to give Xbox away and other fun facts from Lorne Lanning

March 31, 2015

GamesIndustry International has an interesting and mildly nostalgic interview with Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning, who shares some wild secrets on the early days of the Xbox console and Microsoft's ideas on how to get ahead during that time period.

The most interesting tidbit of information shared by Lanning is that - prior to its launch - Microsoft was seriously considering give away its first console system free of charge. Lanning said it was one of the key reasons that he decided to make his game, Munch's Oddysee, a launch title.

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'Laws of War' GDC panel available for viewing

March 31, 2015

Daniel Greenberg passed along word that his GDC panel, "Gaming the Laws of War: Can Real Consequences Mean Real Fun?" is now available for free and unfettered viewing through the GDC Vault video archives.

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ConsterOh look, a GoFundMe campaign for Memories Pizza is almost at 50k already. Never assume people can't rally behind a bigoted cause just as well as behind a non-bigoted cause.04/02/2015 - 4:49am
Andrew EisenThe multiple Fire Emblem versions might be more complicated than we thought. http://kotaku.com/japans-new-fire-emblem-has-four-versions-is-crazy-169515313004/02/2015 - 1:29am
ZippyDSMleeWhere is "Yes, if it was monetized." In the questions?04/01/2015 - 9:07pm
E. Zachary Knighthttp://reason.com/blog/2015/04/01/this-anti-gay-pizza-place-got-trashed-on04/01/2015 - 8:17pm
E. Zachary KnightAccording to this link, the pizzeria owner did not actually refuse anyone service. He was ask by a reporter if he would cater to a gay wedding and he answered in the negative. When that was published, the rants came rolling in.04/01/2015 - 8:17pm
Papa MidnightCorrection to my prior note, DiRT 3 Complete Edition does NOT replace DiRT 3 in user's libraries. But existing owners of DiRT 3 do get it for free.04/01/2015 - 8:00pm
Matthew Wilson@AE it could be like pokemo, but the tweet and the site makes it look like 2 different games. tbf I do not know Japanese.04/01/2015 - 7:29pm
MechaCrashInteresting how YouTube comments are universally acknowledged to be cesspits of idiocy where no coherent thought can survive, until a woman closes them. Then it's CENSORSHIP and being AFRAID OF DEBATE.04/01/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenThat's... weird. The Direct made it sound like this was an organic part of a single game.04/01/2015 - 7:08pm
Matthew Wilsonapparently the 2 sides of the story in the new fire emblem game is 2 difrent games in japan, and we are getting both combined. https://twitter.com/RPGSite/status/583415770744393729/photo/104/01/2015 - 7:00pm
MonteAE: there are pizzaria's that also make italian food which you can order in bulk to cater parties. Also, google pizza wedding; cause it is pretty cool04/01/2015 - 6:50pm
ConsterThe vast majority of (if not all) 1-star reviews are angry rants about its policy. 'Jesus said to love thy neighbor, assholes' (paraphrased) seems very common.04/01/2015 - 6:49pm
Matthew WilsonI did not check it out personaly. I only read a arctlice about it, but it does seem to be in a lets just say a very mean way.04/01/2015 - 6:41pm
Andrew EisenTrashed in a fair way or are people lying about cockroach infestations and stuff?04/01/2015 - 6:24pm
Matthew Wilsonwell they also are getting trashed on yelp too. given the number of people that use it, I suspect they will lose allot of business even if they change their mind.04/01/2015 - 6:19pm
Andrew EisenIt's a pizza joint. It caters weddings? Really? I mean, that's cool. Really cool, even. But seriously?04/01/2015 - 6:02pm
Consterhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/01/indiana-pizza-gay-couples_n_6985208.html04/01/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenConster - Link?04/01/2015 - 5:55pm
Conster-annnd they are 'temporarily closed' after phone threats. Way to take the moral high ground against bigotry, people. -,-04/01/2015 - 5:51pm
ConsterThe first business to use SB101 to deny service to gay weddings has arisen - let's see if EZK's theory about the free market being sufficient to deal with them holds u-04/01/2015 - 5:50pm
 

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