ISPs argue that they are 'information services,' not 'telecommunication services' in federal court

July 31, 2015

Internet service providers and trade groups filed a 95-page brief on Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia laying out their arguments why the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules that went into effect in June should be overturned.

It seems that the core argument among ISPs is that common carrier rules cannot be applied to broadband internet providers because they provide "information services" and not "telecommunication services."

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Microsoft: 14 million installs so far for Windows 10

July 31, 2015

Microsoft announced today that around 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their computers. Windows 10 began rolling out in phases on Wednesday and the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 seems to be something that a lot of people decided was too good to pass up.

"We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade," Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

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HTC invests $10 million in VR content creator

July 31, 2015

Mobile phone maker HTC announced an investment of $10 million in VR development community and media platform WEVR. The goal of the investment is to stimulate the creation of virtual reality content for its upcoming Vive VR headset. Under the terms of the investment deal, HTC 15 percent stake in the Los Angeles-based WEVR.

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Local multiplayer nixed in 'Zombi'

July 31, 2015

Yesterday Ubisoft announced that it would bring the Wii U exclusive zombie survival game ZombiU to other platforms as "Zombi" in the middle of August, but it left out some important details that might make some fans a bit irritated.

In a new blog post the company said that the game will have more melee weapons in the Xbox One, PC, and PS4 versions of the game. That's good news. The bad news? It won't have any multiplayer.

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'League of Legends' hero killed and unplayable

July 31, 2015

Riot Games has killed off a League of Legends hero that some people paid money for, though it seems that this death is part of a narrative being crafted as part of the game's lore - and the character will return at a later date. Those who had paid money to play as the pirate hero Gangplank and use his character skins were a little bit upset, with some calling for refunds.

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Select 'Nvidia Shield' 8-inch tablets recalled

July 31, 2015

Nvidia has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablets after learning that some units were posing a "fire hazard." The company said that some Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 have batteries in them that are prone to overheating and can pose a fire hazard.

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'Necromancer' remains in limbo 15 months after successful crowd-funding campaign

July 31, 2015

In a nebulous, leaderless movement, it is inevitable that factions within will take aim at a high profile member who they either don't like or agree with. That is exactly what happened last week when one individual aligned with GamerGate attempted to shame a prominent figure within its own ranks. Read more

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'War Thunder' producer takes YouTube channel hostage with DMCA takedowns

July 30, 2015

Polygon weaves a fascinating (but true) tale about Gaijin Entertainment and a rogue gameplay producer at the company who used multiple DMCA take-downs to hold the channel of Russia's most popular YouTube personality hostage.  

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Ubisoft: female protagonist in 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' not in response to critics

July 30, 2015

In a recent conversation with GameSpot, Ubisoft's Marc-Alexis Cote rebuffed claims that the company was somehow pressured into including a female protagonist in its latest AC title, Assassin's Creed Syndicate.  Creative director Marc-Alexis Cote said Evie Frye, one of the games two playable characters, is not an effort to appease critics.

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Sony: 25.3 million PS4s shipped worldwide to-date

July 30, 2015

As part of its latest earnings report released today, Sony announced that it shipped three million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide during the quarter that ended June 30.

Adding those three million units into previous numbers reported by Sony, that brings the total number of PS4s shipped worldwide to around 25.3 million systems.

And while those numbers are healthy for a console that began shipping in November of 2013, it's got a long way to catch up with the 80 million PS3s that are out in the world.

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'ZombiU' coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One as 'Zombi'

July 30, 2015

It looks like a game that was once a Wii U exclusive is finally getting released to a wider audience, and getting a slight name change to reflect its non-exclusivity to the Wii U. The Ubisoft-published Wii U game ZombiU has been rebranded as Zombi so it can be released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 18.

The zombie apocalypse survival game that features "permadeath" will be getting a few upgrades on current-generation platforms including "upgraded graphics" and "refined gameplay."

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Consumers complain to FCC about 'data caps'

July 30, 2015

According to a National Journal report, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received over 2,000 complaints in the first month the new net neutrality rules went into effect. The new net neutrality rules went into effect in early June, despite a federal court challenge by trade groups and ISPs seeking an injunction while they sued the FCC over their legality. The court declined that request.

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'Humble Weekly Bundle: Games From Japan' launches

July 30, 2015

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle offers a collection of wonderful games from Japan. The Humble Weekly Bundle: Games From Japan lets you pay whatever what you want for 99 Spirits: Special Edition, Vanguard Princess + Hilda Rize and Lilith DLC Packs, and Supercharged Robot VULKAISER.

Paying more than the average price will get you Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, NEO AQUARIUM -- The King of Crustaceans, and The Sacred Tears TRUE.

If you are willing to pay more than $10, you get all of above plus IDEA Factory's Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1.

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'Rocket League' hits major milestone

July 30, 2015

Rocket League developer Psyonix announced that its hit game for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam has sold over five million copies since its release. The game launched on July 7 and has been well received by both fans and critics for its unique style of competitive sports-like gameplay.

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'Resident Evil 2' fan remake gets Capcom's attention

July 30, 2015

Capcom has finally taken notice of a fan-created Resident Evil 2 remake and is now asking the community at large what they think about it. Normally when a company sees a fan remake it does one of two things: it files a copyright claim against them and gets it shut down; or it simply ignores it.

Capcom is showing that it is at least willing to take a different approach towards these types of things.

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MattsworknameAndrew: Im not sure Im the one to be explainging this really, Im not sure im articulating it right07/31/2015 - 9:20pm
Big PermI got to around 30 in tera before giving up. I liked my sorc, but I need better motivation to grind07/31/2015 - 9:14pm
Andrew EisenAh TERA. I made a video about TERA censorship. One of my more popular ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO26h9etTbw07/31/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkI've been playing TERA all day. Just took a break to barbecue some chicken. :3 And Andrew: I'm using Cabal to suggest a group of people secretly united in some private views or interests within a community.07/31/2015 - 8:50pm
Andrew EisenI'd love to but I'm at work. But once I get home... I'm going to work out for a while. But after THAT... I'm going to shower. Then eat. Then prep tomorrow's meals. And THEN play video games! YEAH!!!07/31/2015 - 8:38pm
Big Permlol, ya'll are still going back and forth? Take a break and play some video games07/31/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Are you using "cabal" to describe a group of writers or to suggest they all worked together in secret to publish those articles?07/31/2015 - 8:30pm
Andrew EisenMatt - That doesn't disprove the general premise of the various articles as that's not what they're about. Unless, again, he's talking about a different batch of articles.07/31/2015 - 8:28pm
Goth_SkunkThe difference between one voice being offensive and a cabal being offensive.07/31/2015 - 8:22pm
MechaCrashFunny how "you're offended, so what" flips into "we're offended, retract everything and apologize."07/31/2015 - 8:18pm
MattsworknameIts not the only argument he points out ,its just one of them07/31/2015 - 8:06pm
Mattsworknameidea that Gamers as the articel puts it, the "White male sterotype are dead, essentially was compltely false07/31/2015 - 8:03pm
MattsworknameThe video actually shows that the shaw study actually disproves the Premise of the artices by showing that the "Gamer" dentity, has no actual meaning to thsoe who use it other then "I play games", its not connected to race, gender, or orientation. So the07/31/2015 - 8:01pm
Andrew EisenWith the exception of a brief mention in Golding's Tumbr post. Even so, he's talking about gamer identity, not desire for diversity in gaming.07/31/2015 - 7:50pm
Andrew EisenI'm not calling his examination of the Shaw study into question. I haven't read the study nor seen his video. All I'm saying is that it has nothing to do with the Gamers Are Dead articles I've been referencing for the last year.07/31/2015 - 7:49pm
MattsworknameSome times sargon just goes off on tangents but in this case he was pretty direct and went through teh research in detail, did the whole first video about the shaw study itself07/31/2015 - 7:45pm
Andrew EisenWell, unless it's disingenuous twaddle but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.07/31/2015 - 7:42pm
Andrew EisenGotta be. The argument you describe makes no sense otherwise.07/31/2015 - 7:40pm
MattsworknameThat is a possibility, they looked like offical articles but its possible they are different from the articles you mentoin07/31/2015 - 7:28pm
Andrew EisenNot unless he's referring to a completely different set of Gamers Are Dead articles.07/31/2015 - 7:19pm
 

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