AOL Shutting Down Joystiq and Massively

January 30, 2015

AOL is shutting down Joystiq and popular MMO sister site Massively. A report earlier in the day from Techcrunch indicated that parent company AOL planned on rolling the Joystiq brand back into tech site Engadget.

The news was confirmed today by Massively editor-in-chief Brianna Royce (in this blog post) and in a tweet from Joystiq News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski.

In his tweet, Sliwinski shared a LinkedIn staff list:

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Left Behind Games Executive Punished For Illegal Stock Trading

January 30, 2015

A Hawaiian court has sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a former executive from religious-themed video games publisher Left Behind Games, according to an Accounting Today report (as reported by Blue's News) detailing the particulars of the case.

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Gearbox Writer Heads To Hollywood For Original Hulu Comedy Series

January 30, 2015

Gearbox head writer Anthony Burch is leaving the company to write an original comedy series for Hulu. Burch, the lead writer on Gearbox's popular Borderlands 2, said that he would be moving to Los Angeles to begin working on a new show with Lionsgate and RocketJump. The series will be produced by RocketJump in association with Lionsgate Television and will stream exclusively on Hulu. RocketJump is best known for Freddy Wong's popular Video Game High School series, which has had three successful seasons so far.

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EFF's 'Stupid Patent of the Month' Is Game-Related

January 30, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has named U.S. Patent 8,529,350 January’s "Stupid Patent of the Month." You may recall our story from earlier this month in which White Knuckle (the patent holder) sued Electronic Arts over the patent which relates to "remotely updating a sports video game based on real-world events." The company says that several of EA's sports titles including Tiger Woods PGA Tour and its NCAA titles infringe on the patent.

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New York State Senator Working on More Incentives for Video Games Industry

January 30, 2015

A top New York State Senator admits that lawmakers are not doing enough to attract the video game and tech industries to the Empire State, but will make it his top priority in 2015. New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) believes other states and parts of Canada are beating New York State in attracting gaming and biotech companies.

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Sega Sammy Announces Restructuring Plans, Mass Layoffs

January 30, 2015

Sega Sammy announced today that it will cut jobs and encourage several hundred employees to retire early as part of a restructuring plan to focus on "digital games. In a press release issued this morning, the company said that Sega of America's offices would be affected by layoffs and early retirements as it relocates its operations from San Francisco to South California in the coming months. Read more

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PewDiePie and Other YouTube Stars Criticize Nintendo's New Revenue Sharing Program

January 30, 2015

YouTube personalities continue to rail against Nintendo's YouTube revenue sharing plan that it revealed more details on yesterday. That plan would allow YouTube video content creators to share the ad revenue generated from videos containing Nintendo-owned intellectual property, with the company taking a 30 - 40 percent cut.

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3DS Exploit Allows 'Side-Loading' Game Boy Color Roms

January 30, 2015

According to several reports (one from Ars Technica and another from Tom's Guide), a new exploit has been uncovered that allows 3DS owners to "side-load" Game Boy Color roms. Read more

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Law & Order SVU Tackles Video Games and Online Harassment in Upcoming Episode

January 30, 2015

All Things Law & Order, (as you might guess) a blog dedicated to the popular and long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order, has news of a special episode of Law & Order SVU dealing with video games, online harassment, threats and a female game developer. Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air on February 11 (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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U.S. Navy Details 'Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix'

January 30, 2015

The United States Navy on Thursday revealed a training simulation game sponsored by the Office of Naval Research called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix. Strike Group Defender is a virtual "demo space" developed as part of the Office of Naval Research Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) portfolio managed by PMR-51.

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YouTubers Respond To 'Nintendo Creator's Program'

January 29, 2015

Kotaku has an excellent report on the reaction from content creators to Nintendo's new revenue sharing program ("Nintendo Creator's Program") for YouTube videos that use its various intellectual properties in Let's Play videos and other video content. The company announced today that it would officially launch the revenue sharing program in May and that it would want 40 percent of ad revenue from a video containing its IP. Read more

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Report: FCC Considering 'Review Process' For Paid Peering Agreements

January 29, 2015

According to a Bloomberg report, the Federal Communications Commission will setup a review process for those who are in peering agreements with ISPs (like Netflix) to complain about it. The FCC will still consider banning the practice of fast lanes, which is a different animal altogether. Read more

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Twitch Hits 100 Million Users a Month Milestone

January 29, 2015

Game streaming and broadcasting service Twitch announced that it hit the 100 million users a month milestone in 2014. Twitch was bought out by Amazon for nearly $1 billion dollars in the latter part of 2014, but the change in ownership didn't seem to slow the service's momentum in 2014; it increased its monthly viewership from 45 million in 2013 to 100 million in 2014.

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'Transistor' and 'Rogue Legacy' Headline PS Plus in February

January 29, 2015

Sony's PlayStation Blog (and its European equivalent) have revealed all of the free stuff available to subscribers of its PlayStation Plus subscription in February. Beginning on February 4 PS4 owners will be able to score Apotheon, Transistor, and Rogue Legacy. PS3 owners will get Thief, Yakuza 4, and Rogue Legacy. Read more

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FCC Raises Minimum Broadband Standards Substantially

January 29, 2015

As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to change its definition of what constitutes a broadband speed, much to the chagrin of both DSL and cable network owners. The minimum download speed considered "broadband" is now 25Mbps (way up from 4Mbps) and the new minimum upload speed is 3Mbps (up from 1Mbps). What this means is that the number of US households who don't have access to broadband has just tripled and DSL networks will no longer be able to claim broadband status. Read more

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Papa MidnightI enjoyed the first Prototype... even if the PC Port was horribly done. Prototype 2, however, far exceeds it. It's actually a decent game in my opinion.01/31/2015 - 11:24am
Wonderkarpreally? I didnt play it because the first one sucked. I didnt even know the main characters black01/31/2015 - 10:38am
Neo_DrKefkaFor those who don't know Prototype 2 is free for the PS3 on PS PLUS! It's a great game that failed due to collusion with activist bloggers before the game was released that people would hate it because the main characters black.01/31/2015 - 9:53am
Wonderkarpalso heard Techraptor is working on a big news piece on indiecade01/31/2015 - 9:47am
WonderkarpAndrew : All I know is he was critical of the block list and said the coding was bad.01/31/2015 - 9:42am
prh99Devolvers response to Nintendo's creator program https://mobile.twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/56082061398444851301/31/2015 - 3:24am
Andrew EisenI only know of him being annoyed that IGDA mistakenly hosted on its anti-harassment tools page a blocklist he was on. What else was he critical of?01/31/2015 - 2:19am
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: Given Rosario's outspoken criticisms of the conduct of the IGDA, I would not be one bit surprised if he's being strong-armed into silence in closed-door meetings. He's not towing the party line, after all.01/30/2015 - 11:38pm
MechaTama31EZK: Thank you! (And I was able to see that you did it, only because you did it. How appropriate! :)01/30/2015 - 11:37pm
Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
Wonderkarpwhen asked on Twitter, the Chairman said He couldnt comment at this time https://twitter.com/siloraptor/status/561284497275367424. still looking for facts01/30/2015 - 9:41pm
Wonderkarphttp://pressfarttocontinue.com/2015/01/30/igda-puerto-rico-closed/ this is what I have so far01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Wonderkarpso allegedly, IGDA has closed their Puerto Rico branch. This comes after the Chairman of the Puerto Rico branch was blocklisted by Randi Harper. I'm trying to dig up more info on it. all I have is a link with some info, but its not cited.01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenSo, kinda like the Wii U just with a GamePad that's portable?01/30/2015 - 9:13pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I hope they do a Ipad/iphone thing. make a home console/handheld where games are playable on both. that is what I would want from them.01/30/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenThat would be a shame but as long as I can play comfortably on my TV I'll probably be fine with whatever the future brings.01/30/2015 - 8:56pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I would get used to it. I do not think nintendo is going to do another home console , but I suspect a hybrid one. 1. they are doing worse than the gamecube. 2. the home console market is dead in japan. even the ps4 isnt selling there.01/30/2015 - 8:54pm
Andrew EisenAside from that (and the aiming isn't too smooth but it's turn based so it's not a big deal (maybe better with Circle Pad Pro or New 3DS?)) my only other quibble is I'd much prefer playing it on a console. But I say that about nearly every handheld game.01/30/2015 - 8:39pm
 

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