On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics we wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy your extended weekend (if you are in the United States, and your workplace is decent enough to give you the day off, of course!) and will be having some sort of fantastic fun on the unofficial start of summer.Read more
Former Rovio head of games Jami Laes has revealed the "other opportunities" he decided to pursue after he left the Angry Birds maker in January. Laes has launched a new mobile gaming company called Futureplay Games, with plans to develop games that focus on the "view-to-play" model for monetization. "View-to-play" gives players access to gameplay after watching monetized video ads.
Laes thinks this approach to monetization will be easier for players to accept.Read more
PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show announced that ten more developers have signed on to take part in its one day event during E3 Expo week in Los Angeles next month. The latest companies to join the show include ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software, and Splash Damage.Read more
Those already taking Windows 10 for a test run may notice a few new features in the Xbox App after its June update. Microsoft will be adding a number of new features including Xbox One-style "game hubs" (shows friends' activities in games and other apps), a new "Game Bar" custom shortcuts for recording video clips and screenshots and the ability to download and launch the Avatars app from within the Xbox app...Read more
Mojang has released a new update to the PC version of its popular open-world building game Minecraft that fixes some "security issues" and some other minor problems. What "security issues" it fixes, we do not know...
We do know that update 1.8.5 offers "better server validation for movement packets," "invalid beacon packets no longer getting validated," a fix for the exploit related to signs and command blocks, and a whole lot more.Read more
While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn't agree with much in all the lawsuits filed with the D.C. Appeals Court concerning net neutrality, it does agree with one thing: the court should make a decision as expediently as possible.Read more
Game Informer's Andrew Reiner details a problematic bug in the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that is bad enough for him to declare in this article that he is done playing it until CD Projekt fixes it. The bug relates to saves, though Reiner says that he's not exactly sure what is causing the problem:Read more
Some fans noted that the cigar-chomping StarCraft character Tychus J. Findlay was missing his trademark stogie in the recent Heroes of the Storm trailer, prompting some to ask Blizzard why it removed it from the MOBA game. As detailed in this Reddit thread, the answer is fairly straightforward and simple: ratings. Read more
After three years Valve finally says that it is working on problems related to hit boxes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. After a thread on Reddit showing how hit boxes are all messed up in the game got an unprecedented amount of attention, Valve acknowledged the problem and noted that a future update would make hitboxes bigger.Read more
Digital games distribution platform Desura is making the news this week for not paying developers who sell their games on the platform in a timely manner - or at all - depending on who you ask. It took several developers taking to social media and highlighting an old Reddit thread for the company owned by Bad Juju to address the problem publicly.Read more
According to court documents obtained by Fusion.net, back in the summer of 2012, Patrick Nepomuceno of California and Michael Stinger of Maryland, stole a bunch of Diablo III players' virtual weapons and armor then hawked them for north of eight grand. How? They tricked players into downloading a remote access tool (RAT) by disguising it as a link to what they claimed was a pic of a rare in-game item. Read more
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle sets players on a course for adventure! The Humble Weekly Bundle: Adventures! 2: Temple of Bundles lets you pay whatever you want for Secret Files: Tunguska, Stacking, Syberia, and The Novelist with "Digital Extras."
Paying more than the average price will get you The Night of the Rabbit Premium Edition, Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse, and Always Sometimes Monsters.Read more
The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced today that it will work with former Nintendo hardware designer and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) professor Masayuki Uemara to preserve the history of video games. The Strong Museum of Play is home to the Center for the History of Electronic Games.
Uemara, who is the program chair for the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan, will work more closely than he already does with the Strong Museum of Play to share knowledge, resources, and staff.Read more