Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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NYC to invest $70 million to expand high speed internet access

May 4, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that his administration will invest $70 million to bring high speed internet access to the underserved parts of the city. An estimated 22 percent of residents in the city don't have access to Internet at home - and that number climbs to 36 percent in the poorer neighborhoods.  

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CCP Games launches 'PLEX for Good' campaign to benefit Nepal earthquake relief efforts

May 4, 2015

EVE Online maker CCP Games is accepting "PLEX for GOOD" donations from players to benefit victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, leaving over 6,000 people dead, over 14,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless. CCP began its PLEX for GOOD campaign in support of disaster relief for Nepal on May 1 and plans on letting it run until May 15.

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Wargaming celebrates Military Appreciation Month

May 4, 2015

Wargaming America dropped us a note today to let us know that it is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by donating 25% of in-game proceeds from dedicated NMAM bundles throughout the month of May.

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Telecoms ask FCC to postpone net neutrality reclassification order

May 4, 2015

Trade groups and service providers are being clever in how they can derail the new net neutrality rules; besides all of the actions being driven by its supporters in Congress, these groups are also formally requesting that the Federal Communications Commission delay the implementation of one particular rule change: reclassifying broadband and mobile service providers as "common carriers" under title II of the Telecommunications Act. Read more

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A reenactment of Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao in 'Mike Tyson's Punchout'

May 4, 2015

Fansided brings to our attention a video that recreates the Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao fight in Mike Tyson's Punchout. The video, created by YouTubers Noober Goober Gaming, gives us some classic videogame renders of both fighters, complete with lots of hugging.

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'Yooka-Laylee' crowdfunding campaign raises over $2 million

May 4, 2015

On its very first day of existence, the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee - a platformer game being developed by former Rare employees who worked on the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo-Kazooie - earned an additional $1 million. The last time we reported on the game's fundraising progress it was inching towards $1 million. As of this very moment, the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee is at right around $2,015,658. Read more

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Steam Greenlight highlights hate-crime game, 'Kill the F*ggot'

May 4, 2015

In a new video, Jim Sterling highlights a game that is actually hate speech.  Some people often  claim a game is inappropriate or sends the wrong message, but a game called Kill The Faggot -- currently on Steam Greenlight -- has a pretty clear and concise message: LGBTQ+ individuals are different, weird and deserve to die.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 141

May 4, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 141), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Read more

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GamerGate D.C. gathering targeted by bomb threat

May 4, 2015

The social media movement known as GamerGate held its first U.S. meet-up (called #GGinDC) on May 1 at a bar called the Local 16 in Washington, D.C. But in the wee hours of Friday night / Saturday morning as hundreds of people were mingling and having a good time, police converged on the scene and evacuated the building.

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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' gets free DLC next week

May 1, 2015

Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:

Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.

Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.

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Twitter prohibits game embedding

May 1, 2015

A mere few days after its discovered that MS-DOS games on the Internet Archive could be embedded into tweets, Twitter has decided to disable it, much to the chagrin of people playing games on Twitter. According to this GamesIndustry report, the ability to embed games in tweets violates Twitter's "terms and conditions."

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'H1Z1' adds default female character model

May 1, 2015

Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being),  and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.

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Kickstarter campaign for 'Yooka-Laylee' nearing $1 million on first day

May 1, 2015

Forty minutes after launching its Kickstarter campaign for a new platformer called Yooka-Laylee, developer Playtonic Games blew past its initial goal of $270,000. As of this writing, the crowd-funding campaign for the game is well over $920,000 and climbing.

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FCC Chairman pushes back on proposed changes to rulemaking process

May 1, 2015

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is popular among republican lawmakers - and by popular we mean a regular target of House and Senate committee hearings. Wheeler was hauled before the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee this week for a hearing about transparency: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency" (as detailed by this Ars Technica report).

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Goth_SkunkLike I said, speculation. But evidently that's enough for a site like The Mary Sue.05/04/2015 - 5:09pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.themarysue.com/joss-whedon-deleted-twitter-account/ he seems to be tired off all the crap on twitter.05/04/2015 - 4:55pm
Andrew EisenWell, if something turns up that sounds like it would be worth reporting here, do let us know.05/04/2015 - 4:53pm
Goth_SkunkAFAIK, no one knows. It's all just speculation at this point.05/04/2015 - 4:50pm
Andrew EisenThat depends. Why did he shut it down?05/04/2015 - 4:48pm
Goth_SkunkNot sure if it's something this site would be interested in reporting, but Joss Whedon shut down his twitter account today.05/04/2015 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenIt's a long-standing rule that heavy profanity (and anything that's just super gross) has no place in the Shout box. The community is pretty damn civil though so it rarely comes up so when it does, it's often a surprise to some.05/04/2015 - 4:45pm
Goth_SkunkI also noticed yesterday a concerted effort by this community to refrain from cursing. Is there a new rule? Or was that just coincidental?05/04/2015 - 4:41pm
Andrew EisenIt's certainly tacky but not to the point I feel it merits deletion or a ban warning.05/04/2015 - 4:38pm
Goth_Skunk@AE: Re: deletion of IanC's comment, you should probably extend that same courtesy towards Conster's comment about GG trolls pretending to be looters in Baltimore, too. Though to be fair, IanC's comment was deleted before I had a chance to read it.05/04/2015 - 4:35pm
james_fudgere: Sommers - I simply wrote that she's a "feminist" in our report.05/04/2015 - 3:53pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k its not gamming related, but this past weeks lastweek tonight is a must see.05/04/2015 - 3:39pm
Andrew EisenAlso, how are they trying to paint Sommers in a bad light? Far as I can see, all it says is she's "a professor and critic of contemporary feminism."05/04/2015 - 2:19pm
Andrew EisenIanC - I assume you're referring to Kotaku's report on the bomb threat. What comments are being censored? Any evidence? Not saying it didn't happen. I certainly censored yours, and for damn good reason.05/04/2015 - 2:18pm
Andrew EisenIf there's a story we're not covering that any of you think we should, please feel free to submit it as news.05/04/2015 - 1:48pm
Andrew EisenIanC - I deleted your comment. Such disgusting and libelous crap is not welcome here. Do it again and I'll ban you. This is the only warning you get.05/04/2015 - 1:46pm
IanCOh and GG has not been "dormant" its just that this site can't be bothered to report it. Im surprised they even reported the bomb threat. Threats against both sides are wrong, regardless of who is doing it.05/04/2015 - 1:44pm
IanCOh and Conster thats just sick. I like how its "i hate this group, lets pretend that they are doing something even worse". Thats just wrong.05/04/2015 - 1:41pm
IanCKotaku have been censoring comments on that article. They also tried to paint Christina Sommers in a bad light, just because she isn't the type of feminist that they agree with.05/04/2015 - 1:39pm
E. Zachary KnightConster, I think that might be a little uncalled for.05/04/2015 - 10:20am
 

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