Summer Games Done Quick raises $1.2 million for charity

August 3, 2015

This year's Summer Games Done Quick, a speedrunning event under the auspices of Games Done Quick for charity, ended this past weekend and managed to raise $1.2 million for the Doctors Without Borders charity.

This year's total is an impressive jump from last years' event total, which clocked in at around $700,000. During the Awesome Games Done Quick event in January, the organization managed to raise $1.5 million. And the latest numbers will probably change because organizers say that donations are "still coming in."

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Dota 2 The International prize pool hits $18 million

August 3, 2015

The prize pool for the Dota 2 The International is at an amazing $18 million, according to Valve. This year's prize pool for the annual international Dota 2 competition is up a whopping $8 million from last year's prize pool.

The annual event kicks off today at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

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'Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain' multiplayer delayed

August 3, 2015

Metal Gear Online, the online multiplayer component, won't be available when Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1, according to this GamesRadar+ report. Konami announced today that the game's squad-based competitive online mode will go live on consoles October 6 and in early January 2016 on PC. Both the console and PC versions will be released at the same time.

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GamesAid seeks nominations for worthy charities to receive funds this year

August 3, 2015

UK-based video game charity GamesAid is seeking nominations for charities it should give money to this year.  Between August 17th - 28th, GamesAid members (you have to be a member to put forth a charity, but you can sign up for free here) can put forward the names of organizations that deserve to receive a portion of the funds GamesAid collects through fundraising efforts.

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TPP protesters secure Guinness Book World Record for chant

August 3, 2015

It was a bad week for negotiators from 12 countries that met in Hawaii to hash out - what was supposed to be - the final details of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The 12 countries couldn't seem to agree on a number of issues and it lead to trade reps ultimately agreeing to have another meeting two weeks from now.

In addition to negotiators having it out behind closed doors, a large crowd of protestors gathered in Maui to vocally express their disdain for the trade agreement.

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PSA: Get older 'Gears of War' games free with 'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition'

August 3, 2015

Microsoft announced today on Xbox.com that those who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One will get access to backwards compatible versions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment.  Anyone who buys and plays Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015 will get access to the aforementioned games when they launch this fall on Xbox One.

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China Joy 2015 'bans' scantily-clad models

August 3, 2015

Chinese newspaper Xinhuanet is reporting that this year's China Joy 2015 event, an annual gathering to celebrate and promote interactive entertainment in the region, has "banned" scantily-clad models.  According to the report this is to keep things "appropriate." Most companies seem to have had little problem in adhering to the new standards set by organizers. One game fan who spoke to the publication said that most people in attendance seemed to enjoy the change.

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Report: Konami's treatment of employees called into question

August 3, 2015

Konami's Japanese headquarters is a highly restrictive place to work, according to a damning report in Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.  The report paints a picture of a hostile work environment where employees are monitored, shamed company-wide when they do something wrong, limited or banned from having access to the Internet on their work computers, and demoted when their usefulness as creators is determined to be diminished by management.

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Resident Evil producer already pitched a 'Resident Evil 2' remake to Capcom

August 3, 2015

It was interesting last week when Capcom appeared to express interest in a high definition fan remake of Resident Evil 2, but it turns out that it might have been soliciting comments on community interest for something it has been thinking about for awhile internally.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 152

August 3, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 152), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below.

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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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IronPatriotTherefore, Gamergate was N08/04/2015 - 1:09am
IronPatriotAndrew, that is hardly my point. Not only is Gamergate's ethics charge against Sarkeesian a lie, but ethics charges against ALL its original targets were lies. Right?08/04/2015 - 1:09am
ZippyDSMleenormal publishers anyway. Witht hat said my main book project has a narrator less native style, a type of exposition. I dunno if I am goign to change it or not dose not seem to flow as well as the one I finished.08/04/2015 - 1:06am
ZippyDSMleeMattsworkname: I still do not grasp grammar and proper literature level grammar is beyond me, not to mention its a questionable game of tag with publishers so I will just self publish, since my writing style is simpsltic it dose not fit into the norms of08/04/2015 - 1:05am
IronPatriotCongrats, Zippy08/04/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI believe if Chris was actually interested in arguing the subject matter, he would have looked at the more fully formed argument linked to by Sarkeesian in the same series of Tweets he's focusing on rather than the tweets themselves.08/04/2015 - 1:02am
MattsworknameZippie:: Got a publisher yet? or you doing the "online publishing thing"08/04/2015 - 12:59am
MattsworknameAndrew: Yep, though thankfully its not as common as it was when GG started. hopefully as time goes on, it'll just fade away entriely08/04/2015 - 12:58am
ZippyDSMleeGot one of my "books" (such as it is) finished, 17k words, here is the first chapter. http://zippydsmlee.tumblr.com/post/123483609450/chronicles-of-the-lord-of-power-lost-and08/04/2015 - 12:56am
Andrew EisenPeople decided to hate her before she said anything and to this day are desperately search for something, anything to justify that decision.08/04/2015 - 12:56am
MattsworknameExactly andrw anita had teh ire of some people in the movment and as a result she got dragged into the mess . Not fair, not pleasent, but thats all there to it. Moving on08/04/2015 - 12:55am
Andrew EisenHow did she piss off a large group? By announcing the intention to produce a series of videos examining the representation of females in video games if enough people were interested in the project to donate $6k. That horrible monster!08/04/2015 - 12:54am
Mattsworknamethe whole thing exploded. The ethics targerts were actually stuff like polygon, kotaku, Gamesutra, Leagh alexander, Etc etc. Anita was just an extra name they could throw on the pile08/04/2015 - 12:52am
Andrew EisenSarkeesian isn't a journalist. If GamerGate is SOLELY about ethics in games journalism it shouldn't have any interest in her. Point made. Move on.08/04/2015 - 12:47am
MattsworknameIP: Cause she got caught in a larger issue by pissing off a large group. As andrew and I have discussed in the past, the issues at hand with her videos are more about content and context then ethics, she just got pulled into the larger fight about it when08/04/2015 - 12:47am
MattsworknameI find it hard to dispute his points andrew, though you are right ,his points are often focused on VERY specific statements and concerns, of that you are correct08/04/2015 - 12:45am
Andrew EisenOh well. At least it was only seven and a half minutes.08/04/2015 - 12:45am
IronPatriotMattswork, if Gamergate is actually about ethics in journalism, why is Sarkeesian a major gamergate target?08/04/2015 - 12:45am
Andrew EisenI watched Chris's video. It's pretty lousy. He has a serious problem with strawman arguments, taking things out of context and arguing pieces of an argument in turn rather than the overarching point.08/04/2015 - 12:44am
MattsworknameGot it andrew08/04/2015 - 12:43am
 

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