The video games, television and film industries in Texas got a big shock this week when state lawmakers slashed $63 million from the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentives Program from the state’s budget. The program was created in 2008 to attract businesses to the state by providing grants and tax breaks for hiring Texas workers to develop entertainment products or video game projects in the state.Read more
This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles will for the first time in its twenty year history allow the public to attend - at least in a limited fashion. The annual game industry event usually only open to the video games industry and the press that covers it will allow "limited public access," according to Polygon.Read more
Bungie announced that it is cracking down on Destiny players who are cheating by interrupting the connections of their opponents during multiplayer matches. The tactic became obvious during this week's new Trials of Osiris event. Bungie decided to take action against those employing this tactic after other players complained via this Reddit thread and on the game's official forums.Read more
Gearbox Software is no longer a party to the lawsuit against Sega for Aliens: Colonial Marines, according to documents obtained by Polygon. Further, the court will not certify the case as a class action lawsuit, leaving it with only the two main plaintiffs who filed the original lawsuit two years ago.Read more
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released five new games as part of its ongoing initiative to crowd-source bug detection via its Verigames portal. DARPA launched the portal in 2013 and is pleased with the results - it claims the program has helped it over hundreds of thousands of annotations from regular everyday non-coding users.Read more
According to a tweet this morning from EA's official Need for Speed twitter account, you won't be able to play the upcoming reboot of the series (simply called need For Speed) without an Internet connection. Responding to a tweet about past games requiring being connected to an EA server, EA responded by confirming that it was true.
"NFS will require an online connection, but the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends," EA said on Twitter.Read more
EA Sports announced today that FIFA 16 will - for the first time- give players the option of playing as a women in its long running soccer game series (or football if you are in Europe).
According to EA Sports, the game will feature a total of 12 Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.Read more
Carbine Studios is the latest MMO maker to move its game to the free-to-play space. The company announced today that its MMO Wildstar will transition from a monthly subscription based payment model to free-to-play this fall - and only a year after launch.
Players will still have the option to purchase a monthly membership that will provide additional perks including convenience bonuses, game enhancements, and additional slots for characters, costumes, the in-game bank, supplies, and decor items. The client will be free to download and install.Read more
Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has revealed June Games With Gold free offerings for the month of June. For Xbox One owners who have an Xbox Live Gold account, Microsoft is offering Double Fine's fantasy strategy game Massive Chalice and billiards game Pool FX Nation (which is being extended from last month's free game offering).Read more
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) may be be a Tea Party darling, a potential presidential candidate in the growing field of Republicans who want to nab the nomination, and once called net neutrality "Obamacare for the Internet," but one thing he is not is a "fake gamer guy."Read more