2015 Gamers in Real Life scholarship winners revealed

July 1, 2015

Daybreak Game Company LLC has announced the two winners of the 2015 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. The recipients of this year's scholarships are Grace Kim of Aurora, Colo., and Cherylynn Lima of Brentwood, Calif. Now in its eighth year, the G.I.R.L Scholarship was expanded this year to honor students in two categories: Art & Design and Programming & Engineering. Daybreak Games established the scholarship program to encourage college students to pursue careers in the video game industry.

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FISA Court gives the NSA another 180 days to spy on you

July 1, 2015

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling from the secretive court allows the NSA to flip the switch back to the "on" position, despite the provision of the USA Patriot Act expiring on June 1.

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Report: WBIE knew the PC version of 'Batman Arkham Knight' was broken

July 1, 2015

Several testers who worked on the quality assurance team for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight say that they are not surprised that the game was so riddled with bugs, glitches and general technical problems.

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SumOfUs.org takes aim at TWC at shareholders meeting

July 1, 2015

International consumer watchdog SumOfUs.org, is backing a current shareholder resolution at Time Warner’s annual general meeting of shareholders in New York City this week calling on the Internet and cable service provider to disclose all of its political spending and to end the funding of shadow organizations opposed to net neutrality.

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Report: Canadian Security Intelligence Service website taken down by hacker(s)

July 1, 2015

SC Magazine reports that unknown hackers managed to temporarily shut down the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) website on Monday night using a DDoS attack. This is the second time in the last couple of weeks that hackers have managed to take the site offline. The attack(s) are being attributed to a lone hackers who were formerly associated with hacktivist group Anonymous, working on their own. Read more

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Riot Games invests in 'Curse Voice'

July 1, 2015

League of Legends maker Riot Games (which is owned by China-based online gaming super power Tencent) has invested an undisclosed amount of money in online media and tech company Curse. The focus of the investment appears to be in Curse Voice, the company's   VOIP solution for gaming, but Curse is best known for its Gamepedia web portal, a Wikipedia-style repository of information on a number of popular games, and a number of portals dedicated to specific games run by fans. The site touts 28 million monthly visitors and over 1 billion page views.

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MTG acquires controlling interest in ESL parent company

July 1, 2015

eSports league ESL has reached an agreement with MTG, to acquire a majority stake in Turtle Entertainment GmbH, the holding company for ESL and its international subsidiaries. ESL, one of the world’s largest eSports companies, operates a variety of high profile competitive gaming events such as the Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, MTG will acquire a majority of the outstanding shares of Turtle Entertainment for €78 million (roughly $86.4 million USD).

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Report: Leland Yee may take a plea deal in federal corruption case

July 1, 2015

Former California state senator Leland Yee may be looking for a plea deal, according to several Bay Area reports this morning. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Yee and his attorney are scheduled to appear before San Francisco U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sometime today for a change of plea hearing, which has been set on the judge's public calendar. The terms of this alleged plea agreement have not been made public.

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EFF celebrates 25 years of digital rights advocacy July 16

July 1, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will celebrate its 25th anniversary on July 16 at a party in San Francisco, the digital rights advocacy group announced today.

On July 16 it will also host what it is calling a "Minicon" in the first part of the day. The Minicon will offer discussions on the past, present and future of digital rights.

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Australian government bans over 200 mobile games

June 30, 2015

Ugh.

It is so hard for me to refrain from editorializing when I write these types of stories but... I'll do my best.

The Australian Classification Board has the ability to refuse classification to any game it feels falls outside the scope of its highest rating.  This effectively bans these titles because it's illegal to sell games in Australia that aren't rated.

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Over 20 million copies of 'Minecraft' sold on PC

June 30, 2015

The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.

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Lenovo joins Open Gaming Alliance as 'corporate member'

June 30, 2015

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA - formerly the PC Gaming Alliance) today announced that PC maker Lenovo has joined the association as a corporate member. Lenovo joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Razer, Unity, and Webroot in supporting the OGA’s "efforts to provide leadership and opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the games business ecosystem."

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PSA: 'Terraria' 1.3 update is finally available

June 30, 2015

As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.

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eSports company 'Unikrn' raises $7 million in investments

June 30, 2015

eSports and gaming company Unikrn has raised an additional $7 million from an all-star group of investors led by Jonathan Teo and Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital, who are known for early investing in companies such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Whisper, Taskrabbit and more.  Unikrn was co-founded by Rahul Sood, creator of gaming PC company VoodooPC. 

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Europe bans roaming charges, adopts stricter net neutrality rules

June 30, 2015

The European Commission announced that roaming charges for mobile phones will be banned in all European territories and that European lawmakers have adopted stricter net neutrality rules.

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Andrew EisenEspecially if you refuse to listen to what they have to say. As an example, had you read the article (and you're under no obligation to do so, mind), you'd learn that she isn't saying a scene is bad simply because it depicts or describes rape.07/01/2015 - 3:02pm
Goth_SkunkI never said their position was less valid than mine. I'm just saying they will never convince me away from my stance, so there's no point in trying.07/01/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://blog.twitch.tv/2015/06/html5-chat-is-live/ now only if we could get videos as html 5 instead of crappy flash.07/01/2015 - 2:55pm
james_fudgeSee what i'm saying?07/01/2015 - 2:48pm
james_fudgeI also am not a PoC and don't understand how a word with hundreds of years of history behind it affects them.07/01/2015 - 2:48pm
james_fudgeWe should also stop pretending that we understand someone else's perspective. I am not a woman nor a rape survivor and I have no idea how this stuff affects them.07/01/2015 - 2:48pm
james_fudgeThe trick is - can people talk about these things without losing their cool?07/01/2015 - 2:46pm
james_fudgetheir position is just as valid as yours07/01/2015 - 2:46pm
Goth_SkunkAs far as I'm concerned, there is no justification for such a stance.07/01/2015 - 2:45pm
Goth_SkunkThe theme of the writer's article is "People shouldn't write rape scenes in their creative works, even though they can." I disagree with the premise on its face, and don't care how one tries to justify it.07/01/2015 - 2:44pm
Goth_Skunk@eZeek: Last I checked, rape was supposed to be offensive. I don't see how it could be anything else. But to call a scene 'bad' just for having implicit or explicit rape in it is ridiculous.07/01/2015 - 2:42pm
TechnogeekThe constant conflation of "you shouldn't do this" as a personal guideline and "you shouldn't do this" as something with the force of law is really getting tiresome. Lawful Neutral was garbage in D&D, and it's garbage in real life.07/01/2015 - 12:24pm
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/sources-warner-bros-knew-that-arkham-knight-pc-was-a-1714915219 Sources: Warner Bros. Knew That Arkham Knight PC Was A Mess For Months07/01/2015 - 11:49am
Andrew EisenIf you do, I hope you can provide some examples of people (again, other than random no-name numbnuts on Twitter) who are genuinely trying to dictate what should and should not be allowed so far as themes, topics, language, plot devices, etc. go.07/01/2015 - 9:43am
MattsworknameI'd go into why I think it's a bigger problem then most realize, but nows not the time really. I'll catch up with everyone later07/01/2015 - 9:42am
Andrew EisenThat's the thing though, rarely is anyone (again, other than random numbnuts on Twitter) attempting to dictate what can and cannot be said or done.07/01/2015 - 9:39am
Andrew Eisen"Don't write rape scenes" is being offered as advice (along with reasons for that advice) not a mandate.07/01/2015 - 9:37am
MattsworknameOh, on that last one andrew I wasn't talking about the article, I was being more general, lately it seems like all the news and media is trying to decide what is and isn't proper to say. Thats what i was refering to.07/01/2015 - 9:37am
Andrew EisenPerhaps you should consider reading the entire article. Despite quotes you can pull from the intro and conclusion, the author isn't arguing that you can't or shouldn't be allowed to cover a certain topic.07/01/2015 - 9:35am
MattsworknameOne of the things I hate right now is that people are trying to be the deciders of what is and isn't proper to be said. It's political correctness to a level that makes me angry.07/01/2015 - 9:29am
 

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