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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MattsworknameMaybe among themselves andrew, but I cant find any indicatoin that the gg or anti gg groups ever tried to honestly debate each other, name one time anita debated someone or milo debaated someone from the other side, I cant find any05/04/2015 - 7:15pm
Andrew EisenNot at all true. It's just the jerk faces that aren't willing to be decent, civil human beings. Everyone else is fine and more than willing to talk about stuff.05/04/2015 - 7:04pm
MattsworknameTrue andrew, but to my best effort research, i can find no indication of either side being willing to do that. As far as i can tell, neither side is willing to discusss or debate the other. They just keep attacking each other.05/04/2015 - 6:59pm
Andrew EisenSo... yep, hate should stop. Yep, no one should be bullied into self censorship. And yep, the portrayal of women in video games should be discussed. Not sure who (other than jerk faces) you're going to get to argue against any of that.05/04/2015 - 6:34pm
Andrew EisenThird, that’s a discussion that’s already being had. Unfortunately, it’s those darn jerk faces trying to shoot down and ultimately silence such discussions.05/04/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenSecond, no one wants to bully the industry into self censorship (except the aforementioned jerk faces who work towards exactly that) so that’s a short discussion too.05/04/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenOkay, first, I don't think anyone wanted hate or harassment (except the jerk faces pulling that crap) so not much to discuss there.05/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Craig R.I'd say I'm baffled how you can still have your head shoved so far in the sand, Goth, but I'm not.05/04/2015 - 6:23pm
Mattsworknamein05/04/2015 - 6:22pm
MattsworknameFirst, we can all agree the hate has to stop, second, we should discuss the different between wanting more inclusion and trying to bully the industry into self censorship, also, we should discuss not if women appear in games and how, but the context there05/04/2015 - 6:22pm
Andrew EisenWhat are some of the things you'd like to see discussed?05/04/2015 - 6:14pm
MattsworknameAs i said in my comment on the GG story, im hoping this both gets some of the media groups to take and unbiased look at gg and starts a path to reconciliation. Im tried of GG being a fight and not a discussion05/04/2015 - 6:05pm
Goth_SkunkI'm baffled speechless by that leap of logic.05/04/2015 - 5:48pm
Craig R.GG has done a great job making other people, such as Sarkeesian, relevant. But the nebulous group of hate and misogyny? Not so much.05/04/2015 - 5:45pm
Craig R.So every Twitch streamer who has been swatted is now incredibly relevant? Not buying it.05/04/2015 - 5:39pm
james_fudgeHopefully that will be the last update on that story. #tired05/04/2015 - 5:39pm
james_fudgeFYI We updated our story with comments from Arthur Chu and Christina Sommers.05/04/2015 - 5:38pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Your definition of 'safe' is peculiar then, because GG is anything but irrelevant. You don't call bomb threats on irrelevant groups of people, nor do you kick out pro-GG supporting expo exhibitors if they're irrelevant.05/04/2015 - 5:29pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/04/prime-minister-of-singapore-shares-his-c-code-for-sudoku-solver/ got to admit this is kinda cool.05/04/2015 - 5:24pm
Andrew EisenThe Mary Sue isn't speculating, it's reporting. Matthew is speculating but that's fine in the Shout box. Hell, it's also fine to add a bit of speculation and opinion within your reporting too!05/04/2015 - 5:18pm
 

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