'FIFA 16' to feature 12 female teams

May 28, 2015

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.

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'Wildstar' going free-to-play this fall

May 28, 2015

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.

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Microsoft reveals June's 'Games With Gold' free games offerings

May 28, 2015

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).

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Senator Ted Cruz: presidential candidate and long-time gamer

May 28, 2015

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."

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Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

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Report: FCC floats proposal to extend 'Lifeline' program to cover Internet access

May 28, 2015

Politico reports that the Federal Communications Commission is drafting a proposal to extend the Lifeline mobile phone program (often referred to by some as the "Obamaphone" program, despite the fact it was around long before he took office) to cover broadband Internet for the poor.

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Latest 'The Witcher 3' update accidently adds XP gain bug

May 28, 2015

The new 1.02 update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is causing problems for some players on Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4, according to this Polygon report. Along with some tweaks and bug fixes, the new update inadvertently introduced a new bug related to experience gains from quests.

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BBC's 'Watchdog' investigates Sony's digital refund policy

May 28, 2015

Pro-consumer BBC television program "Watchdog" will take on Sony over its digital refunds policy related to its home console systems tonight, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The episode is the result of some high profile complaints against Sony's refund policy for digital goods on the PS3 - with a particular focus on a victim of identity theft named John Lappin.

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Oculus Rift will cost $1500... with a new computer

May 28, 2015

Oculus says that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will cost $1,500 when it releases early next year - if you buy a new PC capable of running the hardware. Ars Technica attempts to break down the number given by Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe here, but its seem like Oculus is trying to avoid saying the price of the headset out loud.

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Twitch bans 'Adults Only' game streams

May 28, 2015

Game streaming powerhouse Twitch has updated its rules of conduct on streaming games rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB (or games with an equivalent rating under other ratings systems like PEGI, etc.). Under the new rules of conduct games rated "AO" cannot be streamed on Twitch, but games rated 18+ in other regions are fine (as long as they do not have an ESRB rating of AO in the North America).

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Poll: Is it censorship when a private retailer decides not to sell a particular video game?

May 27, 2015

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PlayStation Home developer breaks free from Sony

May 27, 2015

PlayStation Home developer Loot Entertainment is getting out from behind the long shadow of Sony to publish independently developed games on its own. According to GamesBeat, the company has re-launched as Loot Interactive and will show off three games at the Electronic entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next month that it plans on publishing this summer.

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Charter promises no data caps for customers under new mega-cable company structure

May 27, 2015

Charter Communications is getting out in front of any trouble it might have with the Federal Communications Commission on the subject of net neutrality after seeing the spectacular unraveling of the deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Earlier this week Charter announced its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable for around $55 billion and a side deal to buy up Bright House for $10 billion.

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'The Witcher 3' tops Japanese weekly game sales chart

May 27, 2015

Here's a surprise - CD Projekt RED's action RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC)  is apparently a chart topper in Japan.

According to retail sales data from Media Create, The Witcher 3: Wild hunt for PS4 sold 67,000 sold units in the region during its first week of availability, beating out Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS, Lovely x Cation 1&2 for PS Vita, and Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code for 3DS.

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Latest edition of Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary adding 'net neutrality'

May 27, 2015

The newest edition of the Merriam-Webster unabridged dictionary is adding a number of new internet-related terms including "meme," "emoji," and "net neutrality." The new edition will feature more than 1,700 new entries, according to an announcement this week by Merriam-Webster announced this week. 

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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
Andrew EisenHey, remember Kung Fury? That short film that was funded via Kickstarter a few years ago? You can watch it now. I suggest you do. It's fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg05/28/2015 - 5:14pm
Goth_SkunkOriginally, yes. Some content was cut out in order to reduce its ratign from AO down to M, but PC users could work around that an unlock the full content by means of a patch. Which is what I did. :D05/28/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenKarp - Yes, for strong sexual content. Although the recent remaster contains all that content and was rated M.05/28/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenDepends on if you consider Hatred misrated. I haven't played the game or seen the ESRB's rating summary so I'm undecided.05/28/2015 - 3:53pm
WonderkarpDidnt Fahrenheit have an AO?05/28/2015 - 3:52pm
Matthew Wilson@AE that is why I said it seems more moral panic to me.05/28/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - From what I've seen (just the trailers) the game is nowhere near as gory as many, many other games. But again, I'm guessing the AO rating comes from theme and tone rather than outright gore.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Andrew EisenKarp - It didn't show penetration or nudity.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
WonderkarpI'd say Mortal Kombat X has more Gore and Violence than Hatred.05/28/2015 - 3:50pm
Matthew Wilsonwhat I mean by worse in this case its not more gory/violent than others.05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
WonderkarpI forget....did Hot Coffee actually show Penetration?05/28/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenKarp - The Skyrim mods are external mods. The Hot Coffee mod unlocked content on the disc. Big difference. Still, the content that was unlocked was still perfectly in line with an M rating in my opinion.05/28/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenThemes are factored into ratings, not just mechanics. Still waiting for ESRB's rating summary. Very curious to see what it has to say.05/28/2015 - 3:46pm
Matthew WilsonHatred is a top down shooter though, and isnt any worse than other top down shooters?05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Wonderkarpyeah, San Andreases rerating was ridiculous. Why not rerate Skyrim with all its crazy sex mods out there? But yeah, ESRB is good as policing itself. 05/28/2015 - 3:45pm
Andrew EisenManhunt 2 and Hatred though? Eh, there's an argument to be made for the higher rating.05/28/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenRerating San Andreas was a mistake though. That seemed to be the result of kowtowing to public pressure.05/28/2015 - 3:42pm
 

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