RIP, Leonard Nimoy

February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who played logical Vulcan crew member Spock on the cult classic sci-fi series Star Trek, passed away today, The New York Times reports. Read more

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at The Trans-Pacific Partnership

February 27, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is notorious for taking on big fights in the U.S. Senate like Wall street and big banks, so when she goes after someone or something people tend to take notice. According to this Politico article, her next target is the Obama Administration's trade deal. According to Politico, Warren has begun fighting with the Obama administration over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Tencent Takes Minority Stake in 'Orcs Must Die!' Developer Robot Entertainment

February 27, 2015

Tencent has taken a minority stake in Robot Entertainment, the company best known for developing the Orcs Must Die! games. This investment follows a majority stake investment in mobile developer Miniclip earlier in the month. Tencent leverages its investments in a number of companies to license big franchises for the lucrative Chinese games market where it is a major player.

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SuperData: 'Grand Theft Auto V' Tops Digital Sales Charts in January

February 27, 2015

The very first bit of data from research firm SuperData's new initiative to cover digital game sales shows that games from Activision and Take-Two Interactive have made the most money in the digital landscape during the month of January.

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'Final Fantasy Mystic Quest HD Remake' is a Scam

February 27, 2015

Yesterday several major publications were duped by a supposed remake of the Super NES Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. It happens. But it turned out that the company that supposedly created the game was in fact running an elaborate con.

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Webroot Joins Open Gaming Alliance as a Corporate Sponsor

February 26, 2015

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) has added cloud-based cybersecurity company Webroot as its newest corporate Sponsor. Webroot joins other industry leaders including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Plantronics, Razer and Unity Technologies in supporting the OGA’s efforts.

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Capcom Apologizes For Listing Local Co-op as Feature in PC Version of 'RE: Revelations 2'

February 26, 2015

Earlier in the week we reported that Capcom had removed local co-op play from the PC version of Resident Evil Revelations 2 - despite listing the feature on the game's Steam product page. Now the publisher is apologizing and saying that the listing of that feature was a "simple mistake."

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2015 Games For Change Awards Finalists Announced

February 26, 2015

Never Alone, This War of Mine, Bounden and other notable games have been named as finalists for the 2015 Games for Change Awards, Games For Change announced today. Games For Change (G4C), a non-profit that champions social impact through digital games, is celebrating these titles for their social impact. The winners will be announced during the 12th Annual Games for Change Festival on the evening of Wednesday, April 22.

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This Humble Weekly Bundle Celebrates Japanese Games

February 26, 2015

The latest Humble Weekly bundle is all about games made in Japan. The Humble Weekly Bundle Made in Japan lets you pay whatever you want for the adventure comedy game Cherry Tree High Complete Pack, Doujin game Fairy Bloom Freesia, and the language learning game Influent.

Pay more than the average price to get multiplayer arena fighting game Magical Battle Festa, action shooter game Revolver 360 Re:Actor, and the arcade shooter trilogy of games, The Tale of ALLTYNEX.

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Poll: Will an M Rating Hurt Batman: Arkham Knight's Sales?

February 26, 2015

Okay, let's take a quick break from all that heavy net neutrality stuff and talk about Batman!

Specifically, the new Batman game's ESRB rating.

Batman: Arkham Knight will release this June sporting an M rating.  This surprised many as the previous games in the Arkham series (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Origins: Blackgate) have all been rated T.

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President Obama Thanks Americans For Supporting Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015

President Barack Obama issued a statement today following the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

While avoiding the specific details and ramifications of the FCC's reclassification rules to make the Open Internet Order enforceable and legal, the president heaped praise on American citizens who went out of their way to strongly support these and other changes.

His statement to the American public can be read below in its entirety.

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Reactions To FCC's Net Neutrality Rule Changes

February 26, 2015

Update: The Entertainment Software Association - the trade group representing the video game industry - praised the FCC's decision today concerning net neutrality rules changes (thanks GamesBeat):

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FCC Reclassifies Broadband and Mobile Providers as Common Carriers Under Title II

February 26, 2015

After lengthy orations from the two Democratic and two Republican FCC commissioners at a hearing today, the full commission voted in favor of reclassifying mobile and broadband as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Republican commissioners voted against the rule changes, while Democratic Commissioners and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler voted in favor of the measure. The net neutrality rule changes also ban the practice of paid prioritization, or "fast lanes" (whereby content providers pay ISPs for direct access to its customers).

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PSA: Watch The FCC's Hearing and Vote on Net Neutrality Rule Changes Live

February 26, 2015

If you are interested in seeing the full commission arguing about net neutrality rule changes and in taking a closer look at state laws that pot up barriers to municipal broadband offerings, then you can watch it live on The Verge.

They are also live-tweeting the event as it happens. Right now Republican commissioners are explaining why pre-empting state laws is unconstitutional and amount to meddling with the free market.

A vote on this particular issue is eminent.

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Report: PS4 Owners Chose System Because It Offered 'Higher Resolutions'

February 26, 2015

We are apparently not at a point in the video game industry's history where graphics no longer matter, if you believe a new Nielsen survey on the buying habits of console owners.

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Andrew EisenWhat the hell are you talking about?02/27/2015 - 4:05pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen: The I can make money by A milking a niche base and or B saying crazy things industry. Then what is the reasoning for the criticisms?02/27/2015 - 4:04pm
Andrew EisenAgain, nothing you say makes a lick of sense.02/27/2015 - 3:54pm
Andrew EisenNo one is saying the sexual objectification of female characters is causing people to be mean in real life.02/27/2015 - 3:53pm
Andrew EisenIndustries build around what? No one is confusing fiction and reality. No one is claiming fictional characters have feelings or rights or are they themselves speaking against their own objectification.02/27/2015 - 3:52pm
ZippyDSMleeresponsibility kick in to not treat others poorly and have enough self-worth to not be discouraged by the smallest of things?02/27/2015 - 3:42pm
ZippyDSMleeOne could stretch things pretty far and claim that mindsets shaped by fiction shape the real world treatment of real people but my question is which came first the chicken(mistreatment) or the egg(fiction) and where and when dose individual personal respo02/27/2015 - 3:42pm
ZippyDSMleeFrankly it looks more like people are getting fiction and reality confused, fictional characters have no feelings or rights thus to claim they can be objectified and treated poorly make for a somewhat disingenuous argument.02/27/2015 - 3:42pm
ZippyDSMleeIf there were not industries built around it I could agree but the same format that any political talking head uses or Jack Thompson used also supports less excessive critics…02/27/2015 - 3:41pm
Andrew EisenSo once again, nothing you say makes a lick of sense.02/27/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenCritics who offer suggestions on how their issues might be addressed are not bullies and no one is attempting to police anything let alone anyone's morals.02/27/2015 - 3:24pm
ZippyDSMleeof bad press will keep others in line.02/27/2015 - 3:20pm
ZippyDSMleeIt’s a rather simple concept to do minimal effort to reach a goal. Once a bully has established themselves they have to do little to attain their goal. Same with the moral police once one establish tactics to damage the profits of an IP the vague threat02/27/2015 - 3:20pm
ZippyDSMleeIf you think that is bad you should see the syntax errors I generate in Uscript :P02/27/2015 - 3:18pm
Matthew Wilson@AE im a pc guy, so I am ok if sega only does pc and mobile. on the other hand, the last pc game I bought from them was the valkyria chronicles port.02/27/2015 - 3:12pm
Andrew EisenThat makes no sense. I mean I literally can't parse what you wrote.02/27/2015 - 3:01pm
ZippyDSMleewide and varied and as such is one of the most haphazardly protected forms of free speech there is.02/27/2015 - 2:55pm
ZippyDSMleeSo using bad press and the treat there of to put minimal pressure upon others is not the same as putting minimal pressure on someone to take their launch money? Underage sex is one of the easiest go to things in fiction. The reasoning to ban it is wide an02/27/2015 - 2:54pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, how the hell did you just jump from "suggestions to improve the representation of women in video games" to "the banning of depictions of underage sex acts in fiction"?02/27/2015 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenNo one's bullying anyone. No one's making demands. No one is making laws. No one's suggesting anything be banned.02/27/2015 - 2:38pm
 

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