AOL Shutting Down Joystiq and Massively

January 30, 2015

AOL is shutting down Joystiq and popular MMO sister site Massively. A report earlier in the day from Techcrunch indicated that parent company AOL planned on rolling the Joystiq brand back into tech site Engadget.

The news was confirmed today by Massively editor-in-chief Brianna Royce (in this blog post) and in a tweet from Joystiq News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski.

In his tweet, Sliwinski shared a LinkedIn staff list:

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Left Behind Games Executive Punished For Illegal Stock Trading

January 30, 2015

A Hawaiian court has sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a former executive from religious-themed video games publisher Left Behind Games, according to an Accounting Today report (as reported by Blue's News) detailing the particulars of the case.

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Gearbox Writer Heads To Hollywood For Original Hulu Comedy Series

January 30, 2015

Gearbox head writer Anthony Burch is leaving the company to write an original comedy series for Hulu. Burch, the lead writer on Gearbox's popular Borderlands 2, said that he would be moving to Los Angeles to begin working on a new show with Lionsgate and RocketJump. The series will be produced by RocketJump in association with Lionsgate Television and will stream exclusively on Hulu. RocketJump is best known for Freddy Wong's popular Video Game High School series, which has had three successful seasons so far.

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EFF's 'Stupid Patent of the Month' Is Game-Related

January 30, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has named U.S. Patent 8,529,350 January’s "Stupid Patent of the Month." You may recall our story from earlier this month in which White Knuckle (the patent holder) sued Electronic Arts over the patent which relates to "remotely updating a sports video game based on real-world events." The company says that several of EA's sports titles including Tiger Woods PGA Tour and its NCAA titles infringe on the patent.

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New York State Senator Working on More Incentives for Video Games Industry

January 30, 2015

A top New York State Senator admits that lawmakers are not doing enough to attract the video game and tech industries to the Empire State, but will make it his top priority in 2015. New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) believes other states and parts of Canada are beating New York State in attracting gaming and biotech companies.

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Sega Sammy Announces Restructuring Plans, Mass Layoffs

January 30, 2015

Sega Sammy announced today that it will cut jobs and encourage several hundred employees to retire early as part of a restructuring plan to focus on "digital games. In a press release issued this morning, the company said that Sega of America's offices would be affected by layoffs and early retirements as it relocates its operations from San Francisco to South California in the coming months. Read more

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PewDiePie and Other YouTube Stars Criticize Nintendo's New Revenue Sharing Program

January 30, 2015

YouTube personalities continue to rail against Nintendo's YouTube revenue sharing plan that it revealed more details on yesterday. That plan would allow YouTube video content creators to share the ad revenue generated from videos containing Nintendo-owned intellectual property, with the company taking a 30 - 40 percent cut.

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3DS Exploit Allows 'Side-Loading' Game Boy Color Roms

January 30, 2015

According to several reports (one from Ars Technica and another from Tom's Guide), a new exploit has been uncovered that allows 3DS owners to "side-load" Game Boy Color roms. Read more

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Law & Order SVU Tackles Video Games and Online Harassment in Upcoming Episode

January 30, 2015

All Things Law & Order, (as you might guess) a blog dedicated to the popular and long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order, has news of a special episode of Law & Order SVU dealing with video games, online harassment, threats and a female game developer. Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air on February 11 (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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U.S. Navy Details 'Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix'

January 30, 2015

The United States Navy on Thursday revealed a training simulation game sponsored by the Office of Naval Research called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix. Strike Group Defender is a virtual "demo space" developed as part of the Office of Naval Research Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) portfolio managed by PMR-51.

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YouTubers Respond To 'Nintendo Creator's Program'

January 29, 2015

Kotaku has an excellent report on the reaction from content creators to Nintendo's new revenue sharing program ("Nintendo Creator's Program") for YouTube videos that use its various intellectual properties in Let's Play videos and other video content. The company announced today that it would officially launch the revenue sharing program in May and that it would want 40 percent of ad revenue from a video containing its IP. Read more

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Report: FCC Considering 'Review Process' For Paid Peering Agreements

January 29, 2015

According to a Bloomberg report, the Federal Communications Commission will setup a review process for those who are in peering agreements with ISPs (like Netflix) to complain about it. The FCC will still consider banning the practice of fast lanes, which is a different animal altogether. Read more

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Twitch Hits 100 Million Users a Month Milestone

January 29, 2015

Game streaming and broadcasting service Twitch announced that it hit the 100 million users a month milestone in 2014. Twitch was bought out by Amazon for nearly $1 billion dollars in the latter part of 2014, but the change in ownership didn't seem to slow the service's momentum in 2014; it increased its monthly viewership from 45 million in 2013 to 100 million in 2014.

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'Transistor' and 'Rogue Legacy' Headline PS Plus in February

January 29, 2015

Sony's PlayStation Blog (and its European equivalent) have revealed all of the free stuff available to subscribers of its PlayStation Plus subscription in February. Beginning on February 4 PS4 owners will be able to score Apotheon, Transistor, and Rogue Legacy. PS3 owners will get Thief, Yakuza 4, and Rogue Legacy. Read more

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FCC Raises Minimum Broadband Standards Substantially

January 29, 2015

As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has decided to change its definition of what constitutes a broadband speed, much to the chagrin of both DSL and cable network owners. The minimum download speed considered "broadband" is now 25Mbps (way up from 4Mbps) and the new minimum upload speed is 3Mbps (up from 1Mbps). What this means is that the number of US households who don't have access to broadband has just tripled and DSL networks will no longer be able to claim broadband status. Read more

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prh99Maybe it's time to rethink your strategy if your enemy doesn't have to make stuff up.02/01/2015 - 5:01am
prh99Also if you don't like someone, harassment and scandals will only get them more attention. Zoe Quinn would probably not be as well known if not for various harassers.02/01/2015 - 5:00am
prh99Personally, I just clicked the three vertical dots the first YouTube recommended one, haven't seen one since. Too bad I can't get rid of Pewdiepie video recommendations that easily.02/01/2015 - 3:19am
prh99Just don't watch the videos, who cares what she does or doesn't do. If her audience likes it so be, if they think she's doing something she shouldn't they'll stop watching.02/01/2015 - 3:14am
WonderkarpAndrew Yoon Died http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/rip-andrew-yoon-3096901/31/2015 - 10:26pm
Matthew Wilson@ea so much happened this week its not funny. fcc broadband, Nintendo, sega, and sevral other big stories. was not a slow week lol01/31/2015 - 8:50pm
Andrew EisenWasn't on the list but we can certainly talk about it.01/31/2015 - 8:45pm
Matthew WilsonI know its not directly related to games, but are you going to tak about the fcc raising the definition of broadband to 25/3?01/31/2015 - 8:33pm
Wonderkarpwell we had to christen it some way01/31/2015 - 7:13pm
Andrew EisenThank goodness the Shout box now goes back 100 shouts, eh folks?01/31/2015 - 7:10pm
Wonderkarpyouve said youre stuff. I gave you a point on one thing.01/31/2015 - 7:04pm
Andrew EisenNo, they're facts. Not beliefs. Not opinions. Facts. Do I need to list them all for you again? I'm happy to oblige.01/31/2015 - 7:02pm
Andrew EisenAnd I have seen no evidence (and would find it very hard to believe) that her fans and funders, even the most radical, would be the ones perpetuating that nonsense.01/31/2015 - 7:01pm
Wonderkarpabout as right as Glenn Beck is about the gays, man. Its all your beliefs and opinions.01/31/2015 - 7:01pm
Andrew EisenI didn't say you did. And this talking head is still right about everything he's said so far.01/31/2015 - 6:58pm
Andrew EisenAlso, considering the number of non profits that merchandise, I'm going to guess you're wrong on that one too but I don't really know as it's not my area of expertise.01/31/2015 - 6:58pm
WonderkarpYou can keep saying that all you want. Its just a talking head, man. there's all the proof in the pudding. I never said she was trying to take away games, or get rid of male protagonists, or any of the BS thats perpetraited by her more radicalfans/funders01/31/2015 - 6:56pm
Andrew EisenNo, as I've spelled out throughout this discussion, you're wrong.01/31/2015 - 6:53pm
Wonderkarpok. that one I am wrong. I'll give you that one. That was one I didnt research properly. BUT I'm right on the others.01/31/2015 - 6:53pm
Andrew EisenFact: It makes no difference whether she recorded the footage or not. Fact: yes she does have a Section 107 'fair use' disclaimer at the end of every video and in the video description.01/31/2015 - 6:47pm
 

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