Gen Con issues letter to the community on SB 101, event stuck in Indianapolis until after 2020

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.

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Some 'Rust' players not thrilled about new character races

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the makers of action survival game Rust introduced new "player races" into the game to give users an avatar that has a unique look, but the randomness of the system and the lack of choices is rubbing some players the wrong way and causing a rise in racist behavior among some of the game's more loathsome players.

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'In Tune' explores the thorny topic of consensual physical contact

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Tweed Couch Games (an indie studio made up of three student developers - Jessica Rose Marcotte, Allison Cole, and Zach Miller) has developed a game called In Tune that teaches men and women about the importance of gaining consent when it comes to intimate physical contact.

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'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Greens are best known as the co-creators of That Dragon, Cancer, an adventure game that chronicles the Green family's journey as they face the challenges, hardships, highs and lows of having a child with a terminal disease. Their son Joel died last year after a long battle with cancer. The Greens call That Dragon, Cancer a love letter to the beautiful baby boy.

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'Minecraft' is the most popular game on YouTube

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Octoly and market research company Newzoo have released a new report on the Top 20 Game Franchises on YouTube for the month of February. The top game that YouTube viewers watched videos of during February was Minecraft. According to the data YouTube videos related to the game received a little over 4.3 billion views.

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Manchester, NH 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' player gets targeted by swatter

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

A 27-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire says he was targeted by someone online after police were sent to his home last Sunday night. Leighton Timmins, a 27-year-old who works in the IT department of a local college, says that police received a call purporting to be him and claiming that he had shot and killed his father in his apartment.

Of course he never called the police and his father was not in the residence (and quite alive somewhere else) when police entered his residence on Sunday evening.

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'Destiny' Named Best Games at BAFTA Game Awards

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Destiny won the top honor today at the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards, picking up the Best Game award. Bungie's online shooter managed to beat out such heavyweights as Monument Valley, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, and Alien: Isolation.

Monument Valley was the only game to pick up two awards - the British Game award and Mobile & Handheld award.

Lumino City picked up the Artistic Achievement award, while Alien Isolation won for Best Audio, and Never Alone won the Debut Game award.

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'Turkey Not Banning Minecraft,' Says Diplomat

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While media reports coming out of Turkey suggest that the government wants to "ban" Minecraft in the region, a spokesperson at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C says that it is simply not true.

In an interview with Christian Science Monitor, Fatih Oke, a spokesman for the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. says that a ban is not possible.

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Former Firefly Stars Launch Campaign To Fund 'Con Man'

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Two of the stars from Joss Whedon's hit TV show Firefly are teaming up for a new comedy about life after stardom. Alan Tudyk has launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the show, alongside Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion and producer PJ Haarsma. They are seeking $425,000 to get the ball rolling and have already raised $69,487 with 30 more days left to go soared past its funding goal in the first day.

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Turkey Inches Closer To Banning 'Minecraft'

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In February we reported that the government of Turkey was kicking around the idea of banning Minecraft. Today we are learning that such a ban is moving closer to becoming a reality. According to several Turkish publications, a new report from Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry is recommending that Minecraft be banned in the region.

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'This War of Mine' DLC To Benefit War Child Charity

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

11 bit studios announced that one-hundred percent of the sales from its freshly released This War of Mine downloadable content will go to the War Child charity, which helps children in war-torn regions of the world like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, The Uganda, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

This War of Mine - War Child Charity DLC adds unique street art pieces into the game made by artists from all over the world into the game including M-City, Gabriel "Specter" Reese, SeaCreative, Emir Cerimovic, Fauxreel and Mateusz Waluś.

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'Looking' Podcast Features GaymerX Co-Founder Matt Conn

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Looking "Talking" podcast catches up with cast members Michael Lannan, JC Lee, and Gabe Liedman to talk about the "GaymerX" episode of the show that aired over the weekend on HBO. They are joined by GaymerX and MidBoss Games co-founder Matt Conn to talk about the episode's authentic portrayal of the event, the GaymerX conference, and resistance within gaming culture against change.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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'Blacks in Gaming' GDC Party Details

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blacks in Gaming (BIG) is hosting a GDC Party for those lucky enough to be attending the event this week in San Francisco. The party is sponsored by Xbox and will take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST). You can find out more information about the party here.

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HBO's 'Looking' Highlights 'GaymerX,' 'Gaming in Color,' and MidBoss Games

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

In episode 8 of HBO's "Looking," the majority of the episode takes place during the LGBQT gaming event GaymerX3, and co-organizer Matt Conn (who is also the co-founder of MidBoss Games and a developer on the LGBQT-friendly cyber punk adventure game Read Only Memories) even gets a cameo.

Speaking to Conn (who is currently at GDC promoting his game) briefly via IM, I learned some of the lengths that producers went to to make this game-focused episode of the show as authentic as possible.

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RIP, Leonard Nimoy

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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$386K Dying Light Special Edition Detailed

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Techland has revealed one (as in one in the entire world) special edition of its zombie-themed survival game Dying Light that costs $386,000. Don't worry, the $386,000 (£250,000) My Apocalypse Collectors Edition comes with a lot of meager extras...

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Kanye West Working on Video Game

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kanye West is apparently working on a video game about his mother - based on his hit song, "Only One" (see the video to your left). Speaking on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show recently, West mentioned in passing that he has been working on a video games for the past six months, though he did not say who is developing the game, nor did he indicate when it would be released or what platforms it might appear on.

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GWAR - The Video Game: What Could Have Been

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Justin Leeper has an interesting connection with the heavy metal band GWAR and with the video games industry, so this article about the band's love of video games over the years is extra fascinating.

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Andrew Eisen's 'Monster Hunter' Wishlist

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Our pal Andrew Eisen is a bit of a dreamer sometimes and a huge mark for the Monster Hunter series from Capcom, so we thought it would be fun to share his "official" Monster Hunter Wishlist. These are the five things he demands (politely asks with a pretty please and some sugar on top) be in the next Monster Hunter game. Check out the video to your left.

Be sure to check out Andrew's other videos on YouTube and subscribe to his channel while you are at it.


Law & Order: SVU 'GamerGate' Episode Turns Out As We Expected

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night NBC stations aired an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit dealing with the thorny topic of harassment of women in the video games industry. As one would expect from a show written by people unfamiliar with said industry and the culture that surrounds it, the episode was a bit over-the-top in its portrayal of angry white male gamers and the lengths they might go to terrorize and torment women.

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Leigh Alexander and Brenda Romero To Host GDC #1ReasonToBe Session

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Legendary game developer Brenda Romero and outspoken writer Leigh Alexander will host this year's #1ReasonToBe session at the Game Developers Conference next month in San Francisco. Alexander is the Editor at Large at Gamasutra, while Romero is Program Director/Game Developer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of Romero Games.

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Report: Turkish Government Investigating Violence in 'Minecraft'

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report on Turkish website Haberturk (as reported on by Newsweek and GameSpot) Turkey's family and policies minister Aysenur Islam has expressed concerns that Mojang's sandbox building game might be too violent and might "promote aggression."

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PSA: 'Law & Order: SVU' Tackles Gaming, Online Harassment, and More in Tonight's Episode

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Just a reminder: Tonight's episode of Law & Order SVU features a storyline dealing with video games, online harassment, threats, and a female game developer under siege by a group of gamers out to do her harm.

Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air tonight (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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Anita Sarkeesian Skin Coming to 'Towerfall: Ascension'

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian will become a playable character (of sorts) in Towerfall: Ascension, developer Matt Makes Games has announced. The new model for Sarkeesian will be included in the upcoming Dark World expansion for the game. Developer Matt Thorson says that he is adding 10 new archers - and one of those archers (the Blue Archer) is "loosely based on feminist games critic Anita Sarkeesian."

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Nominees Revealed For The 2015 British Academy Games Awards

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the 51 nominees for the British Academy Games Awards in 2015. A total of 51 games have been chosen across 17 categories, with Alien: Isolation leading the way with six nominations across Audio Achievement, Best Game, British Game, Game Design, Game Innovation and Music.

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'WOW Insider' Will Live On In Spirit As 'Blizzard Watch'

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.

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Preview for Law & Order: SVU 'Gaming Episode' Released

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A two minute, twenty-five second preview video has been released for what many are calling the "GamerGate" episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU. The episode, set to air on February 11 on NBC stations, is called "Intimidation Game," and deals with a female game developer receiving death threats, getting doxxed, and being swatted by a group of gamers.

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'DOA 5: Last Round' Producer Talks About Cultural Differences And Portrayals Of Women In DOA Games

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yosuke Hayashi, the leader of developer Team Ninja and producer for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, says that the controversy over the series' portrayal of women is likely a clash of cultures. Speaking to MCV, Hayashi said that any controversy over the series’ approach to female representation may be the result of a cultural clash.

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Is The Party Almost Over For Bad Actors On Twitter?

February 5, 2015 - James Fudge

In an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo doesn't mince words when asked by an employee about the company's efforts to get rid of trolls and serial harassers from the social media platform:

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ZippyDSMleeother keyboards work but my keyboard will not work on it works on all the laptops tho...03/27/2015 - 11:22pm
ZippyDSMleeComp crashed acouple days ago and ate my keybaord drivers worse yet it's mislabel the drivers or hardware ID or soemthing and can not install the right drivers even manually it gives errors... going to try another restore point....03/27/2015 - 11:18pm
PHX Corphttp://ps4daily.com/2015/03/ps4-update-bricks-gamers-console-sony-wants-150-to-fix-it/ New PS4 update bricks gamers’ console, Sony wants $150 to fix it03/27/2015 - 11:11pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.newsarama.com/23947-axel-alonso-says-x-men-will-have-new-world-post-secret-wars.html Marvel gives 20th Century Fox the finger, takes their ball and segregates the mutant population in their own universe. According to rumors at least.03/27/2015 - 10:21pm
Papa MidnightSure thing!03/27/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenPM - Thanks, I've updated the story.03/27/2015 - 8:59pm
Papa Midnighthttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/13-year-old-minecraft-player-confesses-to-swatting-police-say/03/27/2015 - 8:38pm
Andrew EisenThat would mean either Nintendo's next home console will be out by next year or the next Zelda game is suffering a two year delay. Both extraordinarily unlikely.03/27/2015 - 8:34pm
Matthew Wilsonsome people are thinking we might have a Twilight Princess situation on our hands, what do you guys think?03/27/2015 - 8:01pm
MechaCrashMiyamoto once said "a delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever." While this can be taken to excess, it is good that Nintendo remembers it.03/27/2015 - 7:44pm
MaskedPixelanteYay for it not being a buggy mess like AC Unity. Boo that it got delayed til November 2016.03/27/2015 - 7:07pm
Andrew EisenAgreed. Considering we've seen nothing of the game (and those who did see it last E3, said it was super duper early) I would be quite surprised to see it this year.03/27/2015 - 5:28pm
Matthew WilsonI am sure star fox is 2016 too.03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
ZippyDSMleeThe primary reasons I would get a Nintendo system is Zelda and Metroid, Metroid prime collection was beyond words awesome even if 3 was the weakest one. I played TWP on the emulator I have Skyward Sword but like TWP I been putting it off…. LOL03/27/2015 - 5:14pm
Daniel LewisI actually thought star fox would be the game to be delayed,hopefully that isn't as well!03/27/2015 - 5:13pm
Daniel Lewiswoah post shared at the same time matthew,you just beat me!03/27/2015 - 5:11pm
Daniel LewisZelda wii u delayed until 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=67&v=C6Pzdl1wdUM03/27/2015 - 5:10pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=866919960035802&permPage=1 Who did not see this coming?03/27/2015 - 5:09pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/27/kleiner-perkins-verdict_n_6958164.html03/27/2015 - 5:07pm
MechaTama31I am always mysitfied when Cowboy Bebop is held up as an example of a good dub. Is it because it merely makes you want to cover your ears, rather than want to jam red-hot pokers into them?03/27/2015 - 5:04pm
 

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