IndieCade 2014 Award Nominees Announced

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

IndieCade, an annual international festival that celebrates independently developed games, has revealed the more than 35 games that have been named nominees for awards at IndieCade Festival 2014. This year's event will be held in Culver City, California October 9-12, 2014. This year's event will showcase almost 150 independent games and highlight the importance of "promotion, cultivation, and community of independent games development."

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Sunshine Coast Researcher Seeks Data On Games That Empower Girls

September 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) is investigating the theory that video games can empower girls by promoting positive female identities and deliver affirmative outcomes in the lives of teenage girls.

International PhD student Katryna Starks from Los Angeles said her thesis "Game Chang(h)er: Exploring the video game design elements that may impact the agency and identity of adolescent girls," focuses on female gamers, a demographic that is not fully catered to in game design.

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How 'Minecraft' is Encouraging Children to Read More

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Parents have a hard time getting their young children to read, so if that means letting them read "anything" that can capture their imaginations, then they'll take that option. This Associated Press report offers some anecdotal evidence that books associated with Mojang's game Minecraft is a popular choice for kids as reading options, and parents and even teachers are happy with that.

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Russian Documentary Mistakes 'Team Fortress 2' Fan Art With WWI-Era Western Propoganda

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A poster created by a DeviantArt artist inspired by Team Fortress 2 has been mistaken for a propaganda poster created by the United States government during WWI in a Russian documentary about Western propaganda.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 113

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 113), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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WoW Community Shows Support for Sick Community Member

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tabytha and David Armstrong, long-time World of Warcraft players (who play on the Eldre’Thalas server), recently found out just how wonderful Blizzard and the vast community that plays its long-running MMO truly is. Of course, the couple already knew that. Last week David Armstrong posted a heartfelt thank you in the World of Warcraft forums to the game’s developers for the game, which has impacted he and his wife's life so dramatically over the years.

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Second Annual 'LA Cosplay Con' Announced

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The second annual LA Cosplay Con returns to the Hyatt Century City Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on June 13, 2015, event organizer the Crest Group announced today. Tickets are on sale now. LA Cosplay Con is a one-day event for cosplayers and the gaming community to celebrate the art and culture of cosplay through competitions, panels on cosplaying and other interesting topics (like the pros and cons of becoming a "YouTube personality"), gaming events, contests, exhibitor booths, and much, much more.

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Tornado Twins Launch Kickstarter for 'The Game Bible Series'

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Tornado Twins, the alter egos for Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, are working on an episodic game series about the Bible called "The Game Bible Series," and have launched a Kickstarter to pay for the first three episodes.

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PewDiePie Will Turn Comments Off on Future Videos

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube's most popular personality PewDiePie has decided that, going forward, he will turn off comments on all of his videos. In his latest video he explains in great detail why he thinks comments on his videos are mostly useless and an aggravation to deal with.

"I go to the comments, and it's mainly spam, it's people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these...just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn't mean anything," he says in the video.

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Game Developers Call on Gaming Community to Support Diversity

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An open letter signed by a number of game developers is asking the gaming community at large to respect everyone who plays, criticizes, and makes games. The thrust of the letter is that people should respect each other even when they disagree, and should never tolerate harassment or threats.

The letter is signed by a number of game developers working for such companies as BioWare, Bungie, Boss Key, Google, Sports Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Oculus VR, Ubisoft, Spry Fox, Vlambeer, EA, Kickstarter, Humble Bundle, and many more.

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The September Issue of Game Informer Examines Net Neutrality

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Net Neutrality gets some much needed love in the September 2014 issue of Game Informer. Game Informer is the number one gaming magazine in the United States, so it's good to see it taking a closer look at how fast lanes, data caps, and general discrimination of traffic by ISPs can affect everyday consumers.

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Oculus Rift Creator: VR Won't Be Mainstream for Another Five Years

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Virtual reality won't become "mainstream" for another five years or more, according to what Oculus VR founder and Oculus Rift VR headset creator Palmer Luckey tells GamesIndustry International. Luckey says that that rather large window of time is fine with him because the Facebook acquisition gives him the space he and his company need to do what is best for VR technology in the long term.

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Media Bias in Michael Brown Shooting Coverage Inspires Video Game

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kill Screen has a fascinating interview with indie developer Nicky Case, who is working on a video game about media bias. His inspiration? The network coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

On August 9, African American teen Michael Brown was shot multiple times by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The death of the teen, who was unarmed at the time he was shot at least five times, sparked riots and protests in Ferguson, and tons of national attention from media outlets.

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'GX3: Everyone Games' Raises Over Half of its Funding Goal

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GX3: Everyone Games has raised over $42,000 of its $80,000 goal on Kickstarter in its first three days, with 22 more days to go. GX3 is the new name for the GaymerX convention - tentatively set for sometime in November or December of 2015 in the Bay Area. The event is an all-inclusive two-day fan gathering offering a safe space for gamers of all creeds and sexual orientations and generally celebrates the culture of gaming.

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Amazon Promises 'No Change' In How Twitch Operates

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While it is the typical line for a company to use when buying out something so beloved by the community as Twitch is, Amazon said last night that it has no plans to make any changes to the popular community-driven video game streaming service. Amazon announced yesterday that it had acquired Twitch for an estimated $970 million. Michael Frazzini, vice of president of Amazon Games, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said during a "town hall meeting" last night that the deal shouldn't worry Twitch users.

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Petition Urges Nintendo To Include Robin Williams in Next 'Legend of Zelda' Game

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has responded to a petition calling on the company to add Robin Williams as a character in the next Legend of Zelda game. Williams and his daughter Zelda were big fans of the game series and have in the past appeared in Nintendo commercials supporting the franchise and other Nintendo games. Williams was an avid gamer and a big fan of Nintendo's series. His daughter is named after the world famous princess from the game as well.

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Report: The Most Pirated Game in America is 'Watch Dogs'

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What are the most pirated games state-by-state? According to data collected by Movoto (as detailed by GamesBeat), the most popular game to download illegally from filesharing sites in the United States is Ubisoft's Watch Dogs. By state, Watch Dogs was downloaded the most in Washington, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and a host of other states. It is by far the most pirated game in many regions in the country.

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'Ninja Pizza Girl' Hits Funding Goal

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With only 38 hours to go, the developers of Ninja Pizza Girl managed to raise the cash it was seeking from its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Australia-based Disparity Games managed to raise $35,816 AUD - a little over the $35,000 AUD it was initially seeking.

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Hitbox Says It is Time to Switch From Twitch

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game streaming service Hitbox took a few hard shots at competitor Twitch this week after the service implemented new copyright rules and changed the way streamers can archive content.

In a blog post deriding Twitch and promoting its own service (of course), Hitbox said that forcing a 30 second or more delay on streams and applying its new automated copyright enforcement system on VODs is a "slap in the face of everyone who tries to share their passion for gaming with the world."

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Legendary Entertainment Acquires Felicia Day's 'Geek & Sundry' Channel

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Legendary Entertainment has acquired Felicia Day's Geek & Sundry YouTube channel and added it to its digital division. Legendary Entertainment is a film company whose credits include Godzilla and Pacific Rim, among other properties.

"I am thrilled to have Geek & Sundry partner with a company I admire and that aligns authentically with my audience's interests," Felicia Day tell GII.

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Twitch Revamping Video-On-Demand System

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy post on its official Blog, game streaming service Twitch announced that it will soon begin implementing a revamped video-on-demand service that offers users higher quality VOD options, the ability to view archived content on mobile and other devices, and a simplified system for exporting video to YouTube.

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NES Power Glove Documentary Makers Seek Additional Funding

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The makers of "The Power of Glove," an independent documentary about the infamous Nintendo Entertainment peripheral, have run out of money and have taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise $15,000 to finish the film.

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'GayStation' Sells for Over $4K

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The limited edition PlayStation 4 auctioned off (by retailer Tradera) as part of Stockholm, Sweden's recent week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks ended, generating thousands for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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CD Projekt Red Thinks Sex Should Be Subtle and Tasteful in Mature-Themed Video Games

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While CD Projekt Red has not been afraid to include sexual content in its The Witcher series of action role-playing games, the Poland-based developer says that sex scenes in general should be tactful. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will contain sex scenes, according to level designer Miles Tost, but they will not be overdone or be tacky. These scenes will not be interactive either.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), and HHF’s Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) today announced applications are now open for the second annual ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship. The program provides minority youths with an opportunity to promote social change through video games, according to the ESA. The Fellowship program will award 20 people between the ages of 15 - 25 with grants to create video games or mobile applications which seek to solve problems that face their communities.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 106

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another week, another live episode. If you missed the live show over the weekend you can check it out now on YouTube. We're still working out some of the kinks.

This week hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed a lot of topics (markers below if you want to skip around) including Youtubers taking money from publishers, MSNBC talking about video games, Apple's sexist policies on engraving, Ninja Pizza Girl, Marvel's attempts at diversification and Nintendo's similar attempts at diversification.

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ESPN To Broadcast The International Dota 2 Championships

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you need proof that eSports is a real sport, then this story should provide the conclusive and irrefutable proof you need. Valve's The International Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast live via ESPN.

Valve Software has inked a deal with the popular sports cable network to broadcast the Seattle-based tournament live on ESPN3. The network will also air an exclusive program previewing the final match on EPSN2 on Sunday, July 20, at 8:30pm PST.

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GoodGamesWriting's Pitch Jam and Crit Jam Underway

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Good Games Writing has launched #PitchJam & #CritJam, a week-long celebration of games writing. The site claims that more than 150 writers have signed on to take part in the event, and more are expected to join in. To take part you have to RSVP.

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Poll Results: Breaking Things While Playing Games!

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In last week's poll we asked our readers, "Has a Video Game Ever Made You So Mad You Broke the Controller?" The majority of votes seemed to indicate that almost half of respondents have enough control not to break a controller either because it is defective or because the game someone is playing becomes too frustrating.

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Blizzard President Says His Company is Working to Create More Diverse and Inclusive Content

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitcs Staff

Blizzard president and a co-founder Mike Morhaime says that his studio is making a concerted effort going forward to create more diverse and inclusive game characters and content. Morhaime made his comments in response to an open letter aimed at him and Blizzard complaining about under-representation of females and ethnic minorities in the company's games.

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Matthew Wilsonthe thing is in japan holidays do not drive sales, and x/y came out everywhere on October 12th last year. This is Nintendo thinking japan is more important than the rest of the world, and that has not been true since the early 2000s.09/14/2014 - 5:49pm
InfophileA glitch in SSB 3DS is causing players to get banned for using Peach: http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/14/6147417/report-glitch-serves-up-one-day-bans-for-smash-bros-players-who-pick09/14/2014 - 4:28pm
Jessy Hart@ZippyDSMlee Hopefully!09/14/2014 - 11:32am
Neeneko@Infophile - as someone who dealt with release schedules, holidays and other releases are just the begining ^_^09/14/2014 - 11:23am
ZippyDSMleeJessy Hart:I am sure they will be back as DLC...09/14/2014 - 10:31am
Jessy HartI miss the Ice Climbers :(09/14/2014 - 9:55am
InfophileSimultaneous worldwide releases aren't as simple as they seem. Different places have different holidays, plus different other releases to contend with. So a little bit of staggering makes business sense09/14/2014 - 3:25am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/13/excavated-et-cartridges-will-be-sold-distributed-to-museums/ Alamogordo is going to be selling off a bunch of the games from the Atari Graveyard.09/13/2014 - 9:02pm
Matthew Wilsonnintendo should have done a world wide release for smash. The game is all over twitch.09/13/2014 - 12:47pm
ZenYeah, I got a set of codes yesterday and have been enjoying the heck out of it. Limited characters...but it is a demo lol. Glad there is no play limit though which...well...FINALLY. Now, any ideas why it tracks the coins?09/13/2014 - 10:48am
Andrew EisenThe verbiage was "select Platinum members" so yeah, if it's not a random sampling, the other requirements are hidden. Still, everyone gets the demo next week.09/13/2014 - 10:39am
MaskedPixelanteThere appears to be some other factors determining whether or not you get codes. Some people I talked to said they didn't get codes despite meeting all the announced conditions.09/13/2014 - 9:36am
quiknkoldI got Smash Bros Codes!09/13/2014 - 6:42am
InfophileBasically, anyone who got Platinum level on Club Nintendo last year and has e-mails enabled got four codes yesterday (including me) for early demo downloads. Don't know why Nintendo is doing it this way. Maybe they plan more Club perks like this?09/13/2014 - 4:20am
Matthew Wilson@wym I am just hoping they do not screw up their netcode, but given their history I am not holding my breath.09/13/2014 - 12:05am
Andrew EisenThe Smash 4 demo should be available to all 3DS owners on Sept. 19.09/12/2014 - 8:48pm
WymorenceLucky. I've been drooling at that game hoping they can get it to work for a portable since buying my 3DS09/12/2014 - 8:36pm
MaskedPixelanteMan, the way they animate Mega Man in Smash 4 is so accurate to his sprite it's scary.09/12/2014 - 7:28pm
MaskedPixelante3DS version.09/12/2014 - 3:23pm
Wymorence3DS version or WiiU version?09/12/2014 - 3:22pm
 

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