'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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Anita Sarkeesian Named 'Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014'

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian will receive the Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 Award on Sunday, February 8 at the Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The annual award is handed out by the Humanist Community at Harvard University. The Humanist Community at Harvard (or HCH as it likes to be called) is "dedicated to building, educating, and nurturing a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Harvard and beyond."

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Garena Philippines eSports Changes Policy on LGBT Players in Iron Solari League

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported that Garena Philippines eSports, a Manila, Philippines-based gaming tournament organizer, was taking heat for its policies about including gay, lesbian, and transgendered players for an "all-feminine" series of League of Legends tournaments (Iron Solari League) aimed at female players.

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Jennifer Ann's Group To Host GDC Session on Video Games

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann's Group will be hosting a session at the Game Developers Conference next month about how video games are one of the most effective ways about raising awareness about teen dating violence and teaching prevention skills to teens and adults. The session will be led by Jennifer Ann's Group executive director Drew Crecente, whose daughter Jennifer Ann Crecente was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. Since then Crecente has been using his group - named after his daughter - to raise awareness about the deadly consequences of teen dating violence.

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

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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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Poll: Which Feminist Frequency Video Are You Looking Forward To Most?

January 27, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Feminist Frequency has announced its plans for the new year and in addition to new entries in its Tropes vs Women series, it will also start two new video projects.  The first is a new series that examines the representations of men and masculinity in video games and the second a miniseries presenting examples of positive female characters in video games.

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Feminist Frequency Details 2015 Plans

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans for Feminist Frequency 2015, which includes an expansion of the videos and topics the organization already makes that focus on the portrayal of women in video games. But what about how men are portrayed?  Sarkeesian will introduce a new series discussing "men and masculinity" in video games in addition to a new miniseries presenting positive examples of female characters in video games.

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Prize Pool for ESL's Intel Extreme Masters Event Hits $300K

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pro gaming league ESL announced today that its prize pool for the Intel® Extreme Masters season: the World Championship in Katowice (March 12-15) has grown to $300,000. Much of the growth comes from a special sales promotion through online electronic retailer Newegg.

Since December, special purchases at Newegg gave a portion of the purchase price to the tournament's prize pool. By mid-December, Newegg helped raise more than US$20,000 and as of this writing the retailer brought in a total of $50,121.

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Wrestling With Crime And Punishment In 'Elite: Dangerous'

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments is wrestling with an age old question about crime and punishment as it relates to its online-focused space simulation, Elite: Dangerous. As chronicled by Kotaku, the developers of the crowd-funded game are wrestling with the best way to punish players who commit acts of murder against their fellow space traveling peers.

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Fundraising Campaign Launched For Family of Fallen 'Ultima Dragon' Justin Eckblad

January 20, 2015 - James Fudge

Ultima super site Ultima Codex details the passing of Justin Eckblad, better known to the Ultima internet community as one of the first Ultima Dragons - Black Dragon. According to Internet lore, Black Dragon was the third person to join the iconic group that celebrates all things related to Richard Garriott's popular Ultima series of classic role-playing games.

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Entertainment Media Council Partners With Defy Media

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment Media Council (EMC) has announced a partnership with The Escapist owner Defy Media to add content to what it calls the "the world's first nonprofit media library that will preserve the rich history of video games." Defy Media will provide EMC full-text content from The Escapist under this new partnership. Access to this database will be by subscription only for corporate and academic researchers, the group says. EMC plans to work with other media companies in the future.

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Nintendo Discontinuing 'Club Nintendo' Later This Year

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After a decent six year run, Nintendo announced this morning that its Club Nintendo player loyalty program is coming to an end. For those who love this program, there is at least a silver lining: Nintendo says that it is already working on a new loyalty program to replace it. Players have until the end of March to earn coins, but they will have to spend them before the end of June, the company said in its announcement today.

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Operation Supply Drop Announces ' Ambassador Program'

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game focused military charity Operation Supply Drop today announced the launch of its Ambassador Program. The program enlists the help of "key influencers, celebrities and well-known entertainment personalities" to raise awareness for Operation Supply Drop's mission - supporting men and women in uniform that are currently deployed for combat operations and those veterans that have previously served, many recovering or struggling with serious injuries related to their military service.

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BasedGamer Hits Funding Goal

January 13, 2015 - James Fudge

While it looked like it wasn't going to hit its funding goal, BasedGamer.com managed to surpass it at the tail end of its crowd funding effort. By its close, BasedGamer.com managed to raise $52,619 - a little bit over its funding goal of $50,000. BasedGamer is the creation of Jennie Bharaj, a vocal and long-time supporter of the GamerGate social media movement. The goal of the site is to be an alternative to Metacritic, and to highlight content that fits the narrative of the GamerGate movement.

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Andrew EisenWalls in Germany coated with water-repelling coating to keep drunks from peeing on them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoN5EteWCH803/05/2015 - 5:23pm
Andrew EisenAwesome, I'll update the story. Thanks!03/05/2015 - 4:45pm
TechnogeekJust found a video of the full Tim Schafer speech at GDC (well, less "full" and more "all the parts with the sock puppet"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoJtfRH1rlQ.03/05/2015 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenComic on EA and its subsidiaries: http://cheezburger.com/8456978176/funny-web-comics-rip-maxis Might be old. Don't know who drew it. Still cute.03/05/2015 - 3:10pm
WonderkarpI'm actually quite excited for rockband 4. cause I feel like theyve had enough time to learn from mistakes and make a better game with better accessories03/05/2015 - 2:22pm
Andrew EisenAnd, for those who want more detail on Rock Band 4, here's an interview with the dev: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2015/03/05/harmonix-talks-rock-band-4-wii-u-version-missing-keytar-and-upcoming-songs/137579/03/05/2015 - 2:08pm
Wonderkarphttp://techraptor.net/content/rock-band-4-announced Rock Band 4 is coming.03/05/2015 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenMechaTama - Again, my apologies for being unclear. The last sentence really should have started "For example, in the below link," similar to how I worded the request the last time I made it.03/05/2015 - 11:57am
Papa MidnightBecause, you know, that's worked out so well over the past 10 years that they've said the same exact thing: https://i.imgur.com/RFrFNoZ.jpg03/05/2015 - 9:25am
Papa MidnightAh, it's a new year. You know what that means: time for Microsoft to renew it's promise on PC Gaming! http://www.businessinsider.com/windows-10-games-2015-303/05/2015 - 9:24am
MechaTama31Not to belabor the point, but you did say "folks" and "any links", which doesn't sound to me like you were referring only to one particular link... </pedant> ;)03/05/2015 - 8:33am
MechaCrashIt can be made extraneous, depending on how you format the URL. For example: http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ03/05/2015 - 6:28am
Andrew EisenMechaTama - I was referring specifically to the link below my post. I should have been more clear. My bad.03/05/2015 - 2:42am
james_fudgefair point, let's say "excluding YouTube videos"03/05/2015 - 2:25am
MechaTama31The stuff after the ? is not *always* extraneous.03/04/2015 - 11:57pm
MechaTama31AE: But that would make your link https://www.youtube.com/watch , which wouldn't work so well... ;)03/04/2015 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightFor those curious, that timeline came from Destructoid: http://www.destructoid.com/tomm-hulett-s-unified-mario-timeline-theory-288472.phtml03/04/2015 - 8:11pm
WymorenceJeez, who'd have thought Yoshi doing a good deed was the reason for everything in Mushroom Kingdom being so screwed up...?03/04/2015 - 7:49pm
prh99The most popular games on Steam for 2014 http://bit.ly/1zLE0r403/04/2015 - 7:47pm
Papa MidnightWow, EZK. Oh my goodness, that timeline is huge.03/04/2015 - 6:59pm
 

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