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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'Game Journalism Simulator' is a Real Thing, Apparently

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We've seen "rock simulators" and goat simulators, so I suppose it isn't that much of a stretch for a games journalist to want to make a "games journalist simulator." That's exactly what games journalist Jason Evangelho tells web site Siliconera; he has teamed up with Game Informer writer Daniel Tack to create "Game Journalism Simulator."

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Bethesda to Host Blood Drive During QuakeCon

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda announced today that it has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive during its annual QuakeCon event. QuakeCon takes place this year at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The blood drive is inspired by Tango Gameworks' upcoming horror game, The Evil Within - which is set for launch on October 21 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC.

The blood drive event is being called "The Good Within Blood Drive," and will take place July 18 and 19 at QuakeCon.

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Jennifer Ann's Group Selects the 2014 Winners of the 'Life. Love. Game Design Challenge'

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann’s Group continues to use the medium of video games to promote awareness on the dangers of teen dating violence. Today the nonprofit organization announced the winners of its seventh annual "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge" - as well as the results of its first-ever game jam to create a game that championed its cause of stopping teen violence.

IeSF Changes Policy on 'Male-Only' Competitions

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What was once a male-only Hearthstone eSports competition has been opened up to women after the Internet-at-large gave organizers International eSports Federation a public spanking yesterday. The company says that it has listened and has changed its policy going forward. The organizers came under fire on Tuesday when it was revealed that the Hearthstone IeSF World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan would only be open to men.

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BioWare Reveals First Gay Companion Character in 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The first gay companion character in the Dragon Age series was revealed on the official Dragon Age: Inquisition web site by BioWare.

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GameCity Prize Shortlist Revealed

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kentucky Route Zero and Grand Theft Auto V have been named as finalists for the ninth annual GameCity festival's GameCity Prize award. The full shortlist of games up for the award include Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Gone Home, Grand Theft Auto V, Kentucky Route Zero. and Papers, Please. The GameCity festival takes places in Nottingham, England beginning Oct. 25 and running until Nov. 1.

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YouTube Uses Video Games To Highlight 60 FPS Video

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube is highlighting two new features coming to the Google-owned video services and both will have an impact on gamers and video game-related video makers. The first is news that YouTube will support 48 and 60 frames per second video in the next few months. Google used video games to show off how this will look - specifically highlighting footage from Battlefield: Hardline and Titanfall.

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'Summer Games Done Quick' Charity Event Begins June 22

June 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive revealed the dates for their next big Twitch-based charity event, Summer Games Done Quick. Beginning June 22 and running until June 29, a group of friends will gather and try to play and finish a variety of games as quickly as possible, in order to raise cash for Doctors Without Borders. Twitch will stream marathons of the playthroughs throughout the week.

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Nintendo Releases Four Wii U Student-Created Games For Free in Japan

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has made four student games available for free on Wii U eShop in Japan. All of the games were built by teams of students in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

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First Two Episodes of MOCAtv's 'Art in Video Games Los Angeles' Released

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

MOCAtv (the video channel for the Museum of Contemporary Art) has released "Art in Video Games Los Angeles" episodes one and two. Art in Video Games Los Angeles focuses on gaming culture and artists in Los Angeles and offers interviews with important industry veterans like Stephanie Barish, Tracy Fullerton, Richard Lemarchand, and Sam Roberts. Profiled in later episodes are the new school of game artists like Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen (Journey), Ian Dallas (The Unfinished Swan), and Mark Essen (Nidhogg).

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Are YouTubers Slowly Replacing Traditional Games Press?

June 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting article from Gamasutra explores whether traditional games journalism is slowly being damaged by the advent of the YouTube video game personality. The article, "Is YouTube killing the traditional games press?" goes directly to game developers to ask them if having their videogames played or highlighted by a popular YouTube personality has had an actual impact on sales.

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Variance Films to Distribute 'Video Games: The Movie'

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Variance Films, the distribution arm of Amplify, has acquired director Jeremy Snead’s "Video Games: The Movie" documentary. The deal will see the film have a July 18 theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada, according to Variety. The movie’s big screen launch will coincide with the July 15 release on iTunes and other digital outlets.

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Indie Developer Explains Why Having Gender Options in its Game is Important

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While two team leaders from Ubisoft (working on Assassin's Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4) say that there wasn't enough time or resources to include female character options for multiplayer, one small developer - chronicled by Polygon - designed its game with inclusivity in mind at the start.

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MOCAtv Launches 'Art in Video Games Los Angeles' Documentary Web Series

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

MOCAtv has launched "Art in Video Games Los Angeles," a new documentary series that focuses on the games culture and artists in Los Angeles. The series includes interviews with industry veterans like Tracy Fullerton, Richard Lemarch, Sam Roberts, Stephanie Barish, and also profiles several figures from the new school of game artists, including Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen (Journey), Ian Dallas (The Unfinished Swan), and Mark Essen (Nidhogg).

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'High School Story' Takes Aim at Eating Disorders

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Pixelberry's High School Story, a game that took on the issue of bullying in High School, has set its sights on another important issue: teen boy image issues and eating disorders. A new version of the mobile game aims to provide "educational resources and professional support to the 20.2 million American teenagers who are unhappy with their bodies."

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Ubisoft, NIS America, and OUYA Support GaymerX

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Three major game publishers are showing their support for the LGBTQ gaming community by taking part in this year's GaymerX convection, taking place July 11 - 13 in San Francisco. Ubisoft, NIS America, and console maker OUYA will take part in the second annual event that celebrates LGBTQ geek and gaming culture. All three companies will be present at this year's event and will take part in panels, workshops, events, and goodies for attendees.

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'Largest Game Collection in the World' For Sale

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A collection of games that has been officially sanctioned by The Guinness Book of World Records to be the "World's Largest Video Game Collection'" is up for sale.

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Swedish Government's 'Democreativity' Reveals First Round of Games

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Swedish project Democreativity is getting ready to release the first round of games based on suggestions from the Internet community around the world. Back in March the Swedish government launched a web site called Democreativity, with the goal of crowd sourcing game ideas and elevating traditional and non-traditional ideas in the gaming space including democracy, creativity, and diversity. The site is part of a initiative created by Visit Sweden, the Swedish Institute, and Business Sweden in conjunction with that country’s video games industry.

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'Into The Pixel' Art Exhibit Selections Announced

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The ESA and Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), have announced the exhibits for the 2014 Into the Pixel Collection at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week. In its 11th year, the exhibit will feature art inspired by or directly from such games as Assassin's Creed Unity, Destiny, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Dota 2, Guild Wars 2, inFAMOUS Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall, Sunset Overdrive, The Banner Saga, and more.

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Operation Supply Drop Launches 'Thank You Deployment' Initiative

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-themed video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced several new initiatives for 2014 that are possible because of the strong support it received during its recent 8-Bit Salute fundraiser. The new "Thank You Deployment" initiative was announced, and the goal of it is to send select members of the armed forces on an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to gaming events or tours of game development studios for a rare insider's look at the video game industry.

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Kickstarter Campaign Hopes to Bring 'Barcade' to Life

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Three friends want to bring a game-themed bar to Tempe, Arizona, and they have turned to Kickstarter to try and fund it. The Tempe "barcade" named Endgame is the brainchild of former ASU student Ryan Scott, and friends Nikki DelRosso and Mike Goosens. According to the Kickstarter page, the "barcade" would provide patrons with liquor and an "extensive collection of retro and modern games for you to enjoy and play."

As of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has received around ten percent of its $30,000  funding goal with 13 more days to go.

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Conan O'Brien Plays 'Watch Dogs'

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Conan O'Brien's latest edition of "Clueless Gamer" takes on Ubisoft's hacking-themed open-world action game, Watch Dogs. Being that Conan isn't much of a gamer, he acts like he's playing Grand Theft Auto V, with lots of inadvertent car crashes, car jackings, random gunfire, and other acts of stupidity.

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ESA Honors L.A. Students Who Completed The 'Digital Living Project'

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Los Angeles Mayor's office and the Los Angeles Unified School District recognized over 150 students today who were certified through the Digital Living Project. The program focuses on online privacy and safety, cyberbullying prevention, and introducing students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based careers.

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Apple Bans 'HappyPlayTime,' A Game About Female Masturbation

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International has an excellent article chronicling the plight of a female developer whose game was banned from Apple's App Store for depicting a sexual act. At first blush the game, HappyPlayTime, might sound like pornography, but it's more about education in a fun and entertaining way, according to its creator.

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A Portrait of the 'Average Gamer,' According to 'RuneScape' Maker Jagex

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What does the average gamer look like and how are people who play games different from the rest of the population? Are they better or worse than the rest of society? While Jagex would never claim to know the full answers to these burning questions, the company behind the long-running MMORPG RuneScape thinks it has a clearer picture.

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NPD Releases Report on 'Core Gamer' Trends

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report on "core gamers" from the NPD group notes that 34 million people in the United States spend an average of 22 hours a week playing games. The data, which is based on a national online survey, also found that the majority of core gamers in the United States prefer to buy their games on physical discs rather than digitally. When the price is the same for digital and physical media, 74 percent of respondents said they would buy a physical disc over a download. Digital purchasing is up 5 percent compared to last year, NPD said.

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MechaTama31What was wrong with Remember Me? I liked that one... >.>11/20/2014 - 8:50pm
AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character? SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
 

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