The Change.org petition to cancel the development of Metroid Prime: Federation Force - a four-player co-op 3DS title revealed by Nintendo earlier in the week - has 12,424 supporters as of this writing. The petition calls for Nintendo to cancel the game - basically relocate everyone working on it to other projects or fire them and waste any investment the struggling company has in the game. Why? Because it's not the "real Metroid" game fans wanted.
A Change.org petition calling for the cancelation of Metroid Prime: Federation Force is making the rounds following Nintendo's reveal of the game. To say that fan reaction to Nintendo's overall line-up of games showcased during its Nintendo Direct E3 presentation might be overblown is an understatement.
It's not just rights groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation that want lawmakers to reject the Fast Track bill currently being kicked around in the House of Representatives and already passed in the Senate: some unions don't like it either - but for different reasons.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the Fast Track bill would allow lawmakers to hold an up or down vote on future trade agreements - starting with the Trans-Pacific Partnership - without allowing for debate or amendments.
Entertainment streaming company Netflix is preparing to launch its service in Spain in October, where Internet torrents are popular and piracy is rampant. Some familiar with Spain would argue that much of this piracy is due to not having legal options in the region for consumers to get content in the first place; while others might blame high unemployment and a lack of disposable income due to the delicate state of the Spanish economy.
An article from conservative news site Breitbart plays up comments made by both feminist media critic and Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency writer Jonathan McIntosh about CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and the response from Forbes writer Erik Kain. Over the weekend Sarkeesian offered her two cents on the way The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt portrays and treats women in a couple of tweets.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."
A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.
Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.
Two dueling petitions related to Sony Japan and From Software's Bloodborne calling for the hardcore action RPG (exclusive to the PS4) to be released on PC - and another demanding that it NOT be released on PC - are up on Change.org. Clearly the latter petition is in response to the futility of the former.
The first petition found here calls on From Software to release Bloodborne on the PC. It notes:
President Barack Obama issued a statement today following the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband and mobile providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
While avoiding the specific details and ramifications of the FCC's reclassification rules to make the Open Internet Order enforceable and legal, the president heaped praise on American citizens who went out of their way to strongly support these and other changes.
His statement to the American public can be read below in its entirety.
A lawsuit that revolves around the words, "suspicious male in possession of flight simulator game" has been given the greenlight by a federal judge in San Francisco. The lawsuit has to do with the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), which encourages local law enforcement agencies to provide informational reports to the federal government on individuals who are engaged "in suspicious behavior" - flags that an individual may be someone to watch - as part of some terrorism plot or related organizing activity. The case, Gill et al. v.
Valve Software has banned a new batch of professional players accused of betting against themselves. At first, the number of professional Counter-Strike Global Offensive players banned was quite high but Valve later reinstated five of them after their investigation seemed to vindicate multiple players. The accusation from Valve is that all of these players engaged in match fixing and betting on themselves to earn real world money.
Obviously this is an illegal act for pro players so Valve banned the following players who supposedly engaged in the activity:
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.
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.
President Barak Obama has proposed that companies that become the victim of a security breach should have to disclose it to the public. President Obama announced two proposal on Monday that are aimed at providing more protection to consumers from the massive data breaches and to protect student from companies farming and sharing their data.
In the inaugural episode of the Take This Podcast - the official podcast for the mental health awareness organization that serves the gaming community - executive director and co-founder Russ Pitts shares the story of his realization that he was suffering from an anxiety disorder and what he finally decided to do about it.
Update: In an earlier version of this story (which you can read in its entirety below) we reported that the charity had raised over $14,000. It turns out that this was not an accurate number. According to what The Porn Charity co-founder Mercedes Carrera told us this afternoon, the $3,100 generated from the three-hour web cam show was rolled into the Indiegogo campaign total. That means that the total from the Indiegogo campaign was actually right around $11,280.
The non-profit organization once known as the PC Gaming Alliance has announced that it has a new president and vice-president following a new round of elections. The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) has elected Drew Johnston as its new president and Wanda Meloni as the new vice president. Johnston replaces Matt Ployhar, who will remain on the OGA board. Johnston is the senior director of technical sales for e-commerce and payments company Digital River.
Last week the first event from The Porn Charity took place, with the goal of raising funds for a merit-based STEM scholarship. The event held by the charity organization founded by adult entertainment star Mercedes Carrera - a three hour live adult web cam show featuring Carrera and fellow adult film stars Paisley Parker, Holly Heart, Mia Austin, Selma Sins, and Nadia Styles - had a modest showing, raising $1,550 in tips. That figure was matched by event host webcams.com, bringing the total amount raised to $3,100.
Valve Software's Chet Faliszek will host a developer session at EGX Rezzed 2015. EGX Rezzed is a consumer friendly event dedicated to PC, indie and console gaming taking place March 12-14, 2015 at Tobacco Dock, London.
Faliszek is best known for his writing on Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Left 4 Dead. more details about the developer session are to be announced in January.
Organizers also announced that the following games will be playable during the event.
- Adventure Box. City building multiplayer RPG.
President Barack Obama has become the first sitting president to write a program. Promoting the annual Computer Science Education Week by participating in the "Hour of Code" event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, President Obama wrote a simple computer program using a few lines of code that draws a square on a screen.
"All programming starts simple," says Hadi Partovi, co-founder Code.org. Code.org promotes computer science education in the United States. "No one starts by creating a complicated game.”
Ralph H. Baer, the man recognized as the father of video games, passed away on Saturday at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire at the age of 92. Baer created the very first video game system - the Magnavox Odyssey. It was patented in 1971 and launched in the summer of 1972. It sold 130,000 units the first year.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.
Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."