As pointed out by this story over on Kotaku from Patrick Kleepek, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released more details on the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan - and in that report two game-related books are mentioned.
Update: In a statement released to Polygon, Microsoft has clarified that users who have been banned from Xbox Live can still use their Xbox One consoles offline.
The Killzone: Shadow Fall lawsuit is dead. After both parties agreed, Judge Edward M. Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed "with prejudice" a lawsuit against Sony accusing the company of misrepresenting Killzone: Shadow Fall's graphical prowess.
The lawsuit was filed by Douglas Ladore last August, who alleged that Sony misrepresented that Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 (a title that launched alongside the next-gen gaming console in November of 2013) was capable of being run in 1080p during multiplayer sessions.
Siliconera reports that Atlus will make four specific edits to the U.S. version of its upcoming first-person, turn-based RPG, Dungeon Travelers 2.
Atlus issued a press release explaining the "minor edits" to the game - a move it made to make sure the game avoided creating offense to Western audiences and to avoid an "Adults Only" rating by the ESRB. Here's what the company said:
Two games featuring former NBA all-star Shaquiille O'Neal have been released for mobile devices and Facebook via MyVegas apps. O'Neal is the latest celebrity to get in the business of releasing a self-branded game, joining the likes of Kim Kardashian and other stars who want to cash in on the mobile and social gaming space. O'Neal's two games are "CaddyShaq," and "ShaqJack" - both were developed by PlayStudio for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Facebook.
Apparently NBC Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is in the business of making games for iOS platforms. Fallon's first game through his freshly revealed company Sparklehorse is called Tedzy for iOS devices. The goal of the game is to collect feathers for Tedzy’s pillow so he can get a good night's sleep. The game is free to download and play.
Tedzy is an arcade game where the title character travels down dream roads to collect feathers. Tedzy can jump, spin from road to road and collect power-ups.
This mildly amusing report from the Australian Government explains the different "blocks and rocks" in Minecraft and dispels the myths about what happens to them in the game (as opposed to what would "really happen"). We are sure this short report is for the benefit of youngsters who play the game and might be getting some less-than-accurate "geosciences" from it.
Here are some myth busting highlights from the report:
Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has found a novel way to remind purchasers of legal marijuana at dispensaries through the state that it is still illegal to drive while under influence. The Denver DoT is putting sponsored arcade video game cabinets in dispensaries with the title "End Game."
The sponsored game cabinets are in ten dispensaries throughout the state and warn customers that "playing video games while high is legal. Driving is not."
Poker News and several other publications that focus on the ins and outs of online poker/gambling are reporting that two popular online gambling services were taken offline this weekend. Betfair and PokerStars were both offline over the weekend, according to the reports and are still suffering from connectivity issues today.
Live Science has the bizarre story of an unnamed 29-year-old man, who reportedly tore a tendon in his thumb after playing Candy Crush Saga on his mobile phone for an extended period of time. The story is part of "case report" written by Dr. Andrew Doan an April 13 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. He's a co-author of the case report and head of addictions research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
YouTube star PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg) will soon have his own game, according to Pocketgamer. The game, a mobile title called PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, is being developed by Outerminds for iOS and Android with a tentative release date of Summer 2015.
The 2D side-scroller will feature PewDiePie, his girlfriend, CutiePie, their two dogs Edgar and Maya, and cameos by other Youtubers including CinnamonToastKen and JackSepticEye.
I love the YouTube series, "Elders React," where older people play different games and react to what's going on in the game. In the latest Elders React video, Anne, Barbara, Catherine, Hanoch, Libby, Lloyd, Robert, and Rock try their hands at the remastered version of Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic story-driven action game The Last of Us for PS4.
We'll let the video speak for itself. You can watch it on YouTube or to your left.
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:
People will do anything to make a quick buck. Apparently people are selling the Final Fantasy 15 demo voucher code that comes packed in with Xbox One and PS4 versions of the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on eBay. The price averages out to be between $15 (at the low end) to $46 at the high end.
Yesterday, HTC's chairwoman suggested that the company was working alongside Valve to create a special version of Half-Life for the new VR headset, the Vive. But it turns out that HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang may have misspoken. Following Valve denying that a VR-version of its popular game was being developed, Wang acknowledged her error to the BBC.
After saying it left local cooperative play out of the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 due to stability issues, Capcom had decided to add it into the game this week. The company's change of heart was likely due to a mod released last week that enabled local co-op play (showing that it did not affect performance in any way). While that mod is still available for use, Capcom decided to release local co-op play alongside the Raid Mode introduced in a recently released patch.
We all get that sex sells, but there's a reason that parties involving strippers and other male-focused titillation might be looked down upon in this day and age. After all it's no longer the 1990s and people expect party organizers to show some sensitivity to the growing number of women that attend game industry trade events like the Game Developers Conference.
In the latest video in The Fine Bros.' series, Elders React, senior citizens play the game Five Nights at Freddy's and don't respond the way everyone else does.
If you have watched other people play the game you can hear them screaming and watch them jumping as the game surprises them at every turn. These senior citizens? Not so much.
Watch the video to your left and the check out the Fine Bros.' channel on YouTube.
This Eurogamer video offers five minutes worth of what Aoife Wilson calls "The Best Sex I've Ever Had (In Games)." This is probably the best way to end your day.
"By all means have lots of sex in video games," says Eurogamer video producer Aoife Wilson, "but if we're going to do it, let's do it right. Here are some games that hop on the good foot and do the bad thing in a great way."
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.
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.