A requirement for Finland's Assembly Summer 2014 Hearthstone competition has outraged the gaming community. According to this PC Gamer report, an announcement page for the Hearthstone qualifier reveals that "The participation is open only to Finnish male players." The qualifier's organizers, the Finnish eSports Federation, are taking a lot of heat for this requirement and for their explanation why they have decided to separate and/or exclude players based on gender.
Update: A rep. for Activision rightly points out that the source for this story is so incredibly old that dinosaurs were still roaming the earth. We offer our apologies to Activision and our readers for the mistake and for digging up the past. If you look up "bullshit" in the Urban Dictionary it might link back to this story. Again, our sincerest apologies. - ed.
The open sourced flight simulation game FlightGear has been around on the most popular PC operating systems since 1997. It is frequently updated too, with new aircraft added once in awhile. But one aircraft won't be in the game any longer, thanks to Honda. Honda decided to send a takedown request last week to the makers of the game related to the inclusion of one of its jets. The company told the makers of the game that including it was an infringement of its trademarks.
Riot Games announced that it has banned two more high profile professional League Legends players for bad behavior while playing the popular MOBA game. Their behavior was deemed "extremely toxic," including verbal abuse and game harassment, according to a forum post from eSports coordinator Scott "Riot Abhorsen" Parkin.
Last week we asked readers, "Is Forcing a Revenue Split With Let's Players in Nintendo's Best Interest?" A majority of the votes cast said that this latest move by Nintendo to get a cut of the revenues Let's Play video creators get from YouTube will bite them in the ass at some point down the road.
A public relations stunt to drum up publicity for Watch Dogs went awry, instead leading to a bomb squad showing up in an Australian news station earlier in the week, according to Kotaku. The PR stunt consisted of a package, which arrived at the offices of Ninemsn. It contained a letter and a small safe.
The US House of Representatives passed a watered down version of the USA Freedom Act today, much to the chagrin of privacy advocate groups that pushed hard for its passage because it had real reforms to the NSA's vast surveillance and information gathering programs. This new version of the bill strips a lot of what was good from the bill and continues to let the NSA conduct business (for the most part) as usual. Rights groups and supporters of the original bill are deeply disappointed with what the House passed today.
UK retailer John Lewis basically said "woops" today when it revealed to Eurogamer that it couldn't fulfill the £112 Wii U console bundle orders that lead a lot of traffic to its online site last week. A spokesperson for the retailer said that the listing for the ultra cheap Wii U bundle was a mistake, and apparently one it would not honor for those who locked down an order before the bundle was unceremoniously yanked from public view.
Bandai Namco has provided an update on the future of the PC version of its popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls, which uses Games for Windows Live for online play. The service from Microsoft is supposedly shutting down in July, which has a lot of fans worried that Dark Souls on PC will be left without online functionality.
The developer of RPG city building game Towns has apparently abandoned the game, blaming poor sales as the number one reason for moving on to something else. Towns was one of the very first games to be accepted in Valve's Steam Greenlight program. Developer Florian Frankenberger (aka Moebius) revealed the news on the Towns website.
Net Neutrality - the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally as it flows to consumers - took a fatal blow today. So what happened to the grand promise of a free and open Internet in one day? Well, word leaked out that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to allow content providers such as Disney, Google, Amazon, Netflix and others to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other broadband consuming content to their customers under new rules.
In what can only be described as an ill-conceived plan to garner attention and to earn an entire group of people a trip to the emergency room, members of EVE Online developer CCP Games plan to challenge (MMA) fighter Gunnar "Gunni" Nelson (who has a record of 12-0-1) in actual physical combat during the EVE Fanfest on May 2. The battle, which is appropriately billed as EVE OF DESTRUCTION, will happen on the night of Friday, May 2 and will be streamed live on www.twitch.tv/ccp.
If Republican California for Attorney General candidate Phil Wyman had his way State Senator Leland Yee (D) and two other lawmakers would be put to death if convicted of their crimes. He has put forward the idea that the best way to prevent government corruption is for those who put their constituents in harm's way with their dirty dealings should face the death penalty.
The last vestiges of the web site and the technology fostered by Mark Surfas in the late 1990s is officially dead. GameSpy owner Glu announced via the GameSpy Technology site that it would shut down all "powered by GameSpy" hosted multiplayer services at the end of May. The shutdown will affect a lot of popular games. On a related note, Bohemia Interactive announced that it is already working on alternatives for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
Cautionary tale #657: drinking too many energy drinks to do anything - in this case to play a marathon session of Call of Duty - can put you in a coma. That is exactly what happened to a 14-year-old Norwegian boy. After drinking four liters of energy drinks he collapsed and was hospitalized with kidney failure. He then slipped into a coma for several days.
According to this Polygon report, video games retailer GameStop is engaging in a little bit of price gouging. According to the report, the retailer has raised the price of the PS4 camera peripheral to $69.99. When Sony announced the peripheral back in 2013 it carried a suggested retail price of $59. Last month the device was listed at that price point, but recently the PS4 camera has been scarce or sold out at most major retailers in the United States.
In a recent interview with IDG News Service, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that customers who use lots of bandwidth should be charged more. People who download lots of files or stream content on a regular basis should naturally be charged, in his mind.
The House Ways and Means Committee released details on in its long-awaited tax reform bill, which offers a variety of tax benefits to businesses... while excluding video game makers from R&D tax credits, according to a Washington Examiner report.
Mamoru Samuragochi, who is credited with composing the soundtracks for various Resident Evil and Onimusha games, now says that he took credit for work that he didn't actually create. Samuragochi, who is deaf, recently admitted that someone else has been writing his music for almost two decades, IGN reports (thanks Andrew Eisen for the tip).
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possibility of Amazon releasing a home console of some sort this year, a study that says relaxing games make people more prosocial, Killer Instinct's new jail system for rage quitters, the PS3 trade-in for Xbox One promotion from Microsoft, and Microsoft buying Gears of War from Epic. Download Episode 86 now: SuperPAC Episode 86 (1 hour, 11 minutes) 81 MB.
Candy Crush Saga maker and game publisher King has yanked the game Pac-Avoid from its portal after it was revealed on Friday that the company had allegedly hired developer Epic Shadow to quickly clone Matthew Cox's Scamperghost. On Friday Cox claimed that Epic Shadow was hired by King to clone his game because negotiations to bring it to the company's catalog had fallen through. Today Matt Porter, the Epic Shadow developer who created the game for King, says that he was lied to and - with his game being taken down - he feels like King has thrown him under the bus.
Here's the problem with letting a bunch of different PC manufacturers make something and use a brand like "Steam Machines" - you are going to get some wildly different products and price ranges that can be pretty darned costly for rank and file consumers whose last names aren't "Rockefeller," "Bloomberg," "Trump," etc. That's what is happening with Alienware's version(s) of the Steam Machine.
Indie developers including the makers of The Witness, Thomas Was Alone, VVVVVV, and Ridiculous Fishing, are railing against YouTube and Google over their new copyright detection policies after being the target of false copyright claims on videos of their own games.
Mike Bithell, creator of puzzle platformer game Thomas Was Alone, was the target of a claim by a group called 'Indmusic' for "systematically" claiming rights to footage of his game. He lashed out at the group via Twitter: