Disney recently pulled a Star Wars- themed mobile game called Tiny Death Star from online app stores without warning players or its development team of the action in advance. A spin-off of Tiny Tower, Tiny Death Star is a business management game that pays homage to the Star Wars Death Star from the films. It was developed by NimbleBit for Disney.
The game, which is less than a year old, has now been pulled from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store by Disney, which did not inform the game's developer NimbleBit that it was going to do so.
Nintendo of Japan today issued a formal apology for banning Super Smash Bros. online players while in the midst of trying to clear up a glitch. The game for 3DS, which launched in Japan Sept. 13, contains a glitch related to item usage in an online game mode that doesn't allow it.
According to multiple reports on the glitch, a number of players found a way to use Princess Peach's special ability to pull and throw her turnip item in the 'For Glory' online mode. The problem is that items are supposed to be disabled.
According to a new court filing from Sega (detailed quite nicely by Polygon), Gearbox Software studio founder and head Randy Pitchford did "whatever the fuck he likes" when it came to the marketing and promotion of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
Another day, another cautionary tale for consumers eager to plunk down their hard-earned money for early access games on Steam and for Kickstarter funding. Today Valve has pulled the action survival game The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access.
In July we reported on MineORama, a Minecraft fan gathering in New York City that was canceled at the last minute. While organizers insisted that the event was not a scam and that it would be rescheduled, organizers are showing their true colors by shutting down their Twitter account and their official website at www.mineorama.com. And while their Facebook page is still live, organizers have not made an update since early July.
Sega of America wants to settle a lawsuit that accuses it and developer Gearbox Software of misleading consumers with advertising and trade-show demonstrations of Aliens: Colonial Marines... and then releasing a substandard product. The publisher has reportedly agreed to pay out $1.25 million in order to settle the class-action suit but documents uncovered by Polygon show that Gearbox Software continues to fight against the lawsuit.
Electronic Arts will not be releasing a public demo for Madden 15; instead it will focus on offering giving subscribers of EA Access the full game five days before it releases. EA Access is now out of beta and available on Xbox One. EA Access is available only on Microsoft's Xbox One for $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
A Madden 15 demo will not be made available on Xbox One or any other platform, much to the chagrin of consumers.
Twitch is making preparations for something big, and while some of those changes don't impact broadcasters and viewers all that much, the latest action by the video game streaming service will make a lot of people mad.
The prevailing rumor is that Twitch will be acquired by Google through its YouTube division later this year for $1 billion or more. And while both Google and Twitch have not publicly talked about the deal, Twitch has done a few things this week that would indicate it is getting its house in order.
While we do not know specifically why it happened as of this writing, Kickstarter has apparently suspended the crowd-funding campaign for West Game's "spiritual successor" to STALKER. The Arreal Kickstarter page currently list the campaign as "suspended" even thought the project has been fully funded by the community.
Winterkewl Games tells in this lengthy article that it will disband. Winterkewl was the developer behind the Yogscast-backed Kickstarter project Yogventures, which raised over a half a million dollars from over 13,000 backers. Last week Yogscast announced that the game had been effectively canceled but promised to give backers a copy of a similar game being developed by Nerd Kingdom called TUG, an open-world sandbox which it is now partnering with instead.
When fans of EA's upcoming The Sims game -- The Sims 4 -- heard that swimming pools and toddlers would not be in the game at launch (or possibly ever), they were upset. A recent post from EA's Rachel Franklin on The Sims 4 blog hoped to explain why these things were excluded and calm down any backlash from The Sims community. But it seems like Franklin's rather lengthy explanation has done little to nothing to calm down the community.
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.
Gamasutra reports that one of the biggest game publishers in China, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group has laid off several executives following allegations of bribery. The company laid off nine executives from their positions earlier this week, including President Shuling Ying.
During an E3 interview with EA boss Andrew Wilson, Eurogamer asked the top man at Electronic Arts if he had learned any lesson from the free-to-play Dungeon Keeper mobile game and whether all the negative attention about the overuse of micro-transactions were heard at the very tip-top of the company. Wilson, who became EA CEO in September of last year began his conversation by promising "open and transparent conversations" on the subject.
A group of developers who claim to have worked on titles in the popular STALKER series, have formed a new studio called West-Games with plans to develop a spiritual sequel. But shortly after launching a Kickstarter for the game "Areal," the freshly formed Las Vegas studio has run into a few problems - namely being called out by Vostok Games.
The composer behind the music for The Banner Saga, Monaco, and Journey is in a very public dispute with the American Federation of Musicians and could be fined as much as $50,000 for his work on The Banner Saga.
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.
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.
If you thought that PC Watch Dog players were the only ones having problems because of Ubisoft's Uplay DRM software, then we have a surprise for you: Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 owners of Ubisoft's open-world hacking action game are also struggling to play the game. So says this advisory from Microsoft to Xbox players - and it's not just Watch Dogs suffering from Uplay problems.
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.
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report being released today, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the most hated companies by customers in the three "triple play" markets they operate in. The two cable companies, which are attempting to convince federal regulators that their merger plan is a good thing, ranked second-to-last and last in the Internet service, subscription TV and fixed-line telephone service markets, according to the report.
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.
Gamasutra reports that the Australian government will shut down the Australian Interactive Games Fund on July 1st, backing away from a pledge to support Australia's game industry by investing $20 million in federal funds into the sector to fund local game development.
One of the games that will not be affected when GameSpy's multiplayer services goes dark is Halo, its demo, and multiplayer-focused Halo: Custom Edition. Thanks to the hard work of matchmaking server software maker GameRanger, all the multiplayer functionality in Halo will be intact. Additional features including friends lists and messaging will also remain functional in the games. Bungie will be releasing a 1.0.10 of Halo PC and Halo CE update soon that will provide a workaround for the game's lobby as well.
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.