Zenimax Sends Cease & Desist Letter to 'Fortress Fallout' Makers

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Howard Marks, founder of indie studio Xreal LLC., shows a letter on YouTube from Zeminax asking him to stop using the name "Fortress Fallout" for his game because it infringes on Zenimax's (and its subsidiary Bethesda Softworks') trade and service marks. Bethesda owns the Fallout series of games, which it bought the rights to from Interplay quite a few years ago. It also notes Xreal's application for a trademark with the word "Fallout" in it.

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Report: 'Minecraft' Is The Most Popular Game To Watch On YouTube

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This should come as a shock to absolutely no one: Minecraft is the most popular game when it comes to YouTube video views. According to new research from Newzoo and Octoly (as highlighted by GII), Mojang's popular sandbox building game accounts for 43 percent of all game-related views and saw nearly 2.4 billion views in January, about three times as many views as Grand Theft Auto. GTA was the only other franchise to have double digit views at 14 percent.

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Bethesda To Host First-Ever E3 Press Conference

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a brief announcement on its official blog, Bethesda (a Zenimax subsidiary) announced that it would host its first-ever Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) on June 14 in Hollywood, California. The event will be broadcast live via its Twitch channel.

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$2 Million Up For Grabs In The 2015 Pokémon World Championships

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Pokémon Company announced today that 2015 Pokémon World Championships will offer a total of $2 million in prizes. Taking place August 21-23 in Boston, Mass., the 12th annual event dedicated to finding the best Pokémon players in the world will hold five events in the United States during its Winter Regional Championships.

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Report: Rovio's Head of Games Leaves Company To Launch Start-Up

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jami Laes has left Angry Birds maker Rovio to launch his own start-up, according to this Reuters report.

Laes, who served as the company's Head of Games, oversaw Rovio's top franchise Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. The report does not reveal any details on what Laes has planned at this new start-up or what kinds of games it might make - though one would assume they would be in nature given Laes' experience with one of the most popular mobile franchises in the world.

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New Update To 'Borderlands: The Prequel' Breaks The Game

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel game update that launched alongside the latest DLC The Lady Hammerlock Pack, is causing crashes for some users. The update was released today alongside the latest DLC for the game, but some users have experience serious problems after updating.

Developer Gearbox Software says in this post that when the update is applied, "putting three items of purple rarity into the Grinder has the potential to cause a crash."

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Microsoft Announces 'The Simpsons' Skin Pack for 'Minecraft'

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While this particular deal was apparently finalized prior to Microsoft acquiring Minecraft and its maker Mojang, it does nonetheless show you that Microsoft may have some big ideas for the ultra popular sandbox building game.

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BBC On The Hunt For Game Development Partnerships

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is on the hunt for a few good studios to develop games based on its most popular series, according to this Develop report. BBC Worldwide's Game team will be visiting London Mobile Games event later this month, seeking any development and partnership opportunities that will benefit their biggest IPs like Doctor Who and Sherlock.

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GungHo and Nintendo Team Up For 'Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition'

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo is teaming up with free-to-play and mobile powerhouse GungHo Online to create a specially branded version of the ultra popular mobile title Puzzle & Dragons. The game, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for Nintendo 3DS will retain the formula of GungHo's popular game but will also feature several iconic Mario characters including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Bowser. The game is scheduled for release in Japan on April 29. Nintendo did not say whether the game will be released outside of Japan or not.

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Jagex Shutting Down 'Transformers Universe' in January

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape maker Jagex announced today that it is shutting down Transformers Universe, the company's MMO based on the popular Transformers franchise from Hasbro. The UK-based MMO developer proposed downsizing its team last month, noting that the free-to-play MMO game was reaching a "new stage of development in its life cycle."

But it turns out that the company decided that the game wasn't performing well enough to continue supporting it.

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Report: Leaked Video Calls 'Street Fighter V' a PS4 and Windows Exclusive

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier today Capcom's YouTube channel accidently featured a video for Street Fighter V a bit early - it was set to be revealed either during The Game Awards later tonight or at Sony's PlayStation Experience this weekend.

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Nordic Games Buys Adventure Game Catalog from dtp Adventure

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nordic Games has acquired the intellectual property rights to European adventure game publisher dtp Adventure. Nordic Games now owns Moment of Silence, The Mystery of the Druids and Curse of the Ghost Ship. It has also secured the commercial use rights to Overclocked and 15 Days.

All of those games are adventure titles, a genre that is underserved by the publisher. Reinhard Pollice, Nordic's business development director, said that the deal has created a "considerable increase" in the company's adventure game catalog.

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Report: 7.7 Million Copies of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Shipped

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The 3DS remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) have hit 7.7 million shipments worldwide, according to data published by Famitsu (and translated by Siliconera). Some of that momentum came from the European release of the games on November 28.

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Third Update to 'Assassin's Creed Unity' Coming Today

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Is the third time the charm for Unity? We'll find out. Ubisoft announced via its live blog that it will release a third update for the Windows and console versions of Assassin's Creed Unity shortly. Ubisoft claims that this latest update contains over 300 fixes including framerate improvements - a pretty big issue for many players. Ubisoft says that players should expect more fixes for framerates in the future.

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PSA: 'Dark Souls II' Coming to Xbox One and PS4

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.

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CCP Games Shuts Down Fan-Made 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Project

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.

CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.

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'Far Cry 4' PS3 Data Corruption Bug Requires A Fresh Install

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some bad news for Far Cry 4 players who bought the game for the PlayStation 3 and are having trouble with the game: you'll have to delete your data and reinstall the whole thing.

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PSA: Free Trial Available Now for 'Destiny'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has released a free demo (or trial depending on what platform you download it on) for its first-person online focused shooter Destiny across all platforms the game is available on. The demo gives players a small taste of the Destiny character creation and progression systems, story mission content, and cooperative and social activities.

On Xbox One and PS4, the Destiny trial requires 20 GB of disk space, while the Destiny demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6 GB of free disk space.

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Ubisoft: Large Crowds Are Not Responsible for Lower Framerates in 'Assassin’s Creed Unity'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft is telling customers that "large crowds" in its game Assassin’s Creed Unity are not responsible for diminished frame rates. In a new blog update, the developers of the game said that - based on feedback - it has concluded that technical issues are not tied to large crowd sizes.

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'Angry Birds Go!' Downloaded 107 Million Times

November 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Angry Birds franchise owners Rovio announced that its latest game in the series, Angry Birds Go!, has been downloaded over 107 million times since it launched. The celebrate the latest milestone for this Angry Birds racing title, Rovio announced that it has launched a new mode - team multiplayer:

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PETA Launching Animal Friendly 'Minecraft' Server This Weekend

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched its own special Minecraft servers where animals are treated with the utmost love and respect.

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'Bloodborne' Delayed to Late March 2015

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio) announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that From Software's next hardcore action RPG won't be released until March 25, 2015.

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Report: Xbox One and PS4 Versions of 'WWE 2K15' Missing Some Features

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In new story on the next-gen versions of WWE 2K15 (for Xbox One and PS4), Game Informer delivers some bad news on specific features that had to be cut from the game(s). According to that GI report, options to create arenas, Divas, championships, and narratives through the story designer will not make it into WWE 2K15.

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Blizzard: 'Diablo III' Cross-Platform Play Not Possible

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

I am not sure who the group of gamers are that imagined cross play between Sony and Xbox consoles was even a remote possibility, but Blizzard shattered that lofty dream over the weekend at its annual BlizzCon event.

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PSA: Beta Sign-Ups for Blizzard's 'Overwatch' Now Open

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After announcing its new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, Blizzard has opened up registration for the beta it announced at BlizzCon today. You can sign up for that here. The beta will take place sometime in 2015.

Overwatch is reportedly based on its cancelled game codenamed "Titan" and is being helmed by World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan. It is the first original IP announced by Blizzard in 17 years.

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'Lords of the Fallen' Becomes Profitable, New DLC Announced

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lords of the Fallen, an RPG for PC, PS4, and Xbox One often compared to From Software's popular hardcore series Dark Souls, has sold 200,000 copies and shipped 700,000 - according to developers CI Games and Deck13 Interactive. The executive producer of the game, Tomasz Gop, confirmed those numbers with Eurogamer.

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PSA: 'Terraria' Coming to PS4 Later this Month

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher 505 Games announced that the popular action-y world building role-playing game Terraria is coming the PlayStation 4 on November 12. The release for Sony's newest console is being dubbed an "ultimate version" that is almost "three times the size" of the PS3 edition.

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CoD: Advanced Warfare Lead Developer: Our Fans Are Not 'Toxic or Misogynistic'

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's lead developer has told BBC program Newsbeat that he doesn't see the Call of Duty community as being "misogynistic," and that he has a "low tolerance for toxic behavior."

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GOG.com Scores LucasArts Classics

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The LucasArts classic catalog is now available on GOG.com, and all of the games are DRM-free. The DRM-free digital distribution platform announced today that has secured the rights to carry LucasArts re-releases from LucasArts owner Disney including Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Both of those games will be released as "special editions" with better graphics and other extras. All of LucasArts' games on GOG.com have been reworked to be DRM-free and work on modern Windows operating systems too.

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Free-to-Play Version of 'Dead or Alive 5: Last Round' Rumored For Japan

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A free-to-play version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to a new report in Gematsu (as highlighted in this story over at Videogamer).

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2015/2/27/8120573/house-of-cards-season-3-monument-valley-cameo given that its a india game, and so he most likely did not have the money to pay. I wounder how that came about.02/27/2015 - 12:24pm
PHX Corphttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 8302/27/2015 - 12:22pm
Andrew EisenBullying resulting from criticizing fiction is not the critic's fault. Fiction is not always unrealistic. Neither begets sexual objectification.02/27/2015 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenSubjective? Sure, but that doesn't matter because no one's trying to regulate sexual objectification. Plenty of room to criticize sexual objectification in multiple forms of media (like Sarkeesian already does). 02/27/2015 - 11:56am
ConsterDon't 'beauty rags' already get plenty of criticism?02/27/2015 - 9:02am
ZippyDSMleeEh still rather subjective… the haters would be better off going after teen and beauty rags and magazines than fiction, fiction follows reality and going after fiction tends to turn into a bullying fest’s… plus its fiction its unrealistic to start with….02/27/2015 - 1:10am
MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
 

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