'Underworld Ascendant' Gets Steam Greenlight Approval

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Even as OtherSide Entertainment's spiritual sequel to the Ultima Underworld series inches ever so much closer to getting funded on Kickstarter, it has already managed to get approved by the Steam Greenlight community. While this is good news for those interested in what former Looking Glass Studios developers are capable of creating, the team still needs to raise $111,883 to hit its base crowd-funding goal of $600,000 on Kickstarter.

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Report: 'The Stomping Land' is in Development Limbo

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Another day, another tale of woe for backers of a Kickstarter-funded game project that has gone off the rails. Today it's the sordid tale of a prehistoric-themed survival game called Stomping Lands, a Monster Hunter-esque game where players fight dinosaurs and gather resources to stay alive.

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Harebrained Schemes Raises Over $1.2 Million For 'Shadowrun: Hong Kong'

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Harebrained Schemes has just finished up its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its second Shadowrun game, Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The campaign by anyone's standards was a smashing success, raking in $1,204,646. The Hong Kong crowdfunding campaign was only asking for a meager $100,000 at its launch, which it managed to hit only two hours after the Kickstarter launched. Basically, it raised over 12 times its original funding goal.

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Former Massively Staff Turn To Crowdfunding For New Site

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

One of the biggest tragedies in 2015 (so far) as a writer who has covered video games from various angles over the last 18 years, is seeing a publication like Joystiq and all of its affiliate sites get shut down by its parent company AOL.

One of those affiliate sites, Massively, faithfully served massively-multiplayer online game fans for years (since 2007) and did so with passion and care for the subject matter it covered so well.

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Kickstarter Launched for 'Ultima Underworld' Series Spiritual Sequel

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

OtherSide Entertainment has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter for a spiritual sequel to Ultima Underworld called Underworld Ascendant. The campaign has already generated $142,104 of its $600,000 goal with 29 more days to go.

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An Analysis of Video Game-Related Kickstarter Campaigns in 2014

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: A rep. from Kickstarter points out that Thomas Bidaux's research uses estimates, and that some of his numbers are inaccurate. For example, they claim that successfully funded video game-related projects rose to 465 in 2014, up from 438 in 2013.

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'Exploding Kittens' is Destroying Kickstarter Records

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You know you are really onto something big when you ask for $10,000 to fund a card game and you get $2,850,507 in one day (and climbing fast). That's what happened when the Kickstarter campaign for the card game Exploding Kittens launched earlier in the week. It met its funding goal in minutes and it managed to rake in over $2 million from 73,000 backers. The card game is being created by former Xbox employees and popular comic strip and web site The Oatmeal.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Crowd-Funding Campaign Launches, Gets Fully Funded In Hours

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning the crowdfunding campaign for a new installment in the tactical RPG series from Harebrained Schemes launched, asking for $100,000 to make Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The cyberpunk-themed RPG follow-up to the award-winning Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut has already surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, with 34 more days still to go. Naturally there will be plenty of room for stretch goals in the next 34 days.

Here's what Harebrained says about the new game on its Kickstarter page:

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A Pretty Good Year of Crowdfunding For Games on Kickstarter

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data released by crowd-funding leader Kickstarter, around $89 million was pledged for game-related projects in 2014. That massive amount of money was pledged on an estimated 1,980 games on various platforms, according to the company.

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Former DICE And Spark Developers Reveal 'Into The Stars'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of former DICE and Spark Unlimited developers have been quietly toiling away for months on a new project under the banner of a new company. Both of those things have been revealed today, along with a Kickstarter campaign seeking funding. The new company is called Fugitive Games and the new game is a space game with roguelike elements called Into The Stars.

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The Porn Charity Raises Over $8K for STEM-Focused Scholarship Fund

January 5, 2015 - James Fudge

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.

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'That Dragon, Cancer' Within Striking Distance of Reaching Funding Goal

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With less than eight days to go That Dragon, Cancer needs a little over $12,000 to be successfully funded on Kickstarter. As of this writing the game has generated $72,513 of its $85,000 goal from 2,415 backers. Developers Ryan Green and Josh Larson turned to Kickstarter in November to fund the rest of the game's development. If successfully funded the game will released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Richard Garriott’s 'Shroud of the Avatar' Now Available on Steam Early Access

November 24, 2014 - James Fudge

Ultima series creator Richard Garriott and his game development studio Portalarium announced that its crowd-funded, online-focused RPG for PC Shroud of the Avatar is now available via the Steam Early Access program.

Portalarium says that the Early Access program gives players the chance to try out the game as it continues to evolve. Shroud of the Avatar has already raised more than $5 million from public crowd funding efforts on Kickstarter and via the game's official web site.

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Frontier Developments Softens Stance on Refunds for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Frontier Developments co-founder and Elite Dangerous creator David Braben told Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who would be eligible for a refund after the company revealed in the prior week that it was nixing single-player in favor of always online multiplayer. Earlier in the week Braben told those invested in the game that if they played the alpha or beta builds they would probably not be eligible for a refund at this point.

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Frontier Developments Details Who Can Get a Refund for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM.

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'BasedGamer' Raises 22 Percent of its Funding Goal

November 19, 2014 - James Fudge

The crowd-funding campaign for BasedGamer has raised $11,163 of its $50,000 goal (around 22 percent) with 40 days left to go in the campaign. The campaign for this project started on November 13 and will close on December 28.

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Crowd-Funding Campaign Launches For 'GamerGate' Inspired Review Aggregation Site

November 14, 2014 - James Fudge

BasedGamer, a gaming reviews and "other features" aggregation site being put together by Jennie Bharaj is seeking $50,000 to become a reality. Its Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has raised $7,892 (or roughly 16 percent), of its goal as of this writing, with 45 more days to go.

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'The Black Glove' Misses Funding Goal

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Day For Night Games has failed to hit its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal of $500,000 for its upcoming game, The Black Glove. The company only managed to raise $216,517 of the $550,000 goal, forcing it to consider options other than crowd-funding to get its game developed. In case you didn't know, Day For Night Games is made up of many ex-Irrational Games employees - the majority of whom worked on the Bioshock series of games.

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'Elite Dangerous' Coming Dec. 16

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments' space exploration game Elite: Dangerous finally has a release date: December 16. The game was successfully funded on Kickstarter in January of 2013, raising £1,578,316 (roughly $2,506,239.54 USD) - well over its goal of £1.25 million.

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'Shroud of the Avatar' Coming to Steam Early Access in Late November

October 23, 2014 - James Fudge

Richard Garriott (best known as the creator of the popular Ultima series and the MMO Ultima Online) and his studio Portalarium are taking the next step to get his online RPG Shroud of the Avatar to Steam Early Access.

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Ad Men Pitch 'We Want Half-Life 3' Marketing/Harassment Campaign

October 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to create an ad blitz (some are calling it a harassment campaign, and in incredibly poor taste given the current climate on social media) for the sole purpose of pressuring Valve Software to get Half-Life 3 into the hands of its fans, has launched. While the game has long been rumored to be in development at Valve, the company has never confirmed its existence.

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Mantis Digital Arts Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Educational Game 'Buzz Whizz Bees'

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mantis Digital Arts has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund an educational game about bees, with plans to launch it shortly thereafter. The game, Buzz Whizz Bees, is being developed for web browsers, Android, Ouya, and iOS - and will sell for $2.99.

The game is being designed to help teachers and parents introduce children ages four to eight to the interesting world of bees by letting them play "as a varying range of different bee species, enabling them to comprehend bee behavior by gathering food, scouting for new food sources and defending the hive."

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Analyst: Kickstarter Game-Related Funding Will Be Down in 2014

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to ICO Partners analyst Thomas Bidaux, game-related Kickstarter campaigns are set to generate half as much money in 2014 as they did in 2013. Last year video game-related campaigns generated an impressive $58 million in pledged funding. But in the first half of 2014 only $13.5 million has been pledged. Bidaux expects about $27 million will be pledged by the time 2014 is over.

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Another Yogscast-Backed Developer Struggles With Financing

September 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the wake of the Yogscast-backed and Kickstarter-funded game Yogventures giving up the ghost and being canceled by developer Winterkewl Games, another Yogscast -backed developer was put forward to provide gamers who backed that other project some recompense. While the company still plans to do that, it looks like it is going through some short-term problems with funding that will in turn force it to lay off half of its staff.

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Kickstarter-Funded Sword Fighting Game 'Clang' is Officially Cancelled

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Sept. 20 of last year the developers of the Kickstarter-backed sword fighting game Clang announced that the project had run through all of its funding and was looking for an additional source. The Kickstarter campaign for the game raised $526,125 in 2012.

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Developers Spar Over 'Grimoire' Name

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cleve Blakemore, the man behind Grimoire: Heralds of the Dark Exemplar (a game that has been in development since 1997, by some accounts) is threatening to file a trademark dispute with Kickstarter if developer OmniConnection does not shut down its crowdfunding campaign for its similarly named game, Grimoire.

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'GX3: Everyone Games' Gets Fully Funded

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With a little under 60 hours to go, the Kickstarter campaign for "GX3: Everyone Games" has managed to surpass its funding goal of $80,000. As of this writing, the LGBTQ gaming event has managed to raise $82,971 from 814 backers. Formerly known as "GaymerX," GX3 will take place in the San Francisco/Bay Area in November or December of 2015.

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Kickstarter Launches in Scandinavia and Ireland

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that its service is now available in Scandinavia and Ireland. Campaign creators who want to fund a game, movie, board game, card game, a new type of underwear -- whatever, can get started today. While users in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland can start creating projects on Kickstarter today, the bad news is that they'll have to wait until October 21 for them to be made publicly available.

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Tornado Twins Launch Kickstarter for 'The Game Bible Series'

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Tornado Twins, the alter egos for Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, are working on an episodic game series about the Bible called "The Game Bible Series," and have launched a Kickstarter to pay for the first three episodes.

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'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Goth_SkunkAnd just to be clear, that remark is firmly tongue-in-cheek, while also echoing statements made by those critical of GamerGate.06/30/2015 - 4:43pm
Goth_SkunkA fair point Andrew, and you are a very reasonable feminist. Though I would suggest that if you don't wish to be associated with the toxic elements present in feminism, I recommend disassociating yourself from them. Maybe call yourself something else? :^)06/30/2015 - 4:42pm
Andrew EisenGoth - By the by, you know how GamerGate doesn't like being painted with a broad brush? Well, I hate to speak for anyone but myself but I'm pretty confident in saying we feminists don't care for it much either.06/30/2015 - 4:10pm
Andrew EisenWell of course. Being a feminist doesn't mean rape can never be depicted in fiction.06/30/2015 - 4:03pm
InfophileIn fiction, it depends on the context. It's very easy to get "wrong," but there are cases where feminists have approved of how it's been shown (eg. the scene with Honor Harrington in the new compilation comic)06/30/2015 - 4:02pm
Andrew EisenThat would be an interesting alternate film though. Ray became a Ghostbuster to get rid of the spooks that had been sexually assaulting him.06/30/2015 - 4:00pm
Andrew EisenHe's not powerless against ghosts. That's very firmly established by that point in the movie.06/30/2015 - 3:57pm
Andrew EisenSo, if in the new movie, McCarthy or one of the other Ghostbusters has a dream where a pretty ghost goes down on her, I don't predict outrage (other than from those silly random no-name numbnuts on Twitter).06/30/2015 - 3:56pm
Goth_SkunkDream or not, it's still a scene that depicts a victim powerless to stop his attacker from engaging in an act of sex upon him. Even if he enjoys himself, it's technically rape. Hypothetically, he could feel traumatized afterwards.06/30/2015 - 3:55pm
Andrew EisenWell, he could always, you know, grab a proton pack and bust that rapey ghost! But again, it's still pretty clearly a dream.06/30/2015 - 3:53pm
ZippyDSMleeSo what dose GG stand for if its not been taken over my bigots??06/30/2015 - 3:52pm
Goth_SkunkI am assuming he's powerless to stop it, yes. I have no reason to believe a ghost would find itself in any way obligated to obey laws of corporeal beings. And it's not just about consent, but also about the means to stop the person engaging the sex.06/30/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenRape in real life? Absolutely (though "tizzy" isn't the right word). In fiction? Depends on how it's used.06/30/2015 - 3:50pm
Infophile"...it's rape. And that tends to send feminists into a tizzy." You say that as if rape isn't something to get into a tizzy about.06/30/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenBesides, it's pretty clearly a dream. Ray and the ghost are in some unknown bedroom. Then it cuts to Ray and the other guys in the firehouse beds with Ray rolling over in his sleep and falling off the bed. Looks like Egon is having a weird dream too.06/30/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenYou're assuming he's powerless to stop it. Maybe saying "no" or something would have stopped the ghost. Anyway, so, in your opinion, sex (oral or otherwise) is rape unless there's explicit consent?06/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Goth_SkunkBut, to be completely fair, that fact never dawned on me until 15 minutes ago.06/30/2015 - 3:43pm
Goth_SkunkAbsolutely. He doesn't consent, and is powerless to stop it because his attacker isn't corporeal. The fact that he's enjoying himself does not change the fact that it's technically rape.06/30/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenAlways came off as a dream to me.06/30/2015 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenThat scene really reads to you like Stantz was being raped?06/30/2015 - 3:39pm
 

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