Valve Has Paid Out $57 Million to Content Creators

January 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new blog post from Valve developer Alden Kroll, 1,500 community-based content creators in 75 different countries have earned $57 million from selling in-game vanity items for such Valve-created games as Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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'Plague Inc.' Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.

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Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will receive the Ambassador Award for helping games "advance to a better place," while Frontier Developments founder and Elite: Dangerous co-creator Braben will receive the Pioneer Award for producing breakthrough technological and game design milestones.

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Wargaming.net and Full Sail University Partner for 'Full Sail User Experience Lab'

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net has partnered with Full Sail University to launch the new on-campus Full Sail User Experience Lab. The collaborative effort promises to bring "state-of-the-art UX testing to over 5,000 play testers annually, and will include Full Sail students and graduates, as well as external members of the community." The Full Sail User Experience Lab plans to accomplish 100+ research projects per year for companies from multiple industries, as well as provide a project-based teaching environment.

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CD Projekt RED on the Benefits of Free DLC For 'The Witcher 3'

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking to IGN, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red expanded on why it has decided to give away 16 different DLC releases after the game is released later this year on various platforms. The short answer? "We owe" our customers who will buy the game.

"Because people just paid full price for our game," CD Projekt Red co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski tells IGN. "We owe them."

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Very First 'Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4' Made Sells For $128K

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first special Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 off the production line has been sold in an online charity auction - ultimately raking in $128,000, or ¥15.135 million. The charity auction to benefit Save the Children Japan launched by Sony Japan officially ended over the weekend.

The system is a mighty special prize for whoever purchased it; the limited-edition Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 console went on sale last month for $500 in very limited supply. It sold out almost immediately, with many buying the system to resell on eBay.

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer Joins SpecialEffect Charity

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine front man Tim Schafer is one of several new high profile vice presidents newly appointed to help out UK charity Special Effect. The Double Fine Productions CEO and founder joins MP Tom Watson, the BBC’s Kate Russell, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, UKIE boss Jo Twist and TIGA boss Richard Wilson in the new line-up.

Special Effect is a charity that helps disabled gamers get access to gaming by providing them with assistive technology, services, and software. The charity has been doing this since its inception in 2007.

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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

January 23, 2015 - James Fudge

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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One Million Copies of Alien: Isolation Sold Worldwide

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to the official site (by way of PlayStation Lifestyle) for the game, Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation has hit a major milestone recently: one million units sold worldwide. That figure is a culmination of sales on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Jagex To Host SpecialEffect’s 'GameBlast15' Charity Gaming Marathon in Late February

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape and Block 'N Load maker Jagex Games Studio announced that it will host UK-based games charity SpecialEffect’s GameBlast15 games marathon weekend on February 20th - 22nd. The event is a 24-hour gamer challenge to raise money and help enable individuals with physical disabilities play games (the charity's main goal).

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Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz Launch Anti-Harassment Resource 'Crash Override'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have revealed that they are working on Crash Override Network, described as a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of "unique forms of online harassment." The site, which has a countdown timer at the moment, is being lead by the duo, and is staffed by "online abuse survivors whose identities remain anonymous to anyone outside the network."

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Free 'Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings' DLC Released

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The promised free DLC for Assassin's Creed Unity has been released for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. The Dead Kings DLC is a peace offering and apology of sorts from Ubisoft in the wake of the game's less than optimal launch and myriad of bugs, glitches, and technical issues that tested the patience of even the most loyal of AC fans. Ubisoft also gave away a free game and refunded money to those who paid for a Season Pass for DLC. The Season Pass was abandoned in the wake of all the problems with the game.

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Microsoft Lets Users Stream and Monetize Xbox Content

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has officially said that, "hey people can stream its game content." Microsoft has given user the greenlight to stream gameplay and make Let's Play videos featuring its content on Twitch and YouTube. Microsoft also said that it has no problem with users monetizing this content either, but they'll have to agree to a few terms first. The 16 rules or conditions are covered under Microsoft's new "Game Content Usage Rules."

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Get 'Elder Scrolls: Arena' For Free

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks is giving away its classic CRPG Elder Scrolls: Arena for PC away for free. All you have to do is visit the official site for the game at www.elderscrolls.com/arena and find the download link.

Elder Scrolls: Arena is the first game in Bethesda's popular RPG series. Its success would spawn such sequels and spin-offs as Daggerfall, Battlespire, Redguard, Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim - and coming soon to PS4 and Xbox One - The Elder Scrolls Online.

You can learn more about the Elder Scrolls series of RPGs by visiting www.elderscrolls.com.

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Devolver Digital Launching 'Devolver Live' Tomorrow

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie publisher Devolver Digital will be hosting movies every Friday on its Twitch channel (which it is calling "Devolver Live"). Starting tomorrow, Devolver Digital brings you a weekly series of live screenings of game related movie titles on Twitch. The series kicks off tomorrow, January 9, 2015, with each film airing every Friday at 2:15pm PST on www.twitch.tv/twitch. In addition to screening the film Devolver Digital will offer a live chat with filmmakers.

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Riot Games Building Its Own Network For 'League of Legends'

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on its own network to address combat ping disparity. In a post on the League of Legends forum, Riot's Charlie Hauser said that the way ISPs currently route internet traffic doesn't work very well for online video games. Its plan is to work closely with ISPs to have League of Legends players peer directly with its new network.

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AbleGamers Names 'Bayonetta 2' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamers with disabilities charity AbleGamers has announced its 2014 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award winner. The annual AbleGamers' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award aims to highlight excellence in accessible game design and is awarded to developers that make intentional choices to include accessibility in their games. This year the organization dedicated to helping gamers with disabilities find tools and hardware to allow them to play their favorite games chose one game above all others: Bayonetta 2.

Bethesda's Pete Hines Joins the 'Take This' Board

January 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Mental health awareness charity Take This announced today that Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda Softworks, has joined the organization's board of directors. Hines, who has been working in his current role at Bethesda Softworks (a wholly owned subsidiary of Zenimax Media) for the past 16 years, will provide input on how the organization can raise awareness of mental health issues and inform the video games industry about mental wellness preparedness training and solutions.

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Registration Opens for Ubisoft Graduate Program

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher Ubisoft announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Ubisoft Graduate Program. Those interested in applying have from now until January 31, 2015. The Ubisoft Graduate Program lets applicants intern at a Ubisoft studio for two years to learn about three areas of game development: Project Management (producer), Online Programming, and Gameplay Programming.

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Vlambeer Giving Away A Free Gift To 'Nuclear Throne' Owners

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developer Vlambeer is giving Nuclear Throne owners a special gift at the beginning of the year: another copy of the game to give away to friends or family. On January 1, Vlambeer will give Nuclear Throne owners a free copy of the game to give away in the hopes of bringing some new blood into the mix, according to Vlambeer's Rami Ismail.

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Reminder: TakeThis.Org Hosting All-Star Stream This Weekend

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend game-related mental health charity TakeThis.org will be hosting a stream to spread awareness about the charity, have some fun, talk about mental health issues, and raise some cash so it can continue to do its work.

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MCV and Develop Launched 2015 Salary Survey

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based games industry publications MCV and Develop have officially launched their 2015 Salary Survey. The survey is open to anyone in the the video games industry including developers, publishers, retailers, services companies, and more - anywhere in the world.

The deadline for all comments is 6pm UK time on Monday, January 12th. The results will revealed in the January 23 print edition of MCV.

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Get Double XP in 'Diablo III' For The Holidays

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the spirit of the holidays, Blizzard is giving back this weekend with more than the usual amount of experience points in its popular (but always online) game Diablo III. Launched on Christmas, and running until midnight on December 29, anyone who plays logs into and plays Diablo III will get two times the normal experience.

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343 Industries Promises Free Stuff for 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Owners

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last week Halo series chief and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross apologized once again for the sorry state of online play in Master Chief Collection anthology on Xbox One since its launch in November, and vowed to deliver a patch and some free stuff for Halo fans to make things right. While Ross did not provide an ETA on the update or the free stuff in the pipeline, she did offer some details on what the company is working on.

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Halfbrick Celebrates The Holidays By Giving Away iOS Games For Free

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile developer Halfbrick Studios is celebrating the holidays by giving the gaming community every game in its iOS catalog for free. All ten of the studio's games are available for free for a limited time including the popular Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, and its other games Fish Out Of Water!, Monster Dash, Age Of Zombies: Season 2, Band Stars, Colossatron: Massive World, Birzzle Fever, Yes Chef!, and Top Farm.

You can find all of the studio's games on its iTunes page.

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'Assassin's Creed Unity' Season Pass Buyers Can Get One Free Game Starting Today

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you bought the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass, you can now claim your free game from publisher Ubisoft from this website. As of this writing connecting to the site is touch and go due to a heavy volume of traffic. Be patient. Those who ordered the season pass for the game can choose one game to get for free - The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, or Just Dance 2015.

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New 'Payday 2' DLC Adds First Female Character

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two new pieces of downloadable content have been released on Steam for the popular heist game, Payday 2. The first is called "The Diamond Heist" and offers a brand new mission where your crew attempts to steal a very precious diamond from a local museum. It also offers four new masks - Anubis, Medusa, The Cursed One, and Pazuzu.

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Gets Another Update

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A brand new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been released offering some new tweaks and fixes to matchmaking, parties, the roster, and more. According to the Halo Waypoint web site, the following changes are in the latest update:

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PSA: How To Transfer Your 'Dark Souls' PC Saves from GFWL to Steam

December 15, 2014 - James Fudge

Today is the day to finally give Games For Windows Live the heave-ho on the Steam version of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition. Bandai Namco revealed details on how users can go about transferring save files and achievements to Steamworks today on this page.

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GDC Offering Childcare Services for 2015 Event

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced today that it has partnered with childcare provider KiddieCorp to provide childcare services for parents attending next year's GDC 2015 in San Francisco. The KiddieCorp team will "engage your children with a program they want to attend, providing you with that critical peace of mind so you can attend your GDC sessions and events worry-free," according to GDC.

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prh99Devolvers response to Nintendo's creator program https://mobile.twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/56082061398444851301/31/2015 - 3:24am
Andrew EisenI only know of him being annoyed that IGDA mistakenly hosted on its anti-harassment tools page a blocklist he was on. What else was he critical of?01/31/2015 - 2:19am
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: Given Rosario's outspoken criticisms of the conduct of the IGDA, I would not be one bit surprised if he's being strong-armed into silence in closed-door meetings. He's not towing the party line, after all.01/30/2015 - 11:38pm
MechaTama31EZK: Thank you! (And I was able to see that you did it, only because you did it. How appropriate! :)01/30/2015 - 11:37pm
Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
Wonderkarpwhen asked on Twitter, the Chairman said He couldnt comment at this time https://twitter.com/siloraptor/status/561284497275367424. still looking for facts01/30/2015 - 9:41pm
Wonderkarphttp://pressfarttocontinue.com/2015/01/30/igda-puerto-rico-closed/ this is what I have so far01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Wonderkarpso allegedly, IGDA has closed their Puerto Rico branch. This comes after the Chairman of the Puerto Rico branch was blocklisted by Randi Harper. I'm trying to dig up more info on it. all I have is a link with some info, but its not cited.01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenSo, kinda like the Wii U just with a GamePad that's portable?01/30/2015 - 9:13pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I hope they do a Ipad/iphone thing. make a home console/handheld where games are playable on both. that is what I would want from them.01/30/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenThat would be a shame but as long as I can play comfortably on my TV I'll probably be fine with whatever the future brings.01/30/2015 - 8:56pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I would get used to it. I do not think nintendo is going to do another home console , but I suspect a hybrid one. 1. they are doing worse than the gamecube. 2. the home console market is dead in japan. even the ps4 isnt selling there.01/30/2015 - 8:54pm
Andrew EisenAside from that (and the aiming isn't too smooth but it's turn based so it's not a big deal (maybe better with Circle Pad Pro or New 3DS?)) my only other quibble is I'd much prefer playing it on a console. But I say that about nearly every handheld game.01/30/2015 - 8:39pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I've seen of Valkyria Chronicles, this is significantly slower. Mechanically, it's fine and plays into the game well. It just takes too long.01/30/2015 - 8:37pm
Matthew Wilsonyup like VC it moves every enemy each turn one by one.01/30/2015 - 8:33pm
Andrew EisenI played most of the Codename Steam demo. Pretty neat so far but the enemy turn (it's turn based) takes way too long.01/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Goth_SkunkJust finished the first episode of Life is Strange. The writing is hit-or-miss, the lip-syncing is awful (but I can't fault an indie dev for that), but the chronokinesis mechanic is dynamite. Love the concept. Can't wait to play more.01/30/2015 - 8:23pm
Andrew EisenNintendo invites disaster!01/30/2015 - 7:34pm
 

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