Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% percent XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Shoot some clay pigeons, help support Special Effect

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are a game developer living in England then you might want to attend GunsGamesGiving (G3 - get it?), a one-day clay pigeon shooting contest for teams of four. The event is designed to benefit worthy UK-based game-related charity Special Effect. It will take place at Gosterwood Manor in Surrey on August 28 and you can get tickets here.

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PSA: 'MineCon' will be broadcast on Twitch this weekend

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Can't make it to MineCon, the annual event celebrating all things Minecraft, that is being held in London July 4 - 5? Well then we have some news that might make you feel a little bit better: parts of it will be broadcast live via Twitch.

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So long, Club Nintendo

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Club Nintendo, Nintendo's rewards program for its various hand-held and home consoles, has officially closed its doors. A visit to the official web site for the rewards program features an image of Mario with hat in hand and head bowed to signify the somber moment. It is accompanied by the following message from Nintendo:

"Club Nintendo has been discontinued. Our heartfelt thanks to our members for your support over the years. Please stay tuned for more information about our new loyalty program."

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2015 Gamers in Real Life scholarship winners revealed

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Company LLC has announced the two winners of the 2015 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. The recipients of this year's scholarships are Grace Kim of Aurora, Colo., and Cherylynn Lima of Brentwood, Calif. Now in its eighth year, the G.I.R.L Scholarship was expanded this year to honor students in two categories: Art & Design and Programming & Engineering. Daybreak Games established the scholarship program to encourage college students to pursue careers in the video game industry.

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Lenovo joins Open Gaming Alliance as 'corporate member'

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA - formerly the PC Gaming Alliance) today announced that PC maker Lenovo has joined the association as a corporate member. Lenovo joins other industry leading companies including Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Razer, Unity, and Webroot in supporting the OGA’s "efforts to provide leadership and opportunities; and encourage growth and diversity within the games business ecosystem."

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Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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Fan who sent Bethesda bottlecaps getting 'Fallout 4' for free

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Fallout fan who sent more than 2,000 bottle caps (11 lbs. worth) to Bethesda's offices prior to the company's big E3 press event is going to get Fallout 4 for free, according to this report.

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Content in 'Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition' will be sold separately

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After an interview with Eurogamer went a bit off the rails and may have put Bungie in a less than flattering light (basically the contention was over existing owners of Destiny having to buy content they already owned in the fancy new Collector's Edition in order to get a handful of new in-game items and perks), the company has decided that the Collector's Edition content for the upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King will be sold separately.

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' developer offering $100 bounty for hack reports

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Studio Wildcard announced today that it will give a $100 bounty to players of its early access game to anyone who reports hacks being used in its upcoming dinosaur themed survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to the developer's post on Steam, bounties are for "hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers." Those looking to make some quick cash can send a note to info@studiowildcard.com.

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Riot Games visits Ex’pression College to discover new student talent

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Designers and recruiters from Santa Monica-based video game developer Riot Games recently met with students and faculty members at Ex’pression College in Emeryville, CA. The League of Legends makers shared details about the company’s work culture with students and reviewed the reels of junior and senior students enrolled in Ex’pression’s Animation & Visual Effects, Game Art & Design, Interactive Audio, and Sound Arts programs.

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Day Break celebrates ' Take Your Dog To Work Day' with Zingy

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EverQuest and PlanetSide developer Daybreak Game Company, and Zingy, a dog-walking company, are teaming up for Take Your Dog To Work Day. Take Your Dog To Work Day is Friday, June 26, and Daybreak is celebrating by enlisting the services of Zingy to make having dogs in the office a little easier. Zingy's resident dog trainer David Wright will also be on-hand to conduct a special training session for Daybreak employees and their dogs.

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Team Meat co-founder takes a virtual walk on Twitch today for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes began his 24-hour virtual walk-a-thon on Twitch this morning to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refenes is currently taking a long walk through Just Cause 2, with plans to walk through Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. His long walk through all these game worlds is taking place live on his Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/tommunism.

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'Dogmeat' is immortal in 'Fallout 4'

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's something that is very important to a lot of people: your faithful canine companion in Fallout 4 cannot die. That's according to what Todd Howard passed along to Bethesda's Twitter account (found by Rock, Paper Shotgun).

Dogmeat, the faithful companion from Fallout 3, was beloved by many and mourned by many more because he would often die in the game. Bethesda has decided to fix that problem by making him virtually indestructible.

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Team Meat's Tommy Refenes to host virtual walk-a-thon to benefit National MS Society

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes will host a 24-hour virtual walk-a-thon on Twitch to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On Friday, June 19 beginning at 10am PT Refenes will take a virtual walk through Just Cause 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. His long walk through all these game worlds will take place live on his Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/tommunism.

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Ninja's Theory's 'Hellblade' tackles mental health issues

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Along with the very first glimpse at the new game Hellblade, developer Ninja Theory revealed that its "mysterious historical adventure" coming to PlayStation 4 and PC will feature a storyline that focuses on mental health issues.

Hellblade's story focuses on the mental health of protagonist Senua, a Celtic warrior traumatized by Viking invaders. Ninja Theory says that mental state is a central part of the story and even the gameplay because Senua has to battle "physical manifestations" of her mental illness during the course of the game.

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One thing you can never call Activision is stupid when it comes to squeezing the very last nickel from its largest franchise - the Call of Duty series. Earlier this year Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch told Eurogamer that the latest game was only for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Justice Dept. funds teen dating violence prevention game

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Department of Justice, researchers in Rhode Island, and Colorado-based multimedia developer Klein Buendel are working together to develop a video game designed to teach eighth grade boys about teen dating violence, according to an Education World report. The project has cost nearly $800,000, according to the report.

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'Dungeon of the Endless' update adds a little 'Team Fortress 2'

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Amplitude Studios announced the latest update to its rogue-like, dungeon-defense game Dungeon of the Endless, is now available. Most notably, the new "Australium update" adds four playable characters and five new items from Team Fortress 2 into the game - and it's all free.

The developer says that this free content is the result of a stretch goal that was surpassed during the spring ‘Endless Free Weekend’ on Steam.

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Frontier Developments releases free 'Powerplay' update for 'Elite: Dangerous'

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments is releasing a major update today that adds a bunch of free content to its highly successful space simulation Elite: Dangerous. The new update is called Powerplay and is free for all players.

Powerplay marks the third major free update for Elite: Dangerous and Frontier calls it the largest content update released to date. It gives players new ships, new features and a new strategic layer.

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Bungie raises over $1 million for Nepal earthquake relief

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The last time we checked in on Bungie's efforts to generate money for Nepal earthquake relief for the Red Cross, the campaign powered by Destiny t-shirts and in-game apparel had raked in over $800,000. Today Bungie revealed that it has raised over $1 million.

"All told, your collective power has raised over $1,000,000," said community manager David "DeeJ" Dague.

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Epic Games and Ronen Bekerman team up for '2015 Vineyard Challenge'

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has teamed up with architectural site Ronen Bekerman for a competition to bring realistic architecture into gaming via assets for Unreal Engine 4. That competition is called the "2015 Vineyard Challenge," and challenges competitors to "interpret a modern winery setting" in Unreal Engine 4. Competitors' entries will be judged on lighting, design, and interactivity.

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Help fund 'The Bard's Tale IV' on day one, get free stuff

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer inXile announced today that those who back its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the latest title in the RPG series The Bard's Tale within the first 24 hours can score some free games. Earlier this month the company announced that it would launch the crowd-funding campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV on June 2. Those willing to take the plunge within the first 24 hours will be able to get a free copy of inXile’s Wasteland 2, CD Projekt’s The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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This 'Bloodborne' player is one of the best in the world, we imagine

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you ever think you're a superstar while playing a hardcore game, there's always someone out there ready to humble you.

Twitch user Craddoc brings some humble pie for Bloodborne players by running through From Software's PS4 exclusive hardcore action RPG without leveling up, healing, using guns or getting help from other players. He also does the optional bosses just for fun.

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'FIFA 16' to feature 12 female teams

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Sports announced today that FIFA 16 will - for the first time- give players the option of playing as a women in its long running soccer game series (or football if you are in Europe).

According to EA Sports, the game will feature a total of 12 Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

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PlayStation Home developer breaks free from Sony

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PlayStation Home developer Loot Entertainment is getting out from behind the long shadow of Sony to publish independently developed games on its own. According to GamesBeat, the company has re-launched as Loot Interactive and will show off three games at the Electronic entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next month that it plans on publishing this summer.

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Major tweaks come to 'Bloodborne' with update 1.04

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new update for From Software and Sony Computer Entertainment has been released for Bloodborne, and - by all accounts - it looks like it will make the game a lot easier to play; it also appears to tweak coop play so that it isn't as difficult to get help from your friends.

The new updates fixes a lot of things and balances out a lot of gameplay issues that have proven to be problematic. In one instance it even makes the game more difficult in New Game + areas like it supposed to after you've beaten the game.

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Double Fine regains rights to 'Iron Brigade,' dumps Games For Windows - Live

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine Productions has regained the publishing rights to its alternate history World War I tower defense game Iron Brigade, according to Polygon.

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'Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle' adds three more games

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
Andrew EisenYou know what I'd really like to see become standard? The ability to pause cutscenes. Rewind and skip (with "Are you sure?") would be nice too. Oh, and maybe display the duration of the cutscene when it's paused.07/03/2015 - 1:03am
Mattsworknameonly reason to do region locking now is to be dicks your consumer base. Granted, we see that ALOT these days07/03/2015 - 12:48am
MattsworknameI understand the concerns about the region locking thing, I just thing that if you buy a game legitimately, no matter where it's from or what langauge it's in, you should be allowed to play it. the argument about piracy was proven false years ago, the07/03/2015 - 12:47am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.theverge.com/culture/2015/7/2/8888243/reddit-subreddits-private-after-ama-victoria-taylor-fired bad optics by Reddit.07/03/2015 - 12:33am
Goth_SkunkI'm in full agreement on the subtitles issue. I also believe that every game should come with a single-player component, and be playable without an internet connection. Except MMOs.07/02/2015 - 10:51pm
TechnogeekRegion locking bans seem like something that'll be very difficult to pass into law. I'm fully on board with the subtitle requirement, though.07/02/2015 - 10:00pm
MattsworknameFor example, all games with any for form of spoken dialoge should be i subtitled, and region locking in any form should be illegal07/02/2015 - 9:03pm
MattsworknameDoes anyone feel that there should be a set standard for all games in terms of certain basic features. Ie subtitles, region lock, etc07/02/2015 - 9:01pm
 

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