GOG launches beta for 'Galaxy' client

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com announced today the beta testing phase for its Galaxy client is a go. Announced almost a year ago, the GOG Galaxy client is described as an "optional client" to facilitate cross play multiplayer regardless of where you buy a game from.

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CCP Games launches 'PLEX for Good' campaign to benefit Nepal earthquake relief efforts

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EVE Online maker CCP Games is accepting "PLEX for GOOD" donations from players to benefit victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, leaving over 6,000 people dead, over 14,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless. CCP began its PLEX for GOOD campaign in support of disaster relief for Nepal on May 1 and plans on letting it run until May 15.

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Wargaming celebrates Military Appreciation Month

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming America dropped us a note today to let us know that it is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by donating 25% of in-game proceeds from dedicated NMAM bundles throughout the month of May.

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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' gets free DLC next week

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:

Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.

Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.

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'H1Z1' adds default female character model

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being),  and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.

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Bungie sells 'Destiny' t-shirts to benefit Nepal earthquake relief efforts

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has created a Destiny-themed t-shirt specifically to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims.  The t-shirt, available exclusively on the Bungie Store, comes in three types (and varying sizes): men's, women's, and children's.  The shirts are available for purchase between now and May 24, with orders shipping in "early June." Also included in the purchase price are some digital goodies - a Destiny in-game shader and emblem.

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'Far Cry 4' dev team will match donations to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft and the Far Cry 4 development team said today that they will match the first $100,000 in donations given to the Canadian Red Cross for the Nepal Region Earthquake Fund, Polygon reports. The company wrote on the Canadian Red Cross web site that it decided to help out victims of the recent earthquake there because it spent a lot of time in the country taking in its scenery and culture for research related to the development of Far Cry 4.

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'Minecraft' finally gets default female character skin

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft players finally get a default female character model option. Developer Mojang announced today that the new "Alex" character skin will be available for the console version of the game on April 29, while the mobile versions of the game will have to wait until this summer.

Mojang describes the Alex skin as having "thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."

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'Kitty Powers' Matchmaker' developer warns YouTubers about licensed music

April 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Kitty Powers' Matchmaker is proving to be a popular hit, but the dating simulation starring the larger-than-life personality may cause some trouble for YouTubers. Developer Magic Notion gave a warning to anyone thinking of making Let's Play videos and posting them on YouTube that they might find themselves the target of a copyright claim.

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'Humble Origin Bundle 2' generates $2.25 million for charity

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Origin Bundle 2 has generated $2.25 million (as of this writing, at least) for charity.  The latest Humble Bundle offers eight EA games and supports three worthy charities. Pay whatever you want to get Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour, and Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest.

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Ubisoft signs on as a sponsor for 'GX3: Everyone Games' event

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the GX3: Everyone Games event have announced that publisher Ubisoft has signed on as "64-bit sponsor." GX3 takes place December 11-13, 2015 at the San Jose Marriott, in downtown San Jose. The event is an adults-only (18-years-old minimum) gathering designed to offer a welcoming space to celebrate geek and gaming culture. Previous GaymerX events have focused on LGBTQ+ friendliness, but organizers are emphasizing that its December event is all inclusive and that everyone is welcomed.

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The Tribeca Film Festival's final screenings of 'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' take place this week

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.

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Mojang quickly patches 'Minecraft' server software security flaws

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Pakistan-based programmer Ammar Askar revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game. Developer Mojang responded in kind by releasing an update to the game that deals with the issue.

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Epic hands out cash to six more projects through its Unreal Dev Grants program

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has announced the game projects that will get a small chunk of its $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program to promote projects that use its Unreal engine 4 technology. Today Epic gave Arran Langmead a $14,000 grant for a kart racing Steam and PS4 game called Bears Can't Drift; $7,000 to Aaron Shea for BLUI, a free Chromium plugin for UE4 that enables UI elements to be created in Web objects and served to UE4; and $16,000 to Untold Games for its VR project, Loading Human.

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The first gay character in 'Mortal Kombat' revealed

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first gay character in the Mortal Kombat universe has been revealed today by Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer NetherRealm. The character is Kung Jin (not pictured), a Shaolin Monk fighting for the Earthrealm in the recently released Mortal Kombat X.

First reported by Gay Star News, the character's sexual orientation was confirmed by NetherRealm's Dominic Cianciolo on Twitter:

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Poll: How would you have handled the controversial epitaph in Pillars of Eternity?

April 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.

One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

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'No Pineapple Left Behind' pokes fun at the U.S. educational system

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

Subaltern Games is working on an interesting game that pokes fun at the U.S. education system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind." In its game, No Pineapple Left Behind, an evil wizard appears at a local school and turns all of the students into pineapples. These pineapples don't do much, save bounce around from classroom to classroom and take tests.

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Gaikai founder looks back at his toughest competitor: OnLive

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On his personal blog, Gaikai founder David Perry offers his opinions on the rocky road that game streaming service OnLive was on - from its inception to its acquisition by Sony this month.

Perry starts out by saying that OnLive was a serious competitor to Gaikai but the two companies made different choices - primarily that OnLive decided to focus solely on the PC gaming space, while Gaikai wanted the kind of organization and clarity that the console space provided.

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Epic releases free 'Open World demo' assets for 'Unreal Engine 4'

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has released a "collection of realistic assets" from its Open World demo introduced during the Game Developers Conference back in March. The assets are for use with Unreal Engine 4.0, which the company made free to everyone during GDC 2015. The freely available assets were created using a process Epic calls 'photogrammetry' using photos of objects in the real world. Here's more from Epic on the assets:

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Obsidian replaces questionable epitaph in 'Pillars of Eternity'

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Obsidian Entertainment has removed a questionable epitaph from its hit computer role-playing game, Pillars of Eternity. The epitaph in question was part of an in-game memorial rewarded to those who backed the game's Kickstarter at the $500 level.

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You can redeem those old GameSpy keys for 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R' on GOG.com and Steam

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is doing something cool for PC gamers through a new "reclaim" program for select games, according to Eurogamer.

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BioWare's 'Orbit 'Java framework now open source

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare has announced that it is making its Orbit Java framework open source. Orbit is described by BioWare as a Java framework to "build and maintain distributed, secure, and scalable online services." This is the same toolset it used to develop technology used in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep, according to BioWare.

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FEMICOM Museum to host first-ever game jam in April

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

FEMICOM Museum announced plans to host its first-ever game jam. The first FEMICOM Museum Game Jam will take place April 15 - 21. The theme of the jam will be inspirational femme / feminine games, software, hardware, and toys of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Those new to developing games are encouraged to participate and FEMICOM Museum suggests tools such as Gamemaker: Studio, Phaser, Scratch, Twine, and Unity to build your game - though I would imagine you can use whatever you like.

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Epic awards Unreal Dev Grants to three developers - including one making a game about net neutrality

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Epic Games has selected three more developers that will receive money through its Unreal Dev Grant program. The recipients for March include Retro Yeti Games, Three One Zero, and PixelBeam.

Epic has given Retro Yeti Games a $13,000 grant for its Unreal Engine 4 powered game, 404Sight. The development team is made up of University of Utah students, who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.

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Unity offers high school educators free Unity 5 licenses and curriculum

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Buoyed by support from the Obama administration right out of the gate, Unity's new program aimed at secondary school educators has the right trajectory for wide proliferation.

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Bungie adding Colorblind Mode to 'Destiny' in next update

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie announced that it will add new audio and colorblind-friendly options to its online action game Destiny in the next major update. The upcoming 1.1.2 update for Destiny will add the ability to play your own music, adjust your teammate's chat volume, or mute the soundtrack.

The new colorblind mode will also be implemented, allowing those players who are colorblind to adjust the settings so that they can see the game better.

"We don't all see the world the same way," said Bungie community manager.

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Four days left to help fund Pixelles Game Incubator program for women

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four days remain to donate to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Pixelles Game Incubator 2015/2016. While the crowdfunding effort has already generated $8,716 CAD - well above its $5,000 CAD goal and beating all of its funding stretch goals - the money put towards the campaign will help Pixelles Montreal have even more resources to realize its goal: empowering young girls and women to "learn, love, and create games."

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Xbox One version of 'Battlefield: Hardlines' suffers DDoS attack on launch day

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the servers for the Xbox One version of Battlefield: Hardlines last night as the game kicked off its first day of availability. Publisher EA was aware of the problem and alerted fans via several tweets from the official Battlefield Twitter account last night (you can read them below). While it's unclear if EA has fully dealt with the problem, the company did say that it is aware of it and working on it.

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God of War Done Quick speed run to benefit AbleGamers

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of God of War for the PS2, Sony and speed running experts Awesome Games Done Quick have teamed up for a marathon play session to benefit the AbleGamers charity. Utilizing "some of the most skilled God of War players from around the world," Awesome Games Done Quick will attempt to speed run God of War 1, 2 and 3 in less than 5 hours total. The whole affair will be broadcast on Twitch beginning March 20.

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Ubisoft Montreal develops game to help treat Amblyopia

March 16, 2015 - James Fudge

Ubisoft Montreal is developing a video game that can help people who suffer from "lazy eye," or Amblyopia. Around three percent of Canadians and three percent of Americans suffer from Amblyopia, according to Prevent Blindness.  Amblyopia is a condition where one eye is stronger than the other.

The studio, better known for developing the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry series, is working with Simon Clavagnier, a researcher from McGill University, and U.S.-based medical software company Amblyotech.

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Andrew EisenGoth - Debate about that specific tweet? Sure there is. You just have to be able to see things from perspectives other than your own.05/06/2015 - 7:39pm
MechaCrashRemember, one feminist acting badly means it's okay to tar them all with the same brush, but one (or a hundred) Gaters acting badly means it's time to scream about how there's no leader and no consensus and it's a broad movement HOW DARE YOU JUDGE US.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Andrew EisenI'm pretty sure (could be wrong) that Thompson never participated in a formal debate either. There was going to be one (possibly two) and he backed out.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Goth_SkunkThere's nothing really to debate. Wonderkarp is right, the statement is at best wrong. At worst, it's a bald-faced example of discrimination.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Mattsworknamealso, Anita having views on gaming is not cause for all the rabid hate she got. you can argue her points, but the hate is uncalled for05/06/2015 - 7:37pm
Wonderkarpthe one thing the conversation needs is an actual formal debate. I really hope the SPJ thing pulls through.05/06/2015 - 7:36pm
Andrew EisenOh, you mean you want a formal debate. Like a presidential debate type thing. Okay. No, she's never done that (so far as I'm aware). And I'll thank you to refrain from calling me a liar.05/06/2015 - 7:34pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Yeah, it's how gamers and any group tend to get a bad wrap... by the actions of the worst among them.05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Wonderkarpok now you are just lieing, Andrew. Talks about yes. Debates? like a clear debate with a moderator? Being interviewed by Stephen Colbert is not a debate05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd also as I mentioned before, she talks about/debates this stuff all the time.05/06/2015 - 7:32pm
Mattsworknamejust to clarify, feminism got to be viewed in a negative way due to rabid extremists making it look bad. sound familiar?05/06/2015 - 7:31pm
WonderkarpI wish she would. I'd love to see an actual debate over this. even Jack Thompson debated over his crap. I know Milo put up 10k for charity of her choice to debate.05/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Andrew EisenJust because you don't agree with an opinion doesn't make it unreasonable.05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenEven tempered? Unquestionably. Reasonable? Yes. Debatable? When you look at it from alternate perspectives, of course!05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenWant to debate that point? Great! Go right ahead! As I said earlier, her commentary and opinions are not beyond reproach.05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpeventempered maybe. Reasonable? No05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpits bullshit? its not 1920? Women have run for president? women run big corporations? Women can rape and murder? I can point too a friend of mine who was beaten regularly by his ex wife if you need an example.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenShe's sharing her perspective. She's not belligerent. She's not cursing. It's not even aimed at a particular person.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenYeah. And?05/06/2015 - 7:24pm
Wonderkarpreasonable eventempered? ""There's no such thing as sexism against men. That's because sexism is prejudice + power. men are dominant gender with power in society".05/06/2015 - 7:20pm
 

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