AbleGamers launches 'AbleGamers Fellowship' program

August 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The AbleGamers Charity announced today the AbleGamers Fellowship, a new program that will award a $10,000 scholarship to qualifying third and fourth year students with disabilities who are also "majoring in a game development based degree, or computer science or education with a focus on gaming/media from an accredited college or university with a passion for game accessibility."

"AbleGamers Fellows" will also receive mentoring from "game accessibility experts" at AbleGamers, and paid internships with the game publishers.

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John Carmack's ten-year-old son releases second video game

August 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus VR chief technology officer and id Software co-founder (makers of such hits as DOOM and Quake) John Carmack (pictured, left) revealed via Twitter today that his ten-year-old son Ryan is following in his footsteps. Ten-year-old Ryan Carmack has created two games so far - a Pong-style game called "Angry Face" (created last year using Unity) and another called "Fly." The latter is available for Mac and Windows and was built using Racket and Blender. Here's Ryan's description of his latest game - from his web page:

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Disabled video game industry executive needs your help

August 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Friends and family of Nick Grange - a former video games industry executive who has worked for such companies as Apple, Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division - are looking to raise £10,000 to fund a specially designed mobility vehicle.

Grange was in a very serious car accident in 2014 that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He spent five months in a coma and nine months in the hospital recuperating.

The vehicle will enable him to visit his daughter, who lives over an hour away.

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Brian Fargo, Feargus Urquhart, and Tim Schaefer team up for new crowdfunding platform

August 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Seasoned industry veterans inXile Entertainment's Brian Fargo, Double Fine's Tim Schafer, Obsidian Entertainment's Feargus Urquhart, and Double Fine’s Justin Bailey have banded together to create a gaming-focused crowdfunding platform that aims to go head-to-head with Kickstarter. Indie Fund co-founder Aaron Isaksen is also on board. 

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Larian Studios returning to Kickstarter later this month to fund 'Divinity: Original Sin 2'

August 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In 2013 Larian Studios successfully funded its CRPG Divinity: Original Sin on Kickstarter, raking in $944,282 from 19,541 backers, and delivered on all its promises when it was released in June 30, 2014. The game was well received by both fans and critics, and it has done well enough for Larian to work on an enhanced edition of the game for other platforms such as Xbox One and PS4. By all accounts, Larian has shown that you can crowd-fund a project and deliver on your promises in a timely fashion.

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Capcom gives greenlight to 'Resident Evil 2' remake

August 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Spurred by a fan-created HD remake of Resident Evil 2 (built using Unreal Engine 4), Capcom reached out to its community last month to gauge its interest in an "official remake." It also ultimately revealed that this "official remake" was already proposed to the top brass in the company awhile ago.

After reading the overwhelmingly positive feedback of fans at the prospect of something office, it looks like Capcom has given this "official remake" the green light.

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Friday out, Thursday in: EA will now release games in the UK a day sooner

August 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Good news from Eurogamer for gamers in the United Kingdom - you'll have one day less to wait for new releases from Electronic Arts. The company says that instead of releasing games on Fridays - as companies - including EA - have traditionally done for as long as we can remember, it will start releasing games on Thursday.

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All Future 'Games With Gold' games for Xbox 360 will be backwards compatible with Xbox One

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its Gamescom press event in Cologne, Germany today, Microsoft offered some great news for fans of its Xbox 360 and Xbox One platform about backwards compatibility. The company announced that all future Xbox 360 titles made available through its the Games With Gold program will be backwards compatible on Xbox One.

The Games With Gold program is a loyalty program for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners that gives free games every month to anyone who has an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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GamesAid seeks nominations for worthy charities to receive funds this year

August 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based video game charity GamesAid is seeking nominations for charities it should give money to this year.  Between August 17th - 28th, GamesAid members (you have to be a member to put forth a charity, but you can sign up for free here) can put forward the names of organizations that deserve to receive a portion of the funds GamesAid collects through fundraising efforts.

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'Resident Evil 2' fan remake gets Capcom's attention

July 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom has finally taken notice of a fan-created Resident Evil 2 remake and is now asking the community at large what they think about it. Normally when a company sees a fan remake it does one of two things: it files a copyright claim against them and gets it shut down; or it simply ignores it.

Capcom is showing that it is at least willing to take a different approach towards these types of things.

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'Soda Drinker Pro' being used for rehabilitation of patients with partial limb paralysis

July 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Cambridge, Massachusetts - based startup Myomo is using the cult-hit "soda drinking simulation" Soda Drinker Pro to help people with partial paralysis to regain movement in their limbs.

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'5 Star Wrestling' developer apologizes for buggy launch with free DLC

July 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Dundee, Scotland-based indie developer Serious Parody has issued a public apology for the state of its PS3 wrestling game 5 Star Wrestling and has promised customers who bought the game free downloadable content to make up for it. 5 Star Wrestling was released on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 on March 19, and has suffered from a number of technical issues and bugs since then.

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Facebook employees to take part in 'Super Mario Maker hackathon'

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate (and obviously promote) its upcoming launch of the Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console, Nintendo and Facebook have teamed up to host a special "hackathon event" at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on July 28 and July 29. Unfortunately, you have to be a Facebook employee in order to participate. The Super Mario Maker hackathon is exclusively for Facebook employees to design a special level in the game.

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'Rise of the Tomb Raider' coming to PS4 and PC in 2016

July 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While we've all know for awhile that Square Enix and Eidos' Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a "timed exclusive" for Xbox One, it turns out that the window will be fairly small - especially for PC gamers. While the Xbox One will release on November 10 for Xbox One, the game will land on PS4 in "holiday 2016," and on PC sometime in "early 2016."

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'Call of Duty' games dominate fan voting for backwards compatibility on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty Black Ops II is now the most requested Xbox 360 game to receive the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and while Black Ops II may be at the top of the list, it isn't the only Call of Duty game in the mix. In fact a total of six CoD games are in the top 12 including Black Ops, Black Ops II, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and World at War.

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European Women in Games Conference set for Sept. 2

July 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the fifth annual European Women in Games Conference announced today that it will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at the University of Westminster (in London, England).  The conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards.

Speakers confirmed so far for this year's event include Andy Payne, Chairman of video games industry trade group Ukie; Vicky Smalley CTO of Small Jelly; and Claire Tavernier, owner and managing director of StoryTech Life.

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Redditor becomes Bungie's new community manager

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon, the man who created a subreddit dedicated to Bungie's online-focused shooter Destiny, has apparently impressed Bungie so much that it has hired him.  Shannon has been hired as the company's new community manager.

"It’s my honor to be the latest player plucked from the community to assist in its management," Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon said. "I now aim to better serve the larger Destiny community alongside those who create and maintain the game."

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QuakeCon celebrates 20th anniversary by supporting five worthy charities

July 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

id Software and Bethesda Softworks are celebrating the 20th anniversary of QuakeCon by giving back. The organizers of QuakeCon 2015 announced this week that it will host five charitable organizations at this year's event in Dallas, Texas: the American Red Cross, Take This, Dallas Pets Alive, Extra Life, and DFW Nerd Night.

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Wargming.net removes Japanese Rising Sun flag from 'World of Warships'

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming.net has made good on a promise it made to users earlier this month who were deeply offended by the use of the Rising Sun flag in its game World of Warships. Earlier in the month some Korean players were offended by the use of the flag, mostly because it represent aggression by the Japanese towards it country during World War II.

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New governance system having a real impact on 'League of Legends' community

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games' lead designer of social systems Jeffrey Lin has penned an article at Re/code detailing the changes that the company is making to its ultra popular MOBA League of Legends - and how these changes are having a real impact on community behavior.

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Sega CEO: we 'betrayed fans' over the last ten years

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a recent report in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Sega CEO Hajime Satomi offered some hard truths about how his company has treated fans over the years and how he hopes to return to the Sega brand of old that cared deeply about fans and the experiences they get from the company. The interview was translated by Siliconera.

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Future 'Bloodborne' update will adjust player levels during co-op matches

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

From Software deserves some recognition for listening to fans of its games and responding with actual features. A good example of this is highlighted in an upcoming update for its PS4-exclusive game Bloodborne. In the last update to the game, From Software added a method where you could actually summon your friends by allowing them to have a special password that you could share.

But one of the things that needed a bit of tweaking is making sure both players are at or about the same level - something From Software says it will adjust in its next update to the game (1.05).

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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% 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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james_fudgeI'll be watching the Facebook page09/01/2015 - 10:14am
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