Free International Women’s Day DLC For Europa Universalis IV Makes Some Men Mad

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A free batch of downloadable content over the weekend for Paradox Interactive' grand historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV had the unintended consequence of whipping some of its users into a frenzy over the plight of men. The content was released for free to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) and adds 100 of the greatest women in history into the game.

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Epic Games Hands Out First Unreal Dev Grants

March 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last month Epic Games announced that it would dole out $5 million to developers using Unreal Engine 4 under a new grant program called Unreal Dev Grants. Today the company announced that it has handed out over $50,000 to the first recipients of the program.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Gamers In Real Life Game Design Competition Will Award Two Scholarships This Year

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Company (formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) has opened the submission process for its 2015 Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Game Design Competition. This year Daybreak's G.I.R.L. scholarship program will award two winners scholarships instead of one.

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Riot Games Named 13th Best Place to Work in America By Fortune

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends maker Riot Games has been named as one of the top 15 best places in America to work, according to the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For poll. Riot Games came in at number 3 on the Best Medium Work Places poll in 2013, but, with over 1,000 employees and continued expansion since that time, the company has managed to elevate itself by maintaining its policies on providing a friendly and inclusive work environment.

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Intel Promises To Help Foster More Diversity in The Video Games Industry

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In addition to announcing deals with Codemasters, Funcom and Ubisoft to use its technology in upcoming games and a new game developer friendly portal at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel revealed a number of initiatives it is backing to promote more diversity in the video games industry.

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Capcom Enables Local Coop Play in 'Resident Evil: Revelations 2'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After saying it left local cooperative play out of the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 due to stability issues, Capcom had decided to add it into the game this week. The company's change of heart was likely due to a mod released last week that enabled local co-op play (showing that it did not affect performance in any way). While that mod is still available for use, Capcom decided to release local co-op play alongside the Raid Mode introduced in a recently released patch.

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'Blacks in Gaming' GDC Party Details

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blacks in Gaming (BIG) is hosting a GDC Party for those lucky enough to be attending the event this week in San Francisco. The party is sponsored by Xbox and will take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST). You can find out more information about the party here.

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Epic Games Makes 'Unreal Engine 4' Free For Everyone

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has decided that it is time to make Unreal Engine more competitive with stiff competition from the likes of Unity and other free game development tools. Unity has been free for some time, and some believe that it is cutting into Unreal Engine's market share in the game development space (no, we do not have stats on whether or not this is true, but this is at least the perception in some circles - ed.).

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Tactical Simulations Interactive Reveals 'Gateway' Character Transfer Initiative

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI), a company formed by former Strategic Inc. employees, has announced a new system called "Gateway" that allows players to transfer their favorite characters across multiple role-playing games that support the system. TSI’s first game, Seven Dragon Saga, will support Gateway, and Harebrained Games and inXile have committed to supporting the system as well.

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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'Camera Obscura' Celebrates Steam Launch With Charity Drive For Get-Well Gamers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie puzzler Camera Obscura launches on Steam today, and to celebrate developer Anteater Games announced that it will give a portion of each sale to Get-Well Gamers for a limited time.

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Epic Games Offers $5 Million in Grants to Unreal Engine 4 Developers

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced a new program that will dole out grants to games being built using its game engine technology, Unreal Engine 4. Sweeney said that developers of all shapes and sizes and in all regions of the world are eligible to receive grants. The only requirement is that the game you are working on must have a working prototype and it must be nominated for a grant by someone.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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Reddit Donating Ten Percent of 2014 Profits To Ten Charities

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit announced today that it will donate ten percent of its income from 2014 to charity and it is letting the community choose which ten charities deserve to get the money. Reddit earned around $8,276,594.93 in 2014, which means that it will donate $827,659.49 to ten charities, or $82,765.95 each.

If you have a favorite charity you'd like to see get this money, then we urge you to hit the Reddit blog for more details on how you can participate.

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Winning Bidder on First 20th Anniversary PS4 System Backs Out

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like that $129,000 bidder for the very first limited edition 20th anniversary PlayStation 4 has gone south. According to Famitsu, the highest bidder on the auction for the special limited edition system has backed out. The auction, put on by Sony in January, was meant to raise funds for the Save The Children Japan charity.

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Get-Well Gamers and 'Goat Simulator' Maker Team Up For Charity

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game-related charity Get-Well Gamers Foundation and indie developer Coffee Stain Studios have teamed up to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and to raise funds for charity. Beginning February 19 through the end of the year (the year of Goat), everyone who donates $5 to Get-Well Gamers Foundation or makes equivalent purchase on eBay gets a free copy of the PC version of Goat Simulator, the odd and popular game from Coffee Stain Studios that allows players to experience life as a goat.

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'Dying Light' Update Restores Mods

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A freshly released update for the PC edition of Dying Light has removed a previous ban on modding the game. You may recall that earlier this month developer Techland decided to ban the use of mods from the game for fear that it was messing with the integrity of the game's "Be The Zombie" multiplayer mode. But in its zeal to ban mods that messed with multiplayer, it also inadvertently blocked ALL modifications - including those that improved performance and tweaked the game's visual style.

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'Mortal Kombat X' Will Feature More Realistic Portrayals of Women

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer NetherRealm will take a more realistic approach to the way it presents female combatants in its upcoming game Mortal Kombat X. In other words, female characters won't have gigantic breasts and other ridiculously overblown body features. This, says production manager Spiro Anagnostakos, is in the name of making Mortal Kombat X more realistic.

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Godus Contest Winner Becomes a Character in 'Not A Hero'

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Godus contest winner Bryan Henderson may be "god of gods" in name only in 22Cans' god sim at the moment (see this story for more details on that) publisher Devolver Digital is making a small but cool gesture to the young man: they are putting him into the upcoming game Not A Hero.

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Blizzard 'World of Warcraft' Pet Sale Generates $1.9 Million for Red Cross

February 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that sales of the World of Warcraft in-game pet Argi generated $1.9 million for charity. The digital sale of this cute little World of Warcraft pet ended on December 31. It let WoW players buy the pet for a $10 donation to the Red Cross. The money generated will be used to fight against Ebola on the African continent.

"The community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process," Blizzard said in a Battle.net post announcing the news. "Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference."

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'Under the Ocean' Developer Voluntarily Pulls Game from Steam Early Access

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Early Access title Under the Ocean has been pulled from Steam voluntarily by its developer Paul Hart - the last man standing after the co-creator of the game, programmer Michael Reitzenstein, left the project due to “differences in opinion about the future direction” with him (thanks MCV). The project ran out of money last year and now Hart - while he refuses to give up on completing the game - is pulling the project from Early Access and providing refunds.

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Report: Jonathon Blow Borrowing Money To Finish 'The Witness'

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new interview with Braid and The Witness creator Jonathon Blow, his latest game has put him into very deep debt. Last year a New Yorker article on Blow put his profits from his first game Braid at around $4 million. Most of that was made off of Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Store, but Blow says he has been forced to borrow money from other sources to continue expanding and improving his ambitious puzzle game, The Witness.

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Sega Takes On eLicense's YouTube Copyright Claims

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week concerned community members tried to bring to Sega's attention the questionable activities of a company called eLicense, which was making copyright claims on fan-made Sega-related videos found on YouTube. And while these videos weren't taken offline, their creators' ability to monetize them was taken away.

Today Sega finally publicly said that it is doing something about it and that eLicense does not represent its interests or copyrights in any way.

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'Borderlands 1' Matchmaking Returns to PS3

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After a long delay, Gearbox Software has finally finished restoring multiplayer functionality to Borderlands on the PlayStation 3. Multiplayer went dark for the game on that particular platform when GameSpy - the multiplayer technology that powered the game - shut down and left many games and players in the lurch. Here's the announcement from Gearbox:

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Ubisoft Begins Reinstating Game Codes on Origin

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After deactivating codes for some of its games on Origin last month sold by code resellers, Ubisoft has begun reinstating many of them - much to the delight of those who bought the codes. The codes were sold by third-party resellers such as Kinguin, who Ubisoft claimed bought them in bulk with stolen credit cards.

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Unity Joins Open Gaming Alliance As Corporate Sponsor

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Unity Technologies has joined the Non-profit games industry group The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) today. Unity Technologies is the creator of the Unity multi-platform game development tools suite. Unity joins other industry leaders such as Intel, Dell/Alienware, Logitech, Plantronics and Razer 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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Raspberry Pi 2 Launches

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Raspberry Pi distributor Element14 has revealed the Raspberry Pi 2, a new version of the low-cost, barest of bare-boned PC computing solutions designed for electronics projects and teaching children how to code, is now available for purchase. And while the new system has better technical specifications and offers a more powerful computing solution, its price-point still remains at right around $35.

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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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RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am
Big PermI've never heard if Apple was dominant in Japan.08/28/2015 - 11:25am

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