Developer Mediatonic Delivers A Massive Donation to Get-Well Gamers UK

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

British gaming charity Get-Well Gamers UK announced that it has received a large donation (pictured) of video games and video game consoles from UK games developer Mediatonic. The charity said that it was surprised and stunned (in a good way) by the generosity of Mediatonic - and obviously they were grateful for it.

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CCP to Take on MMA Fighter Gunnar 'Gunni' Nelson at EVE Fanfest 2014

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In what can only be described as an ill-conceived plan to garner attention and to earn an entire group of people a trip to the emergency room, members of EVE Online developer CCP Games plan to challenge (MMA) fighter Gunnar "Gunni" Nelson (who has a record of 12-0-1) in actual physical combat during the EVE Fanfest on May 2. The battle, which is appropriately billed as EVE OF DESTRUCTION, will happen on the night of Friday, May 2 and will be streamed live on www.twitch.tv/ccp.

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AbleGamers Raises Over $33K at PAX East 2014

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The AbleGamers Charity announced that it raised $33,635.07 for Gamers with Disabilities at PAX East 2014 - the largest fundraising total to date, according to the charity. Pachinko for charity players, donors and corporate matching funds helped the charity hit that number during PAX East in Boston.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 95

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether politicians should face the death penalty when convicted of a crime, the Dragon Age Inquisitor controversy related to 'on disc' DLC, Target recommending "M" rated games for children as Easter presents, and video game studies with no control groups. Download Episode 95 now: SuperPAC Episode 95 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.5 MB.

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PSA: Oculus CTO John Carmack Talk at SMU on April 25

April 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

"Twenty Years after Doom: John Carmack on the Future of Engineering Virtual Worlds," a talk featuring former id Software co-founder and Oculus CTO John Carmack, will take place at Southern Methodist University's Lyle School of Engineering on April 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM (Caruth Hall Ground Auditorium) in Dallas Texas.

Here's more about the talk from organizers:

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Julian Gollop's 'Chaos Reborn' Hits Funding Goal

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

XCOM creator Julian Gollop's 'Chaos Reborn' has managed to surpass its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal. The Kickstarter closed at $210,854, well above the $180,000 goal it was originally seeking. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. The turn-based fantasy strategy game puts players in the shoes of a lone wizard with a small but powerful collection of spells.

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GungHo Earning Nearly $1 Million a Month on Four Games

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Bloomberg report, Japanese mobile giant GungHo has four games earning nearly $1 million a month. Speaking to Bloomberg, GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita said that the company has six profitable game, with four of them breaking ¥100 million ($980,000) every month.

Despite these numbers, Morishita expressed dissatisfaction to Bloomberg concerning its monthly earnings.

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Veteran Halo and Destiny Music Composer Terminated

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Veteran Halo and Destiny music composer Martin O'Donnell has been terminated from Bungie by the studio's board of directors, he announced today via Twitter.

O'Donnell has worked on every Halo title up until Halo Reach, and composed music trailers promoting Bungie's upcoming next-generation shooter Destiny. The composer announced his termination on Twitter earlier today, noting that (in his opinion) that it was "without cause."

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CasinoRPG Launches Today

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GoldFire Studios' successfully crowd-funded RPS-infused gambling game, CasinoRPG, has finally launched after a year of beta testing. The game was successfully funded on Feb 5, 2013, raising well over the $20,000 it was initially asking the community for. CasinoRPG is an open world that combines massively multiplayer role-playing games with tycoon and city-building elements, and casino games like poker, slots, blackjack and roulette. The game was built using HTML5 and has been in beta since last year.

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Star Citizen Generates $42 Million in Crowdfunding To-Date

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cloud Imperium founder and Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts announced that crowdfunding for the studio's ultra-popular space game Star Citizen has reached $42 million. The latest milestone is a combination of money from the 2012 Kickstarter campaign and subsequent donations via PayPal.

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Georgia Passes Law Providing $25 Million in Tax Credits to the Video Games Industry

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Georgia has signed into law a new tax incentive program for video game makers. The new law, House Bill 958, puts up $25 million in tax credits for video game developers in the region.

There are several high profile studios in the region including Hi-Rez Studios (Smite), Tripwire Interactive (Rising Storm) and CCP Games (EVE Online).

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CCP Cancels World of Darkness, Lays Off Some Staff at Atlanta Studio

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EVE Online maker CCP Games announced this morning that it has canceled its long in development MMO World of Darkness. In addition to canning the game, the company has laid off dozens of staff. The game has been in development since 2006, with CCP’s Atlanta, GA studio handling the lion's share of development. CCP Games confirmed that it had laid off 56 employees in Atlanta, but some of those employees were offered other roles within CCP, which has other offices in North America, the UK, China and Iceland.

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Chaos Reborn Kickstarter Nears Goal With Time Running Out

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With a little over 60 hours to go, X-Com creator Julian Gollop's latest project is going to the wire - his crowd-funding campaign for Chaos Reborn is very close to its funding goal. As of this writing, the campaign has managed to raise $160,268 of its $180,000 goal from a little over 3,900 backers. The project is based on Gollop's classic 1985 ZX Spectrum game, Chaos: The Battle of Wizards.

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Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars Get Early Access Beginning Today

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developer Digital Eel announced that those who backed its space strategy game, Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars, will have access to an early preview build today. Digital Eel's Rich Carlson tells us that the Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars Early Access preview begins today.

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TellTale Games Tops Fast Company's 'Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Gaming' List

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Fast Company magazine has named Telltale Games the most innovative company in the industry for its Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Gaming for 2014. The company took the top honor and beat out such heavyweights as Sony, King and Tencent.

Fast Company gave Telltale Games the top spot for bringing "a television production schedule to the video game industry." Fast Company is referring to Telltale's episodic games including The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.

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RIP, Blizzard Senior Software Engineer Ron Nakada

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile's John Alvarado shared the sad news that Ron Nakada, the Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who was battling through Stage IV colon cancer, passed away on April 2 at 2:48am. Alvarado shared details on Ron Nakada's final days, surrounded by family and feeling no pain:

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RIP 'Fire Pro Wrestling' Creator Masato Masuda

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The man who created the Nintendo Entertainment System's first (and arguably best) wrestling game, Pro Wrestling, has died at the age of 48. The news of Masato Masuda's untimely passing was revealed by Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda. Masato Masuda created the original Pro Wrestling for the NES while working at TRY Studios in 1986. That game series would eventually be renamed Fire Pro Wrestling, arguably one of the best wrestling game series ever made.

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Amazon Game Studios Hires Kim Swift and Clint Hocking

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

First, Amazon bought Killer Instinct maker Double Helix, and now it is proving that gaming is more than just a passing hobby for the company by hiring two high profile seasoned veterans. Amazon Game Studios has hired Kim Swift and Clint Hocking.

Amazon is bolstering up talent in their video game development studio, and they've got two new high-profile snags: Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking have both joined Amazon Game Studios, Kotaku has learned.

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UK MP Ed Vaizey Calls on Video Games Industry to Spend Tax Incentives on Hiring Youngsters in the UK

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries said that, now that the UK video games industry is confirmed to get tax relief, he wants the sector to focus on bringing more youngsters into the business, as opposed to spending that money on hiring from outside the region. Last week the European Parliament gave the greenlight to the scheme, much to the delight of the industry in the UK and the members of parliament that have long supported giving tax incentives to the sector.

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Fine Young Capitalists Launch Women in Games Initiative

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Fine Young Capitalists is looking for a few good women (or anyone who self identifies as a woman) to take part in its special Women In Video Games Initiative. To take part, would-be applicants are asked to submit a pitch document about a game idea that is right around 1,500 words in length.

The submissions will be judged by the community, with the top five best pitches getting some very professional treatment.

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Woman Sues Gree President for 'Forced Abortion'

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A bizarre story out of Japan details a lawsuit against the president of mobile and social gaming giant Gree. According to Sakura Financial News (by way of Kotaku) Gree's current president Yoshikazu Tanaka is being sued by a former girlfriend for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion. Gree is a household name in Japan.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 92

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Positech Games talking about the evils of game sales, Microsoft considering positive reinforcement for good Xbox Live behavior, Australia's ratings reforms, and last week's poll about rich people using crowdfunding. Download Episode 92 now: SuperPAC Episode 92 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.6 MB.

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CCP Games Will Continue to Support Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While some developers like Mojang say that they will no longer pursue plans to support Oculus Rift after Facebook announced that it would acquire the virtual reality technology last night for $2 billion, others are saying that they will continue to support the device. One of those developers is Eve Online developer CCP Games. The company tells Eurogamer that it still plans to launch its space combat game Eve: Valkyrie for the consumer version of Oculus Rift, whenever that comes out.

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Developer: Steam Greenlight Will Be Gone in 12 Months

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Curve Studios design director Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle has found himself in the spotlight today after tweeting that Valve will be making dramatic changes to its Steam Greenlight program. Biddle said on Twitter that the system, which lets users cast a "Yes" or "No" votes on pitches for potential products to be listed on Steam, will be gone by this time next year.

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Nexon: We're Letting Mobile Game Consumers Down

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Free-to-play MMO company Nexon says that the mobile games industry has let consumers down. Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney said that consumers are not being given content they deserve and has accused cloning of popular games on various App stores as a big part of the problem.

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HBO Teaming Up With Riot for 'Game of Thrones' Advertising Campaign

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

HBO will advertise the next season of its hit fantasy series Game of Thrones in Riot Games' popular MOBA game, League of Legends. According to [A]ListDayily interview with Dustin Beck, Vice president of eSports and merchandising at Riot Games, Riot Games and HBO will team up to create a three-week long campaign leading up to the premiere of the fourth season of the show.

The marketing campaign could include a mash-up trailer and website take-overs.

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2014 Game Developers Conference Sets Attendance Record

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UBM Tech Game Network announced that its 2014 Game Developers Conference set a new record for event attendance this year. The company, which also owns Gamasutra, says that this year's event saw with more than 24,000 industry professionals converge on San Francisco's Moscone Center last week.

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Positech Games Warns Against Constant Game 'Sales'

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developer Positech Games said via a new blog post that game sales (like the kind found on Steam and in the Humble Bundle) are providing the endorphin rush instead of the fun of actually playing the games players are purchasing at deep discounts. Positech Games' Cliff Harris says that these kinds of sales are insidious dangers that normalize huge price reductions.

"This is a big psychology trick that is being used to siphon money from gamers, and it's a bad thing," he said. "And if we can - and I think we probably can't - we should stop it."

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'Last of Us' and 'Papers, Please' Win Big at GDC Awards

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It should come as no surprise that Naughty Dog's award-winning PS3-exclusive game The Last of Us has won some more awards. At last night's Game Developers Choice Awards, it was awarded Game of the Year. The 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony took place last night during the 2014 Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Last of Us was also honored with Best Design and Best Narrative Awards during the event, which was emcee'd by popular PR veteran and marketing genius Abbie Heppe.

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Crytek Offers $10 CryEngine Subscription for Indie Developers

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hot on the heels of Epic Games announcing that it would offer a monthly subscription plan to allow anyone to license its Unreal Engine 4 technology, Crytek is offering a similar deal for its CryEngine technology - for about $9 less. Crytek announced this week during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that it would offer the CryEngine for $9.90 a month per user.

 
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Matthew WilsonI have said it before net nutrality will not be made in to law until Google or Netflix is blocked, or they do what they did for sopa and pull their sites down in protest.04/23/2014 - 8:02pm
Andrew EisenGee, I guess putting a former cable industry lobbyist as the Chairman of the FCC wasn't that great of an idea. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html?_r=204/23/2014 - 7:26pm
Andrew EisenIanC - I assume what he's getting at is the fact that once PS3/360 development ceases, there will be no more "For Everything But Wii U" games.04/23/2014 - 5:49pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - Yes, obviously developers will eventually move on from the PS3 and 360 but the phrase will continue to mean exactly what it means.04/23/2014 - 5:45pm
IanCAnd how does that equal his annoying phrase being meaningless?04/23/2014 - 5:09pm
Matthew Wilson@Andrew Eisen the phrase everything but wiiu will be meaningless afer this year becouse devs will drop 360/ps3 support.04/23/2014 - 4:43pm
Andrew EisenFor Everything But... 360? Huh, not many games can claim that title. Only three others that I know of.04/23/2014 - 3:45pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/23/another-world-rated-for-current-consoles-handhelds-in-germany/ Another World fulfills legal obligations of being on every gaming system under the sun.04/23/2014 - 12:34pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/steam-gauge-do-strong-reviews-lead-to-stronger-sales-on-steam/?comments=1 Here is another data driven article using sales data from steam to figure out if reviews effect sales. It is stats heavy like the last one.04/23/2014 - 11:33am
Andrew EisenI love RPGs but I didn't much care for Tales of Symphonia. I didn't bother with its sequel.04/23/2014 - 11:21am
InfophileIt had great RPGs because MS wanted to use them to break into Japan. (Which had the side-effect of screwing NA PS3 owners out of Tales of Vesperia. No, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?)04/23/2014 - 10:52am
RedMageI'm still disappointed the 360 never broke into Japan either. It had a bevy of great RPGs in the late 2000s.04/23/2014 - 9:48am
TheSmokeyhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/call-of-duty-swatting-hoax_n_5195659.html?utm_hp_ref=canada&ir=Canada CoD loser calls SWAT on person who beat him04/23/2014 - 7:13am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/23/xbox-one-reaches-japan-on-september-4/ Just give it up, Microsoft. You're NEVER going to be big in Japan, especially now that the notoriously clunky in Japan Kinect is MANDATORY.04/23/2014 - 7:10am
Cheater87Has this been posted yet? http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Lord+Spencer/ssv-saudi-arabia-bans-bravely-default-because-it-promotes-pedophilia--272016.phtml04/22/2014 - 9:31pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133898-Fatal-Frame-V-Coming-Exclusively-to-Wii-U04/22/2014 - 8:50pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a game worth playing if you have a pc/360/ps304/20/2014 - 9:34pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/IGLevine/status/457552538343325696 The Lutece Twins show up in some of the most unlikely of places.04/20/2014 - 2:44pm
Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
 

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