Rust Creator Says He Would Have Done The Same Thing as Notch

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rust and Gary's Mod creator Garry Newman says that he would have done exactly the same thing as Markus 'Notch' Persson did if given the same opportunity. Newman is referring to the sale of Minecraft and Mojang to Microsoft that was formally announced on Monday.

Some fans have criticized Notch for selling the popular game and the company that makes it for $2.5 billion dollars; some say that they will "never forgive him," or that he has "sold out."

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Conan Pokes Fun at Microsoft's Purchase of 'Minecraft'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Monday night's episode of Conan on TBS, Conan O'Brien talked about Microsoft acquiring Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion. And while he didn't mention Markus "Notch" Persson (who made an estimated $1.75 billion off the deal before taxes and other considerations) by name, he introduced the one minute animated clip as "checking in with the creator of Minecraft" to see what he is up to now that the deal has been announced.

We won't spoil it for you, but it is kind of cute and funny.

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Is It Legal to Use One Trademark to Describe Another Product?

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting reprint of a blog post by Zachary Strebeck over at Gamasutra attempts to explain whether someone can get away with using someone else's trademark in marketing their own games. For example, would it be legal to say that your game is "like DOOM with a bit of Oblivion and Borderlands mixed in?"

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Oculus VR CEO Gives $31 Million to the University of Maryland

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe has donated $31 million to his alma matter, the University of Maryland - the largest single donation ever received by the university. According to the AP report detailing the donation, the money will be used to back a scholarship and for the construction of a new computer science building that will bear Iribe's name.

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'Minecraft' CraftBukkit Mod Developer Becomes Victim of Swatting

September 12, 2014 - James Fudge

Wesley "wolvereness" Wolfe is the latest to become victimized by a swatting prank. According to Chron, the 25-year-old programmer best known for Craftbukkit for Minecraft, was the victim of someone sending a swat team to his house, claiming that he had shot and killed his parents and was going to kill more people.

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IndieCade 2014 Award Nominees Announced

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

IndieCade, an annual international festival that celebrates independently developed games, has revealed the more than 35 games that have been named nominees for awards at IndieCade Festival 2014. This year's event will be held in Culver City, California October 9-12, 2014. This year's event will showcase almost 150 independent games and highlight the importance of "promotion, cultivation, and community of independent games development."

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ESA: 390 U.S. Colleges and Universities Offer Video Game Degrees

September 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to statistics released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) this week, around 390 academic institutions across the country are now offering video game-related certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As the ESA points out in its release, that represents a 50 percent increase over the 254 schools that offered video game-related education in 2009. While there are schools all over the country that are now offering these types of courses, California had the most with 73 schools, followed by New York with 26, and 24 each in Illinois and Texas.

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The SETI Institute Announces The 'SETI-Jam'

September 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The SETI Institute announced that it will be hosting the "SETI-JAM" October 17th-19th at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. What the hell is a SETI-Jam? It's a collaborative game-building event that will include over 70 scientists who will design games of any genre that use genuine SETI data. The event's focus is on the Drake Equation, a calculation that estimates the number of 'communicative extra-terrestrial civilizations' in the Milky Way galaxy.

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Bohemia to 'DayZ' Early Access Customers: 'You Are Not Playing DayZ'

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bohemia Interactive's Brian Hicks - producer for DayZ - recently took to the DayZ forums to address a forum thread titled, "has anyone else lost faith in DayZ?"

Hicks' rather lengthy response points out that people who are playing DayZ at this stage signed up for an "early access" game on Steam, which means, it is very far from being polished or feature complete.

Here's what Hicks noted in the thread:

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GameSoundCon Reveals Game Audio Salary Survey Details

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GameSoundCon has released the results of a recent survey (PDF) it conducted to determine what the average annual salary of game audio and sound professionals was. The group decided to conduct its own study after Gamasutra released its annual game developer salary survey; it described the data on game audio professionals puzzling because they were higher than every other field except business and management.

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'Yogventures' Backers Get SOE's 'Landmark' for Free

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Backers of the failed Yogventures Kickstarter - a game strongly associated with the popular YouTube channel Yogscast - have received free copies of EverQuest Next Landmark. This is in addition to the free game codes backers already received for TUG, another Yogscast-backed game. Yogventures was canceled earlier this year when it ran out of money - even after its developers raised $567,665 from 13,647 backers via a highly successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 113

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 113), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Four More Speakers Added to GamesBeat 2014

September 5, 2014 - GamesBeat

Organizers of GamesBeat 2014 announced today that four additional speakers have been added to this year's event. Those speakers are Matt Higby - creative director of Sony Online Entertainment’s PlanetSide 2, Oliver Miao of Pixelberry, Janis Zech of Fyber, and Dan Brody, vice president of business development at Tencent.

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As The Mod Turns: The Latest In The Ongoing Minecraft 'Bukkit' Saga

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Are you ready to go down a rabbit hole? Because this story about community-developed tools for Minecraft is probably as meta as you can get!

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Little Orbit Acquires Vicious Cycle Software

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game publisher Little Orbit announced that it acquired video game developer Vicious Cycle Software earlier this year. Vicious Cycle Software is best known for creating video game properties based on TV and film licenses such as Ben 10 Omniverse and Ben 10: Alien Force, Madagascar 3: The Video Game, and Flushed Away. The company is also know for creating its own unique game franchises such as Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, and Dead Head Fred.

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IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI is working with the IGDA and "bullying experts" to help game developers cope with and fight against online bullying, harassment and threats. According to Polygon, the IGDA began talking to the federal law enforcement agency during Comic-Con in San Diego back in July.

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'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another day, another cautionary tale for consumers eager to plunk down their hard-earned money for early access games on Steam and for Kickstarter funding. Today Valve has pulled the action survival game The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access.

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Report: TRC Family Media Considering Laying Off 90 Percent of Workforce

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sources speaking to GamesIndustry International are telling the publication that Malta-based development studio TRC Family Media is in serious financial trouble. According to multiple sources inside the company, TRC's financial situation is so dire that it has told employees that 90 percent of the company's work force may be laid off.

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Game Developers Call on Gaming Community to Support Diversity

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An open letter signed by a number of game developers is asking the gaming community at large to respect everyone who plays, criticizes, and makes games. The thrust of the letter is that people should respect each other even when they disagree, and should never tolerate harassment or threats.

The letter is signed by a number of game developers working for such companies as BioWare, Bungie, Boss Key, Google, Sports Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Oculus VR, Ubisoft, Spry Fox, Vlambeer, EA, Kickstarter, Humble Bundle, and many more.

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IGDA Board of Directors Issues Statement on Developer Harassment

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The International Game Developers Association has thrown its support behind game developers who have been the target of harassment online over the last week or so on social media. Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn, Polytron founder and Fez creator Phil Fish, and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian were just some of the names mentioned by the IGDA.

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Puppy Games Launches Patreon for MMO 'Battledroid'

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Puppy Games has launched a Patreon to fund the ongoing development of its free MMO Battledroid. While the small indie studio continues to work on it, it has come to the conclusion that the MMO needs at least another year of development time and it does not have enough money to fund that effort. So they decided to turn to Patreon instead of other crowdfunding methods like Indiegogo or Kickstarter to raise some funds.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson Headlines 'GamesBeat 2014'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of GamesBeat 2014 announced today that Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson will be a key speaker at this year's event Sept. 15 and Sept. 16 (at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel) in San Francisco. Wilson will take part in a fireside chat hosted by Mike Vorhaus, the president of Magid Advisors. The fireside chat will open the event and focus on how EA is pivoting from a traditional publisher to a more digitally focused company in the constantly evolving business of making and selling games.

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Former 38 Studios Developers Create 'Alien' CCG for Upper Deck

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At least one good thing came out of the state of Rhode Island losing $75 million dollars (plus an undetermined amount in related costs including penalties, etc.) from the failed loan deal with Curt Schilling's 38 Studios: the success story of Danny Mandel and Ben Chichoski.

When 38 Studios went bankrupt and left dozens of its employees unemployed and abandoned - including many who relocated to Providence and the surrounding area to work there - employees like Danny Mandel and Ben Chichoski had to find something else to do in order to survive.

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Firaxis Hosting Firaxicon Fan Event in September

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Firaxis Games will hold its first-ever fan event called "Firaxicon" at the Embassy Suites Baltimore (Hunt Valley, Maryland) on September 27 and September 28. Tickets for attending the two-day event will cost you $40. Tickets are described as "extremely limited," so get them while you still can.

Attendees will be able to meet members of the Firaxis Games team, enjoy a special "Evening with Sid Meier" presentation, get some hands-on time with the upcoming PC game Civilization: Beyond Earth and get a tour of the Firaxis Games office.

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GungHo's 'Puzzles & Dragons' Downloaded 30 Million Times in Japan

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GungHo Online's popular mobile title Puzzles & Dragons, has been downloaded over 30 million times to-date in Japan. The news was revealed by industry veteran Dr. Serkan Toto, who cites a press release circulated by GungHo earlier this week.

That same press release says that Puzzle & Dragons has seen 4 million downloads in the U.S. and Canada, 2 million downloads in South Korea and 1 million downloads across Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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Why 'Super Smash Bros.' Won't Be Released on Wii U and 3DS Simultaneously

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you were wondering why the releases of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are staggered, the answer is the debugging process. According to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, who recently wrote about the games in his Famitsu Weekly column (as translated by Kotaku East), the debugging process for both games is very time consuming. Sakurai is currently debugging the 3DS version of the game, which is set to be released first.

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Pendleton Ward and 'Mountain' Creator Headline IndieCade 2014

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

IndieCade has revealed a few of the conference speakers for this year’s IndieCade Festival, which will return to downtown Culver City, CA October 9-12. Additional speakers and topics will be announced soon, as well as the final list of games to be showcased at the festival.

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Indie Game Revolution Exhibit Opens November 8 at EMP Museum

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developed contemporary game culture will be front and center at the EMP Museum’s upcoming exhibition, "Indie Game Revolution." The exhibit will open Nov. 8 and will feature such games as "Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime," "Gone Home," "Quadrilateral Cowboy," "Papers, Please," "Tenya Wanya Teens," and "Never Alone," "GALAK-Z: THE DIMENSIONAL" (a sci-fi space shooter created by Seattle-based 17-BIT), and more.

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Tax Credits Available for 'Culturally British' Video Games in the UK

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developers of video games that are deemed "culturally British" can claim tax relief on some of the production costs in the United Kingdom thanks to a new tax relief scheme that officially went into effect in the region yesterday.

Under the newly implemented plan, game developers and publishers can claim a tax credit of up to 25 percent on qualifying production costs associated with producing games that are certified by the BFI as culturally British.

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Sucker Punch Hit With Layoffs

August 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

InFamous developer Sucker Punch has laid off an undetermined number of employees, according to what Sony Computer Entertainment America (the parent company of the studio), has told IGN UK.

SCEA would not give an exact number, but did confirm that there has been a "reduction in workforce." The company also did not disclose the reasoning behind the layoffs.

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NeenekoAh, that old straw man. That is one of the ironies about the discussion, the whole point is showing how good people can still have problems with sexism and not realize it.09/17/2014 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenYes, there have been a handful of op-eds suggesting that the term “gamer” has become tainted (two that I know of) but that’s the opinion of only a few. I've seen an equal number from those who disagree.09/17/2014 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenExcept, you haven't provided a single example of a site that’s actually calling gamers a "collective of Sexist White Bigoted Basement Dwelling Manchildren."09/17/2014 - 8:55pm
TechnogeekIf you want to make the stereotype of gamers less painful, try calling people out when they do bad shit rather than handwave it away as "not all gamers". Even if it is a few bad apples, that'll still more than enough to spoil the barrel.09/17/2014 - 8:53pm
quiknkoldI'm not going to Sell Gamergate anymore. It can sell itself. But I will sell the integrity of the Gamer. That we are still good people, who create and donate to charitys, Who engage with those around us and just want to have a good time.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldpeople should not be harrassed and punished for the actions of a few. I've always welcomed and accepted everybody who wanted to join in. Who wanted to make them, or play them. I love good strong female protagonists, and want more.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldOne of the tennants of Gamergate is to stand up against Harrassment. That Gamers arent like those assholes. We can argue for days if the Sexism or Antifeminism or corruption is there or not, But the one thing I believe in and wear on my sleave is that09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldBut there were these websites, attacking me and people like me, for the actions of a few. and then others joined in on Twitter and other places. there was a hashtag that said "explain in 4 words a gamer" and it made me sick.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldManchildren who are awful people and that the Identity of the Gamer should die. This hurt me personally. I've always identified as a Gamer. Even in my childhood years, I was a Gamer. All my friends are Gamers. Its one of the core parts of my identity.09/17/2014 - 7:34pm
quiknkoldUltimately, With the whole Gamergate thing, I jumped on it due to the harassment. A small number of assholes harrass Anita and Zoe, and then all the publications lumped together Gamers as this collective of Sexist White Bigoted Basement Dwelling09/17/2014 - 7:34pm
quiknkoldEZacharyKnight : Lemme ask you a question. We have people who cling to walls, people who fire lasers from their eyes, people who can shapeshift....and yet fabric needs to be upheld to RL physics?09/17/2014 - 6:54pm
james_fudgebody paint?09/17/2014 - 5:33pm
E. Zachary Knightquiknkold, I stand corrected on the buttcrack thing. Still, I know of no fabric that actually does that.09/17/2014 - 5:05pm
Andrew EisenSo... it's unethical to discuss the ethics surrounding public interest vs. personal privacy?09/17/2014 - 4:45pm
prh99The source for the game was just released not long ago, it's at https://github.com/keendreams/keen09/17/2014 - 4:43pm
prh99An Indiegogo champagin bought the rights to the early 90's game Keen Dreams to make it open source and release it on GOG etc. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-get-keen-dreams-re-released-legally09/17/2014 - 4:42pm
james_fudgeAlso http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/17/Exposed-the-secret-mailing-list-of-the-gaming-journalism-elite09/17/2014 - 4:29pm
Andrew EisenI read the Kotaku story. Nowhere does it say anything close to "Gamers are white bigoted sexist losers." It's commenting specifically on the crap being slung at people discussing gender issues in games. So, what's the problem?09/17/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenYeah, I can imagine Spiderwoman posed like in your second link.09/17/2014 - 4:00pm
Andrew EisenThat's not the same pose. Spiderman (who is wearing an actual outfit rather than body paint) is crouched low to the ground. Kinda like a spider! Spiderwoman has her butt up in the air like she's waiting to be mounted.09/17/2014 - 3:59pm
 

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