Homophobic game gets pulled from Steam Greenlight, developer issues statement

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a game called "Kill the Faggot," which appeared on Steam Greenlight. Shortly after our story was published Valve pulled the game from Greenlight. Developed by Randall Herman, Skaldic Games' sole developer and owner, the game urged players to "Murder gays and transgenders, while avoiding killing straight people," with the end goal being getting "as many points before time runs out."

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Interzone CEO faces 120 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

A recently unsealed federal indictment reveals that Marty Brickey was charged with three counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering related to fundraising activities that generated an estimated $14.5 million for Brickey's numerous game development companies.

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Spark Unlimited closes its doors, lays off all employees

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Lost Planet 3 and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer Spark Unlimited has closed its doors and is auctioning off assets, according to Polygon. The news of the studio's closure and layoffs first broke on  NeoGAF.

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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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Kickstarter campaign for 'Yooka-Laylee' nearing $1 million on first day

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Forty minutes after launching its Kickstarter campaign for a new platformer called Yooka-Laylee, developer Playtonic Games blew past its initial goal of $270,000. As of this writing, the crowd-funding campaign for the game is well over $920,000 and climbing.

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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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Valve gives Steam developers control of the banhammer

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has made it easier for developers with games on Steam to ban players. Under a newly deployed system, developers have the full authority to ban players, ultimately taking the burden off Steam. The new system gives developers oversight and responsibility to ban cheating or disruptive players as they see fit.

This also means that any player appeals of bans will have to be directed at the people who make the game and not Steam/Valve.

Here's more from the Steam community announcement:

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Spiderweb Software is done with iOS

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jeff Vogel, the owner of Spiderweb Software, has pulled his latest RPG from the Apple Store and won't be bringing it back anytime soon. Spiderweb Software is best known for its old-school RPGs including the Nethergate, Geneforge, Avernum, and Avadon series of games for PC and Mac. In recent years he started bringing his games to mobile devices like Android and iOS, but frustration with the way Apple handles updates has caused him to walk away.

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More details emerge in Rachel Bryk's death

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Monday we reported the tragic death of Rachel Bryk, a transgender programmer who contributed extensively to an open sourced GameCube and Wii emulation program called Dolphin. On April 23 Rachel jumped from the George Washington Bridge (the bridge that connects New York City to New Jersey) to the icy water below.

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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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'Video game developer' the top career choice for children in Hasbro survey for 'Game of Life'

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A recent national survey by Hasbro has resulted in children choosing a whole new set of career paths for the company's popular family-friendly board game, The Game of Life. But the most interesting thing to come out of the survey? The most popular profession choice was "video game developer."

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'Postal 2' DLC includes Breitbart.com columnist Milo Yiannopoulos

April 21, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 14, developer Running With Scissors released "Paradise Lost," a downloadable content pack for its controversial action game Postal 2. Hidden within is a surprise that will either delight or agitate Postal fans: Breitbart.com columnist Milo Yiannopoulos is a non-playable (and highly killable) character that you can unlock by punching in a cheat code.

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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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'Borderlands' creator leaves Gearbox

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Borderlands series creator and the long-time director Matthew Armstrong has left Gearbox Software, Game Informer reports.

Armstrong revealed via Twitter that he was "No longer working at @GearboxSoftware," adding that he will "always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time."

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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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'Read Only Memories' gets official release date, new demo

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games has released a new demo of Read Only Memories, its cyberpunk-themed point-and-click adventure game featuring LGBTQ+ characters. The new demo features a brand new UI and design aesthetic, improved storylines and character dialogue, among other things. Read Only Memories

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Unity pledges support for Nintendo hand-held platforms

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today in a keynote address delivered at the start of its Unite 2015 Tokyo conference middleware game software company Unity Technologies announced it is now supporting the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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Victoria government announces funding for four game projects

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week the Victorian Government (Australia) announced that it would put $340,000AU towards funding game developers as part of the Film Victoria’s Assigned Production Investment – Games program. The funding was announced by Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, on Friday, according to MCV.

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Microsoft's part in Dark Side Games' demise - according to Dark Side Games, at least

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in February Microsoft cut its ties with Phantom Dust remake developer Dark Side Games, a devastating blow to the developer, according to a new report citing five former employees from the Florida-based studio.

Announced at E3 last year, the HD remake of the 2004 Xbox game was to an Xbox One exclusive, but sometime in early February Microsoft decided to back out of the deal. At the time the company said very little about why it did so, other than confirming that the relationship between the two companies had ended.

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No one from 'DMA Designs' involved in BBC 'GTA' film

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

No one from DMA Designs (the company that created the original PC strategy game series) who were on the original design team for Grand Theft Auto is involved in the BBC’s upcoming dramatization about the game’s creation, according to what DMA Designs writer Steve Hammond tells GamesRadar. Reported last month, the film is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.

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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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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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Visceral Games VP and GM leaves EA

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Longtime EA veteran Steve Papoutsis has left Electronic Arts after 15 years with the company. The report about Visceral Games' VP and general manager Steve Papoutsis leaving the company first appeared on Kotaku, but was later confirmed by Eurogamer as true by EA.

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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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Bungie will ban some toxic players from 'Destiny'

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new weekly update post on its web site (as reported on by Polygon), Bungie revealed some changes it has planned to make Destiny activities such as raids and strikes more palatable for players.

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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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MattsworknameIm actaully glad to see anita doing posistive videos, I had lots of issues with her older FF stuff, but her more recent stuff is alot better and more of what I want to see, positive female charecters getting praised.05/05/2015 - 6:01pm
WonderkarpThat is one hell of a prediction from EA. I dont know if it'll hit that, but still...Battlefront...though a crippled battlefront. few games I can imagine could hit that salesnumber. Battlefront is one of them.05/05/2015 - 5:52pm
MechaCrashI wonder how much of the game they'll hold back as DLC.05/05/2015 - 5:51pm
Andrew EisenI wonder if development went so over budget that EA HAS to announce such a lofty estimate.05/05/2015 - 5:49pm
Andrew EisenYeah, best of luck and all but that strikes me as a gross overestimate.05/05/2015 - 5:47pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/05/05/star-wars-battlefront-sales-figures-predictions/ EA its nuts. there is no way it sells 10 million copies. I will buy that game, but come on.05/05/2015 - 5:43pm
ZippyDSMleeWonderkarp Sega would have to make somethign worthwhile tho....05/05/2015 - 5:41pm
Matthew Wilson@wond dont forget creative assembly. sega still has a big pc part.05/05/2015 - 5:11pm
WonderkarpI saw that. I feel like Sega is on the verge of just becoming 100% Atlus. Atlus is selling like crazy and the buzz for Persona 5 is high. Especially in my house05/05/2015 - 4:58pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/05/05/for-first-time-ever-sega-wont-have-a-booth-at-e3/ sega is not having a both at e3 this year. yet another Japanese developer pulling back.05/05/2015 - 4:44pm
Andrew EisenSorry, got pulled away. To expand on that, I believe the NX is much too far away for Nintendo to delay Zelda until its launch.05/05/2015 - 4:39pm
Andrew EisenNo.05/05/2015 - 4:16pm
Wonderkarphey Andrew, got a question. do you think Nintendo will pull a Wii and delay Zelda onto their "new console" like they did with Twilight Princess?05/05/2015 - 4:15pm
Wonderkarpand it said it was submitted but i never saw anything05/05/2015 - 4:11pm
Wonderkarpno. i sent info regarding that "games dont make people sexist" study from Germany.05/05/2015 - 4:07pm
MGI love how people try to use "white knight" as a negative. Yes, please call me the chivalrous defender of the weak, the innocent, and the downtrodden. The reverse of calling someone the white knight means he/she is this http://tinyurl.com/o4sv8kr05/05/2015 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenAnyway, I'm checking into the Submit News button. Were you getting an error or something?05/05/2015 - 4:06pm
Wonderkarpalright Andrew.05/05/2015 - 4:05pm
MechaCrashThat would require him to make even the barest attempt to educate himself before shooting his mouth off.05/05/2015 - 4:03pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud, stop sniping at each other. Find an issue to discuss instead. Preferably something other than what you think about one another.05/05/2015 - 4:01pm
 

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