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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Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase Invades GDC 2015

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference released new details on what games and developers would be part of this year's Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase exhibit. The exhibit, which is open to all GDC passholders, will be open at various points during the week of the 2015 Game Developers Conference, March 2-6 (Moscone Center, San Francisco).

The Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase highlights a collection of games from independent developers who have banded together to show off the latest and greatest indie games at conventions across the world in one large and sprawling space.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition and Shadow of Mordor Win Big at 18th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Monolith's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was honored with eight awards last night at the annual D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas. Monolith and WB Games were honored with awards for Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Character, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Technical Achievement, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design.

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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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'Octodad' Generates $4.9 Million For Developer Young Horses

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One year after release, Octodad: Dadliest Catch developer Young Horses reveals that its strange game about an octopus posing as a human being has managed to make $4.9 million dollars. That number covers up until January 30, the developer revealed in an extensive infographic it shared via Twitter. That infographic shows that it took the nine-person development team around 31 months to develop at 21 hours of work per week.

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Techland Responds To 'Dying Light' Modding Community Concerns

February 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Update: The ESA has apologized for the DMCA takedown notices, saying that there was some amount of confusion involved. Below is a statement it issued to Ars Technica:

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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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Gearbox Writer Heads To Hollywood For Original Hulu Comedy Series

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gearbox head writer Anthony Burch is leaving the company to write an original comedy series for Hulu. Burch, the lead writer on Gearbox's popular Borderlands 2, said that he would be moving to Los Angeles to begin working on a new show with Lionsgate and RocketJump. The series will be produced by RocketJump in association with Lionsgate Television and will stream exclusively on Hulu. RocketJump is best known for Freddy Wong's popular Video Game High School series, which has had three successful seasons so far.

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New York State Senator Working on More Incentives for Video Games Industry

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A top New York State Senator admits that lawmakers are not doing enough to attract the video game and tech industries to the Empire State, but will make it his top priority in 2015. New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) believes other states and parts of Canada are beating New York State in attracting gaming and biotech companies.

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An Analysis of Video Game-Related Kickstarter Campaigns in 2014

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: A rep. from Kickstarter points out that Thomas Bidaux's research uses estimates, and that some of his numbers are inaccurate. For example, they claim that successfully funded video game-related projects rose to 465 in 2014, up from 438 in 2013.

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D.I.C.E. Award Presenters Revealed

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced today its list of presenters for the 18th annual D.I.C.E. Awards. Taking place February 5 as part of the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, this year's list or presenters include video game personalities, notable game developers, and executives from some of the top publishers in North America.

Ted Price, Chris Taylor, Brenda Romero, Richard Garriott, Chris Roberts, Jade Raymond, and John Romero are just some of the presenters taking part in this year's awards show.

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Report: Rovio's Head of Games Leaves Company To Launch Start-Up

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jami Laes has left Angry Birds maker Rovio to launch his own start-up, according to this Reuters report.

Laes, who served as the company's Head of Games, oversaw Rovio's top franchise Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. The report does not reveal any details on what Laes has planned at this new start-up or what kinds of games it might make - though one would assume they would be in nature given Laes' experience with one of the most popular mobile franchises in the world.

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Brenda Romero and David Braben To Be Honored With Special Awards at GDC

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Brenda Romero and David Braben will be honored at this year's Game Developers Conference with special awards. GDC organizers announced that Romero will receive the Ambassador Award for helping games "advance to a better place," while Frontier Developments founder and Elite: Dangerous co-creator Braben will receive the Pioneer Award for producing breakthrough technological and game design milestones.

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Layoffs Hit Frontier Developments

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments, the makers of Elite: Dangerous, have laid off a number of employees this week, according to this VG247 report. At least 15 employees have been laid off at developer’s Halifax, Canada studio, according to a new Investors update. In a section labeled "Operations Update," the company said that 15 content creation roles have been made redundant in Cambridge:

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Very First 'Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4' Made Sells For $128K

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first special Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 off the production line has been sold in an online charity auction - ultimately raking in $128,000, or ¥15.135 million. The charity auction to benefit Save the Children Japan launched by Sony Japan officially ended over the weekend.

The system is a mighty special prize for whoever purchased it; the limited-edition Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 console went on sale last month for $500 in very limited supply. It sold out almost immediately, with many buying the system to resell on eBay.

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer Joins SpecialEffect Charity

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine front man Tim Schafer is one of several new high profile vice presidents newly appointed to help out UK charity Special Effect. The Double Fine Productions CEO and founder joins MP Tom Watson, the BBC’s Kate Russell, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, UKIE boss Jo Twist and TIGA boss Richard Wilson in the new line-up.

Special Effect is a charity that helps disabled gamers get access to gaming by providing them with assistive technology, services, and software. The charity has been doing this since its inception in 2007.

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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

January 23, 2015 - James Fudge

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck To Keynote D.I.C.E. 2015

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games CEO Brandon Beck will deliver the featured keynote address at the upcoming 2015 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas., announced organizer AIAS (The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences - thanks GII).

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IGF Student Finalists Announced

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the 2015 Independent Games Festival have announced the eight finalists that will be attending the IGF event in San Francisco in March as part of the Game Developers Conference.

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Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz Launch Anti-Harassment Resource 'Crash Override'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have revealed that they are working on Crash Override Network, described as a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of "unique forms of online harassment." The site, which has a countdown timer at the moment, is being lead by the duo, and is staffed by "online abuse survivors whose identities remain anonymous to anyone outside the network."

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Starbreeze Sells 'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' to 505 Games for $500K

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developer Starbreeze Studios announced today that it has sold the full rights and trademarks to its critically acclaimed game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The developer said it sold the IP and all rights to 505 Games for the sum of $500,000. The game has sold more than 800,000 copies since its fall 2013 release. Starbreeze says that the franchise will be "best nurtured under a new owner."

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CVG Editor Joins Bandai Namco Games

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bandai Namco Games has hired former Computer & Video Games editor Andy Robinson as its new PR executive. Robinson worked for the Future publication for nine years as the website's editor. Future announced late last year that it plans to close the publication, though - as of this writing - it is still producing daily content.

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Turtle Rock Addresses Concerns About 'Evolve' DLC

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Evolve maker Turtle Rock Studios has responded to sharp criticism about its planned downloadable content after the asymmetric multiplayer shooter releases on February 10 (the beta for the game launched today on Xbox one).

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'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' Nominated For Nine D.I.C.E. Awards

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Monolith Productions-developed Lord of the Rings action-adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is heading into this year's D.I.C.E. Awards with the most nominations. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has a total of nine nominations in a variety of categories including Game of the Year.

Meanwhile Ubisoft's Far Cry 4 has seven nominations, Destiny and Hearthstone have six each, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Monument Valley have five each, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, InFamous: Second Son and Valiant Hearts: The Great War have four nominations each.

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Kabam Acquires TapZen and Magic Pixel

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile game publisher Kabam has acquired Los Angeles-based studios Magic Pixel Games and TapZen, the company announced today. TapZen and Magic Pixel are best known for their collaboration on the iOS game This Means War. Magic Pixel's credits include iOS titles Outcast Odyssey and Stick to It, and the PS 3 game Carnival Island. TapZen founder and former Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has also joined the company.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Crowd-Funding Campaign Launches, Gets Fully Funded In Hours

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning the crowdfunding campaign for a new installment in the tactical RPG series from Harebrained Schemes launched, asking for $100,000 to make Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The cyberpunk-themed RPG follow-up to the award-winning Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut has already surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, with 34 more days still to go. Naturally there will be plenty of room for stretch goals in the next 34 days.

Here's what Harebrained says about the new game on its Kickstarter page:

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Report: Layoffs Hit Codemasters

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer is reporting that a round of layoffs has hit UK racing game publisher Codemasters. Eurogamer says that sources have told them that around 50 jobs are "being reviewed," with a little over 30 of those jobs set to be eliminated as part of a 30 day consultation period. The company employs around 500 people worldwide.

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BBC On The Hunt For Game Development Partnerships

January 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is on the hunt for a few good studios to develop games based on its most popular series, according to this Develop report. BBC Worldwide's Game team will be visiting London Mobile Games event later this month, seeking any development and partnership opportunities that will benefit their biggest IPs like Doctor Who and Sherlock.

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Zombie Studios Closing, But 'Blacklight Retribution' Will Live On

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Zombie Studios will close its doors, according to this PC Gamer report. The studio known for developing the Spec Ops series, military training games for the U.S. Army, and the popular online shooter (facilitated and run by Perfect World Entertainment) Blacklight: Retribution, said a fond farewell to customers on its official website.

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Video From Zoe Quinn's SIEGE 2014 Keynote

January 7, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Back in September, we ran a story noting that Zoe Quinn, developer of Depression Quest and victim of a horrifying about of disgusting harassment, would kick off the following month's Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo (SIEGE) with a keynote address on "Translating Everyday Systems into New Gameplay Mechanics."

There were two major themes running through our story's comments:

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ZippyDSMleePaypal shuts down Mega's payment system. https://torrentfreak.com/under-u-s-pressure-paypal-nukes-mega-for-encrypting-files-150227/03/01/2015 - 3:25pm
Matthew Wilsonvalvle planning to release a vr headset this year wtf http://www.pcgamer.com/valves-vr-headset-is-named-vive-and-htc-are-making-it/03/01/2015 - 1:05pm
ZippyDSMleeuuuhhhggg in other news been sick since last night.....uuhggg.....I iwsh it did not hurt so much when my tummy wants to leave my body..02/28/2015 - 11:39pm
ZippyDSMleeBrings me to the Q why alt costumes would be needed in competition anyway... http://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/feb/28/dead-or-alive-community-aims-ban-over-120-overly-sexualized-costumes-dead-or-alive-5-last-round/02/28/2015 - 11:36pm
MonteThough from a business side, i would agree with the article. While it would be smarter for developers to slow down, you can't expect EA, Activision or ubisoft to do something like that. Nintnedo's gotta get the third party back.02/28/2015 - 4:36pm
MonteThough it does also help that nintendo's more colorful style is a lot less reliant on graphics than more realistic games. Wind Waker is over 10 years old and still looks good for its age.02/28/2015 - 4:33pm
MonteWith the Wii, nintnedo had the right idea. Hold back on shiny graphics and focus on the gameplay experience. Unfortunatly everyone else keeps pushing for newer graphics and it matters less and less each generation. I can barely notice the difference02/28/2015 - 4:29pm
MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2015/02/28/the-world-is-nintendos-if-only-theyd-take-it/ I think this is a interesting op-ed, but yeah it kind of is stating the obvious.02/28/2015 - 2:52pm
prh99The government probably doesn't need an app, but I was think more along the lines of a company that was going to sell the collected info. “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product” sometimes even if you pay.02/28/2015 - 1:50pm
E. Zachary KnightWhat better way for the government to keep track of you than to get you to install an app that lets you insult the government.02/28/2015 - 11:03am
prh99No, but I looked it up and it's basically spyware. Their privacy policy says their apps tracks among other things your location and browsing habits via cookies.02/28/2015 - 8:20am
Ryan RardinHas anyone here heard of an app called iCitizen? It's basically Yelp for politicians.02/28/2015 - 5:16am
Andrew EisenAh, not linked in the way you (and everyone else) want and expect. That's true.02/27/2015 - 10:06pm
Matthew Wilsonthey are not linked in a way that tracks purchases though. the fact that they have to send a code for the other system shows that they are not linked in the way it counts.02/27/2015 - 9:39pm
Andrew EisenAccounts are already linked. Have been for quite a while. Also, Mario vs. Donkey Kong was announced as a cross-buy title during last January's Nintendo Direct.02/27/2015 - 9:25pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/20…/…/27/olli-olli-3ds-wii-u-cross-buy/ I wounder if this is a sign that Nintendo may finally link accounts across the 3ds/wiiu in the near future.02/27/2015 - 9:18pm
prh99http://www.romanoriginals.co.uk/invt/70931?colour=Blue The dress does comes in white and blue but both have black lace and a sheer back top, I don't see gold or brown. 02/27/2015 - 8:54pm
ZippyDSMleeDungeons was a so bad so good game to me so I been keeping up with its sequel which will more of a Dungeon Keeper clone. As for pre order out of 7 preorders I was not burnt by 2... Add my contempt of most of modern game design.Ya I have all kinds of hurt.02/27/2015 - 8:40pm
MechaTama31I don't even want to know...02/27/2015 - 8:22pm
 

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