Former Infinity Ward Employees For Reload Studios

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new website launched for a company staffed by former Infinity Ward employees who plan on making games for virtual reality devices such as Oculus, mobile devices, and current-generation consoles. The company is called Reload Studios, and according to the site, it is staffed by former Call of Duty artists, producers, and developers.

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Nexon and Wargaming Back LVP Fund

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nexon and Wargaming, two juggernauts in the MMO gaming space, and Zynga CEO Don Mattrick have teamed up with UK-based investment fund London Venture Partners to create an early-stage seed fund.

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Koch Asks City of Champaign, Illinois to Help Pay For Expansion of Volition

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Saints Row series developer Volition has asked the city of Champaign, Illinois, for around $200,000 in tax breaks and incentives, or - it says - it may have to move its headquarters out of the bustling downtown area of the city. Volition moved to its current location in 2004, and is has plans to expand, hiring around 100 new members.

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Mind Candy CEO and Founder Steps Down

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mind Candy founder and CEO Michael Acton Smith announced via a YouTube video that he is leaving the company. Smith founder the company in 2004 and saw great success with its popular mobile game Moshi Monsters. But smith says that the great success the company experienced forced him to spend less time developing games and more time handling the business side of things. His departure from the company is a return to getting back to the art of making games.

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BAFTA Young Game Designers Awards Names First Female Winner

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The BAFTA Young Game Designers competition has its first female winner: 16 year-old Rhianna Hawkins, who won the Game Concept Award for her concept game, Tomatos Role. The other big winner of this year's honors was 15 year-old Adam Oliver, who won the Game Making Award for AlienX after reaching the final stages of the competition for the third time. Oliver made the final ten for the Game Concept Award in 2010 and 2011.

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Report: 'Homefront: The Revolution' Game Director Leaves Crytek UK

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The rumors continue to mount that Crytek UK is in bad shape financially and morale is getting lower and lower. Today's news won't help; according to Kotaku, Homefront: The Revolution's game director has now left the company.

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Neversoft Celebrates its Final Hours Before Merging With Infinity Ward

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tony Hawk developer Neversoft commemorated its final day this week as the merger with Activision's other wholly-owned studio, Infinity Ward, is completed. Neversoft employees performed ceremonial logo burning, highlighted in a series of pictures and messages posted on Twitter. According to employees on Twitter, studio lead Jole Jewett - who is set to retire - gave staff member custom knives on their final day as Neversoft. Neversoft studio director Scott Pease will also retire.

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Blizzard President Says His Company is Working to Create More Diverse and Inclusive Content

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitcs Staff

Blizzard president and a co-founder Mike Morhaime says that his studio is making a concerted effort going forward to create more diverse and inclusive game characters and content. Morhaime made his comments in response to an open letter aimed at him and Blizzard complaining about under-representation of females and ethnic minorities in the company's games.

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'Star Wars Galaxies' Designer Ben Hanson Passes Away

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Gamasutra report, Ben Hanson, the lead content designer of the Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed expansion and other SWG products, has passed away. The news of Ben Hanson's passing came from former colleague Raph Koster, who also worked on the Star Wars MMO.

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'Game Journalism Simulator' is a Real Thing, Apparently

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We've seen "rock simulators" and goat simulators, so I suppose it isn't that much of a stretch for a games journalist to want to make a "games journalist simulator." That's exactly what games journalist Jason Evangelho tells web site Siliconera; he has teamed up with Game Informer writer Daniel Tack to create "Game Journalism Simulator."

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GameStop: We'd Be 'Foolish' To Tell Developers How to Make Games

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GameStop CEO Paul Raines says that yesterday's news that the company wants to get more involved in the development process in order to bring exclusive content to the retailer may have been slightly misunderstood. The Raines interview with Time that comes on the heels of comments from a financial analyst with R.W. Baird who reported that GameStop management was discussing the possibility of ramping up the company's participation in game development during a recent investor meeting.

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Microsoft Denies Report it is Killing Off Xbox One's Ability to Double as a 'Dev Kit'

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has denied a report coming from Digital Spy claiming that the company planned on canning the Xbox One's ability to double as a development kit for developers who want to create games for Xbox One. The report is based on comments made by the Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller, who said the company has no plans to implement the previously announced feature.

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Gamblit Gaming Inks Deals With Shanda Games Europe, Flexball, and Gamiker

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Real-money in gaming technology company Gamblit Gaming has announced partnerships with Shanda Games International Europe, Gamiker and Flexball. All three companies will eventually utilize Gamblit Gaming’s mobile platform technology to let companies to add real money gaming mechanics to any mobile or PC game.

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Kickstarter Campaign Launches for EZK's 'Demon's Hex'

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Occasional GamePolitics contributor and co-host of Super Podcast Action Committee E. Zachary Knight has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his RPG-flavored collectible token game, Demon's Hex. EZK and his brother Willis Knight are developing the game through their tiny indie game studio Divine Knight Gaming.

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Oddworld Inhabitants Co-Founder Explains Why He Left Game Development, And Why He Has Returned

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning explained why he left the video games industry in 2005 to focus on creating animated films and shorts, and what lured him back into the business of making games this year. The biggest reason that Lanning waited so long? According to this interview, he was basically waiting for the rights to his games to revert back to his company.

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Former Epic and Guerrilla Games Developers Form 'Boss Key Productions'

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Epic game designer Cliff Bleszinski and Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee have formed a new studio in North Carolina called Boss Key Productions. Last week Bleszinski said he would be returning to the world of game development after a two-year break. Cliff Bleszinski left Epic two years ago.

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Crowdfunding Campaign for Toronto's 'GamesCon' Underway

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is underway for GamesCon, a dedicated PC & video game expo for the city of Toronto. Organizers who hope to answer the question (assuming they hit their goal by the campaign's end) "where Canada's version of the E3 Expo?" with the answer, "GamesCon."

Here's more on what GamesCon will be if everything goes according to plan:

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Jennifer Ann's Group Selects the 2014 Winners of the 'Life. Love. Game Design Challenge'

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann’s Group continues to use the medium of video games to promote awareness on the dangers of teen dating violence. Today the nonprofit organization announced the winners of its seventh annual "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge" - as well as the results of its first-ever game jam to create a game that championed its cause of stopping teen violence.

14 Video Game Industry Luminaries Design Special Cards for 'Magic 2015'

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with 14 video game luminaries to create special cards for the upcoming collectible trading card game Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers and the Magic 2015 – Core. The specially designed cards are from George Fan (Plants vs. Zombies), Notch (Minecraft), and Rob Pardo (World of Warcraft), Richard Garriott (Ultima series), and others.

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Ken Levine Jokes About Fox News Co-Opting BioShock Infinite's Logo Design

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Fox News is being ribbed by Bioshock Infinite developer Ken Levine for a logo it used on a recent broadcast about U.S. immigration and border patrol policy. The logo for the segment called "Defending the Homeland" seems to be styled after the logo for Levine's BioShock Infinite. Kotaku first pointed out the similarities yesterday.

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Airtight Confirms Closure

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Independent game development studio Airtight Games has confirmed via Twitter that it has officially gone out of business, but it did not provide any particular details on why the Redmond, Washington-based studio closed. Yesterday reports surfaced that the studios office were locked and a sign on the door indicated that the equipment inside the building was for sale.

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Report: 'Murdered: Soul Suspect' Developer Airtight Games Shut Down

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A recent visit to the Redmond, Washington offices of Airtight Games by GeekWire revealed a startling find: the company seems to have gone out of business. According to the GeekWire report, the publication visited the offices yesterday to find it closed and a sign on the door advertising a "blow out sale" on the equipment inside.

Subsequent attempts to reach the studio have gone unanswered. In April the studio laid off 14 employees as part of what it called "necessary restructuring."

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Small Number of Ouya Devs Upset Over Handling of 'All Access Pass'

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the Ouya "All-Access" pass might have delighted owners of the Android-powered micro-console, some developers were not happy about the promotion. The company unveiled the All-Access Pass which for a one-off payment of $59.99 granted users access to over 800 games available for the platform for a 12 month period.

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'Orcs Must Die! Unchained' Designer: Toxic Players Are Good for Games

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Orcs Must Die! developer Robot Entertainment thinks that toxic players are an important part of a game's chance at having longevity. In an interview with Polygon, Orcs Must Die! Unchained designer Jerome K. Jones says that toxic players are an asset that should be leveraged by game developers.

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Ken Levine On Why So Many Games Are Violent

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bioshock series creator Ken Levine says there is so much violence in video games because that type of content is technically simple to create and it's perceived that it is the kind of content that consumers really want. Speaking to NPR, Levine offered the following when asked about the topic of violence in video games:

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Cliff Bleszinski Teases Return to Game Development

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Gears of War and Unreal Tournament designer Cliff Bleszinski is done with his hiatus from developing games. The former Epic Games designer announced via Twitter that he will soon be back doing what he loves the most: making games!

"I'm officially coming out of retirement to make video games again," Bleszinski tweeted. "Stay tuned here for details in the next 7 days!"

"It's going to be a blast to finally tell the story of what brought me back. :)," he added in another tweet.

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Bohemia Raises $50k for Red Cross

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Arma III maker Bohemia Interactive has managed to raise $50,000 for the Red Cross with DLC that started out as an April Fool's Day joke. Bohemia Interactive announced that its Arma III's April Fools' Day joke that became content add-on has brought in 1m Czech koruna, around $50,000 USD, for the Czech Red Cross.

Bohemia and also briefly discussed the success of the military shooter franchise's new approach to DLC.

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Over 200 Indie Tabletop and Digital Games Submitted to Boston Festival of Indie Games

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Boston Festival of Indie Games announced today that over 200 independently-developed games have been submitted for this year's Tabletop and Video Game Showcases. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is an annual event celebrating indie games. It is open to the public and will take place at the Johnson Athletic Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA on Sept. 13.

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Chinese Mobile Games Giant Embroiled in Bribery Scandal

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra reports that one of the biggest game publishers in China, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group has laid off several executives following allegations of bribery. The company laid off nine executives from their positions earlier this week, including President Shuling Ying.

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Ironclad's 'Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion' Is Protected By First Amendment, Judge Rules

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ironclad Games and publisher Stardock Entertainment are free to use the word "rebellion" in the name of its latest real-time strategy game (Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion) because it is protected by the First Amendment, a U.S. judge ruled last month. The news of the ruling was revealed by Ironclad co-owner Blair Fraser in a forum post celebrating the victory - as reported on by Polygon.

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prh99I would be shocked if Nintendo said it was region free, or even made it optional like XBox 360 for that matter.09/02/2014 - 7:22pm
Matthew WilsonI should say the recent past.09/02/2014 - 6:58pm
Matthew Wilsongiven their past, I do not blame people for thinking they will not change. I think they will keep region locking too.09/02/2014 - 6:48pm
E. Zachary KnightMan. People have no confidence in Nintendo regarding region locking the New 3DS.09/02/2014 - 6:20pm
Andrew EisenThat doesn't mean there has to be a movie though. Having said that, I've no doubt that we will eventually get a Black Panther movie. But Stan Lee will probably learn about it around the same time you and I do.09/02/2014 - 2:34pm
MaskedPixelanteWell they have to get to him eventually. Captain America's shield didn't grow on a tree, the minerals to make it had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is Wakanda.09/02/2014 - 2:31pm
E. Zachary KnightYes, but it has never been confirmed as in development, or even pre-production.09/02/2014 - 2:21pm
MaskedPixelanteBlack Panther's been on the short list for a while.09/02/2014 - 2:18pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is possible that Stan Lee mispoke. I don't think he knows everything Marvel movies. But it is a sweet idea if true.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
Andrew EisenSo says Stan Lee who almost certainly wouldn't know.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.cinemablend.com/new/Marvel-Black-Panther-Movie-Confirmed-By-Stan-Lee-66993.html Black Panther is apparently getting a movie. And maybe one for Black Widow, even though I think it's too late for her.09/02/2014 - 1:53pm
Cheater87Look what FINALLY came to Australia uncut! http://www.gamespot.com/articles/left-4-dead-2-gets-reclassified-in-australia/1100-6422038/09/02/2014 - 6:49am
Andrew EisenHence the "Uh, yeah. Obviously."09/02/2014 - 12:53am
SleakerI think Nintendo has proven over the last 2 years that it doesn't.09/02/2014 - 12:31am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
 

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