MCV reports that UK-based mobile game developer Space Ape has released its second title, a strategy game called Rival Kingdoms. The most interesting aspect of the game is that game scribe Rhianna Pratchett lent her pen to the work. You may know her better for her writing in such high profile game titles as Tomb Raider (2013), Mirror’s Edge, Thief, Heavenly Sword, Prince of Persia and the Overlord series.
In the midst of celebrating the fact that it beat first quarter 2015 estimates, social game maker Zynga announced that it would lay off 18 percent of its workforce.
GaymerX and MidBoss revealed the first five of fourteen "Bosses of Honor" (special high profile guests from the games industry) selected for their 2015 video game convention, GX3:Everyone Games. The first five Bosses Of Honor Include Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, Adventure Time’s Natasha Allegri, Portal’s Ellen McLain, Cogs’ co-creator Dr. Rob Jagnow, and Team Fortress 2’s John Patrick Lowrie.
The twenty indie games chosen as finalists for the first annual MomoCon Indie Game Awards have been announced. The awards are part of MomoCon 2015, which takes place Thursday - Sunday, May 28 - 31, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The twenty finalist were chosen from a pool of 120 entries. From this pool of twenty, five winners will be chosen.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.