Robert Bowling Thwarts Robbery at Robotoki Offices

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Call of Duty series Creative Strategist Robert Bowling has had some interesting moments since leaving Infinity Ward and joining game developer Robotoki, but some of them have often involved the LAPD.

In a recent tweet Bowling detailed his latest late-night fun at the LA-based offices of game developer Robotoki: while working late the other night someone decided to break in and rob the place. They didn't realize that someone was still in the office but were shocked to see Bowling get up from his desk and bolt towards the door they had just knocked the glass out of.

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Two Tribes Hits the Reset Button

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dutch game studio Two Tribes has hit the reset button on the studio, saying that it will - at the very least temporarily - close its doors and lay off all of its staff. The studio, which is best known for creating the Toki Tori series of games, said that it failed due to a switch from making work-to-hire games to building and developing its own intellectual properties.

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Independent Games Festival Finalists Announced

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Finalists for this year's Independent Games Festival have been announced. The list of nominees for the biggest prize of the show - Seumas McNally Grand Prize - include such notable indie games as The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); Papers, Please (Lucas Pope); Don't Starve (Klei); Device 6 (Simogo); Jazzpunk (Necrophone); and Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions).

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Report: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell designer Clint Hocking has left Valve, as confirmed by Gamasutra and Hocking's personal website.

According to Hocking's web site, he left the company at the end of 2013. Hocking was supposedly working on Left 4 Dead 3, which Valve has yet to officially announce.

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Naughty Dog Dev Rebukes NYT Review of 'The Last of Us'

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent  New York Times editorial Naughty Dog user interface designer Alexandria Neonakis points out that most modern video games often portray female characters as damsels in distress or as "male characters" inside "female bodies." Neonakis' editorial takes aim at the NYT review of The Last of Us and their opinion on protagonist Ellie. She calls the character a "triumph in storytelling and representation" of female characters.

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Braid Creator Criticizes Farmville, Plants vs. Zombies 2

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

During a public Neuroethics Society meeting at the University of California at San Diego, Braid developer Jonathon Blow called Zynga's popular Facebook franchise Farmville "kind of malicious," and said that the social game is just "reward structure layered on reward structure" with no game at all. Blow also took aim at PopCap's popular game Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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New Year Game Jam Kicks Off Tonight at Midnight

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

With the new year a few hours away, there's no better time to hold a game jam and that is just what organizer Richard Blechinger of the New Year Game Jam has planned. The second annual New Year Game Jam kicks off at 12 AM Dec 31. The only rule to the event is that games have to be made in 48 hours between 12 AM on December 31st and 12 AM on January 2nd (in your particular time zone).

Last year saw only 28 submissions, so hopefully this year's event will attract a little more attention and produce some interesting indie games that everyone can enjoy.

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Campaign to Help Blizzard Dev Fight Cancer Within Striking Distance of Being Fully Funded

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The YouCaring crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for Ron Nakada, the Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who is battling through Stage IV colon cancer, is $1,242 from meeting its target funding goal. With 27 more days to go, the campaign has generated $23,758 of the $25,000 goal from 645 people.

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Insurance Won't Cover Hello Games' Flood Damage

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Joe Danger and No Man's Sky developer Hello Games recently suffered a calamity when its offices were flooded. According to a recent series of tweets by the Guildford, UK-based studio, the damage it suffered in its offices on Christmas Eve are not covered by its insurance policy.

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Campaign to Help Blizzard Dev Generates Nearly $10K

December 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Ron Nakada, a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who is battling through Stage IV colon cancer is probably feeling a little better today. Yesterday we urged our readers to donate to Ron's cause and they responded with generosity and kindness. That story and a subsequent story about Ron's plight on Kotaku have helped drive the fundraising campaign from a little over $2000 to nearly $10,000 in one day.

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Blizzard Engineer Needs Your Help For Christmas

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Ron Nakada, a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer six months ago. Doctors told him at the time that the cancer had metastasized to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. While Ron is fighting for his life with all the determination and strength he can muster, his medical bills and expenses are ramping up and he needs our help.

Microsoft Encourages Zoo Tycoon Community to Help Endangered Animals

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is encouraging Zoo Tycoon Xbox One and Xbox 360 players to help raise money for endangered species with a series of special initiatives. Each month Microsoft will launch a Zoo Tycoon community challenge to raise money to help endangered animals.

Developer Creates Wikia Page to Help YouTube Content Creators

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Level Up Labs co-founder Lars Doucet has created and deployed a Wikia directory page called WhoLetsPlay that informs video content creators which publishers allow monetized Let's Play videos and which do not. The Wikia page divides publishers into three groups:

YES - Allows Let's Play AND allows them to be monetized.

MAYBE - Might allow monetization under some circumstances, or it is unknown.

No - Does not allow monetization.

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Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that one of the executives attending a meeting between President Barack Obama and the country's top tech company executives suggested that the administration should pardon former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified documents about the spy agency's broad spying activities. The president told the executive that he could not pardon Snowden.

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Indie Developers Rail Against YouTube After Being Targeted with Copyright Claims

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developers including the makers of The Witness, Thomas Was Alone, VVVVVV, and Ridiculous Fishing, are railing against YouTube and Google over their new copyright detection policies after being the target of false copyright claims on videos of their own games.

Mike Bithell, creator of puzzle platformer game Thomas Was Alone, was the target of a claim by a group called 'Indmusic' for "systematically" claiming rights to footage of his game. He lashed out at the group via Twitter:

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Games Were The Most Successful Category on Kickstarter in 2013

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Game projects were the most popular category on Kickstarter in 2013, according to this GamesBeat report. Kickstarter members pledged $200.4 million in 2013 (so far- the year isn't over yet!), with about $19.85 million going towards projects that ultimately did not hit their funding goals. With that subtraction, an estimated $178 million was pledged and received by game companies and developers.

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Harvey Smith's 'Big Jack is Dead' Named One of the 'Best Indie Books of 2013'

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Harvey Smith's book, "Big Jack is Dead," has been honored as one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 (in the general fiction category) by renowned book review service Kirkus today. The book written by Smith (who is best known for his work on hit games such as Dishonored, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex, Cybermage, and Ultima VIII) tells the story of an executive returning home to deal with his father's funeral and confront the past.

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Wargaming Helps Bring the Last Surviving Dornier Do 17 to Life

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Wargaming passed along word that the Royal Air Force Museum has officially unveiled the German Dornier Do 17 and the associated Wargaming.net Interpretation Zone at its site in Cosford, Shropshire (England).

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IndieGameStand to Host 12 Days of Christmas Charity Drive

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Pay-what-you-want indie-focused game store IndieGameStand is hosting a 12-day event to celebrate the holiday season and benefit the children's charity Child's Play. From Dec. 18 - 28 the site will host a 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping event.

Here's how it works: each day IndieGameStand will reveal and spotlight a new indie game that is freely available on the internet. By donating, customers will unlock these games in their IndieGameStand account and all proceeds will be donated to Child's Play.

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Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. Inches Towards Funding Goal

December 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The IndieGoGo campaign for Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. has managed to raise $2,547 of its $17,500 goal, with 26 more days to go. Launched last week, Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. seeks to raise funds to closely examine a patent owned by Treehouse Avatar Technologies to see if there is any evidence that the invention existed prior to the patent application. Their ultimate goal is to render the patent invalid.

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Visceral Games Auctions Dead Space Loot for Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Dead Space development team is auctioning off 50 unique Dead Space items on eBay to help raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The typhoon has left millions homeless and an estimated 6,000 people dead. The items Visceral Games is auctioning include Dead Space 3 Dev Team Editions (sans the actual game), a Dead Space RIG backpack, a Dead Space 2 "Eye Poke Machine" hologram, hoodies, statues, art books, graphic novels and more Much of these offerings are autographed by members of the team.

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France Reforms Tax Breaks for the Video Games Industry

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a brief report in Tax News the French government is pushing to reform the country's video games tax credit (known as the CIJV). French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti, Budget Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and Innovation Minister Fleur Pellerin, have all embraced the French National Assembly's adoption of plans to reform the country's video games tax credit (CIJV).

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Read Only Memories Gets Fully Funded

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games has managed to get its point-and-click adventure game Read Only Memories fully funded via Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign ended yesterday, raising $64,378 from 1,790 by the time it closed. The developers were originally seeking $62,064. Details on how you can still pledge (via PayPal - until the end of this year) can be found on the game's Kickstarter page.

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Report: Terminal Reality Shutting Down

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to several outlets including CVG, Texas-based development studio Terminal Reality is believed to be closing its doors. Former Terminal Reality employee Jesse Sosa said in a Facebook post that the studio "seems to have finally shut down," and follow-up comments on the post from a number of now ex-Terminal Reality staff members appear to back up Sosa's claim.

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CCP Games Cuts 15 Employees from World of Darkness Team

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Eve Online Maker CCP Games announced that it has laid off 15 employees that were part of the World of Darkness development team. World of Darkness is an MMO based on the tabletop roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade, from White Wolf. It was first announced in November 2006 and has yet to be released.

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PSA: Wasteland 2 Beta Available for Backers

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile Entertainment announced that crowd-funding backers of its upcoming game Wasteland 2, can grab a code right now and try the game out before everyone else. InXile announced that backers can log-in to their Ranger Center accounts and grab a Steam key now. The game is currently only available for Windows at the moment, but will be made available on Mac and Linux at some point after some more vigorous testing of those builds occurs.

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CCP and EVE Online Community Raise Nearly $191K Typhoon Haiyan Relief

December 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

CCP Games announced that EVE Online players have donated US$190,890 to the Icelandic Red Cross to help the citizens of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan. The money was raised through the game's PLEX for GOOD program, which allows players of the popular game to collectively donate in-game currency to worthy charities, as well as other associated donations.

World of Tanks Veteran’s Day 1-Million Gold Charity Division Winners Announced

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks maker Wargaming and event sponsor NVIDIA announced the winners of the NVIDIA GeForce eSports World of Tanks Veteran’s Day 1-Million Gold Charity Division held this past November. Over 280 teams and 800 players participated in the competition, vying for a massive in-game prize pool.

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Harmonix Lays Off a 'Small Number' of Staff

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has confirmed that it has laid off a number of its staff, though the company says that the number of employees let go is a small number.

"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," a Harmonix representative told GameSpot. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."

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Stardock Reveals The 'Stardock Staffing Company'

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra has the exclusive scoop on the Stardock Staffing Company, a new unit put together by Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock. Thaw company announced earlier this year that it had put together a multi-million dollar fund called the Stardock Investment Fund, with the goal of using it to invest in "promising, small companies."

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Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
IanCSo im guessing a bunch of edutainment games, which a lot of people elsewhere are going gaga over, dot count as classics? Okay. If you don't mind me, i have a sudden urge to play Putt Putt....04/19/2014 - 6:15am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
 

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