'Postal' rejected from Google Play for 'gratuitous violence'

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this forum post over at the official Running With Scissors forums, Postal won't be making it to Android devices. Why? Because apparently it has been rejected from the Google Play Store because it contains "GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE." While the Postal series is known for its outlandish levels of violence, Running With Scissors makes a valid point when it notes that other equally violent games are already available in the marketplace.

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Google reveals 'Arc Welder'

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This could potentially be a pretty big deal: Google has found a way to make Android apps run on any device that can run the Chrome browser - including Windows, Linux, and Mac-based PCs. According to this BBC report, Google's new "Arc Welder" tool acts as a wrapper around Android apps.

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Report: YouTube finally taking game streaming seriously

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Daily Dot report, YouTube is finally making a move towards Twitch's territory. Many have wondered why the company hasn't already made the move into the game streaming space before this, but some of the delay could probably be attributed to its failed attempt to buy Twitch prior to Amazon snapping it up for close to $1 billion last year.

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Google Sues Mississippi AG Over MPAA-Backed Investigation Into Copyright

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

How do you get a Mississippi Attorney General to leave you alone? Well, sometimes suing him or her will do the trick. That is precisely what Google has done to current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who was investigating Google (indirectly at the very least) at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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'Flappy Bird' Dominates Google Searches in 2014

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Flappy Bird was the most searched for game on Google this year, beating searches for Destiny, Titanfall, Mario Kart 8, and even some hot pop culture topics to become one of the top overall trending searches globally of the year, according to Google's annual Year in Search report.

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Google Play Customers Might Be Entitled To A Refund For In-App Purchases

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google is mailing customers of its Android app store Google Play to let them know that if they made an in-app purchase between March 1, 2011, and November 18, 2014 they may be eligible for a refund. The email to customers is being prompted by a settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission over children making in-app purchases without their parents' consent or permission. Apple made a similar settlement with the FTC over in-app purchases.

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Google Removes 'Pirate Bay' Apps From Google Play Store

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google has removed several apps that make it easier to peruse the Pirate Bay and do other things through a proxy.

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Google Enhances Games-Related Searches

October 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Google Search now recognizes video games and has added a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of search results that provides more detailed information about a game being searched for. The additional information includes a game's initial release date, what platforms it is available on, who developed and published it, and the game's review scores - if available.

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Multiplayer Network Innovations Files 26 Patent Infringement Lawsuits Between August and October

October 16, 2014 - James Fudge

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."

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Report: Tencent Making More Money Than EA, Activision

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You might be under the impression that the video game company that make the most money in the world would be Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Activision, or even Google and Apple. But according to a new report from New Zoo that distinction belongs to Tencent.

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Google To Pay $19 Million Settlement In FTC In-App Purchase Suit

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to pay $19 million to consumers (parents) whose children made purchases through Google Play without their express consent or permission. The FTC alleged that Google was unfairly billing account holders on its Google Play market for Android-based mobile and tablet devices by not getting express authorization from parents when kids bought things both in the store and within apps.

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Google Anti-Abuse Research Head Hacks 'Hearthstone,' But Keeps Code to Himself

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.

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'Destiny Planet View' Powered by Google Street View

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Destiny's Planet View is pretty fascinating. It looks and feels a lot like Google's Street View, in case you hadn't noticed, because it is powered by the same technology. Located at www.destinyplanetview.com, Destiny Planet View lets players explore the universe of Bungie's upcoming action game, offering lore and other important information for each planet - all while the game's soundtrack plays in the background.

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Report: Google was Afraid of Antitrust Investigation if it Acquired Twitch

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to yesterday's announcement that Amazon had purchased Twitch, the prevailing rumor was that Google was going to snap up the video streaming service for over $1 billion.

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CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

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Report: Google Reaches Deal to Buy Twitch

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat is reporting that Google has reached a deal to buy game-focused streaming service Twitch for $1 billion, according to "sources familiar with the matter." Rumors first surfaced about a possible all cash deal between Google and Twitch worth $1 billion back in May.

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads in Q2, But iOS Earns More Money

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from App Annie suggests that Google Play is winning the app downloads race in the second quarter of 2014, but also points out that iOS is the still the platform that is securing the most revenue.

According to App Annie figures, in the latest quarter Apple's App Store made 80 percent more revenue than Google Play, but Google Play saw 60 percent more downloads. A lot of Google's growth was driven by consumers in Brazil, Thailand and India who helped to drive a 45 percent rise in downloads over the previous quarter.

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The Internet Association Asks The FCC For 'Strong' and 'Enforceable' Net Neutrality Rules

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.

The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.

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Report: Apple Tattled on Google to FTC About In-App Purchase Policies

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In January of this year Apple was the first company to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over Apple’s handling of in-app purchases. The company agreed to make it harder for children to purchase in-game content and apps without the express consent of parents or guardians, and Apple agreed to pay out $32.5 million to parents affected by its lax policy - and if the payouts were less than that amount the balance of the settlement would go to the FTC.

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The Future of VR is Made of Cardboard?

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Sony works on Morpheus for PS4 and Oculus continues to developer Oculus Rift, Google is offering a more mundane approach to the virtual reality space called Google Cardboard. It sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but Google Cardboard is a DIY VR headset offering developed by a two-man team (in Europe) at Google that uses a simple cardboard headset, and a few household items to offer VR using an Android phone and a Google app.

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Why Google Fiber Doesn't Charge for 'Fast Lanes'

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday in a blog post, Google Fiber's director of network engineering, Jeffrey Burgan, explained why Google's Internet service provider doesn't charge Netflix and other content companies for direct connections to its network. Obviously this makes Comcast, who is charging Netflix and other content providers for direct access to its customers, look bad.

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Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

May 21, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion back in 2006.

Now, I've only been using YouTube as a content producer for a couple years so I can't talk about the "good old days" but I can say this:

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Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors are circulating that Google's YouTube video service is in talks to buy out streaming service Twitch. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, those talks are still in the preliminary stages. The deal is rumored to be worth $1 billion to Twitch if it comes to fruition.

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PSA: Vint Cerf Google Hangout April 2

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Vint Cerf is one of the men responsible for creating the Internet. Cerf is a strong advocate of keeping the Internet free from the prying eyes of governments around the world and has spoken out on treaties, laws and government surveillance that threatens the integrity of the Internet around the world.

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U.S. Consumers Bought More on iOS Devices Than Android on Christmas Day

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to IBM's newly released "Digital Analytics Benchmark Report," purchases made from iOS devices accounted for about 23 percent of the online shopping done on Christmas Day in the U.S. The report tracked millions of transactions from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites. Around 4.6 percent of purchases were made on Android devices.

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Google Wants Change of Venue in Rockstar Consortium Patent Fight

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Consortium (partly owned by Apple and Microsoft), a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel, sued Google and manufacturers of Android phones over patents almost two months ago. Earlier this week Google punched back at the company, filing a counter-suit seeking to invalidate Rockstar's patents. That's a normal step for a defendant in a patent lawsuit, but Google didn't file its counter-claim in the East Texas court where Rockstar sued them. Instead it filed in Northern California.

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Google Online Rights Petition Surpasses Required 100K Signature Milestone

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Google passed along a note letting us know that its petition on the White House web site has surpassed 107,000 signatures. The "We The People" petition calls for the White House and lawmakers to give the stuff we store online the same legal protections (Fourth Amendment) as the stuff we store offline. The petition only needed 100,000 signatures to ellicit a response from the White House at some point in the future, so it is good that it has passed this particular milestone.

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Google: 'PS4' The Top Gadget Search for 2013

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The PlayStation 4 was the most "googled" gadget in 2013, according to Google. Google's "Zeitgeist" list for the most popular terms in 2013 related to gadgets was dominated by Sony's PS4.

The list also included the Nexus 5, Google Chromecast, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and various Apple products. You can check it out below. Oddly enough the 3DS, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox One were nowhere to be found on this particular list...

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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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Andrew EisenGoth - Debate about that specific tweet? Sure there is. You just have to be able to see things from perspectives other than your own.05/06/2015 - 7:39pm
MechaCrashRemember, one feminist acting badly means it's okay to tar them all with the same brush, but one (or a hundred) Gaters acting badly means it's time to scream about how there's no leader and no consensus and it's a broad movement HOW DARE YOU JUDGE US.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Andrew EisenI'm pretty sure (could be wrong) that Thompson never participated in a formal debate either. There was going to be one (possibly two) and he backed out.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Goth_SkunkThere's nothing really to debate. Wonderkarp is right, the statement is at best wrong. At worst, it's a bald-faced example of discrimination.05/06/2015 - 7:38pm
Mattsworknamealso, Anita having views on gaming is not cause for all the rabid hate she got. you can argue her points, but the hate is uncalled for05/06/2015 - 7:37pm
Wonderkarpthe one thing the conversation needs is an actual formal debate. I really hope the SPJ thing pulls through.05/06/2015 - 7:36pm
Andrew EisenOh, you mean you want a formal debate. Like a presidential debate type thing. Okay. No, she's never done that (so far as I'm aware). And I'll thank you to refrain from calling me a liar.05/06/2015 - 7:34pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Yeah, it's how gamers and any group tend to get a bad wrap... by the actions of the worst among them.05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Wonderkarpok now you are just lieing, Andrew. Talks about yes. Debates? like a clear debate with a moderator? Being interviewed by Stephen Colbert is not a debate05/06/2015 - 7:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd also as I mentioned before, she talks about/debates this stuff all the time.05/06/2015 - 7:32pm
Mattsworknamejust to clarify, feminism got to be viewed in a negative way due to rabid extremists making it look bad. sound familiar?05/06/2015 - 7:31pm
WonderkarpI wish she would. I'd love to see an actual debate over this. even Jack Thompson debated over his crap. I know Milo put up 10k for charity of her choice to debate.05/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Andrew EisenJust because you don't agree with an opinion doesn't make it unreasonable.05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenEven tempered? Unquestionably. Reasonable? Yes. Debatable? When you look at it from alternate perspectives, of course!05/06/2015 - 7:29pm
Andrew EisenWant to debate that point? Great! Go right ahead! As I said earlier, her commentary and opinions are not beyond reproach.05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpeventempered maybe. Reasonable? No05/06/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpits bullshit? its not 1920? Women have run for president? women run big corporations? Women can rape and murder? I can point too a friend of mine who was beaten regularly by his ex wife if you need an example.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenShe's sharing her perspective. She's not belligerent. She's not cursing. It's not even aimed at a particular person.05/06/2015 - 7:27pm
Andrew EisenYeah. And?05/06/2015 - 7:24pm
Wonderkarpreasonable eventempered? ""There's no such thing as sexism against men. That's because sexism is prejudice + power. men are dominant gender with power in society".05/06/2015 - 7:20pm
 

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