Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC Awards

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The "Father of the PlayStation" will finally be honored by the Game Developers Choice Awards for his accomplishments while serving as the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment - bringing the masses Sony's very first home console and its subsequent iterations. Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi will receive a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

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Indie Devs Stick It to Maker of Candy Crush With Candy Jam

January 21, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier today we wrote about King.com, maker of the so-popular-even-I've-heard-of-it social and mobile game Candy Crush, and how it had successfully trademarked the word 'candy.'  The mark covers use of the word in games, game accessories, and merchandise.

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Area 5 Seeks Funding for 'Outerlands: Season One' Documentary Series About Games and Culture

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A crowd-funding campaign has launched today on Kickstarter to fund Area 5's latest project - a documentary series called Outland on the people and culture of videogames. The details on just what aspects of gaming culture the series will cover is fairly vague, but the group hints at covering some interesting topics like game preservation efforts and movements, and eSports. Area 51 is made up of former 1UP personalities Ryan O'Donnell, Matt Chandronait, Jason Bertrand, Cesar Quintero, and Rick Curnutte.

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Ghost Recon Online Coming to Steam Early Access

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft is the first major publisher to launch a major game via Steam's early access program. Is this the beginning of a trend where developers and publishers who make PC games take their games to Steam and let players play early alphas to shape the game before it officially launches? We're not sure but if it is, it looks like Ubisoft will be on the ground floor of the trend embraced by indies.

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Pizza Hut Makes $1 Million in Four Months with Xbox 360 App

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Pizza Hut says that it added $1 million in sales in the four months after launching a Kinect-enabled app on Xbox 360 that allowed gamers to order Pizza for delivery. The company said that the app was so successful that it has begun talking to other companies about the possibility of deploying similar apps on additional platforms - though it didn't drop any specific names.

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3DS Users Create Region Locking Work Around

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The 3DS is the first Nintendo handheld to pose region restrictions on all of its games from other regions. This keeps those who want to play games from Japan, for example, from doing so unless you own a 3DS device from Japan.

A group of 3DS owners think this is wrong and have found a way to get around the handheld's region-locking. The method is not a hack that will let you do anything (like play roms downloaded off the Internet, for example) but play games from other regions.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 for Charity Underway

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a week-long gaming marathon in which participants speed run through a number of popular games, hopes to raise money for Prevent Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit group that funds cancer research and educational efforts. In its fourth year, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 takes place until January 11. Donations will directly benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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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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'Take This Project' Renamed, New Web Site Launched

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the "Take This Project" was quietly relaunched as "Take This," along with a new website at www.takethis.org. Take This is a support group for gamers (though it doesn't specifically exclude those people who do not identify themselves as gamers), games journalists, game developers, and other industry professionals that suffer from depression, anxiety and other challenges associated with mental illness.

Teen's Late Night Gaming Saves Family From Fire

December 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A 12-year-old who just happened to be up all night playing video games in Danville, Kentucky, is being credited with saving his entire family. On Thursday morning at around 3:30 am, Jaxxyn Wood was on the first floor of his family home playing video games when he smelled something funny in the air. Jaxxyn said that he "smelled something really bad, like Legos on fire."

Upon further investigation he noticed that the ice machine in the kitchen was on fire.

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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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Mega Man Board Game Kickstarter Launches, Gets Fully Funded

December 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After only a day of being live, a Kickstarter campaign for a Mega Man Board game has managed to get fully funded. The board game, which secured an official license from Capcom, has raised $167,796 from 1,369 backers - well over its initial goal of $70,000. The campaign has 37 more days left, so expect a lot of stretch goals to be added.

Texas-based board game company Jasco Games initially ran the Kickstarter to make the board game a lot better:

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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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Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. Seeks Funding to Invalidate Treehouse Avatar Patent

December 10, 2013 - James Fudge

Inspired by the software patent trolling efforts of patent house Treehouse Avatar Technologies, a new IndieGoGo campaign launched today seeks to raise funds for a project that will ultimately help the little guy. The project is called Operation Ninja S.T.A.R., and seeks to raise $17,500 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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DARPA Uses Games and Gamers to Eliminate Security Problems in Software

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Maximum PC offers an interesting report on a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that uses video games. The government agency’s Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program hopes to crowdsource formal verification (testing that aims to ensure that software is bug-free and isn’t vulnerable to attack or misuse) with "purpose-built games" called Verigames.

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Game Developers Pirate Own Game, Offer it as a Free Torrent

December 3, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Kotaku offers a mildly amusing story about a game development studio that decided to pirate their own game. Vitali Kirpu and Alex Poysky, the developers behind Pixel Piracy, have "pirated" a copy of their own game, and provided a free torrent download on their site.

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'So Many Me' Kickstarter Adds American McGee Rewards

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Extend Studios has teamed up with American McGee’s Spicy Horse for new backers-only reward tier related to the Kickstarter for its puzzle-platforming game So Many Me. By paying for any pledge level of $10 or more, backers can get the Spicy Horse Costume Pack.

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Dyscourse Adds Indie Developers to Survivor Cast

November 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Dyscourse, the new psychological survival adventure game from Owlchemy Labs (Snuggle Truck, Jack Lumber) currently attempting to raise funds through Kickstarter, will ship with an additional bonus scenario called "Indie Plane Crash," containing cameos by ten famous independent game developers.

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Therapy Using Virtual Avatars Helps Schizophrenia Patients

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new treatment for patients who suffer from schizophrenia is being developed and field tested by University College London. According to Julian Leff, the University College London psychiatrist who developed the program, the treatment puts a face on the destructive and negative voices that schizophrenia patients sometimes hear and allows them the opportunity to confront that personality.

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RuneScape Bonds Disrupt Gold Farming Activities

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape makers Jagex say that the recent introduction of RuneScape Bonds into the long-running MMO has reduced gold farming activities by as much as 81 percent. Bonds were introduced into the game on September 26. A Bond in RuneScape cost $5, £3 or €4.25 each and can only be redeemed in-game. Bonds are redeemable for 14 days of RuneScape membership, eight Squeal of Fortune spins, or 160 RuneCoins. Multiple Bonds can also be redeemed for RuneFest tickets (RuneFest is a fan gathering that will take place at the Tobacco Dock in London on November 2).

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SimCity To Educate School Kids Next Month

October 23, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

 

GlassLab, a collaboration between Institute of Play, Electronic Arts, the ESA and others, strives to improve education through the use of digital games.  The lab's first game, SimCityEDU: Pollution Challenge!,will be integrated into select U.S. school ciriculums next month.

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Game Puts Players in the Shoes of Anne Frank for One Day

October 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Munich, Germany-based game designer Kira Resari is working on an interactive video game that puts players in the shoes of Anne Frank, with the hopes of memorializing the Holocaust for the millennial generation. The 25-year-old designer recently told a German media outlet that "younger generations need access to history on their own wavelength."

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Cloud Imperium Games Details Star Citizen The Next Great Starship Design Contest

October 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Chris Roberts and his company Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) have announced details on a design contest for fans of Star Citizen that could net budding designers a cool $30,000. The modding competition, The Next Great Starship, calls for teams to design, model and rig a spaceship that will be integrated into Chris Roberts' upcoming space simulation game. Teams of up to three people are eligible to enter the competition which carries a grand prize of $30,000. Sponsors for the competition include Alienware, AMD, Autodesk, Crytek, Cologne Game Lab, Wacom and YouTube.

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Florida Surgeons Prepare for Surgery by Playing 'Super Monkey Ball'

October 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Surgeons at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Kissimmee, Florida spend six minutes playing Super Monkey Ball on the Gamecube prior to conducting surgery because it makes them less likely to make mistakes. The Orlando Sentinel highlights the game-playing surgeons in a recent article and explains why it is important for giving patients better care and a safer experience when undergoing surgery.

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Legend of Lancer Kickstarter Launches

October 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Gorilla Press Games has launched a crowd-funding campaign for Legend of Lancer, a game it describes as a "2D Metroidvania" for PC, Mac, and Linux that focuses on the art of jousting. Inspired by the writing of J.R.R Tolkien, Miguel de Cervantes, George R.R. Martin, and T.H. White, Legend of the Lancer is a 2D action-adventure game that focuses on the balance between telling an interesting story and providing players with compelling gameplay.

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International Committee of the Red Cross Wants International Law Rolled into War Games

October 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a lengthy statement today noting that it is time that games involving war start including the actual laws of war. The IRCC says that this could be done without interfering with the fun that millions of players have playing first-person shooters.

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It's Do or Die for Neverending Nightmare's Crowd-Funding Ambitions

September 27, 2013 - James Fudge

The next few days will either make or break the crowd funding ambitions of Matt Gilgenbach's Neverending Nightmares, a "terrifying psychological horror game inspired by the developer's battle with mental illness." The Kickstarter campaign for the game, to be released simultaneously on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Ouya in August of next year (assuming that it meets its funding goal) is within striking distance of being successful. With only 58 hours to go, Neverending Nightmares has managed to raise $69,437 of its $99,000 goal from 2,564 backers.

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Nintendo: Over 1,000 Indie Developers Interested in Developing Games for Wii U

September 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Nintendo's manager of business development Dan Adelman, over one-thousand indie developers have expressed interest in developing for the Wii U. During the Game Developers Conference in March of this year, Nintendo launched a new Wii U developer website (wiiu-developers.nintendo.com) that allowed smaller, independent studios to register their interest in making games for Wii U. Adelman revealed the numbers during a recent interview with GameSpot.

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Game Dev Tycoon Coming to Steam August 29

August 22, 2013 - James Fudge

Game Dev Tycoon is coming to Steam on August 29, according to independent game development studio Greenheart Games. The game allows players to create a video game start-up company in the 1980's and make it a successful enterprise by developing cutting edge video games. Players will have to design games, research new technologies, build custom game engines, manage office space, build out their development teams, and avoid pitfalls like piracy.

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Marcus Persson's '0x10c' Becomes a Community Project

August 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year Mojang co-founder and Minecraft creator Marcus "Notch" Persson said that he was having a creative block and that he would put his pet project, 0x10c, on hold. The game has remained on hold since that time, and during a recent Team Fortress 2 live stream on Twitch, Persson revealed that he has all but given up on developing the space-themed game inspired by Minecraft's aesthetics.

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Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenBut, luckily strides are being made and the money peoples are slowly learning that diversity -> larger targeted audience -> more potential dollars.06/30/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenSure does. That's why there should be more than just one or two attempts. (7 games at E3 with female leads and 35 with a gender option. I think it's safe to say that not all of these will fail!)06/30/2015 - 11:42pm
Matthew Wilsonthat puts alot of presure on the early stuff to do well. lets hope games like recode and harizon are good, and sell well.06/30/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenLuckily, money people also like to follow trends. So, it's a "simple" matter of making proper representation a trend. And wouldn't you know it, we're seeing the beginnings of exactly that!06/30/2015 - 11:34pm
Andrew EisenBut yeah, money people are risk averse. That's why we see so many sequels, reboots, and adaptations. To a lot of money people, "there's no evidence this works because it's rarely ever been tried" is the same as "this doesn't work."06/30/2015 - 11:33pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I think it's worth convincing the money peoples that proper representation (in any of its forms) isn't a financial risk, it's the path to expanding your audience and making even MORE money!06/30/2015 - 11:32pm
 

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