j2 Global Buys Ziff Davis for $167 Million

November 13, 2012 -

Magazine publisher Ziff Davis has been purchased by business cloud services company j2 Global, the company announced yesterday. According to the announcement, j2 Global paid $167 million in cash for the company, with an expectation that the transaction will contribute $60 million to its 2013 revenue.

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Future Shutting Down Xbox World and PSM3 Magazines

November 13, 2012 -

Publisher Future has told C&VG today that Xbox World and PSM3 will release their final issues next month as the company deepens its investment and focus into digital publications and properties. Future also said that it hopes to redeploy affected employees in different areas of its business. Future has been reorganizing its existing publications, cutting staff and discontinuing many of its more traditional print publications this year.

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Adam Sessler Joins Revision3

November 12, 2012 -

Wondering where former G4 Editor in Chief of games content and X-Play host Adam Sessler went after leaving G4 last April?

If you somehow managed to avoid the title of this story, he's found a new home at video network, Revision3.  You can watch his "I got a new job!" video to your left.

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Former Joystiq EIC Dishes on Polygon, AOL's Attitude Towards Games Media

October 25, 2012 -

Former Joystiq editor-in-chief Chris Grant, who left the publication at the end of 2011 to join what is now known as Polygon, tells GamesIndustry International in a new interview (to promote the official launch of the site on its own domain this week) that Joystiq parent company AOL has no "gaming appetite." AOL acquired Joystiq as part of its buyout of Weblogs in October 2005. Grant went on to say that AOL didn't seem to notice or care about the success that he and his former colleagues at Joystiq had in building up the site over the years.

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Reddit CEO Discusses Free Speech and Gawker Ban in Internal Memo

October 17, 2012 -

A war of words between Gawker Media and the Reddit community might make for some marvelous online drama, but it doesn't sit well with Wishan Wong, chief executive of Reddit. An internal memo obtained by Gawker and attributed Wong, reveals that Reddit's CEO thinks free speech is paramount to the community but that the ban on Gawker links is not a good idea.

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Report: IGN to Be Auctioned Off By News Corp.

October 17, 2012 -

According to a Wall Street Journal report citing sources on close to the situation, News Corp. has enlisted the services of investment bank Allen & Co. to help sell off IGN and its network of video game and entertainment sites via an auction. This, the report claims, comes on the heels of a year of failed negotiations to sell the spun-out division for $100 million. Companies that showed some interest included Break Media and SAY Media, according to WSJ. News Corp.

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Decode DC Raises Half of $75k Goal with Eight More Days to Go

October 11, 2012 -

With eight more days to go, Andrea Seabrook has managed to raise $36,669 of her $75,000 goal to help fund her innovative podcast, DecodeDC. Seabrook says that "Washington D.C. is broken." She should know - she spent many years as a national correspondent to Congress at National Public Radio. A few months ago she had had enough of lawmakers "lying to her face" and decided to leave NPR to do something different.

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Dueling Editorials: Notch v. Callaham on Windows 8

October 2, 2012 -

Markus 'Notch' Persson, creator of Minecraft and co-founder of Mojang, decided to take to his blog today to respond to an editorial by games journalist John Callaham entitled "Notch: Don't be a hypocrite about Minecraft and Windows 8" over at Neowin.

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DecodeDC Kickstarter Campaign Begins

September 26, 2012 -

Former National Public Radio congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her new show, DecodeDC. Seabrook calls her new show "a new way to cover Washington." In other words, coverage that tosses aside the stupid Red State v. Blue State narrative and spin and looks at how the system is working for the American people. Here's what Seabrook says about the Kickstarter:

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Veteran Games Journalist John Davison Joins Red Robot Labs

September 24, 2012 -

Games media veteran John Davison has joined Red Robot Labs. Prior to taking the plunge into the world of game development, Davison worked for Ziff Davis and IDG Media. Most recently he served as the vice president of programming at CBS Interactive Games, overseeing web sites GameSpot, Metacritic, Giant Bomb and Comic Vine. Prior to that he led the GamePro brand at IDG. In 2007 he founded "What They Play," which he later sold to IGN/Fox Interactive Media in 2009.

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USA Today's Game Hunters Shuts Down

September 12, 2012 -

Mike Snyder and Brett Molina wrote their last post on the USA Today-hosted game blog, Game Hunters this morning.

As the publication celebrates its 30th anniversary and prepares for a redesign it looks like the popular and award winning blog is being shut down.

Game Hunters has been a popular daily destination for gamers for three and a half years, but Mike and Brett aren't going anywhere... More from their last post on Game Hunters:

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Andriasang Shutting Down

September 11, 2012 -

The popular English video game site Andriasang will be closing down, according to owner Anoop Gantayat, who is moving on to new and exciting opportunities. While the site will no longer be updated with news, Gantayat says that that he may do a little bit of database work there and will leave its content up for people to continue to peruse.

The site is best known for delivering breaking news from the games industry. Andriasang launched in 2008 and currently contains 14,000 articles.

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GamesIndustry International Acquires GameHorizon

September 11, 2012 -

Games Industry International announced today that it has acquired the GameHorizon Conference and business network, with plans for the launch of a new event in December of 2013. GameHorizon is a leading business network for UK-based games companies including developers, publishers, and middleware makers. GameHorizon is in its fifth year.

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GameSpot News Editor Joins Games Industry International

September 10, 2012 -

GamesIndustry International announced that it has added veteran games journalist Brendan Sinclair to its US news team. Sinclair has spent the last seven years as a news editor for CBS-owned games site GameSpot. He'll work with the editorial team led by James Brightman in New York. Brendan will be working from Toronto.

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Former NPR Reporter Attempts to 'Decode DC' With New Endeavor

August 24, 2012 -

As many of our readers have learned by reading coverage on the antics and constant spin doctoring coming out of the hallowed halls of the United States Congress, the truth is often up for interpretation. Even National Public Radio Andrea Seabrook can't handle it anymore. After working for 14 years as a congressional correspondent at NPR, Seabrook couldn't take it anymore. She wondered if there was some way to break through the rhetoric and get the truth that her listeners needed to know about the culture and clashes of Washington.

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Annoyed Gamer - Episode 5: Fanboys

August 23, 2012 -

In Episode 5 of the Annoyed Gamer over at GameTrailersTV, Marcus Beer talks about fanboyism and the need for games journalists to grow up a little. It's an interesting episode that makes a lot of good points about how being a fanboy or fangirl is natural and prevalent in other areas of life like politics, favorite sports teams, and favorite brands.

You can check the video out at Gametrailers.com or watch it to your left.

Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.

 

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Press Reset: The Story of Polygon Teaser Video

August 21, 2012 -

The all-star team behind Vox Media's popular video game site Polygon have apparently been working on a documentary chronicling the site's birth and the journey to create a new way of covering the video game industry. They have released a teaser trailer for the film, "Press Reset: The story of Polygon"

This article announcing the teaser trailer offers the backdrop:

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AC3 Creative Director: Japanese Developers Get a Free Pass from Journalists on Bad Story-Telling

August 17, 2012 -

In a recent interview with Computer & Video Games, Ubisoft's Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of Assassin's Creed 3, said that games journalists are engaging in subtle racism when they give Japanese games a free pass on bad or odd story-telling while putting Western games through the ringer. When asked about why Nintendo can get away with endlessly reiterating the same basic stories with games like Super Mario Bros., Hutchinson offered a blunt response.

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Game Informer the Third Largest Magazine in the U.S.

August 8, 2012 -

The popular video gaming magazine Game Informer is now the third largest magazine in the United States, with circulation jumping 37 percent over last year's circulation numbers thanks mostly to GameStop's PowerUp Rewards Pro card program.

"Game Informer's growth in circulation reflects a culmination of the popularity of video games, Game Informer's partnership with the successful GameStop PowerUp Rewards program, and last but not least, a high-in-quality 21-year publication that tries not to miss a beat," associate publisher Rob Borm, tells Bloomberg.

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Kill Screen Magazine Issue #6: Change

July 26, 2012 -

The latest issue of Kill Screen Magazine explores the trials and tribulations of the most inspirational or frightening topic this year (depending on your perspective): CHANGE.

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GamesBeat 2012 All-Star Moderators Announced

July 6, 2012 -

VentureBeat has revealed the full list of speakers and moderators for GamesBeat 2012. The event will feature a who's who of video games journalists including GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi, Wired's Chris Kohler, GamesBeat culture editor Sebastian Haley, Inside Social Games editor A.J. Glasser, IGN Mobile editor Justin Davis, GamesIndustry International writer Steve Peterson, GamesBeat editor-in-chief Dan “Shoe” Hsu, TechCrunch writer Anthony Ha, and many others.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 8

June 25, 2012 -

In Episode 8 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, Andrew and Zachary actually manage to stay close to the 60 minute mark this week! Santa is real! The topics for this week's show include the Tetris cloning case ruling, Australia's new R18+ rating category for games, various topics related to Microsoft, and much more. Download Episode 8 it here: SuperPAC Episode 8.

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IGN Launches Asia Pacific Portal

June 14, 2012 -

Last month IGN opened a new portal dedicated to Middle Eastern countries and this month it is tackling a whole new region on the map: Asia Pacific. The News Corp. owned mega-portal dedicated to gaming and entertainment will be launching a portal to serve China, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. 

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Imagine Publishing Merges 360 Magazine with X360

June 7, 2012 -

Imagine Publishing announced that its top two Xbox 360 magazine brands, X360 and 360 Magazine, will be combined into one publication. The new "enhanced publication" will be led by Editor Dan Howdle. Issue #87 of X360 will be the first issue to reflect the changes. It goes on sale July 11 and will feature articles on every major title from E3, exclusive interviews and an enhanced DVD.

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Tom vs. Bruce Kickstarter: Some Delight, Others Disdain

May 30, 2012 -

Anyone that has ever flipped through the pages of Computer Gaming World knows the epic struggles between Tom Chick and Bruce Geryk in their popular column Tom vs. Bruce. The second most popular column at the time in the magazine could return if it can raise enough money to do so. The Kickstarter campaign is asking for $10,000 to write ten brand-new columns to be released on a monthly basis over the next year.

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IGN Entertainment Launches IGN Middle East

May 16, 2012 -

IGN Entertainment and Middle Eastern media company T-Break Media have launched IGN Middle East, a website dedicated to gaming that will serve up game and entertainment content to an estimated audience of 340 million people in 15 countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, and Morocco.

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Future Publishing Shuffles Executive Deck

May 9, 2012 -

Future Publishing, the publisher of some of our favorite magazines and publications, has announced a personnel shuffle today and the closure of one magazine. The personnel switch-a-roo is meant to align its games team to (hopefully) increase its digital business across the web and mobile devices.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 0

April 30, 2012 -

Andrew Eisen, E. Zachary Knight, and I have been toying with the idea of doing a podcast for quite some time, and after much discussion, consternation, and a couple of dry runs with the process of recording and editing one, we've finally come up with our first episode. We're calling it the "Super Podcast Action Committee," mainly because we like the idea of being part of a Super PAC, but without all the red tape and influence peddling.

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Adam Sessler Exits G4

April 26, 2012 -

Adam Sessler officially exited stage right at G4TV, according to a Kotaku report, and while the split seems to be less than amicable, Sessler's representatives are playing down any tensions that might possibly exist between the long-time network host and the network. The last episode of X-Play featuring Sessler aired on April 25. Sessler had been the face of X-Play since its launch and a regular lead anchor on the network's coverage of various events from Comic-Con and GDC to DICE and E3.

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University of Iowa Adds Video-Game Related Journalism Course

April 18, 2012 -

Students who enroll in a new video game-based narrative writing course at the University of Iowa beginning in the fall will get a chance to explore worlds, characters and plotlines popularized by video games. They'll also get credits. The course is called "Specialized Reporting & Writing, Video Games & Communication," and is a step by the university to add video games into the curriculum, though video-game education experts say that analyzing off-the-shelf commercial games isn't the typical approach taken by universities.

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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
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenObviously, the picture was created by someone who doesn't understand what the issue actually is (or, possibly, someone trying to satire said misunderstanding).09/01/2014 - 4:10pm
Papa MidnightPeople fear and attack what they do not understand.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
Papa MidnightWell, let's not forget. Someone held their hand in a peace sign a few weeks ago and people started claiming it was a gang sign. Or a police chief displayed the hand signal of their fraternity and was accused of the same.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
Papa MidnightIn other news, Netflix states why it paid Comcast: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/29/technology/netflix-comcast/index.html?hpt=hp_t209/01/2014 - 3:10pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
 

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