PopCap Donates $100K in Games to Operation Supply Drop

November 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

PopCap Games is the latest game developer to show its support for Operation Supply Drop. The makers of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled have donated $100,000 in games and gear for Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute! fund-raising campaign. PopCap gave 100 codes which unlocked every game PopCap has ever made including their fan favorites Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled as well as plethora of other casual titles (over 60 games in all).

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Operation Supply Drop Delivers Post-Surgery Surprise to Suicide Bomb Survivor

November 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-related gaming charity Operation Supply Drop passed along an inspirational story this afternoon about a suicide bomb survivor who received a special post-surgery surprise from the group.

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Intel Donates 30 NUC Micro Computers to be Included in Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-based gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has received the promise of 30 4 inch-by-4-inch micro computers from Intel. The chipmaker will build and donate the absurdly small and powerful Intel NUC computers to the charity to be given out to troops deployed in combat zones in places like Afghanistan and to soldiers recovering from injuries in military hospitals.

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Zombie Studios Donates $25K in Blacklight Retribution In-Game Currency to Operation Supply Drop

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Zombie Studios, creator of upcoming survival horror game Daylight, has donated $25,000 of in game currency for their flagship first person shooter, Blacklight: Retribution on Steam to Operation Supply Drop.

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Hidden Path Entertainment Donates $20k in Defense Grid Codes to Operation Supply Drop

October 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Defense Grid series creators Hidden Path Entertainment has donated one thousand codes for their nifty Defense Grid: Containment Bundle on Steam. The codes are equivalent to a $20,000 donation.

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Operation Supply Drop Declares Mission Accomplished on 'Kentucky Windage' Supply Drop for Special Forces

October 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has successfully delivered a care package to a Special Forces team in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing efforts to deliver video games and fun to soldiers deployed in various combat zones around the world. The "Kentucky Windage" supply drop contained $4300 in video games, systems, peripherals and a High School Musical branded microphone for Guitar Hero (we assume this was a special request from someone).

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Operation Supply Launches Indie GoGo Campaign for Latest Fundraising Drive

October 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While the lawmakers haggle over ideologies and leave the government unfunded, Operation Supply Drop gets things done. At least, that's what they are telling supporters in a new mail-out today.

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U.S. Navy Commissions Kinect-Enabled Simulation to Train Officers About Sexual Assault Prevention

July 26, 2013 -

The United States Navy has commissioned Organic Motion to create a Kinect-enabled simulation game that addresses the issue of rape. Rape and sexual harassment have been a topic of heated debate in Washington this month as lawmakers such as New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (supported by republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky) seek to move the oversight of rape cases from the military to civilian courts. Mainly Gillibrand is seeking this solution because the U.S.

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Operation Supply Drop's Fourth of July Success

July 9, 2013 -

Operation Supply Drop, a charity that creates care packages for servicemen and women on active duty in war zones, managed to create and send 12 care packages to five U.S. military units deployed across Afghanistan and one package to a soldier who was injured in Afghanistan and is currently recuperating at the Walter Reed national military hospital. Collectively, the 12 packages (part of their latest drive for the 4th of July, code named PIXEL FIREWORKS) contained $30,000 in video games, video game systems, and special peripherals donated by AbleGamers.

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AbleGamers Donates to Operation Supply Drop’s Independence Day Charity Drive

July 2, 2013 -

The AbleGamers Charity has donated multiple customized controllers powered by Evil Controllers to Operation Supply Drop, another charity that gives video-game related care packages to soldiers serving in places like Afghanistan and to injured veterans recovering at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Capcom Donations Helps Operation Supply Drop Reach $300K Milestone

June 7, 2013 -

Organizers of the game-related charity Operation Supply Drop say that its Veterans Day event in November 2012 set the bar extremely high. The charity that sends packages that include games, video game systems, and accessories, received $100,000 in donations for deployed soldiers and soldiers recovering in military hospitals. A lot of the success of the charity drive can be attributed to the generous donations from companies like Capcom.

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China's Army: Glorious Mission Downloaded More Than a Million Times

April 2, 2013 -

The Chinese military publicly released a shooter a few months ago called Glorious Mission and it has proven to be a hit - according to this BBC report. The game, which is obviously pro-Chinese military because it was designed initially as a sort of training tool for soldiers in the Communist country, has been downloaded more than a million times.

Gu Kai, vice-president of the software developers behind the game, Giant Network Technology, says this game will likely help bring in new army recruits.

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Call of Duty Endowment Uses $1.1 Million in Grants for 'Chapterization'

March 21, 2013 -

Activision's Call of Duty Endowment announced plans to open up a number of chapters around the country using $1.1 million in grant money. They are calling this initiative "Chapterization." The Call of Duty Endowment also announced the appointment of its first full-time Executive Director - Dan Goldenberg. Goldenberg has 21 years of active and reserve military service and currently serves as a commander in the Navy Reserve.

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Drones! What are they good for?

February 27, 2013 -

This amusing video takes something Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News about a year ago related to the government's use of drones for domestic surveillance within the borders of the United States by showing him how it could be done in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The video is the product of the fine folks at Coffee with Games (which incidentally are two of my favorite things).

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French Military Says Soldier in Mali Acted Inappropriately When He Wore a 'Call of Duty Scarf'

January 23, 2013 -

The AFP reports (picked up by Polygon) that the French military has issued a statement saying that an unnamed French soldier acted inappropriately when he wore a scarf around his face with a grinning skull similar to the character Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley from Call of Duty.

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Secretary of Defense Calls for Passage of Cybersecurity Legislation, Warns of 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor'

October 12, 2012 -

United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is sounding the alarm bells about cyber terrorist attacks, saying that passing the CISPA bill or enacting some kind of executive order to implement protections are necessary to avoid what he calls "Cyber-Pearl Harbor."

He says that the U.S. should act preemptively to protect "national interests in cyberspace" by working fastidiously on some sort of safeguards for critical infrastructure.

Drone Pilots: Using a Drone Not Like Playing a Video Game

September 24, 2012 -

There's a common and widespread misconception among the general population that flying a drone for the United States government or military is like playing a video game, but an in-depth article on the subject from Business Insider reveals that this is simply a falsehood. In fact, if you ask actual drone pilots they will tell you that their work is nothing like a video game...

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Wargaming America Brings USS IOWA to Life with Simulations

June 19, 2012 -

Game developer Wargaming America is working hard to bring some game-based virtual simulation to the USS IOWA. The battleship recently took its final voyage to dock at the port of Los Angeles, where it will serve as a museum beginning next month. Wargaming's simulation promises to bring the battleship's "history to life by creating a bridge experience and an aerial combat game that will live on the ship and showcase its firepower and aerial defenders in action."

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EA Launches Project Honor Initiative to Benefit Fallen Special Ops Soldiers

June 14, 2012 -

Electronic Arts has kicked off a new initiative called Project Honor that will directly benefit families of fallen members of those who have served in Special Operations. The program, which launches alongside Medal of Honor Warfighter, will team up with several combat gear manufacturers to donate to the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

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Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2012 -

On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics we wish our readers a safe and happy holiday. We hope you are enjoying your extended weekend (assuming you had an extended weekend and didn't have to work for the "man" today) and are out having fun on the unofficial start of summer.

I won't rehash it here, but if you want a detailed explanation of what Memorial Day is all about and why it is a very important holiday to a majority of Americans, then you should check out usmemorialday.org.

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Islamists in Northern Mali Burn TV Sets Used to Play and Watch 'Un-Islamic' Entertainment

May 16, 2012 -

The Associated Press reports that residents in the Northern city of Gao in Mali are not happy after Islamists smashed television sets used to play video games and watch television shows that were considered "un-Islamic." The effort was intended to show residents that they are under Shariah law there. The Islamist fighters took up a strong position in the northern part of the Northeastern African country after they were they pushed back by Malian government troops in March.

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Operation KickStart: Florida National Guard Uses Gamification to Help Unemployed Soldiers

April 25, 2012 -

The Florida National Guard has found a novel way of helping its state's unemployed soldiers work in the private sector: a program called Operation KickStart. The program uses gamification techniques to educate and teach participants in a game-like social platform environment. It also provides them with support through mentors and coaches that can teach them the best practices for starting a new career and being successful at it.

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Paul Allen Pretender Returned to U.S. Army

April 4, 2012 -

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania man charged by the FBI with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been turned over to the U.S. Army this week. Twenty-eight-year-old Brandon Lee Price must first face a charge for going AWOL from his unit. He isn't in custody - instead he has been returned to his unit (the 10th Mountain Division) in Fort Polk, Louisiana. He is accused of leaving his unit at Fort Polk without authorization in early July 2010.

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Kim Dotcom: U.S. Military Had 15,634 Accounts on Megaupload

March 26, 2012 -

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom claims that the United States Military had 15,634 accounts on its file sharing and storage services prior to the U.S. government taking down the site and having its founders arrested in various countries.

Speaking at length with TorrentFreak, he provided the site with a bunch of information about the U.S. government's use of the server. It seems odd that the U.S. government would have so many accounts on a service whose sole purpose (according to those going up against it) was to infringe on other people's copyrighted works.

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Activision CEO: American Companies Should Do More for Jobless Veterans

March 21, 2012 -

In an editorial on Huffington Post, Activision Blizzard CEO (and co-chairmen of the company's charity, The Call of Duty Endowment), says that American corporations are not doing enough to help veterans returning home from two wars only to find a job market that doesn't want to hire them. This new battle at home, as Kotick calls it, puts veterans in a higher bracket of unemployment than the national average.

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$10.7 Million Military Game Project Begins Testing Phase

March 8, 2012 -

Testing began on a video game created by researchers at the Oklahoma University funded by a $10.7 million grant it obtained in October of last year from the U.S. government. University students signed up to play the game and check for coding typos and other obvious problems, play tester and communications senior Chelsey Schuessler told the UO Daily. In the next phase of the project, which begins in August, researchers will test the game to see if does what it is intended to do: prevent biases in decision-making.

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iRobot's Warrior is Controlled by an Xbox 360 Controller

February 8, 2012 -

iRobot makes Roomba, the little circular robot that vacuums your house on its own. But you probably didn't know that that same company makes robots for the military and has done so for quite some time. In fact, iRobot created the PackBot, a robot that the military uses to dispose of bombs. According to Techland, the latest robot created for the military is called "Warrior," and is controlled using an Xbox controller.

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First Person Cultural Trainer Wins Serious Games Showcase Award

January 30, 2012 -

The First Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT) has been awarded the Best Game award in the Government Category of the 2011 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge. FPCT is sponsored by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2 Intelligence Support (TRADOC). The Serious Games Showcase was part of the Interservice/Interindustry Training and Simulation Education Conference (I/ITSEC), and was held in Orlando, Fla., from November 28 through December 1.

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U.S. Army Gets Branded Peripheral Line from CTA Digital

January 4, 2012 -

CTA Digital has revealed a new partnership with the U.S. Army to manufacture branded video game accessories. The company says that this is the first licensing agreement it has entered into. Oddly enough, tax payers may be saying the same thing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company will reveal three new U.S. Army branded gaming headsets, three rifle controllers, and a "battle ready backpack" for game console systems at CES in Las Vegas on January 10-13 (booth #31265).

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UK Ministry of Defense Looks to Modernize Military Simulations

December 29, 2011 -

As pointed out by our very own Beemoh, The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense wants to update its military simulations with the latest first-person shooter technology. This, they say, will focus the concentration of soldiers that train using the software.

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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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