RIP, Ralph Baer: The Father of Video Games

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ralph H. Baer, the man recognized as the father of video games, passed away on Saturday at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire at the age of 92. Baer created the very first video game system - the Magnavox Odyssey. It was patented in 1971 and launched in the summer of 1972. It sold 130,000 units the first year.

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PSA: Julian Gollop's New Game Coming to Steam Early Access

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Julian Gollop, best known as the creator of the popular X-COM series of tactical strategy games, has launched his latest game on Steam Early Access. The game is called Chaos Reborn and officially launches on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux on December 9 for $19.99. Chaos Reborn is sequel of sorts to the cult classic 1985 ZX Spectrum strategy title Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. This turn-based strategy role-playing game lets players control a wizard who casts spells to summon creatures for an army to use against AI controlled opponents and other players.

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Richard Garriott’s 'Shroud of the Avatar' Now Available on Steam Early Access

November 24, 2014 - James Fudge

Ultima series creator Richard Garriott and his game development studio Portalarium announced that its crowd-funded, online-focused RPG for PC Shroud of the Avatar is now available via the Steam Early Access program.

Portalarium says that the Early Access program gives players the chance to try out the game as it continues to evolve. Shroud of the Avatar has already raised more than $5 million from public crowd funding efforts on Kickstarter and via the game's official web site.

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City of Alamogordo Makes $37K Off of Old Atari 2600 Cartridges

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The City of Alamogordo, New Mexico has generated $37,000 selling 100 Atari 2600 games on eBay that were unearthed as part of the Microsoft Xbox Entertainment Studios documentary on Atari's failed history and rumors (which turned out to be true) of a massive video game graveyard in the New Mexico desert earlier this year.

The thousands of game cartridges unearthed are currently under the watch of the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and being stored at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

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'Atari: Game Over' Documentary to Debut Nov. 20th

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Microsoft's Xbox division has closed its Xbox Entertainment Studios, there is one property it produced that will see the light of day near the end of this month. Microsoft announced today that the Atari: Game Over documentary will be released on November 20. The project between Microsoft and Lightbox will debut on Xbox Live and xboxvideo.com. The film chronicles the quest of film makers to either prove or disprove an urban myth: that a massive graveyard of old Atari 2600 cartridges existed in a New Mexico dessert. Spoiler alert: it's true.

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The Triumphant Return of 3D Realms

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Duke Nukem series creator and innovator of the once popular shareware model for PC Games 3D Realms is back in business as of today. The company effectively went dark five years ago and displaced an entire staff due to financial troubles. In early 2014 Danish firm SDN Invest acquired the company.

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Report: 'Wonder Boy' Developer Filing for Bankruptcy

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Japanese developer Westone Bit Entertainment is facing bankruptcy after nearly 30 years in business according to a report in Game Watch Impress (as translated by Sega Nerds).

Westone is best known for creating the 1986 8-bit hit Wonder Boy (released in America as Adventure Island) and the popular Monster World series released on the Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, and TurboGrafx-16.

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Dan 'Shoe' Hsu Leaving GamesBeat

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat Editor-in-Chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu announced this morning that he is leaving the publication for a new and undisclosed opportunity outside writing about games.

"After almost two decades as a game-industry journalist/critic/writer/editor, I decided it was time to move on and try something new," Hsu wrote on GamesBeat. "Friday, Oct. 3 will be my last day as GamesBeat’s editor-in-chief, and I am leaving video game media altogether."

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Another Open-Source Developer Claims Hyperkin is Illegally Using Code for Retro Console System

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The makers of the open-sourced emulation software program, RetroArch are the latest to say that video games accessories company Hyperkin is using its program in violation of the GPL license. RetroArch uses a development interface called "libretro" that allows for the "easy creation of emulators and games that can plug straight into this program called RetroArch." It supports 15 different hardware platforms including Android.

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Sony: Nearly 700 Games Available for PlayStation TV At Launch

September 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced that almost 700 games will be available on PlayStation TV when it launches in Europe and North America later this year. The PlayStation TV is a micro-console originally made for Asia that allows streaming of PS4 games to another HD in your home, as well as select PS Vita, PSP, and PS One classic games.

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Frisco, Texas: The New Permanent Home of the Videogame History Museum

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The city of Frisco, Texas plans to invest $1 million to bring the Videogame History Museum to town. Founded as a non-profit in 2009 by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli, the Videogame History Museum has spent years collecting vintage game software, consoles, and memorabilia to build what some call the "most comprehensive collection of video game memorabilia" ever assembled and share it with the world. The group often loans out parts of its collection to museums and traveling exhibits, but organizers have been hoping to give it a home of its own for a long time.

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Some Games From The 'Atari Video Game Graveyard' To Be Auctioned Off

September 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week the Alamogordo City Council (Alamogordo, New Mexico) voted 7-0 to sell the 800 Atari games excavated as part of the Xbox Entertainment Studios documentary on Atari's video game graveyard earlier this year.

The City Council plans to auction off at least half of the 800 Atari games on eBay and on the council's web site. The games are currently under the watch of the Tularosa Basin Historical Society and being stored at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

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Teens React to NES

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you know what an NES is then you are probably pretty old. The 31-year-old system was the subject of the latest episode of The Fine Bros' popular YouTube series, "Teens React." The new video, "Teens React to NES," features Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and other teens trying to figure out what the little gray box was. Some thought it was a VCR, despite the actual name of the product prominently written in red on the front of the system.

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'RuneScape' Bonds Used to Fund Trip to RuneFest Event

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jagex, makers of the long-running fantasy MMORPG RuneScape, are highlighting what it calls "the continued success of RuneScape Bonds." Since their launch, Bonds have enabled players to access premium membership content, exchange them with other community members for in-game items and wealth, and gift them to friends around the world.

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Firaxis Hosting Firaxicon Fan Event in September

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Firaxis Games will hold its first-ever fan event called "Firaxicon" at the Embassy Suites Baltimore (Hunt Valley, Maryland) on September 27 and September 28. Tickets for attending the two-day event will cost you $40. Tickets are described as "extremely limited," so get them while you still can.

Attendees will be able to meet members of the Firaxis Games team, enjoy a special "Evening with Sid Meier" presentation, get some hands-on time with the upcoming PC game Civilization: Beyond Earth and get a tour of the Firaxis Games office.

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Activision Reveals the New Sierra

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Activision teased the return of Sierra, the once powerful publisher of such hits as King's Quest, Police Quest, Guest for Glory, and many other popular video games. Today we learn that Sierra will return as a publishing label under the auspices of Activision Publishing.

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Former SSI Veterans Form Tactical Simulations Interactive

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This one's for the old-timers among you: A new company has launched made up of former Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI) employees called Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI). The company features the talents of former SSI veterans Paul Murray and David Shelley, and David Klein. In its early days SSI was known as one of the best war game publishers in the world, but by the late eighties it managed to secure the rights to make Advanced Dungeons & Dragons games.

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Activision Teases the Return of Sierra

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today Activision revealed that it will bring back Sierra, the game company that put adventure gaming on the map. Obviously Sierra will likely only be a label under the auspices of Activision, but there's a lot of questions concerning whether Activision also plans on bringing back some of the game franchises that made Sierra a household name like Space Quest, Quest for Glory, King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and many other popular titles.

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'Wing Commander III' is 'On The House'

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA's "On The House" free PC game giveaway for the month of August is the classic space action game Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. As always you'll have to have an Origin account and the client installed to play the game. To get it you'll need to login to Origin and find it in the "On The House" promotional section (here).

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The Return of Microsoft Flight Simulator

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based Dovetail Games announced that it has signed a global licensing deal with Microsoft to develop and publish all-new games based on Microsoft’s popular flight simulation technology. The company said in a press release today that it is currently investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a release to market in 2015.

Dovetail Games also announced that it acquired the rights to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition via Steam. The new release on Steam will be sold under the name, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition.

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C&C Community Offers GameSpy Multiplayer Alternative

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Command & Conquer community has launched a server to keep multiplayer going in a number of C&C games that had been abandoned by GameSpy Technologies, who once provided multiplayer services for the popular PC real-time strategy games. According to this Eurogamer report, users interested in playing online can visit C&C: Online, register with Revora and install a launcher which emulates GameSpy servers.

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Denny's Adds Extra Cheese to Atari Classics

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Did someone order something with extra cheese at Denny's, allegedly "America's Diner?" Well whether you did or not a new deal with Atari to transform some of its select classic Atari 2600 games is some of the cheesiest marketing we've seen.

The deal sees Denny's app offer three classic Atari games reimagined with new titles and food items as themes. There's Hasteroids (Asteroids), Centiup (Centipede), and Take-Out (Breakout). The games are free, and available now in both iOS and Android app stores via the Denny's app.

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Nintendo Reveals GameCube Adapter Bundle for Wii U

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced that a bundle featuring the GameCube controller adapter is coming this holiday season. The Super Smash Bros. for Wii U controller bundle contains a Nintendo GameCube controller and adapter for Wii U. It will be available this holiday season for a recommended price of $99.99, the company revealed during its E3 2014 Digital Event.

The Wii U adapter allows four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers to be hooked up to the Wii U for use with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The adapter connects to the Wii U USB port.

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Tetris Turns 30 Today

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The popular puzzle game Tetris is 30 years old today. The game became popular when it appeared on a new hand-held system from Nintendo - the GameBoy - and the rest is history.

Bloomberg TV program "Bloomberg West" has a segment on the latest episode of the show featuring Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter discussing the popularity of Tetris and its impact on video games today.


'Legend of Grimrock 2' Won't be on Steam Early Access

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A game like Legend of Grimrock 2, the old-school first-person dungeon crawler RPG sequel from Almost Human, would have no problem garnering support as an early access title on Steam, but the developer says it is not interested in releasing the game in that space.

Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the studio says that it is "old fashioned" and wants to release a final polished game when the development cycle is over.

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Unreal Tournament 3, STALKER Get Updates to Deal With GameSpy Shutdown

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games and former GSC Game World developers have released updates to deal with Glu Mobile shutting down GameSpy Technologies' multiplayer services. Epic Games has released a new executable replacement file that redirects online play requests to a new in-house master server.

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Harmonix's 'Amplitude' Crowd-Funding Campaign in the Home Stretch

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Harmonix's Kickstarter for the current generation reboot of its cult classic PS2 rhythm-action music game, Amplitude, is within striking distance of getting fully funded. Earlier in the week it looked like the project would not survive the Kickstarter funding process, but in the last several days the project has seen a surge of public support.

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Latest Humble Weekly Bundle Offers 9 Classic RPG and Adventure Games

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle features classic games tweaked by the fine folks at Night Dive Studios to work on modern-day PCs. The bundle includes a number of great games including Sir-Tech's RPG classics Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge, Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, and Wizardry 8; Looking Glass Studios' sci-fi action RPG System Shock 2; cult-classic horror game, Shadow Man; and the adventure game classics The 11th Hour; The 7th Guest, Harvester, and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

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Ed Boon: Zero Percent Chance of Mortal Kombat Classic Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you were hoping to see Mortal Kombat classics come to the Wii U Virtual Console, we have some bad news for you: it's not going to happen. Way back before the Wii U was released, Mortal Kombat series creator and NetherRealm Studios director Ed Boon expressed interest in bringing the series to the Nintendo console. In an interview with GameTrailers, Boon said:

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Download 'The Lost Vikings' For Free

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has made its classic Super Nintendo adventure game, The Lost Vikings, available as a free download (thanks Joystiq). It was one of the first games the company made (which was published by Interplay, long before it was known for creating Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. In the game players take control of three Vikings and alternate between them to use their special skills to solve environmental puzzles.

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Big PermYou might be right, Zippy08/28/2015 - 9:21am
ZippyDSMleeBig Perm: Naw best ever goes to kill la kill!08/28/2015 - 9:14am
Big PermHer costume is amazing. It may be the best costume ever08/28/2015 - 8:30am
E. Zachary KnightLike I said, she looks like a fun character to play, but her costume is really obnoxious.08/28/2015 - 8:29am
MattsworknameMika was always about being a show off and using her but to crush her foes, even back in the alpha days. They just took that and maxed it to the extreme, and I LOVE IT!!!!!08/28/2015 - 5:36am
IvresseJust saw R Mika trailer myself. I do like the inclusion of Vega as the punching bag, especially with that Stone Cold Stunner knocking his mask off....but that ultra move with his face between 4 buttcheeks...class! :-)08/28/2015 - 5:20am
MattsworknameOk, finally got a chance to look at the R mika trailer for SF 5, and I Heart her so bloody much. She just looks like pure fun to play as and is SO colorful. All the YES!08/28/2015 - 3:23am
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MattsworknameAndrew: SOrry I didnt get back, i went to bed before I saw your post. The Producer is listed as Arbitor36508/27/2015 - 6:06pm
Andrew EisenNope.08/27/2015 - 4:17pm
ZippyDSMleeDid you guys cover Fatal Frame 5 being nintendo Eshop only?08/27/2015 - 3:55pm
Big Perm120 bucks for a tetanus shot. Thanks Obama08/27/2015 - 3:01pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - Of course they do. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Hell, Quiet's already been cosplayed quite a bit.08/27/2015 - 1:25pm
Big PermThere's been some pretty good Kill La Kill cosplay08/27/2015 - 12:56pm
Matthew WilsonI saw someone cosplay as the main charector from kill la kill last year at pax, so people do it.....08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
Andrew EisenPerm - Well yeah, Kojima himself said something along the lines of "Cosplay this, I dare you! No, seriously. Please cosplay this!" I was just wondering if there was an in-universe explanation.08/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Andrew EisenCheck out last week's story on The State of Play book for an updated cover and a list of all the authors and their essay titles! http://gamepolitics.com/2015/08/21/state-play-looks-current-state-video-games08/27/2015 - 12:44pm
Big PermI figured it was because titties are awesome08/27/2015 - 12:37pm
Andrew EisenI'm still waiting to see if any reviews spill the beans on the story reasons behind Quiet's goofy getup in Metal Gear Solid 508/27/2015 - 12:33pm
ZippyDSMleeHave you seen what the Deva wrestlers wear? Now lets get all that Japan only DLC for DOA over here, and DOA Volly ball,ect let the whining commence!08/27/2015 - 12:18pm

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