Toxic 'League of Legends' players won't get rewards from Riot Games

August 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier in the year League of Legends maker Riot Games doled out rewards for players who showed good sportsman ship and proper manners while playing the game in the form of a mystery gift.  While Riot plans to offer a similar reward for good and well-behaved players, players who have been punished will not see any kind of reward.

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'PES 2014' losing multiplayer support in November

August 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Konami Digital Entertainment announced this morning that online services for the 2014 edition of its popular soccer game Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) will be shut down in November. The company said in a brief statement this morning that it will be shutting down the online-related services and support for PES 2014 on November 17.

The company also said that it doing this to shift focus to the 2015 edition of the game and for the latest game in the series, PES 2016.

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Saying 'hi' might get you murdered in 'GTA V'

August 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

What happens when you say hello to 100 people in Grand Theft Auto V? Apparently most of them will commit some sort of act of violence against you.

YouTubers Comedy Knife conducted an experiment (as highlighted by Kotaku) in which they said "hello" to people they happened upon will playing the online part of GTA V.

Unfortunately most people they encountered decided that they needed to die.

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Report: GTA V modders banned by Rockstar

August 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Rockstar Games has issued the following statement:

"The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy. Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended."

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Microsoft admits that 'Games for Windows' wasn't the best approach

August 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a conversation with PC Gamer at Gamescom in Cologne Germany this week Kevin Unangst, senior director for PC gaming in the Xbox group admitted that Games For Windows Live was a poor approach to multiplayer and that Windows 10 will handle multiplayer and gaming on the PC differently.

He called that prior approach to PC gaming as "let's just take those things and transplant them."

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Report: The International halted by DDoS attack

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: the tournament resumed as of 4:20 pm ET, PC World reports.

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'League of Legends' hero killed and unplayable

July 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games has killed off a League of Legends hero that some people paid money for, though it seems that this death is part of a narrative being crafted as part of the game's lore - and the character will return at a later date. Those who had paid money to play as the pirate hero Gangplank and use his character skins were a little bit upset, with some calling for refunds.

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New 'GTA V' update for PC could break online mods

July 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Rockstar Games' new update for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 fixes frame-rate issues, it may also break mods, the company said in announcing the update. After the release of GTA 5 update 1.28, some PC players claimed they were getting lower frame-rates while playing GTA Online. A new title update released today fixes this issue, Rockstar said, but it may also break some of your favorite modifications.

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'Face of Mankind' shutting down August 31

July 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developers Nexeon Technologies and Duplex announced earlier this week that they will shut down the servers for their sci-fi themed sandbox-style MMO Face of Mankind on August 31.

In a post on the game's official site, a rep. from Nexeon said that the engine that powers the game is "too old to create new, meaningful content, and the visuals aren't on par with newer releases that come out on an almost daily basis."

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Report: Lizard Squad attacks Daybreak Game Studio's servers

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like hacking group Lizard Squad is not taking Daybreak Game Studio CEO John Smedley's comments about getting one of its members lying down. The hacking group has attacked several of the servers of several Daybreak Game titles in what Daybreak Games CEO categorized as a "minor" Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

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Super League Gaming brings 'Minecraft' multiplayer to theaters this summer

July 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Beginning later this month, Super Gaming League will bring kids and Minecraft together in movie theaters across the country in a massive live play event tour.

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Future 'Bloodborne' update will adjust player levels during co-op matches

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

From Software deserves some recognition for listening to fans of its games and responding with actual features. A good example of this is highlighted in an upcoming update for its PS4-exclusive game Bloodborne. In the last update to the game, From Software added a method where you could actually summon your friends by allowing them to have a special password that you could share.

But one of the things that needed a bit of tweaking is making sure both players are at or about the same level - something From Software says it will adjust in its next update to the game (1.05).

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Riot Games invests in 'Curse Voice'

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

League of Legends maker Riot Games (which is owned by China-based online gaming super power Tencent) has invested an undisclosed amount of money in online media and tech company Curse. The focus of the investment appears to be in Curse Voice, the company's   VOIP solution for gaming, but Curse is best known for its Gamepedia web portal, a Wikipedia-style repository of information on a number of popular games, and a number of portals dedicated to specific games run by fans. The site touts 28 million monthly visitors and over 1 billion page views.

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Mojang's 'Scrolls' will shut down July 1, 2016

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.

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Paul Sage leaves Zenimax for Gearbox

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former The Elder Scrolls One creative director Paul Sage has left Zenimax Online Studios this month to work with Borderlands and Battleborn developer Gearbox, according to this Eurogamer report. The news comes via Sage’s LinkedIn profile, which now reflects the change through a recent update putting his work at Zenimax Online in the past tense.

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Blizzard: no plans to change rules on forfeits for 'Heroes of the Storm'

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard has no plans to cut quitters any slack. Speaking to GamesBeat at E3 today Blizzard said that it has no plans to change its policy on giving a loss to players who quit matches in its popular free-to-play MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The policy is a pretty standard one for MOBAs (League of Legends, Dota 2): if you quite a ranked game while playing it is marked down as a loss.

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'Crowfall' crowdfunding reaches $2 million

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign ending in late March, developer ArtCraft continues to bring in money for its upcoming game Crowfall.  The game met its initial funding goal on February 27, raising over $850,000 - well above the $800,000 it was asking for.

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Prize pool for 'Dota 2' tournament 'The International' hits $11 million

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's Dota 2 world championship tournament - The International - has managed to generate the biggest eSports prize pool to-date.

The International, which will take place in August, has generated $11 million through sales of its digital book and accompanying in-game bonuses and items tied to The Compendium. Last year $10.9m was raised for The International's prize pool.

The Compendium is an interactive digital tournament companion from Valve that puts 25 percent of all Compendium sales to The International's overall prize pool.

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Riot suspend League of Legends commentator

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot games has suspended Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, a League of Legends Championship Series commentator, after an investigation showed a deep relationship with pro LOL team, Copenhagen Wolves.

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Turbine shutting down ' Infinite Crisis' August 14

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Turbine Entertainment announced that it will be shutting down Infinite Crisis, the DC Comics universe-themed MOBA game for PC. The announcement was made today on the game's Steam product page.

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'Online Game Pioneers at Work' book released

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment Media Council announced that the print edition of the new book Online Game Pioneers at Work, is now available in print at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores around the world. The book is being billed as a history book of sorts focusing on the online gaming space, and features 412 pages of interviews from the video game industry's biggest influencers, movers, and shakers.

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Bungie bans 'Destiny' cheaters

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie announced that it is cracking down on Destiny players who are cheating by interrupting the connections of their opponents during multiplayer matches. The tactic became obvious during this week's new Trials of Osiris event. Bungie decided to take action against those employing this tactic after other players complained via this Reddit thread and on the game's official forums.

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The Strong Museum of Play partners with Nintendo veteran Masayuki Uemara

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced today that it will work with former Nintendo hardware designer and Ritsumeikan University (Japan) professor Masayuki Uemara to preserve the history of video games. The Strong Museum of Play is home to the Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Uemara, who is the program chair for the Center for Games Studies and Art Research at Ritsumeikan, will work more closely than he already does with the Strong Museum of Play to share knowledge, resources, and staff.

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Riot Games begins testing new 'League of Legends' player reform system

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games announced that it has begun initial testing of a new automated instant "player reform system" for its popular MOBA game League of Legends. The new instant feedback system  delivers actionable feedback and appropriate punishment to players who are being verbally abusive in-game.

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Daybreak Game Company bans nearly 25K 'H1Z1' players for cheating and hacking

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a recent tweet from Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) president John Smedley, 24,837 H1Z1 accounts have been banned for various infractions including cheating. In case you don't know, H1Z1 is an online focused zombie apocalypse survival game for the PC.

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Bethesda clarifies: 'The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited ' does not use one-time activation code

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.

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ArenaNet publicly shames 'Guild Wars 2' cheater

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

ArenaNet did something mildly amusing when it found out that a Guild Wars 2 player was cheating: they took control of the account, stripped the player's character (Darkside) in the public square, sentenced it to death, deleted characters off the account, and then banned the account holder. All of this was captured on video and shared for the entire world to see (as first reported on by Eurogamer).

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Missoula, Montana 'Minecraft' player swatted

May 7, 2015 - James Fudge

Jamie Greenwood was enjoying a leisurely game of Minecraft at around 2:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon when suddenly officers from two different police departments - the University of Montana Police and the Missoula Police Department - were at her door.

After the dozen or so police officers from two different departments responded to the scene at an apartment complex on the intersection of South and Maurice Avenues, they determined that the call was a hoax. Police received an emergency call earlier in the day claiming that hostage situation was unfolding at Greenwood's address.

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'H1Z1' adds default female character model

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being),  and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.

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'Halo Online' modders undeterred by Microsoft's DMCA takedown

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier in the month Microsoft announced a free-to-play Halo game called Halo Online, but revealed - much to the chagrin of Halo players around the world - that it would only be made available in Russia.

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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
Matthew Wilsonsuprisingly, there has not been the negative reaction I was expecting.08/27/2015 - 12:13pm
Andrew EisenWe should devote a segment to R. Mika's costume on the podcast. It'll be great!08/27/2015 - 11:40am
Andrew EisenMatt - So... who is the producer of the video you linked?08/27/2015 - 11:15am
ZippyDSMleeAnd its not as bad as rumble roses :P08/27/2015 - 11:14am
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E. Zachary KnightOh wow. This costume is obnoxious. Why? The character and moves are cool but man that costume. Ugh. http://kotaku.com/r-mika-and-her-ridiculous-outfit-join-street-fighter-v-172692528208/27/2015 - 10:56am
Big PermHe leveled up08/27/2015 - 8:24am
black mantaBrad Bushman's back again, saying how the WDBJ shooter's use of a body camera made it look like an FPS. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/08/27/435076699/why-shooters-record-themselves-in-the-act08/27/2015 - 8:01am

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