Report: The International halted by DDoS attack

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SB Nation is reporting that The International Dota 2 tournament is being targeted by DDoS attacks by an unknown party or parties. Stream problems and disconnections have been plaguing the Dota 2 competitive event since it launched on Monday, and at least some of those issues are related to someone taking aim at the tournament's network.

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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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Bungie will ban some toxic players from 'Destiny'

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new weekly update post on its web site (as reported on by Polygon), Bungie revealed some changes it has planned to make Destiny activities such as raids and strikes more palatable for players.

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'DriveClub' maker Evolution hit with layoffs

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has confirmed with Eurogamer that the studio responsible for DriveClub has suffered a number of layoffs this week. Sony did not disclose exactly how many employees have been let go.

Part of the Sony Worldwide Studios system, Evolution has been restructured by its parent company so that it can focus on treating DriveClub as an ongoing service and finish and release the free PlayStation Plus version of the game.

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'Resistance: Retribution' Losing Multiplayer May 9

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Resistance: Retribution will be losing multiplayer, according to a tweet from Sony's official PlayStation Twitter account. Last year Sony took multiplayer away from three other Resistance games: Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3. It looks like Resistance: Retribution for PlayStation Portable will join them... on May 9.

Resistance: Retribution, which features - for the time being - several multiplayer modes for up to eight players, was released in 2009 and was developed by Sony Bend.

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ESL Reveals 'ESL Matchmaking'

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pro gaming league ESL is getting into the matchmaking middleware business. The eSports organizer officially unveiled ESL Matchmaking, a white label development toolkit that will be featured in the upcoming anti-gravity racing game, Formula Fusion by R8 Games. UK-based indie developer R8 Games is set to release Formula Fusion on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2016. Formula Fusion is the first video game to leverage ESL Matchmaking for its eSports matchmaking multiplayer.

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'Borderlands 1' Matchmaking Returns to PS3

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After a long delay, Gearbox Software has finally finished restoring multiplayer functionality to Borderlands on the PlayStation 3. Multiplayer went dark for the game on that particular platform when GameSpy - the multiplayer technology that powered the game - shut down and left many games and players in the lurch. Here's the announcement from Gearbox:

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james_fudgeNot I, said the fly.08/04/2015 - 4:31pm
Big PermAnyone use an Intel 750?08/04/2015 - 3:40pm
E. Zachary KnightSome great comments about gender diversity in game development from GDC Europe. http://gamasutra.com/view/news/250417/Women_in_the_game_industry_share_stories_of_improving_diversity.php08/04/2015 - 3:11pm
Sora-Chan@EZK: It's kind sad that kind of thing still occurs to this day (and for good reasons...)08/04/2015 - 2:33pm
E. Zachary KnightA woman author shares her experience submitting her manuscript to publishing agents under a man's name. http://jezebel.com/homme-de-plume-what-i-learned-sending-my-novel-out-und-172063762708/04/2015 - 1:21pm
james_fudgeme either. They are rolling it out in phases.08/04/2015 - 12:41pm
Big PermI haven't got my notification yet, even though I reserved it the day the pop up came.08/04/2015 - 12:27pm
james_fudgeThanks Matthew. I have not yet installed Windows 10, but the complaints about it have been minimal.08/04/2015 - 12:19pm
benohawkhttp://goo.gl/6yZ7EO suggests you can kill it all, but I haven't tested it on my system as of yet. And I wouldn't recommend digging in the registry or playing around withdisabling services for most users08/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Matthew Wilsonyes you can turn it off08/04/2015 - 12:15pm
james_fudgeCan you completely disable it though? I think you can minimize what it collects.08/04/2015 - 12:06pm
benohawkThe Win 10 data collection sounds scary, but I think it would be just too much data to be useful08/04/2015 - 11:57am
benohawkNo need to apologize Big Perm08/04/2015 - 11:55am
benohawkThe changing to 0 only being a 1 was local security policy change, not the reghack08/04/2015 - 11:49am
Big PermSorry Beno, it looks like you're right.08/04/2015 - 11:49am
Big PermFrom what I've heard (and obviously I could be wrong here), but I hear even setting it to "0" in the registry will only change to "1" or "Basic" collection. I'll try to find the article I got this from08/04/2015 - 11:40am
benohawkBig Perm, you can disable telemetry, just not through the gui. It's a matter of adding a registry key and disabling a couple services08/04/2015 - 11:34am
Big PermBlazers w/ t-shirts trigger me. This madness must be stopped08/04/2015 - 10:36am
PHX Corphttps://twitter.com/JimSterling Jim Sterling's commentary of the Xbox Gamescom event08/04/2015 - 9:34am
Big PermI'm talking about not being able to fully disable telemetry unless you have Enterprise software. It's just creepy to me08/04/2015 - 9:31am
 

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