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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'Camelot Unchained' beta delayed

July 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The beta test for Camelot Unchained, an ambitious MMO that was crowd-funded on Kickstarter and is being developed by former Mythic Entertainment founder Mark Jacobs, has been delayed until next year. Jacobs and Mythic Entertainment are best know for developing the popular MMO Age of Camelot. The company was eventually bought by EA and went on to developer Warhammer Online. Now Mythic mostly works on the long-running MMO Ultima Online for EA.

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WBIE: 'Batman Arkham Knight' getting an interim update in August

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A major update to the PC version of Batman Arkham Knight will be released next month, according to an official post on Steam from Warner Bros. Interactive entertainment. This will be a "major update," according to WBIE, but it won't be the last one. You may remember last week that an internal email to EB Games stores in Australia suggested that the game wouldn't be fully updated until September, leading the retailer to conclude that it might be a good idea not to stock the game in stores until after that happened.

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Latest Humble Weekly Bundle is all about crowd-sourcing

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle offers a line-up of games that have been funded by the community on crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter. The Humble Weekly Bundle Kickstarter Edition lets you pay whatever you want for Guns of Icarus Online Collector's Edition, AR-K, and Full Bore.

Pay more than the average price, to also get Among the Sleep and Retro Game Crunch.

Pay $13 or more to get all of above plus Lords of Xulima and WARMACHINE: Tactics.

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Valve offers developers a chance to get their hands on the Steam Controller early

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve is letting a select handful of developers have early access to its upcoming Steam Controller. The company has launched a web form on its forums for developers who want access to the controller to fill out.

The early access will be limited and only a "select" few will be chosen, according to Valve.

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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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Rockstar aware of problems with 'GTA V / GTA Online' on PC after latest update

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Players who have been using the latest Grand Theft Auto update for PC - version 1.28 - have noticed some performance issues in the game. The problems associated with the patch released last week were first brought to light by a thread on Reddit's /r/Games, who speculated that the slowdown might be associated with new anti-modding and hacking measures for GTA Online, which might in turn be slowing down the game's scripts.

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Microsoft launching ad campaign, charitable endeavor to promote Windows 10 launch

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is spending a considerable amount of money to raise awareness around the world that the Windows 10 upgrade will be coming out in a few weeks. First the company will output a new round of digital and television advertising on July 20 in the U.S. and July 29 globally that highlights the new benefits of Windows 10.

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Get 'Path of Shadows' for free from IndieGameStand this weekend

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend only, game distribution platform IndieGameStand is giving away the 2013 stealth action adventure game Path of Shadows for free.

The game is described as third-person stealth action game inspired by such games as Tenchu, Metal Gear Solid, the original Splinter Cell games, and new games like Dishonored and Mark of the Ninja. The art style is also "heavily inspired by the beautiful Okami, Journey and Sly Cooper."

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Dean Hall's love-hate relationship with Steam Early Access

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a rather lengthy interview with Polygon, DayZ creator Dean Hall said that he both loves and hates Steam's early access program. Hall's online-focused survival game was one of the first quantifiable successes on Steam program, generating millions of sales despite the game being far from feature complete.

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'Humble Weekly Bundle: Bohemia Interactive 2' ready for action

July 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle offers a ton of games if you are willing to pay $100 or more. Pay $1 or more to get Arma 2, Take on Helicopters Bundle, UFO: Afterlight, Alpha Prime, Arma: Gold Edition, and Fish Fillets 2.

Pay more than the average price, and you'll also get Arma Tactics, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, Arma 2: British Armed Forces, Arma 2: Private Military Company, and Arma 2: DayZ Mod ("Created by Dean Hall"). Pay $20 or more, and you get all of that plus Take on Mars (Early Access).

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' downloaded more than one million times since launch in June

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Studio Wildcard's open world dinosaur survival game ARK: Survival Evolved has already been downloaded more than one million times since its launch in early June on Steam Early Access. No doubt the game was helped by being prominently highlighted during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles last month.

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The 'Humble Game Making Bundle' gives you the tools to make your own game

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The newest Humble Bundle gives fans the tools they need to make their own games - for whatever they are willing to pay.

The Humble Game Making Bundle lets you pay whatever you want for a Game Dev Starter Pack that includes Stencyl: Indie Edition One-Year License; Humble Store coupons for 90% off RPG Maker 2000, 2003, and XP; a Humble Bundle Starter DLC Pack; an Indie Game Maker Contest '14 Finalist Pack featuring Remnants of Isolation and Last Word; and Labyrinthine Dreams.

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'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' announced

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A special beta for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be launched on July 29, Mojang announced at its Minecon event in London over the weekend. The beta for the Windows 10 enhanced version of the game will be launched alongside the operating system which is set to be given away for free worldwide on July 29.

If you already own the PC version of the game, it will be a free upgrade - and if you don't own it you can get it for $10.

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Physical media now an option for 'Shenmue 3' backers

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest update to the Shenmue crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter announces that physical media is now planned. Playstation 4 and PC owners willing to back the project at the $60 level will be able to get a physical copy of the game. This backer level will have a choice of either a physical or digital copy of the game for either PS4 or Windows - a choice backers of this level will make when the company sends out a survey after the Kickstarter concludes.

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'Stage Presence' lets you tame a wild crowd with a mic and Oculus Rift

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Well here's an experience you won't find every day: a game that lets you dodge bottles of urine... sort of. As highlighted by Eurogamer in this report, Stage Presence is described by its creators as a "microphone-based music festival and angry mob simulator" for PC and virtual reality headsets. The goal of the game is to play a set while avoiding things thrown at you by an angry audience.

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Report: WBIE knew the PC version of 'Batman Arkham Knight' was broken

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Several testers who worked on the quality assurance team for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight say that they are not surprised that the game was so riddled with bugs, glitches and general technical problems.

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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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Over 20 million copies of 'Minecraft' sold on PC

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The PC version of Mojang's ultra popular building game Minecraft continues to sell like hotcakes. According to new figure released by Mojang, over 20 million copies of the game on PC have been sold to-date. The data comes from Mojang's own sales tracker (found here on the official Minecraft site) - as reported on by Gamasutra.

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PSA: 'Terraria' 1.3 update is finally available

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As promised, developer Re-Logic has released the massive 1.3 update for the PC version of its ultra popular open world crafting RPG Terraria. More of an expansion than an update, Terraria 1.3 features a brand new hardcore mode called "Expert Mode," graphically enhanced and revamped gameplay elements, tons of fixes and tweaks, new crafting options, support for Steam cloud saves and achievements, the option to turn off blood and gore, and a whole lot more.

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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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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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Developer Chris Avellone is a stretch goal for 'The Bard's Tale IV' crowd-funding campaign

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile Entertainment announced this morning that it will bring legendary RPG developer Chris Avellone on to help develop The Bard's Tale IV if the crowdfunding campaign for the game on Kickstarter reaches the stretch goal of $1.9 million. It's pretty close to that goal now; as of this writing $1,364,999 has been raised from 30,723 backers with 11 more days to go. Initially inXile asked the community for $1.25 million.

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TIGA: New British game developers focusing more on PC game development

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data collected through a new TIGA survey of "new" British game developers, there appears to be a trend towards making games more for the PC. According to the trade group representing British game developers, more than half of all new developers launched in the UK during 2014 are primarily focused on the PC, showing that some are moving away from mobile game development. Around 52 percent of British games companies started in 2014 are focused on the PC, versus 35 percent on mobile.

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Valve changes policy on Steam item trading

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' PC problems are significant, notes Rocksteady

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Rocksteady Studios has released the first update to the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, the developer says that the work that needs to be done to fix everything is "significant" and will "take some time." Basically, expect some problems to continue to exist for awhile while Rocksteady works them out slowly.

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Report: 'ARK' and 'Total War: ATILLA' top Steam Monster Summer Sale

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data collected by Steamspy, ARK: Survival Evolved, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Total War: ATTILA sold the most games and generated the most income during the Steam Monster Summer Sale which ended on June 21.

In terms of unit sales, Steamspy put ARK, two Total War games Counter-Strike Global, and Castle Crashers in the top five. In terms of actual revenue, Total War ATILLA topped the list with $14.7 million in sales.

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Rocksteady working 'like crazy' to fix PC version of 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Stafff

Rocksteady co-founder and game director Sefton Hill noted on Twitter last night that he fully supported the decision to pull the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight off of Steam, from other digital distribution channel and from retail.

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Two new Humble Bundles deliver both beauty and brains

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

There are two Humble Bundle offerings worth checking out today: the new Humble Weekly Bundle Eye Candy 3, and the Humble School's Out Book Bundle from Starch Press.

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Green Man Gaming promises refunds for 'Batman: Arkham Knight' customers

June 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Retailer Green Man Gaming announced via its blog today that it will give refunds to customers who bought the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight a refund if developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment don't fix the myriad of performance issues the game is suffering from.

And while GMG hopes that an upcoming patch will fix the problems, it also notes that it is ready to reimburse customers for the purchase if it comes down to doing that.

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Papa MidnightBack to when, RedMade? A week ago? (seriously, though...)08/30/2015 - 1:55am
RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am

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