The Jimquisition takes on Steam Refunds

June 8, 2015 - James Fudge

The latest episode of Jim Sterling's The Jimquisition tackles Steam Refunds, which he mostly sees as a great thing for consumers, while providing a small bit of sympathy to indie developers who make smaller or shorter games that could hypothetically run afoul of Steam two-hour window of play-time to be eligible for a refund.

He also pokes fun at Hatred in the intro, which I thought was pretty amusing - mileage may vary on that joke.

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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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New patch deployed for PS4 and PC versions of 'The Witcher 3'

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A 500 MB or so update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is being deployed for the PlayStation 4 version of the game today. A 248 MB is also available for the PC version of the game on Steam and GOG.com, according to multiple reports.

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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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Valve details 'Steam Machines' release dates

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve announced this morning that the first batch of Steam Machines - computers designed to be more like consoles and be used in the living room - will starting hitting retail on Nov. 10. Pre-order customers of certain brands could have machines as soon as October 16, according to Valve. The Steam Controller and Steam Link will be released on Nov. 10.

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'Rock Band 4' not planned for PC, because piracy

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It should come as no shock that Rock Band 4 isn't initially planned for a release on the PC platform - the series has never appeared on the platform before - but Harmonix takes some time to explain the particulars to Eurogamer in this report.

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Microsoft talks up support for PC gaming through Windows 10

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Xbox executive Phil Spencer admits in a conversation with PC Gamer that Microsoft hasn't done the best job in promoting and supporting PC gaming in the past and that the company made some pretty terrible decisions related to its much maligned Games For Windows and its multiplayer service Games For Windows Live, but promises that that they are fully committed to improving gaming in Windows.

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GOG.com DRM-Free Summer Sale starts today

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com's "DRM-Free Summer Sale begins today, offering deep discounts on its catalog of current and classic PC games with new game deals every 12 hours and new bundle deals every 24 hours until June 21 at 11:59 pm GMT.

Free games will also be unlocked during the course of the sale. Right now SimCity 200 is free to anyone who spends at least $1, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is free to anyone who spends at least $20, and Xenonauts is free for anyone willing to spend up to $50.

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Major 'The Witcher 3' update coming 'soon', says CD Projekt RED

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt RED has revealed details on the next major update to all versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - most notably that it will fix a rather nasty bug related to experience point gains. While CD Projekt RED's community lead Marcin Momot said that the update (1.05 for PC, 1.04 for Xbox One and PS4) won't be out today, he did say that it will be released "very soon."

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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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'Hatred' now available on Steam

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Destructive Creations' first game, Hatred, is now available on Steam under an "adults only" rating by the ESRB. The game is described by its creators as a mass shooting simulator, though most reviews we've read so far suggest that - besides the death animations (which can be a little over the top in the violence department) - the game is your average run-of-the-mill run and gun game.

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PSA: Windows 10 coming July 29

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You may have noticed an odd little icon in your system tray this morning - an icon that represents Windows 10. That coincides with an announcement on the Windows Blog revealing that the new and free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be available on July 29.

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Latest 'The Witcher 3' update accidently adds XP gain bug

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The new 1.02 update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is causing problems for some players on Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4, according to this Polygon report. Along with some tweaks and bug fixes, the new update inadvertently introduced a new bug related to experience gains from quests.

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Double Fine regains rights to 'Iron Brigade,' dumps Games For Windows - Live

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Double Fine Productions has regained the publishing rights to its alternate history World War I tower defense game Iron Brigade, according to Polygon.

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'Hatred' won't be available on GOG.com

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Creative Destruction announced today that, while its game Hatred will be coming to Steam and Desura next week, it apparently won't be available on GOG.com. In a press release issued today the Poland-based developer said that GOG.com evaluated releasing the game on in its digital distribution platform, but ultimately decided not to.  

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'PC Gaming Show' adds ten more participants

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show announced that ten more developers have signed on to take part in its one day event during E3 Expo week in Los Angeles next month.  The latest companies to join the show include ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software, and Splash Damage.

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PSA: Mojang releases 'Minecraft' PC security update 1.8.5

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang has released a new update to the PC version of its popular open-world building game Minecraft that fixes some "security issues" and some other minor problems. What "security issues" it fixes, we do not know...

We do know that update 1.8.5 offers "better server validation for movement packets," "invalid beacon packets no longer getting validated," a fix for the exploit related to signs and command blocks, and a whole lot more.

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Latest Humble Weekly Bundle is packed with adventure

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle sets players on a course for adventure! The Humble Weekly Bundle: Adventures! 2: Temple of Bundles lets you pay whatever you want for Secret Files: Tunguska, Stacking, Syberia, and The Novelist with "Digital Extras."

Paying more than the average price will get you The Night of the Rabbit Premium Edition, Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse, and Always Sometimes Monsters.

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PSA: Buy 'The Witcher 3' on Uplay, get one free game

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's a risk versus reward situation with a new deal from Ubisoft. On the one hand, if you buy CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Ubisoft's Uplay platform, you can get one of four free games: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition, or Watch Dogs.

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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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'Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle' adds three more games

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Humble Bundle celebrates all things Paradox Interactive

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle is all about Paradox Interactive games. The Humble Paradox Interactive Bundle is a strategy and RPG fan's dream, offering War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka, Magicka: The Other Side of the Coin, Magicka: Horror Props Item Pack, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, an exclusive Magicka Wizard Wars Paradox Platypus Robe, and a "Helping Heart" Paradox forum icon for whatever you are willing to pay.

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Get five classic THQ games DRM-free at GOG.com

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is offering five new titles to its library - all formerly published by bankrupt publisher THQ - now owned by Deep Silver and Nordic Games. To celebrate these games landing on GOG.com, they are being offered for between 50 - 66 percent off, and also DRM-free.

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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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Now you can embed classic games from the Internet Archive in tweets

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Internet Archive has made it so that thousands of MS-DOS game can be embedded and playable in tweets (hat tip to Wired's Chris Kohler for first reporting on this). Yes, you read that right, you can embed a playable game in a tweet to your followers.

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New 'No Pineapples Left Behind' trailer shows how education can be a magical experience

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Subaltern Games released a new trailer for its upcoming game No Pineapple Left Behind.  The game pokes fun at the U.S. educational system, or more specifically, "No Child Left Behind."

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Valve gives Steam developers control of the banhammer

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has made it easier for developers with games on Steam to ban players. Under a newly deployed system, developers have the full authority to ban players, ultimately taking the burden off Steam. The new system gives developers oversight and responsibility to ban cheating or disruptive players as they see fit.

This also means that any player appeals of bans will have to be directed at the people who make the game and not Steam/Valve.

Here's more from the Steam community announcement:

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'Afterlife Empire' approved on Steam Greenlight

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Afterlife Empire has been greenlighted by the Steam community. The game's introduction to Steam Greenlight earlier in the month was met with a small amount of controversy due to an introduction video that contained an image of Vivian James (a playable character in the game and the mascot for GamerGate), and a shout-out to both Vivian James and GamerGate below the image. While that video remains, a new teaser video has been added that shows off some of the gameplay from this promising game.

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This week's Humble Bundle is all about 'Might & Magic'

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Bundle offers a ton of role-playing, strategy, and online games in the classic Might & Magic universe. The Humble Might & Magic Bundle lets you pay whatever you want to get your hands on the strategy RPGs Heroes of Might & Magic II: Gold Edition and Heroes of Might & Magic IV: Complete Edition, the Might & Magic Heroes Online - Angel Starter Pack, and the classic RPG series compilation Might & Magic 1 to 6 Collection.

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-31/khan-academy-s-sal-khan-studio-1-0-full-show-7-30- not game related, but this is a good interview.07/30/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkFinally, I never misspelled Chipman's name. So, feel free to try your luck again, but pick an opponent you can beat.07/30/2015 - 8:32pm
Goth_Skunk@Technogeek: I paid for the experience of the seat, and upon completion of the movie determined that the extra for the seat wasn't worth it. Additionally, your opinion is not law. You thinking the movie is crap does not make it so.07/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Craig R.1st I heard of Pixels was seeing trailer in theater. Was interested until Sandler appeared, then it became an instant 'Nope'.07/30/2015 - 4:52pm
james_fudgesick burns are not always allowed in the shoutbox.07/30/2015 - 4:28pm
MechaCrashIt's especially funny because I said "you'd have to be a moron to enjoy it," and Goth boasted about enjoying it, as if that does anything to change my opinion of the movie or of him.07/30/2015 - 4:19pm
TechnogeekMatthew: Back when that law was first implemented, I kept trying to come up with a scenario where it would be anything other than an unmitigatedd sisaster. Nothing ever came to mind.07/30/2015 - 4:16pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/new-study-shows-spains-google-tax-has-been-a-disaster-for-publishers/ no duh Sherlock!07/30/2015 - 4:10pm
TechnogeekI can't even make a joke about that. It's like poking fun at Donald Trump's hair.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
TechnogeekSo you willingly paid more money than you needed to in order to watch a crappy Adam Sandler movie (but I repeat myself), just to spite a reviewer that you can't even spell the name of properly.07/30/2015 - 4:01pm
Goth_SkunkMy one regret was paying extra for a DVX seat, which jostles and vibrates in relation to the action on screen. What a waste of money.07/30/2015 - 3:55pm
Goth_SkunkYes, I did watch Pixels just to spite Chipman. I was originally going to see Minions, but moved it down the list. AND I ENJOYED IT. So nuts to you, MechaCrash.07/30/2015 - 3:44pm
Matthew Wilson@phx works fine for me, but I did it the long way. I upgraded, made a recovery drive, than did a full install.07/30/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenReally liking Child of Light so far (I play on console so UPlay isn't a concern). Gorgeous aesthetic with a fun presentation and battle system. So far, so good!07/30/2015 - 1:36pm
PHX CorpWell I'm offically on Windows 10 Laptop Wise(I had to download the Windows 10 Media tool from Microsoft to get it now rather than waiting for the update through windows update)07/30/2015 - 12:16pm
ZippyDSMleeI dunno I'd go to see it, seems liek dumb fun, better than half assed serious stuff that has so many holes large enough to drive mac trucks through(coughinterstellercouch).07/30/2015 - 10:58am
Andrew EisenGoth - Wait, you went to see Pixels just to spite Chipman?07/30/2015 - 10:49am
MechaCrashYou can see Pixels, which requires you to be a moron to enjoy it, or you can actually spend that time and money watching something actually good. Gosh, what a choice.07/30/2015 - 10:49am
benohawkHot damn, I'm sold. Why see something you can enjoy on multiple levels when you can nap through half the film and still get it all?07/30/2015 - 10:17am
james_fudgeSo what people are saying is PIXELS is a great movie to see if your are comatose.07/30/2015 - 9:47am
 

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