Report: Konami's treatment of employees called into question

August 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Konami's Japanese headquarters is a highly restrictive place to work, according to a damning report in Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.  The report paints a picture of a hostile work environment where employees are monitored, shamed company-wide when they do something wrong, limited or banned from having access to the Internet on their work computers, and demoted when their usefulness as creators is determined to be diminished by management.

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Gearbox founder has nothing but praise for 'Aliens: Colonial Marines,' 'Duke Nukem Forever'

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Eurogamer interview with Gearbox Software founder and CEO Randy Pitchford is sure to infuriate anyone who purchased Duke Nukem Forever or Aliens: Colonial Marines and felt ripped off or just generally loathed the experiences. In it Eurogamer attempts to get Pitchford to admit that there were problems with both games, but he isn't having any of it.

He goes out of his way to bestow accolades on both games and to say that he has no regrets.

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Sony will support development of 'Shenmue 3'

June 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony and Shenmue series creator Yu Suzuki had a plan in place to fund Shenmue since the 2014 Game Developers Conference, according to this Polygon report. At a meeting at the event back in 2014, Suzuki met with Sony executives and agreed that a $2 million crowdfunding campaign should happen so that they could all "gauge fan interest" in a Shenmue  sequel. The Kickstarter launched on the same night as Sony's E3 press briefing and was funded shortly thereafter.

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Microsoft apologizes for confusion on 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' Xbox One trailer

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Microsoft released a trailer showing off some game footage of CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt running at 60 FPS and in 1080p resolution and either accidently or on-purpose presented it as footage from the Xbox One version of the game. Later it was revealed that the footage was actually from the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To say this ticked some fans off would be an understatement.

You can see the footage here.

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Haunted House of Trademark Horrors

March 20, 2015 - James Fudge

Meet the man who has been fighting an Atari trademark challenge for over three years.

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'Final Fantasy 15' demo being sold on eBay

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

People will do anything to make a quick buck. Apparently people are selling the Final Fantasy 15 demo voucher code that comes packed in with Xbox One and PS4 versions of the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on eBay. The price averages out to be between $15 (at the low end) to $46 at the high end.

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Free Evolve Maps, But You Might Have To Wait For Them...

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is a good news/bad news day for fans of 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios' online action game Evolve - depending on what your favorite platform to play it on is. First the good news: if you play the game on Xbox One, you'll be able to play two brand new free maps beginning March 30.

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President To Sign 'Advisory' Executive Order on Cybersecurity Today

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Washington Post reports that President Obama is expected to sign an executive order on cybersecurity during the Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University later today.

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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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Nintendo To Launch YouTube Revenue Sharing Plan in May

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo this morning revealed the launch date for a new program to share YouTube ad revenue with content creators called the Nintendo Creators Program. The new revenue-sharing scheme officially launches on May 27 but a beta of the program is available now.

Those interested can sign up to get 60 percent of the advertising revenue from a video containing "Nintendo intellectual property" such as a Let's Play of a Wii U game. "Partners" can also designate entire channels to Nintendo content - which will net them 70 percent of the ad revenue.

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'Aliens' Games Disappear From Steam Catalog

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some eagle-eyed commenters on Reddit have noted that several games have been removed from Steam... and from other digital distribution platforms in the new year. According to the Reddit thread, both Aliens: Colonial Marines and the 2010 version of Aliens vs. Predator have been removed from the Steam catalog.

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Reviewers Call BS on Ubisoft's Launch Day Embargo for 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Both Polygon and GitantBomb are drawing attention to the fact that Ubisoft's embargo on Assassin's Creed Unity was set so far into its launch day (today at noon ET) that it seems like it was put in place to obfuscate the fact that the latest game in Ubisoft's third-person stealth action game series has a number of serious flaws and issues.

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NSA CTO Cannot Moonlight for Private Security Firm

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It turns out that it's not cool for the National Security Agency (NSA) chief technology officer Patrick Dowd to work "up to 20 hours a week" for IronNet, a private consulting firm founded and run by former NSA chief Keith Alexander. An internal review of this situation was recently undertaken by the NSA and the agency decided that it simply was not a good idea.

Alexander acknowledged that there are issues (we assume a conflict of interest) with allowing the arrangement to continue as well.

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Report: GameStop Begins Ramping Up Promotion for 'PowerUp Reward Credit Card'

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year GameStop introduced its own credit card - the PowerUp Reward Credit Card, allowing customers to buy various game-related items on credit and earning itself a tidy profit in the process because the card has an APR of 26.99 percent (ouch).

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Report: Xbox One Beats Out PS4 in UK

September 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An MCV report claims that - according to information it received from an anonymous retail source - Xbox One sales jumped 155 percent week-on-week to beat out the PS4 in the United Kingdom. This, the source claims, was due to a price cut for the Xbox One in the region and the release of FIFA 15, which managed to top the UK video game software charts during the week in question.

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Russian Documentary Mistakes 'Team Fortress 2' Fan Art With WWI-Era Western Propoganda

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A poster created by a DeviantArt artist inspired by Team Fortress 2 has been mistaken for a propaganda poster created by the United States government during WWI in a Russian documentary about Western propaganda.

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Rumor: Activision in Talks to Buy Take-Two

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International talks to two financial analysts who closely watch the video games industry sector about what they make of rumors that Activision could possibly acquire Take-Two. This rumor began circulating over the weekend after Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, sent a note to investors on Friday claiming that the two companies were engaged in what he categorized an "emerging romance."

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CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

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Breitbart.com Thinks 'Battlefield Hardline' Maligns Tea Partiers

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Battlefield Hardline is taking a bit of heat today in Conservative circles for using imagery and language that some insist is meant to malign members of the Tea Party.

Report: Chinese Government Raids Four Microsoft Offices

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Reuters and the South China Morning Post (by way of GIGA OM) are reporting that at least four of Microsoft's offices in China have been raided by the Chinese government.

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Report: Johnson Out as Pick to Head USPTO

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House has backed away from its pick to head the United States Patent and Trademark Office after very vocal opposition from the tech sector in the United States. Two weeks ago Philip Johnson, the top intellectual property lawyer at Johnson & Johnson, was set to be named the next director of the patent office, according to multiple reports.

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'MineORama' Organizer Cancels Event at Last Minute After Selling $540K in Tickets

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CVG reports that an unofficial Minecraft convention is being called a scam after the organizer canceled the New York City-based event at the last minute on Twitter and promised to reschedule the multi-day event at a later time. In a tweet (not via email to ticket holders, curiously enough) from its official Twitter account MineOrama organizers said:

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White House Panel: NSA Spying is Cool

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a not-so-shocking conclusion, the panel put together by President Barack Obama and tasked with examining the privacy and legal fallout from the massive National Security Agency spying activities revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has concluded in a new 191-page report that the NSA activity was lawful yet "close to the line of constitutional reasonableness."

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NSA Director: We Have Lost The Trust of the Public

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Security Agency's new director, Admiral Michael Rogers, admits that the agency has lost the trust of the American people in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The NSA’s new director made this statement on Wednesday in his first public comments since taking control of the spy agency.

"I tell the [NSA] workforce out there as the new guy, let’s be honest with each other, the nation has lost a measure of trust in us," Admiral Michael Rogers said at a conference of the Women in Aerospace in Crystal City, VA.

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Web Sites Take Heat for Facilitating the Resale of Codes Bought From Charitable Bundle Sales

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A representative for 7 Entertainment has issued a public apology following claims that the site was reselling game keys acquired from various Humble Bundle promotional sales, according to this CVG report. On Friday it was revealed that several online retailers owned by distributor 7 Entertainment, had been reselling game licenses that had been obtained for as little as $1 through various Humble Bundle promotions.

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President Obama Plans to Call for an End to NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama is expected to put forward a proposal that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of a huge amount of data on U.S. mobile calls, according to what an unnamed Obama administration official told Politico. The proposal is a familiar one: the NSA would eliminate the database of phone data it stores, instead relying on accessing the data from carriers who would be required to store it for up to 18 months.

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Watch Dogs Gets a New R18+ Rating in Australia

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Watch Dogs has been reclassified in Australia and will come with more content warnings when it is released this Spring, according to CVG. The open-world hacking-themed action game was originally classified by the Australian Classification Board in September last year with a rating of MA15+.

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OnLive Reveals New Executive Chairman, Two New Services

March 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

OnLive isn't back because it never left, but it is making headlines today by introducing several new services that it hopes can get it back on top of the video game streaming heap. First the company revealed that former IGN chief Mark Jung is its new executive chairman, and that it has launched OnLive Go and CloudLift. It has been working on this new technology since 2012 when the company fired most of its staff, sold itself to an investment firm and reformed under the same name.

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Blizzard Addresses High Level Character Progression Purchase Option Coming to World of Warcraft

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week WOW Insider uncovered a level 90 boost on the World of Warcraft store selling for $60 and took a picture before it was removed by Blizzard.

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Report: NSA Gave Blessing to Australia's ASD to Spy on U.S. Law Firm

February 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in the New York Times, the National Security Agency knew in 2013 that the Australian spy agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), was conducting surveillance on a U.S.-based law firm representing the Indonesian government in a trade dispute with the U.S. government. The dispute was over the United States banning the import of clove cigarettes into the U.S. from Indonesia.

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DocMelonheadIP: So yeah, he did spread misinformation about the victims of Gamergate Harassment: And that's bad. But It's not worth calling him out as a horrible person because of those lies that he helps spread.08/03/2015 - 6:33pm
MattsworknameAndrew: i know, I know, im just being a bit over serious today.08/03/2015 - 6:33pm
DocMelonheadIP: Should we call out Game Politics for their refusal to exclude all of Gamergate that isn't Hate speech or harassment? Because that is what your attitude tells me.08/03/2015 - 6:28pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Come on, man. You HAVE to realize that I was just goofing around with my 6:17 comment.08/03/2015 - 6:28pm
DocMelonheadIP: As for TotalBiscuit, do you suggest that we should branded him as a bigoted liar and a fraud just because he buys into the whole "Gamergate" mission statement?08/03/2015 - 6:26pm
MattsworknameAnderw: Youtube is a great place cause everyone can say anything, doesn't make it a bation of ethics08/03/2015 - 6:26pm
MattsworknameIp: As I've said, I long ago came to the conlusion that I have no need to bother arguing with you, you long ago robbed yourself of any credibiltiy. I just let your hatred and bias shine on for all to see.08/03/2015 - 6:24pm
MattsworknameAndrew: Im totally cool it that, just cause im a jaded skeptic doesn't mean im not aware of the situatoin, and you teasing me for it is totally what I would expect if the roles were reveersed08/03/2015 - 6:22pm
DocMelonheadAlso the lie's only in regard to gamerGate, which you, IP, wanted us to denounce it as a fraud.08/03/2015 - 6:21pm
Andrew EisenI'm on YouTube. I've got journalistic ethics out the wazoo. Therefore, YouTube is a bastion of ethics. Science says so!08/03/2015 - 6:17pm
DocMelonheadIP: drop it, man, we get it: Total Biscuit Defamed Leigh Alexander, and encourage the harassment campaign.08/03/2015 - 6:17pm
IronPatriotSo far, total FAILURE in defending TotalBiscuit's lies and distortions which I posted.08/03/2015 - 6:17pm
IronPatriotIt's HILARIOUS that Mattsworkname fails to discredit a single fact posted on medium.com, so he tries to dicredit ALL of medium.com. OK, prove the jounalistic ethics of Youtube, home of your gamergate hero TotalLYINGBiscuit. LOL.08/03/2015 - 6:15pm
Andrew EisenYou realize I'm going to tease you with this every time you link something now, right? Bwa ha ha!08/03/2015 - 6:09pm
MattsworknameAndew: im a jaded skeptic with way to much mistrust of media, sadly, thats hard for me to do anymore08/03/2015 - 6:07pm
Andrew EisenI would advise evaluating what's said by what's said, not where it's said.08/03/2015 - 6:05pm
Mattsworknamealso, I ment unfettered08/03/2015 - 6:05pm
MattsworknameAndrew:: Noit on facebook, not on twitter, not really on reddit. And on youtube im very skeptical about content from scertain sources08/03/2015 - 6:04pm
MattsworknameDoc: I don't think anyone argues that there were jerks and others who latchs onto the movments, but it was a small portion of the activity around that movment08/03/2015 - 6:03pm
DocMelonheadIP: Give GamerGate a rest okay; we get it, it's a cover for bigots to continue their hate speech and harassment against minorities.08/03/2015 - 6:01pm
 

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