Mad Catz executives resign

Several executives and board members have resigned from video game peripheral maker Mad Catz, the company announced today. It is unclear why these people have resigned at this time and whether these departures were amicable ones.  Also it is curious that these departures have occurred right before Mad Catz will announces its third quarter earnings for the current fiscal year tomorrow.

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Unsung Story development halted

Japanese developer Playdek announced that it has suspended development of its game Unsung Story. You may recall that in early 2014 Playdek successfully funded the game via Kickstarter generating $660,126 from backers – it was looking for $600,000 at the time. The game, which is being fronted by Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics creator Yasumi Matsuno, generated what it was asking for, but didn’t hit any of its stretch goals.

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The Offworld Collection gets fully funded

offworldWriters Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson’s collection of Offworld articles has surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter. The duo, two former primary contributors to Boing Boing’s alt-games blog Offworld, were looking to raise $30,000 to fund the project; as of this writing they have raised $35,711 from a little over 600 backers with another 25 days still left until the campaign ends.

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Apple rejects The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Apple has rejected the iOS version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from the App Store because it contains depictions of violence and abuse against children. According to Tyrone Rodriguez, the founder of publisher Nicalis and a producer on the game, Apple sent his company a rejection letter explaining why it wouldn’t allow the mature rated game on its storefront for iPhone and iPad devices.

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Infamous Chinese group will stop cracking games for a year

Chinese cracking group 3DM says it will stop trying to crack single-player games “for at least a year” so it can assess whether its activities actually affect game sales. This follows the group saying last month that it might be impossible to crack games within a few years thanks to technology like Denuvo’s anti-piracy system.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 176 – Face Poking Fun!

On this week’s show (episode 176), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll (“Should tattoo artists be paid for their tattoos showing up in movies/games?” – 20:15 mark), the story of the UK gamer who had to destroy his Fallout 4 LPs to get a full refund (33:48), the Fire Emblem petting game being removed from the US/European release (40:36), the Bravely Default Tomahawk class getting changed to Cowboy (52:43), and The Fine Brothers rescinding their “React” trademarks and abandoning their plans for world domination through licensing (1:01:40).

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How exactly did Nintendo change the ‘petting’ minigame in Fire Emblem Fates?

In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, you can invite characters to your private quarters for a chat and increase your affinity with them (which has certain gameplay advantages) by stroking their face with your 3DS stylus.  Click here to see a short video of what it looks like (you might want to use headphones as the character in the video makes a lot of suggestive noises).

Last week we learned that this “petting” feature wouldn’t be found in the localized version of the game.  So, what exactly did Nintendo change?

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One man’s strange interaction with Bethesda customer support

Paul Watson, who happens to work for UK-based Gamer Network (it owns Eurogamer and other UK and European gaming websites) has had a number of interesting exchanges with Bethesda Softworks customer support. Ultimately these exchanges led to the destruction of vinyl albums that came with the Collector’s Edition of Fallout 4.

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Secretary Clinton’s support of TPP gets fact checked

In the midst of the war of words between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about who is a progressive and the undue influence of Wall Street’s money on campaigns in the American political system, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP, as it is commonly referred to) got a little attention at last night’s Democratic debate at the University of New Hampshire.

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Warner Bros. cancels Mac and Linux ports of Batman: Arkham Knight

To say the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight has had a troubled history would be a gross understatement.  The game released last year buggy as sin, got yanked from Steam for a few months, relaunched in a state most still felt was unacceptable and culminated in Warner Bros. offering full refunds to anyone who wanted them.

Warner Bros has continued to update the game but with that many problems, it probably comes as no surprise that the Mac and Linux ports have been cancelled.

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