Editorial: Why Milo Yiannopoulos is Wrong About Net Neutrality

November 21, 2014

Last week Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos penned an article on the Open Internet Order of 2010 (net neutrality) entitled, "Here's What 'Net Neutrality' Is... and What to Think About It."

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Ubisoft Offers Workaround for 'Assassin's Creed Unity' Crash Bug

November 21, 2014

Ubisoft says that it is "working hard" to wipe out some of the numerous bugs and glitches still plaguing Assassin's Creed Unity - most notably one that causes the game to crash. In a post on the Unity Live Updates page, Ubisoft noted that the crash issue affects all versions of the game and is apparently triggered at the main menu after players press the Continue button. Ubisoft says it is "working hard" on a final fix for this serious issue, but has provided a short term work-around for players.

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Frontier Developments Softens Stance on Refunds for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 21, 2014

Earlier this week Frontier Developments co-founder and Elite Dangerous creator David Braben told Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who would be eligible for a refund after the company revealed in the prior week that it was nixing single-player in favor of always online multiplayer. Earlier in the week Braben told those invested in the game that if they played the alpha or beta builds they would probably not be eligible for a refund at this point.

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Andrew Eisen Talks About Rating Sexism in Games Today on HuffPo Live

November 21, 2014

GamePolitics contributing editor (and co-host of the Super Podcast Action Committee) will join Kill Screen Daily's David Rudin, and NYMag.com Senior Editor Jesse Singal for an in-depth discussion about rating sexism in games on Huffington Post Live today at 4:23 pm ET.

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Report: NSA Official Warned NSA Director About Bulk Surveillance Back in 2009

November 21, 2014

An unnamed high ranking NSA official had a strong disagreement with then-director Keith Alexander in 2009 over the bulk metadata program, according to a new Associated Press report (as highlighted by Ars Technica). Read more

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Fan-Made Demake of 'Day Z' Gets Some Love From Bohemia

November 21, 2014

Bohemia Interactive liked a fan-made 2D demake of Day Z so much that it is now hosting it on their official web site. The free fan-made DayZ tribute called MiniDayZ "demakes" Bohemia's popular survival sandbox as a top-down 2D experience with retro-style graphics and single-player gameplay (the game doesn't feature multiplayer like Day Z).

MiniDayZ was created by a Russian DayZ fan who goes by the online name of CannedBits. He (or she) has been developing the project since the spring and managed to get the attention of DayZ creator Dean "Rocket" Hall.

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'Far Cry 4' PS3 Data Corruption Bug Requires A Fresh Install

November 21, 2014

Some bad news for Far Cry 4 players who bought the game for the PlayStation 3 and are having trouble with the game: you'll have to delete your data and reinstall the whole thing.

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GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014

Unlike most U.S. retailers, the world's largest retailer of games will be closed on Thanksgiving in the United States. GameStop announced that it will shut down its stores in the United States next Thursday. CEO Paul Raines confirmed the news during a post-earnings call on Thursday.

"We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day next week in the United States out of respect for our associates and their families," he said. "Sometimes, we have to not let the pressure from other retailers distract us from our values."

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Report: Valve Making Changes to Steam Early Access Guidelines

November 21, 2014

It looks like Valve Software has decided to tighten up the rules a bit on Steam Early Access games, according to Gamasutra. In a new post on the official Steam Partners site and in emails sent out to developer partners this week, Valve laid down some new rules for Steam Early Access games. Read more

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Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Attacks on 'World of Warcraft' Servers

November 21, 2014

A hacker group calling themselves "DerpTrolling" has claimed responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers over the weekend and has released a partial list of passwords and logins for various game-related services, including PlayStation Network and 2K accounts, according to this GII report.

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Poll: Should 'Sexism' Factor Into a Video Game's Rating?

November 20, 2014

The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.

Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.

This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"

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Activision Proclaims Latest 'Call of Duty' Game The Biggest Entertainment Launch of the Year

November 20, 2014

This brief Gamasutra report highlights an interesting point about what Activision is and isn't saying about its latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Usually Activision is more than happy to share sales figures on new Call of Duty titles, but this time around the company instead focused on overall sales of the franchise to-date.

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The Game Awards Nominees Announced

November 20, 2014

Nominees for the first inaugural The Game Awards have been announced. The winners will be chosen and revealed on Friday, December 5 at a gala event in Las Vegas. The awards show is put together by game industry personality Geoff Keighley, who will also serve as its host. Keighley was the long-time host and creator of the Spike TV Video Game Awards.

In addition to the traditional awards chosen by journalists, there's "Fan's choice" categories like Best Fan Creation, eSports Player of the Year, eSports Team of the Year, Most Anticipated Game, and Trending Gamer.

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Michael ChandraWonderkarp, try games where you don't get interactive cutscenes and only the main character really talks to people. Or games with a silent protagonist. I think the Bechdel test is a nice indicator (though flawed) for movies and such, but not games.11/22/2014 - 7:56am
ZippyDSMleeWymorence: HTD was a fun and very messed up film I love it. A new one would be nothing like it sadly.11/22/2014 - 1:57am
Andrew EisenOnly if we lived in a world where a bad movie meant every subsequent attempt would suck. Seriously though, after the last few years, I'll give Marvel the benefit of the doubt that it could make a great Howard the Duck movie.11/22/2014 - 1:29am
Wymorenceisn't that a GOOD thing there isn't a movie after the abomination that was the first?11/22/2014 - 12:27am
Andrew EisenNo movie in sight but Howard the Duck is returning to comics! https://games.yahoo.com/news/howard-duck-series-announced-184400635.html11/21/2014 - 10:48pm
MechaCrashThe point of the Bechdel Test isn't "is this film sexist," it's to illustrate "this is an incredibly low bar and most movies STILL can't pass it."11/21/2014 - 10:11pm
mthielNew report on Adam Lanza http://tinyurl.com/pnj9os611/21/2014 - 8:07pm
Andrew EisenIf you missed the HuffPost segment I guested on, the replay is now embedded in the story.11/21/2014 - 6:05pm
Wonderkarphttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2__4yZCcAA9Ytp.jpg these look amazing. Peach is the only one I'm tempted to open cause her packaging is bent. get another nonbent one....man. toycollector me and gamecollector me is fighting11/21/2014 - 5:51pm
WonderkarpJust finalized my Smash Bros free Sound Track Order. Also got 4 amiibos and they look fantastic. I'm afraid to open them. they look spectacular!11/21/2014 - 5:45pm
james_fudgeCan we all agree that Andrew cleans up nicely and can go on any program?11/21/2014 - 5:01pm
Wonderkarpthank you for that line, Andrew. alot of great films fail the bechdel test. Gravity fails it and it has a female lead.11/21/2014 - 4:48pm
Andrew EisenAw, thanks James! Well, now I have to drive back to work!11/21/2014 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenDidn't have a chance to say this on the HuffPost segment but while the Bechdel test is useful as a broad examination of gender representation in media, it's not at all appropriate as a judgment of quality.11/21/2014 - 4:45pm
james_fudgeAndrew you killed it!11/21/2014 - 4:44pm
WonderkarpMadeline Bergman. second female, they never speak of men, just a computer program. it passes the test11/21/2014 - 4:34pm
E. Zachary KnightDoes Other M have more than one woman in it?11/21/2014 - 4:31pm
Wonderkarpyet Metroid Other M, a game where people cried sexist due to the commanding officers restricting Samus, passes the test....11/21/2014 - 4:21pm
Wonderkarpwait...they are using the bechdel test to determine which games are sexist?.....how does that work with a game like Super Mario Bros when there is no Dialogue? test itself is BS. Alien doesn't pass it11/21/2014 - 4:20pm
james_fudgeAndrew Eisen on Ice! Please join in at 4:23 pm et and support our bestie! http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/sweden-sexism-video-game/546d41cffe344486d400023711/21/2014 - 4:05pm
 

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