'Minecraft' CraftBukkit Mod Developer Becomes Victim of Swatting

September 12, 2014

Wesley "wolvereness" Wolfe is the latest to become victimized by a swatting prank. According to Chron, the 25-year-old programmer best known for Craftbukkit for Minecraft, was the victim of someone sending a swat team to his house, claiming that he had shot and killed his parents and was going to kill more people. Read more

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TIGA Calls for $4.9 Million in Annual Government-Backed Funding for UK Game Developers

September 12, 2014

UK video game trade body TIGA has put forth a proposal calling on the British government to create a new Creative Content Fund for video games to the tune of £3 million ($4.9 million) annually. Last month the British government finalized tax breaks for video game production cost to companies that create games that can pass a British cultural test. Naturally TIGA was delighted with this news, after fighting several years to get them on behalf of the shrinking video game industry, but now the trade group wants more.

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IndieCade 2014 Award Nominees Announced

September 12, 2014

IndieCade, an annual international festival that celebrates independently developed games, has revealed the more than 35 games that have been named nominees for awards at IndieCade Festival 2014. This year's event will be held in Culver City, California October 9-12, 2014. This year's event will showcase almost 150 independent games and highlight the importance of "promotion, cultivation, and community of independent games development."

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Xbox Live Privacy Case Dismissed by U.S. District Court in Seattle

September 12, 2014

The U.S. District Court in Seattle Washington has tossed out Mendoza v. Microsoft, a case filed in 2013 over alleged violations of privacy by Microsoft on its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman threw the case out on Thursday on the grounds that plaintiffs lacked legal standing and largely based their allegations on what the court categorized as "conjecture" about Microsoft's privacy policies.

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Infinite Ammo Exploit Spotted in 'Destiny

September 12, 2014

The videos below suggest that there's a cheat being used in Bungie's freshly released online game Destiny that gives players greasy enough to use it the ability to have unlimited ammo. The exploit allows the user to shoot indefinitely without the need to reload or pick up more ammo.

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Davis v. EA Argued Before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

September 12, 2014

Yesterday Electronic Arts took its case defending itself against former NFL players (Davis v. EA - PDF) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (as detailed by The Recorder). EA Games argued Thursday before U.S. Court of Appeals that its portrayal of retired National Football League stars is protected by the First Amendment under "transformative use."

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Rockstar Dates 'GTA V' for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

September 12, 2014

Rockstar Games will release the next-generation versions of its mega hit action game Grand Theft Auto V at the end of this year, but PC gamers chomping at the bit to play the game will have to wait until early next year. The Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA V will be hitting retail on November 18, while the PC version won't be available until January 27.

While the wait for all three versions of the game is a bit longer than many will be comfortable with, the good news is that these games will ship with some extra content.

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Yahoo Participated in PRISM Program 'Under Duress'

September 12, 2014

Yahoo announced this week that it wants to release 1,500 pages of documents related to a protracted court battle with the National Security Agency over its participation in the PRISM program. The NSA surveillance program was revealed last summer as part of the Edward Snowden leaks. During that time a leaked slide about PRISM showed that Yahoo was one of the program's first participants, and began contributing to the database in March of 2008.

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August Game Sales Down, But Console Sales Hit Record Highs

September 12, 2014

Last generation software sales (Xbox 360, PS3) in August declined 57 percent from the same period a year ago ($238.7 million versus $305 million in August 2013), while software sales for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U were not enough to serve as a counterbalance to that drop, creating a $47 million overall decrease year-over-year. This data comes from NPD Group, who highlighted the fact that there simply weren't enough new titles at retail to offset declining last-generation software sales.

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How 'Planetary Annihilation' Made Money for Some Backers

September 11, 2014

An interesting report on Polygon highlights the fact that some high-end reward tier backers of the highly successful Kickstarter campaign for Uber Entertainment's RTS game Planetary Annihilation have made their money back. Read more

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2014 Women in Games Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

September 11, 2014

King.com's Catharina Lavers Mallet and Marie-Claire Isaaman from the Norwich University of the Arts are the latest inductees in the European Women in Games Hall of Fame. Created in 2011 and sponsored by EA, the Hall of Game is part of the European Women In Games conference which took place yesterday. Other nominees considered for this year's honor were Roberta Lucca and Debbie Bestwick.

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Report: Oculus Rift Beta Retail Units Pegged for Summer 2015 Launch

September 11, 2014

TechRadar reports that a consumer grade version of the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift will launch in the summer of 2015 in limited beta. Citing "multiple sources with knowledge of the matter," TechRadar claims that the virtual reality headset and software maker will roll out the retail-ready version of the headset in waves, with the first batch shipping in April 2015.

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ESA: 390 U.S. Colleges and Universities Offer Video Game Degrees

September 11, 2014

According to statistics released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) this week, around 390 academic institutions across the country are now offering video game-related certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As the ESA points out in its release, that represents a 50 percent increase over the 254 schools that offered video game-related education in 2009. While there are schools all over the country that are now offering these types of courses, California had the most with 73 schools, followed by New York with 26, and 24 each in Illinois and Texas.

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The SETI Institute Announces The 'SETI-Jam'

September 11, 2014

The SETI Institute announced that it will be hosting the "SETI-JAM" October 17th-19th at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. What the hell is a SETI-Jam? It's a collaborative game-building event that will include over 70 scientists who will design games of any genre that use genuine SETI data. The event's focus is on the Drake Equation, a calculation that estimates the number of 'communicative extra-terrestrial civilizations' in the Milky Way galaxy.

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Nintendo Reveals Free 3DS Game Deal for PAL Territories

September 11, 2014

Nintendo today announced a free game giveaway for consumers who buy a 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS and either Super Smash Bros or Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire between now and January 12th 2015. The bad news is that this offer is only available in the UK and other PAL territories (Europe).

Those who meet the aforementioned requirements must also register their new system and the game they bought through Club Nintendo before January 12, 2015.

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E. Zachary KnightGot that same recommendation on Twitter. So I guess that is a good sign.09/15/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Portlandia, though I don't watch a lot of sitcoms. Heard it was good though.09/15/2014 - 8:02pm
E. Zachary KnightSitcom recommendations for someone who like Parks and Rec but hates The Office: Go.09/15/2014 - 6:08pm
NeenekoEven if they do change their policy, they can only do it moving forward and I could see the mod/pack community simply branching.09/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Michael ChandraAs for take the money and run, the guy must have a networth of 8~9 digits already.09/15/2014 - 10:33am
Michael ChandraMe, I'm more betting on some form of mod API where servers must run donations/payments through them and they take a cut.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraEspecially since they want it for promoting their phones. Killing user interest is the dumbest move to make.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraGiven how the EULA actively allows for LPs, I'm not sure Microsoft is ready for the backlash of disallowing that.09/15/2014 - 10:31am
Matthew Wilsonthey wont do that, the backlash would be too big.09/15/2014 - 10:25am
ConsterSleaker: how is that a flipside? Sounds to me like that's basically what Notch himself said, except rudely.09/15/2014 - 10:18am
MaskedPixelanteOn the plus side, no more lazy Minecraft LPs, since iirc Microsoft has a strict "no monetization period" policy when it comes to their stuff.09/15/2014 - 10:13am
james_fudgeBut it continues to sell on every platform it is on, so there's that09/15/2014 - 10:09am
james_fudgeOh, well that's another matter :)09/15/2014 - 10:08am
E. Zachary KnightNothing against Notch here. I think it is great that he made something so cool. I just can't understand how it is worth $2.5 bil09/15/2014 - 9:59am
InfophileWhat a world we live in: Becoming a billionaire was the easy way out for Notch.09/15/2014 - 9:42am
james_fudgelots of hate for Notch here. I don't get it. Sorry he made a game everyone loved. What a monster he is!09/15/2014 - 9:37am
SleakerOn the flipside, Notch has been a horrible CEO for Mojang, and the company has grown on sheer inertia, DESPITE being mishandled over and over.09/15/2014 - 9:33am
SleakerI can understand Notch's statements he made to Kotaku about growing bigger than he intended, and getting hate for EULA changes he didn't enact.09/15/2014 - 9:32am
MaskedPixelantehttp://pastebin.com/n1qTeikM Notch's statement about the MS acquisition. He wanted out for a long time and this was the easiest way.09/15/2014 - 9:08am
ConsterEh, I can't blame him.09/15/2014 - 9:01am
 

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