'Borderlands' creator leaves Gearbox

April 20, 2015

Borderlands series creator and the long-time director Matthew Armstrong has left Gearbox Software, Game Informer reports.

Armstrong revealed via Twitter that he was "No longer working at @GearboxSoftware," adding that he will "always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time."

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HDC Research launches video game market research division

April 20, 2015

Market research firm HCD Research has opened a video game market research division to be led by video game industry veteran Josh Drescher. The new division "will combine neuroscience tools with traditional research methods to provide a view of both respondents' subconscious and cognitive response to video game concepts," according to the company's announcement.

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Valve puts limits on customers who haven't spent $5 on Steam to fight spamming and phishing schemes

April 20, 2015

If you haven't spent at least $5 on Steam for something then you will lose access to a number of services on Valve's digital distribution platform. According to this support page the new requirement is part of a new initiative to combat spam and phishing schemes - because accounts that engage in these sorts of activities typically are throw-away accounts that don't spend money on anything, according to Valve.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer visits Rochester to talk about swatting

April 20, 2015

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in Rochester, New York today to talk about the issue of "swatting." Sen. Schumer, who is the likely replacement for Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) as the Senate Minority Leader (Reid won't seek reelection in 2016) also said that he plans on introducing legislation that would increase penalties for the individuals engaging in such behavior and make them pay restitution to police and other emergency services affected by bogus calls.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 139

April 20, 2015

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 139), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and special guest host Jeremy Powers (sitting in for E. Read more

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Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger

April 17, 2015

Bloomberg is reporting that that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will likely be blocked by the Justice Department. The $45.2 billion merger is likely to be opposed because DOJ lawyers believe it will harm consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, who also have the power to reject the deal, are also leaning towards the same conclusion, according to the report.

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It's official: Phil Harrison is no longer with Microsoft

April 17, 2015

In March rumors circulated that Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe Phil Harrison had left Microsoft. Today Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz in a statement that Harrison was no longer with Microsoft.

"Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft," Spencer's statement reads.

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Prison won't let Pirate Bay co-founder play Nintendo games

April 17, 2015

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play Nintendo Entertainment System games in prison. According to a TorrentFreak report, Fredrik Neij, - one of the principal operators and co-founders of The Pirate Bay - put in a request to play games on an old Nintendo 8-bit console. Read more

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Modders turn 3DS into PC remote desktop

April 17, 2015

Modders have turned a 3DS into a PC remote desktop using some homebrew software on the device (and Windows 95, apparently). A post on gbatemp (a forum about modding and homebrew) describes how it all works, though the poster admits the mod is "rudimentary" at this point in time. A video (which you can watch to your left) shows the hand-held being used to remotely control a character in World of Warcraft. The game's performance isn't very good on the 3DS.

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Malwarebytes: scammers using Steam's artwork gallery to trick users

April 17, 2015

Security research firm and antivirus software maker Malwarebytes has identified a new scam tied to Steam's artwork service.

These con artists upload publicly viewable images via Steam's artwork service and give them descriptions and external links that lead to fake online video streaming services like OfficialStreamTV or to a second launch pad on one of the several free blogging platforms.

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From Software working on weapon durability bug in 'Dark Souls II'

April 17, 2015

It looks like From Software will finally deal with a long standing bug in the Dark Souls II that ties framerate to weapon degradation speeds, according to Kotaku. When you use a weapon in Dark Souls II it degrades until it breaks, which is a real pain in the ass by anyone's definition of what a "real pain in the ass" is because it has been plaguing players for a very long time (if you are using a framerate of 60 frames-per-second then your weapon will degrade a lot faster). Read more

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Mojang quickly patches 'Minecraft' server software security flaws

April 17, 2015

Yesterday Pakistan-based programmer Ammar Askar revealed a very serious security flaw in the Minecraft server software that makes it very easy for anyone to crash a server hosting the game. Developer Mojang responded in kind by releasing an update to the game that deals with the issue.

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Epic hands out cash to six more projects through its Unreal Dev Grants program

April 17, 2015

Epic Games has announced the game projects that will get a small chunk of its $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program to promote projects that use its Unreal engine 4 technology. Today Epic gave Arran Langmead a $14,000 grant for a kart racing Steam and PS4 game called Bears Can't Drift; $7,000 to Aaron Shea for BLUI, a free Chromium plugin for UE4 that enables UI elements to be created in Web objects and served to UE4; and $16,000 to Untold Games for its VR project, Loading Human.

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Net Neutrality-themed game '404Sight' released

April 17, 2015

404Sight, an Unreal Engine 4 game about net neutrality, is now available on Steam. The game was developed by Retro Yeti Games, who received a $13,000 grant from Epic Games as part of its Unreal Dev Grant program in late March.

The development team is made up of University of Utah students who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.

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Video game sales fall six percent in March

April 17, 2015

Console sales fell an estimated 21 percent in March, according to new data from retail research firm NPD Group. Overall video game sales were down around six percent to $963.7 million in March, while consoles sales fell 21 percent to $311.1 million, and software fell 3 percent to $395.4 million. The video game accessories category was the only bright spot for March, rising 15 percent to $257.2 million.

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MechaCrashBut wow the things you COULD say. No examples in the shoutbox for reasons that I hope are obvious.04/21/2015 - 11:10pm
MechaCrashFilters never work right. In Phantasy Star Online, you couldn't say "toss me those shoes on Saturday." You hit the filter THREE TIMES: "toss," "hoes," "turd."04/21/2015 - 11:10pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://comicbook.com/2015/04/21/someone-is-trying-to-sell-the-star-destroyer-from-the-force-awak/04/21/2015 - 9:47pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/report-google-wireless-cellular-announcement-is-imminent/ if this is reasonably priced I may switch. my contract ends in July, and I wouldn't mind getting off verizon.04/21/2015 - 9:42pm
prh99It's not unusual for community guidelines to conflict with content served to said community. Of course the idea is to try and keep user from using those words as weapons against each other.04/21/2015 - 5:36pm
IronPatriotGTA to players: Do as we say, not as we do. Wait... don't do as we say, either.04/21/2015 - 4:32pm
Daniel LewisBy the big 3 i mean the three console developers,sony,microsoft and nintendo04/21/2015 - 4:30pm
InfophileThe filter also misses a lot of slang from non-American dialects of English. I'd go on to list a bunch here that I've learned since living in Scotland, but... well, let's just say "dogging" has a much different meaning over here.04/21/2015 - 4:11pm
ConsterI know about gash's meaning (I googled it prior to my comment, I just meant I can't really see myself ever using it like that). What do you mean with 'the big three', though?04/21/2015 - 3:52pm
Daniel LewisAnd Gash can be used as slang for the female genitalia04/21/2015 - 3:46pm
Daniel LewisActually all the big three are in that list,pretty common place for games to add a filter for words no matter what is used in the game04/21/2015 - 3:44pm
Consterand do people pretend to be software developers a lot or something?04/21/2015 - 3:29pm
Consterapparently 'gash' is also slang nowadays? I just know it as an injury type. Also, how come 'bisexual' is on the list but 'lesbian' (when properly spelled) isn't?04/21/2015 - 3:28pm
E. Zachary Knighthttp://kotaku.com/nintendo-and-other-banned-words-i-cant-use-in-grand-th-169924759704/21/2015 - 2:59pm
E. Zachary KnightGTA 5, a game that uses a vast array of swears, racist and sexist language in the dialog of the game, bans people from using those sames words along with a vast number of others, including 'Nintendo'. 04/21/2015 - 2:58pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.wired.com/2015/04/dmca-ownership-john-deere/04/21/2015 - 1:58pm
ZippyDSMleeMatthew Wilson: Classic shell ^_~04/21/2015 - 1:56pm
Matthew Wilson@zipp I dont like the star menu taking up the whole dam screen, so just getting the start menu back will be worth it.04/21/2015 - 11:19am
ZippyDSMleeI got a extra HDD I will take win 10 for a spin. see if tis worthwhile heck if I do not have to move colums over in Skyrims creation kit its a keeper!04/21/2015 - 10:53am
ZippyDSMleeMatthew Wilson: Been on win 8.1 a few months the only thing I do not like is compatibility issues with older programs. 10 won't fix that sadly...04/21/2015 - 10:51am
 

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