Oddworld Inhabitants Co-Founder Explains Why He Left Game Development, And Why He Has Returned

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning explained why he left the video games industry in 2005 to focus on creating animated films and shorts, and what lured him back into the business of making games this year. The biggest reason that Lanning waited so long? According to this interview, he was basically waiting for the rights to his games to revert back to his company.

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Humble Store Generates $1 Million for Charities

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Purchases from The Humble Store have generated more than $1 million in charitable contributions to various charities, according to the Humble Bundle organization. Humble Bundle launched its Humble Store in November 2013 as a digital storefront for titles across Android, Linux, Mac and Windows PC.

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Valve Adds Warning to Steam Early Access FAQ

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has updated the official FAQ for Early Access releases on Steam, now noting that games purchased by consumers within this program "may never be finished." The new warning from Valve in the Steam Early Access, is an answer to the question, "When will these games release?" The answer, according to Valve's update:

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EMA: Physical Discs Still Represent 'Majority' of Video and Video Game Revenues

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), "2014 D2 Report: Discs & Digital – The Business of Home Entertainment Retailing," suggests that physical discs for games, movies, and other entertainment continue to represent the majority of revenues for video and video games.

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EMA Adds Three New Members

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Trade group the Entertainment Merchants Association has added three new companies as members today. Those companies include film company Lionsgate, Barnes & Noble's Nook Media, and hoopla digital.

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Pirated Version of Wolfenstein: The New Order So Big That Some Pirates Opt to Buy it on Steam

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the PC version of Wolfenstein: The New Order is so large that some people pirating the game on torrents have opted instead to buy it on Steam. While the information is anecdotal, it could help explain - in part - how the newest action game from Bethesda managed to unseat DayZ from the Steam top-selling games charts for the week of May 18-24.

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GOG.com Considers The Idea of an 'Early Access Program'

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an article over at Eurogamer this morning, Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt, said that GOG is considering an Early Access program similar to Steam, but it would be quite different in a lot of ways. One of those ways is that not all games would be able to get on the service.

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Report: Sony Execs to Take Pay Cut, Forgo Bonuses

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to Sony reporting its consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, CEO Kazuo Hirai and other executives will not be taking bonuses this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

They may also take a 50 percent pay cut this year, according to the report. Sony's exit from the PC business as well as consumer disinterest in physical media such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs are the main reason for these reductions in pay and bonuses.

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Report: Comcast and EA Negotiating Game Streaming Deal

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts and ISP Comcast are believed to be negotiating a game streaming deal, according to five independent sources speaking to Reuters. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Comcast will give some customers the ability to buy and stream EA titles through Comcast's new X1 operating system. X1 is only available in certain areas covered by Comcast at the moment.

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Humble Weekly Bundle Sale Offers Seven Games for $10

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle Sale is presented by the folks at Devolver Digital, and offers three games for whatever you want to pay. Those games are The Real Texas, Cryptic Sea EP, and Dungeon Hearts, available DRM-free for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Foul Play, Legend of Dungeon and KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition. KRUNCH Digital Collector's Edition comes with exclusive comic.

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GOG.com Adds Mac OS X and Language Support for Select Games

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has added language support for a number of titles in its catalog, along with support for Mac OS X on select titles. For starters all of the classic Infinity Engine role-playing games from Hasbro are available for Mac OS X.

Now Mac owners can play such games as Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga, Baldur's Gate 2 Complete, Icewind Dale Complete, Icewind Dale 2 Complete, and Planescape: Torment. Mac users can also run and the cool D&D classic, Temple of Elemental Evil.

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BioWare: No Dragon Age: Inquisitor Character DLC Because of Past 'On-Disc' Controversies

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare says that it can't offer downloadable character DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisitor because of the controversy surrounding on-disc downloadable content. Some see the excuse as a big FU to fans who have complained in the past that they shouldn't have to pay extra for content already on a game's disc.

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SOE: 'Landmark Player Studio' Support Launching in May

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Online Entertainment announced that Player Studio support will begin for Landmark "on or before May 1." As part of the rollout, Player Studio creators in select regions outside of the United States will be able to submit in-game items across all Player Studio-supported games.

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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EA's Origin Ditching Physical Disc Game Sales Beginning April 4

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA's Origin digital distribution platform will soon ditch physical media and will only sell digital media after April 4. Prior to this change consumers could buy both physical disc-based and digital versions of games through Origin. After April 4, they will only be able to buy games that can be downloaded.

"What does this mean for you? If you're among 99 per cent of our users, absolutely nothing," Origin wrote on its website. "Your shopping experience hasn't changed one single bit."

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EA Offers Dead Space for Free on Origin

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has launched a new promotion similar to Microsoft's Games With Gold for Xbox Live. The new promotion is called "On The House," and gives away a free game from time to time. The only catch is that you have to be a registered user of the company's Origin digital distribution platform.

"We're gamers, too," EA said. "We appreciate you making Origin your gaming home... and besides, who doesn't like free stuff?"

The first game available to consumers for free is the horror action survival game Dead Space.

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GameStop Reports Q4 and FY 2013 Results

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GameStop reported sales of $3.68 billion for the forth-quarter of 2013, a 3.4 percent increase over the $3.56 billion the company reported in the same period a year ago. It comes as no surprise that the retailer attributed the increase in sales to the launches of Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One in November of last year.

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Microsoft: Gamers Will Be Able to Gift and Share Xbox One Games

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Soon gamers will be able to share and gift games on Xbox One just like they can on Steam, according to what Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer told GameSpot in a recent interview. Speaking to the publication during GDC last week in San Francisco, Spencer said that Microsoft believes in a future where digital content is king.

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Lorne Lanning on Big Publishers: 'F**k That Business'

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning isn't interested in working with big publishers like Electronic Arts now or ever again, and in an interview with VG247 to discuss his latest game (Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty), he uses some colorful language to express his feelings on the matter.

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Developer: Steam Greenlight Will Be Gone in 12 Months

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Curve Studios design director Jonathan "Bidds" Biddle has found himself in the spotlight today after tweeting that Valve will be making dramatic changes to its Steam Greenlight program. Biddle said on Twitter that the system, which lets users cast a "Yes" or "No" votes on pitches for potential products to be listed on Steam, will be gone by this time next year.

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Sony 'Considering' Pre-Loading Software Option for PS4

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony says that it is considering allowing software to be "pre-loaded" on to its PlayStation 4 console. Speaking to Polygon, a Sony rep. told the publication that the company is aware that consumers want this feature.

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Hacker Series and DLC For $2.99 On Bundle Stars

March 20, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Interested in picking up the Hacker series for super cheap?

Head on over to Bundle Stars sometime in the next 27 days and you'll be able to pick up Hacker Evolution, Hacker Evolution: Untold, Hacker Evolution Duality and all the DLC for $2.99.

A Steam account is required to enjoy the games.  All games run on Windows but Hacker Evolution Duality and its DLC also runs on Mac and Linux.  

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GOG.com Details Early Plans to Strongly Support Linux

March 18, 2014 - James Fudge

Coming off the heels of discontinuing its plans for regional pricing (and apologizing for it to the community) GOG.com has announced that it will make a strong push towards supporting the Linux operations system.

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Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

March 13, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

A couple weeks ago, Good Old Games announced that it would be instituting regional pricing (some regions would pay more or less for the same title than other regions) for titles it otherwise wouldn't be able to make available on its digital distribution platform.

The decision was not popular.

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GOG.com Apologizes for Regional Pricing Scheme, Promises Flat Rates Across All Regions

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has made a very public apology for trying to institute regional pricing, calling it a big mistake and saying that it will find ways - even if it costs the company money out of its own pocket - to make sure that everyone in every region pays the same amount of money for its catalog of DRM-free PC, Mac, and Linux games.

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World of Warcraft Level 90 Character Boost Now on Sale, Next Expansion Available for Pre-Order

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment announced that World of Warcraft level 90 character boosts are now available to purchase from inside the MMO's store, along with pre-orders for its next expansion Warlords of Draenor.

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Report: Steam Allows Developers to Set Up Their Own Discounts

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Uncovered by a user on Reddit, a page from Valve's private Steamworks community shows that the company will allow developers to set their own sales. In the past Valve and a developer would have to work together in order to set up a sale for a game.

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Report: 16 Percent of Gamers Play Only Downloadable Games

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report from NPD Group called "Exploring Digital Gaming," around 16 percent of Americans use digital distribution exclusively, ignoring traditional disc-based games altogether.

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EA's Peter Moore: Digital Revenue Will Overtake Physical in Two Years

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore says that his company's digital revenue will overtake its physical disc sales in two years. Moore made the comments during a conversation with Entertainment Software Association president Mike Gallagher at the Digital Entertainment World conference in Los Angeles, as reported on by Games Industry International.

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GOG.com Shows You The Love With Free Dungeon Keeper

February 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is celebrating Valentine's Day with a sale and a special gift to gamers to show how much they love us. The gift is a free copy of Dungeon Keeper Gold (which includes the Deeper Dungeons expansion pack), which you can simply grab by visiting gog.com and logging in to your account (yes you'll need to have a GOG.com account to get it). In addition to the free game (courtesy of EA), you can also get the sequel, Dungeon Keeper 2, for the wonderful rock-bottom price of $1.49 in GOG.com's Valentine's Day sale.

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ZenUm Masked...I have been playing the Sega VC games on the Wii U since the day it launched...what are you talking about? This just means they, sadly, won't do Wii U specific versions...but they are all still there and completely playable.07/13/2014 - 1:28am
Andrew EisenThanks to those who joined us for the live recording of the podcast. I'm working on ironing out the tech issues so next week's show should be even better! If you missed it, we'll have a recording on YouTube later. Possibly even an audio-only version.07/13/2014 - 12:38am
Matthew WilsonI hope after this genaration everything is backwards compatible becouse everything is now x86 architecture. with the exception of Nintendo of course .07/12/2014 - 10:54pm
Andrew EisenWhy do you hope we didn't buy any? They're still available on the Wii VC, which is accessible from the Wii U.07/12/2014 - 10:48pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/12/segas-plans-for-wii-u-virtual-console-are-non-existent/ Hope you didn't buy any Sega games off the original VC, since Sega has no plans on bringing them to the Wii U Virtual Console.07/12/2014 - 5:39pm
MechaTama31I think there are a significant number of jobs people will do for food that they will not do for an ipad.07/12/2014 - 8:39am
Infophilelabour (primarily among mothers and teens) and some show increased labour. Maybe it's a cultural thing in play that results in different outcomes in different societies.07/12/2014 - 6:53am
InfophileYou also need to take into account just how crappy it would be to only have the basics to live. But with competing forces at play like this, it's impossible to argue to an answer. We have to look to tests of it, and results are mixed. Some show decreased07/12/2014 - 6:51am
MechaTama31to be done, and some people really need jobs.07/11/2014 - 5:41pm
MechaTama31Info, I think you don't really understand just how crappy a lot of the jobs are that provide the "basics" that you assume will just continue to be produced under such a system. There's very little pride or prestige to be had from such jobs, but they need07/11/2014 - 5:40pm
Andrew EisenMaskedPixelante - That's probably because it's now available on the Wii U eShop for $8.07/11/2014 - 5:18pm
InfophileThat's not how human psychology works. It's all about "Keeping up with the Joneses." When everyone around you has a new fancy smartphone and is talking about that cool HBO series, do you want to be the one left out?07/11/2014 - 4:05pm
Matthew WilsonThe issue is most people would settle for the basics and not work. That is why we would need very heavy automation to make a system like that work. Almost all labor intensive tasks would have to be done by robot.07/11/2014 - 2:32pm
InfophileOf course, that's a gross oversimplification. The idea, have a basic safety net that pays for what's needed to live. If people can find a job and are willing to work, they get more money which can be spent on comfort and perks.07/11/2014 - 11:33am
InfophileIt's quite possible to get an economy to work with a basic minimum standard of living. You just need perks for the people who do work. Everyone gets food and a home. Everyone who works also gets an iPhone.07/11/2014 - 11:32am
MaskedPixelanteIn the continuing adventures of "Stuff I figured would be overpriced on eBay but isn't", 15 bucks for a copy of Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.07/11/2014 - 10:04am
SleakerI didn't gather the same conclusion.. Seems like they are focusing on devices & services still, just not calling it 'devices and services'07/11/2014 - 8:57am
PHX CorpMicrosoft CEO readies big shakeup, drops devices and services focus http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5887143/satya-nadella-microsoft-ceo-employee-email07/11/2014 - 8:45am
MechaTama31declared that everybody should have them. Somebody still has to produce them.07/11/2014 - 7:44am
MechaTama31I do mean the developers/governmet. And money is not the only thing of value. I am including the food, housing, etc that everybody is supposed to get for free under this system. In the real world, those things don't exist merely because an authority has07/11/2014 - 7:43am
 

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