PSA: GamePolitics will be going offline for maintenance this week

August 31, 2015

GamePolitics.com will be going dark for a few days as we deal with some long-standing maintenance issues.  On September 1, the site will be unavailable. With any luck, we'll be back later in the week. We apologize for the inconvenience this is going to cause our readers, but it's something that needs to be done and it's probably going to take a bit of time.

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AbleGamers launches 'AbleGamers Fellowship' program

August 31, 2015

The AbleGamers Charity announced today the AbleGamers Fellowship, a new program that will award a $10,000 scholarship to qualifying third and fourth year students with disabilities who are also "majoring in a game development based degree, or computer science or education with a focus on gaming/media from an accredited college or university with a passion for game accessibility."

"AbleGamers Fellows" will also receive mentoring from "game accessibility experts" at AbleGamers, and paid internships with the game publishers.

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Feminist Frequency releases new 'Tropes vs. Women in Video Games' video

August 31, 2015

Anita Sarkeesian has released a new Tropes v. Women video through Feminist Frequency today called "Women as Reward - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." The video explores what Sarkeesian describes as the "women as rewards" trope. Here's more from the video description on YouTube:

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Pokemon Company Hates Fun. Sues To End PAX Party

August 31, 2015

The Pokémon Company has sued to end a Pokémon themed party at PAX Prime this year. According to the filing in US District Court, The Pokémon Company believes the organizers of the party are violating the copyrights held by the Pokémon Company.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 156

August 31, 2015

On this week's show (episode 156) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?" - 6:16 mark), Rainbow Mika getting a new costume for Street Fighter V (35:30), the super expensive Gal Gun DLC that lets you see characters in their underwear (56:47), how Super Mario Maker exposes more of YouTube's content ID fails (1:07:30), and Andrew's HuffPost Live appearance (1:14:10).

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Humble Bundle 'End of Summer Sale' includes free game

August 28, 2015

The Humble Bundle store End of Summer Sale is live and is kicking off with a free game.  From now until August 31st, you can download a free copy of Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones.  This includes a Steam key, a DRM-free version, the game's soundtrack, and some wallpapers.

Humble Bundle touts discounts on over 1000 games and browsing around, we're seeing discounts as high as 85% on some titles.

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Mobile users are spending less time gaming

August 28, 2015

According to an analysis performed by Flurry Analytics, while the amount of time American consumers are spending on mobile devices has increased, a smaller percentage of that time is being spent gaming.

In Q2 2015, mobile users spent 35% more time on their mobile devices than they did the previous year.  The additional minutes have seen a 50% increase in the time spent playing around in messaging and social apps such as Facebook, a 240% increase in time spent utilizing entertainment apps such as YouTube, and a 36% decrease in gaming.

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Report: Sony accidentally kills stream archiving for PS4-exclusive 'Until Dawn'

August 28, 2015

PS4-exclusive horror game Until Dawn released this week and gore-happy gamers have been sharing the spooky adventure game with their fans on Twitch.

Well, the ones that were available for the live broadcasts anyway.  As it turns out, the streams didn't archive.  The pic to the left is more than a simple screen shot of Until Dawn, it is a dramatization of a gamer who just learned that her play session was lost... forever.

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More GamerGate goodness from HuffPost Live

August 28, 2015

This morning at 11:05 AM EST, HuffPost Live will air its final segment of a week's worth of discussions about GamerGate.

The segment is titled "Authorship in the Online Space" and HuffPost describes it thusly:

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S&P 500 To Welcome Activision Blizzard Today

August 28, 2015

At close of trading today, the S&P 500 will be adding Activision Blizzard to its investment fold

Activision Blizzard (NASD:ATVI) will replace Pall Corp. (NYSE:PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday, August 28. S&P 500 constituent Danaher Corp. (NYSE:DHR) is acquiring Pall in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.

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Play it straight and they're still irate: reporting on a hostile controversy

August 27, 2015

"I'm very much an old school journalist," Owen S. Good declares in our half-hour interview on the phone. Indeed, his background indicates he knows about old school journalism. His father was a newspaper editor for 10 years and then a publisher for another 30 years. Good received his Master's from the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism and, after devoting ten years of his own career to newspapers, he entered the tech industry. Now he serves as Senior Reporter for Polygon where he supervises the weekend news cycle.

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Positech releases 'Big Pharma'

August 27, 2015

Positech Games has released a brand new game that deals with multi-national pharmaceutical companies appropriately called Big Pharma. The game was developed by Twice Circled and published by Positech Games. It's available on Steam, GOG.com, the Humble Store and directly from the Positech web site.

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Eco Global Survival Game Hits Funding Goal

August 27, 2015

Last we left Eco Global Survival Game, it was a target of Rep. Steve Russell's latest Waste Watch report. At the time of that writing, Eco's Kickstarter was well on its way to reaching its $100k funding goal. 

Earlier this week, Eco reached its funding goal and is now at $120k and only $30k short of its first stretch goal, land ownership.

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Brad Bushman compares Virginia shooter's horrific video to a 'first-person shooter game'

August 27, 2015

We knew it wouldn't be long before someone somewhere tried to connect the dots between the latest tragedy in Virginia and the "evil influence" of video games. So who is the person to make that jump? A very familiar name. Speaking to NPR's All Techs Considered, Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, said that the video of Vester Lee Flanagan shooting reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward looked like a first-person shooter video game.

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'Divinity: Original Sin II' fully funded

August 27, 2015

By its own accounting, Larian Studios' first crowd-funding attempt with Divinity: Original Sin took a mere 12 days to get fully funded. The crowdfunding campaign for the sequel, Divinity: Original Sin II, took 12 hours. In fact it's $167,000 above its initial ask. As of this writing, 15,254 backers have pledged Divinity: Original Sin and the campaign still has 33 more days to go. Larian was asking for $500,000.

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Mattsworknamehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Vx4_prmvo09/01/2015 - 3:18am
MattsworknameTotal bisquit talkes about why teh Deus X pre order systems is garbage.09/01/2015 - 3:18am
MechaTama31Infophile: Kind of like how you're criticizing these theoretical reactions before you've even read any? ;)09/01/2015 - 12:44am
PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
PHX CorpOk, see you guys Tomorrow on the GP Facebook Page, I'll be steaming either the first 2 megaman games(Through Megaman Legacy Collection) or Rare Replay as the first game on My twitch.tv page tomorrow While we wait for GP to Come back up later this week08/31/2015 - 10:01pm
james_fudgeAlso check out our Facebook page and chat there! https://www.facebook.com/gamepolitics08/31/2015 - 9:53pm
james_fudgeSee you all on the other side! Find me on Twitter :)08/31/2015 - 9:51pm
james_fudgeAllright, i'll mention this on the GP facebook page08/31/2015 - 9:49pm
PHX Corpand now it's ready to go for everyone08/31/2015 - 9:35pm
PHX Corpok, done http://www.twitch.tv/trustygemtwitch I have to put on one more finishing touch and it is ready to go08/31/2015 - 9:19pm
Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm

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