You've probably heard of games being cancelled while being in early development, in beta, and at various stages of development but one game is likely the first to be cancelled after it has been released. Published by 505 Games and developed by Trickstar, Ashes Cricket 2013 is the first game to be cancelled publicly by a publisher - in addition to being unceremoniously pulled from Steam for being awful. Naturally 505 Games points its fingers at the game's developer who did not deliver a game up to anyone's standards.
EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Soderlund predicts that the life cycle of the newest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will not be as long as the last console cycle (which has not ended yet) Soderlund says that he expects the PS4 and Xbox One console cycle to last for five to six years. Soderlund, who is in charge of EA's console and PC games development, also said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation "may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted."
A new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests that teenagers who play violent video games are more likely to cheat, experience increased aggression and have reduced self-control. The study comes from a team of researchers from the United States, Italy, and the Netherlands, who analyzed 172 Italian high school students between the ages of 13 and 19, who were "required" to take part in a series of experiments to determine how violent video games affected their personalities.
World of Warcraft Lead System Designer Greg Street has left Blizzard this week, according to this Polygon report. Street confirmed the news on his Facebook account, saying that he was moving on for a new and exciting opportunity elsewhere.
The DRM-free pay-what-you-want Indie Royale Debut 7 has launched this week, offering six indie games. By paying the set minimum price of $2.99 or more, you can get six games including the fighting game Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae, multiplayer mech fighter Metal Planet, first-person puzzler Pulse Shift, adventure game Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine, RPG Millennium 2: Take Me Higher, and space-themed strategy game Fleet Buster.
A trademark unearthed earlier this week attributed to Sega's Shenmue franchise has turned out to be a fake. Sega says that the application for a Shenmue III trademark was not filed by the company and that it is looking into its origins.
"Sega has confirmed that the recent application for the trademark of Shenmue III is a fake and is looking into the origins of this application," the publisher told GameSpot in a statement.
A team of neuroscientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Freiburg University who are using a video game in which people navigate through a virtual town delivering objects to specific locations, has discovered how brain cells that encode spatial information form geotags for specific memories and are activated immediately before those memories are recalled. Their work shows how spatial information is incorporated into memories and why remembering an experience can bring to mind other events that happened in the same place.
CCP Games is offering a one-day "Black Friday" deal for its space MMO, Eve Online. From now until Midnight PST November 30, customers who sign up for a new membership to the game will pay only 99 cents for a month's worth of time.
In addition, all users can choose one of four specialized exploration frigates: the militaristic Sukuuvestaa Heron, the regal Sarum Magnate, the sturdy Vherokior Probe, or the Inner Zone Shipping Imicus.
Gamasutra points out a video (to your left) featuring UK gamer and writer Charlie Brooker trying to explain to Channel 4's Jon Snow how to play games on the new PlayStation 4 console. The video is interesting because it shows how older people just don't understand video games, and how the media often repeats the same tired questions about violence in video games.
Hyperkin's retro gaming machine the RetroN 5 has been delayed to first quarter of 2014. The system was set for launch on Dec. 5. I guess I'll scratch that off the old Christmas list. In an announcement made today the company said that some packaged units had faulty pins, and it was taking the extra time to resolve the issue.
On behalf of GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), I wish all of our readers in the United States a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day holiday. We also want to wish those who observe Hanukkah (which began yesterday) a joyous and safe holiday season as well. For the rest of the world, we hope you enjoy the rest of the week and in Europe we hope you finally get your hands on those brand new console systems.
Earlier this week, the official investigation report for the shooting at Sandy Hook was released to the public and as any rationally-thinking human being could have surmised 11 months ago, video games had precisely squat to do with it.
But will that matter?
Cloud Imperium's space combat and exploration simulation game continues to rake in an almost obscene amount of cash. Star Citizen is being spearheaded by Chris Roberts, the man behind the hit space game Wing Commander and Privateer.
It is because of his involvement with those beloved classics that this game has been able to surpass $33 million in funding. In turn this new funding milestone has unlocked the Anvil Carrack and the Drake Herald ships for backers, according to an announcement by developer Chris Roberts made in an official blog post.
The V&A Museum and Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland are working together to develop new ways to display video games in museums, according to a report in the Scotsman. The two organizations have formed a new research network to work on a project called Video Games in the Museum.
Valve Software has kick off its annual Autumn Sale today with daily deals running every 24 hours, along with flash sales every 8 hours until Dec. 3. Highlights include Terraria for $2.49, Skyrim for $7.49, Prison Architect for $14.99, Outlast for $6.49, Sleeping Dogs for $4.99, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, Rogue Legacy for $5.09, The Walking Dead for $6.24, and Anti-Chamber for $4.99.
My personal favorites right now? DLC Quest and Breath of Death VII for $0.98.
As always the Steam sale offers listing for top sellers, games under $10, and games under $5.
Do you like video games? How about books? How about a bunch of books for as little as $3.00 about video games?
The Standard Edition of GameMaker: Studio is free for a limited time, according to a post on the official GameMaker Studio blog. Normally the game engine software retails for $50, but the company is giving it away for free. It's the same set of tools used to make such games as Hotline Miami, Gunpoint and the original Spelunky.
It looks like the remnants of Blitz Games Studios live on with the formation of a brand new company called Radiant Worlds. Blitz Games shut down in September of this year citing a number of challenges including "frustrations with clients, the global economic crisis," and their "fair share of simple bad luck."
Sony is giving away 10 free games (two each week for five weeks) to all PS Mobile gamers. Detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the games will work on your PlayStation Certified smartphone, tablet, or PS Vita. Between November 27th and December 18th of 2013, and then from January 8th through January 22nd of 2014, you can download two PS Mobile games. The first two games, available later today, will be Passing Time and Rymdkapsel.
The party is officially over for PS4 The Playroom streaming on Twitch, according to Polygon. The game streaming services company said that it did this because the majority of content coming from the free app was not game related.
"We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related," the firm has told Polygon.