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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 17:11

You know you are starting to get a bad reputation when you have to assure customers that your "game will work" at launch. That is what Visceral Games is saying today about Battlefield Hardline, the company's militarized police versus dangerous criminals shooter. The spin-off game based ever-so-loosely on DICE's popular military shooter series is being developed by Dead Space creators Visceral Games, in case you didn't know.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Admittedly a Stretch, Electronic Arts, O..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 16:31

The GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer, has managed to raise $22,211 from 338 people in five days. The campaign has another five days to go if you are interested in helping Tom out.

In a recent update to the GoFundMe page for Tom, PR ninja Stephanie Schopp (who works for Tinsley PR) expressed her surprise and joy that so many in the video games industry, press, and gaming community have helped Tom out in his hour of need:

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers Doing Good, Game-related..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 15:30

How can you buy a console game that is brand new for a little over $1? Well it could be some crazy sale to offload some inventory, or it could be the company selling these allegedly new games is engaging in piracy - or at the bare minimum allowing a third-party reseller to do so while it looks the other way. That's the case over at Kaymu.PK, an online store owned by Rocket Internet, an international Internet service provider in over 31 countries.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Middle East, Piracy, Video Game Industry..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 14:00

In last week's poll we asked, What Is #GamerGate About?" Around 1,855 votes were cast (our second largest poll ever), with the majority of them going to the option, "Rooting out malfeasance in game journalism."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "GamePolitics Features, Polls"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 13:00

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 116), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the GamePolitics poll ("What is #GamerGate about?" - 23:40 mark), the ongoing campaign from Comcast to the FCC about the merits of merging with Time Warner Cable (1:02:20), and Steam's new curated pages (1:18:00).You can grab an audio version at the link below:

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Podcasts"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 22:24

To quote Michael Corleone, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" Those who deleted their high level World of Warcraft characters and walked away from the game can bring them back from the dead thanks to a new feature being added by Blizzard via the upcoming 6.0.2 patch. Patch 6.0.2, which will lay the groundwork for the Warlords of Draenor expansion's release later this year, will let players "undelete" most of their characters if they meet certain criteria:

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "World of Warcraft"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 21:56

The New York Academy of Sciences will be keeping an eye on players of the upcoming online science education game Galxyz when it launches in 2015. The inspirations for developing an online educational game for children that teaches STEM education (for kindergartners to 12th graders) came from a father watching his young daughters quickly getting bored while playing science education games. He wanted to create something a bit more challenging, and ultimately more effective.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Academia, Games & Education"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 20:59

Sony has confirmed that the closure of PlayStation Home is eminent for both Europe and the United States. Sony Computer Entertainment said that the PlayStation Home service will shut down in European and U.S. territories on March 31 2015, the exact date that the 3-D social platform will close in Japan.

"Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content on the 12th of November, 2014," Sony confirmed in a statement.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Europe, Japan, PlayStation Home, USA"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 20:49

UK video game industry trade group Ukie announced 10 new board members.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "U.K., UKIE"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 19:16

In the wake of the Yogscast-backed and Kickstarter-funded game Yogventures giving up the ghost and being canceled by developer Winterkewl Games, another Yogscast -backed developer was put forward to provide gamers who backed that other project some recompense. While the company still plans to do that, it looks like it is going through some short-term problems with funding that will in turn force it to lay off half of its staff.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Crowd Funding, Funding, Game Developers,..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 18:33

A new report from research firm GfK indicates that, while videogame systems are still the most common hardware used for watching Netflix on a TV screen , they are being used much less than they were three years ago. The report, "Over-the-Top TV 2014," also indicated a growing number of US households are relying more and more on dedicated set-top/plug-in devices to watch Netflix on a TV set.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "PlayStation 3, PS4, Streaming, Wii, Wii ..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 16:26

Tea Party-endorsed candidate Zach Dasher is trying his best to unseat Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), but an old podcast about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting has come back to haunt him. Dasher, who is the nephew of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, hosted a podcast called "Why Did This Happen" three days after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (which occurred on December 14, 2012), claiming that the shooter Adam Lanza was influenced by atheism, postmodernism, and video games.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Anti-game prejudice, Louisiana, Religion..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 14:37

We meant to mention this yesterday: the newest Humble Weekly Bundle is all about the ladies - leading ladies, that is.

The Humble Weekly Bundle: Leading Ladies offers four games featuring female leads including action-y puzzler Ms. 'Splosion Man, adventure game Lilly Looking Through, tower defense RPG Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, and the psychological horror game The Cat Lady. You can pay whatever you want to grab those games.

But if you $6 or more you can also score "choose you own adventure games" The Yawhg, or Long Live the Queen.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Pay-What-You-Want Bundle, PC Games"
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 13:00

According to data released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), around one-third of Americans ages 13 and older play video games on their smart phones, tablets, and portable gaming devices (3DS, PS Vita, etc.) on a regular basis. The new research comes from a new ESA report, "Mobile Games: Expanding Gameplay Across America."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "ESA, Michael Gallagher, Mobile, Mobile P..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 11:13

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has invalidated the patent claims of McRO, Inc. (d.b.a. Planet Blue) against Activision and other parties in the video games industry. The two patents invalidated by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu concerned processes for "automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Activision, Court Cases, Game Developers..."
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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 00:54

See that guy on the left?  That's the #GamerGator.  Because I think it's cute.

Anyway, this week we're running a poll asking What is #GamerGate about?

EZK and I will reveal the poll results on this weekend's Super Podcast Action Committee (which streams live right here on GamePolitics at 6p PST!) but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to collect your thoughts on one of the poll's response options.

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Author: "Andrew Eisen" Tags: "Games & Culture, Journalism, Opinion, Po..."
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 21:30

The makers of the open-sourced emulation software program, RetroArch are the latest to say that video games accessories company Hyperkin is using its program in violation of the GPL license. RetroArch uses a development interface called "libretro" that allows for the "easy creation of emulators and games that can plug straight into this program called RetroArch." It supports 15 different hardware platforms including Android.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Intellectual Property, Old School"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 21:09

PlayStation boss Andrew House tells Reuters that he hopes to raise the profit outlook for the current fiscal year of the division he's in charge of, thanks to strong PlayStation 4 sales and reduced hardware manufacturing costs.

In July, Sony increased its annual operating income forecast for the game division by 25 percent, from 20 billion yen to 25 billion yen (roughly $230 million).

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "PS4, Sony, Video Game Industry/Economics"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 20:44

id Software and Bethesda Softworks announced today that QuakeCon 2015 is tentatively scheduled to take place July 23 - 26, 2015. Next year's event will mark the 20th anniversary of the event. QuakeCon 2015 will be at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The free convention will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a busy lineup of parties, panels, competitions, exhibitions of upcoming games and hardware from Bethesda and partners, as well as what "North America's largest bring-your-own-computer LAN party," according to organizers.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Bethesda, Big Gaming, Events, Games & Cu..."
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 20:30

A lengthy post on Crytek's official blog reveals details about the new features PC gamers will get in Ryse, and one thing removed from the game that probably wouldn't be welcomed on the platform anyway. According Crytek the game will support 4K Resolution, various customization options (related to graphics settings, mostly), and 4 DLC packs that were previously released for the Xbox One version of the game.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "PC Games, Steam"
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