AbleGamers Founder Mark Barlet announced during his SXSW speech this weekend that the first Canadian Game Accessibility Lab (or AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade) will be hosted by the University of Toronto. The arcade will include the "most up-to-date technology and controllers designed to enable gamers with disabilities access to today’s most popular video games," according to AbleGamers. It will be hosted by the Semaphore Research Cluster, which is part of the iSchool (Faculty of Information), on a permanent basis.
At the end of February we reported that Rhode Island State Senator James C. Sheehan planned to seek access to depositions and documents related to the state's court case against Curt Schilling 38 Studios.
The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute announced that Boston-based independent educational game development studio Little Worlds Interactive has won the overall Grand Prize and the Serious Game Prototype category awards in its third annual MassDiGI Game Challenge for The Counting Kingdom. The Counting Kingdom encourages players ages 7+ to practice their math skills in a playful and engaging way. The Counting Kingdom has the distinct honor of being the first serious or educational game to win the MassDiGI Game Challenge Grand Prize.
We are happy to report that - as of this writing - Brandon Boyer's Cancer Treatment Relief Fund on GoFundMe has passed the $100,000 mark. Boyer is the Chair of the Independent Games Festival, a former news editor at Gamasutra, an accomplished musician, and a co-founder of the Boing Boing video game blog Offworld, and its spiritual successor called Venus Patrol.
Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella said that neither his company or Microsoft will punish legitimate players who have bought the game early and decide to play it online. He does warn that those who do decide to play the game should expect some technical issues online prior to the launch of the game's servers in an official capacity.
Xbox executive Phil Spencer has publicly praised outgoing Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton, who has been one of Microsoft's chief rivals for the last decade or so. Tretton announced yesterday that he will leave his post as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America on March 31.
Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have come out swinging against the media for reporting that Uncharted writer and lead Amy Hennig was forced out of the company by the creative leads on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. In a post on the official company site, the duo blasted the media for reporting the unconfirmed nature of Hennig's departure from the company. That report came from IGN who was told by inside sources that she was leaving the company and was forced out by Druckmann and Straley.
Developer Fireproof Games claims that it has sold more than five million copies of its mobile puzzler series The Room on Android and iOS. The second game in the series, The Room Two, launched in December of last year and has already surpassed more than 1.2 million in sales, according to Fireproof. Fireproof also claims that it has sold more than 4.2 million copies of the first game since it debuted in 2012. The first game is priced at $1, while The Room Two costs $3.
While everyone else will enjoy Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall when it releases this year, it looks like gamers in South Africa will not be able to play the game. Publisher EA announced that it wouldn't be releasing the game in the region because of poor broadband speeds.
In a series of tweets, Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin tries as best as he can to explain why the Wii U version of Watch Dogs has been delayed until well after other versions of the game are released on May 27. On Monday, Ubisoft confirmed a Watch Dogs release date of May 27 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, with the Wii U version set to "release at a later date."
Organizers of GaymerX2 have released a new video featuring Ellen McLain (the voice of GLaDOS in Portal) and John Patrick Lowrie (the man who brings The Sniper to life in Team Fortress 2) urging the gaming community to attend the second annual LGBTQ friendly gaming convention taking place July 11 - 13 at the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco - and to contribute to the ongoing Kickstarter to fund the event. You can check out the video to your left.
South Park co-creator Matt Stone is pretty upset that the European release of the game he helped create with Obsidian Studios, South Park: The Stick of Truth, was censored. In an interview with Metro, Stone expressed his frustration with the removal of seven scenes from the European release that involved abortion and anal probing.
On the latest episode of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer, Conan plays WWE 2K14 for the Xbox 360. Unlike other games he has played on the show, Conan really seems to enjoy this one and (we assume with the help of his more knowledgeable co-host) creates a hilarious parody of himself. You can check out the video to your left.
Thanks to Kotaku.
A GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign has launched to raise money for games journalist Brandon Boyer, who was left with over $100,000 in medical bills after his insurance company Humana refused to pay them, using a "pre-existing condition" clause in his insurance policy. Keep in mind that Boyer's surgery, which saw part of his small intestine and liver removed, happened before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
Long-time Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton is leaving the company, on March 31, 2014. According to what SCEA tells GamesIndustry International, it was mutually agreed to that Tretton's contract would not be renewed. Shawn Layden, the current SCEA executive vice president and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International will become President and CEO of SCEA on April 1. Tretton has worked for SCEA since 2005.
This week's Humble Weekly Sale features eight games from PopCap Games if you are willing to pay more than the average price. All of the games are available for either Steam or EA's Origin digital distribution platforms, and seven of them are playable on Mac.
The Swedish government has launched a new web site called Democreativity that crowd sources game ideas and elevates concepts such as democracy, creativity, and diversity. The site is a new initiative created by Visit Sweden, the Swedish Institute, and Business Sweden in conjunction with that country’s video games industry.
Broderbund Software founder Doug Carlston has donated some important items to The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) including company records, design documents and games for permanent archival at the Rochester, New York-based museum (thanks to Joysiq).
The original Flappy Bird app may be gone from the Apple App Store and Google Play, but people trying to cash in on its success are keeping the dream alive. According to a new report from Pocket Gamer, 60 new Flappy Bird clones were added to Apple's App Store February 28-March 3. That breaks down to 2.5 new clones every 24 minutes during that time period. The report does not say if this trend is ongoing.
The Neurotechnology Industry Organization announced that the NeuroGaming Conference & Expo will return to San Francisco May 7-8 with a line-up of high profile speakers, new exhibitors, and even a gamejam to make this year's event memorable. In its second year, the NeuroGaming Conference focuses on the convergence of mind and body with game play using all kinds of cutting-edge technology including virtual reality, neurosensing, motion and gesture control, augmented reality, haptics, eye tracking, facial recognition and more.