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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:54

The American University School of Communication is using a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for a new program to train journalists in game design, Gamasutra reports.The grant money will be used to fund a "Journalism Leadership Transformation" pilot program with six fellowship positions: three for working journalists, and three for journalism students.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Academia, Innovative Thinking, Journalis..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:37

Organizers of the Electronic Game Show (EGS) announced today that the 13th annual EGS gaming event saw record-breaking attendance of 40,000, "further establishing Mexico as a major video game market in Latin America."

"With the 40,000 attendance mark being surpassed for the first time in EGS history, this is a clear sign of the momentum of the Mexican market," said Alejandro Bertoldi, EGS Manager.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Milestones"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:25

This week's Humble Weekly Bundle is all about IndieCade the annual festival of independent games happening now in Los Angeles. The Humble Weekly Bundle IndieCade 2 offers the games LYNE, A Slow Year and Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love for whatever you want to pay. Meet or exceed the average price to score Proteus and a double pack of ibb & obb for you and a friend.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Indie Developers, Pay-What-You-Want Bund..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:11

Eidos President for Life Ian Livingstone has applied to launch a free school in England that will deliver lessons to students using video games. Livingstone told the BBC that he wanted to start a school that uses games-based learning and get away from what he called the  "relentless testing" method used and most schools in the country.

"I'm passionate about children who have been born into the internet," he told the BBC. "I think they learn in a different way."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Eidos, Game Developers Doing Good, Games..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 18:17

CNET is reporting that the makers of the popular game development suite Unity are "gearing up for a sale." One of those suitors, according to "people familiar with the matter," is Google, and the company supposedly had talks with at least "one would-be buyer in recent months."

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers, Rumors"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 17:27

The PC was marked down as dead as tablets began to outsell desktops a year ago. But new research from Gartner - as reported by GIGA OM - suggest that PC shipments are actually doing well again in developed markets. While tablet sales are still expected to be better than PCs in 2015, according to the research from Gartner, they are starting to show improvement in markets where they saw the most decline.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "PC Games, Technology"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 17:07

Earlier this month we reported that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would be hosting a roundtable on government spying this week called "The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy," with leading executives from the tech sector.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Internet Freedom, Internet Governance, N..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 15:53

Tonight's episode of the comedy crime drama, "The Mysteries of Laura," will feature a plotline about a killer inside a massively multiplayer online game.

According to a teaser for the show, "This smoking hot gamer geek is good enough to dominate a game, but is she good enough to catch a killer?"

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Games & Culture, TV"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 14:43

A 20-year-old who was charged with lying to investigators (obstruction of justice) about his supporting role in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, tried to defend his actions by saying he "was too high" to remember, according to MSN.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Court Cases, Crime File, Terrorism, Xbox..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 13:37

Sony announced this morning that scheduled PlayStation Network maintenance is to take place on October 13 in North America, and October 14 in Europe. In North America, PSN maintenance will reportedly take place between 10am and 5pm PT on October 13, according to CVG. PSN maintenance in Europe will take place from 6pm BST next Monday until 1am BST on Tuesday.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, PS V..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 23:11

Cloud gaming service OnLive has teamed up with the Extra-Life charity to offer gamers a whole day to play its catalog of games for free.  On October 25th, gamers everywhere (including yours truly) will play video games for 24 hours to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Author: "Andrew Eisen" Tags: "Charity, Gamers Doing Good"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 21:00

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature BioWare's popular role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins for the month of October. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "DRM, Electronic Arts, Free Stuff"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 20:30

According to the Miami Herald Tribune's On Tap in The Capital political column, the "Xbox murders" case is being heard by the Florida Supreme Court today. The Florida Supreme Court will hear appeal arguments in the case of Jerone Hunter, one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Court Cases, Crime File, Florida, Video ..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 20:00

While Mojang has had a rocky relationship with its community over the last few months following some changes to Mojang’s EULA (that some interpreted as a threat against the business of Minecraft video casting), the company is trying its best today to reassure fans that Minecraft YouTubers will continue to have its support, despite being bought by Microsoft.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers Doing Good"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 19:30

Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers Doing Good, Game Streami..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 18:30

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, a smartphone-based charades game popular in China uploaded 36,000 private user videos without notifying or asking the permission of its users.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "China, Controversial Games, Mobile, Mobi..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 17:29

GitHub revealed that it will give free access to a suite of development tools that small-scale game makers may find useful. The only catch? You have to prove that you are a student.

The offer is part of the GitHub Education initiative, and is available to students over the age of 13 and currently enrolled in an academic program. If you can do that, you can get access to project development help and tools like the Crowdflower crowdsourcing platform, a hosting plan with the DNSimple DNS management service, and free access to Unreal Engine 4.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Academia, Game Developers, Game Develope..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 16:25

DICE LA producer David Sirland admits that his company lost player trust with the less-than-stellar launch of Battlefield 4. When the game launched in 2013 it was a mess on all platforms, and the trouble with technical issues and server stability continued well into 2014.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Always Online Games, Electronic Arts"
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 15:22

The free version of DriveClub for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been delayed, according to a report on Eurogamer. The PlayStation Plus version of DriveClub - free to those who subscribe to the monthly subscription service for PlayStation family platforms, was originally due to launch this week.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Bad Service, PlayStation Network, PS4, S..."
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 14:15

Earlier this week we reported that a "bomb threat directed at the offices of Gearbox Software"  led to Plano, Texas police clearing the area on Friday while it searched for an explosive device. It turns out that the bomb threat was not directed specifically at Gearbox, according to this Polygon report.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers, Law Enforcement, Texas"
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