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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 14:44

InFamous developer Sucker Punch has laid off an undetermined number of employees, according to what Sony Computer Entertainment America (the parent company of the studio), has told IGN UK.

SCEA would not give an exact number, but did confirm that there has been a "reduction in workforce." The company also did not disclose the reasoning behind the layoffs.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers, Labor, Layoffs, Sony"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 13:53

Gamescom organizer Koelnmesse revealed that Gamescom 2014 drew an estimated 335,000 people from 88 countries to its annual event in Cologne, Germany last week. The attendance number is slightly less than last year's attendance number: 340,000 people. This year's attendance number included 31,500 regular people and 6,000 members of the press.

Koelnmesse also said that 700 exhibitors from 47 countries showcased their gaming products this year, up from 635 exhibitors in 2013.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Europe, Events"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 01:47

According to this CVG report, Activision might be taking some inspiration from Microsoft (even though it is rumored to be dumping its studio business off to someone else) and considering building its very own in-house film studio. Presumably Activision would use some of its top franchises such as Call of Duty and Blizzard's properties (sans Warcraft) to create movie adaptations.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Activision, Movies"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 01:44

Retailer GameStop announced that its CEO Paul Raines underwent unscheduled surgery last week to remove a small, cancerous tumor from his brain. The company revealed the news in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The surgery, removed the tumor from an "easily accessible" part of Raines' brain and was a success. Raines is expected to make a full recovery, according to GameStop.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "GameStop"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 00:46

Watch Dogs will be the only mature rated title from Ubisoft coming to the Wii U this year. Why? Because, according to Ubisoft, Wii U users don't buy mature rated games. In fact, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot tells Game Informer that Watch Dogs will most likely be the last mature game published for the Wii U. Ubisoft is pointing to poor sales of Assassin's Creed games on Wii U as the main reason for this decision.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Ubisoft, Wii U"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 00:30

Time Warner Cable is the latest internet service provider to get a fee from streaming video service Netflix, according to GIGA OM. Time Warner Cable has officially signed a paid peering agreement with Netflix, giving it direct access to the ISP's customers.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Net Neutrality, Streaming"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 22:56

According to new data from the International Game Developers Association most game developers think working at Valve Software would be the best career move they could make. The data is part of the IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario and M2 Research polled more than 2,200 developers on a variety of topics.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "IGDA, Polls, Valve"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 22:00

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 offers three games for whatever you want and seven if you are willing to pay more than $15 bucks. Paying more than $1 will get you The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - Complete Pack from Neocore Games, Deadlight from Tequila Works, and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition from Stardock.

Paying more than the average price will get you Terraria, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition, and Crusader Kings II (with 3 DLC Unit Packs).

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Pay-What-You-Want Bundle, PC Games"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 20:53

Bungie has to return the founders’ shares in the game studio that it took away from former music and audio chief Marty O’Donnell, according to a ruling made in an arbitration proceeding.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Court Cases, Halo Series"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 17:23

Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families’ rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death. Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," which gives "heirs and executors" legal authority to take control of a digital account or device, according to Ars Technica.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Delaware, Digital Distribution, Politics..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 21:00

Minecraft creator and Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson has softened his stance on Facebook buying Oculus. In a tweet Friday Persson said that he's no longer angry that Facebook acquired the virtual reality hardware company. On Monday Oculus' Chief Technical Officer John Carmack responded to Persson's tweet offering to help port MineCraft to the Rift. Where the conversation went from there is unknown.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers, Good Press"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 20:33

A new blog post from Puppy Games co-founder Caspian Prince (makers of such PC titles as Titan Attacks, Droid Assault, Ultratron, and Titan Attacks) takes aim at customers and their worth to the indie studio in this day and age.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 20:15

Riot Games' head of EU eSports Jason Yeh tells Polygon that it is not interested in matching the massive prize pool for its League of Legends pro-gaming competitions that Valve offered with Dota 2's The International.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Big Gaming, Big IP, Game Developers, Vid..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 19:58

A fan-made remake of the original Metal Gear game has been shut down by Konami, according to Metal Gear Informer. The shutdown of this project comes months after the publisher initially gave its blessing to the project. The remake was being developed by mod team Outer Heaven, who promised a recreation of the 1987 MSX and NES game. Konami gave its blessing with the condition that the remake was not sold for money.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Konami, Modders"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 18:38

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on Senate Finance Committee Chair Senator Ron Wyden (D-ORE.) to not allow trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be fast tracked and to bring the details of these trade deals into the public eye for further scrutiny.

Treaties like TPP are being written by trade and interest groups who represent corporate interests and are pushed forward in secret by policy makers who are not taking into consideration the rights of citizens in multiple countries.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "EFF, Trans-Pacific Partnership"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 18:23

According to research firm DFC Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales across the world were digital in 2013. Speaking to PCR , the firm also said that it expects this number to increase in the years to come. DFC said earlier this year that the PC games market had surpassed the console gaming sector in terms of total revenues.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Admittedly a Stretch, Digital Distributi..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 17:26

Blizzard has revealed that when the next expansion for World of Warcraft is released later this year, subscribers in the UK will have to pay a slightly larger amount for their monthly subscriptions. When the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft releases this November, the game's monthly subscription fee will increase to £9.99.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Blizzard, U.K., World of Warcraft"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 17:18

Sony is cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 in Japan and discontinuing some models, according to Siliconera.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Japan, PlayStation 3, Sony"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 15:59

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 110), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Andrew Eisen, E. Zachary Knight, Podcast..."
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 13:29

Nintendo has responded to a petition calling on the company to add Robin Williams as a character in the next Legend of Zelda game. Williams and his daughter Zelda were big fans of the game series and have in the past appeared in Nintendo commercials supporting the franchise and other Nintendo games. Williams was an avid gamer and a big fan of Nintendo's series. His daughter is named after the world famous princess from the game as well.

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Author: "james_fudge" Tags: "Game Developers, Gamers Doing Good, Game..."
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