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Casual casino game studio Idle Gaming acquired by GSN Games

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:14pm

Casino games are still hot in the casual industry, real-money transactions or not, as this latest purchase proves. ...

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38 Studios auction brings in $90K for Rhode Island

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:28pm

The Providence Journal reports that an auction held last week to sell the last earthy possessions of bankrupt game developer 38 Studios brought in around $90,000. The auction consisted mostly of office-related equipment, software and other odds and ends left over from other asset sales. The last asset auction brought in a combined $830,000.

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Verizon CEO urges Congress to update 'Telecommunications Act'

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:18pm

On Friday Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sent a letter to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress urging them to push forward with legislative efforts to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act and defang the FCC, according to The Hill.

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Get a job: Be a Software Engineer for Shield Break Studios

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:16pm

California's Costa Mesa-based indie outfit Shield Break Studios is looking for an engineer skilled in C++ to help with server development of their inaugural game Bierzerkers. ...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends SB 101 on Sunday talk shows

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:14pm

While hitting the Sunday talk show circuit Indiana governor Mike Pence defended SB 101, Indiana's "Religious Freedom Act." Speaking on ABC's This Week political program, Pence said that there is a general misunderstanding of the law and that he has no plans to change it. He also said that his state has been "under an avalanche of intolerance" from "people who preach tolerance every day."

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GSN Games acquires rival Idle Gaming

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:01pm

Social casino games and cash tournament company GSN Games has acquired social casino game studio rival Idle Gaming. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said in a press release announcing the deal today that the acquisition adds both "high-quality talent and mobile platform technologies that support GSN Games’ long-term strategic growth."

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New Twine game simulates life as a AAA game writer

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:50am

Developer Matthew S. Burns has written a Twine game about writing for big-budget games that sheds light on what it might feel like to be in the narrative hotseat during a AAA game design meeting. ...

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Call for Blogs: MOBAs, from design to business, and onward

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:18am

The MOBA genre has blossomed into forms both PC and mobile, and influenced the design of other genres -- and their business models. We want to know how and why. ...

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Community questions Obsidian over 'Pillars of Eternity' in-game trans joke

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:29am

An in-game joke in Obsidian Entertainment's hit RPG Pillars of Eternity has been causing a bit of controversy in social media circles over the last few days. The in-game joke is about a character who kills himself after having sex with a trans person (a woman who "turned out a man").

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Bica Studios closes first seed investment round

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:06am
Portuguese studio "totally focused on creating games as entertainment services"
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Video: Remembering LucasArts' groundbreaking Maniac Mansion

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:01am

Ron Gilbert shares an "odd collection of memories" about the making of 1987's Maniac Mansion, the influential point-and-click adventure that began what many consider a golden era at Lucasfilm Games. ...

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Don't Miss: The undying allure of the Metroidvania

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:54am

From Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ to Symphony of the Night's Koji Igarashi, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt speaks to a swath of developers about the timeless appeal of the "Metroidvania" genre. ...

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New editor for Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:35am
Stephen Daultrey to head up annual
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Sunless Sea sales and funding data: From Early Access to final release

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:22am

Rich data on the indie game: "On 1st July, we launched on Steam. Across all channels - our website, Steam and the Humble Store - we sold 28,423 copies in July. Of those, 72% were in the first week." ...

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UK teachers threaten to report underage gamers

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:14am
"We are advised to contact the police and children's social care"
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PC version of 'DOA 5 Last Round' launches today with missing features

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:54am

The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches today on Steam, but it will be missing a number of features that are found in other versions of the game.

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Bungie's Hamrick jumps to Bethesda

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:42am
Destiny and Halo dev departs after five years
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Recreating inFamous: Second Son's neon run-effect in Unity

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:39am

"I was stunned by the effects the Sucker Punch team made in inFamous: Second Son. I wanted to mimic the particle effect from neon run power in Unity3D but to be scalable also for mobiles." ...

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"Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory gave me brain damage"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:30am
Clint Hocking says prolonged crunch can produce great games, but he had better results with a healthier approach
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Apple CEO pens editorial strongly opposing Indiana's SB 101

Game Politics - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:18am

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an impassioned editorial in the Washington Post expressing his and his company's strong opposition to SB 101 and the multitude of similar bills being proposed in other states.

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