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Microsoft to Include Xbox One App in January Build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:23pm

Microsoft revealed today that it will start testing its new Xbox One app as part of the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Microsoft revealed the new app this week during a Windows 10 media briefing event. The app allows Windows 10 owners (who also own Xbox One) Xbox Live integration, cross platform multiplayer and game streaming from an Xbox One to PC.

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer Joins SpecialEffect Charity

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 7:55pm

Double Fine front man Tim Schafer is one of several new high profile vice presidents newly appointed to help out UK charity Special Effect. The Double Fine Productions CEO and founder joins MP Tom Watson, the BBC’s Kate Russell, Mastertronic’s Andy Payne, UKIE boss Jo Twist and TIGA boss Richard Wilson in the new line-up.

Special Effect is a charity that helps disabled gamers get access to gaming by providing them with assistive technology, services, and software. The charity has been doing this since its inception in 2007.

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'If you had to pick one game for aspiring devs to study, what would it be?'

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:10pm

What game teaches you the lessons you need to know to make games? What game really matters -- and why does it matter? We asked our followers. ...

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Three Million Copies of 'DayZ' Sold To-Date

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:54pm

Bohemia Interactive's Steam Early Access zombie survival shooter DayZ has officially sold 3 million copies of its standalone version, according an announcement by the company. While the game is still in early development, it has managed to garner around 3 million players since its release in December of 2013. The game has also changed a bit over the last year thanks to 24 updates since launch.

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DayZ hits 3 million sales after 13 months in Early Access

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:54pm

The popular standalone version of DayZ has hit 3 million sales in just over a year -- as the team works to rebuild its engine from the ground up. ...

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GLAAD Gives Special Recognition to 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' and 'The Last of Us' DLC

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:53pm

LGBT-advocacy group GLAAD has announced its Media Award nominees, and while games are not traditionally part of this award, the group has given BioWare a "Special Recognition" award for its representation of LGBT characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In its announcement the advocacy group said that Inquisition earned the recognition for its "many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game."

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IGF Student Showcase winners are here news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:31pm
Over 350 entries this year
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SXSW Gaming Award Nominees Revealed

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:03pm

The organizers of the annual South by Southwest Gaming Expo have announced the nominees for this year's SXSW Gaming Awards. The SXSW Gaming Awards take place March 14 in Austin, Texasas part of the annual convention. This year's nominees for the biggest and most prestigious category - Game of the Year - are Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Shovel Knight, and Dark Souls II.

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DayZ standalone sells 3m copies news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:01pm
Hits milestone after just over a year on Early Access
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Get a job: Be a Mobile Game Engineer for Sega Networks

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58am

Sega Networks' Three Rings studio is looking for developers with strong backgrounds in mobile and server-side engineering to work on new mobile and live operations games in San Francisco, CA. ...

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Video: Building Glitch City, a Voltron-like indie dev collective

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:37am

At GDC Next 2014, indie developers Asher Vollmer, Teddy Diefenbach, Ben Esposito and other Glitch City members discuss their failures and successes in founding an indie dev collective and workspace. ...

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The development and sales of a niche iOS game: Freediving Hunter

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:34am

A quick and cost breakdown, and sales/revenue (with promotional costs factored in) for Freediving Hunter, which has been available on the App Store for 8 months. ...

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Don't Miss: Game programming tips from Super Meat Boy's coder

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:21am

Taking your first steps toward your dream game is an overwhelming feeling. In this classic blog, Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes offers practical tips for aspiring (and veteran) developers. ...

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FunPlus signs Apple exec news - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:05am
Greg Essig now head of business development
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Point of Order: IGDA's Position on Net Neutrality, CISPA

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:31am

In a story published earlier this week we reported that the Entertainment Software Association heaped praise on the White House for the portion of President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address dealing with cyber-security issues. Basically the trade group endorsed the President's proposals (to U.S. lawmakers) on cyber-security - which even rights group the EFF says are an "awful lot like CISPA."

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Numbers in games: What they say about us

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:01am

"Clearly I seem to be drawn to games about numbers going up. But the truth of the matter is the numbers in games mean things -- they represent complex systems, whether ecosystems, economies or relationships." ...

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Sony Offers Free Games To Settle 2011 PSN Attack

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:43am

Sony is still dealing with the fallout from the April 2011 attack on PlayStation Network that saw the online service and other related services such as Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment go offline for months. Around 70 million accounts were also compromised during that security breach.

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343 Industries Testing Another 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Beta Update to Fix Matchmaking

Game Politics - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 9:23am

A major update that further tweaks and refines matchmaking in Halo: The Master Chief Collection is being tested by 343 Industries, according to what the developer says in a lengthy Halo Waypoint post. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued with connectivity and matchmaking issues since launch, much to the chagrin of players who wanted to play the remastered collection of Halo games to play against other people online.

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The rough road of taking HyperBowl from arcade attraction to mobile game

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 8:56am

A 2001 arcade attraction game becomes a modern mobile title -- a fascinating story that includes crashed PCs, difficult data exports, and a move to Unity. ...

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