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Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:29pm

To all of our American readers - and on behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight -  I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy this weekend worshipping at the altar of the goddess of meats (or vegetables if that's your jam), drinking tasty beverages (some may or may not contain an alcoholic content), watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos. Maybe one or two of us will even read a book or something!

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Evolutionary biologist: we play violent games, because sex

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:04pm

Evolutionary biologist Michael Kasumovic thinks that the reason many of us play violent video games has a lot do with sex - or at least the competition associated with it. Kasumovic, a member of the Ecology and Evolution Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UK), tells radio program RN Afternoons (on ABCRadioNational) that video games may allow us to practice the competitive ability related to finding a mate.

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Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:09pm

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Mad Catz downplays financial problems

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:59am

Game peripheral company Mad Catz is downplaying a recent admission to investors and in financial documents that the future of the company is in question. At the end of last month Mad Catz warned investors and government filings that it did not meet the requirements of a milestone set by creditor Wells Fargo. The company was supposed to hit a certain number of sales for the month and failed to do so.

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Physical media now an option for 'Shenmue 3' backers

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:18am

The latest update to the Shenmue crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter announces that physical media is now planned. Playstation 4 and PC owners willing to back the project at the $60 level will be able to get a physical copy of the game. This backer level will have a choice of either a physical or digital copy of the game for either PS4 or Windows - a choice backers of this level will make when the company sends out a survey after the Kickstarter concludes.

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Segmentation for mobile game developers

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:59am

"Push Notifications are a great way to (re-)engage with users and reward those who have been very loyal or entice those who haven't played in a while to come back and rejoin the gameplay." ...

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Examining organic tutorials

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:39am

"What makes organic tutorial design work so well is that the player is learning how these mechanics work via situations and challenges that the game is built around." ...

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'Stage Presence' lets you tame a wild crowd with a mic and Oculus Rift

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:18am

Well here's an experience you won't find every day: a game that lets you dodge bottles of urine... sort of. As highlighted by Eurogamer in this report, Stage Presence is described by its creators as a "microphone-based music festival and angry mob simulator" for PC and virtual reality headsets. The goal of the game is to play a set while avoiding things thrown at you by an angry audience.

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Making design tools in Unity: Creating WorldShape

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 9:03am

"How does our WorldShape tool actually work? How might you create your own similar tools? I won't be able to explain every aspect of Unity, obviously, but I'll try to point you in the right direction." ...

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Epic Games leads GDC Europe's lineup of great sponsored talks

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:03am

Passes for GDC Europe 2015 are still available at a discounted Early Bird rate, and as the show draws nigh we're debuting a pair of sponsored sessions on UE4 and PowerVR that you'll want to check out. ...

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Bakersfield, Calif. teacher takes aim at 'Just Dance' world record

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:53am

A Bakersfield California elementary school teacher will attempt to break three world records related to Just Dance beginning on July 11.

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Shoot some clay pigeons, help support Special Effect

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:41am

If you are a game developer living in England then you might want to attend GunsGamesGiving (G3 - get it?), a one-day clay pigeon shooting contest for teams of four. The event is designed to benefit worthy UK-based game-related charity Special Effect. It will take place at Gosterwood Manor in Surrey on August 28 and you can get tickets here.

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Reddit protests takes popular subs offline after AMA coordinator gets fired

Game Politics - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:20am

Parts of Reddit have been set to private - including some of the biggest gaming subreddits - in protest of "Ask Me Anything" coordinator Victoria Taylor getting fired. In response to Taylor getting sacked yesterday, several moderators have decided to set their sections to "private," effectively taking them offline for the rest of the world to peruse.

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Blog: Letting our differences bring us together

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:06am

A rumination on games that satisfy different people: "I thought about other games I wished I could enjoy with my wife, who prefers a more methodical and thoughtful approach than I usually take." ...

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It's Good to Talk news - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:00am
UK Chat app Palringo and the shift to serving gamers
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GunsGamesGiving event lets you shoot for a good cause news - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:53am
Tickets on sale for "G3" clay pigeon day supporting Special Effect
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Inafune: Kickstarter is "confidence-building" for Japanese devs news - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:37am
Mega Man creator believes Bloodtstained and Shenmue 3 success proves that demand still exists
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Blog: Mobile free-to-play games are not evil

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:01am

"It's very common to hear from developers how evil, hurtful or abusive mobile games are. I don't think most of the comments reflect the reality." ...

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Mod Mentality: How Tabletop Simulator was made to be broken

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:00am

Indie devs (and former modders) Jason Henry and Kimiko chat with Gamasutra about why they developed an "online tabletop sandbox" game aimed explicitly at modders, and what they learned along the way. ...

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Corporate crowdfunding might not be all bad news - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:00pm
Sony's First Flight is a morally uncomfortable development - but could result in better games and products
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