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The 5 things players say they want from a mobile game

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 5:58am

"When questioned about the feelings that arose from their favorite 'sink' games, gamers across the board agreed they like to sink into 'fun core games,' 'a game that is worth my time,' 'more of what I already like.'" ...

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 184 – Miitomo, you Jane

Game Politics - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 5:00am
On this week’s show (episode 184), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss Nintendo firing an employee after months of harassment on social media (24:54 mark), Nintendo’s first mobile app, Miitomo (38:50), and fans being upset over changes by developers to Overwatch (49:50) and Star Ocean (58:04). If you missed Saturday’s live broadcast of ... Read more

Oculus apologises for "unexpected component shortage"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:04am
Delays in shipping headsets caused by supply line issues, says firm
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Activsion Blizzard reshuffle puts Philip Earl in EVP International role

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:00am
Steve Young moves to CRO & EVP, Activision Publishing
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Matters of scale in level design

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:00am

"Star Citizen has many playgrounds, and it falls to the level designers to lay them out and fill them with stuff to do regardless of their scale. However, at every level the philosophy remains the same." ...

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With finances flagging, Rovio refocuses on games as a service

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:00am

After a few bad years, lots of layoffs and multiple leadership changes, the house that Angry Birds built is in a tough spot. The way out, at least according to its new games chief, is free-to-play. ...

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"Bungie has a deal with Activision for 20 years or something. We would be interested in doing something like that"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 11:11pm
Paradox is on the eve of an IPO, but Fredrik Wester isn't looking to settle down
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Mission accomplished, now it’s time to say goodbye

Game Politics - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 7:21pm
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of GamePolitics. In two weeks (on April 18), we will no longer update the site, and after a short while we will archive the contents of the site for backup purposes and take it offline for good. The Entertainment Consumers Association – which owns ... Read more

Slice: Mobile gamers spend average of $87 on in-app purchases

GamesIndustry.biz news - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 2:30pm
Game Of War players spend, on average, $550 to achieve victory
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Dead Space, Saints Row 4 now playable on Xbox One

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:38pm
Microsoft announced today that two Xbox 360 games were joining its Xbox One backwards compatibility family. The latest games made playable on Xbox One are Dead Space and Saints Row 4. Dead Space is also a free Games with Gold game for April, meaning that both Xbox 360 and Xbox One users with an active ... Read more

Nintendo denies Alison Rapp was fired because of ‘online harassment’

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:25pm
Earlier this week Nintendo Treehouse spokesperson Alison Rapp was fired by Nintendo. Rapp found herself on the receiving end of some harassment via social media for the removal of a boob slider in Xenoblade Chronicles X and a petting mini-game in Fire Emblem Fates, among other things. Rapp announced her dismissal on Twitter earlier in ... Read more

Nintendo has no plans to exit the Korean market

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 9:25am
A few days ago we reported that Nintendo Korea had laid off the majority of its staff in the wake of four years of financial loses. Nintendo of Korea has said that despite the restructuring, it has no plans to pull out of Korea and games that are already scheduled will release as planned. There are only ... Read more

The Escapist hit by massive layoffs

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:36pm
Earlier this week Defy Media, the owner of the The Escapist, laid off a majority of employees working out of the Durham, North Carolina offices. The offices have also been shuttered, with plans to move the main offices of The Escapist to Seattle or Los Angeles. Current The Escapist Editor-in-Chief Joshua Vanderwall be running the operation ... Read more

SPJ names final winners in first annual Bill Kunkel Awards

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:08pm
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have announced the final winners in its first annual Bill Kunkel Awards. The awards are named after legendary games journalist Bill Kunkel, who helped found the very first magazine dedicated to home consoles in 1981 (Electronic Games) alongside Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley. Mr. Kunkel died of a heart ... Read more

Valve found guilty of violating Australian consumer law

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:33pm
Back in the summer of 2014, almost a year before Valve adopted its current refund policy, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit against Valve claiming that it misled Australian customers into believing that they were not entitled to refunds for items purchased on Steam under any circumstances. Earlier this week, Kotaku Australia reported ... Read more

Rights groups urge FCC to stop ‘zero rating’

Game Politics - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 4:32pm
Over 50 advocacy and digital rights groups today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to put a halt to zero rating systems put in place by service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T­-Mobile USA. “Zero rating” is a system whereby first and third party content is ... Read more

Three Xbox 360 games now playable on Xbox One

Game Politics - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 4:20pm
Microsoft has made three Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One as part of its backwards compatibility program for the console. The new games are Halo Wars, SoulCalibur II, and The King of Fighters ’98. These new games join other recent editions in the last two weeks including Assassin’s Creed, Dark Void, Dark Souls, ... Read more
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