Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

July 3, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

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'

July 3, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

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. Read more

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

July 3, 2015

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

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Shoot some clay pigeons, help support Special Effect

July 3, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

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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Boss Fight expands into Austin

July 2, 2015

Boss Fight Entertainment announced today that it is opening up a brand new studio in Austin, Texas. The studio will be headed up by game development veterans Damion Schubert and Matthew Hemby. The new office will focus on the company's first mobile title, Dungeon Boss.

"We view the expansion into Austin as a natural way to scale our operations. There's a long, successful history of gaming in Austin, and an incredible pool of talent there," said CEO David Rippy.

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Report: 'NX' manufacturing could begin as soon as Oct. 2015

July 2, 2015

According to a report in Digitimes, production of Nintendo's next console will begin as soon as October of this year. Read more

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Peter Moore v. The Red Ring of Death

July 2, 2015

Peter Moore, the former boss of all things Xbox while at Microsoft took some time to talk at length about controversies he had to deal with while in charge of the division - including the infamous "red ring of death" issue with early Xbox 360 consoles. Read more

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'Fallout Shelter' coming to Android in August

July 2, 2015

Fallout Shelter, Bethesda's free-to-play bomb shelter management game for iOS which took the mobile gaming world by storm after being announced and released during E3, will soon be making its way to Android devices too. According to several tweets from Pete Hines, vice president of marketing and public relations at Bethesda, the gaming is "coming along nicely" and should be "out next month."

Hines made the comments in response to a question about the progress of the Android version of the game, which non Apple device owners are eager to play.

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'Gaming in Color' now available on Steam

July 2, 2015

MidBoss Games documentary about the culture of gaming as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community, Gaming in Color is officially available for purchase on Steam. Distributed through Devolver Digital Films, the documentary is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, VHX, Gumroad, and Vimeo. The film will is available for a limited time for a 33 percent discount as well - for $4.01.

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PSA: 'MineCon' will be broadcast on Twitch this weekend

July 2, 2015

Can't make it to MineCon, the annual event celebrating all things Minecraft, that is being held in London July 4 - 5? Well then we have some news that might make you feel a little bit better: parts of it will be broadcast live via Twitch.

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Andrew EisenImagine if Nintendo started charging for the Super Guide feature it has in some of it's games. That's what the MGS microtransactions sound like to me.07/05/2015 - 12:36pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamesradar.com/konami-mgs-5s-microtransactions-and-future-franchise/ Konami explains MGS 5's microtransactions & what happens after Koj07/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Andrew EisenFinished Gone Home last night. Really enjoyed that game. Very different. Definitely not for everyone though.07/05/2015 - 11:00am
InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
 

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