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7:00 AM on 01.21.2014

UK anti-porn filters are cocking up League of Legends

The "for the children" UK internet restriction filters are going full bore this month. You remembered to opt out, right? If you didn't, not only are you going to be prevented from seeing my erotic Sonic fanfiction (which is u...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 01.20.2014

Microsoft secretly pays YouTubers to advertise Xbox One

[Update: In a statement, Microsoft said it "was not aware of individual contracts Machinima had with their content providers as part of this promotion and we didn’t provide feedback on any of the videos. We have asked...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 01.15.2014

Apple paying $32.5M to consumers over in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Apple is paying a minimum of $32.5 million over complaints from consumers that incurred charges when kids would spend mo...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Chibi-Robo's buttcheek censorship controversy photo
Chibi-Robo's buttcheek censorship controversy
by Max Scoville

In case you missed yesterday's episode of Podtoid, or you're one of those people who won't do anything for more than ten minutes, here's a brief excerpt in which Jonathan Holmes shocks the rest of the cast with news of Nintendo's fascist removal of cartoon buttocks from Chibi-Robo!: Photo Finder.

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Wii U development drama: Nintendo's box is a Nintendo-box photo
Wii U development drama: Nintendo's box is a Nintendo-box
by Steven Hansen

There was a bit of gloom and Nintendoom over the weekend. An anonymous, chronological account of Wii U development hit Eurogamer. It begins as early as Nintendo touring studios for feedback on its next console venture and ends with a seemingly stressful, rushed launch day release. None of it is particularly cheery, as the developer laments being "stuck" trying to make a game for an underpowered system amidst ever-changing development kits and poor communication.

It fits the narrative well enough. Nintendo is struggling to sell the Wii U. Even the likes of EA doesn't seem terribly interested in developing for it because a low install base can mean low sales.

Then, of course, there was response to the anonymous article. Apparently, "the Wii U is not more difficult to develop for than other platforms," says Renegade Kid's (Mutant Mudds) Jools Watsham.

Can't everyone be right?

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8:00 AM on 01.05.2014

eSports player owed thousands after team CEO disappears

Simon Boudreault is the 23-year-old CEO of the Quantic Gaming eSports team, and he owes a lot of people some money The Daily Dot reports. For starters, pro StarCraft II player Ko Hyun has been owed $23,000 in salary and prize...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:45 AM on 12.20.2013

FireFall board votes out co-founder Mark Kern

Co-founder and CEO of Red 5 Studios, Mark Kern, has been voted out of the company behind FireFall "effectively immediately." Mark was also removed from the board, and no longer has any authority with Red 5. The story comes vi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 AM on 11.19.2013

Latest Tropes vs Women in Games is all very reasonable

"Ms. Male" is not a comfortable thing to say. Really, "Ms." isn't, either. I've just always pronounced it closer to "Miss." Stupid prefixes. Anyway, the newest Tropes vs Women in games -- it's been a while since the last one...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 11.11.2013

Ghosts tales: Ding, dong Xbox One DRM still very dead

Andre "Swami" Weingarten got his Xbox One early due to a mistake by retailer Target. A whole lot came out of that -- an unboxing video, a temporary ban, and an upcoming trip to the Xbox One launch event. The early consoles ha...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 11.01.2013

Your privacy and what Xbox One Kinect really sees

With the privacy concerns games raised recently, Microsoft found themselves needing to fully detail what the Xbox One Kinect sensor sees and sends. A new privacy statement page gets into what Kinect data is collected and how ...

Dale North



What if the next Link was Blasian? photo
What if the next Link was Blasian?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by Sarah Thomas]

A while ago, Jim Sterling, Lindsay Collins and I floated around the idea of doing a "What if?" web comic about videogames. Sadly, the only ideas we could come up with was "What if Yorda from Ico was a guy?" and "What if Alucard from Symphony of the Night was a Shopaholic?" Both ideas had their charms, but that's where the spark went out. 

There was a third idea though -- "What if the next Link was Blasian (Black and Asian)?" The idea was impossible. There is no way that the punchline to that one could fit in a comic strip, in part because the repercussions of a Blasian Link would be so wide spread and long lasting.

There is a precedent for this kind of thing. Black Nick Fury is a huge hit. Black Spider-Man was all over the news when he was first announced, and has continued on to be the only hero in comics to carry on the name. A lot of the characters in Monster Hunter 3 are brown. The new Black Avengers just debuted in comics to positive sales and reviews. Black Annie is set to hit theaters next year in the usual blockbuster style. And don't even get me started on Black Jesus. 

Pop culture seems to be getting more comfortable with familiar characters taking on different races, as long as they successfully carry forward the classic concepts that they were created to represent.  Still, there seems to be a glass ceiling in videogames, where nearly all of the most well known and loved icons are Caucasian.What if Link were the first to break that trend?

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10:45 AM on 10.25.2013

The Stanley Parable dev to remove offensive images

I spent a fair bit of time with The Stanley Parable and didn't find anything offensive, but author Oliver Campbell and others did, and now developer Galactic Cafe plans to release an update to change out two images. Those tha...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism

Wild Games Studio, the company behind Day One: Garry's Incident, is currently caught up in a controversy surrounding criticism of its game on YouTube. Immensely popular PC game critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has accused the ...

Jim Sterling



Jimquisition: Toxic photo
Jimquisition: Toxic
by Jim Sterling

There has been much talk about how the gaming world is too toxic, too negative, too full of anger and rage. Jimquisition argues there might be just the right amount of it. The issue is in how it's used. 

Anger is a powerful weapon, but like all powerful things, it must be handled with care. Venom can be harnessed to our benefit, provided we be careful not to let it spill into our own faces.

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3:15 PM on 10.11.2013

Sakurai criticizes 'unnatural' amount of remakes, sequels

Super Smash Brothers and Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai used his weekly Famitsu column, as translated by Polygon, to reflect on being a judge for the Game Designers' Award at this past Tokyo Game Show. Sony's Unfinished Swan ...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.10.2013

Report: Foxconn used forced student labor to build PS4s

Hong Kong's Oriental Daily (by way of Games in Asia) ran a report detailing how thousands of students from an IT engineering program at the Xi'an Institute of Technology were being forced to work at Foxconn's Yantai plant to ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz