'Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket'
[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...
Due to the FTC complaint settlement
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...
Excerpt from Podtoid #278
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.
Everyone is right. The Wii U still needs games.
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 end...
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...
The last of the four founders ousted from Red 5 Studios
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...
Don't fly off the handle all at once now
"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...
Xbox One to work "exactly" like 360
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...
Concerns addressed in Microsoft privacy statement
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 ...
What would the internet do?
[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 gu...
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.
Exploiting YouTube's copyright protection is kind of poopy, guys
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 ...
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.
Not that Nintendo doesn't make new IP, or anything...
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 ...
Foxconn and Sony respond
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 ...
Russia funding patriotism
They're Russian to ban certain foreign games, too
The Russian government is taking videogames seriously. Russia's culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, who also heads The Russian Military History Society, is taking charge on the government's videogame project. The first produc...
It's still a dumb name; also, the ladies are sexualised because of fan feedback
Warface, which I still can't say with a straight face, is adding playable women avatars to the fray. According to executive producer Joshua Howard, speaking to Games Beat, the "female characters are a big hit" in Russia, wher...
Someone at Nintendo speaking my language. Figuratively.
Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma seems to have radical ideas. As radical as you might expect from Nintendo, anyway. In an interview with 4Gamer, translated by Siliconera, Aonuma explained the heavily reported mistranslati...
Crossing red lines
On its website, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a suggestion that videogames aiming to realistically recreate modem battlefields (and only those games) should include, "virtual [in-game] penalties for ser...
If you've ever had some bogus shenanigans go down in a sports game -- maybe Mark Sanchez threw a pass to the intended receiver instead of an opposing DB or Matt Cain missed his change-up location -- I'm here to tell you now a...
The sad story is REALLY sad
First the good news by way of Breakfast Television: Two teen brothers helped attempt to save the life of an elderly man trapped in his home due to a fire. 17-year-old Colten and 16-year-old Luke were on their way back home af...
Grab a cup of hot coffee and join the debate!
In the previous debate we matched the three current generation consoles against one another to see which would be the victor of this era of gaming. When the dust settled, the PS3 ran away with the crown, but who claimed secon...
Inafune on Japanese games
Case closed: Inafune is NOT IMPRESSED
It's been a few years since Mega Man creator and former Capcom honcho Kenji Inafune made waves by saying Japan makes awful games. He hasn't really stopped ringing the death knell since. Earlier this year he declared Japan's g...
Pitched as a spiritual successor to System Shock
For months, rumors have been floating around the web regarding the status of Human Head's upcoming shooter, Prey 2. Despite a relatively strong showing at E3 2011, the title remained in development hell, plagued with del...
Gamers accuse retailer of scamming customers
Over the past few days, GameStop has found itself in the midst of a controversy surrounding the used sales of Xenoblade Chronicles, a fan-favorite and a game which the retailer had negotiated an exclusive contract to distribu...
Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Why do gamers defend their favorite titles from criticism with such volatility? According to some, it's because they don't want to see their genitalia removed.
Is inclusivity the enemy of creativity? Is restriction an inherent part of congeniality? The Jimquisition considers recent controversies against the fear of a game being "neutered" to "pander" to new audiences.
The brains behind Jimquisition and Zero Punctuation get lyrical
This week, your good buddies Yahtzee n' Jim both take a turn for the horrific. There's a loving ode to Slender Man, coupled with the boasting of the nefarious Straw Beast. The eldritch terrors that lie within are not for the faint of heart.
You have been warned. Wooooaaaaahhhhhh!
There will be over 100 tracks spanning seven radio stations too
Volition's associate producer Kate Nelson spoke with Edge Online about all things Saints Row, and specifically brought up how the team weren't fans of THQ's marketing push using porn stars.
“I did not always love how mu...
Relic's WW2 RTS title also removed from other Eastern European countries
Whilst our own Joshua Derocher loved Company of Heroes 2, it has not gone down too well in Russia and Eastern Europe. Polgyon reports that the game's publisher in those regions, 1C-SoftClub, has removed the game from sale, bo...
The dude abides
In the third "Damsel in Distress" portion of Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Anita Sarkeesian looks at the "ironic sexism" that has accompanied retro sensibilities being in vogue and looks at the reversal of the "damsel" tro...