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The Stanley Parable dev to remove offensive images


Update incoming
Oct 25
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... read

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism


Exploiting YouTube's copyright protection is kind of poopy, guys
Oct 21
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 ... read

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. read feature

Sakurai on remakes

Sakurai criticizes 'unnatural' amount of remakes, sequels


Not that Nintendo doesn't make new IP, or anything...
Oct 11
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 ... read

Report: Foxconn used forced student labor to build PS4s


Foxconn and Sony respond
Oct 10
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 ... read
Russia funding patriotism

Russia to fund games 'conducive to patriotic education'


They're Russian to ban certain foreign games, too
Oct 09
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... read
Women for Warface

Crytek's Warface is getting playable women soldiers


It's still a dumb name; also, the ladies are sexualised because of fan feedback
Oct 09
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... read
Breaking Zelda

Legend of Zelda producer wants to uproot series tradition


Someone at Nintendo speaking my language. Figuratively.
Oct 03
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... read
Videogame war crimes

Red Cross wants war crimes in videogames to be punished


Crossing red lines
Oct 03
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... read
NBA Jam illuminati

Conspiracy! NBA Jam designer nerfed Bulls late game shots


NBA damn!
Sep 30
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... read

Here's one good and one sad GTA V related story


The sad story is REALLY sad
Sep 17
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... read

Game Debate to the Death! Favorite GTA game?


Grab a cup of hot coffee and join the debate!
Sep 10
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... read
Inafune on Japanese games

Inafune: Japanese game industry has 'gotten worse'


Case closed: Inafune is NOT IMPRESSED
Sep 03
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... read
Prey 2

Arkane Studios' Prey 2 reboot confirmed via leaked e-mail


Pitched as a spiritual successor to System Shock
Aug 15
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... read
Xenoblade

GameStop taking heat amid Xenoblade controversy


Gamers accuse retailer of scamming customers
Aug 13
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... read
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. read feature

Rhymedown Spectacular: The Straw Beast


The brains behind Jimquisition and Zero Punctuation get lyrical
Aug 07
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! read

Volition weren't fans of THQ's porn star marketing push


There will be over 100 tracks spanning seven radio stations too
Aug 07
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... read
Company of Heroes 2

Company of Heroes 2 removed from sale in Russia


Relic's WW2 RTS title also removed from other Eastern European countries
Aug 05
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... read
Tropes vs Women in Games

Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress part 3


The dude abides
Aug 02
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... read
Having a crack at that whole Phil Fish thing
In this extra episode, Jimquisition lends a rambling mouth to the controversy surrounding Phil Fish and his dramatic exit from the videogame world. read feature

Nintendo and Evo

Nintendo wanted to shut down Smash Bros at Evo entirely


You can't watch what doesn't happen!
Jul 12
A couple days ago, Nintendo ruffled some tail feathers when it tried to ban Evo 2013, the world's largest fighting game tournament, from streaming its Super Smash Bros. Melee finals. This IP controlling move echoed Nintendo's... read

Microsoft clarifies Xbox One's Killer Instinct situation


Not scripted, says Microsoft
Jun 10
[Update: Microsoft has issued a response to the kerfuffle surrounding the incident this morning, which reads as such: "The comments in question during the Killer Instinct demo were not scripted. The demo was meant to include... read
Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

The Dishwasher: VS finally ported to PC, just not legally


'This is restoration of justice'
Jun 05
Ska Studios has a pretty well-documented allegiance to publishing its games through the Xbox Live Arcade platform. The company's 2011 hit The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been an exclusive to the Microsoft service until... read

MMOs don't work in the US, Take-Two CEO says


But they do work in Asia
May 31
Did you know Take-Two was investing in the MMO genre? They sure are, but don't be surprised by your lack of knowledge on their projects as these MMOs are targeted just for Asia. "We're actively investing in online MMOs, we're... read

Take-Two: Delight consumers, don't punish them


CEO Strauss Zelnick talks used games
May 31
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick gave a talk at the Cowen Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, where he had a number of things to say about his company and the industry as a whole. Strauss brought up the used games fee that... read

Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Damsel in Distress part 2


The Call of Sarkeesian rings out once more
May 29
Tropes vs Women in Video Games, the series that is single-handedly destroying all of gaming because a woman said a thing on the Internet once, has launched its second episode. That'll explain why all babies cried out in the ... read

Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed


Vice President tells Reverend Asshole that'd be just fine
May 14
Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran... read
Tomodachi Collection

Nintendo removing same-sex relationships from 3DS game


Platform holder to patch 'strange' human relationships in Tomodachi Collection
May 13
Nintendo is patching a "bug" in Tomodachi Collection: New Life that allows male characters to date, marry, and even raise children with one another. The company has announced an update will fix "human relationships that ... read
Jimquisition happens every Monday!
A common argument in the ongoing debate over gender and videogames is that women and men both are equally objectified. Is that really true? As always, Emperor God King Jim Sterling puts His holy foot down and delivers wisdom true to the masses. He totally isn't smug about it, either! read feature

SimCity

Will Wright: SimCity's server issues were 'inexcusable'


'I kind of did predict there'd be a big backlash about the DRM stuff.'
May 07
Game Industry International caught up with legendary designer Will Wright who shared his thoughts on the train wreck of a launch SimCity suffered with all of the server issues players experienced when trying to play the game.... read

Boy tries to rape mom, kills her, over Call of Duty ban


Uses the gun he was given at 11-years-old
May 04
A 14-year-old boy from rural Iowa has been charged with first degree murder after shooting his mother with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a present. Noah Crooks, who was 13 at the time, attempted to rape his mother i... read






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