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11
Feb

GamerGate target drops case against harasser that started it all


Game developer Zoë Quinn has been through an awful lot in the 18 months since an ex-boyfriend posted details of his relationship with her online. But now she’s dropping harassment charges against the man who essentially started the GamerGate firestorm because it’s not worth the emotional trauma to carry the case forward anymore. “Ironically, getting a restraining order against Creep Throat [Quinn’s pseudonym for her ex] was the least effective thing I could do in terms of getting him out of my life for good, and for protecting myself,” she writes.

Quinn explains that whenever something happened within the case, her ex would go back and stoke the GamerGate sympathizer fire, and in turn, she (along with family and friends) would be subjected to a new round of threats and abuse. “People kept getting hurt for being close to me, for a poorly worded restraining order that did nothing,” Quinn says.

She mentions that law enforcement officials, judges and lawyers are incredibly ignorant about how the internet works and at one point someone told her to give up her career and stop going online if she didn’t like the abuse. “He barely bothered to look at my huge stack of evidence before declaring he had no idea what the internet was about and didn’t want to know.” The continual threats are something that’s affected her work with Crash Override, the support group she and Alex Lifschitz founded for victims of online abuse, as well.

She says that even if she kept pushing her suit forward, if her ex was imprisoned his legions of followers would see it as martyrdom. Which, based on previous harassment she’s endured, Quinn says the would only give them more fuel for their attacks. So rather than continue the fight in vain, Quinn hopes her withdrawal of charges will help her heal and move on.

Source: Zoe Quinn (Tumblr)

11
Feb

Ys Chronicles II hits Android, Chronicles I goes on sale


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Ys Chronicles is a action-adventure JRPG that has a long and storied past. It first hit American shores all the way back in 1990, and was remade a decade later for release on the PC. The two-part series was fairly popular among a niche demographic, but it finally hit its stride when it arrived on mobile devices. The PSP was the first handheld gaming platform to receive the glory of Ys Chronicles, and its popularity exploded.

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The first game has been available on Android for a while, but developer DotEmu has been insisting all that time that Ys Chronicles II was on its way. Today the epic journey finally arrived, and in celebration, DotEmu is knocking 50% off the purchase price of the first game. That means there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about.

Ys Chronicles II 1

The Android version of the RPG comes with every bit of the content that first wooed audiences on PC and PSP. It also brings a few extra bits and enhancements to the table, including different play modes (Andventure and Time Attack). You can also choose whether to play with the updated, HD graphics, or rock it old school with the traditional sprites. Same goes with the audio: updated soundtrack or classic. There are even a few new artifacts, weapons, and armor sprinkled in there as a perk for mobile players.

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The game is available for a single purchase of $4.99. It’s a complete game with no in-app purchases. If you really want to start at the beginning, be sure to take advantage of the sale going on for the first one by clicking the buttons below.

Get the first one on sale!
Get the second one for $4.99!

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11
Feb

Ys Chronicles II hits Android, Chronicles I goes on sale


Ys Chronicles II 3

Ys Chronicles is a action-adventure JRPG that has a long and storied past. It first hit American shores all the way back in 1990, and was remade a decade later for release on the PC. The two-part series was fairly popular among a niche demographic, but it finally hit its stride when it arrived on mobile devices. The PSP was the first handheld gaming platform to receive the glory of Ys Chronicles, and its popularity exploded.

Ys Chronicles II 2

The first game has been available on Android for a while, but developer DotEmu has been insisting all that time that Ys Chronicles II was on its way. Today the epic journey finally arrived, and in celebration, DotEmu is knocking 50% off the purchase price of the first game. That means there’s never been a better time to see what all the fuss is about.

Ys Chronicles II 1

The Android version of the RPG comes with every bit of the content that first wooed audiences on PC and PSP. It also brings a few extra bits and enhancements to the table, including different play modes (Andventure and Time Attack). You can also choose whether to play with the updated, HD graphics, or rock it old school with the traditional sprites. Same goes with the audio: updated soundtrack or classic. There are even a few new artifacts, weapons, and armor sprinkled in there as a perk for mobile players.

Ys Chronicles II 4

The game is available for a single purchase of $4.99. It’s a complete game with no in-app purchases. If you really want to start at the beginning, be sure to take advantage of the sale going on for the first one by clicking the buttons below.

Get the first one on sale!
Get the second one for $4.99!

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11
Feb

Valve’s VR technology now works with the Unity game engine


For many gaming platforms, the litmus test these days is whether or not they get official support in Unity’s game engine — land that and many developers (and by extension, gamers) are likely to give them a closer look. Valve just got a big credibility boost, then, as Unity is introducing native SteamVR support. If a virtual reality game runs on Unity’s seemingly ubiquitous code, it’s that much more likely to work with the HTC Vive and other SteamVR-friendly headsets. And much like the Unreal Engine, teams can edit in VR if they want to know what a scene will look like for players.

Valve’s not the only one giving Unity the thumbs-up, either. Unity is also adding support for Google Cardboard support, letting devs make VR experiences that won’t cost you or them a lot of money. Both Google and Valve are a bit late to the party — Oculus Rift support has been there for a while. Nonetheless, this is heartening news if you were concerned that game studios wouldn’t show SteamVR enough affection.

Via: Jenn Duong (Twitter 1), (2), (3)

Source: Unity

10
Feb

Shooter classic ‘Descent’ gets a second crowdfunded revival


Apparently, there are a lot of gamers (and game developers) who are still fond of Descent‘s mind-breaking, 6-degrees-of-freedom shooting action. Just months after the success of Descent: Underground, the aptly-named Revival Productions is crowdfunding its own take on the formula, Overload. It doesn’t have the same name as the zero-G combat classic, but there’s arguably a stronger pedigree — co-founders Mike Kulas and Matt Toschlog were instrumental to making the earliest Descent games, and other higher-ups built Descent 3. They remember the mechanics and level design that made the original a cult hit, and they’re hoping to preserve that vibe while introducing modern technology.

It won’t take much to get involved. Revival is promising a digital copy of the game for PC, PS4 or Xbox One if you make a $25 pledge; paying more gets you art, strategy guides, in-game credits and hard copies. There are plans for Mac and Linux versions if the team meets stretch goals, too. You won’t get to play until March 2017 if Overload reaches its target, and it’s not clear if that will happen. How many gamers need to relive their glory days twice? If you missed out on Underground or want to reward some game industry pioneers, though, you now have your chance.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010925172/overload-the-ultimate-six-degree-of-freedom-shoote/widget/video.html

Source: Kickstarter

10
Feb

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne mini-series comes to Android February 25


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Last June, Telltale Games announced that a new episodic game would be coming to the Google Play Store sometime in the Fall of 2016, based on The Walking Dead’s iconic Michonne character. Up until now we’ve heard little to no other details regarding the game, but thankfully Telltale is now ready to spill the beans on some new information.

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, entitled ‘In Too Deep’, will launch on Android and iOS devices starting Thursday, February 25th. This episode will also launch on PC/Mac, Steam, PlayStation 3 and 4, and on the Xbox One and 360 on Tuesday, February 23rd. The second episode, ‘Give No Shelter’, will launch in March, and the final episode, ‘What We Deserve’, will come in April. All three episodes in the mini-series will be available for $14.99 when the first episode debuts. There’s no mention from Telltale as to whether or not each episode can be purchased on its own, but we’re thinking that’s not an option this time around.

It should be noted that the game won’t star Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne in the AMC television series. Instead, Telltale roped in the next best actress out there – none other than Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black. 

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Wondering what the first episode has in store? Here’s a description from Telltale:

In this premiere episode, ‘In Too Deep,’ Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies. When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage. Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne’s absence between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book. Over the three episodes of the miniseries, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

Before the official release, you’ll be able to check out an extended preview of the first episode on Telltale Games’ YouTube channel on Sunday, February 14th at 8:30 pm EST. You’ll get to see the first five minutes of episode one.


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10
Feb

‘The Walking Dead: Michonne’ debuts on February 23rd


The Walking Dead: Michonne is a three-episode miniseries from the undead-drama masterminds at Telltale Games, and the first installment is set to drop on February 23rd for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Android and iOS versions land on February 25th. The premiere episode is titled “In Too Deep” and it ties directly into Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead graphic novel: Michonne disappears between issues #126 and #139, and Telltale’s miniseries divulges what she did during that absence. Spoilers: She becomes a badass pirate.

The first episode follows Michonne as she boards the sailing ship The Companion, which stalks the coastline seeking survivors and supplies. The crew answers a distress call to find the remnants of a gory massacre, and this leads them to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe as they hunt down the person responsible.

“Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne’s absence,” Telltale writes. “Over the three episodes of the miniseries, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.”

Michonne is voiced by Samira Wiley, the actress who portrays Poussey Washington in Orange is the New Black. “In Too Deep” will be followed by the second episode, “Give No Shelter,” in March and “What We Deserve” in April. The entire miniseries is $15.

Telltale promises you don’t need to read the comics or play the previous Walking Dead games to dive into Michonne’s miniseries. But, you should totally do both of those things. The studio will release an extended preview of the premiere episode, complete with developer commentary, on February 14th at 8:30PM EST on the Telltale YouTube channel.

Source: Telltale Games

10
Feb

Make massive mechanizations with Minecraft’s Overworld update


Following on from last fall’s update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which saw the introduction of basic redstone components, Microsoft today announced that the game’s next update will deliver even more advanced mechanisms as well as new enemies and achievements. Players will also be able to more easily share their favorite worlds with a new map import/export function.

The Overworld update, scheduled to drop at the end of February, will include a host of new components including, “comparators, repeaters, dispensers, droppers, hoppers, trapped chests and various additional Minecart types” according to an Xbox Wire post. The update will also bring witches to the two platforms as well as their cauldrons which not only contain randomly generated potions but which can also be used to dye your armor. What’s more, players will be able to show off their most prized possessions — whether it’s loot or a fully-explored map — thanks to the addition of Item Frames.

And for those looking for even more gamer glory, the Windows 10 Edition now offers eight additional achievements for completing various in-game tasks. The Windows 10 version is only available from the Windows Store, though you can pick up the Pocket Edition for iOS, Android, Kindle or Windows Phone from their prospective stores.

Source: Xbox Wire

10
Feb

‘Final Fantasy IX’ is now on iOS and Android


You could argue that Final Fantasy IX is the long-running series’ high point. It’s certainly the highest-rated Final Fantasy game on Metacritic, even if its sales and nostalgic value pale in comparison to Final Fantasy VII. Putting that argument aside for a moment, it’s easy to say that it’s definitely a game worth playing if you like JRPGs. And now — less than two months after it was announced — it’s available on iOS and Android. The bar for entry has never been lower.

The mobile port includes “high-definition movies and character models,” autosave, achievements and a collection of “game boosters” that let you essentially cheat your way through the game. You can speed up time, cut out random encounters or hit every enemy for 9,999 damage. The idea of the boosters is to make the game, which in its original incarnation involved well over a full day’s worth of grinding, more playable for casual gamers.

If grinding on a phone or tablet isn’t your thing — or you don’t have a phone with the necessary 8GB of free space to install it — Final Fantasy IX will also be coming to Steam in “Early 2016,” together with the enhancements mentioned above and some Steam trading cards.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Square Enix (Google Play), (App Store)

10
Feb

Mad Catz posts disappointing results, cuts 37% of workforce


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Mad Catz has been on a decline lately, and the drought doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon. The company is blaming the slowing sales of the Rock Band 4 game for the lack of success.

Despite great initial sales of $65 million, Rock Band 4 failed to reach the company’s expectations its first quarter up for sale. The company was relying on the game for profits and is very disappointed in the results. Total profits dropped from $1.36 million to $1.22 million year-over-year with Rock Band 4 being one of leading contributors for the decline.

It’s never good to see a company fall like this but things are even worse for Mad Catz. Just prior to the results being due, the company’s CEO resigned. This is never a good sign. Not only did the CEO resign, the chairman and vice president of business affairs also announced their retirement. This forced Mad Catz to lower its workforce by about 37%. It’s do or die time now for Mad Catz. If the company wants to get back on track, they better do something soon. We’ll keep you posted with future results and news. For more details, click on the source link down below.

Source: Mad Catz
Via: GameSpot

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