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Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy

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Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy

Former California State Senator and staunch anti-violent-game activist Leland Yee has pled guilty to charges of racketeering.

Yee's admissions included accepting bribes in an official capacity, as well as engaging in a conspiracy that involved money laundering and the illegal shipment of weaponry from the Philippines to the United States; the charges were reduced to racketeering as a result of his plea.

Back in 2005, Yee authored a controversial state law that, had it not been overturned by the US Supreme Court, would have criminalised the sale of violent video games to children, with little official line as to what constituted "violent".

Ironically, at the time, he told the San Jose Mercury News, "This is the same technology the armed forces use to help soldiers kill the enemy. All we're saying is, 'don't sell it to kids.'"

A sentence will be passed on Yee and three of his associates in October, at which point Yee will face up to 20 years in prison and fine of up to a quarter-million dollars.

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Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play

Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play

Funcom has transitioned its Lego Minifigures Online MMO from a free-to-play model to a more traditional single price point.

The move flies in the face of usual industry practices, which have seen many massively multiplayer games go free-to-play after problematic pay-to-play launches.

"It became clear to us that free-to-play business model wasn't working as well as we had hoped for with the intended audience, and it was detrimental to the gameplay experience," said Minifigures executive producer Lawrence Poe.

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Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival

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Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival

GX Australia in Sydney will become Down Under's first queer game convention next year.

Formerly known as GaymerX (and itself the subject of feature documentary Gaming in Colour), the festival originated in San Francisco in 2013, and is currently acquiring funding from publishers and other companies to make the show happen in Australia.

"We want to create an opportunity for people who feel out of place at mainstream gaming and pop culture conferences the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, hang out with others like them, and have fun without worrying that they might be made to feel unwelcome," said GX Australia director Joshua Meadows.

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Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps

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Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps

Uncharted 4's single-player component will run at 30fps, while the multiplayer is aiming for 60fps, Naughty Dog says.

Following a stream of an extended version of the game's E3 demo, the developers confirmed the single-player game will run at 30 frames per second in 1080p resolution.

Co-lead designer Anthony Newman cited development time as the reason for sticking to 30fps.

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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016

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Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016

Nintendo plans to launch its next-generation NX console in July 2016, according to sources at the company's parts suppliers.

Foxconn Electronics is allegedly set to manufacture the console, but competitor Pegatron Technology is engaged in a bidding war for some of the orders.

Sources say mass production is set to start between May and June 2016, which points towards a July launch, with an aim of shipping 20 million NX consoles in the first year of release.

A 2016 release would see Nintendo fall out of lock-step with Microsoft's and Sony's generational shifts.

Meanwhile, in Nintendo's annual Japanese shareholder meeting, president Satoru Iwata conceded that the early announcement of the NX was designed to quell rumours that Nintendo would bail on its hardware business, following the disappointing reception of the Wii U.

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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex

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Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex

Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes have teamed up to produce a new RPG entitled Elex.

The Gothic creators' game is a post-apocalyptic science-fantasy ARPG built on moral choices and action in an open world.

Piranha Bytes game director Björn Pankratz, full of enthusiasm, says his studio "can't wait to show you a completely new game experience with a fresh setting, new assets and plenty of possibilities."

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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

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Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha

The closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront went live today, sparking a flurry of leaks of gameplay details and footage.

The footage, none of which has stayed up online long enough to provide a reliable embed, depicts a raging battle on Hoth, replete with enemy bombers and AT-ST walkers.

Other details were gleaned from poking around in the game's UI and file structure.

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Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

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Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will not feature Samus as a playable character, says director Kensuke Tanabe.

Responding to intense fan criticism about the 3DS spinoff, Tanabe said the focus on co-op is "an attempt to expand the Metroid universe," and that it "wouldn't make sense" for players to control four Samus clones.

He added, "You may be able to see Samus in the game," hinting at a possible cameo appearance from the traditional Metroid lead character.

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Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC

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Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC

Warner Brothers knew the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state," but shipped it anyway, according to two anonymous QA staff.

Speaking with Kotaku, the two quality assurance testers stated that the PC port's bugs and graphical issues "were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago".

“We reported literally thousands of bugs that were specific to the PC version relating to the frame rate,” said the source. “All sorts of f***ed up texture issues. The Batmobile in particular has always f***ed things up on PC.”

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First episode of King's Quest launches July 28

First episode of King's Quest launches July 28

The first episode of the new King's Quest will launch July 28, Sierra says.

Titled King's Quest: A Knight to Remember, the episode is the first of five in a reboot that aims to capture the 30-year-old series' trademark quality of adventure and writing.

Pre-orders for the full set of episodes are open now.

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Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games

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Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games

Australia has banned hundreds of mobile titles that have been "refused classification" under a new pilot programme.

Working with the International Age Rating Coalition, which asks developers to self-evaluate the nature of their in-game content, the Australian Classification Board has refused classification for over 260 games that do not "reflect the Australian community's expectations and standards."

All banned games so far come from Google Play and the Firefox Marketplace; the IARC expects Xbox Live, Nintendo's eShop, and the PlayStation Store to follow suit. As the iOS App Store is subject to its own internal ratings system, it is not part of the IARC's programme.

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Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space

Australian company Flat Earth Games has announced Objects In Space, a stealth space trading game with a cerebral, "modempunk" twist.

Eschewing the dogfight-style mechanics of most other space games, Objects In Space is played in a world of computer readouts, physical switches, and other '70s retro-future accoutrements.

The Metrocide developer says that in creating space battles without even seeing opponents, they aim to evoke "the nerve-wracking and cerebral battles from Star Trek II and The Hunt For Red October," rather than the high-octane action of Star Wars.

As a largely text-based game, Objects In Space will feature a wide range of stories and narratives, covering everything from complex politics to tabloid journalism.

Objects In Space is tentatively set for a 2016 release, with the first playable alpha to appear at PAX Australia this year.

News Index


Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play
Lego Minifigures Online goes pay-to-play
NEWS F2P "detrimental to the gameplay experience".
Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival
Sydney to host Australia's first queer gaming festival
NEWS GX migrates Down Under.
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Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy
Anti-game politician admits to weapon smuggling conspiracy
NEWS Faces 20 years in prison.
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Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps
Uncharted 4 single-player runs at 30fps; multiplayer 60fps
NEWS Plus: Photo Mode confirmed.
3
Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex
Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes announce RPG Elex
NEWS "Lavish" post-apocalyptic science-fantasy.
1
Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016
Nintendo NX console rumoured for July 2016
NEWS Manufacturers locked in bidding war.
7
Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
Gameplay details leak from Star Wars Battlefront alpha
NEWS Vehicles, maps, emotes, and more.
5
Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space
Aussie dev announces "modempunk" starship sim Objects In Space
NEWS One ping only.
Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"
Putting Samus in new Metroid Prime "wouldn't make sense"
NEWS Nintendo focuses on co-op.
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First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
First episode of King's Quest launches July 28
NEWS Sierra's reboot is headed your way.
Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC
Rumour: WB knew Batman: Arkham Knight was in "a horrible state" on PC
NEWS QA testers reveal all.
PC, XO, PS4
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Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
Australian government bans hundreds of mobile games
NEWS Google Play hardest hit.
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Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe
Sony at "70 to 90 percent" market share in Europe
NEWS "Extremely significant."
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Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely
Star Citizen's FPS module delayed indefinitely
NEWS Confine your shooting to space (for now).
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Microsoft's Gamescom plans include Crackdown, Scalebound, Quantum Break
Microsoft's Gamescom plans include Crackdown, Scalebound, Quantum Break
NEWS Bringing big titles to Cologne.
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Mojang quietly halts development on Scrolls
Mojang quietly halts development on Scrolls
NEWS Servers to keep running for at least a year.
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Nolan North confirms The Last Of Us 2's existence
Nolan North confirms The Last Of Us 2's existence
NEWS Not the last after all.
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Valve sells out of earlybird Steam hardware orders
Valve sells out of earlybird Steam hardware orders
NEWS Sorry, folks.
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Star Wars Battlefront leads Best Of E3 Awards
Star Wars Battlefront leads Best Of E3 Awards
NEWS Celebrating the show's best marketing.
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Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play
Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play
NEWS No more local multiplayer for Master Chief.
XO
Action: First-Person
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Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones
Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones
NEWS Bethesda figures it's big enough already.
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Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox
Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox
NEWS Trading in Tamriel for Pandora?
Amy Hennig's Star Wars game "in the style of" Uncharted, cancelled 1313
Amy Hennig's Star Wars game "in the style of" Uncharted, cancelled 1313
NEWS Nolan North dishes info.
Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains
Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains
NEWS A URL you can't refuse.
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Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps
Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps
NEWS Imgur campaign works a treat.
PC, XO, PS4
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Bethesda's E3 showcase may have been a one-off
Bethesda's E3 showcase may have been a one-off
NEWS Slate will dictate.
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Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC
Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC
NEWS "A big mess up that shouldn't happen."
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"
Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"
NEWS Or making games for kids.
Fixing Batman: Arkham Knight PC "will take some time"
Fixing Batman: Arkham Knight PC "will take some time"
NEWS First patch out now.
PC, XO, PS4
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has a 20-player online mode
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has a 20-player online mode
NEWS New-gen consoles only.
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