Feminist critic and gaming gadfly Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans to create a new series that explores masculinity in video games.
Sarkeesian made the announcement in non-profit Feminist Frequency's first annual report.
In addition to producing new episodes of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Sarkeesian and company will produce a new miniseries that presents "examples of positive female characters in video games", and a series that explores "the representation of men and masculinity in video games."
Sarkeesian's personal profile grew exponentially in 2014. Last year, expenditures at Feminist Frequency totaled US$64,200. The proposed budget for 2015 is six times that, US$400,000. Donations in the final quarter of last year, after Sarkeesian was driven from her home by anonymous death threats, totaled US$397,778.
Sarkeesian posted the following update to the Kickstarter page for Tropes vs. Women in Video Games:
A nationwide product recall has been issued for Saints Row 4: Re-Elected on PlayStation 4 in Australia.
According to a statement issued to press, the version of the game sold in Australia over the weekend was incorrectly classified.
"Unfortunately over the weekend, it has come to light that the PlayStation 4 retail release of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has a serious manufacturing issue and a nationwide recall is now underway in Australia," reads the statement.
A remaster of David Cage's 2005 adventure Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy) is allegedly coming to PC and Mac this month.
Eurogamer spotted a since-removed Amazon entry for the game, titled Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered.
The release date was stated as January 29, and the price was US$10 for a Steam key for the uncut (European) version.
Dying Light’s Be the Zombie mode will now be made available to all players for free, Techland has announced.
The mode, which allows a player to control certain zombies in the game and attack others online, was originally a pre-order-only bonus.
However, Techland has announced that physical copies of Dying Light have been delayed a month in regions outside of North America, and so by way of apology, it will gift the mode to everyone for free.
Game designer and former Microsoft insider Peter Molyneux has warned the company not to overpromise on what its holographic headset can deliver.
"I did see the early versions of HoloLens and played around with a few things on it," Molyneux told GamesIndustry.biz. "It was very, very early days in the technology. It is, I have to say a magical experience, seeing these objects in the real world. The problem I think is to make it feel like it is in the real world and not projected into your eye. I think it's, for me, more exciting than even VR but it shares a similar problem as VR does and that is: what is the application going to be?"
"For me, some of the stage demos they had were magical as they were building drones on stage and you start to think back to your Kinect days and how exhausting that would be to move your arm around and tap with your fingers. And this is the problem with VR - the applications that we think are going to be great on it quite often are exhausting or very challenging. My hope is that their concept video doesn't over promise what the technology can deliver. Because the actual experience of seeing a 3D object projected into the world is a magical one.
The latest project to emerge from Ubisoft’s passion project incubator is Grow Home, a physics-based platformer for PC.
Grow Home is being developed by an eight-person team at Driver: San Francisco studio Ubisoft Reflections, and was inspired by the likes of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wall-E.
According to Ubisoft, Grow Home is the story of BUD, a Botanical Utility Droid sent on a mission across the galaxy to seek out a new species of flora to help oxygenate his home world. He finds the perfect specimen in the Star Plant – a giant beanstalk he must climb so he can harvest its seeds.
Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman says Nintendo's current management team "do not understand modern gaming".
Adelman, a developer liaison who left Nintendo in August 2014, has been outspoken about the company since his departure. He claimed to have been issued a social media gag order after he described the "Wii U" name as "abysmal".
In a new interview with Dromble, Adelman gave his view on why Nintendo is so slow to adopt new trends in gaming.
Free-to-play online multiplayer shooter APB Reloaded is on its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
It is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2015, and like the PC version will contain microtransactions.
An Xbox Live Gold subscription will be required on Xbox One, but PlayStation 4 owners can play it without PlayStation Plus.
Microsoft has said it is exploring the possibility of streaming PC games to the living room via Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the Xbox app for Windows 10, which will allow users to stream Xbox One exclusives to Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Microsoft demonstrated Forza Motorsport 5 being played on a Surface Pro 3 tablet.
In a session after the reveal, Xbox lead Phil Spencer said Microsoft is looking at streaming in the other direction as well.
“By combining two very different playstyles and providing some surprising depth, Evolve just might be the multiplayer game to look out for this year.”
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