America’s Federal Trade Commission has settled charges against gaming and media streaming website Machinima Inc., which was under investigation for deceptive practices.
Machinima was found to have violated the FTC Act in relation to an Xbox One advertising campaign the company ran when the system launched in late 2013.
The campaign in question consisted of two phases.
In the first, Machinima instructed five of its YouTube personalities to create positive videos for the Xbox One. In these videos, each personality had to discuss two or three Xbox One features they were looking forward to, and also outline what they enjoyed in launch title Ryse: Son of Rome.
However, they could not disclose that they were being paid for the positive comments.
The BBC has launched and subsequently pulled the debut trailer for upcoming Grand Theft Auto film, The Gamechangers, but it lives on online.
Described as a "factual drama", the 90-minute film goes behind the scenes of the creation of classic open world title Grand Theft Auto III.
It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as since-disbarred anti-video games attorney Jack Thompson.
Outcry over the contents of an educational game about the slave trade has seen a segment of the game voluntarily removed.
However, the game’s developer has expressed disappointment over the furore, and condemned those who call his studio racist.
Playing History 2 - Slave Trade has been available on Steam since September 2013, but a recent promotion saw it catch the eye of several people unhappy with some of its content – namely, a Tetris-like mini-game wherein the player stacks slaves into a boat.
A patch for the much-criticised PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was briefly available overnight, before disappearing like a masked vigilante falling into an open manhole.
The 626MB patch was released to those who opted into the beta version of the game on Steam, and according to those who managed to install it, vastly improved the game’s performance.
According to Steam users, it added graphics options to the menu and smoothed out frame rates.
State of Decay developer Undead Labs has pulled the plug on free-to-play Early Access monster battler Moonrise due to a lack of interest.
Moonrise has been available on PC via Early Access for three months, and also on iOS in some countries.
“The free-to-play model, and the mobile market, are new territory for Undead Labs, so we’ve been paying close attention to these numbers to make sure we’re making a game people are excited to play, and also a game that we can operate profitably and sustainably with the level of support you expect,” said Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain.
Three of the six Steam games that have sold more than a million copies this year are Early Access tiles.
According to Steam Spy data, Grand Theft Auto V, Cities: Skylines, Rocket League H1Z1, Besiege, and Ark: Survival Evolved have all sold more than a million copies since the start of the year.
The latter three are still in Early Access, which demonstrates the popularity of the model despite only a quarter of Early Access games making it to full release as of November last year.
Star Wars Battlefront will not feature a server browser on console or PC, DICE has confirmed.
“Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser, but will utilize a new skill based matchmaking system,” publisher Electronic Arts wrote on Twitter and Reddit – the former specifically in response to a question about the game’s PC version.
Server browsers are useful online multiplayer titles as they allow players to search for a match using filters such as ping, map, number of players, game mode, and social group.
Aucklanders will get a chance to preview upcoming Xbox One games and chat with developers at an event taking place later this month.
XONZ will allow the public to go hands-on with games including Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Forza Motorsport 6, Lego Dimensions, Cuphead, Plague Inc., and Wasteland 2: The Director’s Cut.
Attendees will also get hands-on with the new Xbox Elite controller, and the chance to talk with developers from 343 Industries (Halo), Microsoft (Forza) and Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider), who are flying in especially for XONZ.
Imperial City, the first DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, is now available for PC and Mac.
It will be available for Xbox One on September 15, and PlayStation 4 on September 16.
“Imperial City, the heart of the Cyrodiilic Empire, has fallen to Daedric Prince Molag Bal and now all three alliances must battle not only against the Daedric forces, but against each other as well!” said Zenimax Online Studios.
“Nothing is resolved, it just abruptly cuts to the end credits around the four-hour mark – on a cliffhanger of all things.”
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