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"Free Guy" gives new hope for video game movies

Good news is springing from gaming movies.

Aug 16, 2021 - Technology
Exclusive: Sony’s PlayStation boss moves past console wars

Ryan talks PS5 shortages, mobile, the Cyberpunk delisting and more.

Jun 11, 2021 - Technology
Meet the Black developers making your new favorite games

Its Black Voices in Gaming Freshman Class highlights developers with games coming out through 2022.

May 20, 2021 - Technology
Game developers break silence around salaries

The hashtag #GameDevPaidMe has reemerged as game developers fight for better working conditions.

May 10, 2021 - Technology
The inevitability of mobile gaming, like it or not

"Call of Duty Mobile," released in 2019, has reached 500 million downloads worldwide.

May 5, 2021 - Technology

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Nintendo dates “Mario” movie for 2022, casts Chris Pratt as Mario

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Nintendo interrupted one of its semiannual Nintendo Direct gaming showcases today to tease plans for its upcoming animated Super Mario movie.

Why it matters: Nintendo’s movie hype, just like its recently opened theme park in Tokyo, is part of its expansion beyond gaming.

Japanese gaming giant Konami at a crossroads

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Some unusual new game releases from Konami highlight the strange state of one of gaming's most legendary companies.

Why it matters: Konami was once as revered as Capcom, Sega, Square, Nintendo and other Japanese game-makers, but it has drifted into other businesses and lost the confidence of many players, particularly in the West, who are no longer quite clear what it stands for.

Marvel's "Guardians" gamble

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Eidos-Montréal's upcoming entry into the Marvel gaming universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy," has big shoes to fill — but may just be on track.

The details: A recent demo given to the press covers part of the game's fifth chapter, where the Guardians find themselves exploring an oddly deserted Nova Corps station.

"Fortnite" blacklisted from Apple store

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Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney said Wednesday that Apple has "blacklisted ['Fortnite'] from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals," a process that could take up to five years.

Why it matters: It appears "Fortnite" won't be returning to the Apple store any time soon.

"Alan Wake Remastered" highlights gaming's preservation challenges

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Next month’s release of “Alan Wake Remastered” highlights one of the most frustrating things about gaming: new games age quickly, and, before you know it, they become hard to access or play.

Why it matters: Games have such a significant preservation problem that even an acclaimed interactive thriller like “Alan Wake,” released a mere 11 years ago, needs an expensive salvage effort to bring it to a large audience today.

Youth gaming platform Roblox rolls out new age verification system

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Roblox is rolling out an age verification system starting Tuesday that involves a lot more than asking users to click a birthdate from a dropdown menu and really, please, don’t lie.

Why it matters: Roblox is promoting this as a way to safely roll out new features like voice chat, which will only be offered to users 13 and older.

Chapter 2 of "Deltarune" to be released free

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Toby Fox, creator of indie darling "Undertale," is releasing the second chapter only of his new game, "Deltarune," for free.

Why it matters: "Deltarune" is the episodic, highly anticipated sophomore title from creator Toby Fox.

The SEC investigates Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Activision Blizzard in regards to the company's recent scandal over sexual misconduct and discrimination at the company, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The investigation is the latest in a series of high-profile escalations against Activision Blizzard.

“Diablo” developers speak on game and company issues

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The creators of “Diablo II: Resurrected” say people should “do what they feel is right,” when considering whether to buy next week’s big release from Activision Blizzard.

Why it matters: “Resurrected” is the first game from Activision Blizzard since California filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company, largely over sexism, harassment and other workplace problems at Blizzard, where the “Diablo” series was created.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 15, 2021 - Technology

Report finds gamers face more harassment online

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A new survey by the Anti-Defamation League finds that those who play online games are encountering an increasing amount of harassment as part of their experience.

Why it matters: The study found that the level of harassment reported by adults increased for the third year in a row. And, measuring players ages 13–17 for the first time, the ADL said three out of five young people experienced harassment.

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