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  • GameStop Considers Itself 'Essential Retail' as It Endangers the Lives of Its Employees

    Imagine being this full of yourself.

    GameStop, the physical retailer that sells video games and video game accessories, told all of its stores today that they should remain open. A memo sent to all store managers says that all stores should remain open even if the city or state goes on lockdown to protect against the spread of Covid-19. The retailer told its employees that they, much like grocery stores and pharmacies, are "essential retail" and are thus exempt from abiding...
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  • Op-Ed: Paying for Game Mods? No Thanks

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    Op-Ed: Paying for Game Mods? No Thanks

    Recently, Valve introduced the ability to have mod makers put a price on the mods they make. I don't support it. I won't support modders that try to sell me a sword for $2. I won't support those that try to sell me a pack of mods, some of which were free for years, for more than the normal cost of the game itself.

    I'm all for supporting mod makers but the way Valve is attempting to do it, is not the right way of going about it. Set up an optional donation...
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  • Op-Ed: The PC Release of Mortal Kombat X Seems Silly and Dumb

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    Op-Ed: The PC Release of Mortal Kombat X Seems Silly and Dumb

    To put it mildly, the PC release of Mortal Kombat X seems to be a bit of a clusterfuck. I "preloaded" the game last night and was surprised to see that it was only a bit over 3GB in size. "Huh, that's weird," I thought. I shrugged it off and instead proceeded to play the PC release of Grand Theft Auto V instead. Now, despite there being a few minor issues (unless you had certain 9xx series Nvidia cards), the PC launch of GTAV went really, really smoothly. This is especially in comparison ...
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  • 2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 2

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    2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 2

    Let's continue where I left off in "2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1" from yesterday!

    Xbox One Lacks a Screenshot Feature The Xbox One shipped with even fewer features than the PlayStation 4 did, but a lot of cool new features have been added to the system regularly throughout the year. However, it still lacks a feature that fans have wanted from the start: The ability to take screenshots. The system already has the ability to record short gameplay clips...
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  • 2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1

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    2014's Biggest Disappointments in the Gaming Industry - Part 1

    As we near the end of another year it's time once again to collect our thoughts and think back on all the absolute garbage we have all had to endure from the gaming industry over these past 12 months. This ranges from terrible games, to terrible developers and publishers, the gaming press, and even the gaming community. Undoubtedly, some of the "worst" offenders will be obvious, but maybe, just maybe, there will be a few surprises included below. This will differ from previous years in that thi...
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  • Op-ed: Why The Escapist Employees Are Forbidden to Speak Publicly About #GamerGate

    Between yesterday and today, word started to circulate that some unverified number of media outlets are preventing their employees from talking about #Gamergate in any way, shape, or form. At least one confirmation has come from the sea of rumors and it is for none other than The Escapist, home to Zero Punctuation and former residence of Jim Sterling whom has left to venture forth on his own. It was also the site where Ian Danskin used to be employed. Before we get into his reasons for leaving...
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  • Op-ed: Stop Supporting GamerGate

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    Op-ed: Stop Supporting GamerGate

    It's not often that I read something from either The Verge or Polygon and go, "wow, that is a fantastic piece of writing and I would like to share that with my readers!" Today is an exception brought on not only by necessity, not only due to the words of Frank Cifaldi, but because it's the right thing to do.

    Back in August I put up a blog entry that, looking back on it now, completely misses the point as to what was going on. I had missed the points that Leigh Alexander...
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  • Editorial: West Games Takes to Direct Funding for Areal as More Evidence of Prior Scams are Uncovered

    After having their Kickstarter suspended for suspicious activity, West Games has taken their funding campaign for Areal into their own hands.

    They are blaming everyone from other game developers, to journalists, to even Russia itself as to why their Kickstarter was suspended. They put up an amusing explanation on their Facebook page detailing their thoughts on the Kickstarter suspension.
    Official Statement: Our Kickstarter was suspended without any warning. As per Kick
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