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About Scott Grill

Scott is one of those “weird” over 30 gamers who’s been around since before the days of the Atari 2600 and has been pounding on controllers and keyboards ever since. Sharing his passion of gaming with his two kids and friends put him on a writing kick that he hasn’t been able to shake off.

THQ thanks employees in farewell letter

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It was confirmed today that THQ’s game assets were broken up and sold to different publishers Wednesday in a bankruptcy auction. CEO Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin penned a letter to all of the publisher’s employees explaining the situation and thanking them for their work and dedication. The future of Darksiders developer Vigil Studios […]

THQ auction sees Sega, Ubisoft, Deep Silver picking up franchises

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The results of the THQ bankruptcy auction came in Wednesday afternoon and we can now officially consider the publisher dead. Company of Heroes, Metro: Last Last, Warhammer 40K, Saints Row, South Park: The Stick of Truth and even Homeland all have new homes at competing publishers. However, developers like Darksiders‘ Vigil Studios are still looking […]

Layoffs hit Gas Powered Games after start of ‘Wildman’ Kickstarter

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When the Wildman Kickstarter launched last week, Gas Powered Games CEO Chris Taylor said that he was gambling the company on the success of the crowd-funding venture. Now the developer has confirmed massive layoffs Friday and Taylor is asking fans if the Kickstarter campaign should continue. Taylor said that the decision to layoff employees now […]

ESA: Games industry does better at ratings enforcement than movies and music

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The Electronic Software Association (ESA) sent out a poignant reminder Thursday in the wake of President Obama calling for a study on the effects of violent video games on kids and a congressman introducing legislation that would fine anyone caught selling “Mature”-rated games to minors that the games industry outperforms the movie and music industries […]

ESA to Obama: Studies already show no link between games and violence

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The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) issued a response to President Barack Obama’s proposal to spend $10 million to further research the connection between violence and violent video games. In short, the ESA said, “Thanks, but there are already studies that don’t show a link.” Of course, the ESA worded their statement much more diplomatically than […]

Obama proposes study of video game violence

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President Barack Obama took to the podium Wednesday to issue a series of proposals on gun control following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut in December. One of those proposals included a study on video game violence which caused stocks for Activision, Electronic Arts and Take Two to dip. Vice President Joe […]

Deep Silver issues apology over ‘Dead Island: Riptide’ statue

Bad idea or really bad idea?

Publisher Deep Silver issued an apology Tuesday following the uproar over the Dead Island: Riptide “Zombie Bait Edition” statue of a dismembered female torso in a skimpy bathing suit. The publisher was hit from media and gamers alike over its gruesome depiction of a women’s body which the was supposed to be based on Roman […]

Poor ‘NBA Baller Beats’ sales result in $1.3 million write off for Majesco

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Majesco bet big on NBA Baller Beats but came up with a bad hand instead. The publisher reported a year over year loss in profits Monday which can partly be attributed to the $1.3 million inventory write off for the Xbox 360 Kinect basketball rhythm game. Majesco posted revenues of $132.3 million for the fiscal […]

‘Dead Island: Riptide’ special edition doesn’t just cross the line, it obliterates it

Bad idea or really bad idea?

With the issues regarding game violence featuring so prominently in the news, you’d think game publishers would tread carefully when it comes to promoting their games. Not so with Deep Silver and its upcoming zombie survival horror sequel, Dead Island: Riptide. The publisher manages to encapsulate all that is wrong with violence and misogyny in […]

Gas Powered Games goes all in for ‘Wildman’ action RPG hybrid on Kickstarter

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Gas Powered Games, the studio behind Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and DemiGod, is literally betting the farm on a Kickstarter project launched Monday. CEO Chris Taylor essentially says its $1.1 million in funding for Wildman or bust for the developer. Wildman is described as an “evolutionary” action RPG that blends together elements of role-playing games, real-time […]

‘Dust 514′ jumping to open beta soon, merger with ‘EVE Online’ complete

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Dust 514, the free-to-play first-person multiplayer shooter for the PS3, hit a major milestone last week when CCP Games officially merged the game’s servers with the EVE Online servers. Now the studio has announced its next major milestone Monday with the imminent launch of the open beta. All Playstation 3 owners will be able to […]

Opinion: What should be done about violent video games? Nothing.

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A tragedy occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, a little more than a month ago, when a disturbed man in his early 20s decided to walk into an elementary school and murder six teachers and 20 first-graders. Predictably, the outrage and pouring of emotion over this madman’s actions has led to finger-pointing with the video game industry […]

‘MechWarrior Tactics’ jumps into closed beta, Founders program detailed

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MechWarrior Tactics, the turn-based free-to-play PC strategy game, made the move to closed beta on Wednesday and introduced the always popular Founders Program to grant early access and goodies. The MechWarrior Tactics beta currently supports 1v1 matches with mech lances facing off in asynchronous turn-based battles. Think Hero Academy for the iPad where you make […]

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