An new amendment to the Australian Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 will enable fast and cost effective classification of digital and mobile games, provide exemptions for certain unclassified games to allow them to be demonstrated at special events, and potentially remove the obligation to separately classify game add-ons such as map packs and additional missions “provided that such modifications are unlikely to change the classification of the original game.”
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014 passed the Senate late yesterday. The amendment has been welcomed by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association of Australia, which has been lobbying the government on this matter for more than three years.
Update: In a statement provided to IGN, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said the company plans to work with the Australian government to resolve the matter.
“We are making every effort to cooperate with the Australian officials on this matter,” Lombardi wrote, “while continuing to provide Steam services to our customers across the world, including Australian gamers.”
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Valve over accusations that the company made false or misleading representations under the Australian Consumer Law with its refunds policy, the government body announced today.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Roth Cornet bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where Guardians of the Galaxy returned to No. 1 while Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For bombed big time -- we discuss the latest movie news, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America 3, Ant-Man, Blade Runner 2, Mandarin, The Stand, and much more.
Finally, we wager if either The November Man or As Above/So Below have what it takes to top this weekend's box office.
The success of Divekick last year proved that developers can work off the standard formula of health bars and special moves when it comes to fighting games. Super Soul has found a similar way to subvert the standard brawler by boiling it down to the very basic rock-paper-scissors combat system (which is the core foundation for franchises like Dead or Alive). It's an extremely quick game where fights can end in less than a second (and never extend past 10), but if my initial hands-on time was any indication, the slight permutations to the simple formula have the potential to make this an excellent fighting-party game mashup.
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo's upcoming third-person shooter Splatoon almost featured everyone's favourite plumber.
"There were heated debates over who the main player character should be," Miyamoto told the publication. "Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn't be able to create any new IP."
For your money, nothing breathes life into an aging PC like a sold state drive. Faster boots, better load times, speedier installs, that's what an SSD can bring you, and while it used to mean serious damage to the wallet region, it's now common to see them going for a buck a GB or less.
And they're not just for PCs anymore. It's surprisingly easy to upgrade your PlayStation 4 with an SSD, and it makes for significant perform improvements across the board. Just make sure the drive is at least 160GB - the PS4 won't accept anything smaller - and that it's no more than 9.5mm thick.
Professional gamer Ryan Masterson (also known as Realz) announced on Twitter that he has been hired by Blizzard as an Associate Game Designer to aid in the development of Hearthstone.
"This is a truly exciting opportunity for me," Masterson wrote in response to a post on Hearthstone's subreddit page. "And (to rephrase the words of someone I have long admired, who once entered a similar position) I hope my association with the continuing development of Hearthstone will serve to comfort fellow ladder grinders, competitors, and players at large that 'one of us' is behind the scenes looking out for the interests of the player. I really can't wait to get started."
Lockout is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as the fifth fully remastered multiplayer map.
"As one of the flagship Halo 2 tournament maps, Lockout was home to a wide host of game types, including Free-for-All, Oddball, King of the Hill, 1-Flag CTF, and of course, Team Slayer," a Microsoft representative told Gamespot.
Max Hoberman, the lead designer for the original Halo 2 and president of Certain Affinity - the studio assisting 343 Industries with the multiplayer development for the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer, said of the announcement that "Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2." He added that the team is paying close attention to the "details and subtleties" of the original, while making some "very calculated enhancements."
A&E has pulled the plug on their most watched original drama series of all time, canceling the Wyoming murder mystery series Longmire after three seasons (and, might I add, a Season 3 finale that ended with a cliffhanger dang it!)
Deadline is reporting that Longmire's studio, Warner Horizon, intends on shopping the show around to other networks (or streaming services) immediately.
Star Wars: Episode VII is back in production following a short pause to give Harrison Ford time to heal from a broken leg. Ford, who is said to have a significant role in the film, sustained the injury while shooting a scene aboard the Millennium Falcon a heavy piece of scenery collapsed on his leg. The actor underwent surgery and production took a two-week hiatus allowing him time to recuperate. According to THR, shooting resumed at Pinewood Studios in the UK earlier this week on the film, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi.
J.J. Abrams directs a cast that includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Johsn Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow.
The voxel-based PC game Guncraft is coming to Xbox 360 later this year, according to developer Exato Game Studios.
Several features will make it in with the Xbox 360 version, including exclusive maps, all of the DLC released for the PC version, 2-player split-screen multiplayer, high-resolution character models, a new leveling system, and multiple game modes.
Combining the block building of sandbox games and the gunplay of a first-person shooter, Guncraft features the ability to build up defenses while fighting against an enemy team. At this time, only a release window of Q4 2014 has been confirmed. The developer has invited fans to follow them on their website to learn more.
Step right up and see the ghoulish carnival attractions from FX's upcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show.
In this new cast poster, we've got Jessica Lange, strongman Michael Chiklis, greaser Evan Peters (didn't we do that already?), tri-boobed Angela Bassett, bearded Kathy Bates, and Sarah Paulson as Siamese Twins. Also in the lineup are Denis O'Hare and Frances Conroy. Check it out...
Deck-building game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer is coming to PS Vita, Playdek announced on the PlayStation Blog today.
"To put it simply, a deck-building game is a game where players take turns adding cards to their own playable decks," said a community manager from Playdek. "Players start with identical cards in their decks which places each player on an even playing field. In Ascension, you and your opponent will start with 10 cards in your deck and will use these decks to draw cards to create your hand."
A solid release window wasn't given, but in the comments, Playdek said, "Unfortunately we really don’t have a time frame just yet, however I will go out on a limb and say 2015."
A couple months ago, Marvel solicited a special collection of their Marvel Masters works hardcover line aimed at celebrating the publisher's 75th Anniversary. Dubbed the "Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set," this collection includes 10 Vol. 1 hardcovers from the Marvel Masterworks series, covering classic Silver Age comics like The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, and The X-Men. And while most of these hardcovers are currently sold individually, one of the major selling points of this collection is that it will debut the first volume in the Marvel Masterworks: Not Brand Ecch series.
The ten hardcovers will be gathered in a specially-designed cardboard slipcase designed to look like Avengers Mansion. Also, the cover art for each book has been redesigned so that all ten spines form an interlocking image. And to round out the package, this set includes a limited edition Avengers poster illustrated by Alex Ross and signed by Stan Lee.
Developer Uber Entertainment announced today via Twitter that the real-time strategy game Planetary Annihilation will see a full PC, Mac, and Linux release on September 5.
After receiving over $2 million dollars in funding from Kickstarter, the game entered into Steam Early Access on PC as an Alpha and was heavily criticized by many on the PC gaming service for costing $90 USD. Since that time, the price has dropped down to $30 USD, and access to the beta currently remains open.
The game will have different multiplayer modes, and recently it was revealed that Planetary Annihilation would also feature a single-player campaign called Galactic War. According to the developer, the solo campaign will take different paths each time it is played, as much of the game relies on random technology drops and special abilities. Several difficulty levels will also allow players the chance to tailor the experience to be just as expansive and challenging as they want it to be.
Warning: Full spoilers from The Last Ship: Season 1 to follow.
Ah, The Last Ship... A summer time-waster if there ever was one -- and I mean that in a good way. When the latest round of HBO shows were all but in the books and network fall shows were still weeks away, TNT's The Last Ship was there to fill the void. Luckily, the Michael Bay-produced drama series also happened to be pretty entertaining, with no shortage of explosions or gun fights to keep things interesting. Heck, by the end of Season 1, even a few of the characters had come into their own, offering several great seasonal arcs.
Of course, the real draw of The Last Ship was its unique, double-edged premise: U.S. Navy meets global pandemic. Therein lied the makings of some quality popcorn TV, and for the most part the series delivered. The pilot took immediate hold of viewers with its top-notch production values, expeditious storytelling and unique investigation into a very believable viral outbreak.
Presumed by some to be a piece of Azure Striker DLC, Mighty Gunvolt is actually a standalone game, albeit a tiny one, that people who purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt get free of charge. Now, the most important thing to know about Mighty Gunvolt is that it's woefully, incredibly short; roughly 20 minutes with just a little skill. However, that 20 minutes is a tantalizing throwback to an era that preceded and inspired 16-bit side-scrollers like Mega Man X. Unlike Azure Gunvolt, Mighty doesn't bring anything new to the table, but I'm pretty sure that was the idea. It's part of its charm.
If Azure Striker Gunvolt -- which we loved -- is Japanese developer Inti Create's 16-bit revival project, then Mighty Gunvolt is Azure's 8-bit icing. The original Mega Man is clearly the point of origin for Mighty Gunvolt. Everything about it -- its fluid gameplay, its simple-yet-colorful backgrounds, its soundtrack, and even its point system -- is a throwback to the Blue Bomber's original adventure. Heck, getting through its five stages takes a comparable amount of time it takes an expert to get through Mega Man's six initial stages. There are a lot of parallels old-schoolers will appreciate, which breeds welcome familiarity.
Starting September 6th, Season 1 of NBC's The Blacklist will be available to watch (or re-watch, for diehard fans) on Netflix. This acquisition came with a hefty price tag though. $2 million an episode is what Netflix shelled out.
As Deadline reports, Netflix just entered into what is believed to be the "biggest subscription video-on-demand deal" in history with Sony Pictures TV. This $2 million per episode price stands for Season 1 and all future seasons of the James Spader series.
Developer of indie horror Home has announced that Alone With You, a new sci-fi adventure, will be released in 2015.
Confirmed via a post on the PlayStation blog today, Alone With You will cast you as the sole survivor of a doomed colony. To evacuate, you must repair the last remaining escape pod... even though the people with expertise to get it running again are all, somewhat inconveniently, dead.
Only the colony’s AI can assist you in rebuilding the system - and the people - to get you to safety before the planet implodes. Together you must explore your surroundings, and slowly piece together exactly what happened to your fellow colonists.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is coming to Vita, Idea Factory announced today. Players will be able to purchase the game digitally and at retail in early 2015 in both North American and European markets.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth, the predecessor to Sisters Generation, was released Tuesday on PS Vita.
Sisters Generation is a revamped version of the PlayStation 3 game Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2. A spin-off title, Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection was released for PS Vita in June, but IGN found it to be far from the perfection its title suggests.