General Video Gaming Industry Newz

Now Available in Digital

Whoa. An orchestra is already epic enough, but then you add a black metal vocalist to it and ... what did I just watch? Awesome. Read all the official press details below and catch a snippet of the full show by watching the embedded Youtube preview below!
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the digital release of the Video Game Show — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt concert from the 9th Film Music Festival in Kraków. The video is now available for purchase on YouTube.
World’s Premier Track Bike Criterium Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary

RockStar Games are very happy to announce the return of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series 2017. Please see their full press release below for the complete race schedule and all other details.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce the return of the Red Hook Criterium Championship Series in 2017, now enjoying its 10th consecutive year as the world’s premier track bike criterium.
All thanks to Richard Spencer for spawning a new era of 'video game' craziness!

Remember that video of white nationalist Richard Spencer getting punched in the face on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration? Of course you do!
These days, thanks to the ease of developing for mobile phones, and producing 'flash/unity' games for web browsers, when something crazy happens in the real world, it quickly spawns an whole new era of stupid games to enjoy playing for a while on our devices! :)
To hospital after news spreads of PlayStation 4 theft from their Children's Cancer Ward. - There's still good in the world!

Last week, it was reported that thieves broke into a hospital's child cancer ward in Wellington, New Zealand and stole a bolted down PlayStation 4. The device had been used to help children through their chemotherapy sessions and was used by around 15 patients.
To think some horrible low-life robber, would walk into a 'children's cancer ward', and unbolt a PS4 console and remove it is just so horrible to imagine it could happen, but sadly it did, and as the news spread across the social networks, gamers open up their hearts!
Valve plans new system along with fee increase

Valve is set to drop its Steam Greenlight system — which allows customers to vote on small-scale and fledgling projects — in favor of a more streamlined system.
The new system is going to be called 'Steam Direct', and instead of community voting up or down a project, the developers will just need to fill out a simple form, submit their game, but now instead of paying a flat $100 fee, they could be charged up to $5,000 depending on the type of game they are submitting, below is some of the details of the new system, with more info coming out in later on this month.
If you've been using Microsoft's gaming consoles for long enough, then you'll remember the Xbox Media Center, also known as XBMC.

Over time, XBMC was ported to other platforms, stopped being supported on Xbox, and became Kodi.
But now, thanks to the fact Xbox One console allows for Windows 10 apps under their UWP system, the developers behind Kodi are busy polishing up their popular media center to be sent off to Microsoft soon for UWP approval, which means we will see Kodi return on Xbox.
(Trailer) Nilfgaard arrives!

If you're looking for a good reason to revisit GWENT, the addition of Nilfgaard might just be it.
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the release of the latest update to GWENT: The Witcher Card Game, introducing a new playable faction — Nilfgaard.
More information about the new faction, as well as content and changes introduced in the...
CLASSIC GAMES, NEW FORMAT! - Mark Your Calendars: February 8th - (6am PST, 9am EST, 3PM CET)

Created for people who love to game, in terms of tech, design and content; Gameband Atari Edition is a powerful smartwatch, like no other.
Atari is back, they are teaming up with Gameband that made the popular 'watch' version of Minecraft so popular it sold in the millions the first day it launched, now they are coming back with round 2 on Kickstarter with an exclusive Atari only version of their 'Gameband' smartwatch.


So what do you think, would you buy and play an Atari Gameband Smartwatch? -- I...
No end in sight for the 'voice/motion actor' strike, as such the pressure is building up on makers of blockbuster games!

SAG-AFTRA is stepping up pressure on video game companies to resolve a protracted strike against the makers of such blockbuster game series as “Call of Duty” and “Madden NFL.”
Before the busy holiday season, we reported on the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, and sadly, its still going on, which is bad news for gamers looking to have nice sequels to their proper games for holiday 2017, because work on new projects is not being started.
Police say a 14-year-old Ohio girl told them she fatally shot her 15-year-old brother after they fought over a video-game system and he repeatedly hit her in the face.

A Lucas County Juvenile Court judge on Wednesday found sufficient probable cause to charge the girl with murder in the December shooting death of her brother. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles charged with crimes.
Another case of death involving an video-gaming-system, in this case, the brother was beating up his sister so bad over the 'video gaming fight', she decided to fight back by firing an gun, killing her brother in the progress, and now she might be facing an court case as an adult.
Publisher will provide private space for games by developers impacted by ‘Muslim ban’

Devolver Digital, publisher of games such as Titan Souls, Strafe and the Hotline Miami series, is offering to help any developers developers prevented from attending this year’s Game Developers Conference by the Trump administrations’ ‘Muslim ban.’
A number of developers have stated they will not be able to travel and attend this year's GDC because of Trump's recent EO that blocked visitors from 7 countries, the so called 'Muslim Ban', as such one publisher has decided to help showcase all those games from those talented developers at GDC on behalf of them to make the public more aware on how diverse the 'gaming development community' is.
Antitrust: Commission opens three investigations into suspected anticompetitive practices in e-commerce

The European Commission has launched three separate investigations to assess if certain online sales practices prevent, in breach of EU antitrust rules, consumers from enjoying cross-border choice and being able to buy consumer electronics, video games and hotel accommodation at competitive prices.
It has long been suggested that video gaming companies like Valve with their Steam network and massive amounts of DRM on their games are using it to control the market, and prices, more then preventing actual 'piracy', and now the EU Commission is going to look into that matter as one of the 3 cases they opened up recently in the growing market of controlling e-commerce.
Attention All Skylanders!

Netflix Renews the Critically Acclaimed Animated Series for a Third Season
Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced that its Netflix original series “Skylanders Academy” has been renewed for a third season.
Have you gone to GameStop over the past few months and tried to buy a new game? Have they told you that it’s not in stock?

They may simply be lying to you, fueled by a new program that discourages GameStop salespeople from selling unopened copies of video games.
GameStop, even back in their earlier form of EB Ganes (aka) Electronic Boutique have always been trying their best with some clever marketing that is on borderline an outright scam, but the latest circle of life (it's really called that), is really just outright clear theft! :)
With Launch of New Consumer Products
Names Veteran Mattel and Disney Executive Tim Kilpin Division CEO and President

Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced the launch of a newly created Consumer Products division and the appointment of veteran Mattel and Disney executive Tim Kilpin as its CEO and president.
The new division will further accelerate Activision Blizzard’s global growth strategy by leveraging its iconic content and creating new ways for audiences to connect with the Company’s franchises and characters.
With E3 2017 just around the corner, its time to Flashback 22 years ago, and see how it all started!

E3 today is a thunderstorm of neon spectacle. It’s marketing buzzwords and hip executives wearing blazers and t-shirts as they show us their hot new video game trailers.
After the crash of '83, there was dead era in 'home video gaming and computer', but by 1995 the market had recovered and E3 was born, here is some of the original footage of that era, complete with SEGA, SONY, and NINTENDO! Sorry XBOT's, Microsoft was not into wonderful new re-birth era of 'video gaming yet'! They were still busy playing number games in Lotus 1-2-3!
Games “reduce these cultures to stereotypical costumes”

The newest episode of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games, attached below, delves into the “tragic impact” of perpetuating stereotypes of black and other minority women.
It has been a while since we hear from the famous gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian but she is back with another one of her videos which explains to the public how guilty the developers are in the way they treat their stereotypical female characters in our games.
Developers aren’t shy about disdain for controversial executive order by President Trump!

Among those speaking out publicly against the highly controversial legislation at various protests across the USA were Game Developers, many of whom used their work and stature within the industry to advocate for those affected by the #MuslimBan.
When it comes to 'hot matters' currently being debated by both sides, game developers are no strangers to it, and this time they are greatly upset by Trump's usage of his 'executive order' power to ban those without valid visas from 7 at-risk countries, and have recently spoken out about the matter, and even joined various protests across america at airports to show their support against it.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s #GamerGate case was originally made public back in December of 2016 through a FOIA.

The recent public release of the file is the exact same case file from the Freedom of Information Act request that made its way around non-leftist media outlets.
FBI has now released the files from the original #GamerGate case that started all the hype on the 'net and social networks back in 2015, and it proves what alot of #GamerGate supporters were not willing to ever claim even tho these files were made public via FOIA recently, they still stayed on their high-horse that #GamerGate was real and active ongoing highly abusive case, which it clearly never was or is.
Loyal Overwatch Mei Fans are greatly upset their 'Healthy Thicker Woman' is now a 'Stereotypical THIN Character'!

Overwatch is very popular these days, and one of the reasons the characters are very diverse, so when Blizzard messed with Mei via new skins released for Lunar New Year which suddenly made her look much thinner, her loyal fans got of course upset right away that she was no longer a 'healthy girl'.
Blizzard since the outcry stormed across the 'net like raging wildfire, has since issued a statement saying it was by 'accident' and they fix up Mei to be 'thicker' again an upcoming patch, so if you going to enjoy a 'thin Mei' do it while you can, or just wait for that nice healthy ass with some nice curves to come back for your video gaming enjoyment.