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Life is Strange Season 2 Confirmed by Developer

A developer at Life is Strange studio Dontnod Entertainment has indicated a second seasoned of its acclaimed narrative-driven adventure game is in development.<p>Speaking in an interview with French publication Alchimy, as translated by Reddit user Koyl, Dontnod co-founder Alain Damasio confirmed he …

New 'Feminist Frequency' video examines 'women as reward'

In 2012, Anita Sarkeesian asked for $6,000 on Kickstarter to create a YouTube series dissecting the way video games commonly portray women, to be housed under her Feminist Frequency brand. Sarkeesian's project raised $160,000 and she's since released eight videos in the <i>Tropes vs. Women in Video</i> …

Oculus owners can explore a musician's mind with GE's 'Neuro VR'

When we first took a look at GE's Neuro VR project -- which sends you on a journey into a musician's mind -- it wasn't available to the public. Now, all Oculus owners can enjoy the experience that blends data visualization from a real MRI (of Ladytron musician Reuben Wu, who also wrote the music …

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection might bring 'infected' multiplayer back soon

Infection, a multiplayer mode introduced to the Halo series with <i>Halo 3</i>, later returning in 2010's <i>Halo: Reach</i>, may come back to the franchise through an update to <i>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</i>, if a teaser in 343 Industries' latest update is any indication.<p>"The playlist team continues to work on …

How YouTube and Twitch are changing the way developers should approach their media strategy

Games are always changing, and the latest shift is all about disrupting the way people engage with them.<p>YouTube video and live broadcasts from Twitch have lowered the barrier of entry so that nearly anyone can share recordings or streams of their gameplay, and that has changed what players expect …

More Terrible Journalism Erupts Over New Video Game Sexism Study

There’s a new study out that tests whether poor performance in video games leads to a higher rate of sexist comments directed at women.<p>Here’s the long and short of it: The study used <i>Halo 3</i> to test whether skill and performance impacted frequency of negative comments toward both men and women.<p>It …

Feminism

Long-lost Crash Bandicoot animation was for the game first, a cartoon series second

Animation believed to be from a <i>Crash Bandicoot</i> cartoon series that never aired is in fact a cutscene proposed for the original game and likewise left on the cutting room floor, according to this video uploaded Friday by the game's producer.<p>"This video is test animation that was done for <i>Crash</i> …

Why It's Time for a New World War II Shooter

I'll be honest, I miss World War II shooters. Some of my favorite gaming memories came from Medal of Honor and early Call of Duty games. Few scenes inspired awe more than storming the beaches at Normandy or sneaking through the jungles of Guadalcanal.<p>When I was young, I was obsessed with military …

All Xbox One Owners Can Now Stream Games to Windows 10 Devices

With the launch of Microsoft's new operating system less than two weeks away, all Xbox One owners who are using an early version of the OS can now stream their games to a Windows 10 device.<p>This functionality was unveiled earlier this year, and allows for any Xbox One game to be streamed over a …

Take a look at the Game of Thrones Risk game

In <i>Risk: Game of Thrones Edition</i>, you play on a map of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as well as on the wider known world of Essos.<p>In a Wall Street Journal reveal today, the board game is being shown for the first time. Created by USAopoly under license from Hasbro and in partnership with HBO, it …

South Park Renewed Through 2019

<i>South Park</i> has been renewed.<p>Comedy Central announced on Wednesday that it has ordered 30 more episodes of the longrunning animated TV show created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The renewal, which lasts through the end of the 23rd season in 2019, will see <i>South Park</i> cross 300 episodes.<p>Parker and …

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Soccer fans petition EA to put World Cup champion U.S. women’s team on FIFA 16’s cover

After the U.S. women’s national team won the FIFA World Cup on Sunday, fans started a petition to put the women on the cover of Electronic Arts upcoming FIFA 16 soccer video game.<p>EA announced in May that it would put 12 worldwide women’s teams into FIFA 16, which debuts on Sept. 22. That was the …

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John Oliver tackles online harassment, and how little law enforcement will help women

John Oliver does a pretty good job of taking often complex subjects and boiling them down to easily digestible explanations of what's going on. What you're left with is an often over-simplified look at a complex topic, but a good way to get up to speed when you learn more.<p>And last night's 16-minute …

Feminism

Halo Composer and Ex-Bungie Devs Form New Studio

Many Halo fans lamented the news when famous composer Marty O'Donnell was fired from Bungie last year. O'Donnell is responsible for the Halo soundtrack, which includes one of the most iconic video game themes. He was in the midst of composing the soundtrack for Destiny when he was let go.<p>Now, …

Esports and Permadeath Are Now in the Dictionary

A handful of gaming-specific words have been added in the latest update to the dictionary, including the increasingly popular term "esports."<p>Dictionary.com has announced its latest wave of additions, which is comprised of "more than a thousand new and modified definitions." Many of these are …

A Saudi Prince is using video games to fuel an intellectual renaissance in the Middle East | Polygon

It's through those lenses — those unfair representations of a complex, massive grouping of a wide variety of people and what they believe in — that much of the non-Arab world sees the population of the Middle East.<p>And it was this realization, this moment of clarity about how the world might view …

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Feminist Frequency explores positive female characters with Sword & Sworcery

"When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that men's experiences are universal, and that women's experiences are gendered," says Anita Sarkeesian in this inaugural episode of "Positive Female Characters in Video Games," a new subject in her</i> …

Girls get kiddie tablets, boys get game consoles — researchers say tech gender bias starts with parents

Gender inequality in technology starts with parents.<p>For parents, gender matters when it comes to what technology and media they’ll give to their children, according to a study from research firm PlayScience, which is a company that works with partners to help them better understand their customers. …

Brianna Wu’s Giant Spacekat pulls out of PAX East, blames GamerGate death threats

Brianna Wu, the cofounder of game studio Giant Spacekat, said she has decided to pull her team out of the PAX East gaming convention because of specific ongoing death threats from supporters of GamerGate, the controversial group that claims to challenge game journalism ethics and has also led to …

Brianna Wu's studio, Giant Spacekat, pulls out of PAX East due to safety concerns (update)

Giant Spacekat, the game studio headed by developer Brianna Wu, is withdrawing from the PAX East 2015 Expo Hall due to safety concerns, the company recently announced.<p>"The reason is pretty straightforward," Wu said in an email to Polygon. "Two people here in Massachusetts have made videos with …

The Law & Order Gamergate episode manages to be even more depressing than Gamergate

Kill or be slaughtered<p>The Gamergate controversy is, to some extent, a fight over whether all art is political. Supporters hate longtime target Anita Sarkeesian, for example, for finding sexist messages in things that are "just for fun." So it’s fitting that a lowbrow, sensationalist show like <i>Law</i> …

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'Law & Order: SVU' Takes On #GamerGate, Can't Press Reset Button

There’s little that can be said about last night’s episode of <i>Law & Order: SVU</i> with a straight face.<p>“Intimidation Game” is quite possibly the worst hour of cop drama I’ve ever watched. I’d say “worst hour of television ever” but that’s too bold a claim.<p>As far as TV about video games go, however, …

Feminism

TowerFall pays tribute to Anita Sarkeesian with a new character

<i>TowerFall Ascension'</i>s upcoming expansion, <i>Dark World</i>, is honoring Feminist Frequency creator and media critic Anita Sarkeesian with a new character, developer Matt Thorson announced via the game's Tumblr.<p><i>Dark World</i> adds 10 additional archer options for players with either alternate designs or …

Watch the Trailer For Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Netflix Series

Just 12 years after Ben Affleck donned the red costume, Marvel are remaking <i>Daredevil</i> — but this isn’t just another movie reboot, thankfully. Instead, …

15 Up-and-Coming Artists to Listen to This Year

This year's Best New Artist category at the Grammys includes—oh, no big deal—Iggy Azalea, Haim, and Sam Smith. Even though they've already won our hearts, who will win the honor of...

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Dragon Age Inquisition "Not the Template" For Mass Effect 4

A senior development executive at BioWare has downplayed suggestions that the next Mass Effect game would follow a template laid by its successful action-RPG Dragon: Age Inquisition.<p>Previous comments from BioWare representatives had led Jeff Gerstmann, a journalist for GameSpot sister site Giant …

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