Michael Kay A. Maranan

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Valve opens Pipeline to aid budding game developers

Valve has launched a community website aimed at helping high school students who are seeking a career in the video game industry.<p>Pipeline was created by a group of high school interns working at Valve, and aims to "establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions …

Xbox One chief product officer admits big mistakes in messaging

Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten admitted that Microsoft made mistakes in communicating its policies on digital rights to its consumers, according an IGN interview.<p>The mistakes started on May 21, when the company announced its next-generation console, and then those missteps multiplied …

US visa bureau says 'League of Legends' is a professional sport

High-level <i>League of Legends</i> players can now be awarded the same visas as more traditional pro athletes, says publisher Riot Games. On July 11th, Riot e-sports manager Nick Allen told GameSpot that the company had convinced US immigration services to recognize <i>League of Legends</i> as a professional …

Five new characters coming to Street Fighter IV

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Capcom confirmed that the new update will be called Ultra Street Fighter IV. It includes five new characters and six stages, among other features, and will be released in 2014 digitally and at retail.<p><i>The original story follows below.</i><p>Capcom has …

The 17 most gruesome decapitations in video games

There's no real way to justify this, is there? No 'games are art' excuse. Just the fact that sometimes, just sometimes, gruesome violence in games …

Resident Evil

Disgaea 4 heading to Vita in Japan

Nippon Ichi has confirmed that <i>Disgaea 4</i> is coming to Vita, according to reports. Representatives of the company announced development of the game at an event in Yokohama to celebrate the firm's 20th anniversary.<p><i>Disgaea 4</i>, a Vita remake of <i>Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten</i>, will arrive in Japan in …

Ubisoft says Far Cry news 'soon'

Ubisoft has dropped a hint that a new Far Cry game could be in its plans.<p>"We're totally psyched from [<i>Far Cry 3</i>]," said senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key, in an interview with GameSpot. "It's a great brand, and now it's got the recognition it deserves, so we're clearly going to …

Italy's first black minister compared to orang-utan by Northern League senator

The vice president of the Italian senate is facing calls to resign after he compared Italy's first black minister to an orang-utan.<p>Speaking on Saturday at a rally held by his party, the anti-immigration Northern League, Roberto Calderoli said that when he saw photos of Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s …

EU vote on electronic cigarettes 'makes no sense'

Smokeless electronic cigarettes risk being taken off the market by a "short-sighted" vote in the European Parliament that will classify them as a medicinal product, critics said.<p>The vote was intended to make tobacco smoking less attractive to young people through mandatory warnings, minimum pack …

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood admits it has been negotiating with army

Senior officials in the Muslim Brotherhood have said that they are involved in behind-the-scenes negotiations with Egypt's army, despite a crackdown …

Kyrgyz president attacks UK for 'hosting a guy who robbed us'

The president of Kyrgyzstan has launched a furious tirade against Britain, claiming the UK has undermined democracy by playing host to a fugitive …

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New details on the death of a family from Iowa vacationing in Mexico<p>Toxic gases blamed for American family death in Mexico<p>French police officer …

Boko Haram

Syria conflict: why Pakistani Taliban is pledging support for rebels

The Pakistani Taliban's claim to have sent "hundreds of fighters to Syria" to take part in fighting against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad …

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How International Justice Is Being Gutted

Critics accuse one judge of creating legal precedents that make it impossible to convict senior commanders for human rights abuses.<p>Over the last eight months, a series of surprise rulings at the international war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has sparked extraordinary controversy in the …

Hitchens wasn’t a philosopher

His style, the “brilliant uncle talking at a party,” doesn’t always hold up in the trenches of religious argument<p>Welcome to the next round of the “New Atheists” fight. Writer Curtis White put up an excerpt from his new book, “The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy …