The Horror: Behind the Scenes of Launching H1Z1

Launching a game is hard. So what happens when you release a high-profile title with the world watching and things break? Lots of things. Worse, it takes at least a day to fix stuff when a retweet can happen in seconds. Let's talk to H1Z1's senior game designer Jimmy Whisenhunt. » 2/23/15 4:30am 2/23/15 4:30am

Sony Drops FIFA Sponsorship

Sony won't renew its sponsorship deal with FIFA, citing rising costs. However, the company is among a number voicing concerns over negative publicity surrounding the organisation. » 12/01/14 6:30am 12/01/14 6:30am

Mobile Game Puts Players' Private Videos Online

Oh dear. Chinese mobile app FengKuang LaiWang "leaked" over 35,000 user videos online, including clips of players in their underwear or naked. » 10/09/14 8:15am 10/09/14 8:15am

Nintendo Is Sorry for Accidentally Banning Smash Bros. Players

Over the weekend, some Smash Bros. 3DS players complained of being banned temporarily from online play. They weren't sure why. » 9/15/14 8:00am 9/15/14 8:00am

Eggs and Plastic Bottles Thrown at Japanese Porn Star in China

While politicians bickered, one thing China and Japan could always find common ground on was anime. And, uh, pornography. Which is why this recent incident was all the more surprising. » 8/04/14 5:00am 8/04/14 5:00am

The Problem With Far Cry 4's Box Art

Far Cry 4's box art depicts a man wearing a lavish pink suit using what might be a religious statue as a throne. He has blonde hair and fair skin and his hand rests on the head of a man of color who kneels, passively, clutching a grenade in his hands. It's caused quite a stir. » 5/22/14 9:00pm 5/22/14 9:00pm

Candy Crush Makers: We Should Never Have Published 'Cloned' Game

The makers of Candy Crush Saga have issued a lengthy defense of their actions, with regard to a couple of notorious trademark applications and allegations it deliberately cloned a game whose makers reached a deal with another publisher. » 1/27/14 11:00am 1/27/14 11:00am

The Most Ridiculous Victim of YouTube's Crackdown is a BASIC Game

YouTube's content ID match system may be the best way to keep copyright holders happy but it continues to cover everyone else in embarrassment. The latest example: This guy just got flagged for a playthrough video of a game. A game he programmed. In BASIC. » 12/17/13 3:30pm 12/17/13 3:30pm

YouTube Copyright Fiasco Get Wilder, But This Time Someone Admits Error

Being told someone else owns your 2-million-view video is a sure way to ruin a YouTuber's day. It can also be a real downer for the company supposedly making the claim. Especially if YouTube's bot scanner is making thousands of these infuriating claims on their behalf, all because of a mistake. » 12/16/13 7:30pm 12/16/13 7:30pm

Game Critic Says YouTube Copyright Policy Threatens His Livelihood…

Three of "Angry Joe" Vargas' 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube, and dozens of others, have been flagged by YouTube's controversial "content ID" system, meaning the independent games critic and personality can't earn any advertising money from them. Last night, Angry Joe responded, very much in character. » 12/12/13 3:30pm 12/12/13 3:30pm

Designer Apologizes for Reply to Question About Oversexed Characters

The game director for Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming Heroes of the Storm has apologized for his treatment of a question about how characters are designed—specifically how multiplayer online battle arena games, of which Heroes is one, tend to hyper-sexualize female avatars. » 11/24/13 1:12pm 11/24/13 1:12pm

Favoritism Charged as Select Few Get a $700 Spaceship in EVE [Update]

This is by far my favorite type of story to cover on weekends: The EVE Scandal! They're fun because they tend to involve big-ass space ships or wads of in-game currency that convert to mind-boggling sums in real life. This latest allegation features both. » 10/05/13 12:00pm 10/05/13 12:00pm

Xbox One Presenter Humiliated Me on Stage, Says Transgender Journalist…

A journalist says she was "completely dehumanised" on stage during an Xbox One Event at Eurogamer Expo 2013, by a comedian who made degrading jokes about her gender. Eurogamer Expo says it is investigating the matter. » 9/29/13 11:30am 9/29/13 11:30am

Twitter Blowup Leads to Sudden Cancellation of Fez II

Polytron, the studio behind the indie hit Fez, announced over its official Twitter that development on Fez II has been canceled. It appears to be related to a very heated Twitter argument between Polytron founder Phil Fish and an Internet personality who sharply criticized him today. » 7/27/13 3:17pm 7/27/13 3:17pm

Artist Says The Last of Us Ripped Off His Boston Subway Map Redesign…

A transit-map enthusiast who painstakingly redesigned Boston's MBTA rail map says The Last of Us took his work, without his permission and without compensating him, for use in the game. He's not happy about it. » 6/25/13 3:30pm 6/25/13 3:30pm

Command and Conquer's New Militant Faction Underlines an Old Problem

No longer will Command and Conquer's militant "Global Liberation Army" feature generals of obvious Middle Eastern descent, once the game goes free-to-play. Polygon reports that Victory Games made the decision because some folks didn't like the implication that Middle Easterners were a bunch of militant terrorists. » 6/12/13 12:00pm 6/12/13 12:00pm

Pakistan Bans Call of Duty and Medal of Honor Games for Showing Country…

The world's best selling video game won't be sold in Pakistan. Fox News reports that a declaration has forbidden sales of Activision's Call of Duty games, as well as EA's newest Medal of Honor release. » 1/23/13 1:00pm 1/23/13 1:00pm

The Year in Controversy

Studios may close, servers may crash, projects may be canceled and bankruptcies filed, but these are the given in the video games industry. No matter how regrettable, they still won't be the No. 1 heated controversies in any given year for video games. » 12/26/12 6:00pm 12/26/12 6:00pm

Are The Hunger Games Appropriate for a Full Video Game Adaptation? Will…

Forgive me, I had not heard of The Hunger Games before I posted an item about Canabalt's creator and mentioned he was making an iPhone game coinciding with the film's release. That was a week ago. Since then, I could not avoid the topic if I tried, and not just because of its understandable appeal to video gamers. » 3/25/12 3:00pm 3/25/12 3:00pm