Many Americans would never let their eight year old see an R-rated movie, but according to findings from a January 2013 Harris Poll of 2,278 U.S. adults (ages 18+) interviewed online, some children may be playing video games beyond their maturity level. While only one-third of Americans (32%) said they understand everything or a lot about video game ratings and nearly two in five (38%) indicated they know nothing about the system, the majority (66%) of those U.S. adults with video game-playing children in their households indicate using a video game’s rating to determine whether they allow their child to play it. And, despite nearly three in five Americans (58%) agreeing that there is a link between playing violent video games and teenagers showing violent behavior, 33% of those with young gamers under their roofs indicate allowing those children to play whatever games they want.
“The findings underscore the lack of awareness Americans have about the video game rating system, as well as the confusion in the market,” said Mike de Vere, President of the Harris Poll. “They also factor into a larger discussion playing out across our country and on a political stage around how violent games impact our youth, with President Obama recently announcing his desire to look into ways to fund research examining the impact of violent video games on children.”
Only a combined one-third of Americans (32%) indicate understanding either everything (14%) or a lot (18%) about video game ratings, which compares poorly against familiarity with movie ratings (77% combined, 34% everything, 43% a lot) and TV ratings (50%-17%-34%). Read more
Tripwire Interactive are happy to announce the results of Breakout, the final phase of the Counterattack Mapping Contest for Red Orchestra 2. With over $35,000 in total prizes, the competition has been fierce. The first phase showed some serious skills from the mapping community – this final phase has stepped it up even further. Again, great fun to judge – and it looks like people have had great fun playing the maps. Don’t forget that the contest versions of the maps are available on Steam Workshop – and we aim to bring many of them into the fold as official RO2 maps in the future.
Firstly, for the Grand Prize, winning a further $5,000 and a unique, RO2-etched Origin Laptop (take a look at http://www.originpc.com/ to see just how special these things are), is Danh Truong’s Winterwald!
Next, the winners in the “Best Original Level” category are:
1. Winterwald by Danh Truong, winning $5,000
2. Bridges of Druzhina by Kieran Tobin, winning $2,500
3. Coldsteel by Johan van Pelt – wins $1,000 Read more
Winners of the “MMO of the Year 2013” have been announced on the official website http://www.mmooftheyear.com. During the past month 200,000 people from all over the planet voted in the audience voting, quadrupling last year’s record. The huge amount of support and the global reach are underlining the award’s significance as the biggest honor for massively-multiplayer online games. Organizer mmofacts.com and main sponsor GameGenetics, the leading distributor of free-to-play online games, would like to say thank you to all participants in the audience voting and especially to all jurors.
“I’m extremely happy about the positive feedback the award is getting from all sides. With the amount of votes exceeding our biggest expectations the ‘MMO of the Year’ is now clearly the biggest honor for massively-multiplayer online games. A big thanks goes out to our sponsors for their active support, to everybody who participated in the audience voting and to our jurors of course! Congratulations to all winners!” said Christian Justus, organizer of the event.
The open categories as well as the Browser MMOs were in the center of attention of the audience voting. In the end GoodGame Studios’ “Big Farm” and “Empire” together with Ubisofts “The Settlers Online” were most popular with the players, winning multiple categories each.
Main sponsor GameGenetics announced the winners of its special prizes, rewarding the three games with the most player votes across all categories. “We’re delighted about the positive responses from all over the world. GameGenetics is proud that we were able to support the award as main sponsor. Congratulations to ‘The Settlers Online’, ‘Good Game Big Farm’ and ‘Desert Operations’ for winning the special prizes! Each of them is getting a free marketing package of 333 user registrations provided by GameGenetics and our channel partners” applauded Alexander Piutti, CEO and founder of the Berlin-based game distribution company. Read more
Gather your guildmates, muster your minions, and summon your swarm! Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans for its seventh BlizzCon gaming convention, taking place Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. For two epic days, members of Blizzard’s gaming community from around the globe will descend on Anaheim to meet, play, and celebrate their shared passion for all things Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo.
“BlizzCon gives us a chance to connect with our players and share our latest projects in a very personal way,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Members from all of our gaming communities have helped make this event bigger and better every time, and we look forward to meeting up and celebrating with them in November.”
In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:
- Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
- Global finals for Blizzard eSports, featuring top pro gamers from around the world
- In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
- Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents Read more
At last, the first free update for the 2.0 Upgrade for Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is available! And it comes with a number of notable tweaks, fixed and changes:
**New 2.01 Feature List**
* Corrected issues with deploying MGs in buildings.
* Soldiers fire weapons faster at short ranges, especially Garand rifles.
* Small arms fire causes more suppression than before.
* General improvements to MG performance behavior. See note below this list for more information.
* Sandbags, wire, foxholes, hedgehogs, and trenches are correctly treated as “lower down” for spotting purposes.
* Pistol accuracy slightly reduced. Read more
GamesCampus launches the next closed beta test for their colorful fantasy MMORPG, Legend of Edda: Vengeance. The game hosted a popular closed beta test at the end of 2012 and is now unleashing an additional closed beta test, bristling with all-new content. Players can check out the updated website, with plenty of information about the beta at legendofedda.gamescampus.com/.
“We’ve fine tuned every aspect of gameplay, from questing to class skills,” said Hubert Yee, Head of Marketing at GamesCampus. “We’ve also added three new gameplay elements which will move into the open beta test later this month.”
Legend of Edda: Vengeance’s second closed beta test will run from today until February 25th, and players will be pleased with several changes and improvements requested during the initial closed beta test. With a level cap of 30, players will be able to experience the core features of the game in the short 11 days. Sacred Wars will be running around the clock, allowing players many chances to enjoy what Legend of Edda is all about. Players can enter either level tier (3 to 19 and 20 to 30) in three different battle zones. Skyway, the most popular map thus far, will also be open twice daily for an all-out battle for all players above level 3! A new God Skill is now available to players, which can be unlocked with God Points and used in Sacred Wars, providing a temporary attack increase. Read more
Reykjavik, Iceland: With 50% more tickets sold than last year, EVE Fanfest 2013 sold out last week as 1,400 lucky attendees from around the world prepare for what promises to be gaming’s greatest fan celebration ever. Held every year in Reykjavik, Iceland, Fanfest brings together fans of the EVE Universe for three days of epic celebrations that include panels, local Icelandic excursions, presentations, PvP tournaments, a developer-lead pub crawl, reveals, camaraderie and the spectacle that is the Party at the Top of the World.
Last week, CCP Games, makers of EVE Online and DUST 514, announced the theme of Fanfest to be “EVE: The Second Decade” as the combined EVE Universe approaches 10 years of continuous growth following a hugely successful free winter expansion in EVE Online: Retribution and the open beta for the free-to-play PlayStation3 exclusive MMOFPS (massively multiplayer online first-person shooter) DUST 514. DUST recently joined EVE on the same server cluster, providing an even larger universe and the much-anticipated Orbital Strike feature between the two games.
This Fanfest will celebrate ten years of gaming’s most interesting, passionate and creative community and offer extensive retrospectives and future glimpses. Everything is larger, better and more than previous Fanfests, following EVE’s success.
In addition to the traditional fare, this year will feature several unique events including the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra performing music from EVE Online, a new “Make EVE Real” speaker track that uses real-world science and innovation to illuminate the path to EVE’s Sci-Fi future, and a performance by Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson, phenom MMA submission fighter fresh off a UFC bout in London. Read more
Fans are Invited to Help KONAMI Launch New Action-Packed Game in The United States, Mexico and Argentina
Konami Digital Entertainment announced three different global events surrounding the launch of METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE. Fans of the upcoming METAL GEAR game are encouraged to attend these exciting events for a chance to meet Producers, Mr. Yuji Korekado from Kojima Productions and Mr. Atsushi Inaba from Platinum Games. Both Korekado-san and Inaba-san will be available for autographs at the times and places listed below.
WHAT: Producers Korekado-san and Inaba-san will be available to sign autographs at GameStop. The first 150 fans will also be invited to an accompanying launch party at Hard Rock Café that evening, featuring a live performance by METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE music composer, Jamie Christopherson and orchestra.
WHERE: GameStop at Universal City Walk (1000 Universal Studios Blvd Universal City, CA 91608)
WHEN: February 18, 2013 from 8-10pm PST
WHAT: Fans will have the chance to demo the game at Museum Britanico Americano. Producers Korekado-san and Inaba-san will be available for autographs. Read more
Leading online game publisher GamesCampus announces the next round of closed beta testing for their colorful fantasy MMORPG, Legend of Edda: Vengeance.
The game hosted a popular closed beta test at the end of 2012 and has now announced a second closed beta test, complete with all-new content.
Players can check out the new website, with plenty of information about the beta at legendofedda.gamescampus.com/
“We’ve used the last two months to polish Legend of Edda: Vengeance and maximize the feedback we received during the first closed beta,” said Hubert Yee, Head of Marketing at GamesCampus. “There is plenty of new content for players to look forward to when they jump into the second closed beta, including a complete game rebalancing.”
GamesCampus, alongside EYASoft, has overhauled the original Legend of Edda, and players will be amazed by the number of changes that have happened over the last year as well as the last two months. Changes between the first and second beta include a revision of all class stats and skills, quest and monster killing rewards, and more to provide better game balance and progression. Read more
Infinite Game Publishing and MechWarrior Online developers Piranha Games announced today that the newest Hero Mech – Pretty Baby – is now live for fans to purchase in this latest update. Also included in the update is a major update to the Match features as MechWarrior Online fans are now treated to pre-round screening, an in-game scoreboard, the long-awaited Death Screen and a fantastic new “end of round” screen. Most importantly, players can now chat about match tactics before a match begins, analyze performance and contribution to the match.
In addition to Pretty Baby’s availability and the new Match features fans are also welcome to check out the new Tiger Mech pattern and the launch of Phase 2 for Camo Specs which gives players a wealth of new options to customize their Mechs with unlockable colors and patterns. Also included in this patch are several key performance updates and bug fixes. The full update list can be found here: http://mwomercs.com/news/2013/02/601-2013-february-developer-update.
Pretty Baby’s release into the InnerSphere is celebrated with its very own trailer, which you can view via YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kApfklL0_0. Clocking in at 80 tons, it sports a 340 XL engine with a torso twist of 100 degrees on each side. Pretty Baby is a double threat on the battlefield with top speeds at 68 mph and 19 double heat sinks. It’s a must-have for your lance. Read more