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Selling in the Social Age: How to harness the power of the internet

Times have changed. So goes the well-worn adage, and it holds as true for games retail as any other sector caught up in the digital revolution. It’s not all about discs versus downloads either; from the continuing boom of social media to the emergence of live streaming, retailers must learn …

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Google introduces a subscription service to rid the internet of advertising

So web ads annoy you? Do they annoy you enough to make you cough up a subscription to use the internet? Google has unveiled a new service called ‘Contributor by Google’. There’s little in the way of actual information, although the service’s website asks: Today’s Internet is mostly funded by …

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Jail sentences for online abusers could be increased

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says he wants those found guilty of sending abusive online messages to spend up to two years in jail. The BBC reports that proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would quadruple the current maximum six month term and hand magistrates the power to …

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Hundreds of developers sign letter asking gaming community to stop abuse

Developers from an assortment of studios have signed an open letter asking for the hostility that has dogged social media in recent weeks to stop. Names from companies including EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Guerrilla, Epic, Crystal Dynamics, Deep Silver, Double Fine, Lionhead, Bohemia, Blizzard, Infinity Ward, TellTale, Disney, PopCap, Harmonix, Traveller’s …

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Bungie vows to make sure Destiny works at launch

Battlefield 4, Grand Theft Auto Online, Final Fantasy XIV, SimCity, Half-Life 2, Diablo III – the list of online launch disasters is hardly a small one. But Bungie has said that it is already working on measures to ensure that Destiny is not added to any such list this September. …

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Deal struck for online piracy warning letters in UK

A rather archaic sounding deal between the entertainment industry and ISPs has been struck that will see warning letters sent to those suspected of piracy. The Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) is the result of almost four year’s worth of debating, the BBC reports. Rights holders will, once they have …

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Internet abuse has become ‘the new normal’

Former Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth has spoken of how a tirade of abuse from people on the internet affected his life and lost him his job. Last year Adam Orth lost his job at Microsoftfollowing his outburst on the always-online rumourscirculating about Xbox One, which many people had …

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Porn block threatens UK games firms

UK games execs have expressed concerns over reports that game downloads are being inadvertently blocked as part of a UK crackdown on porn. An automated firewall created by leading UK?internet firms – put in place as part of Prime Minster David Cameron’s child internet safety campaign – has reportedly blocked …

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UK net porn filter could tamper League of Legends patching

David Cameron’s brave new world of socially responsible internetting could interfere with League of Legends. Kotaku reports that the game’s patching program attempts to access two URLs – specifically VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj and XerathMageChainsExtended.luaobj – that the filter is blocking by default due to the inclusion of the word ‘sex’. Whether a …

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