Weekly Recap July 30th: #DNCLeaks Revives Shades Of #GamerGate
Weekly Recap
(Last Updated On: July 30, 2016)

Almost to no one’s surprise, the leaks for the Democratic National Committee revealing apparent corruption to undermine POTUS hopeful Bernie Sanders was brushed under the rug by many media outlets. Worse yet is that some journalists tried undercutting the importance of the leaks by saying it was just being spread around by “alt-right dweebs”.

A similar instance happened when the Game Journo Pros e-mail leaks occurred and the media was quick to silence those bringing it up or censor those who made comments about it on gaming websites. The whole corruption bit created a nasty scene at the Democratic National Convention, resulting in walk-outs, boos and a lot of disappointed Bernie Sanders fans who felt as if they had been betrayed. Oh yeah, and Counter-Strike’s E-League debut was pulled from a German television broadcast because they felt Counter-Strike was partially responsible for the Munich massacre. These stories and more in this July 30th, 2016 edition of the Weekly Recap.


DNC Caught Rigging The Primaries With Media’s Help

Leaks from the Democratic National Committee revealed that they helped rig the primaries against Bernie Sanders in order to get Hillary Clinton the top spot as the POTUS hopeful for the Democrats. Some journalists have been attempting to divert the news away by condemning both WikiLeaks and #GamerGate. The censorship and shadowbans handed out by Twitter could have breached antitrust laws, and Twitter has been mum about it all. Two new Sonic games are on the way, one of which is called Sonic Mania and is a throwback to the old-school 16-bit Genesis games. And Square’s Kingsglaive CGI film is prepping to release this August in theaters starting the 19th.

 


Star Marine Set To Release In Update 2.6

After a delay of more than a year, it appears as if the Star Marine module will arrive in update 2.6 for Star Citizen. The adventure game Glitched has managed to get successfully funded over on Kickstarter, which is probably a huge relief for the developers. Satellite Reign has added co-op to the game and it’s available in open beta at the moment at no extra charge for those who own the game, they even discounted the cyberpunk strategy game by 50% to coincide with the release of the co-op mode. And if you’ve been biting your nails and worried about whether or not you would need PS Plus to play No Man’s Sky… there’s some great news… you won’t need it!


Berserk Delayed To Late October

They won’t be censoring it but they will be delaying it. Koei Tecmo has announced that they’re pushing Berserk back to late October to polish it up. Some new DLC is on the horizon for Rainbow Six Siege in Ubisoft’s attempt to revive the shooter franchise. Sega also has a brand new set of mini-consoles on the way, one of which includes 1,000 16-bit games for the Sega Genesis. One highlight of the week is that the highly anticipated We Happy Few has entered into Early Access on Steam and on on the Game Preview program for the Xbox One.


Nintendo NX Could Be A Mobile Hybrid

New information has surfaced potentially indicating that the Nintendo NX could be a hybrid portable device that allows you to hook it up to your TV or take it with you on the go. Ghost In The Shell: First Assault has officially entered into open beta on Steam and through the Nexon website, allowing any and everyone to hop into the beta and play it for themselves… for free. The cooperative shooter Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide is set to land on home consoles this fall. A live-action digital series based on Life is Strange is set to arrive courtesy of Legendary Pictures. Unity version 5.4 has officially released to the public with all new improved OpenVR support. And Facebook and Samsung’s Gear VR has managed to sustain 1 million monthly active users.

 


Counter-Strike E-League Broadcast Pulled In Wake Of Munich Shooting

After a German politician blamed Counter-Strike for the mass shooting in Munich, a German network decided it was just too much to bear and decided to cut ties with broadcasting the e-sports event this weekend. It sets a nasty precedent given that this move seems to certify that the mass marketing of games is dangerous to society. On a lighter note, anime fighting game Blade Arcus From Shining has launched on Steam. We conducted an interview with the developer of the indie title SpiritSphere, as he explains how he designed the whole game in Unity3D using a tablet. The demo date for Tales of Berseria was set in stone for August 4th. And you can sign-up for the Titanfall 2 multiplayer beta test right now.

(Main image courtesy of Mario Padro Jr.)


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  • C G Saturation

    Don’t worry, everything is now magically Russia’s fault, as confirmed by U.S. authorities. Also, refusing to support ultra corrupt career criminals with vaginas is reportedly tantamount to “misogyny”. Such a nice world we live in. Not.

  • LurkerJK

    Windows 10 nag screens are finally over too ! … until Microsoft comes up with an excuse to push the “upgrade” again that is (i give it a week)

    • DizzyGear

      ..

      • C G Saturation

        !!

        • DizzyGear

          Yeah she’s official and all.
          Windows 8 even had 2 for some reason: Madobe Yuu and Madobe Ai. That 10 bitch aint touching two those on my machines though.

          • C G Saturation

            I remember the official 8 OS girl, vaguely. It doesn’t feel like the same thing when Microsoft is doing it themselves.

  • DizzyGear

    Supprised you didn’t cover Korea’s very own version of GamerGate.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/4ur4fs/ethics_s_korea_has_its_own_gamergate_complete

    • Was that where the one voice actress got fired over a shirt?

      • DizzyGear

        Yeah. But that was only the beginning. The shitstorm after that has allot of similarities with GamerGate.

        Full story in the link below.
        http://archive.is/QTjES

        • LurkerJK

          this is the actual version of that page, has a few more updates

          https://www.reddit.com/r/manga/comments/4u5jbb/last_3_days_for_korean_manhwawebtoon_community/

          man did all of this happen in just 3 days ? took months for gamergate to gather that steam

          • C G Saturation

            Probably because Western governments/media are much better at suppressing and covering up.

          • LurkerJK

            maybe, or they had more time to infect the media in the west

          • C G Saturation

            I personally think the media defines what people find offensive. I keep seeing news articles and shows that literally tell people “this is wrong, you should be offended by this!” and people follow like sheep.

            Usually, if you ask those people “why is it offensive or wrong?”, all they can say is “uhh, because it is!” which proves it’s not even their own opinions or thoughts.

          • LurkerJK

            dunno, the past few months i have seen an increased push against “gender violence” in my country (our own “rape culture” narrative)

            Most regular ppl have reacted to it with shrugs and “wtf are they talking about?”

            I was quite surprised at how negative the comments are, and they are getting more negative each time they double down

            Thats not stopping the goverment from trying to cash in on it, fucking idiots (they are desperate to win back some points after multiple corruption cases, rising inflation and rising taxes)

            I think what you said used to be right, but the media no longer has the kind of influence it used to have

            oh, they have also delved into US Politics, i read an article in a local news website that called the Republican convention “a real life version of The Purge”, of course that same site had nothing to say about the DNC emails, Clinton got Bernie support and thats all you need to know about it, gotta love unbiased news

          • C G Saturation

            Sadly, I live in a country where people believe all that narrative bullshit that the media keeps pushing. I know someone who lives in Mexico, and they said the same “progressive” bullshit is happening there. When we browse Western sites online, forums and comments are often filled with people pushing the bullshit narrative.

            It’d probably be a good idea to start writing a list of countries that still have some sanity left.

          • LurkerJK

            I have a feeling that will be a short list

            I always tell everyone i know that their international news have a double progressive bias filter (the filter from the media they are regurgitating the news article from and the local filter) and are complete bullshit, few listen, apparently i am the one biased

            I had fights when i told ppl “hey Brexit has chance of winning you know”, just as i do now with Trump, who, according to our media, is some sort of demonic horn wearing mass murderer with a Hitler mustache and is planning on taking over the world (is he channeling Pinky & The Brain?) and has no chance of winning, no chance at all, not in a million years, oh well

          • DizzyGear

            I think its more because this was bubbling beneath the surface for a while now. The west is also not very invested in Korean gamer culture either so who knows how long this was simmering.

            Like I don’t think many Korean gamers were happy about the feminist flavoured censorship law being passed earlier this year that caused games to be retroactive censored.

          • C G Saturation

            Yeah, somewhat. But I think there was also a lot of stuff in the West that took forever for decent numbers of people to get riled up over. If ever.

            Western game devs were being blackmailed/bullied out of game credits, overworked by companies, and some companies were paying reviewers to favor their games (eg. Driv3r). Countries like Australia kept censoring or trying to block games that were over teen in content. Game trailers that are nothing like the actual game, and the media constantly blaming games for everything.

            There’s a lot that people should’ve been upset about. but there’re always a ton of people who think it’s all okay and nobody should be allowed to complain.

            Even now, with all the increased censorship in the West, there’s a significant amount of people who keep dismissing and ridiculing any complaints about it. I think a big part of that is because those people are convinced by assholes like the mainstream media, into believing that censorship is acceptable.

            Sorry I’m not being very concise right now. Need to get some sleep. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the West feels like it has a much higher “sheep level”.

          • Sounds like that’s really escalated fast. It’s a little hard to navigate without any news stories to rely on as a barometer for the BS. It’s basically a lot of Twitter happenings, which makes it hard to put into a story context when it’s all in Korean.

          • DizzyGear

            Shame we don’t have a Korean mombot to translate some of the stuff. Though maybe author of the reddit post might be willing to help assuming he knows Korean.

            I do think we will notice some fallout of this stuff with a name like Nexon involved that has many F2P games in its portfolio that also have western releases.

          • Nexon’s involvement definitely raises the profile for this story. They seem to be working hard to just make all of the noise and fuss go away, though.

          • C G Saturation

            Haha. That sounds very much like Nexon!

          • Bitterbear

            Koreans are very driven people; once they set up their minds, they go full steam ahead. That’s why you can see so many skilled engineers/artists, one example is Samsung’s engineering department which is a marvel to behold.

            The problem happens when that focus is used on religion/ideology. Bad things happen and is like watching depowered Siths argue with each other.

    • C G Saturation

      Yeah, a friend told me about that earlier. Was thinking of mentioning it here. Corruption everywhere. It’s sickening. Humans suuuuuck.