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Publisher White Wolf now in New Hands

I've got to be honest I think that this is the best thing for both CCP and White Wolf. Since the very beginning it appeared that things were just messy between the two companies, and of course to make matters worse there was the whole World of Darkness MMO debacle that made even the most diehard of fans feel the anguish.

Now it would seem that Paradox Interactive has bought White Wolf, but here's where it gets even better they are putting a guy who knows how to deal with things from the top, the former executive vice president of business development at Paradox, Tobias Sjogren. He will take on this venture as an independent business.

Now for the really cool thing, Sjorgen is already on his way to New Orleans for a Vampire (Vampire the Masquerade) Party to start working on reaching out to the fans, and showing them how serious Paradox, and he are about trying to improve on the product, and creating a bright future.



Vox Media and The Verge Backing out of SXSW

Alright so we wrote yesterday about the fact that BuzzFeed is backing out of SXSW (South by Southwest) over the fact that SXSW caved under threats that were made if two of the gaming panels were to be held at the convention. We mentioned the first one yesterday, Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games, but we couldn't find the second one, well now we have and that one is called, SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community.

Now while the description doesn't explicitly talk about GamerGate, the majority of this panel was to be set around the treatment of those in the gaming community that were affected by situations like GamerGate and more. It was a chance to have a potentially constructive conversation about what has gone on and how things could/should change.

Unless SXSW corrects their error of removing these panels Vox Media, the parent company to The Verge, will be removing itself and all of its parts from SXSW. This sure looks like an exodus could be starting, and could be very interesting to see how far this will go. To be honest SXSW is now getting bullied from both sides, but the difference is that now they might start losing sponsors, and anyone who runs a big convention will tell you, you HAVE TO have sponsors if you are going to survive past the current year.



Quantic Dream Announces New Game

Well if there is one thing that could possibly get me to get a PlayStation 4 this would be one hell of a good reason to do so. I know that Beyond: Two Souls fell a bit flat on its face, but I still have a really strong place in my heart for Heavy Rain, and now it's Detroit: Become Human.

Now of course they aren't giving too much away, but what I can tell you is that this is an extension of that Kara demo from a couple of years ago that made me pray that there was going to be an extension on to that brief video, and I guess this is it. Sadly it is only for the PS4, like a stated before, but this is going to be HARD to ignore this when it comes out.

Here's the Kara demo trailer:



BuzzFeed Plans to Withdraw From SXSW

So many people have probably spent a good amount of time on BuzzFeed, either for its infinite lists of opinionated lists, which very rarely do they completely match up to anyone, or perhaps you have watched one of the MANY videos that they have on their site. Now from time to time they do do things that does make me stop and really think, and usually in a good way. Well this time they have done something that has me standing up and clapping in support. BuzzFeed is making plans to remove themselves completely from SXSW all because of the cancellation of two gaming/online harassment related panels. SXSW decided to cancel the panels because they were receiving threats about on-site issues that would arise if the panels were allowed to happen.

So one of the panels is called "Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games". The reason why there's such push back is because many of the panelist were caught up in the brutal storm that was/is GamerGate. I'm am impressed that BuzzFeed decided to take a stand against this type of bullying tactic to try to silence people that they don't like or agree with. This is an ever growing important topic not only for gamers but for anyone who touches the gaming industry.

Here is the letter that was written to SXSW:

Dear Hugh,

We were disturbed to learn yesterday that you canceled two panels, including one on harassment in gaming, in response to the sort of harassment the panel sought to highlight.

We hope you will reconsider that decision, and reinstate the panels.

Digital harassment — of activists of all political stripes,
journalists, and women in those fields or participating in virtually
any other form of digital speech — has emerged as an urgent challenge
for the tech companies for whom your conference is an important forum.
Those targets of harassment, who include our journalists, do important
work in spite of these threats.

BuzzFeed has participated deeply in SXSW for years, and our staffers
are scheduled to speak on or moderate a half-dozen panels at SXSW
2016. We will feel compelled to withdraw them if the conference can’t
find a way to do what those other targets of harassment do every day —
to carry on important conversations in the face of harassment. We hope
you can support the principle of free speech and engage a vital
issue facing us and other constituents on the event.

Fortunately, the conference is five months away. We are confident that
you can put in place appropriate security precautions between now and
then, and our security staff would be happy to advise on those

We look forward to your reply.

Ze Frank
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

Dao Nguyen

Ben Smith



Templar Battleforce set to Kick Ass on Android and iOS

Remember that game that we were telling you about a little bit ago? Templar Battleforce, a turn based tactical warfare game in which you are at the helm of the Templar Knights. You will have to use strategy, take on bosses, protect the last of the humans as they search for a new home, and of course you will also get to customize your units so that you can better your chances of survival.

This game is now out for the iOS and Android devices, and according to the developer the port from PC to the tablet/mobile platform is flawless and as powerful. So what are you waiting for, you know you want to take on the 45+ unique scenarios, and try to navigate your way through the immersive story as you try to get to one of the many different endings in the game.

You know what the absolutely best part is? If you get the game before November 10th, you get a 30% discount on the price, so instead of paying the full $9.99, you'll only have to shell out $6.99. So to make this even easier for you, here are the direct links to the game pages so that you can just get it now and not miss out on the discount: