"Steam has a very robust trading culture. It's not something you hear about all that often but it's something that makes up for a powerful cornerstone of virtual item acquisition within the Steam community. Well, Valve recently updated their FAQ when it comes to being scammed and what scam victims can do to better protect themselves."

The developers behind the recently released game Sunset have announced that they are shutting down since the game isn't selling enough to warrant their continued existence.

"League For Gamers is the new official face and watchdog to protect and look out for consumer interests. It’s a non-profit organization looking to fight on behalf of gamers and the gaming community, working as the intermediary between the people who buy games and the people trying to sell people games."

Bethesda has announced a new service known as Bethesda.net, which not much is known about beyond the name. It could likely be a Battle.net style system or, more realistically, a UPlay style service that ties Bethesda's games to one service.

"Video game news and review outlet GameRanx has recently updated their ethics policy. This comes after site manager Ian Miles Cheong notified the community that he would do so in a brief Twitter post. The site’s new guidelines are extensive and detailed and cover various topics of ethics regarding news coverage, reviews and even anonymous sources. They also attempt to adhere to some of the guidelines outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists."

"Who would have thought that giving consumers the choice to return something they don’t like would be a bad thing? Well, barring those who would attempt to abuse the system, some developers aren’t happy about what’s going on with Steam’s policy on allowing gamers to get in two hours worth of play time and a 14 day window to return a digital game."

"GamersGate is a digital distribution service. It came out around 2004 and was originally an arm of Paradox Interactive to help gamers get a hold of their games in a more convenient fashion, as reported by Gamasutra. Following confusion and a hate campaign against GamersGate from a group of people out to send hatemail and threats to anyone using #GamerGate on Twitter, a report is claiming that the irrecoverable overlap between the two names helped with the decision for key business managers to..."

"Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest seems like a simple thing to strive toward in the world of media journalism. However, that hasn’t always been the case throughout the near 10 months of the #GamerGate scandal going on. Instead, many journalists have taken up arms against consumers and directly after the original Kotaku scandal broke, journalists decided to go on a campaign claiming that “gamers are dead”. However, some journalists – after receiving a healthy dose of reality from a..."

A recent interview with Quantum Entanglement's Denis Dyack has revealed the whole story behind the Kotaku article that helped tarnish the name of Silicon Knights and spearhead a lot of hearsay into negative opinions of the Kickstarter for Shadow of the Eternals, making it destined to fail.

Let's all hope for it!

During an Investor Q&A (which is linked in the article,) it was revealed that the big N is considering removing the notorious region locking for their next console, the Nintendo NX.

quote Satoru Iwata
Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic. However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigatin...

"Operation DeepFreeze. That was the name appointed to a project being worked on by various anonymous diggers and put together by the spectacular infographic artist known in the social media space as Bone Golem. The purpose of the website is to chronicle the unethical behavior within the games journalism ring and broadcast it to the world."

It's been known for a while that the OUYA brand hasn't really taken off as a competent competitor in the home console space, but news spreading around now is that the company is seeking buyers to absolve their debt.

Reports indicating the likely cancellation of the famed horror game, Silent Hills, have been confirmed. An official report by Konami revealed today they have plans on continuing the Silent Hill series, but the highly anticipated Silent Hills project has been axed. Earlier reports have also confirmed the project has severed ties with Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima, a major name who had been working on the project, and Norman Reedus, whose likeliness was featured as the main character of Silen...

It seems the famous Hideo Kojima, the man behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise, was actually fired from Konami last month. Earlier reports indicated that there was a dispute between the two before Kojima leaving.

The News Hub writes about the issues of Early Access games, noting how games like Godus and Earth Year 2066 have scammed gamers out of their money by providing incomplete and unplayable games.

The News Hub's new weekly feature 'Behind The Devs' kicks off with a look at Obsidian Entertainment, in anticipation of their latest RPG Pillars Of Eternity.

"'Nobody wants to face the continued disappointment of waiting and waiting for a highly anticipated game to come out when it has already been on other formats for over a year.'"

"The #GamerGate ethics train just keeps rolling on. This time the Indie-Fensible video series from ShortFatOtaku and Camera Lady have pulled into the IGDA’s parking lot… only it contains a lot more than just the IGDA. UBM Tech and their subsidiary the GDC also come into the picture as part of an alleged cabal controlling the independent gaming scene."

"Imagine Rocksteady hiring Greg Pak to turn his landmark Planet Hulk and World War Hulk into a video game. The opening scene would be seen through the eyes of Bruce Banner, trapped in a space ship with a little television blinking on, Reed Richards and Tony Stark are there explaining to Banner why he needs to be shot into space. Cut to his ship crash-landing on Sakaar and being taken as a slave to fight in the arena as a gladiator."

In a rare moment between blizzards this month, I braved the mountainous snowy sidewalks of Cambridge to grab lunch with The Molasses Flood. Named after the historical Boston disaster for which it shares the first page of a Google search, the newly-formed, independent studio houses a collective 76 years of game developing experience between it’s six members.