PSA: GamePolitics will be going offline for maintenance this week

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GamePolitics.com will be going dark for a few days as we deal with some long-standing maintenance issues.  On September 1, the site will be unavailable. With any luck, we'll be back later in the week. We apologize for the inconvenience this is going to cause our readers, but it's something that needs to be done and it's probably going to take a bit of time.

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AbleGamers launches 'AbleGamers Fellowship' program

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The AbleGamers Charity announced today the AbleGamers Fellowship, a new program that will award a $10,000 scholarship to qualifying third and fourth year students with disabilities who are also "majoring in a game development based degree, or computer science or education with a focus on gaming/media from an accredited college or university with a passion for game accessibility."

"AbleGamers Fellows" will also receive mentoring from "game accessibility experts" at AbleGamers, and paid internships with the game publishers.

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Feminist Frequency releases new 'Tropes vs. Women in Video Games' video

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Anita Sarkeesian has released a new Tropes v. Women video through Feminist Frequency today called "Women as Reward - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." The video explores what Sarkeesian describes as the "women as rewards" trope. Here's more from the video description on YouTube:

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 156

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On this week's show (episode 156) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?" - 6:16 mark), Rainbow Mika getting a new costume for Street Fighter V (35:30), the super expensive Gal Gun DLC that lets you see characters in their underwear (56:47), how Super Mario Maker exposes more of YouTube's content ID fails (1:07:30), and Andrew's HuffPost Live appearance (1:14:10).

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Humble Bundle 'End of Summer Sale' includes free game

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The Humble Bundle store End of Summer Sale is live and is kicking off with a free game.  From now until August 31st, you can download a free copy of Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones.  This includes a Steam key, a DRM-free version, the game's soundtrack, and some wallpapers.

Humble Bundle touts discounts on over 1000 games and browsing around, we're seeing discounts as high as 85% on some titles.

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Mobile users are spending less time gaming

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According to an analysis performed by Flurry Analytics, while the amount of time American consumers are spending on mobile devices has increased, a smaller percentage of that time is being spent gaming.

In Q2 2015, mobile users spent 35% more time on their mobile devices than they did the previous year.  The additional minutes have seen a 50% increase in the time spent playing around in messaging and social apps such as Facebook, a 240% increase in time spent utilizing entertainment apps such as YouTube, and a 36% decrease in gaming.

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Report: Sony accidentally kills stream archiving for PS4-exclusive 'Until Dawn'

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PS4-exclusive horror game Until Dawn released this week and gore-happy gamers have been sharing the spooky adventure game with their fans on Twitch.

Well, the ones that were available for the live broadcasts anyway.  As it turns out, the streams didn't archive.  The pic to the left is more than a simple screen shot of Until Dawn, it is a dramatization of a gamer who just learned that her play session was lost... forever.

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S&P 500 To Welcome Activision Blizzard Today

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At close of trading today, the S&P 500 will be adding Activision Blizzard to its investment fold

Activision Blizzard (NASD:ATVI) will replace Pall Corp. (NYSE:PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday, August 28. S&P 500 constituent Danaher Corp. (NYSE:DHR) is acquiring Pall in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.

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