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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 186 – The Finale!

Game Politics - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:00am
In the very final episode of Super Podcast Action Committee (episode 186) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by GamePolitics managing editor James Fudge for a free-form conversation about Lollipop Chainsaw’s platinum coins (3:53), Square Enix’s penchant for giving Kingdom Hearts games weird names (13:32), adventures covering E3 over the years (16:25), ... Read more

GamePolitics’ own E. Zachary Knight is running for Congress

Game Politics - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am
Before we go dark, we’d like to take a moment to inform you that our own E. Zachary Knight, longtime contributor and co-host of Super Podcast Action Committee, is running for US Congress. “For the first time in over 30 years,” says Knight, “the Oklahoma Legislature reduced the ballot access laws and thanks to that, ... Read more

Join us tonight at 6p PST for the FINAL episode of Super Podcast Action Committee

Game Politics - Sat, 04/16/2016 - 1:00am
As Andy Barclay once said to Chucky: “This is the end, friend.” And then he lit him on fire but that last part isn’t important. What is important is that tonight is the final episode of Super Podcast Action Committee, a podcast we’ve been running here on GamePolitics for four years.  GP is coming to ... Read more

New study examines ‘violent-sexist’ video games’ affect on player empathy towards female victims of violence

Game Politics - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:16pm
A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this week takes a look at how “violent-sexist” video games affect players’ empathy towards female victims of violence.  The study was conducted by Alessandro Gabbiadini, Paolo Riva, and Chiara Volpato from Italy’s University of Milano Bicocca, Luca Andrighetto from Italy’s University of Genova, and – a name long-time readers of this ... Read more

Our finest hour: the Bill Kunkel Awards

Game Politics - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 4:44pm
Bill Kunkel is and always will be one of my heroes. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I read a lot of his stuff in wrestling and gaming magazines. I saw his byline and imagined that someday I could do what he did. I never met the man in person but I did get ... Read more

Take-Two sued by former Rockstar North president for $150 million in unpaid royalties

Game Politics - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:18pm
Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto series), is suing Take-Two Interactive for $150 million in unpaid royalties. Take-Two, who has filed a counter-suit, sees things differently. UPDATE: See below for more info from Benzies’ side of this story. “Nowhere does the Royalty Plan provide that Benzies is entitled to a minimum allocation ... Read more

Looking back: GamerGate

Game Politics - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:21pm
Psst. Here’s a little secret: when I report on a story, I put my beliefs on hold and try to be as fair and impartial as is humanly possible. I know that’s hard for some people out there to believe, but it is the truth. People say that this is an impossible thing to do, ... Read more

Senator Al Franken voices Oculus Rift privacy concerns

Game Politics - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:11pm
Last week, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) penned a letter to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe detailing a list of privacy concerns he has regarding the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. “Oculus’ creation of an immersive virtual reality experience is an exciting development,” writes Franken, “but it remains important to understand the extent to which Oculus may be ... Read more

GamePolitics Is Dead; Long Live GamePolitics

Game Politics - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:30am
You’re probably getting sick of these posts. Yes. GamePolitics as a site is over. There are no more serious threats to gaming. Politicians have all but given up. Anti-game research only comes from the same handful of people it has always come from. Pundits still say stupid things, but have a much smaller reach. Yet, ... Read more

Jack Thompson and how I started with GamePolitics

Game Politics - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 1:02pm
“Have you heard about this Jack Thompson guy?” I was working for a technology company back in the spring of 2005.  A workmate came up to me and asked the above question.  I admitted I had not heard of him.  I was told that there was this lawyer named Jack Thompson who was railing about a hidden ... Read more

Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 185 – Truly Outrageous!

Game Politics - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:09am
On this week’s show (episode 185), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll (“When will Nintendo start talking about the NX” – 25:35 mark), Tracer’s butt (37:14), Beamdog standing up to internet bullies railing about a trans NPC (45:07), and Electronic Arts using a DMCA take-down on a Trump parody ... Read more

Fewer dumb things are said about video games these days

Game Politics - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:54am
Anyone remember the GamePolitics Legislation Tracker? It was a Google Map with dozens and dozens of colored pushpins in it tracking the oodles of proposed legislation around the US that sought content-based regulations on video games.  Those bills are all dead now and since the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v EMA back in 2011, ... Read more

Enjoy the final days of GamePolitics ad free!

Game Politics - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:45am
Hey folks.  Seeing as how GamePolitics will be closing soon, we’ve decided to turn off the ads. We hope they weren’t too off putting in the first place; we made sure we got rid of any popups, ads with sound or distracting animations, ads with inappropriate content or anything else that would get in your ... Read more

Beamdog CEO stands up to bullies, says harassing tactics won’t work

Game Politics - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:19am
Siege of Dragonspear, a new expansion to the beloved and nearly two-decade-old Baldur’s Gate, released last week and the developers at Beamdog, especially writer Amber Scott, have been on the receiving end of online threats and harassment, mainly over the inclusion of a transgender NPC (non-player character). Trent Oster, CEO of Beamdog took to the company’s ... Read more

Looking back: Brown v. EMA

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:40pm
There is one date that ultimately spelled the end of GamePolitics as we know it: June 27, 2011. That was the day the United States Supreme Court put a silver bullet through the heart of future legislation related to violent video games. It was also the day that I knew in my heart of hearts ... Read more

FEC questions congressman about $1302-worth of Steam games purchased with campaign funds

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:40pm
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is questioning Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) about his use of campaign funds to purchase $1302-worth of Steam games, which is a no-no according to the House Ethics Committee. The 68 separate Steam transactions are listed on his 2015 year-end campaign finance disclosure, each marked as “personal expense — to be paid back.” According ... Read more

IGDA critical of Nintendo’s decision to fire Alison Rapp

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:09pm
Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), a non-profit international organization that supports and represents the interests of game developers, has released an official statement on Nintendo’s firing of Alison Rapp. Rapp, a product manager at Nintendo’s Treehouse, had been on the receiving end of a months long harassment campaign aiming at terminate her employment.  The ... Read more

Poll: When will Nintendo start spilling the beans on the NX?

Game Politics - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:57am
Nintendo is working on the successor to the Wii U.  It is currently referred to as the NX. And that’s… pretty much all we know for sure at this point. Is it a traditional console?  Some type of console/handheld hybrid?  Does it still use physical media?  Is it as powerful as the PS4 and Xbox ... Read more

EA issues DMCA takedown on video that overlays footage of Trump onto Mass Effect 2 trailer

Game Politics - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:44pm
Earlier today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted a video that overlays footage and audio of him onto the Mass Effect 2 trailer.  Trump and his campaign don’t appear to have anything to do with the creation of the video.  So far as we can tell, it’s just a parody video originally posted on vidme. Nonetheless, ... Read more

Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 184 – Miitomo, you Jane

Game Politics - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 5:00am
On this week’s show (episode 184), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss Nintendo firing an employee after months of harassment on social media (24:54 mark), Nintendo’s first mobile app, Miitomo (38:50), and fans being upset over changes by developers to Overwatch (49:50) and Star Ocean (58:04). If you missed Saturday’s live broadcast of ... Read more
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