Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 155

August 24, 2015

On this week's show (episode 155) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Brad Glasgow, GamePolitics managing editor James Fudge, and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 3 director Michael Koretzky. This week's show is all about the SPJ AirPlay event that took place in Miami, Florida last week. After revealing the results of the latest GamePolitics poll, the gang talks with Koretzky about how the event went and poses questions gathered from the community.  

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Two men who planned massacre at Pokémon World Championship arrested by Boston Police

August 24, 2015

Two Iowa men have been arrested by the Boston Police Department for allegedly planning a shooting spree at the Pokémon World Championship in Boston. The Boston Police Department made the announcement of the arrests and detailed the plot in a statement released on Sunday. According to police, 18-year-old Kevin Horton and 27-year-old Jason Stumbo - both from Iowa - were charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and other firearm related charges.

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Report: Shoplifter stuffed a PS4 in his pants

August 21, 2015

I don't mean to brag, but there ain't room in my pants for a Playstation 4 - not even if you take it out of the box first.

But, according to an arrest affidavit reported on by Will Greenlee's local crime blog Off the Beat, Christopher Caldwell, a 36-year-old Florida man, managed to stuff a PS4 AND accessories in his pants while visiting a Port St. Lucie Walmart.

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Dead Realm Publisher Flouts FTC Disclosure Guidelines

August 21, 2015

Earlier this summer, the FTC released revised guidelines for disclosures in YouTube videos that feature products the YouTuber was paid or otherwise compensated to feature. These guidelines state that any such conflicts should be disclosed near the beginning of the video. However, some YouTubers are flouting this policy.

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'The State of Play' looks at the current state of video games

August 21, 2015

Coming off the success of their first English-language book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, Swedish writers Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg are back with State of Play, a collection of essays penned by some of the most prominent and respected voices in games criticism.

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California Legislature holding an informational hearing on video games this morning

August 21, 2015

The California Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is holding an informational hearing this morning.  Titled "California’s Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game," the hearing will "examine what the industry looks like and how California can maintain its leadership role in the field and strengthen its position for the future."

From the press release:

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Latest Waste Watch Report Released With Ecological MMO In Its Sights

August 20, 2015

Last year we noted that Oklahoma Representative Steve Russell took over for former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn in highlighting what he considers to be wasteful spending in the federal government. While Rep. Russell's report was not as extensive as Sen Coburn's, he did not fail to include game related entries in his first Waste Watch report.

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Poll: Other than the bomb threats, was SPJ AirPlay a success?

August 20, 2015

Last Saturday in Miami, Florida, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 3 director Michael Koretzky corralled two panels worth of GamerGaters, two journalism experts and a game developer on stage to discuss GamerGate, ethics in games journalism, and how the media can best cover online movements.

You can read our coverage here and here.

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'Super Mario Maker' hand has different skin tones and... fur color?

August 20, 2015

It took a bit of work but Nintendo finally clarified that the white, female hand graphic that appears when you place objects in the company's forthcoming Super Mario Maker will have a variety of skin tones to choose from in addition to a few... alternate options.

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UK video content creators get new guidelines on advertorial content

August 20, 2015

The UK Committee of Advertising Practice, a watch dog agency that enforces advertising rules, has published official guidance for video content makers that take payment to promote products in their videos and on social media.

Under the new rules, video makers in the UK can not endorse or promote a product they have been paid for without offering a full and highly visible disclosure. More succinctly if you take money for a product, then any video made about is an ad and has to be marked as such.

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Court documents finger Gordon Fox as the driving force behind 38 Studios deal

August 20, 2015

According to a new report from Providence news station WPRI, former Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox ordered the man in charge of the state’s economic-development agency to put together the deal the lured former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. The news comes from court filings from state lawyers uncovered by Target 12.

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'Stage of Development' documentary series adds 'Total Biscuit' to the line-up of interviewees

August 19, 2015

Yesterday we wrote about the launch of the crowd-funding campaign for "Stage of Development: the human stories of video games," a documentary being created by Russ Pitts and his company Flying Saucer Media about gamers, gaming personalities, and game developers with interesting stories to tell.  

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'Duke Nukem' lawsuit settled

August 19, 2015

The legal battle between Gearbox Software, 3D Realms, and Interceptor Entertainment is at an end. The case has been settled, with Gearbox the "full and rightful" owner of Duke Nukem. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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ESRB has no plans to change ratings system after APA report

August 19, 2015

The ESRB, the ratings system for video games in the United States operated by video game industry trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said that it would not change its ratings as suggested by the American Psychological Association.

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Disabled video game industry executive needs your help

August 19, 2015

Friends and family of Nick Grange - a former video games industry executive who has worked for such companies as Apple, Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division - are looking to raise £10,000 to fund a specially designed mobility vehicle.

Grange was in a very serious car accident in 2014 that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He spent five months in a coma and nine months in the hospital recuperating.

The vehicle will enable him to visit his daughter, who lives over an hour away.

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Papa MidnightBack to when, RedMade? A week ago? (seriously, though...)08/30/2015 - 1:55am
RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am

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