I’m horrible at goodbyes and ironically I’m finding it incredibly difficult to put into words how I really feel about GamePolitics shutting down. It’s been a tough year for us as we struggled to balance having to make a living with keeping this site alive for our readers.
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), Jack Thompson’s antics over the years (31:14), anti-violent video game activism from a variety of sources (31:14), ill-advised marketing stunts from publishers (1:00:40), and Zachary running for public office in the great state of Oklahoma (1:09:56).
“For the first time in over 30 years,” says Knight, “the Oklahoma Legislature reduced the ballot access laws and thanks to that, the Libertarian Party is an official party in Oklahoma for the first time in 16 years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I have decided to run for office as an official Libertarian candidate for US Congressional District 5.”
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
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 to talk to him as part of the GameJournoPros mailing list that Kyle Orland started. I’m eternally grateful to Kyle for letting me be a part of that list just for the opportunity to talk to Bill… about anything at all.
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.
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, but I have done it for a very long time quite successfully.
So what does that proclamation have to do with the price of corn in Iowa? Well, in the last two years or so, an ongoing culture war between so-called “gamers,” or “GamerGaters,” or “men’s rights activists” (depending on whom you ask), and so-called “social justice warriors,” or “feminists” seemed to force people to take sides.
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 collecting Americans personal information, including sensitive location data, and sharing that information with third parties.”
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, gaming and politics will continue to collide. It won’t be like before with politicians trying to restrict or ban games. It won’t be about trying to claim that games are causing violence in our youth. No. It will be about people who play games openly becoming our leaders, our congresspersons, even our President.
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 sex minigame in the latest Grand Theft Auto and was fighting with gamers in online forums, calling them names, threatening them with legal action, and generally being obnoxious.