Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 156

August 31, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

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'

August 28, 2015

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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More GamerGate goodness from HuffPost Live

August 28, 2015

This morning at 11:05 AM EST, HuffPost Live will air its final segment of a week's worth of discussions about GamerGate.

The segment is titled "Authorship in the Online Space" and HuffPost describes it thusly:

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S&P 500 To Welcome Activision Blizzard Today

August 28, 2015

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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Play it straight and they're still irate: reporting on a hostile controversy

August 27, 2015

"I'm very much an old school journalist," Owen S. Good declares in our half-hour interview on the phone. Indeed, his background indicates he knows about old school journalism. His father was a newspaper editor for 10 years and then a publisher for another 30 years. Good received his Master's from the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism and, after devoting ten years of his own career to newspapers, he entered the tech industry. Now he serves as Senior Reporter for Polygon where he supervises the weekend news cycle.

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Positech releases 'Big Pharma'

August 27, 2015

Positech Games has released a brand new game that deals with multi-national pharmaceutical companies appropriately called Big Pharma. The game was developed by Twice Circled and published by Positech Games. It's available on Steam, GOG.com, the Humble Store and directly from the Positech web site.

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Eco Global Survival Game Hits Funding Goal

August 27, 2015

Last we left Eco Global Survival Game, it was a target of Rep. Steve Russell's latest Waste Watch report. At the time of that writing, Eco's Kickstarter was well on its way to reaching its $100k funding goal. 

Earlier this week, Eco reached its funding goal and is now at $120k and only $30k short of its first stretch goal, land ownership.

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Brad Bushman compares Virginia shooter's horrific video to a 'first-person shooter game'

August 27, 2015

We knew it wouldn't be long before someone somewhere tried to connect the dots between the latest tragedy in Virginia and the "evil influence" of video games. So who is the person to make that jump? A very familiar name. Speaking to NPR's All Techs Considered, Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, said that the video of Vester Lee Flanagan shooting reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward looked like a first-person shooter video game.

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'Divinity: Original Sin II' fully funded

August 27, 2015

By its own accounting, Larian Studios' first crowd-funding attempt with Divinity: Original Sin took a mere 12 days to get fully funded. The crowdfunding campaign for the sequel, Divinity: Original Sin II, took 12 hours. In fact it's $167,000 above its initial ask. As of this writing, 15,254 backers have pledged Divinity: Original Sin and the campaign still has 33 more days to go. Larian was asking for $500,000.

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Poll: How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?

August 26, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V comes out next week!*  Yay!

It's a full-priced, AAA game being sold for $60 and it includes microtransactions...

Um, yeah.

So, how do you feel about the inclusion of microtransactions in $60 games?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and share our opinions on this weekend's podcast.

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Derek Smart threatens to sue Cloud Imperium over 'Star Citizen'

August 26, 2015

Derek Smart, owner of 3000AD Inc. and developer of the upcoming space-themed MMO Line of Defense, has promised to spearhead a class action lawsuit against Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games. In a new blog post, Smart claims that he has instructed his lawyers to send a demand letter to Cloud Imperium calling for a "complete forensic accounting" of the money the company has spent so far on the development of the game. Read more

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UK watchdog agency forbids free-to-play game makers from direct appeals to children

August 26, 2015

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, a government consumer watchdog agency, issued two rulings against free-to-play game makers over the way they market to children. 

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PSA: HuffPost Live hosting segment on 'ethics in games journalism' today

August 26, 2015

Update: If you missed the show, you can watch a replay here.

Original Story: At 2:05 pm ET Huffington Post Live will host a segment called "#GamerGate & The Ethics In Gaming Journalism." It will feature Gamesided staff writer and TechRaptor editor Georgina Young, Reason contributing editor Cathy Young, and Jesse Singal - editor of Science of Us, NY Magazine contributor and a Boston Globe video game columnist.

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PHX Corphttp://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=176931667&postcount=12 although it's a little late, a comic strip on neogaf about the "release it now, patch it later" culture08/30/2015 - 7:37am
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

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