Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 138

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 138), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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'Artcade Classics' exhibit reimagines classic gaming icons

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On April 10 at 7 pm you can get an artistic view of video games' most prolific characters when Image Gallery in New York City hosts the Artcade Classics art exhibition. The exhibit will feature artist renditions of some of video games' most iconic characters from such games as Super Mario Bros., Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!, Street Fighter, and more.

The exhibit will also offer attendees a chance to play classic arcade games running on iPads inside custom retro cabinets.

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GoodGamers.us shutting down

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GoodGamers.us, a site promising to offer gaming coverage free of political views and corporate sponsorships announced today via its official Twitter account that it is shutting down.

The site was launched in the wake of GamerGate as an alternative space to get game coverage without all the "politics" found at sites like Kotaku and Polygon, according to its founders.

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Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton celebrate 'TableTop Day' by giving games to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Geek & Sundry will celebrate the third annual International TableTop Day on April 11 by giving away board games to worthy charities. Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry are teaming up with board game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games, and Steve Jackson Games, Geek & Sundry to donate thousands of board games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their national associates.

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'GGautoblocker' creator and 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative' founder targeted by swatting attempt

April 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.

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Elders React to 'The Last of Us Remastered'

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

I love the YouTube series, "Elders React," where older people play different games and react to what's going on in the game. In the latest Elders React video, Anne, Barbara, Catherine, Hanoch, Libby, Lloyd, Robert, and Rock try their hands at the remastered version of Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic story-driven action game The Last of Us for PS4.

We'll let the video speak for itself. You can watch it on YouTube or to your left.

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Andrew Eisen Video: 'My Favorite Thing About Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs Women Videos'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen has launched a new video this morning extolling the virtues of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Games video series. Personally, I think the best thing Andrew says in the video (to paraphrase) is that Sarkeesian's video series demonstrates that video games have finally arrived as an artform worthy of mainstream, real-world criticism. That's a fact all of us should accept and embrace.

You can check out the video to your left or on YouTube.

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Anita Sarkeesian's first video in new series highlights 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first game to be highlighted in Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian's new series of videos, Positive Female Characters, is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. According to the video (which you can watch to your left), Sarkeesian chose Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP because of the way of the novel way it presents the protagonist in the game.

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Community questions Obsidian over 'Pillars of Eternity' in-game trans joke

March 30, 2015 - James Fudge

An in-game joke in Obsidian Entertainment's hit RPG Pillars of Eternity has been causing a bit of controversy in social media circles over the last few days. The in-game joke is about a character who kills himself after having sex with a trans person (a woman who "turned out a man").

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'Mortal Kombat X' producer leaves Twitter after threats to family

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV reports this morning that Mortal Kombat X producer Shaun Himmerick has decided to leave Twitter after his family was threatened by unscrupulous people on the social media network.

In a series of tweets, Himmerick explained why he was leaving Twitter:

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Digital Press Videogames in Clifton, NJ gets swatted

March 29, 2015 - James Fudge

According to several reports (Cliffview Pilot, NorthJersey.com, and New York Daily News), Clifton, New Jersey Police received a 911 call from someone claiming that "men armed with shotguns" had taken hostages at a shopping

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Gen Con issues letter to the community on SB 101, event stuck in Indianapolis until after 2020

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.

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Some 'Rust' players not thrilled about new character races

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently the makers of action survival game Rust introduced new "player races" into the game to give users an avatar that has a unique look, but the randomness of the system and the lack of choices is rubbing some players the wrong way and causing a rise in racist behavior among some of the game's more loathsome players.

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'In Tune' explores the thorny topic of consensual physical contact

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Tweed Couch Games (an indie studio made up of three student developers - Jessica Rose Marcotte, Allison Cole, and Zach Miller) has developed a game called In Tune that teaches men and women about the importance of gaining consent when it comes to intimate physical contact.

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'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Greens are best known as the co-creators of That Dragon, Cancer, an adventure game that chronicles the Green family's journey as they face the challenges, hardships, highs and lows of having a child with a terminal disease. Their son Joel died last year after a long battle with cancer. The Greens call That Dragon, Cancer a love letter to the beautiful baby boy.

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'Minecraft' is the most popular game on YouTube

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Octoly and market research company Newzoo have released a new report on the Top 20 Game Franchises on YouTube for the month of February. The top game that YouTube viewers watched videos of during February was Minecraft. According to the data YouTube videos related to the game received a little over 4.3 billion views.

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Manchester, NH 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' player gets targeted by swatter

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

A 27-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire says he was targeted by someone online after police were sent to his home last Sunday night. Leighton Timmins, a 27-year-old who works in the IT department of a local college, says that police received a call purporting to be him and claiming that he had shot and killed his father in his apartment.

Of course he never called the police and his father was not in the residence (and quite alive somewhere else) when police entered his residence on Sunday evening.

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'Destiny' Named Best Games at BAFTA Game Awards

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Destiny won the top honor today at the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards, picking up the Best Game award. Bungie's online shooter managed to beat out such heavyweights as Monument Valley, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, and Alien: Isolation.

Monument Valley was the only game to pick up two awards - the British Game award and Mobile & Handheld award.

Lumino City picked up the Artistic Achievement award, while Alien Isolation won for Best Audio, and Never Alone won the Debut Game award.

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'Turkey Not Banning Minecraft,' Says Diplomat

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While media reports coming out of Turkey suggest that the government wants to "ban" Minecraft in the region, a spokesperson at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C says that it is simply not true.

In an interview with Christian Science Monitor, Fatih Oke, a spokesman for the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. says that a ban is not possible.

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Former Firefly Stars Launch Campaign To Fund 'Con Man'

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Two of the stars from Joss Whedon's hit TV show Firefly are teaming up for a new comedy about life after stardom. Alan Tudyk has launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the show, alongside Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion and producer PJ Haarsma. They are seeking $425,000 to get the ball rolling and have already raised $69,487 with 30 more days left to go soared past its funding goal in the first day.

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Turkey Inches Closer To Banning 'Minecraft'

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In February we reported that the government of Turkey was kicking around the idea of banning Minecraft. Today we are learning that such a ban is moving closer to becoming a reality. According to several Turkish publications, a new report from Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry is recommending that Minecraft be banned in the region.

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'This War of Mine' DLC To Benefit War Child Charity

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

11 bit studios announced that one-hundred percent of the sales from its freshly released This War of Mine downloadable content will go to the War Child charity, which helps children in war-torn regions of the world like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, The Uganda, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

This War of Mine - War Child Charity DLC adds unique street art pieces into the game made by artists from all over the world into the game including M-City, Gabriel "Specter" Reese, SeaCreative, Emir Cerimovic, Fauxreel and Mateusz WaluĊ›.

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'Looking' Podcast Features GaymerX Co-Founder Matt Conn

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Looking "Talking" podcast catches up with cast members Michael Lannan, JC Lee, and Gabe Liedman to talk about the "GaymerX" episode of the show that aired over the weekend on HBO. They are joined by GaymerX and MidBoss Games co-founder Matt Conn to talk about the episode's authentic portrayal of the event, the GaymerX conference, and resistance within gaming culture against change.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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'Blacks in Gaming' GDC Party Details

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Blacks in Gaming (BIG) is hosting a GDC Party for those lucky enough to be attending the event this week in San Francisco. The party is sponsored by Xbox and will take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST). You can find out more information about the party here.

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HBO's 'Looking' Highlights 'GaymerX,' 'Gaming in Color,' and MidBoss Games

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

In episode 8 of HBO's "Looking," the majority of the episode takes place during the LGBQT gaming event GaymerX3, and co-organizer Matt Conn (who is also the co-founder of MidBoss Games and a developer on the LGBQT-friendly cyber punk adventure game Read Only Memories) even gets a cameo.

Speaking to Conn (who is currently at GDC promoting his game) briefly via IM, I learned some of the lengths that producers went to to make this game-focused episode of the show as authentic as possible.

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RIP, Leonard Nimoy

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who played logical Vulcan crew member Spock on the cult classic sci-fi series Star Trek, passed away today, The New York Times reports.

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$386K Dying Light Special Edition Detailed

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Techland has revealed one (as in one in the entire world) special edition of its zombie-themed survival game Dying Light that costs $386,000. Don't worry, the $386,000 (£250,000) My Apocalypse Collectors Edition comes with a lot of meager extras...

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Kanye West Working on Video Game

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kanye West is apparently working on a video game about his mother - based on his hit song, "Only One" (see the video to your left). Speaking on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show recently, West mentioned in passing that he has been working on a video games for the past six months, though he did not say who is developing the game, nor did he indicate when it would be released or what platforms it might appear on.

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MattsworknameDoc: I think it's the other way around, I think gamergate only really coalesed when a larger discussion on issues started. The Jerks and asshats just sorta got swept along with the tide.08/01/2015 - 5:13pm
MattsworknameYour not wrong andrew, the trailer doesn't explain much ,I had to play it to understand what made it unique08/01/2015 - 5:12pm
Andrew EisenBut, plenty of great games have crap trailers.08/01/2015 - 5:11pm
Andrew EisenMy problem is the trailer doesn't communicate how the game plays or what you do. The camera pans over the landscape for about a minute and a half and that's about it. Not sure how that's supposed to interest anyone.08/01/2015 - 5:10pm
DocMelonheadLike I mentioned before: Gamergate may have been created by mean spirited bigots to use it to trick people to support their actions.08/01/2015 - 5:10pm
MattsworknameDoc: I think the issue is that IP cannot seperate the small group that used the Gamergate hashtag to hide there mean spirited actions ,from the rest of the people who wanted to discuss actuall issues in the industry08/01/2015 - 5:08pm
MattsworknameAs for time frame, the idea is good, I just wish it was using hi def graphics and allows for more exploration. Still think the idea is a good one if properly fleshed out08/01/2015 - 5:07pm
DocMelonheadAnd what facts: that 4chan is toxic for allowing hate speech on their site?08/01/2015 - 5:06pm
MattsworknameAndrew: Just reminding ip to be civil andrew.08/01/2015 - 5:05pm
Andrew EisenAs for Time Frame, interesting premise but the trailer does absolutely nothing to interest me in the game. http://store.steampowered.com/app/340270/?snr=1_5_1100__110008/01/2015 - 5:04pm
Andrew EisenOkay, let's not snipe at each other.08/01/2015 - 5:04pm
MattsworknameIP: You were not banned for "facts" , you were banned for being a jerk and not knowing when to shut up. Hopefully you learned from the experiance08/01/2015 - 5:00pm
IronPatriotWhen you support gamergate, facts "dehumanize" you? LOL.08/01/2015 - 4:58pm
IronPatriotIt's also hilarious that GothSkunk thinks he is being "dehumanized" by factual posts about how gamergate was created by 4chan harassers.08/01/2015 - 4:57pm
Mattsworknameare on the planet for about 10 minutes so you can explroe it's world and see it in a very unique slowed down state. Its kinda neat as far as game concepts go.08/01/2015 - 4:57pm
MattsworknameOn the subject of interesting game concepts, look up a game called Time Frame, its a a very simple exploration game with a neat hook. your on a doomed planet that only has seconds to live before a metor ends it, but cause of time dilation, you actually08/01/2015 - 4:56pm
IronPatriotIt's pretty hilarious that GothSkunk, who posts huge amounts, thinks that he is being "shouted down" by a few posts with a dissenting opinion.08/01/2015 - 4:55pm
MattsworknameWow look whose back, get off the week long ban IP? Well, hopefully that experiance has left you a little wiser.08/01/2015 - 4:54pm
Andrew EisenYeah, wherever I play it, I'm not bothering until the entire game comes out. I don't care to play games in chunks.08/01/2015 - 2:46pm
Matthew Wilsonthan play it on ps3. its worth playing, at least when epasode 5 comes out in 6 to 8 weeks08/01/2015 - 2:39pm
 

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