Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Says He Was Used to Legitimatize Bill That Funded 38 Studios Deal

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jon Brien was surprised when Steven Costantino, the chairman of the Rhode Island House Finance Committee asked him on the House floor to if he wanted to co-sponsor a big jobs bill in 2010. Brien, who was a state representative at the time, was on the outs with leadership after voting against House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox in the mid-session election of a new speaker that year. He was on talk radio often, lambasting House Democratic leaders and their allies for alleged "political shenanigans."

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Former Allies Spar Over Bill Related to 38 Studios Loan Deal

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year, it seemed like the new Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and new House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Karen MacBeth were on the same page when it came to investigating went happened with the failed $75 million 38 Studios loan deal.

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Congressman Funded by Telecommunications Campaign Cash Proposes Bill to Stop FCC's Net Neutrality Plans

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) filed legislation that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from attempting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. While the legislation is more of a dramatic public show of support for the idea that the FCC should not have the power to regulate anything, it's also interesting because the Congressman is "bankrolled" by lobbyists for the telecommunications industry.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman: Time Running Out for Senate to Pass CISPA Companion Bill

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said that time is running out for the Senate to pass its cybersecurity bill. He warned his fellow lawmakers in the chamber that the August recess is fast approaching and that the country needs a law in place as soon as possible.

“If we don’t have something moving by August, I think it gets lost in the haze, and it will be a very long time until we actually get a bill passed that will actually have an impact,” he said at a cybersecurity forum at George Washington University.

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California Senate Passes Bill to Withhold Pay from Suspended Lawmakers

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The California Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to withhold pay from suspended lawmakers. The bill, SCA17, passed Tuesday by a vote of 31-3. The bill is a direct response to several California state lawmakers being indicted (separately in unrelated cases) on federal corruption charges. In March, the Senate voted to suspend Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee (pictured, left), who face federal corruption charges, and Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted for lying about living in his district.

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House Passes Watered Down Version of 'USA Freedom Act'

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US House of Representatives passed a watered down version of the USA Freedom Act today, much to the chagrin of privacy advocate groups that pushed hard for its passage because it had real reforms to the NSA's vast surveillance and information gathering programs. This new version of the bill strips a lot of what was good from the bill and continues to let the NSA conduct business (for the most part) as usual. Rights groups and supporters of the original bill are deeply disappointed with what the House passed today.

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California Congressional Candidates Slug it Out Over NSA and CISPA

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

East Bay Express has an interesting article on a California Congressional race where votes for the National Security Agency's budget and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) are taking center stage. Eric Swalwell (pictured, left), the current U.S. Representative of California's 15th District (D), is taking heat from his opponent Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett.

Standard & Poor's Puts Rhode Island on 'Negative Watch' Over 38 Studios Loan Payment Uncertainty

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If lawmakers in the state of Rhode Island decide sometime in the future not to pay down the debt associated with the 38 Studios loan, the entire state could end up getting a bad credit rating, which in turn could affect its ability to borrow for important projects.

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Expert Warns RI Lawmakers About Defaulting on 38 Studios Loan

May 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An independent analyst who looked at the Rhode Island 38 Studios loan repayment plan said that defaulting on the debt related to the $75 million loan plus other penalties and interest would damage Rhode Island's bond rating to junk status and could harm the state's overall business climate.

The report from Minnesota-based SJ Advisors said that defaulting on the loan would bring increased borrowing costs and harm to the state's reputation, and could lead to a "contagion effect impacting other Rhode Island issuers and even taint the business environment."

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USA Freedom Act Gets Key House Committee Approval

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week a key House committee approved a package of NSA reforms that would end the spy agency's practice of collecting Americans' phone records. It took lawmakers nearly a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program's existence to do something about it.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 32-0 on Wednesday to rein in the NSA with the USA FREEDOM Act. The bill would place new requirements on the government when it comes to gathering, targeting and searching telephone metadata for intelligence purposes.

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The Ghost of 38 Studios Haunts Some Rhode Island Lawmakers

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As expected the failed 38 Studios loan deal is a major issue in Rhode Island's election campaigns and primary challenges. Even as the Secretary of State is making headlines this week for launching an investigation into possible lobbying violations by 38 Studios, critics of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin on Tuesday jumped on the news by pointing out that both politicians dropped the ball during the loan deal approval timeframe.

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EFF Urges Everyone to Support the 'USA Freedom Act'

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on the Internet community to support the USA Freedom Act and oppose other "supposed reform bills." The rights group is calling on the Internet community to strongly oppose reform bills like the FISA Improvements Act, which pretends to fix the problems with the NSA's mass surveillance spying programs but instead gives the agency and the government more power to continue spying (like bills from lawmakers like Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, and Senator Dianne Feinstein).

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Odd Polling: Tattoos and Gaming Go Together

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's a bizarre bit of polling reported on by the Wall Street Journal about the correlation between tattoos and video gamers. Apparently those who have a tattoo are also more inclined to be video gamers, though the folks responsible for the polling don't really understand why.

Pollsters also found that "Tattooed Americans" are more likely to be uninsured, live in a Republican congressional district, and voted for President Barack Obama in the past. The polling data also showed that there are far more tattooed people than there were 15 years ago.

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Senators Announce 'Draft' of New Cybersecurity Law

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) issued a joint statement announcing their new plans to push for a revamped cybersecurity bill. While details on the bill have not be released because it is still in "draft form" at the moment, the bill sounds like it has the same language that CISPA did.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 94

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss how Facebook buying Oculus VR could affect the technology's future development, if politicians who commit crimes should suffer stiffer punishments (including the death penalty), and Amazon's foray into the set-top box/ micro-console space with Fire TV. Download Episode 94 now: SuperPAC Episode 94 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.2 MB.

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Rhode Island House Oversight Committee Chair Wants to Subpoena Key Figures in 38 Studios Deal

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The new chairwoman of the Rhode Island House Oversight Committee said that she wants to issue subpoenas to key figures in the 38 Studios deal including former House Speaker Gordon Fox. Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Cumberland) said the committee could also seek to subpoena former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino, as well as current and former employees of the Economic Development Corp.

MacBeth has been a vocal critic of the deal for quite some time and pushed hard to avoid paying back money owed on bonds related to the 38 Studios loan.

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UK Copyright Law Will Allow CD and DVD Ripping This Summer

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It will soon be legal to rips CDs, DVDs, and other media in the United Kingdom, according to this TorrentFreak report. The UK government has released a guide informing its citizenry that an upcoming revision of copyright laws in the country which will make it perfectly legal to make backup copies of CD and DVDs for personal use. Those changes will be in effect this summer.

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California State Senator Leland Yee Stripped of Political Power Until Criminal Case Concludes

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

Lawmakers in Sacramento voted today to suspend three Democratic Senators who are facing criminal charges. By a vote of 28-1, the California Senate passed a resolution to prevent Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon, and Rod Wright from using the power of their respective offices until criminal proceedings against them are concluded.

Senator Yee was indicted on seven different counts related to corruption, gun running, and taking money for political favors. Shortly after his indictment was unsealed, Yee's attorney announced that he had given up his bid for Secretary of State.

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President Calls for End to NSA's Bulk Phone Metadata Collection... Sort Of

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today President Obama issued a statement announcing plans to push for an adjustment to the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, but opponents say his suggestions may not go far enough. The White House offered support for legislation to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection, instead putting the data into the care of phone companies.

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RI Speaker of the House Relinquishing Leadership Role After FBI Raids

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While California State Senator Leland Yee (outspoken anti-video game crusader and author of the 2005 California video game law that was inevitability struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010) is getting a lot of press at the moment for being arrested by the FBI for alleged bribery and corruption, he is not the only state senator connected loosely with the video game industry in trouble this week.

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President Obama Plans to Call for an End to NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama is expected to put forward a proposal that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of a huge amount of data on U.S. mobile calls, according to what an unnamed Obama administration official told Politico. The proposal is a familiar one: the NSA would eliminate the database of phone data it stores, instead relying on accessing the data from carriers who would be required to store it for up to 18 months.

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Twenty-Five Tech Companies Urge Sen. Ron Wyden to Oppose TPP

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), 25 tech companies urged him to oppose what they consider overly broad international trade policy proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Wyden has been a strong and vocal opponent of previous trade agreements like SOPA and PIPA in the past, so he likely won't need to be prodded into opposing TPP.

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White House Meeting With Tech Companies Today Over Privacy Issues

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Top executives from tech companies including Facebook, Google and more are meeting with President Obama today to talk about “issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence,” according to what one White House official tells Politico. The administration declined to provide a list of those attending the meeting.

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Australian Government Proposes Reforms to National Classification Scheme

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Australian government is tweaking its National Classification Scheme, by putting forth new legislation that makes the process of classifying content such as mobile and online games faster and more cost effective. For example, new proposals will make it so that films released in multiple formats (for example, 3D versions) won't have to go through the classification process twice. The legislation will also remove the need for reclassification when minor changes are made to video games such as software updates or bug fixes, or when new but minor content is added.

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Report: Lawmakers Close to Deal on Ending NSA Bulk Data Collection Program

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The House Intelligence Committee’s Republican and Democratic leaders are "close to" agreeing on legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. citizens’ telephone data, according to what top lawmakers are telling Politico.

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National Governors Association Reiterates Support for the Marketplace Fairness Action in 2014

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With the House Judiciary Committee set to hold a hearing on "Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue" soon, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement reiterated its strong support for the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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Edward Snowden Calls Senator Feinstein Hypocritical for Complaining About CIA Spying

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a statement to NBC News former NSA contractor (currently in exile in Russia after leaking classified NSA documents about domestic and international spying programs) called Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA.) hypocritical for complaining about the CIA allegedly spying on the Senate while strongly supporting the NSA's spying programs and bills like CISPA.

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RI State Attorney Rebuffs Senator's Request for Documents in 38 Studios Case

March 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At the end of February we reported that Rhode Island State Senator James C. Sheehan planned to seek access to depositions and documents related to the state's court case against Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

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RI Lawmakers Want 38 Studios Lawsuit Depositions and Exhibits

February 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rhode Island State Senator James C. Sheehan released a statement announcing that, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight, he has formally requested that the committee be provided with copies of all documents (depositions and exhibits) relating to the civil lawsuit against 38 Studios.

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Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill Gets Unwanted Last-Minute Change

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What was supposed to be a bill that would allow consumers to jailbreak their mobile phones has been poisoned and watered down by lawmakers.

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Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
Wonderkarpwhen asked on Twitter, the Chairman said He couldnt comment at this time https://twitter.com/siloraptor/status/561284497275367424. still looking for facts01/30/2015 - 9:41pm
Wonderkarphttp://pressfarttocontinue.com/2015/01/30/igda-puerto-rico-closed/ this is what I have so far01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Wonderkarpso allegedly, IGDA has closed their Puerto Rico branch. This comes after the Chairman of the Puerto Rico branch was blocklisted by Randi Harper. I'm trying to dig up more info on it. all I have is a link with some info, but its not cited.01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenSo, kinda like the Wii U just with a GamePad that's portable?01/30/2015 - 9:13pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I hope they do a Ipad/iphone thing. make a home console/handheld where games are playable on both. that is what I would want from them.01/30/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenThat would be a shame but as long as I can play comfortably on my TV I'll probably be fine with whatever the future brings.01/30/2015 - 8:56pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I would get used to it. I do not think nintendo is going to do another home console , but I suspect a hybrid one. 1. they are doing worse than the gamecube. 2. the home console market is dead in japan. even the ps4 isnt selling there.01/30/2015 - 8:54pm
Andrew EisenAside from that (and the aiming isn't too smooth but it's turn based so it's not a big deal (maybe better with Circle Pad Pro or New 3DS?)) my only other quibble is I'd much prefer playing it on a console. But I say that about nearly every handheld game.01/30/2015 - 8:39pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I've seen of Valkyria Chronicles, this is significantly slower. Mechanically, it's fine and plays into the game well. It just takes too long.01/30/2015 - 8:37pm
Matthew Wilsonyup like VC it moves every enemy each turn one by one.01/30/2015 - 8:33pm
Andrew EisenI played most of the Codename Steam demo. Pretty neat so far but the enemy turn (it's turn based) takes way too long.01/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Goth_SkunkJust finished the first episode of Life is Strange. The writing is hit-or-miss, the lip-syncing is awful (but I can't fault an indie dev for that), but the chronokinesis mechanic is dynamite. Love the concept. Can't wait to play more.01/30/2015 - 8:23pm
Andrew EisenNintendo invites disaster!01/30/2015 - 7:34pm
TechnogeekRelevant links: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/apex_2015_video_gaming_tournament_at_secaucuss_emp.html http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/30/apex-2015-smash-bros-tournament-resumes-after-short-delay01/30/2015 - 7:29pm
TechnogeekApparently, this was the first SSB tournament to actually be sponsored by Nintendo; the upcoming Wii U title Splatoon was even going to be demoed there.01/30/2015 - 7:29pm
TechnogeekMore "game" related than "politics" related, but still noteworthy: the Apex 2015 Super Smash Brothers tournament was forced to relocate after the fire marshal demanded an evacuation due to building damage caused by the recent winter storm.01/30/2015 - 7:28pm
Wonderkarpgot my Reading Rainbow kickstarter rewards....I cant tell if this is a sticker or a bumper sticker.01/30/2015 - 5:38pm
 

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