PCCC Video Compares Net Neutrality Proposal to 'Laggy Video Games'

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has released a new video comparing the Federal Communications Commission’s new plans for Internet "fast lanes" to "the laggiest game you’ve ever played." The video, made by animation firm Pixel Valley Studio, delivers the liberal group's call for members (and the Internet community at large) to sign a petition urging the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility like telephone service.

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Research: 23 Percent of Men Use Opposite Gender Avatars in MMOs

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Syracuse University researchers have conducted a study that aims to suss out whether female avatars in games are actually women in real-life or just men role-playing as female characters.

Research that included work at Syracuse University considered 375 people playing a multi-player World of Warcraft quest. Researchers found that 23 percent of the men chose opposite-gender avatars, compared to 7 percent of women who played as male characters.

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China's Communist Party Publicly Shames Politicians for Online Gambling, Drinking, and Gaming

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In China, the Communist Party's Discipline Inspection Committee began issuing weekly reports on its website that publicly shame government officials for what seems like (to those outside China at least) even the most minor of infractions.

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Introducing 'Rob Ford: The Game'

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new game making fun of Toronto mayor Rob Ford is finding some early success, according to its creators. The free flash game, "Rob Ford: The Game" drops a rotund Mayor Ford into a one-screen platformer made up of Canadian flags. The object of the game is fairly straightforward: collect power-ups like marijuana leaves, crack pipes, and bottles of booze, while avoiding journalists and the police.

The game also features sound bites from Ford, including the infamous comment he made about having oral sex with his wife.

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The Hunt for the E.T. Cartridge Dump Continues

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the documentary seeking to find the lost dump containing thousands of copies of the worst Atari game ever made can dig in New Mexico. It has long been rumored that millions of copies of the Atari 2600 game, E.T.: Extra-Terrestrial were buried in a landfill in New Mexico.

For those who don't know, E.T. is considered the worst game ever made, and has been accused of helping to hasten the video game industry crash of 1983. Recently several film companies ran into a government road block when they located the landfill in question.

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A 'LITERAL' Titanfall Trailer

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube group Tobuscus has given the "Literal" treatment to the official Titanfall trailer, complete with a musical interlude that attempts to explain what is going on in Respawn's multiplayer focused action game. The official Titanfall trailer's "Literal Trailer" treatment includes a song that attempts to describe exactly what's happening in the trailer.

You can check out the Literal Titanfall Trailer to your left. To see more Tobuscus videos, check out the group's YouTube channel.

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Man Buys Picture of Xbox One on eBay for $750

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A 19-year-old man who thought he was buying an Xbox One on eBay instead was shocked to learn that he had purchased a photo of an Xbox One instead. 19-year-old United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy paid £450 +£8 shipping (around $750) for a piece of paper, according to the Nottingham Post.

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Comic Relief: Telegraph's Tips for Beating Game Addiction

November 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

I'm not sure if this Telegraph article on game addiction is supposed to be some kind of Onion-esque comedy bit, but it sure reads like one. In it the author offers five tips for beating your game addiction.

Putting aside that fact that game addiction (and Internet addiction for that matter) is not a real recognized addiction like gambling is by mental health professionals around the world, the article offers such wonderful tips as:

1) Time Yourself.

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Crime Does Pay: GTA V Real Estate Values in the Real World

November 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Real estate blog Motovo has an amusing article and accompanying infographic explaining just how much all the property owned by the protagonists in GTA V is worth in the real world. Comparing the fake locales in the game with their real-world counterparts, writer Randy Nelson concludes that the Grand Theft Auto V crew's real estate holdings are worth an impressive $26,102,642 in property value.

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Duck Hunt in Real Life

October 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Virality Farms offers a live action reimagining of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System light gun game, Duck Hunt, complete with a crazy hunter, a smart assed dog, and a duck that can be pretty hard to hit. You can check out the video to your left. A few take-aways from the video:

- Never let your dog hold your gun while riding a four-wheeler.

- PETA might not like this video as both the duck and the dog are exploited and abused.

You can find more Virality farms videos here.

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Zynga Settles With 'Bang With Friends' Maker

October 1, 2013 - James Fudge

In late July Zynga sued a company for making a casual sexual rendezvous app called "Bang With Friends" because its title closely resembled its lineup of "With Friends" game apps including "Words with Friends," and "Chess with Friends." Since the beginning of this year, Facebook users have been able to use the "Bang With Friends" app to choose which one of their friends they’d like to "get with." The app lets you select your friends that you want "benefits" with, but the object of your affection that you’ve sel

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Suite Life of Zach and Cody Co-Star Takes Restaurant Host Job to Pay for 'Video Games'

September 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

I thought this story about people criticizing former Suite Life of Zach and Cody co-star Dylan Sprouse for taking on a job as a host at a New York City restaurant was mildly amusing. Sprouse, who is currently attending New York University, talked to US Magazine in an attempt to combat the wild speculation that he is now "broke" and had to take the job out of necessity.

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Microsoft Secures Xbone.com Domain

September 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week the director of programming for Xbox Live Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb took to NeoGAF to express his distaste for the term "Xbone." Hryb said that the term was disrespectful to the team developing the system at Microsoft.

"I don't like it," he wrote on 9th September. "It disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it's cheeky but I don't care for it myself."

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Go Down Gambling: Senator Plays Online Poker While Senate Debates Bombing Syria

September 4, 2013 - James Fudge

While the U.S. Senate debates on whether to give President Barack Obama the authority to bomb Syria (which some in the Administration say the President doesn't need anyway), one Senator was caught by a New York Daily News reporter finding a little distraction on his iPhone.

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Sony Ad Tells Parents They Can Avoid Sex Talk With Their Kids by Buying PS Devices

August 2, 2013 -

Where do babies come from? Here's a PS Vita or a PS3.

Kotaku points out a new ad campaign running in Argentina that offers a unique marketing pitch: buy your kids Sony's systems so you can avoid talking about sex. The ad was sent in by Kotaku reader Damian Hernaez, who saw it in Buenos Aires and sent a picture in. Translated into English, the tagline for the ad (pictured to your left) reads:

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Edward Snowden Runs in Snowden Run 3D

July 29, 2013 -

What do you get when you cross endless runner gameplay (think Temple Run) elements with an Edward Snowden escapade? You get an endless runner called Snowden Run 3D. The third-person perspective runner was created by Michele Rocco Smeets, who wanted to create a game that highlighted (for the sake of comedy) Snowden's whistle-blowing activities, the NSA's PRISM and mobile phone surveillance programs and his final real-world destination in Russia.

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Andrew Eisen Presents - Postal 2: A Pacifist's Game

July 15, 2013 -

Andrew Eisen's latest video commemorates the recent anniversary of Brown v. EMA, with a pacifist play through of Postal 2. While Andrew rattles off facts about the case that overturned a silly law written by Leland Yee, we are subjected to more brown textures than most of us can handle.

Check out the video to your left. If you don't subscribe to Andrew's videos, you can do so at his YouTube channel.

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Jerk Uses 'Fake Geek Girl' Advisory Stickers to Harass Women at RTX

July 9, 2013 -

Harris O'Malley who is known better by his internet alter ego Doctor NerdLove (he gives love and sex advice to geeks) handed out stickers to poke fun at "fake geek girls." No doubt you have seen the fake dating sites featuring alleged gamers and geeks and the pictures featuring professional models dressed up as geeks to titillate men.

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Seeing is Believing: Ouya v. ESA Outside E3

June 12, 2013 -

Earlier today we told you about the Entertainment Software Association's efforts to block the view of Ouya's presence outside the LA Convention Center with trailers. Ouya has set up a small exhibit outside of the E3 Expo showing off its Android-based console and related game properties.

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Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comments Inspire Pinball Game

May 28, 2013 -

During the last election cycle Senatorial candidate Todd Akin said something so ridiculous that it caught the attention of people around the world. He used the term "legitimate rape" and that the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Obviously these amazing comments related to abortion cost him the Senate race in Missouri and made him the laughing stock of the entire political class.

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Survey: Majority of UK Men in Relationships Choose Games Over Sex

May 16, 2013 -

A survey carried out by VoucherCodesPro of 1,442 men in the United Kingdom found that men who have been in relationships for six months or more would rather play a new video game than have sex with their partner. Forty-nine percent of men surveyed said that they would choose video games over sex, while 32 percent would rather have sex with their partner, and 19 percent indicated that their choice would depend on the game in question.

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Texas Tech Coach to Players: Lay Off The Video Games

May 8, 2013 -

A mildly amusing story on My San Antonio details how the new head coach for the Texas Tech Football program is preparing players coming back from Spring break to get ready for training camps this summer. A tweet from Texas Tech offensive lineman Alfredo Morales offers a picture of a note from the new coach Kliff Kingsbury which details his advice to returning players:

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GaymerX Answers Tough Westboro Baptist Church Questions about Games

April 16, 2013 -

Organizers of GaymerX - the upcoming gaming and geek lifestyle convention with a focus on LGBTQ culture - have taken a recent Westboro Baptist Church attack video (details here) and turned it into an advertisement for the event.

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EA Crushes the Competition in Worst Company in America: Round 2

April 1, 2013 -

In what can only be called a savage beating, Electronic Arts beat the holy hell out of Facebook in the latest round of The Consumerist's Worst Company in America. EA is like 1980's Mike Tyson so far. In the first round it beat down and crushed Anheuser-Bucsch with 92% of the vote. Against Facebook, it was a similar beating, with 79%.

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Andrew Eisen Illustrates The Day After The Defeat of DOMA and Prop. 8

March 27, 2013 -
The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases right now that could change whether gay marriage is legal in the United States and if States and the Federal Governments have the power to pass laws that prohibit it. Andrew Eisen's latest video illustrates what America might look like if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of DOMA and California's Prop 8 law.
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The Best Amendment Takes Aim at NRA

March 19, 2013 -

Indie game development studio Molleindustria has created a game called The Best Amendment, which it describes as an "unofficial NRA Game" that they say demonstrates why some of the NRA's stances on guns do not work.

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Make Games for Cats: The Friskies Games for Cats Hackathon

March 15, 2013 -

Cats. The Internet loves them, so it makes sense that pet food maker Purina would sponsor a cat-themed game jam called the Friskies "Games for Cats Hackathon." The event challenges game designers to create games or apps that cats can play with. The grand prize-winning design team will receive $15,000, while runners-up will be awarded $3,000 and $2,000 to take home.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 44

March 11, 2013 -

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the first Tropes vs. Women video, "Bronies" and if rights holders should be a little kinder to fan projects, and the nightmarish launch of SimCity this week. Download Episode 44 now: SuperPAC Episode 44 (1 hour, 6 minutes) 60.4 MB.

RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty

February 27, 2013 -

This video from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is priceless, even if you don't agree with its premise on morality and honesty. There's even a small bit about file-sharing in there. Enjoy it - it was unearthed by occasional "video games aren't art" film critic Roger Ebert.

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Warren Spector on Lollipop Chainsaw: Never Should Have Been Made

February 7, 2013 -

Speaking at the DICE Summit today with a small gathering of game designers, executives, and reporters, former Junction Point founder Warren Spector said that he had no desire to retire and that games like Warner Bros. and Grasshopper Manufacture's Lollipop Chainsaw should not be made. During his presentation on how his taste as a gamer and a game designer has changed over the years, he showed a slide of Lollipop Chainsaw and said (from Kotaku):

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ConsterSleaker: if you think there's only been "a handful of" incidents, you have your head stuck *somewhere* - I'm assuming it's sand.09/20/2014 - 5:38am
prh99Most of it's agitprop clickbait anyway.09/20/2014 - 5:27am
prh99A good reason to stop reading reguardless of view pointhttp://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli.09/20/2014 - 5:22am
Andrew EisenWell this is unique! A musical critique of the Factual Feminist's "Are Video Games Sexist?" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4s7cV4Us409/20/2014 - 2:41am
Andrew EisenSome locked threads. Some let them be. So, no, I'm not seeing a problem here. No corruption. No collusion. No ethical problem with privately discussing ethics.09/20/2014 - 12:48am
Andrew EisenAnd still, in the end, Tito made up his own mind on how to handle his site. All 150 or so members went off to handle their own sites in their own ways. Some talked about it. Some didn't. Some changed disclosure policies. Some didn't.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenThere were two comments other than Kochera and Tito's. One pointed out the Escapist Code of Conduct, another comment was in support of Tito.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenKochera privately expressed his disagreement on how Tito decided to do something. No, I don't consider that crossing a line nor do I consider the exchange an example of the group pressuring him.09/20/2014 - 12:36am
Kronotechnical reasons. Anyways, I need to get to sleep as well.09/20/2014 - 12:29am
KronoAnd he wasn't the only one pushing Tito to censor the thread. If Tito had bowed to peer pressure, we likely wouldn't have gotten this http://goo.gl/vKiYtR which grew out of that thread. Said thread also lasted until a new one needed to be made for09/20/2014 - 12:28am
Krono@Andrew So it's an example of Kuchera crossing the line from reporter to advocate. And an example of the group pressuring for censorship.09/20/2014 - 12:21am
E. Zachary KnightAnyway, I am off to bed. I will probably wake up to all of this being knocked off the shout box.09/20/2014 - 12:20am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, that is the type of reading too much into things that bugs me. Ben did no such thing. Greg had the last word in that part of the exchange. The rest was about how to approach the story and Quinn.09/20/2014 - 12:19am
Andrew EisenSo?09/20/2014 - 12:13am
KronoExcept that the forum thread wasn't harassment, and Kuchera continued to push for the thread's removal after Tito made it clear he didn't consider it harassment.09/20/2014 - 12:12am
Andrew EisenPersonally, I see nothing wrong with someone offering their opinion or the other person making up their own mind on how to run their site.09/20/2014 - 12:06am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, I read nothing of the sort in that email chain. I read Ben giving advice on what to do when a forum thread is used to harass someone and spread falshoods about them and others.09/20/2014 - 12:05am
KronoThat's exactly what Ben Kuchera was doing to Greg Tito.09/19/2014 - 11:58pm
Krono@EZK So you see nothing wrong with one journalist pressuring a journalist from a different organization to not only not run a story, but to censor a civil discussion already taking place?09/19/2014 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightI write for a number of blogs and talk to people who write similar blogs all the time for tips and advice. I see nothing wrong with that.09/19/2014 - 11:50pm
 

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