Off-Topic With Double Fine’s Tim Schafer

March 16, 2012 -

Before this month Tim Schafer was famous for making a long line of beloved, humor-driven video games. Now he's also the guy who raised over $3 million to make an old-school adventure game. 

In the midst of that historic fundraising drive Gus Mastrapa called Tim Schafer and spoke to him about none of those things. Please enjoy this off-topic conversation about cartoons, A Clockwork Orange and the Iron Maiden poster that Schafer's parents couldn't stand.

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'We Are Not Jack Thompson' Song Delivers A Positive Message To All Gamers

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube personality and (dare I say it?) musical genius Jonathan Mann has done what a lot of us in the media have not accurately conveyed about feminists critique of video games: that it's okay to criticize the current state of gaming - it doesn't mean that those voices want to censor them. In his new song, "We Are Not Jack Thompson," Mann explains it step-by-step better than anyone else has since GamerGate started nearly three months ago.

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'Super Oppressed PPL' Game Makes Fun of Political Correctness

November 6, 2014 - James Fudge

A game created by Evan Harasem called "Super Oppressed PPL" on Newgrounds delivers the narrative of the GamerGate movement on social media, by taking on the voice of "social justice warriors" in the name of forced "inclusion." In the game you select characters based on race and gender, all while the game scolds you for not making the right choices (a "narrative" the creator claims represents the "social justice warriors" of the world.)

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South Park Lampoons 'Freemium Games'

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest episode of South Park the gang get addicted to a Terrence and Philip "freemium" mobile game. The episode, "Freemium Isn't Free" aims some pretty harsh humor at the business model, with an executive in the episode explaining to the Canadian superstars that free-to-play games monetize every step of the equation and minimize the fun; the point being that players have to pay money to "make the game fun."

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Bethesda: New 'Fallout' Trademark is a Hoax

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks took to Twitter this afternoon to shoot down rumors about a new Fallout trademark being filed. After several stories surfaced based on a find over at NeoGAF related to a trademark registered by Bethesda Softworks LLC in Germany, the company decided not to let the rumor linger.

On Twitter Bethesda said that the trademark for a game called "Fallout: Shadow of Boston" is a complete hoax.

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Conan O'Brien Tries Some 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest episode of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer series, the TBS late-night talk show host takes on Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Marvel as Conan spends what seems like an eternity trying to cross a busy intersection, celebrates as he guns down a swarm of drones, and gets too close to the widow of his best friend during his funeral.

You can check out the latest Clueless Gamer on Youtube or to your left.

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'Creepy Murderer on GTA V' Video is Pretty Creepy

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This is mildly funny in a creepy sort of way, but it works very well for Halloween. YouTuber MrKreepyKoala decided to dress up like a serial killer and silently hunt and kill Grand Theft auto Online players. Here's the description of a short video he created called "Creepy Murderer on GTA V!"

"In this video I went into lobbies on GTA around 3 AM and started playing creepy lullaby's sung by women and children. I then went into passive mode with my radar turned off so they thought I was invincible and unaware of me being in passive mode!"

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Conan Pokes Fun at Microsoft's Purchase of 'Minecraft'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Monday night's episode of Conan on TBS, Conan O'Brien talked about Microsoft acquiring Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion. And while he didn't mention Markus "Notch" Persson (who made an estimated $1.75 billion off the deal before taxes and other considerations) by name, he introduced the one minute animated clip as "checking in with the creator of Minecraft" to see what he is up to now that the deal has been announced.

We won't spoil it for you, but it is kind of cute and funny.

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Will Ferrell's 'SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge'

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comedian Will Ferrell has launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Will Ferrell's SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge," which lets backers donate money to cancer research for the chance to play video games with Will Ferrell in San Francisco on Oct. 26 for a few hours. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. Ferrell is looking to raise $375,000 in order to make the event a reality. Here's more from his Indiegogo campaign page:

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Andrew Eisen Video: My Wii U Is Collecting Dust

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If there is one thing I have learned over the last few years working with Andrew Eisen, it is that he can be a bit of a smart a$$. If you need proof of that just watch his latest video, "My Wii U Is Collecting Dust ." And if that doesn't prove my point, then just watch this classic Andrew Eisen video, "The Man Your Games Could Sell To."

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Conan O'Brien Invades E3

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest episode of the Conan O'Brien segment "Clueless Gamer" chronicles the lanky talk show host (weeknights on TBS) visiting the Electronic Entertainment Expo (which took place last week in Los Angeles) where he goofs off with "booth babes" and attendees, and plays a number of games including Hyrule Warriors, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Motorsport 5, a luge game using Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset, and a whole lot more.

It's goofy fun for 70 percent of the family. You can check out the video to your left.

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John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the clip is only 42 seconds long, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight show on HBO explains net neutrality better than anyone has at the FCC. The clip is a response to news that the FCC has approved a draft change to net neutrality that would allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster and better access to their customers.

Along with the FCC proposal, the agency also put the bill out for public comment about finding a way to classify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications act - or through some other means within the confines of current regulations.

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Conan O'Brien Plays 'Watch Dogs'

May 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Conan O'Brien's latest edition of "Clueless Gamer" takes on Ubisoft's hacking-themed open-world action game, Watch Dogs. Being that Conan isn't much of a gamer, he acts like he's playing Grand Theft Auto V, with lots of inadvertent car crashes, car jackings, random gunfire, and other acts of stupidity.

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John Oliver Explores Same Sex Relationships in the Nintendo Universe

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest edition of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that aired last night, the comedian and former correspondent to the Daily Show (who also served as fill-in host earlier this year for John Stewart while he filmed a movie) made fun of the situation surrounding Nintendo's stance on same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life.

During the show, Oliver pondered what the Nintendo universe would be like if various Nintendo characters were allowed to have same-sex marriages. You can check it out to your left.

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Video: 'Hitman' in Real Life

May 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A recent video from Youtubers Public Prank Compilation shows what it might be like to be Agent 47 - the protagonist from the Hitman series from IO Interactive and Eidos - in real life. The video shows the videogame's most prolific assassin for hire choking out targets, climbing into dumpsters, dragging bodies and more - all within plain view of an unsuspecting public. Some of the reactions are hilarious, but how would you react if you saw a man throw a limp body into a dumpster nonchalantly and then walk away?

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Video: How Gamers Eat Their Food

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A viral video featuring parodies of characters from Minecraft, Assassin's Creed, Thief, Max Payne, and Skyrim tries to explain how gamers "eat their food." The video created by gaming culture comedy group Mr.TVCow has already been viewed (as of this writing) 1,504,582 times.

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NSA Throwdown: John Oliver vs. 60 Minutes

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Time Magazine article notes that comedian John Oliver's new show on HBO, "Last Week Tonight" has done a better job of grilling the National Security Agency (NSA) about warrantless surveillance than the long-running CBS Sunday evening news program "60 Minutes."

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Andrew Eisen: The Bugs and Glitches of The LEGO Movie Videogame

April 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In Andrew Eisen's latest video he shows off just some of the bugs and glitches you can enjoy yourself by picking a copy of The LEGO Movie Videogame. It's fun for the whole family, unless your family isn't a fan of buggy, glitchy, anger-inducing bugs.

He's got a whole list of them over at his IGN blog.

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Conan Takes Over Dallas AT&T Stadium DiamondVision Screen to Play Games

April 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest edition of Clueless Gamer sees talk show host Conan O'Brien taking over Dallas' AT&T Stadium's massive DiamondVision screen to play games.

It's quite an amazing sight to see, and many gamers will be jealous when they see Conan playing a myriad of games including Madden NFL, Need for Speed, Street Fighter, and more.

You can check out the latest episode of Clueless Gamer to your left.


Street Fighter Red Tape: Ken and Ryu - What's the Difference?

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Street Fighter Red Tape from The Pete Holmes Show, Ken Masters tries to explain how he's different from titular Street Fighter lead Ryu. As Pete points out, he and Ryu are EXACTLY the same and there is no room for so many tiger uppercuts and great hair.

"But, when I kick someone, it will look red," Ken says during his interview.

You can check out the latest video to your left. To check out all the video from The Pete Holmes Show on TBS, visit the show's YouTube page.

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Next Media Animation Lampoons Leland Yee

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Next Media Animation has put up a video detailing - in a way only they can do - California State Senator Leland Yee being indicted on seven different charges including bribery, corruption, and gun-running. The video is bizarre, takes liberties with the facts, and is funny - everything you'd expect from an NMA video. Check it out to your left.

You can check out the group's official YouTube channel here.

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Banned Titanfall Players Can Still Play Online... With Other Cheaters

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn's website for Titanfall introduces a new section explaining what happens to players who are flagged as cheaters. According to the information on the site, if you are flagged as a cheater, you will be banned from normal servers and corralled into a special "cheater's only" category that limits your online play to matchmaking with your own kind.

On the question of "what happens" when you get banned, Respawn offers the following answer:

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Street Fighter Red Tape: Dhalsim

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kumail Nanjiani (HBO's "Silicon Valley") stars in the latest episode of Street Fighter Red Tape from "The Pete Holmes Show." In it, he plays Dhalsim, the least marketable of all the Street Fighter characters. Holmes brings up some good points in the skit about the Dhalsim character, like those strange skulls he wears around his neck. Men of peace don't usually wear child-sized skulls...

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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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Microsoft Game Studios Boss Talks 'Extreme Fanboyism'

March 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff
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Spike TV's Geoff Keighley recently conducted an interview with Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer as part of South by Southwest 2014's Gaming Expo at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. While the conversation touches on a lot of topics, the most interesting thing discussed during the sit-down interview was fanboyism.

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Conan O'Brien Plays WWE 2K14

March 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer, Conan plays WWE 2K14 for the Xbox 360. Unlike other games he has played on the show, Conan really seems to enjoy this one and (we assume with the help of his more knowledgeable co-host) creates a hilarious parody of himself. You can check out the video to your left.

Thanks to Kotaku.


Punk Band Fall Out Boy Releasing a 'Flappy Bird' Tribute Game of Sorts

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Maybe it's a cheeky joke that became reality or perhaps they are simply seizing the moment, but punk band Fall Out Boy has decided to get in on the Flappy Bird media frenzy by creating a parody game called "Fall Out Bird." It sounds like an April Fool's Day joke come early, but the game is a real thing, according to the BBC, and it will be released very soon.

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Protest Game Puts Russian President Vladimir Putin in Gay-Friendly Sochi Winter Olympics Competition

February 7, 2014 - James Fudge

Twenty-three-year-old Robin Ras, a Dutch game developer and owner of GamesOnly.com, has found a unique way of protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay policies. With the Winter Olympics in full swing at Sochi, Ras thought the best way to make a statement about the country's deplorable treatment of gays was to create a protest game.

Andrew Eisen: Games I Own, But Haven't Played

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Way back in October of 2012 we asked our readers in a poll "How Many Unplayed Games Do You Own?" With Steam Early Access, Humble Bundle sales and sales on digital and retail console games, many of our readers admitted that they had a shameful backlog of titles that they had yet to play or install.

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Andrew Eisen: Nintendo Fanboy Reacts To Wii U Woes

January 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen is a bit of a Nintendo fanboy (see his ongoing list of games "not on Wii U"), so his latest video in the midst of all the bad news about Nintendo's Wii U sales during Christmas and its subsequent walking back of Wii U and 3DS sales estimate for the fiscal year is not surprising at all.

Here's the lead-in from Andrew's YouTube channel:

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Matthew Wilsonalso, it looks like sony finally got a clue http://www.vg247.com/2014/11/26/sony-comes-to-senses-at-last-admits-playstation-is-going-to-save-it/11/25/2014 - 10:56pm
Matthew WilsonI wont say them, but there are other sites beyond youtube. it was a good move by HBO.11/25/2014 - 10:55pm
Papa Midnighthttp://www.pcgamer.com/dark-souls-to-move-from-gfwl-to-steam-a-month-later-than-expected/11/25/2014 - 10:30pm
Papa MidnightMatthew Wilson: Considering ContentID, I can't imagine that would necessarily be a problem for HBO.11/25/2014 - 10:19pm
Matthew Wilsonthey know if they dont, someone will.11/25/2014 - 8:40pm
Sora-ChanIt's a HBO show, which to be honest, considering it's HBO, it's actually surprising they even put any up on youtube.11/25/2014 - 8:36pm
Andrew EisenI imagine they hope the clips they do host (some of which are rather long) are enough to entice viewers to watch the show on whatever channel it airs on.11/25/2014 - 5:54pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's odd that these videos are missing from the official Last Week Tonight page.11/25/2014 - 5:51pm
Andrew EisenRelevant or not, the guy's pretty darn entertaining.11/25/2014 - 4:58pm
WonderkarpJohn Oliver : Corporations On Twitter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG_7xur1iRc I feel like this is relevent11/25/2014 - 4:53pm
WonderkarpBurt Macklin, Anthropologist. I look forward to Jurassic Parks and Recreation.11/25/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenYep.11/25/2014 - 4:16pm
E. Zachary KnightDid Jaws 3 take place in a theme park?11/25/2014 - 4:14pm
Andrew EisenHey, they're remaking Jaws 3. Sweet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN411/25/2014 - 3:22pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/25/sony-to-refund-vita-customers-in-ftc-settlement-over-false-ads/ Sony is offering a refund to Vita owners who fell for their false advertising during the Vita launch.11/25/2014 - 2:49pm
Matthew Wilsondoes not shock me. people have been representing this as right vs left, but in truth its more like left vs even more left. better put is social libertarianism vs liberal moralism.11/25/2014 - 2:36pm
WonderkarpOfficial Occupy WallStreet Twitter Supports GamerGate https://twitter.com/OccupyWallSt/status/536928387869474818 heh11/25/2014 - 2:11pm
Matthew WilsonI saw that given that the gc adapters have been sold out everywhere, I thought it was higher.11/25/2014 - 11:49am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/25/smash-bros-sells-over-490k-on-wii-u-in-three-days/ Some good Nintendo news for a change.11/25/2014 - 11:48am
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.865821-Irrational-Games-Rises-From-The-Dead-is-Hiring-Again11/25/2014 - 10:20am
 

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