Happy Holidays from the ECA and GamePolitics

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of GamePolitics, the ECA, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday - whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, some other holiday, no holiday at all, etc.. We will be back after Christmas!

Peace, out.

- James Fudge, Managing Editor, GamePolitics.com

(Image via www.publicdomainpictures.net.)

Programming Note: SuperPAC at Home for the Holidays

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Just a note that the Super Podcast Action Committee is taking a break for a few weeks as host Andrew Eisen returns home to the wilderness of Kentucky to be with his family during the holidays. We'll be back with bells on for a new show in 2015. We'd like to thank Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight for continuing to deliver episodes of the podcast that are entertaining, informative, and always fun.

Mad love and respect to both of you! Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the show in the comments!


Halfbrick Celebrates The Holidays By Giving Away iOS Games For Free

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile developer Halfbrick Studios is celebrating the holidays by giving the gaming community every game in its iOS catalog for free. All ten of the studio's games are available for free for a limited time including the popular Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, and its other games Fish Out Of Water!, Monster Dash, Age Of Zombies: Season 2, Band Stars, Colossatron: Massive World, Birzzle Fever, Yes Chef!, and Top Farm.

You can find all of the studio's games on its iTunes page.

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Valve's Steam Holiday Sale Is Alive!

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's annual Holiday sale is alive and kicking, offering deep discounts on various games from now until January 2.

During the sale Steam customers can take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new "Featured Deals" happening daily. Like last year's sale, Steam users can also vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. Those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.

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Valve Temporarily Shuts Down and Resets Steam Holiday Auction

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve's first annual Holiday Auction ran into a bit of a snag in its early outing and has been rebooted due to some questionable activity by a small minority of participants, according to this Ars Technica report. The idea behind the auction was simple: Steam users could trade their unwanted inventory items for gems that could then be used to bid on 2,000 Steam game codes (with a total of 200,000 copies being sold during the course of the auction).

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Consumer Reports Reveals Its Top Five Most Violent Games / Top Five Games For Kids Lists

December 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Consumer Reports has released its annual list of the best and worst games for kids as parents get ready to shop 'til they drop for various holidays. The top five video games for kids, according to the publication, are Skylanders: Trap Team, Disney Infinity 2.0, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, Super Smash Bros., and LittleBigPlanet 3.

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The Humble Winter Sale is Underway Now

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Humble Bundle has launched its annual sale, offering steep discounts on top tier and indie games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Running now until January 2, the Humble Winter Sale is offering discounts on such games as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Kentucky Route Zero, Road Redemption, This War Of Mine, The Walking Dead Season 2, Divinity Original Sin, Final Fantasy III, Dark Wood, and many, many more.

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GOG.com's Big Winter Sale Launches

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has launched its Big Winter Sale today, offering steep discounts on over 750 DRM-free PC games. In addition to the price cut on most of its catalog GOG.com is offering time-limited flash sales and bundle deals too.

At a glance, GOG.com is offering deals on the Age of Wonders Pack, The Ultimate D&D Collection, The Witcher Tag Team, and The Stalker Zone. These deals last for 24 hours, so if you want to grab one of those bundles you'd better do it while you can.

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Happy Thanksgiving From GamePolitics

November 26, 2014 - James Fudge

I wish all of our readers in the United States a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. For the rest of you who live in Canada (and already celebrated Thanksgiving back in October) as well as our friends in Europe, Asia, and other regions in this rock we call home: have a happy Thursday, I guess.

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Steam 'Exploration Sale' Discounts over Five-Thousand Games

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has kicked off its annual sale. While it doesn't call it a "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday" sale like others do, it is intended to land on those days for maximum effect. This year's "Steam Exploration Sale" runs from November 26 to December 2 and features discounts and deals on 5,649 games right now.

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GameStop Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Unlike most U.S. retailers, the world's largest retailer of games will be closed on Thanksgiving in the United States. GameStop announced that it will shut down its stores in the United States next Thursday. CEO Paul Raines confirmed the news during a post-earnings call on Thursday.

"We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day next week in the United States out of respect for our associates and their families," he said. "Sometimes, we have to not let the pressure from other retailers distract us from our values."

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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight, I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy today grilling meat, drinking tasty beverages, watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos today, but we'll be back on Monday with bells on.

We hope you'll do something fun today and - if you are old enough to have a job - that your employer gave you the day off.

To all of our friends outside the United States, enjoy your Friday!

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Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014 - James Fudge

On behalf of GamePolitics, I wish you a happy Valentine's Day filled with love, good food, and even better company if at all possible. For those of you who are single, Andrew Eisen offers an instructional video on how to ask the fairer sex out for a night on the town, a quiet evening at home, or whatever social function you can imagine. You can check out the video to your left. If you are single and like it that way, then I encourage you to do something fun today, like watch the new season of House of Cards on Netflix!

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and GamePolitics, we wish you a happy and safe New Year's Day. If you are old enough to party, then please don't party too hearty, don't drink and drive, and please try not to throw up on any plants or small animals if you did party a little more than you should have. We wish that all of your hopes and dreams for 2013 came true, but if they didn't don't let that get you down: tomorrow is the start of a new day in a brand new year.

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Steam Hits 7.6 Million Concurrent Users Over the Weekend

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Valve's statistics page for Steam, the online service has set a new concurrent user record. On Dec. 29 Steam had 7.6 million of its 65 million members logged in at the same time, setting a new record for peak concurrent usage. This number is up slightly up from 7 million concurrent users recorded over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the all-time high of 6 million concurrent users in 2012.

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Still Time to Get Left 4 Dead 2 for Free

December 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you heard that Valve's hit Zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 was free for a limited time but didn't get it yet - don't fret, there's still time. According to Valve's Left 4 Dead blog you have until 9 am PDT, or 1 pm EDT. From the blog:

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Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

All of us at GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday! May all your dreams come true, DRM-free, without limits, and with no hidden clauses buried five pages deep in a document written by a soulless corporate robot!

We'll see you again on Thursday!

Glad tidings to all.

(Image © 2013, Shutterstock.com.)


Blizzard Engineer Needs Your Help For Christmas

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Ron Nakada, a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer six months ago. Doctors told him at the time that the cancer had metastasized to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. While Ron is fighting for his life with all the determination and strength he can muster, his medical bills and expenses are ramping up and he needs our help.

Own Mojang's Scrolls? Give Away a Copy for Free to a Friend

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you own Mojang's turn-based card game Scrolls, then you can share it with a friend. To celebrate the holidays, Mojang is letting Scrolls owners give away a free copy of the game to one friend.

So how would one go about doing that? It's very simple: login to your Mojang account and then click on the "Send to a friend" button. A code will then be sent to the email you specify, and the recipient will have until January 31, 2014 to redeem the code.

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IndieGameStand to Host 12 Days of Christmas Charity Drive

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Pay-what-you-want indie-focused game store IndieGameStand is hosting a 12-day event to celebrate the holiday season and benefit the children's charity Child's Play. From Dec. 18 - 28 the site will host a 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping event.

Here's how it works: each day IndieGameStand will reveal and spotlight a new indie game that is freely available on the internet. By donating, customers will unlock these games in their IndieGameStand account and all proceeds will be donated to Child's Play.

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ESA Report: Video Games Are the Top Gift Items This Holiday Season

December 12, 2013 - GamePoltics Staff

A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that video games, video game systems, and accessories are the most wanted items for the 2013 holiday season. according to the report, approximately 79 million Americans intend to purchase video games during the holiday season, according to new market research and analysis.

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GOG.com Kicks Off Winter Sale With Free Fallout Games

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com has launched its "2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, giving consumers deep discounts on many of the games in its DRM-free catalog, offering special pricing in three different random categories and giving away all of its Fallout games for FREE for the next 48 hours.

While many will head over to the site to get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free, there are plenty of decent deals on old and new games in the GOG.com worth checking out.

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AbleGamers Releases 2013 Annual Holiday Guide for Gamers with Disabilities

December 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

AbleGamers Charity has launched the 2013 AbleGamers Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers with Disabilities. This year's guide offers recommendations on which games were the most accessible and which assistive devices are the best solutions for helping disabled gamers. In addition to all that, the guide offers recommendations on several items you may want to avoid altogether.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On behalf of GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), I wish all of our readers in the United States a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day holiday. We also want to wish those who observe Hanukkah (which began yesterday) a joyous and safe holiday season as well. For the rest of the world, we hope you enjoy the rest of the week and in Europe we hope you finally get your hands on those brand new console systems.

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Steam Autumn Sale 2013 Now Underway

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has kick off its annual Autumn Sale today with daily deals running every 24 hours, along with flash sales every 8 hours until Dec. 3. Highlights include Terraria for $2.49, Skyrim for $7.49, Prison Architect for $14.99, Outlast for $6.49, Sleeping Dogs for $4.99, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, Rogue Legacy for $5.09, The Walking Dead for $6.24, and Anti-Chamber for $4.99.

My personal favorites right now? DLC Quest and Breath of Death VII for $0.98.

As always the Steam sale offers listing for top sellers, games under $10, and games under $5.

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Ten Free Games for PS Mobile Devices from Sony

November 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is giving away 10 free games (two each week for five weeks) to all PS Mobile gamers. Detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the games will work on your PlayStation Certified smartphone, tablet, or PS Vita. Between November 27th and December 18th of 2013, and then from January 8th through January 22nd of 2014, you can download two PS Mobile games. The first two games, available later today, will be Passing Time and Rymdkapsel.

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Happy Easter and Passover!

March 28, 2013 -

On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association and GamePolitics I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover. The ECA offices are closed in observance of the holiday beginning on Good Friday so expect this space to be relatively quiet unless something ultra exciting happens tomorrow.

We'll be back here with bells on on Monday. As always thank you for reading our publication and for the stimulating and spirited conversations in the comments and the shout box. You are the reason we get out of bed every morning!

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Happy New Year from GamePolitics!

December 31, 2012 -

On behalf of the ECA, our writers and contributors and myself, we wish you a happy, safe and healthy New Year. While 2012 had its fair share of ups and downs, Internet freedom and free speech had a very good year. Draconian laws and treaties that would have limited free speech and taken away our rights to privacy were soundly defeated by a vocal majority in countries all over the world.

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Mojang Sells 453K Minecraft Units During Christmas

December 28, 2012 -

Mojang's popular world building game franchise Minecraft had a wonderful Christmas / holiday season, according to tweets from company co-founder and Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson. According to Notch, the company sold 453,000 copies of the game across all platforms during the Christmas season.

"Across all platforms, Minecraft sold 453k copies on dec 24! Wowzers! <3," he tweeted.

He corrected himself in a follow-up tweet shortly thereafter:

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Over 17 million iOS and Android Devices Were Activated on Christmas Day

December 27, 2012 -

On Christmas day iOS and Android device activations were greater than any other day in history, according to a new report from mobile analytics company Flurry. As highlighted by VentureBeat Flurry claims that over 17 million new smartphones and tablets were activated on Christmas day. Compared to the rest of December, new iOS and Android activations rose a whopping 332 percent on Christmas Day.

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MaskedPixelanteDude was at the center of a pretty serious plagiarism scandal back in 2011, and it was widely known he ripped off other musical pieces well before that.12/27/2014 - 9:33am
Kajex@Masked Right, because his work actually composing music for several Metroid games necessitated plagiarism.12/27/2014 - 9:04am
MaskedPixelanteI can't believe Kenji Yamamoto got another job. Then again, his job on Smash was "musical arrangment", so copying other people's work is right up his alley.12/26/2014 - 9:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthe company that hosts it is a cyber security firm, and from what I understand it is the data they they see just shown publicly.12/26/2014 - 8:22pm
Wonderkarpa question about that website, Matthew...how does it know its a cyberattack or not12/26/2014 - 8:06pm
Matthew Wilsonfor those intreasted in seeing cyber attacks in real time check out this site. http://map.ipviking.com/12/26/2014 - 7:51pm
PHX Corp@MP you can add me on XBL and Nintendo Network if you want, I go under TrustyGem(Same gamertag as on Steam)12/26/2014 - 2:01pm
CMinerI blame North Korea.12/25/2014 - 11:49pm
MechaTama31For the last few weeks, the GP site fails to load about 2/3 of the times I try.12/25/2014 - 11:13pm
MaskedPixelanteOK, is GP having trouble loading for anyone but me?12/25/2014 - 9:21pm
Matthew Wilsonits a bunch of script kiddies. ddosing is one of the easiest thing to do,and most companies can not stop it sadly.12/25/2014 - 5:05pm
MaskedPixelanteI like Nintendo as much as the next person, they're pretty much the only company putting out the games I want to play, but that was pretty embarassing to have NNID go down due to overuse.12/25/2014 - 4:35pm
MaskedPixelanteSee? It's NOT a repeat of last year's fiasco.12/25/2014 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpLizard squad is responsible for The XBL/PSN shutdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSpZvsoWvig12/25/2014 - 4:17pm
IanCOh shut up bitching about Nintendo. At least they advised people to downloading updates before the big day. Sony/MS? Not a peep.12/25/2014 - 3:50pm
MaskedPixelanteBoth PSN and Xbox Live are down. Since I'm sure Sony and Microsoft have better online support than Nintendo did last year, this isn't from "everyone logging onto their new devices all at once".12/25/2014 - 3:48pm
prh99John Romero's Christmas present, a custom Icon of Sin sculpture. http://www.pcgamer.com/john-romero-gets-the-icon-of-sin-for-christmas/12/25/2014 - 3:37am
Matthew Wilsonthe interview will be on youtube/xb1/ andriod today.12/24/2014 - 1:05pm
james_fudge1900's?12/24/2014 - 12:56pm
james_fudgeYeah we could go way way back :)12/24/2014 - 12:56pm
 

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