Poll: Which group is more ethically challenged?

July 1, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

I'm back from vacation but Super Podcast Action Committee will be skipping another weekend because we'll be busy setting off fireworks!  And yes, they're totally legal.  In the state I bought them in...

What?

Anyway, I didn't want to leave you lovely readers high and dry so how about a poll?  Which group is more ethically challenged: game journalists or game publishers?  Put another way: which group has committed the most or most heinous ethical violations?

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SPJ makes 'Code of Ethics' more interactive

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, for short) passed along word this morning that its web site for its "Code of Ethics" is a little more interactive and informative, providing additional cues and links so that visitors can get a an expanded understanding of ethical issues related to journalism.

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Mirada Studios demands Destructoid take down its 'Fallout 4' story

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After reporting on a story about an employee of Mirada Studios who unwittingly put his work on a 'Fallout 4 trailer' in his LinkedIn profile, popular gaming site Destructoid reports that it has received a demand letter from the company. According to an update to its story, a representative from the firm demanded that it pulls its stories because it was a violation of a non-disclosure agreement and was full of inaccuracies:

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GameCrate: one year later

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's been almost one year since electronics retailer Newegg launched GameCrate, an editorial site that serves as a compliment to its online retail site Newegg.com. The good news is that Newegg.com's experiment was successful enough to stick around for an entire year and the company announced that its first major update to what the site delivers has been rolled out this week.

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Kinda Funny Games Joins GameSpot for E3 2015

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kinda Funny Games is teaming up with GameSpot to help provide Electronic Entertainment Expo coverage. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, Tim Gettys, and Greg Miller quit their jobs at IGN.com last September and launched Kinda Funny Games - along with a Patreon campaign. That Patreon currently sits as $25,001.47 per month - backed by 4,569 people.

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GamesIndustry.biz shifts editors to new roles

April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry.biz is shuffling its deck of editors today, moving writers Brendan Sinclair, Rachel Weber, and Matthew Handrahan into new positions. Matthew Handrahan, who joined the publication in 2011, has been promoted to Deputy Editor, Europe. Rachel Weber, who also joined GamesIndustry in 2011, has been promoted to a Senior Editor, along with Brendan Sinclair, who joined GamesIndustry.bz in 2012.

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Leland Yee and the Legislative Open Records Act court case

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Sacramento County, California judge has ruled that California’s open-records statute in the constitution does not exclude the California legislature, potentially opening up a Pandora's Box of new information about embattled law makers such as Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), according to the Sacremento Bee.

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Play.com goes offline

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Play.com has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (www.rakuten.co.uk), according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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After Videogamer.com Acquisition Candy Banana Is On The Hunt For More Properties

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sweden-based IBIB announced earlier this month that it had acquired Videgamer.com and launched a network called Candy Banana to house all its game-related properties including The Sims Resource, Planet Destiny, Sportra and more. Today the company revealed that it is on a hunt to acquire more video game related sites.

“Candy Banana will be investing in and improving the existing sites and, for the coming few months, we are looking to acquire additional high-quality sites to grow the network,” said Candy Banana director Adam McCann.

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Future Publishing Hires Former Joystiq Management For GamesRadar+

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Future Publishing has made a number of new hires this week and shuffled some of its staff around at its revamped GamesRadar+ website. First the company has strengthened its UK-based news staff by hiring former Kotaku UK news editor Leon Hurley as its new executive news editor and former Official PlayStation Magazine writer Louise Blain has been hired as its news lead.

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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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Story Bundle Serves Up Eight Issues of Kill Screen Magazine

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Story Bundle is offering a fantastic deal on eight issues of Kill Screen Magazine, the video game art and culture publication that explores the "intersection between games, play, and other seats of culture, from art to music to design." The Story Bundle offers eight issues including Kill Screen Issue 1: No Fun by Kill Screen Magazine, Kill Screen Issue 2: Back To School, Kill Screen Issue 3: Intimacy, Kill Screen Issue 4: Public Play, Kill Screen Issue 5: Sound, Kill Screen Issue 6: Change, and Kill Screen Issue 7: The Great Outdoors.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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GDC Micro-Talk Offers Ten Speakers in One Hour

February 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ten speakers. One hour. That's the premise of the Game Developers Conference micro-talk, "One Hour, Ten Speakers, Games and Play, and Us." The talk features ten industry professionals - academics, developers, and journalists - who have approximately six minutes each to deliver something solid on a topic they think attendees might find interesting and/or thought-provoking.

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Eurogamer Dumps Review Scores

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer announced this morning that, like Kotaku did earlier in the year, it will no longer be using review scores when it rates games. Instead games rated by the publication will use descriptors such as "Recommended," "Essential," or "Avoid." Some game reviews will not carry a descriptor at all.

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Tomo News Makes Fun of Brian Williams

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tomo News has an amusing take on Brian Williams' series of half-truths and tall tales about coming under RPG rocket and gunfire in a helicopter while covering the conflict in Iraq and some other stories he may have tweaked the truth on during his career. Yes it's full of wacky imagery as you would expect from a Tomo News report, and is kind of harsh towards Williams, but it's hard to deny that it is funny. Check out the video to your left.

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'WOW Insider' Will Live On In Spirit As 'Blizzard Watch'

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.

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Former Massively Staff Turn To Crowdfunding For New Site

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

One of the biggest tragedies in 2015 (so far) as a writer who has covered video games from various angles over the last 18 years, is seeing a publication like Joystiq and all of its affiliate sites get shut down by its parent company AOL.

One of those affiliate sites, Massively, faithfully served massively-multiplayer online game fans for years (since 2007) and did so with passion and care for the subject matter it covered so well.

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AOL Shutting Down Joystiq and Massively

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

AOL is shutting down Joystiq and popular MMO sister site Massively. A report earlier in the day from Techcrunch indicated that parent company AOL planned on rolling the Joystiq brand back into tech site Engadget.

The news was confirmed today by Massively editor-in-chief Brianna Royce (in this blog post) and in a tweet from Joystiq News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski.

In his tweet, Sliwinski shared a LinkedIn staff list:

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Report: AOL Will Close Joystiq

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A report on Re/Code is making the rounds this morning, suggesting that the parent company of popular gaming site Joystiq will shut the site down in the coming weeks and lay off its staff. Citing multiple sources within AOL, Re/Code claims that the company is "likely to shutter" Joystiq and lay off its staff as part of a house cleaning of media properties that are underperforming.

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Layoffs Hit Defy Media's The Escapist, GameTrailers, And GameFront

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Defy Media has laid off a large amount of staff from three of its popular game-related properties: The Escapist, GameTrailers, and GameFront. An exact number of affected employees is unknown as of this writing, but we do know that The Escapist Editor-in-Chief Greg Tito is just one of many affected by this latest round of layoffs. In a post on Twitter, Tito announced that he and others had been laid off today:

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Devs Play Features John Romero Playing 'Doom'

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest episode of Double Fine's video series, "Devs Play," features John Romero playing the classic first-person shooter that took over the PC gaming world way back in the 90s. The id Software co-founder who helped create Doom and Quake is joined by Doom history enthusiast and Spacebase creator JP LeBreton as they play through "Knee Deep in the Dead" in its entirety.

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BasedGamer Hits Funding Goal

January 13, 2015 - James Fudge

While it looked like it wasn't going to hit its funding goal, BasedGamer.com managed to surpass it at the tail end of its crowd funding effort. By its close, BasedGamer.com managed to raise $52,619 - a little bit over its funding goal of $50,000. BasedGamer is the creation of Jennie Bharaj, a vocal and long-time supporter of the GamerGate social media movement. The goal of the site is to be an alternative to Metacritic, and to highlight content that fits the narrative of the GamerGate movement.

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Four Editors Leave IGN To Launch 'Kinda Funny Games'

January 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four of IGN's top editors have "left" the site to focus on making videos under the banner of a new series called "Kinda Funny Games." We say "kind of left" because several of the departing editors will still be doing some work for the company on an ongoing basis.

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Patrick Klepek Joins Kotaku

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an introductory post on Kotaku, former GiantBomb news editor Patrick Klepek announces that he has joined the Kotaku editorial team as its new senior reporter. Klepek announced his exit from GiantBomb last week, though he had officially left the site a long time before that.

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Former Destructoid EIC Joins GamesBeat

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

You may recall that GamesBeat put out word that it was hiring a new Senior Editor to replace the outgoing Dan Hsu, who went to work for Sony earlier in the year. After months of interviewing qualified candidates, the publication announced that former Destructoid Editor-in-Chief Dale North (pictured, left) would be joining the editorial team. GamesBeat also announced Mike Minotti (pictured, right) has been promoted to a full-time role overseeing the new GamesBeat Community.

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Computer & Video Games Shutting Down

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The website for Future Publishing's Computer & Video Games will be closing soon, with the publisher focusing its attention on the GamesRadar+ website starting in February of next year. GamesRadar+ already combines the GamesRadar site with the SFX and Total Film websites. Some of CVG's content (news and reviews, for example) will be migrated over to this new portal, but the site as we know it today will eventually be phased out.

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'How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2' Available Today

December 17, 2014 - James Fudge

Writer Russ Pitts' new book, "How Video Games Are Made: My 16 Months Inside the Development of Defense Grid 2," is now available at Gumroad for $10 and comes in PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions, all for one price.

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Gamasutra News Editor Joins tinyBuild

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra news editor Mike Rose has left the publication to join indie game developer and publishing company tinyBuild. The long time editor for the site devoted to game developers, tools, and culture has also written for IndieGames.com and PocketGamer.

In his new role at the studio responsible for No Time to Explain he'll seek out new and exciting games for the company to publish.

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Ubisoft: Reviewers Won't Get Early Access to 'The Crew'

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Ubisoft is continuing to shift and adjust its polices on reviewing its games. The latest game to do this is its online racing game, The Crew. According to Destructoid, reviewers won't be able to play any sooner than regular players who go out and buy the game, according to this Ubisoft blog post.

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Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameYou know andrew, those are actualy rock solid ideas, I woudl like those features a bunch ,especially with games that a cut scene heavly. looking at you kojima!07/03/2015 - 1:18am
Andrew EisenActually, "things I'd like to see become standard in video games" ain't a bad idea for one of my future YouTube videos.07/03/2015 - 1:05am
 

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