Poll: Should 'Sexism' Factor Into a Video Game's Rating?

November 20, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.

Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.

This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"

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Poll: When Someone Criticizes an Aspect of a Game You Like, Do You Take It Personally?

November 13, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It's late in the week so let's have a simple poll.

When someone criticizes an aspect of a game you like, do you take it personally?

Yep, that's it for this week, folks!  Vote in the poll and let us know.  Oh, and if you voted "yes," please oh please hit up the comments section and tell us why!  I'm content remaining in the dark on many of the universe's secrets but this one I'm dying to know!

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 121

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 121), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: Will 'Abandoned' Video Games Be Granted a DMCA Exemption?

November 5, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Every three years the U.S. Copyright Office considers proposed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a rule that limits the circumvention of DRM, software designed to restrict access to copyrighted works.

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Poll: Whose Live-Action Superhero Films Are You Most Looking Forward To?

October 29, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

There are a lot of live-action superhero movies hitting theaters over the next half decade or so.  Whose slate of films are you most looking forward to?

Here's a list of what the major players in the theatrical superhero business have announced.  Yeah, there are a few "untitled this-or-that" movies that I've left off the list.  There's talk about a Gambit movie, a Deadpool movie, even a female-led spin-off of the Amazing Spider-Man films but they seem a little less solid than others.  Still, anything could happen!

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 119

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 119), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("Do you want a Playstation TV?" - 18:28 mark), Hatred (27:22), the Indiegogo campaign to create a marketing/harassment campaign against Valve to release Half Life 3 (46:07); and Nintendo forcing Wii U users to agree to their EULA (53:35).

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Poll: Do You Want a Playstation TV?

October 15, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

We've had some pretty heavy stories this week so let's go light and fun with the poll.

Do you want a Playstation TV?

I consider myself pretty savvy as far as video game stuff goes but I'll admit, for some reason I just can't wrap my head around what the Playstation TV is for or why anyone would want one.

Kind of like the Steam Box.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 118

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 118), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: How Will Releasing Smash Bros. On 3DS First Affect Wii U Sales?

October 7, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Wii U ain't doing so hot.  Two years out and its sold less than seven million units worldwide (as of June 30).  Many said, "Wait until Mario comes out!  No, not New Super Mario Bros. U, a real 3D Mario game!"

Super Mario 3D World came out last year, sold over two million units (New Super Mario Bros. U sold over four million) and Wii U sold about two million units that holiday.  Not great but not bad.  Unfortunately, there was no sales momentum and the Wii U only sold about 300k in the next quarter.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 117

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 117), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: Will We Ever Get Half-Life 3?

October 2, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It's been 10 years since Half-Life 2.  Hell, it's been 7 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

Will we ever get Half-Life 3?

Yep, that's the poll this week.  Happy voting!

Tune in to this week's podcast (streaming live Saturday night at 6p PST) and I'll explain why I don't like the original Half-Life.  Or Fallout.  Or Myst.  Or World of Warcraft.  Or Minecraft.  Or Baldur's Gate.  Or Telltale's The Walking Dead.  Or Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 116

September 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 116), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the GamePolitics poll ("What is #GamerGate about?" - 23:40 mark), the ongoing campaign from Comcast to the FCC about the merits of merging with Time Warner Cable (1:02:20), and Steam's new curated pages (1:18:00).You can grab an audio version at the link below:

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What Is Your #GamerGate Wish List?

September 25, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

See that guy on the left?  That's the #GamerGator.  Because I think it's cute.

Anyway, this week we're running a poll asking What is #GamerGate about?

EZK and I will reveal the poll results on this weekend's Super Podcast Action Committee (which streams live right here on GamePolitics at 6p PST!) but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to collect your thoughts on one of the poll's response options.

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Poll: What Is #GamerGate About?

September 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

#GamerGate.

It's a hashtag you may have seen on Twitter or discussed in countless news and opinion pieces at various websites, both enthusiast and mainstream.  It's a movement, a collection of like-minded and passionate people banding together in order to achieve an end.

What end is that, you ask?

You tell us!  Vote in this week's poll and tell us what #GamerGate is all about.  If the true meaning is not among the response options, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 115

September 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 115), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("Did Microsoft pay too much for Minecraft?" - 25:48 mark), FTC cracking down on COPPA violations (36:50), the ESRB's 20th anniversary (47:05), and Kickstarter updating its TOS (1:03:45). You can grab an audio version of the show on iTunes or at the link below:

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Poll: Did Microsoft Pay Too Much ($2.5 Billion) For Minecraft Developer Mojang?

September 18, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has acquired Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion.

That's a lot of money.

Do you think Microsoft overpaid or does two and a half billion dollars sound about right to you for the developer of one released but insanely popular game?

Vote in the poll and let us know!  Or don't and leave us wondering...

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Poll: How Long Will You Give a Video Game To Get Good?

September 10, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague mentioned that the recently-released online FPS Destiny, "really begins at Level 20."

A Final Fantasy-fanatic friend of mine who enthusiastically exclaims that Final Fantasy XIII gets good around the 30-hour mark.

I've been known to tell people that Monster Hunter is THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER!!! (...after you slog through the first five hours of gathering mushrooms and mining rocks.)

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 113

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 113), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: How Many Typos Are In Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies?

September 3, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This week's poll asked if the New Nintendo 3DS would be region free.  Nintendo answered that for us this morning when it confirmed that it would indeed continue the archaic practice of region locking its gaming hardware.

Oh well.

I guess we need a new poll but it's a bit late in the week so how about something goofy?

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Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

September 2, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

UPDATE: Never mind.  Nintendo has confirmed that the New 3DS will be region locked.

ORIGINAL STORY: Last week, Nintendo announced a new 3DS with a faster processor, more buttons, a second analog stick, built in NFC, better 3D and a few other features.  Nintendo calls it...

The New Nintendo 3DS.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 112 - Hulu Hate

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 112), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: How Do You Feel About Amazon Buying Twitch?

August 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope!  Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.

For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 111

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 111), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Have You Visited an Arcade Recently?

August 20, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

When I was a kid, every mall had a video game arcade.  I'd beg Mom to let me hang out in the arcade while she did the shopping.  Even though I didn't have any money, I loved watching other people play.  Hell, even the "attract modes" would capture my attention and keep me entertained.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 110 (Wii Double U)

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 110), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: What Should 'Night Trap' Have Been Rated?

August 14, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Hey, remember those Senate hearings back in the 90s that bemoaned violent games like DOOM and Mortal Kombat that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 109

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talked about suspended California Senator Leland Yee's case, all the changes over at Twitch, the father who took his young sons to a war zone because they wanted to play the new Call of Duty game, Verizon throttling unlimited data plan customers, and a whole lot more. You can watch the video to your left right now.

Super Podcast Action Committee records live every Saturday at 6p PST on GamePolitics.com.

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Poll: Is Leland Yee Guilty?

August 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee, best known to GP readers as the California state senator who wasted over 1.3 million tax payer dollars in a failed bid to introduce a law that would criminalize the sale of particularly violent video games to minors, was arrested earlier this year and brought up on federal racketeering charges.

Yee is accused of a bunch of unsavory deeds ranging from soliciting bribes in exchange for political favors to attempting to broker an arms deal.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 108 - Less Buggy Than LEGO Games

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 108), you can watch the video replay on YouTube,  download it below (in audio format), or find it on iTunes. In episode 108 hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Will the FCC Preempt State Laws That Limit Municipal Broadband Services?

July 31, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

I use Time Warner Cable for my broadband internet service.  Why?  Because I have no choice.  TWC is the only provider available in my area.  It's either TWC or no wired internet.

You may have noticed that when it comes to broadband internet service in America, you almost certainly have only one option for a service provider - if you have an option at all, that is.  There are plenty of rural areas that have no service, period.

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Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game’s rating?:

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Andrew EisenNo but it is defaulting to a very low volume. Not muted though.11/20/2014 - 10:14pm
MaskedPixelanteIs anyone else experiencing this weird Youtube glitch where, no matter what you had the volume set at last time, it defaults to muted no matter what?11/20/2014 - 10:07pm
MechaTama31What was wrong with Remember Me? I liked that one... >.>11/20/2014 - 8:50pm
AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character? SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
 

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