Poll: Should Corrupt Politicians Be Put To Death?

April 9, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee, man.  Leland Yee.

Yes, the would-be regulator of violent video games was recently arrested on charges of corruption including bribery and gun running.  Innocent until proven guilty and all that but holy cow!  If you can't trust the people you elect to public office to do the right thing, who can you trust?  What do we do from here on out?  How can we be sure politicians are serving our interests rather than bending the rules to serve their own?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 94

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss how Facebook buying Oculus VR could affect the technology's future development, if politicians who commit crimes should suffer stiffer punishments (including the death penalty), and Amazon's foray into the set-top box/ micro-console space with Fire TV. Download Episode 94 now: SuperPAC Episode 94 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.2 MB.

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Poll: How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook’s Acquisition of the Device?

April 4, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This was originally planned to be last week's poll but then Leland Yee, a guy who spoke ill of the moral depravity and illegal behavior exercised within the virtual settings of violent video games, was arrested for allegedly dabbling in real-life moral depravity and illegal behavior including bribes and gun running.

So, yeah.  I went with that for a poll topic instead.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 93

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Jeremy Powers to discuss suspended California Senator Leland Yee's legal troubles for charges including illegal gun running, corruption, and bribery; and Facebook buying Oculus Rift. It's fun for the whole family! Download Episode 93 now: SuperPAC Episode 93 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 67.6 MB.

Poll: Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?

March 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee is best known by gamers as a man who claimed that playing violent video games was harmful to children and attempted to pass legislation that would prevent them from buying such titles.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 92

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Positech Games talking about the evils of game sales, Microsoft considering positive reinforcement for good Xbox Live behavior, Australia's ratings reforms, and last week's poll about rich people using crowdfunding. Download Episode 92 now: SuperPAC Episode 92 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.6 MB.

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Poll: Should You Be Free To Crowd-Fund a Project You're Financially Capable of Funding Yourself?

March 20, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been successfully used by many to fund projects they otherwise would not have been able to get off the ground themselves.

But what about individuals or organizations that don't need crowd-funded dollars for their projects?  What if they could easily afford to fund it themselves?  Should they be able to use crowd-funding sites too or should they pay for it their damned selves?  Should their be rules enforcing this?  Laws?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 91

March 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about GOG.com's decision to abandon its regional pricing scheme, accusations that fan art was used to promote Tropes v. Women without permission, fair use when using fan art, South Park being self-censored for Europe by Ubisoft, and rumors that the writer of Uncharted was pushed out by the writers of The Last of Us. Download Episode 91 now: SuperPAC Episode 91 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 69.8 MB.

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Poll: How Should GOG Handle Regional Pricing?

March 13, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

A couple weeks ago, Good Old Games announced that it would be instituting regional pricing (some regions would pay more or less for the same title than other regions) for titles it otherwise wouldn't be able to make available on its digital distribution platform.

The decision was not popular.

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Poll: Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?

March 6, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Anyone think we should keep studying the effects of violent video games?

There has been a lot of research over the last 15 years or so into how violent video games affect those that play them and not a bit of it has convinced a single, solitary court in the U.S. that such games pose any danger to those who play them.  Granted, most of the research is really poorly done, something else courts and various academic reviews have pointed out.  Hell, even the authors of some of these studies have admitted to sloppy methodology.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 90

March 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about buying level 90 characters in World of Warcraft, a story about a UK mom who complained about her son buying thousands of dollars worth of FIFA DLC, the EU tackling free-to-play games, gay leads in video games, and a tax incentives bill that discriminates against violent video games. Download Episode 90 now: SuperPAC Episode 90 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 83 MB.

Poll: Should You Be Able To Purchase Level 90 Characters In World of Warcraft?

February 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It looks like Blizzard will soon offer World of Warcraft players the ability to purchase Level 90 characters.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 89

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll (Will King be in the running for the Consumerist’s Worst Company in America tournament?), the trend towards consumers choosing digital games over retail game discs, and Capcom's response to offering more gender options for the main character in Deep Down. Download Episode 89 now: SuperPAC Episode 89 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 88

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about why Flappy Bird was pulled from various App Stores, Candy Swipe v. King, Norwegian killer Anders Brevik asking for a better class of video games in prison, and EA's denial that SimCity and Battlefield 4 had crappy launches. Download Episode 88 now: SuperPAC Episode 88 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.

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Poll: Why Was Flappy Bird Pulled From Mobile Stores?

February 12, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Flappy Bird is a simple game.  Some might even call it boring.

But that certainly didn't stop it from becoming one of the most popular and talked about games on mobile stores for the past week or so.

But, it's gone now.  Yep, creator Dong Nguyen decided to take his money-making ball and go home.

But why?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 86

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possibility of Amazon releasing a home console of some sort this year, a study that says relaxing games make people more prosocial, Killer Instinct's new jail system for rage quitters, the PS3 trade-in for Xbox One promotion from Microsoft, and Microsoft buying Gears of War from Epic. Download Episode 86 now: SuperPAC Episode 86 (1 hour, 11 minutes) 81 MB.

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Poll: Should the Maker of Candy Crush Have Been Able to Trademark the Word 'Candy'?

January 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Okay, you know the story by now.  King.com, the maker of Candy Crush, has trademarked the word 'candy.'

King.com applied for the mark last year and it was approved on last week on January 15. It covers use of the word 'Candy' in games, game accessories, merchandise and other items.  Companies who oppose this filing have a 30 day window to file a complaint.

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Poll: Did SimCity's Offline Mode Really Require Six Months of Work to Implement?

January 16, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Last year, Electronic Arts launched its new SimCity game and even though it is and always has been a predominantly single player game, the new title had no offline mode.  This decision was so unpopular that it's likely the major reason EA earned the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award for the second year in a row.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 83

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service, Sony Online Entertainment's all access MMO pass, Ultimate Gay Fighter, and South Australia's government being pressured into getting rid of anti-game billboards. Download Episode 83 now: SuperPAC Episode 83 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78.5 MB.

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Poll: Will Nintendo Try to Quash the Work-Around For the 3DS Region Lock?

January 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Back in my day, Nintendo handheld gaming consoles were region free.  That's right.  If a quirky little game that wasn't being localized for North America caught my eye, I could feel free to give Nintendo money in exchange for the ability to play it to my heart's content.  Ah, those were the days!

But they didn't last.  No sir, they did not.

It started with the DSi, a revision to Nintendo's previous handheld.  It introduced region locking for titles that used DSi-specific features like the camera.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 82

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In our very first episode of 2014, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest poll on GamePolitics (about finding porn on a freshly purchased 3DS), Braid creator Jonathan Blow's comments on Farmville and Plants v Zombies 2, various licensing deals gone wrong, and Sherlock Holmes finally making its way to the public domain. Download Episode 82 now: SuperPAC Episode 82 (1 hour, 9 minutes) 79.6 MB.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 81

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After a two week hiatus (thanks mostly to the holidays and Andrew's self-imposed exile to a small town in Kentucky) we return with Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 81! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the Killer Instinct DRM that popped up during a recent competition at a NYC college, the EFF's annual Wish List, and investors suing EA over the shaky Battlefield 4 launch. Download Episode 81 now: SuperPAC Episode 81 (1 hour, 17 minutes) 88.4 MB.

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Poll: Do Publishers Know the NSA Is Conducting Surveillance Operations In Their Games?

December 11, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

A few days ago we talked about a report that showed that American and British spy agencies are playing World of Warcraft, Second Life and various Xbox Live games to spy on us.

Do you think the publishers of those titles know about the surveillance ops being conducted in their games?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 80

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll (do you miss game cartridges?), a man tricked into buying a picture of an Xbox One on eBay, Michael Pachter's disparaging remarks about Nintendo's president, and Play.com's prediction that the Wii U will win the holiday sales war. Download Episode 80 now: SuperPAC Episode 80 (1 hour, 4 minutes) 73 MB.

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Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

December 5, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

I miss video game cartridges.

They were sturdy and more fun to handle.  No need to worry about fingerprints or gingerly placing them in a tray or slot.  Just jam those suckers in your console and away you go!  Heck, you could dropkick those suckers across the room if you didn't mind getting grounded.

The amount of space is limited only by cost.  You could have battery backups and even custom chips (remember the Super NES's FX chip?).  They were faster too!  No installing and rarely any loading!

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 79

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, players being banned from the video and chat services one Xbox One and the PS4, the preliminary Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting report, and Scale Labs claiming copyright on all those Walking Dead videos. Download Episode 79 now: SuperPAC Episode 78 (1 hour, 5 minutes) 75 MB.

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Poll: Video Games Officially Had Nothing To Do With the Sandy Hook Shooting. Will That Matter?

November 27, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, the official investigation report for the shooting at Sandy Hook was released to the public and as any rationally-thinking human being could have surmised 11 months ago, video games had precisely squat to do with it.

But will that matter?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 78

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, the Xbox One 4 launch, the latest GamePolitics Letters to the Editor, and the controversial game about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that happened almost a year ago. Download Episode 78 now: SuperPAC Episode 78 (1 hour, 18 minutes) 71.2 MB.

Poll: Will the Xbox One Suffer Hardware Failures?

November 21, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, the hardware was plagued with a bunch of console crippling issues, one of which being the famous Red Ring of Death, an LED indication that your game machine is now a giant brick.  Some estimates put the failure rate of the 360 as high as 54%.  Whatever the actual number was, it was so bad that Microsoft ex

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Poll: Will Reselling Disc-Based PS4 Games Be a Hassle?

November 13, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Kicking off a series of successive nut punches to Microsoft, Sony announced during its E3 press conference that the Playstation 4 will feature no new restrictions on used games.

Ah but the Playstation Network Terms of service clearly state that you can not resell disc-based software "unless expressly authorized" by Sony.

Wait, so can we or can't we?

Both a Sony rep and Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida have clarified that we will be able to resell our PS4 games.

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Sora-ChanI realize that they have ways getting around it, but one reason might be due to earthquakes.04/17/2014 - 4:42am
Matthew WilsonSF is a tech/ economic/ trade center it should be mostly tail building. this whole problem is because of the lack of tail buildings. How would having tail apartment buildings destroy SF? having tail buildings has not runed other cities around the US/world04/16/2014 - 10:51pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the issue is you can not build upwards anywhere in SF at the moment, and no you would not. You would bring prices to where they should have been before the market distortion. those prices are not economic or socially healthy.04/16/2014 - 10:46pm
ZippyDSMleeYou still wind up pushing people out of the non high rise aeras but tis least damage you can do all things considered.04/16/2014 - 10:26pm
ZippyDSMleeANd by mindlessly building upward you make it like every place else hurting property prices,ect,ect. You'll have to slowly segment the region into aeras where you will never build upward then alow some aeras to build upward.04/16/2014 - 10:25pm
Matthew WilsonSF have to build upwards they have natural growth limits. they can not grow outwards. ps growing outwards is terable just look at Orlando or Austin for that.04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
ZippyDSMleeIf they built upward then it would becoem like every other place making it worthless, if they don't build upward they will price people out making it worthless, what they need to do is a mix of things not just one exstreme or another.04/16/2014 - 4:00pm
Matthew Wilsonyou know the problem in SF was not the free market going wrong right? it was government distortion. by not allowing tall buildings to be build they limited supply. that is not free market.04/16/2014 - 3:48pm
ZippyDSMleeOh gaaa the free market is a lie as its currently leading them to no one living there becuse they can not afford it makign it worthless.04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
Matthew WilsonIf you have not read http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/introducing-steam-gauge-ars-reveals-steams-most-popular-games/ you should. It is a bit stats heavy, but worth the read.04/16/2014 - 2:04pm
Matthew Wilsonthe issue is when is doesn't work it can screw over millions in new york city's case. more often than not it is better to let the free market run its course without market distortion.04/16/2014 - 9:36am
NeenekoTrue, and overdone stagnation is a problem. It is a tricky balance. It does not help that when it does work, no one notices. Most people here have benifited from rent controls and not even realized it.04/16/2014 - 9:23am
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2014/04/15/riaa_files_civil_suit_against_megaupload04/16/2014 - 8:48am
ZippyDSMleeEither way you get stagnation as people can not afford the prices they set.04/16/2014 - 8:47am
Neenekowell, specifically it helps people already living there and hurts people who want to live there instead. As for 'way more hurt', majorities generally need less legal protection. yes it hurt more people then it helped, it was written for a minority04/16/2014 - 8:30am
MaskedPixelantehttp://torrentfreak.com/square-enix-drm-boosts-profits-and-its-here-to-stay-140415/ Square proves how incredibly out of touch they are by saying that DRM is the way of the future, and is here to stay.04/16/2014 - 8:29am
james_fudgeUnwinnable Weekly Telethon playing Metal Gear http://www.twitch.tv/rainydayletsplay04/16/2014 - 8:06am
ConsterTo be fair, there's so little left of the middle class that those numbers are skewing.04/16/2014 - 7:42am
Matthew Wilsonyes it help a sub section of the poor, but hurt both the middle and upper class. in the end way more people were hurt than helped. also, it hurt most poor people as well.04/16/2014 - 12:13am
SeanBJust goes to show what I have said for years. Your ability to have sex does not qualify you for parenthood.04/15/2014 - 9:21pm
 

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