Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 148: the big post-E3 show!

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and  E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?

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Poll: Who won E3 2015?

June 18, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Where do we come from?  Is there a God?  What is the meaning of life?  Did I leave the oven on?

These are the questions that keep us up nights but none more so than the single most important question that any sentient being in the entire universe could possibly ask:

Who won E3?

The poll includes everyone who had a press conference this year, even Oculus Rift.  Pick one and let us know why in the comments below.

EZK and I (and who knows, maybe a guest) will yammer on and on about E3 on this weekend's podcast.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 147: the big pre-E3 show!

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 147), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and  E. Zachary Knight are joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the things they expect to hear about or want to see at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week.

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Poll: Which E3 2015 press event are you most looking forward to?

June 10, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

I know, friends.  I know.

The anticipation is killing you.  You don't know what to do with yourself.  You've been waiting for it all year and now, it's almost here.

All the speculation.  All the fan theories.  It all comes down to this.

Yes friends, the 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic airs on Discovery Family this Saturday!

SQUEE!!!

Oh, and E3 is next week.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 146

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 146), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On  this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and guest-host Jeremy Powers (E.

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Poll: Do you love Hatred?

June 3, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

I considered running a poll about gender slurs in Witcher 3 but I think our awesome community of readers who have no problem discussing a heated issue with nuance and civility exhausted that topic in a previous story so... what do you think of Hatred?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 145

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 145), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Is it censorship when a private retailer decides not to sell a particular video game?

May 27, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The GamePolitics weekly poll has returned!

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 144

May 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 144), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 143

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 143), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss Konami's various shenanigans against the gaming community (18:08), Microsoft killing Xbox Live for testers who leaked Gears of War information and footage (32:21), and Blizzard banning WoW botters and the bot maker saying it had been beaten… (38:11)

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 142

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 142), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Will Hillary Clinton's historically anti-game attitude harm her 2016 presidential run?

April 30, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Hillary Clinton has long espoused some rather negative attitudes towards violent video games and violent media in general.  In 2005 she joined the chorus of people condemning Rockstar for the "hot coffee" mod that unlocked an otherwise inaccessible and unfinished interactive (yet non-explicit) sex scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 140 - Honey Badger Brouhaha

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 140), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Will limiting Steam services to paying accounts eliminate spammers?

April 23, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Valve is going after those nasty spammers and phishing schemers by limiting various Steam services to accounts that have spent at least $5.

"Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do," says Valve's support page.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 139

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 139), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and special guest host Jeremy Powers (sitting in for E.

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Poll: Is Bill Paxton the right actor to play Jack Thompson?

April 16, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto, a new BBC film will feature Bill Paxton as disbarred Florida Attorney Jack Thompson.

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Poll: How would you have handled the controversial epitaph in Pillars of Eternity?

April 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.

One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

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Poll: Should Nintendo have DMCA'd a fan's free Super Mario HD remake?

April 1, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Recently, programmer Roystan Ross created the first level of Super Mario 64 in HD using Unity and posted it on the web for all the world to play.

Nintendo said "oh no you didn't!" and DMCA'd the crap out of him.  Literally.  Mr. Ross's innards are now entirely bereft of crap.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 137

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 137), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("What was the best decade for video games?" - 20:55 mark), GenCon and SB 101 (39:39), and the Northamtonshire police commissioner's (UK) call for an AO rating for GTA V and other games with ultra violence (1:04:19).

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 135

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 135), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Which Studio Will Electronic Arts Close Next?

March 12, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Two time consecutive winner of The Consumerist's Worst Company in America Award, Electronic Arts, closed Maxis (SimCity, The Sims) last week and the world said:

"Feh, no surprise there."

Indeed, buying and closing studios is old hat for old EA.  Check out this list of shuttered studios, courtesy of Kotaku.

So who's next?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 134

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 134), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Should EA Keep the Maxis Name Alive?

March 4, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

As we reported earlier today, Electronic Arts has shuttered Maxis, the developer behind The Sims and SimCity franchises.

I was thinking about asking if you were surprised but GP's Managing Editor had a better angle for this week's poll:

Should EA keep the Maxis name alive?  

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 133

March 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 133), 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: Will an M Rating Hurt Batman: Arkham Knight's Sales?

February 26, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Okay, let's take a quick break from all that heavy net neutrality stuff and talk about Batman!

Specifically, the new Batman game's ESRB rating.

Batman: Arkham Knight will release this June sporting an M rating.  This surprised many as the previous games in the Arkham series (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Origins: Blackgate) have all been rated T.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 132

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 132), 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 ("Should Nintendo buy Capcom or Sega?" - 28:58 mark), Zenimax sending a cease & desist letter to Fortress Fallout's developer (50:00), and Comcast balking at California's conditions for its merger with TWC (1:00:38).

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Poll: Would You Rather Nintendo Buy Capcom or Sega?

February 17, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Towards the end of last weekend's podcast, one of our listeners asked me an interesting question:

Would I rather see Nintendo buy Capcom or Sega?

As a fan of all three companies, that's a tough question for me so I said I'd give it some thought. Interested in what others think, I posed the question on my Twitter, Facebook and in our very own Shout box. You all seem to be having a good time with the question so I thought I'd make it this week's poll.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 131

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 131), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, or download it below. On this week's show host Andrew Eisen is not joined by E. Zachary Knight because it was Valentine's Day.

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Poll: Should the FCC Exempt Municipal Broadband Providers From Common Carrier Status?

February 11, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The FCC seems gung ho about reclassifying broadband and mobile internet providers as common carriers in order to enforce net neutrality rules but it seems municipal broadband providers want none of that.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 130

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 130), 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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Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenBut, luckily strides are being made and the money peoples are slowly learning that diversity -> larger targeted audience -> more potential dollars.06/30/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenSure does. That's why there should be more than just one or two attempts. (7 games at E3 with female leads and 35 with a gender option. I think it's safe to say that not all of these will fail!)06/30/2015 - 11:42pm
Matthew Wilsonthat puts alot of presure on the early stuff to do well. lets hope games like recode and harizon are good, and sell well.06/30/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenLuckily, money people also like to follow trends. So, it's a "simple" matter of making proper representation a trend. And wouldn't you know it, we're seeing the beginnings of exactly that!06/30/2015 - 11:34pm
Andrew EisenBut yeah, money people are risk averse. That's why we see so many sequels, reboots, and adaptations. To a lot of money people, "there's no evidence this works because it's rarely ever been tried" is the same as "this doesn't work."06/30/2015 - 11:33pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I think it's worth convincing the money peoples that proper representation (in any of its forms) isn't a financial risk, it's the path to expanding your audience and making even MORE money!06/30/2015 - 11:32pm
 

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