On this week's show we talk about the continued neglect of the Wii U by third-party developers, the right and wrong way to put together a crowd-funding campaign for a game, the latest news on the Xbox One, and the results of last week's poll on GamePolitics. Download Episode 64 now: SuperPAC Episode 64 (1 hour, 20 minutes) 74.3 MB.
When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came out a few months ago, I played it like a man obsessed! The minute I came home from work I would fire up the game and play it for hours on end. There was no time to eat, I dutifully sat in front of my TV and hunted monsters until I had to go to bed. The next day I would do it all again.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest Tropes v. Women video, the Boob Jam, Australia's plan to make all upcoming consoles region free, the Xbox One's ability to stay on for ten years, the new community-policed Xbox Live system, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 63 now: SuperPAC Episode 63 (1 hour, 13 minute) 56.7 MB.
You may have noticed that video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else. If you haven't noticed...
Video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else.
It's true, so long as they weren't banned, your favorite titles can run you 50 to 100 percent more Down Under than Up Over and that sucks. Well, it sucks for Australians. I live in America, but I am nothing if not empathetic so I feel for my gaming brethren with the funny accents.
On this week's show (Episode 62) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the very public meltdown and rage-quit of Fez developer Phil Fish, Nintendo's decision to remove content from the next Super Smash Bros. game because of the Internet, Australia's hypocrisy when it comes to game ratings and drugs; and the results of last week's poll on Game Politics. Download Episode 62 now: SuperPAC Episode 62 (1 hour, 1 minute) 56.5 MB.
Earlier this week, Ready at Dawn Studios boss Ru Weerasuriya opined that retailers not sharing the profits generated from used game sales with the publisher/developer is not fair.
In Episode 61 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the First Amendment, if Microsoft will cooperate with the government to allow access to the Kinect's various features (for the purposes of spying on us), Forza 5 requiring a 'day one' update, and a whole lot more. there's even some talk about Howard the Duck, LEGOs, the new Avengers movie, Hank Pym, Comic-Con and more. Download Episode 61 now: SuperPAC Episode 61 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 64 MB.
Does the Xbox One Kinect camera make you nervous? Sure, the console is switched off but the Kinect is still listening, isn't it? And the Xbox One is connected to the internet. Oh sure, Microsoft says it won't violate your privacy or share info without your consent but do you trust the big M to keep its word?
Nobody likes them. Always hiding under bridges and eating sheep. If that weren't bad enough, they also like to acquire generic and incredibly broad patents and spam every business within earshot of infringement in an attempt to collect settlement monies. They typically have nothing to do with the patent they own and often don't make or sell anything. Other than the bridge/sheep thing, they pretty much just try to take advantage of small companies that don't have the bank to fight it out in court.
In Episode 59 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, Don Mattrick jumping from Microsoft to Zynga, a teen jailed for Facebook comments, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 59 now: SuperPAC Episode 59 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 57.2 MB.
If you're a huge video game dork like me, you may have noticed that a few classic video game protagonists are getting new voice actors for the next installments in their respective franchises.
Michael Ironside has voiced Sam Fisher in all six Splinter Cell games since the first title debuted in 2002. In the upcoming Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Fisher will be voiced by Eric Johnson.
In Episode 58 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the GamePolitics polls, various news related to Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us," the Australian Classification Board's first game ban under the new ratings system for games, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 58 now: SuperPAC Episode 58 (1 hour, 9 minutes) 64.9 MB.
In Episode 57 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about several GamePolitics polls, Microsoft's decision to pull a 180 on its various Xbox One policies, Cliff Bleszinski's public comments about the whole thing, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 57 now: SuperPAC Episode 57 (1 hour, 16 minutes) 69.5 MB.
Microsoft has done a 180 on its universally maligned DRM policies for the upcoming Xbox One. Yes, universally maligned. Every Alpha Centaurian I've spoken to thought that 24-hour check-in requirement was crap on toast.
In case you missed the news, the Xbox One can now be used offline (after a mandatory day-one update), games are no longer region-locked, and discs can be freely lent, resold and rented.
If you missed our live broadcast on Saturday, we have an audio file of the live show available for you to download right now. During the (over) three hour live show Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed all the interesting things that came out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week - with an emphasis on the top three console makers - Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. They also answered questions and responded to comments from the live audience and read listener email. It was a good time had by all!
UPDATE2: We're dead!
No, we're not dead, we're just done. Thanks to everyone for participating. It was amazingly fun!
UPDATE1: We're live!
Last week, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One requires internet access and that used game sales are subject to the whims of publishers. You will not be able rent or loan your games at launch and there's no guarantee you ever will. You can give a game to someone else but only if the publisher allows it and even then, the recipient must have been in your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
In Episode 55 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, a video game researcher's testimony at a mass murder trial, the Xbox One, the Ouya, and some discussion on the upcoming E3 press conferences. Download Episode 55 now: SuperPAC Episode 55 (1 hour, 37 minutes) 89.5 MB.
In Episode 54 Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, what all they would like to see from all the big publishers at E3 next week, and the stance of two publishers on DRM. Download Episode 54 now: SuperPAC Episode 54 (1 hour, 3 minutes) 58.5 MB.
If you missed Episode 53 while it was being recorded live on Google +, you can catch it on YouTube now or find it on iTunes. During the show Andrew Eisen, E. Zachary Knight, and James Fudge talked about the latest GamePolitics poll, Nintendo's monetization of "Let's Play" videos on YouTube, the continued trials of Wii U, and Xbox One's various positives and negatives.
At 6:30 ET we'll be recording Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 53 live on Google + You can watch the show right here on GamePolitics and interact with Andrew Eisen, E. Zachary Knight, and James Fudge as they talk about the biggest news of the week.
We have a funny feeling that there will be a lot of discussion about Xbox One, the latest poll results, Linda Stender, Nintendo's plan to monetize Let's Play videos on YouTube and a whole lot more. Join us, ask us questions or leave us feedback and maybe we'll mention in it on the air!
In Episode 52, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about female presenters at Microsoft's Xbox reveal event this week, EA's continued abuse of the Wii U community, The new S.H.I.E.L.D TV series, Wreck-It Ralph, sushi, and other topics and tangents - mostly instigated by Andrew! Download Episode 52 now: SuperPAC Episode 52 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 66.7 MB.
One of the most pervasive criticisms that came out of the event where Sony unveiled the PS4 was the fact that none of the presenters were women.
To be honest, I didn't notice until someone pointed it out.
Oh, don't give me that look. I'll bet you didn't notice that not a single one of the presenters were red-heads. Now, I don't know if that's true or not but I bet you'd have to scan through footage of the entire presentation to confirm it one way or the other.
Sorry, I got off topic. Where was I?
In Episode 51 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possible name of the next Xbox console from Microsoft, two studies about violent video games, Iron Man 3, the Diablo III gold duping exploit introduced in the last update to the game, and some other equally delightful topics related to video games. Download Episode 51 now: SuperPAC Episode 51 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 68.7 MB.
On Tuesday, May 21st, Microsoft is set to tell us all about the successor to the Xbox 360 and how utterly offended it is that anyone would think it's stupid enough to try and sell an always-on console. I wouldn't expect pricing or a solid release date but I'm sure we'll hear what it's going to be called.
Last week I asked if Nintendo should exit the hardware business. 571 of you chimed in with an opinion and 56% of you think Nintendo should keep producing consoles while 13% say Nintendo should drop the hardware business, go third-party and focus on outputting software.
Of course, 4% of you (25 people) think Nintendo should pack it in altogether. Man, a world without Nintendo. That sounds horrible but as Alfred Pennyworth said, "Some men just want to watch the world burn."