According to new data from the International Game Developers Association most game developers think working at Valve Software would be the best career move they could make. The data is part of the IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario and M2 Research polled more than 2,200 developers on a variety of topics.
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.
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.
He said, she said.
If you're a Verizon customer, you might have experienced less than optimal performance when trying to stream movies from Netflix. If you're not a Verizon customer, well, word on the street is that Netflix doesn't perform so hot for Verizon customers.
Netflix says it's Verizon's fault. Verizon says it's Netflix's fault?
Who do you think is to blame? Netflix? Verizon? One of those intermediaries like Level 3 or Cogent? Gremlins? The Illuminati perhaps?
Watch a random video on YouTube and it's probably some person playing a video game. Or talking about a video game.
Or it's a cat.
Point is, a lot of people record videos of themselves playing video games. Some of them (26% of producers with over 5000 subscribers according to Gamasutra's small survey) received money from the game's publisher/developer to make the video.
Video games are fun but boy howdy can they be frustrating at times. Failing over and over at the same task can sometimes be enough to make even Ms. Manners herself cut loose with the colorful language.
Why, sometimes we can get so fed up with a game that we have to stop playing right this bloody second and hit the console's power button without even saving the game first.
But have you ever raged hard enough at a video game that you broke the controller?
In an interview with Polygon earlier this week, "Orcs Must Die! Unchained" designer Jerome K. Jones opined that toxic players, gamers who don't conduct themselves in a polite or civil manner and serve to make the game a miserable experience for many others, are good for games.
Last week we asked readers, "Should Microsoft Bother Selling Xbox One's Kinect Separately?" The majority of those who voted in last week's poll believe that separating the Kinect from Xbox One and selling it as a spate purchase of around $100 is a good idea. Around 48 percent of you said that it was a good idea. Around 39 percent of you said "let it die," showing that being cynical is always an option.
It's E3 week and Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo are doing their damnedest to convince us to buy their stuff.
Earlier this week, Nintendo had a digital event announcing it's upcoming games while the other four hosted full press conferences. Who had the best show?
If you need a refresher, you can read our recaps here:
Last week we asked our readers, Who Will Have the Biggest Gaffe During Its E3 Presentation? A slight majority of those who voted believed that Microsoft would have the most mistakes during its Xbox E3 press event that took place on Monday.
The Electronics Entertainment Expo is next week and kicking it off is a round of press conferences where the biggest publishers will try and dazzle you with game announcements and spectacle in an attempt to win your dollars.
Of course, these presentations rarely go off without a hitch. Everything from technical failures such as Nintendo's Skyward Sword demo from 2011 or EA's Battlefield 4 false start last year to horrible hosts such as "Mr. Caffeine" from Ubisoft's 2011 presser and Jamie Kennedy who MC'd Activision's show in 2007.
While California's voters say that they are "alarmed" by a series of arrests of state lawmakers related to corruption charges in Sacramento, most feel that any wrongdoing is not widespread. This is a according to a statewide poll that was released on Saturday.
The University of Southern California Dornsife-Los Angeles Times poll notes that 84 percent of voters are either "very or somewhat concerned" about corruption in the Legislature, but most also believe the trouble is limited to a small number of lawmakers. This sentiment also cuts across party lines.
Last week we asked our readers, "Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?" A third of you said that it will be business as usual at Twitch if it gets bought out by YouTube/Google - with a lot more copyright claims and DMCA takedown notices. Around 33 percent think that Twitch will be strongly affected by a YouTube buyout and that YouTube would bring its horrible system for dealing with copyright claims to the popular streaming service.
Last year, Nintendo pissed off a good chunk of the internet by smacking a bunch of YouTube Let's Play videos with copyright claims, seeking to suck up all the ad revenue generated by videos of fans playing its games.
In the face of angry fans, something a company struggling to sell its new console really doesn't need, Nintendo backed off.
Starting June 9th, gamers will be able to purchase the Xbox One without the Kinect for $399.99, the same price the PS4 currently retails for.
That should level the playing field a bit, no?
As of early April, Sony announced that it had sold more than 7 million units. Microsoft says Xbox One has sold more than 5 million. Will unbundling the Kinect help the Xbox One sell more consoles? Enough to catch the PS4 by the year's end?
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "Should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?." A majority of voters - 58 percent - said that it should be an available option to project creators. Around 31 percent said that offering equity based funding to Kickstarter was a bad idea all around. Finally, 10 percent said that it was a good idea. Kickstarter said last week that it had no plans to use that type of model for its crowd-funding services.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics Poll results (should Kickstarter adopt an equity-based investment model?), the web-hosting service that dared to throttle the FCC, the national Reason-Rupe poll about gaming, and the Tomodachi Life controversy. Download Episode 98 now: SuperPAC Episode 98 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78 MB.
If someone comes up with a cool project and tries to fund it on Kickstarter, you can chuck a bit of money at them to help them make their dream a reality. Chuck enough money at 'em and you're usually entitled to various rewards ranging from a "thank you!" to a copy of whatever the heck the project is to a dinner-date with the project creators.
It might not come to a big surprise for many of you, but gamers are less likely to be conservative than non-gamers and more likely to use products and services that many politicians want banned.
The two most recent Reason-Rupe polls show that gamers are more likely to consider themselves independent in their political views. The polls show that 55% of frequent gamers consider themselves independent while 30% consider themselves Democratic and 15% Republican.
Last week we asked our readers, "Should the Mental Health Community Officially Recognize "Video Game Addiction?." The majority of you said that all behavioral addictions should be lumped together, with a close second going to "no."
Here's a bizarre bit of polling reported on by the Wall Street Journal about the correlation between tattoos and video gamers. Apparently those who have a tattoo are also more inclined to be video gamers, though the folks responsible for the polling don't really understand why.
Pollsters also found that "Tattooed Americans" are more likely to be uninsured, live in a Republican congressional district, and voted for President Barack Obama in the past. The polling data also showed that there are far more tattooed people than there were 15 years ago.
Last week we asked our readers how they divide up their Humble Bundle purchases. The majority of you said that it is divided up equally amongst charities, the Humble Bundle organizers and developers. A majority - 58 percent - said that your purchase are split up amongst all parties.
When you purchase a Humble Bundle, not only do you get to pick the price you pay, you get to decide how it's divided up between charity, the developers of the bundle's games or Humble Bundle itself.
This week's poll asks how you usually split up your payment. Do you go all charity? Give it all to the devs? Do you spread the love around?
Or hey, maybe you've never bought a Humble Bundle.
Last week we asked our readers: "Should corrupt politicians face different penalties for breaking the law?" You voted, and the majority of those votes concluded that politicians should face a more severe punishment than regular average citizens might face. Around 47 percent of voters said that they should face a more severe punishment; while 18 percent said that politicians should be hung (the plain way of saying they should face the death penalty). Tough crowd.