Gamers More Likely To Consider Themselves Independent And Support A Variety Of Policies Based On Free Choice

May 8, 2014 - E. Zachary Knight

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. 

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Poll Results: Should Gaming Addiction Be Recognized as a Real Addiction?

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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Poll: Should the Mental Health Community Officially Recognize "Video Game Addiction"?

May 2, 2014 - E. Zachary Knight

For many years, video games have been the subject of various studies, scares and outrages. One of the most common concerns over video games has been what many consider the addictive nature of games.

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Odd Polling: Tattoos and Gaming Go Together

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Poll Results: How Do You Divide Your Humble Bundle Purchases Up?

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Poll: How Do You Usually Divide Up Your Humble Bundle Payments?

April 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

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.

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Poll: Should All Games Adopt the Free-To-Play Model?

April 17, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, King - known for such games as Candy Crush and... uh, Candy Crush - opined that all games should adopt the free-to-play business model.

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Poll Results: Should Corrupt Politicians Be Put To Death?

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "How Will Oculus Rift Be Affected By Facebook's Acquisition of the Device?" A slim majority of our readers believe that the Facebook acquisition of the popular VR gaming technology company is very bad news.

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

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?" The majority of votes went to the option that basically said anti-game research will continue unabated and unashamed, despite one of its biggest advocates showing that he didn't really care about the issue at all.

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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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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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Poll Results: GOG.com and Regional Pricing

March 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week GOG.com apologized to its users for trying to roll out a regional pricing scheme, saying that it was ultimately a bad idea. This inspired us to ask our readers how the DRM-free digital distribution site should handle regional pricing. A majority (57 percent) of those who voted in the poll said that regional pricing should only be implemented in cases where there's no other way to make a game available for purchase.

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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 Results: Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked readers "Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?" The majority of those who participated in the poll said that there is enough research on the topic and it's time to move on.

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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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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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Poll Results: Will King be in Nominated for 'Worst Company of the Year'?

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week in our poll we asked readers if Candy Crush Saga maker "King would be in the running for the Consumerist’s Worst Company in America tournament," and the majority of you said that it would end up being between King and EA, with EA ultimately winning.

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Poll: Is King A Shoe-In for The Consumerist's 'Worst Company in America' Award?

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In this week's poll we want to know what you think about Candy Crush Saga maker King's ongoing trademark battles with various independent developers. Are these actions enough to put the company ahead of Electronic Arts as The Consumerist's Worst Company in America Award (or the "Golden Poo," as they call it)?

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Poll Results: Why Did Dong Nguyen Take Flappy Bird Offline?

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked readers why they thought that the ultra popular Flappy Bird app was pulled from Apple's App Store and Google Play by creator Dong Nguyen, despite the game reportedly making tens of thousands of dollars a day on advertising.

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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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Poll Results: Should Video Games Enter the Public Domain?

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers if video games should go into the public domain after a certain period of time. The results were almost split right down the middle between two schools of thought: that games should enter the public domain after a fixed amount of time and that an IP can only be renewed if it is going to be made available to the public.

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Poll: Should Video Games Enter The Public Domain?

February 6, 2014 - E. Zachary Knight

Earlier this week, Rock Paper Shotgun posted an editorial in response to some Twitter comments made in response to some comments written in an earlier post about GOG's Time Machine Sale. In that post, RPS Editor John Walker wrote:

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Poll Results: Will Amazon Come Out With a Game Console This Year?

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Amazon Come Out With a Game Console This Year?" Many of you seemed not to care all that much about the topic as evidenced in the number of votes. That aside, a majority of those who did vote indicated that they thought that Amazon's set-top box capable of playing Android-based games on a big-screen TV and delivering content from the company's Amazon Prime service would not happen this year.

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Poll Results: King's Candy Trademark

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In last week's poll we asked our readers if Candy Crush Saga maker King should be able to trademark the word "Candy" as it relates to games? A majority of the votes (one could even call it a landslide) said that King should not have been able to file for that trademark.

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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: Support Softens for NSA Spying Activities to Combat Terrorism

January 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Friday President Barack Obama gave a speech laying out his plans to curtail the spying activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) on U.S. citizens and on targets abroad. The president promised to reform the agency's programs, but according to a new poll Americans aren't impressed with the president's plan or didn't pay attention to it.

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Poll Results: Taking SimCity Offline

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers if they believed that it really took EA Maxis six months of development time to change SimCity from an online-only game to an offline game that supported modding. The majority of you weren't buying EA's claim.

Around 79 percent of the 204 votes cast said that they did not believe that it took EA six months to develop SimCity to run in an offline mode. Only around 21 percent said that they believed the statement.

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MattsworknameMaybe among themselves andrew, but I cant find any indicatoin that the gg or anti gg groups ever tried to honestly debate each other, name one time anita debated someone or milo debaated someone from the other side, I cant find any05/04/2015 - 7:15pm
Andrew EisenNot at all true. It's just the jerk faces that aren't willing to be decent, civil human beings. Everyone else is fine and more than willing to talk about stuff.05/04/2015 - 7:04pm
MattsworknameTrue andrew, but to my best effort research, i can find no indication of either side being willing to do that. As far as i can tell, neither side is willing to discusss or debate the other. They just keep attacking each other.05/04/2015 - 6:59pm
Andrew EisenSo... yep, hate should stop. Yep, no one should be bullied into self censorship. And yep, the portrayal of women in video games should be discussed. Not sure who (other than jerk faces) you're going to get to argue against any of that.05/04/2015 - 6:34pm
Andrew EisenThird, that’s a discussion that’s already being had. Unfortunately, it’s those darn jerk faces trying to shoot down and ultimately silence such discussions.05/04/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenSecond, no one wants to bully the industry into self censorship (except the aforementioned jerk faces who work towards exactly that) so that’s a short discussion too.05/04/2015 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenOkay, first, I don't think anyone wanted hate or harassment (except the jerk faces pulling that crap) so not much to discuss there.05/04/2015 - 6:30pm
Craig R.I'd say I'm baffled how you can still have your head shoved so far in the sand, Goth, but I'm not.05/04/2015 - 6:23pm
Mattsworknamein05/04/2015 - 6:22pm
MattsworknameFirst, we can all agree the hate has to stop, second, we should discuss the different between wanting more inclusion and trying to bully the industry into self censorship, also, we should discuss not if women appear in games and how, but the context there05/04/2015 - 6:22pm
Andrew EisenWhat are some of the things you'd like to see discussed?05/04/2015 - 6:14pm
MattsworknameAs i said in my comment on the GG story, im hoping this both gets some of the media groups to take and unbiased look at gg and starts a path to reconciliation. Im tried of GG being a fight and not a discussion05/04/2015 - 6:05pm
Goth_SkunkI'm baffled speechless by that leap of logic.05/04/2015 - 5:48pm
Craig R.GG has done a great job making other people, such as Sarkeesian, relevant. But the nebulous group of hate and misogyny? Not so much.05/04/2015 - 5:45pm
Craig R.So every Twitch streamer who has been swatted is now incredibly relevant? Not buying it.05/04/2015 - 5:39pm
james_fudgeHopefully that will be the last update on that story. #tired05/04/2015 - 5:39pm
james_fudgeFYI We updated our story with comments from Arthur Chu and Christina Sommers.05/04/2015 - 5:38pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Your definition of 'safe' is peculiar then, because GG is anything but irrelevant. You don't call bomb threats on irrelevant groups of people, nor do you kick out pro-GG supporting expo exhibitors if they're irrelevant.05/04/2015 - 5:29pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/04/prime-minister-of-singapore-shares-his-c-code-for-sudoku-solver/ got to admit this is kinda cool.05/04/2015 - 5:24pm
Andrew EisenThe Mary Sue isn't speculating, it's reporting. Matthew is speculating but that's fine in the Shout box. Hell, it's also fine to add a bit of speculation and opinion within your reporting too!05/04/2015 - 5:18pm
 

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