Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 50

May 6, 2013 -

Episode 50 of the show is certainly a milestone for hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight (and myself) - which just happens to mark nearly a year of the podcast to boot. So, yay for us! On this week's show we discuss the prank on pirates played by the maker of Game Dev Tycoon, the Nyan Cat / Keyboard Cat- Warner Bros. lawsuit, the latest poll over at GamePolitics, and some other fun stuff. Download Episode 50 now: SuperPAC Episode 50 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 68.6 MB.

Poll: Should Nintendo Exit the Hardware Business?

May 1, 2013 -

If you read gaming news with any regularity, you will often hear someone opine that Nintendo should just give up the hardware business and focus on software.  No more consoles, just become a third-pary developer and put Mario on everything from Sony and Microsoft's consoles to digital distribution platforms like Steam and GOG to iOS and Android.

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Poll Results: How Long Did Your Lengthiest Gaming Marathon Last?

April 29, 2013 -

Last week we asked you, How long did your lengthiest gaming marathon last? The results are in and of the 416 votes casts, the majority of you said that you spent 10 hours or more playing a single game.

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Poll: How Long Was Your Lengthiest Gaming Marathon?

April 24, 2013 -

The year was 1989.  The game was Hero's Quest from Sierra.

My friend Ricky and I started playing it in the later afternoon.  It was not dark yet.  We played that sucker into the night and had a blast.  In fact, we actually beat it!  As we congratulated each other on our amazing accomplishment, we happened to look out the window and notice it was light outside.

It was almost eight in the morning.  We had just played a video game for about 15 hours straight.  It was awesome.

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Poll Results: Quitting Games on Moral Grounds

April 23, 2013 -

Last week we asked you if you "have you ever stopped playing a video game on moral grounds?" The question was inspired by this story about a man who got a refund from Valve because he objected to a certain scene in the Steam version of BioShock Infinite involving a religious rite.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 48

April 22, 2013 -

In Episode 48 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, Andrew and E. Zachary Knight discuss two polls this week - one about always online consoles and another about having moral objections to gameplay that is so offensive to you that it makes you stop playing. There's also a lot of discussion about the Wii U, the latest Monster Hunter game and a classic game EZK is playing because he found it for cheap used. Download Episode 48 now: SuperPAC Episode 48 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 66.2 MB.

Poll: Have You Ever Stopped Playing a Video Game On Moral Grounds?

April 17, 2013 -

Earlier today, we told you about a guy who successfully procured a refund for Bioshock Infinite on the grounds that an early scene in the game ran afoul of his religious beliefs.  He found that he simply could not do what the game asked of him and decided to stop playing.

Has that ever happened to you?  Have you ever stopped playing a video game on moral grounds?

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Poll Results: Microsoft's Always-Online Xbox 360 Successor

April 15, 2013 -

Last week we asked readers "What will happen if Microsoft's next console requires internet connection start disc-based games?. The majority of the 821 votes cast went to it would be an "unmitigated sales disaster" for the company and its next-gen console, with second place going to "Microsoft would land in third place" in the next console cycle.

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Poll: Will an 'Always-On' Console Spell Microsoft's Doom?

April 10, 2013 -

Despite almost everyone agreeing that an always-on console is a phenomenally bad idea, rumors continue to persist that Microsoft's next console will require an internet connection to start disc-based games.

Okay, fine.  Let's say the big M goes in that direction.  How do you think such a move will affect the sales of its new console?

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Poll Results: Should Lawmakers Be Punished for Passing Bad Laws?

April 9, 2013 -

Last week we asked you "Should lawmakers be penalized for passing patently unconstitutional legislation?" And here are the results of that poll. Exactly 652 votes were cast, with the majority of voters saying that the cost of bad legislation should come out of lawmakers' pockets. 15 percent of votes went to giving lawmakers jail time for passing laws found not legal under the U.S. Constitution, 14 percent said they should be fired, and 13 percent think they should be voted out of office (or that people should vote against them if they don't like the laws they pass).

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Poll: Should Lawmakers Be Penalized For Passing Patently Unconstitutional Legislation?

April 4, 2013 -

Two years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that trying to regulate the sale of video games based on violent content was an unconstitutional violation of our First Amendment rights. To add to that, each year the Federal Trade Commission does a secret shopper survey showing that the video games industry self regulates far better than any other entertainment industry it studies.

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Poll Results: How Many Xbox 360 Consoles Have Died on You?

April 1, 2013 -

Last week we asked you how many Xbox 360 consoles have died on you? for our poll question. A lot of you were interested in weighing in on this topic, making it the most voted on poll to-date with 945 votes (thanks to everyone that voted). While 28 percent (262 votes) of the votes went to "I have never owned an Xbox 360," it was a tie between "never" (226 votes) and "only one" (228 votes). Both clocked in at 24 percent.

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Poll: How Many Xbox 360 Consoles Have Died On You?

March 27, 2013 -

I don't own an Xbox 360.

It's not because I'm a raving Nintendo fanboy (I am), it's because I trust the hardware about as far as I can throw it.

Wait, I'm pretty strong.  I bet I could chuck one of those suckers a fair distance.

I don't trust Microsoft's current gen console to turn on when I hit the power button.

Why?

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GP Poll Results: John Riccitello's Exit from EA

March 26, 2013 -

Last week we asked you "How will John Riccitello's departure affect the future of Electronic Arts?" Exactly 481 votes were cast, with the majority coming to the conclusion that not much will change when EA's outspoken CEO leaves the company and his role on the publisher's board of directors.

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Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's Future?

March 20, 2013 -

Well, EA's been having a hell of a March, hasn't it?

After one of the single most face-palmingly disastrous product launches in the history of video games, long-time Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has resigned from the company, accepting full responsibility for this year's projected less-than-favorable financial results.

Riccitiello will be hanging around for a few weeks.  After that, former CEO and executive chairman Larry Probst will take over while a replacement CEO is found (my money's on Probst ending up with the job).

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Poll Results: Digital or Boxed Games

March 18, 2013 -

Last week we asked the poll question: "Do you prefer boxed copies or digital downloads of your console video games?" Some 446 votes were cast, with the majority of you saying that you preferred boxed retail copies of your console games over digital downloads. Around 74 percent - or 332 votes - went towards boxed copies, while only 26 percent - or 114 votes - chose digital downloads. Many wished that the poll had a third option that noted many people's preference for both digital and boxed retail copies of games.

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Poll: Do You Prefer Boxed Copies or Digital Downloads?

March 13, 2013 -

Digital downloads are nothing new for PC gamers but they are a fairly recent option for their console counterparts.

So, console gamers, when you purchase a new title, do you prefer a boxed copy or a digital download?

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Poll Results: Should IP Owners Allow Fan Projects

March 11, 2013 -

We have the results from last week's poll "Should IP owners allow fan projects like the My Little Pony fighting game?" - if you didn't happen to catch them on this week's episode of the Super Podcast Action Committee.

This week 584 votes were cast on this subject - thanks to everyone who took the time to participate.

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Poll: Should IP Owners Allow Fan Projects?

March 6, 2013 -

Game development team and My Little Pony fans Mane6 were working on a pretty cool looking fighting game based on Hasbro's license.  The only problem?  It's Hasbro's license and Hasbro said "no."

Same thing happened last December to an unauthorized My Little Pony MMO.

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Poll Results: How Important is Backwards Compatibility to You?

March 5, 2013 -

In last week's poll we asked you "How important is backwards compatibility to you?" It turns out that it is not an important factor to a majority of our readers - or at least it's not a "deal breaker." 620 people voted in last week's poll and of those 620 votes, only 32 percent (or 196 votes) said that they would not buy a new console if it didn't offer backwards compatibility.

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Poll: How Important is Backwards Compatibility to You?

February 27, 2013 -

The PlayStation 4 will not be backwards compatible.

Got a bunch of PS3, PS2, or PS1 games?  Too bad, bucko!  You won't be able to play them on the PS4 when it launches this fall.  Oh, you can probably jam those disks into the console but that's about as far as you're going to get.  Heck, all those PSN titles you bought?  Nope, not going to be able to play those either.

How does that make you feel?

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Harris Poll: Older Americans More Likely to Assume Link Between Game Violence and Youth Violence

February 27, 2013 -

Earlier this week, we reported on a new Harris Poll that said, among other things, that 58% of 2,278 U.S adults (ages 18+) think that there's a correlation between playing violent games and violent behavior in teenagers.  Many of us were wondering exactly how the question that prompted that response was phrased.

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Harris Poll: 58 Percent of Adults Believe Playing Video Games Cause Violence

February 26, 2013 -

GamesBeat seems to have secured the exclusive on a new poll from national polling outfit Harris Poll about video games. The poll, which questioned 2,278 U.S. adults found that nearly three in five adult Americans - or 58 percent - think that video games contribute to violent behavior in teenagers.

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Poll Results: Are You Excited For the PlayStation 4?

February 25, 2013 -

Last week we asked you to categorize your level of excitement for the PlayStation 4 - prior to all the details coming out of Sony's two-hour long press event. Exactly 504 votes were cast, with those of you looking for more information being beat out slightly by those who didn't seem to be interested in what Sony has planned with its next-generation console.

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Poll: Are You Excited For the PlayStation 4?

February 20, 2013 -

Sony's ass-numbingly long PlayStation 4 blowout is finally over!

So what did you all think?

Are you excited?  Are you cautiously optimistic?  Does your apathy towards Sony's new console know no bounds?

Please vote in our poll then fill the comments section and our inbox (SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com) with your opinions and thoughts on the show.  What are you most excited about?  What are you most concerned about?  Did you watch the entire 2-hour presentation at work?  Does your boss know?

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Poll Results: Are You Planning on Checking out the Esquire Network?

February 18, 2013 -

Last week we asked our readers: "Are you planning on checking out the Esquire Network?" It looks like the majority of you either have no interest in seeing the future bastardization of G4TV, or you just don't have any idea of what the heck the Esquire Network is. In case you didn't hear, G4TV - the owners (NBC Universal) of the channel that was partially dedicated to geek culture, gaming, and technology (when it wasn't showing reruns of Cops, Cheaters, American Ninja, James Bond movies, etc.) announced that it would become known as the Esquire Network.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 41

February 18, 2013 -

Happy President's Day! You know, the made-up holiday where we honor two presidents with one half-assed holiday. Don't President Lincoln and President George Washington deserve separate days to be honored properly? Apparently not. Anyway.. on this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the file-sharing case headed to the Supreme Court, the President's executive order on cybersecurity, the latest poll results, and more. Let freedom ring.

Poll: Are You Planning On Checking Out the Esquire Network?

February 13, 2013 -

A few days ago, we reported that NBC Universal would be re-launching the G4 Network as the Esquire Network and that it would focus on men's culture.  New content will include cooking competition Knife Fight, American Ninja Warrior, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, and travel show The Getaway.

So, my question to you, dear GamePolitics readers: are you going to watch it when it launches on April 22?

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GamePolitics Poll Results: Should Violent Video Games Be Allowed in Public Libraries?

February 11, 2013 -

Last week we asked our readers the following question: "Should public libraries allow patrons to play violent video games on its computers?" Thanks to all 389 of you that voted in the poll. Of those 389 votes, 45 percent (or 176 votes) of you said "yes," video games should be allowed in public libraries, while 41 percent (or 160 votes) said that no video games should be allowed in public libraries at all.

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PPP Poll: Games More Dangerous Than Guns

February 8, 2013 -

Update: Many of our readers pointed out that the question in the poll about video games was directed at Republican respondents, which explains why it was skewed negatively towards video games. Thanks to everyone who pointed that out to us.

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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
NeenekoSo "worked" vs "failed" really comes down to who you think is more important and deserving04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoThough I am also not sure we can say NYC failed. Rent control helped the people it was intended for and is considered a failure by the people it was designed to protect them from.04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoIf they change the rules, demand will plummet. Though yeah, rent control probably would not help much in the SF case. I doubt anything will.04/15/2014 - 1:35pm
TheSmokeyOnline gamer accused of murdering son to keep playing - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2014/04/15/21604921.html04/15/2014 - 11:50am
Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
ZippyDSMleeIf SF dose not start building upwards then they will price people out of the aera.04/15/2014 - 10:59am
Matthew Wilsonthe issue rent control has it reduces supply, and in SF case they already has a supply problem. rent control ofen puts rent below cost, or below profit of selling it. rent control would not fix this issue.04/15/2014 - 10:56am
NeenekoRent control is useful in moderation, NYC took it way to far and tends to be held up as an example of them not working, but in most cases they are more subtle and positive.04/15/2014 - 10:24am
PHX CorpBeating Cancer with Video Games http://mashable.com/2014/04/14/steven-gonzalez-survivor-games/04/15/2014 - 9:21am
Matthew Wilsonwhat are you saying SF should do rent control, that has never worked every time it has been tried. the issue here is a self inflicted supply problem imposed by stupid laws.04/15/2014 - 8:52am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Government created price controls don't work though. They may keep prices down for the current inhabitants, but they are the primary cause of recently vacated residences having astronomical costs. Look at New York City as a prime example.04/15/2014 - 8:50am
NeenekoI think free markets are important, but believe in balance. Too much of any force and things get unstable.04/15/2014 - 7:25am
NeenekoWell, the traditional way of keeping prices down is what they are doing, controls on lease termination and tax code, but it will not be enough in this case.04/15/2014 - 7:24am
Matthew WilsonI said that already04/14/2014 - 4:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, The could also lower prices by increasing supply. Allow high rise apartment buildings to be built to fulfill demand and prices will drop.04/14/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthe only way they could keep the price's down, would be to kick out google, apple, amazon, and other tech companies, but that would do a ton of economic damage to SF, but I am a major proponent of free markets04/14/2014 - 2:54pm
NeenekoThe community people are seeking gets destroyed in the process, and the new people are not able to build on themselves. Generally these situations result in local cultural death in a decade or so, and no one wins.04/14/2014 - 2:09pm
NeenekoWell yes, that is the 'free market', but the market is only a small piece of a much larger system. The market does not always do the constructive thing.04/14/2014 - 2:06pm
 

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