Showtime Streaming coming to PlayStation Vue, Roku in July

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Showtime Networks announced today that it will bring its popular pay-TV channel to entertainment streaming devices - including game consoles - later this year. And it will also allow customers to stream live content from the network - in addition to having on-demand access to all of its shows. AND - it claims - it will be a lot cheaper than HBO's $14.99 a month price tag for HBO GO (which, for the record, does not allow for live streaming of its network content.)

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Bill Paxton: BBC's 'GTA' film shows Jack Thompson and Sam Houser on a collision course

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Actor Bill Paxton says that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto film will show Take-Two and Rockstar on a collision course with the former lawyer and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Paxton (who plays Thompson in the made-for-TV movie "Game Changer" that is being produced by the BBC) said that the film focuses on the drawn-out fight between the makers of GTA and Thompson, who claimed that the game(s) had an undue influence on young people.  

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BBC's 'Watchdog' investigates Sony's digital refund policy

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Pro-consumer BBC television program "Watchdog" will take on Sony over its digital refunds policy related to its home console systems tonight, GamesIndustry.biz reports. The episode is the result of some high profile complaints against Sony's refund policy for digital goods on the PS3 - with a particular focus on a victim of identity theft named John Lappin.

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Microsoft offers cord cutters the 'Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner' for Xbox One

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.

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Conan plays 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the game of note in the latest episode of the late night talk show host and comedian Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer. Conan tries his hand at playing the game, learn about the world of The Witcher series and comments in usual fashion about the peculiar behavior and mannerisms of series protagonist Geralt.

You can check out the video to your left or on the Clueless Gamer YouTube channel.

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Gambling with 'FRIENDS'

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Like gambling? Think FRIENDS was the greatest show to ever grace the small screen? Then Scientific Games/Bally has just what the doctor ordered!  Developed by Scientific Games in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television, the Bally-branded FRIENDS "progressive video slots" game machine lets players gamble in 1080p in a game of chance while being inundated with imagery from the show and video clips when hitting certain game markers and milestones.

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PlayStation Vue subscribers get AMC

March 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has announced that AMC is now available as part of its PlayStation Vue television service. AMC joins IFC, Sundance and WEtv. PlayStation Vue is only available in three U.S. markets at the moment: New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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Report: UK children spend six hours a day in front of a screen

March 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from UK-based market research firm Childwise claims that screen time among children has dramatically increased over the last twenty years. Details from the research, "The Connected Kids," were revealed today in a detailed BBC report. This biggest takeaway is that children in the UK spend at least six hours a day in front of a screen.

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Fusion to air two Minecraft-focused specials March 22

March 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Cable network Fusion will explore the global phenomenon of Minecraft with special programming on March 22, 2015. Fusion will premiere the documentary "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang," at 8:00 p.m., ET. The feature-length documentary follows Mojang and founder Markus "Notch" Persson over the course of its first year as it takes Minecraft from an alpha to a beta and still manages to rake in millions of dollars before the game is even complete.

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HBO's 'Looking' Highlights 'GaymerX,' 'Gaming in Color,' and MidBoss Games

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

In episode 8 of HBO's "Looking," the majority of the episode takes place during the LGBQT gaming event GaymerX3, and co-organizer Matt Conn (who is also the co-founder of MidBoss Games and a developer on the LGBQT-friendly cyber punk adventure game Read Only Memories) even gets a cameo.

Speaking to Conn (who is currently at GDC promoting his game) briefly via IM, I learned some of the lengths that producers went to to make this game-focused episode of the show as authentic as possible.

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PSA: 'Law & Order: SVU' Tackles Gaming, Online Harassment, and More in Tonight's Episode

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Just a reminder: Tonight's episode of Law & Order SVU features a storyline dealing with video games, online harassment, threats, and a female game developer under siege by a group of gamers out to do her harm.

Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air tonight (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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Preview for Law & Order: SVU 'Gaming Episode' Released

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A two minute, twenty-five second preview video has been released for what many are calling the "GamerGate" episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU. The episode, set to air on February 11 on NBC stations, is called "Intimidation Game," and deals with a female game developer receiving death threats, getting doxxed, and being swatted by a group of gamers.

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Sony Announces 'PlayStation Vue' TV Service

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is working on an internet-based television service called PlayStation Vue, which it claims will work with PlayStation consoles and other devices like the iPad. The service is set for launch later this year, according to Sony.

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'Depression Quest' Developer Zoe Quinn Gives First TV Interview to MSNBC

October 20, 2014 - Jamers Fudge

Introduced by MSNBC host Ronan Farrow as "the woman who sparked 'GamerGate,'" Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn gives her first television interview since the whole online ordeal kicked off back in late August.

In the video, which you can watch in its entirety to your left, Quinn emphasizes that, despite all the online threats and harassment, she and other women in the industry are here to stay because they love games.

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Latest Episode of 'The Mysteries of Laura' Focuses on a 'MMO Killer'

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tonight's episode of the comedy crime drama, "The Mysteries of Laura," will feature a plotline about a killer inside a massively multiplayer online game.

According to a teaser for the show, "This smoking hot gamer geek is good enough to dominate a game, but is she good enough to catch a killer?"

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OnLive Inks Deal With Phillips For Europe

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive and TP Vision have announced a new strategic partnership that will bring the OnLive Game Service on new models of Philips TVs powered by Android that will be released in Europe during 2014 and beyond.

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Nearly Fifty Percent of U.S. Households Have an Internet-Connected TV

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Almost 50 percent of all households in the United States have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, Blu-ray Disc player, smart TV set, and/or stand-alone device such as Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast. This number is up from up from 38 percent of U.S. households in 2012 and 24 percent in 2010, according to new data released by research firm Leichtman Research Group. The data is based on a survey of 1,200 U.S. households conducted this year.

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Microsoft Reveals Original Television Programming for Xbox Live

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed a line-up of new and original shows that will debut on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. According to this Bloomberg report, the original programming includes a comedy sketch show with comedian Sarah Silverman, another with actor Michael Cera's JASH comedy group, and a stop-motion show with comedian and actor Seth Green's Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Microsoft also plans a live broadcast of the Bonnaroo music festival in July.

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The Simpsons Features Minecraft-Inspired Opener

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night's episode of The Simpsons featured a Minecraft inspired intro. The show opened with a trademark couch gag, complete with a blocky environment, The Simpsons appearing as Minecraft-style characters, and Moe the bartender popping up as a Creeper.

You can check out a video of the intro to your left. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson tweeted the following last night:

The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag. I'm not sure how I feel about it," Persson wrote on Twitter.

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Street Fighter Red Tape: Ken and Ryu - What's the Difference?

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Street Fighter Red Tape from The Pete Holmes Show, Ken Masters tries to explain how he's different from titular Street Fighter lead Ryu. As Pete points out, he and Ryu are EXACTLY the same and there is no room for so many tiger uppercuts and great hair.

"But, when I kick someone, it will look red," Ken says during his interview.

You can check out the latest video to your left. To check out all the video from The Pete Holmes Show on TBS, visit the show's YouTube page.

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WWE Network Launches on Xbox 360, PS3 and More

February 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning the WWE Network launched, letting customers on Roku devices, tablet devices (Android, iOS), Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 watch "thousands of hours" of classic WWE, WCW, and ECW content, rebroadcast of its network shows, all pay-per-views live and archived, and new original programming.

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Report: 40 Percent of Consumers Will Use Mobile Devices to Watch Video by 2018

February 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Around 40 percent of consumers will watch video on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones by 2018, according to a new report from research firm ABI Research. This the firm says, is in spite of strong efforts to bring online video to new devices such as Google’s Chromecast and new video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

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Report: Apple TV Will Add Gaming Later This Year

January 27, 2014 - James Fudge

According to information from both iLounge and 9to5Mac, Apple will turn its Apple TV device into a gaming console of sorts later this year.

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Report: Some Developers Pay a Fee to be Featured on Conan O’Brien's 'Clueless Gamer'

January 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While it's fun watching "Clueless Gamer," Conan O’Brien's regular segment where he plays video games and makes witty comments for his show on TBS, apparently it can cost a developer or publisher a lot of money to get air time on the show. While not everyone pays to be on the show, about a quarter of the products featured on the segment have to pay some sort of fee. The show does not disclose this fact either.

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Daniel Ellsberg v. Ambassador R. James Woolsey in the Great Snowden Debate

January 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The great debate about the fate of the former NSA contractor who leaked documents detailing the agency's spying programs on the Internet, mobile phones and even in video games rages on. Some believe that Edward Snowden is a patriot and a whistleblower who deserves a full presidential pardon, while others believe that he should be get the maximum penalty under the law for treason and espionage.

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South Park's Black Friday Finale

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The final episode in the Black Friday/Game of Thrones/Xbox One v. PS4 South Park storyline aired last night on Comedy Central and it was as wild, funny, and gruesome as anyone could imagine. There's not a lot we can say about the episode here that won't spoil it for viewers, but we can say that the episode mixes some crazy anime, some outlandish Game of Thrones jokes, and a couple of executive cameos to make for a highly amusing episode.

We'll leave you with this quote from the episode:

"I just want us to play Call of Duty on the right machine."

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Black Friday Console Wars Continue in Part Two of South Park's 'A Song of Ass and Fire'

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Part two of South Park's "A Song of Ass and Fire" aired last night, continuing the storyline about Black Friday and Xbox One v. PS4 fanboy wars. Cartman's Xbox One crew goes head-to-head with Kenny's small group of PS4 fanboys in an epic Black Friday battle at the South Park Mall. All of the boys in this week's episode are dressed as they will be in Obsidian Entertainment's RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth - due out in March 2014.

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South Park Pokes Fun at Black Friday, Next-Gen Console Wars

November 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's episode of South Park pokes a lot of fun at Black Friday holiday sales, Game of Thrones, the frenzied behavior of deal-seeking mobs, and the foolishness of console wars. In the episode Cartman, Stan, and the gang set out to create a plan to get the Xbox One on Black Friday for cheap, but in the midst of preparing for the battle at the South Park Mall, a contingent of the kids balk at getting an Xbox One, instead opting to split off and fight against Cartman's faction because they think PS4 is better.

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PS4 Makes Appearance on Jimmy Fallon this Week

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony will be bringing its next-generation console system, the PlayStation 4 to late night television this week. According to a schedule for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (on NBC week nights at 12:35 EST), a "game demo" of the PS4 will be shown off during the Wednesday night (Nov. 13) show. Specific details like who from Sony will be on the show or what games will be shown off were not revealed.

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Notch on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

November 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang co-founder and Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson stopped by CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk about the cattty nature of the industry at times, Minecraft, his favorite games (Grand Theft Auto and Mario Kart, apparently) and a whole lot more.

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Goth_SkunkThe only thing not worth talking about, is what shouldn't be talked about.07/01/2015 - 7:47pm
Goth_Skunk@Infophile: It could be a reason, if I were wrong. I'm not.07/01/2015 - 7:44pm
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/steam-players-take-justice-into-their-own-hands-virtua-1715215648 anyone seen this, Steam Players Make Their Own Justice, Virtually Imprison Troll07/01/2015 - 7:17pm
Andrew EisenHeh, just had our (IGN's) journalistic integrity called into question over two typos on one of the Wikis (which are editable by the readers).07/01/2015 - 6:08pm
Matthew Wilson@tech this isnt the only stupid tax in recent months though. they were adding a commuter tax as well. if they continue doing crap like this, they will run in to the same issues as Detroit.07/01/2015 - 5:34pm
TechnogeekI guess we can give Chicago credit for diversifying their portfolio of corruption, although they've still got a lot of work before they retake that crown from Louisiana.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
TechnogeekEh, cities abusing taxation power for their own game isn't really a "Detroit" thing so much as a "corrupt small town" thing.07/01/2015 - 5:29pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/chicago-netflix-customers-your-bill-is-about-to-up-9-percent/ Chicago wants to become the new Detroit so be it.07/01/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileAnd also, she said "anyone," but she also said "probably." This means there's a subset for whom the "you shouldn't write it" doesn't apply.07/01/2015 - 4:47pm
InfophileGoing back a bit: "As I believe there is no justification, there is no reason for me to continue reading." - One reason to read might be to find out if you're wrong about there being no justification for it.07/01/2015 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenRead it here: http://www.zenofdesign.com/getting-diversity-to-speak/07/01/2015 - 4:42pm
Andrew EisenFormer Bioware dev, Damion Schubert, offers an interesting thought on diversity in the industry. Not only is it important to have, it's important to make sure they feel comfortable offering their perspective.07/01/2015 - 4:40pm
Andrew EisenHeh, I did consider it!07/01/2015 - 4:37pm
Craig R.Aww, video gamer players wasn't an option for the poll?07/01/2015 - 4:33pm
KaylaKazeI think the problem here is certain people don't know what "shouldn't" means, even after it's been explained to them half a dozen times.07/01/2015 - 4:19pm
Andrew EisenWhat if creators heard our feedback, agreed with it and then... oh god... made a better show? The HORROR!!!07/01/2015 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenI mean, next thing you know they'll make a YouTube video. A YOUTUBE VIDEO!!!07/01/2015 - 4:07pm
Andrew EisenHow DARE anyone write an opinion suggesting that people who suck at something might consider a better way to accomplish the same thing or improve so they suck less. The NERVE!07/01/2015 - 4:06pm
Goth_SkunkYes, but we complain about it amongst ourselves, we shake our heads, we sigh, shrug our shoulders and say 'oh well, what can you do?' We don't write articles for Wired and say 'Anyone can write about X, but should they? Probably not.'07/01/2015 - 3:57pm
Andrew EisenMy favorite is: "Zoom and enhance!"07/01/2015 - 3:55pm
 

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