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?
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss how Facebook buying Oculus VR could affect the technology's future development, if politicians who commit crimes should suffer stiffer punishments (including the death penalty), and Amazon's foray into the set-top box/ micro-console space with Fire TV. Download Episode 94 now: SuperPAC Episode 94 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.2 MB.
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.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Jeremy Powers to discuss suspended California Senator Leland Yee's legal troubles for charges including illegal gun running, corruption, and bribery; and Facebook buying Oculus Rift. It's fun for the whole family! Download Episode 93 now: SuperPAC Episode 93 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 67.6 MB.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Positech Games talking about the evils of game sales, Microsoft considering positive reinforcement for good Xbox Live behavior, Australia's ratings reforms, and last week's poll about rich people using crowdfunding. Download Episode 92 now: SuperPAC Episode 92 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.6 MB.
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?
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about GOG.com's decision to abandon its regional pricing scheme, accusations that fan art was used to promote Tropes v. Women without permission, fair use when using fan art, South Park being self-censored for Europe by Ubisoft, and rumors that the writer of Uncharted was pushed out by the writers of The Last of Us. Download Episode 91 now: SuperPAC Episode 91 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 69.8 MB.
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.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about buying level 90 characters in World of Warcraft, a story about a UK mom who complained about her son buying thousands of dollars worth of FIFA DLC, the EU tackling free-to-play games, gay leads in video games, and a tax incentives bill that discriminates against violent video games. Download Episode 90 now: SuperPAC Episode 90 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 83 MB.
It looks like Blizzard will soon offer World of Warcraft players the ability to purchase Level 90 characters.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll (Will King be in the running for the Consumerist’s Worst Company in America tournament?), the trend towards consumers choosing digital games over retail game discs, and Capcom's response to offering more gender options for the main character in Deep Down. Download Episode 89 now: SuperPAC Episode 89 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about why Flappy Bird was pulled from various App Stores, Candy Swipe v. King, Norwegian killer Anders Brevik asking for a better class of video games in prison, and EA's denial that SimCity and Battlefield 4 had crappy launches. Download Episode 88 now: SuperPAC Episode 88 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.
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.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possibility of Amazon releasing a home console of some sort this year, a study that says relaxing games make people more prosocial, Killer Instinct's new jail system for rage quitters, the PS3 trade-in for Xbox One promotion from Microsoft, and Microsoft buying Gears of War from Epic. Download Episode 86 now: SuperPAC Episode 86 (1 hour, 11 minutes) 81 MB.
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.
Last year, Electronic Arts launched its new SimCity game and even though it is and always has been a predominantly single player game, the new title had no offline mode. This decision was so unpopular that it's likely the major reason EA earned the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award for the second year in a row.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service, Sony Online Entertainment's all access MMO pass, Ultimate Gay Fighter, and South Australia's government being pressured into getting rid of anti-game billboards. Download Episode 83 now: SuperPAC Episode 83 (1 hour, 8 minutes) 78.5 MB.
Back in my day, Nintendo handheld gaming consoles were region free. That's right. If a quirky little game that wasn't being localized for North America caught my eye, I could feel free to give Nintendo money in exchange for the ability to play it to my heart's content. Ah, those were the days!
But they didn't last. No sir, they did not.
It started with the DSi, a revision to Nintendo's previous handheld. It introduced region locking for titles that used DSi-specific features like the camera.
In our very first episode of 2014, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest poll on GamePolitics (about finding porn on a freshly purchased 3DS), Braid creator Jonathan Blow's comments on Farmville and Plants v Zombies 2, various licensing deals gone wrong, and Sherlock Holmes finally making its way to the public domain. Download Episode 82 now: SuperPAC Episode 82 (1 hour, 9 minutes) 79.6 MB.
After a two week hiatus (thanks mostly to the holidays and Andrew's self-imposed exile to a small town in Kentucky) we return with Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 81! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the Killer Instinct DRM that popped up during a recent competition at a NYC college, the EFF's annual Wish List, and investors suing EA over the shaky Battlefield 4 launch. Download Episode 81 now: SuperPAC Episode 81 (1 hour, 17 minutes) 88.4 MB.
A few days ago we talked about a report that showed that American and British spy agencies are playing World of Warcraft, Second Life and various Xbox Live games to spy on us.
Do you think the publishers of those titles know about the surveillance ops being conducted in their games?
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll (do you miss game cartridges?), a man tricked into buying a picture of an Xbox One on eBay, Michael Pachter's disparaging remarks about Nintendo's president, and Play.com's prediction that the Wii U will win the holiday sales war. Download Episode 80 now: SuperPAC Episode 80 (1 hour, 4 minutes) 73 MB.
I miss video game cartridges.
They were sturdy and more fun to handle. No need to worry about fingerprints or gingerly placing them in a tray or slot. Just jam those suckers in your console and away you go! Heck, you could dropkick those suckers across the room if you didn't mind getting grounded.
The amount of space is limited only by cost. You could have battery backups and even custom chips (remember the Super NES's FX chip?). They were faster too! No installing and rarely any loading!
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, players being banned from the video and chat services one Xbox One and the PS4, the preliminary Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting report, and Scale Labs claiming copyright on all those Walking Dead videos. Download Episode 79 now: SuperPAC Episode 78 (1 hour, 5 minutes) 75 MB.
Earlier this week, the official investigation report for the shooting at Sandy Hook was released to the public and as any rationally-thinking human being could have surmised 11 months ago, video games had precisely squat to do with it.
But will that matter?
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, the Xbox One 4 launch, the latest GamePolitics Letters to the Editor, and the controversial game about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that happened almost a year ago. Download Episode 78 now: SuperPAC Episode 78 (1 hour, 18 minutes) 71.2 MB.
When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, the hardware was plagued with a bunch of console crippling issues, one of which being the famous Red Ring of Death, an LED indication that your game machine is now a giant brick. Some estimates put the failure rate of the 360 as high as 54%. Whatever the actual number was, it was so bad that Microsoft ex