Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 107 - Let's Talk About Sex

July 31, 2014

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 107, you can watch the video replay on YouTube in video format) or download it below. In episode 107 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed last week's GamePolitics poll (18:58 mark), whether the heft of virtual items should be treated the same as the theft of physical items (27:03), the UK's new education approach to piracy (44:31), The Witcher and sex in video games (56:40), and the San Diego Comic Con (1:04:30).

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Developer 'Other Ocean' Teams Up With ESA for Anti-Piracy Game

July 31, 2014

Developer Other Ocean and trade group the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have launched a mobile title today called "Save The Game" at the Crime Museum in Washington D.C.

The game focuses on the thorny issue of software piracy and the ways in which the ESA and game developers claim it damages "the livelihoods of independent software developers." After its run at the Crime Museum, the game will be made freely available to the public on Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices.

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FCC Questions Verizon's Plan to Throttle Unlimited Mobile Data Customers on 4G Network

July 31, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission has sent a letter to Verizon asking the company a series of pointed questions concerning its plan to throttle unlimited data plan customers on its 4G LTE networks. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to start prioritizing customers who were not unlimited data plan customers over those who are - all in the name of network management.

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Sony's PlayStation Now Goes Public Beta Today

July 31, 2014

Sony's game rental service, PlayStation Now, will roll out in a public beta beginning today and games (100 of them will be available from 50 publishers) will be priced at $2.99 for four hours of play, $5.99 for seven days, $7.99 for 30 days, and $14.99 for 90 days.

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Mastertronic Exiting Physical Retail Space, Laying Off 40 Percent of Workforce

July 31, 2014

GII reports that UK games publisher Mastertronic announced that it is being "forced" to apply for a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) to avoid catastrophe over outstanding loans. In addition, the company announced that it will be closing its Cambridge, England headquarters, exiting the physical retail business it has been involved in for decades, and laying off 40 percent of its workforce. Read more

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Sony Sees Record Profits From Games and Network Divisions

July 31, 2014

Sony has reported record revenues for its latest quarter, thanks to brisk PlayStation 4 sales and profits from game-related network services. Sony's Game and Network Services division enjoyed sales of $2.55 billion for the three-month period that ended on June 30, 2014, a 95.7 percent increase when compared to the same period a year ago. All told, the games division made a profit of $43 million, compared to a $159 million loss in the same period a year ago.

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Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

July 30, 2014

Update: A CBS Interactive representative tells us that more than two people remain on GameSpot's U.S. editorial team, and that Eddie Makuch, a member of GameSpot's news team, is still with the company - he works out of the company's East Coast office. Crave Online reports that Jess McDonell, Danny O’Dwyer, Justin Haywald, Chris Watters, and Kevin VanOrd still work for GameSpot as of this writing. Read more

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Report: Employees Left Crytek's U.S. Studio Last Week

July 30, 2014

This afternoon Crytek USA announced that it had closed its Texas-based development studio and moved the development of the free-to-play co-op shooter the studio was working on - Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age - to its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Earlier in the day it was revealed that the company sold the Homefront franchise to Koch Media and had shut down its UK studio.

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Xbox One Set for Sept. 23 Release in China

July 30, 2014

Microsoft will be the first console maker to launch a console in China since the government lifted its 14-year ban on home console systems in January of this year. Today Microsoft revealed that it plans to launch the console system on Sept. 23 for approximately $600, or ¥3,699 RMB.

Microsoft has partnered with China-based BesTV to manufacture and sell the system in the region. One of the conditions the government put on console makers is that the systems had to be manufactured in the country.

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Report: Japanese Console Market Declined in 2013

July 30, 2014

A new report from Games Industry International notes that the console market segment in Japan declined by 16 percent overall in 2013. According to data from the Japanese Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association's annual report - obtained by Japanese analyst Dr. Serkan Toto - console hardware and software sales declined from $4.8 billion in 2012 to $4 billion in 2013.

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Despite Impressive 'Mario Kart 8' Sales, Nintendo Still Records a Loss

July 30, 2014

While the last three months have shown marked improvement for Nintendo console and software sales, the maker of Wii U, 3DS, and all things Mario still found itself struggling. Nintendo reported that it raked in 74.7 billion yen ($731.5 million) for the three month period that ended on June 30, 2014, down by approximately 8.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The company also recorded a loss of 9.9 billion yen ($96.9 million), compared to profits of 8.6 billion yen ($84.2 million) in the same period a year ago.

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Koch Media Buys 'Homefront' from Crytek

July 30, 2014

Koch Media and its publishing label Deep Silver announced that they have acquired the Homefront brand and all related assets from Crytek. The deal encompasses all things Homefront-related including the latest game in the series that was being developed by Crytek UK - Homefront: The Revolution. The game will continue to be developed in the newly formed Nottingham-based Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.

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Ex-Precursor Games Developer Sentenced for Child Pornography Charge, Faces More Charges Next Month

July 30, 2014

Former Silicon Knights director and Precursor Games co-founder Kenneth McCulloch has been sentenced to "time served" by the Ontario Court of Justice on a 2013 charge for "making child pornography available," according to this Polygon report - citing a report from the Welland Tribune. Read more

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More Delays in 38 Studios Lobbying Hearings

July 30, 2014

The Providence Journal reports that a hearing looking into 38 Studios' lobbying activities prior to securing the now-infamous $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island, has been delayed to late-August.

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Sony: 'EA Access' Offers No Value to PS4 Owners

July 30, 2014

A Sony rep. tells Game Informer that the company does not think EA Access offers a real value to PlayStation 4 owners. Electronic Arts announced the program yesterday, and revealed that it would be exclusive to Xbox One. Sony seems to be fine with that.

"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," they said.

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Andrew EisenYes, the Wii U upscales but rendering in a higher resolution looks a hell of a lot better.08/01/2014 - 10:35pm
Andrew EisenIt's pretty. Lots of videos of it floating around. Just search "Xenoblade dolphin" and you'll find them.08/01/2014 - 10:32pm
ZippyDSMleeThe WII upscales tho. Matthew: It might be becue cartoonish desings do not age as fast as presudo realisim.08/01/2014 - 10:29pm
Matthew WilsonPeople who have run the Mario Galaxy games on a emulator have said they look better then most xb1/ps4 games when upscaled, so it would be interesting to see a upscaled version of Xenoblade08/01/2014 - 9:24pm
Andrew EisenHeck, it would probably sell better to newbies anyway. Even with its awesome art direction, the game looked dated when it came out years ago. I imagine an SD version would be a tougher sell.08/01/2014 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenBecause it would be cool, would serve the game's fantastic art direction well and encourage people who've already played it to buy it again.08/01/2014 - 7:42pm
ZippyDSMleeWhy bother with an HD relese just repack the damn thing and promote it since it will play on the WIIU anyway....08/01/2014 - 7:04pm
Andrew EisenPlus, with Nintendo carrying the Wii U almost all by itself, it could help plug one of the unfortunately inevitable release schedule gaps.08/01/2014 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenAn HD re-release would be cool though. It's a great game (and quite the looker, especially when up-rezzed) and more people should play it (the game had a limited release at a time when the Wii was all but dead an buried).08/01/2014 - 3:21pm
E. Zachary KnightSo no, people are not going to need to play the Wii game to undstand or enjoy the Wii U game.08/01/2014 - 1:27pm
E. Zachary KnightFrom what I understand, the two games have as much to do with eachother as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy 2.08/01/2014 - 1:26pm
MaskedPixelanteIt's my secret hope that Nintendo announces Xenoblade HD to be released in the leadup to Xenoblade Chronicles X, or at least a mass market version of the first game so that people aren't going into this one blind.08/01/2014 - 12:40pm
PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenStill a pretty cool promotion. Unfortunately for me, I'm not interested in purchasing Mario Kart 8 and I already owned or didn't want any of the free games on offer.07/31/2014 - 1:43pm
Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
 

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