Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 76

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A day late and a dollar short would be the best way to describe Episode 76. It was recorded a few days after Extra Life (which admittedly messed with our scheduling and mental stability in the early part of the week). Add to that some technical difficulties with editing the show and you have an episode that is a week late. Nevertheless the topics we talk about on the show are timeless enough that you'll still enjoy it.

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RIFT, Defiance Get Big Boost from Extra Life and Relaunch Celebration

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Trion Worlds announced that last week's participation in the Extra Life charity marathon and a promotion related to it helped give its MMORPGs RIFT Online and Defiance a record-breaking week last week. The company said that over a quarter of a million new players joined their online games, RIFT and Defiance. Bookended by the relaunch of RIFT as a free-to-play game on Steam and the charity marathon for Extra Life, Trion’s celebration week included promotions, in-game special events, and giveaways across both games to celebrate both new and veteran players.

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Intel Donates 30 NUC Micro Computers to be Included in Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-based gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has received the promise of 30 4 inch-by-4-inch micro computers from Intel. The chipmaker will build and donate the absurdly small and powerful Intel NUC computers to the charity to be given out to troops deployed in combat zones in places like Afghanistan and to soldiers recovering from injuries in military hospitals.

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ECA's Extra Life Marathon in Pictures

November 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend a core group from Team ECA based out of our headquarters in Wilton, Connecticut, spent 23 hours setting up and playing video games to support the Extra Life charity. They managed to contribute a substantial amount of the $3,200 in total donations (so far, donations are still coming in) for the Connecticut Children’s Hospital and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester, NY - both Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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GOG.com Launches Charity Promotion to Benefit WWF, Gaming for Good, and Worldbuilders

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com is taking part in a fundraising campaign that lets consumers donate a minimum of $5 to one of three charities to get three games. The charities include the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Gaming for Good, and Worldbuilders. The games players can choose from include FTL, Waking Mars, Incredipede, The Whispered World, Driftmoon, PID, Darwinia, Creature's Village, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and Botanicula.

There's no rule against donating to all three charities, which means that you could pick up nine of the ten games listed above.

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GameStop Aims to Raise Half a Million Dollars for St. Jude's Hospital

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

GameStop has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to raise at least $500,000 in charitable donations for the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which involves a number of companies and personalities including celebrities, media, retail and corporate brands. They all come together to ask consumers to donate while they shop during the holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures for sick children.

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Extra Life Attacked, Raises Over $3 Million Anyways

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite its web site being the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the folks at the Extra Life charity managed to raise a decent amount of money (with the help of thousands of gamers) over the weekend. The charity sent out multiple emails over the weekend keeping Extra Life members in the loop as the events unfolded.

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Andrew Eisen: Three Things Every Binge Gamer Must Have

November 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While we don't recommend game binging to the extremes (we've written plenty of stories about people being found dead in cyber cafes in Asia over the years), sometimes - if it is for the right reasons - binge gaming is necessary. When you find yourself in such a situation where it is necessary, you need some rules.

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RuneScape Maker Jagex Launches Charity Campaign, 'Well of Goodwill'

October 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Jagex Games Studio has launched a month-long charity campaign that uses virtual gifting in its games like RuneScape to provide real-world donations to support disadvantaged, at risk or seriously ill young people. Launching today, the Well of Goodwill will offer RuneScape players across the world the chance to gift some of their in-game wealth to charity.

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Let's Charity: Andrew Eisen's 24-Hour Extra Life Gaming Marathon

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen's latest video tells you all you need to know about his plans to support the Extra Life charity. Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon PST Andrew will be playing various games to support the charity, and he'll be broadcasting live on Twitch.

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Hidden Path Entertainment Donates $20k in Defense Grid Codes to Operation Supply Drop

October 28, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Defense Grid series creators Hidden Path Entertainment has donated one thousand codes for their nifty Defense Grid: Containment Bundle on Steam. The codes are equivalent to a $20,000 donation.

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AbleGamers Day Announced

October 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The AbleGamers Charity announced that its first annual AbleGamers Day will be held on October 26. The festivities begin on the 25th with the largest online streaming event in the charity's history, leading up to an Accessibility Arcade in Loudoun County, VA. The Accessibility Arcade gives disabled gamers access to the charity's assistive technology experts for one day along with all of the various cutting-edge assistive technology available on the market today.

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Gamers Solve HIV Puzzle in Ten Days

October 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Scientists at the University of Washington have been trying to decipher the complex structure of an enzyme that "exhibits behavior similar to that of an enzyme key in the development of AIDS from an HIV infection" for the last decade. They believed that it likely played a critical role in finding a cure for the disease. But gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in a mere ten days.

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Indie Games for Good Charity Marathon Kicks Off Oct. 17

October 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This Thursday, October 17 the gaming group Cloudboat Armada will kick off its third annual Indie Games for Good charity marathon benefitting Child's Play Charity. The Indie Games for Good marathon will be broadcast live over the internet on Thursday and will run around as long as the donations continue to come in. The marathon could span multiple days if people open their hearts and their wallets for those playing games for the children's charity.

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Sony Helps Raise Awareness About Extra Life Through PlayStation Network

October 3, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has joined in on helping to promote the Extra Life charity by offering some much needed real estate to promote it on PlayStation Network. In a blog post this morning, the folks at Extra Life announced that Sony is helping to promote the charity to the 78 million PlayStation 3 owners around the world and to help them find a local Children's Miracle Network Hospital to support.

Operation Supply Launches Indie GoGo Campaign for Latest Fundraising Drive

October 1, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While the lawmakers haggle over ideologies and leave the government unfunded, Operation Supply Drop gets things done. At least, that's what they are telling supporters in a new mail-out today.

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Please Support the ECA's Extra Life Team!

September 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and members of GamePolitics will be taking part in this year's Extra Life event on November 2. Since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to raise money for local kids' hospitals in a celebration of gaming culture and gamers doing good works through charity.

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Suite Life of Zach and Cody Co-Star Takes Restaurant Host Job to Pay for 'Video Games'

September 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

I thought this story about people criticizing former Suite Life of Zach and Cody co-star Dylan Sprouse for taking on a job as a host at a New York City restaurant was mildly amusing. Sprouse, who is currently attending New York University, talked to US Magazine in an attempt to combat the wild speculation that he is now "broke" and had to take the job out of necessity.

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IndieGameStand Goes Big With New Store Front

September 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After a year of small sales of some great indie game titles, IndieGameStand is going big. The digital storefront dedicated to selling the best indie games becomes a full blown indie game digital store front, joining the ranks of Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Game Bundle. The store now has a permanent and dedicated store front with a full catalog of indie games - in addition to the 96 hour indie deals it has become famous for.

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Playmob Details Peace Games Live Event

September 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Playmob has revealed the first details on its Peace Games Live initiative, taking place - appropriately enough - on "Peace One Day," the annual day of global unity on September 21. Playmob's mobile platform enables gamers to give to global causes while playing their favorite games.

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AbleGamers Charity Opens 'AbleGamers Lab'

September 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The AbleGamers Charity has opened the very first-of-its-kind "AbleGamers Lab" for gamers with special needs. Located at its headquarters just outside of Washington DC, the AbleGamers laboratory features all of the latest top-end gaming devices and assistive technology set up to enable those with disabilities to play video games. Use of the lab is free but by appointment only, with the average appointment lasting 1 - 2 hours depending on the case.

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Gamers for Good's KKG Game Art Book Hopes to Raise Funds for Sick Blizzard Artist

September 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

An artbook of video game fan art is being put together to help raise money for a Blizzard game artist who is suffering from a rare form of cancer. Kevin Kanai Griffith, who currently works as an artist on Diablo III at Blizzard Entertainment, has been fighting an unusual form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) for more than 12 months. There's no cure or clear treatment for this type of cancer, which means that treatment options are fairly expensive because they are likely experimental.

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Nearly Blind Child Plays Nintendo With Her Family

August 27, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Picture this:

Your young child wants nothing more than to play video games with you and the rest of the family but she's nearly blind and can't focus on anything more than a few inches from her face.  She can't see the game unless she puts her nose to the screen and you can't see the game when her head is blocking the TV.  What do you do?

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Neverwinter Marathon for Child's Play Now Live on Twitch

August 13, 2013 -

MMO publisher Perfect World Entertainment passed along word that the Community team for its MMO Neverwinter will be hosting a 24-hour Neverwinter marathon live stream on Twitch to raise money for the Child's Play charity. The Neverwinter team will be going non-stop from noon (PT) on Tuesday until noon on (PT) Wednesday, running dungeons, hanging out with players, cracking jokes, and trying to stay awake.

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'That Dragon, Cancer' is a OUYA Exclusive

August 13, 2013 -

Ryan Green announced that his game about the trials and tribulations of raising a child suffering from cancer is launching exclusively on the OUYA in 2014. Green says that he chose to launch That Dragon, Cancer exclusively on the Android-based platform because the platform holder has pledged to help with development costs and ensure that the game gets made.

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Sandy Hook Arcade Center Closing August 31

August 1, 2013 -

Way back in February we reported on the opening of the Sandy Hook Arcade Center, an arcade founded by Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari, two long-time Newtown residents, who wanted to share their love of pinball with the community in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adult staff members.

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MineThon 3 Charity Event Kicks Off August 2

July 29, 2013 -

Lazy Gamer points out that MineThon 3 is set to kick off beginning on August 2. MineThon is an annual gaming marathon to raise charity for the AbleGamers Foundation. The 72-hour Minecraft gameplay marathon is broadcast live over Twitch and encourages viewers to stop by, make a donation and get a chance to win some cool prizes in the process.

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Gaming for Good: Give to Charity, Get Some Games

July 25, 2013 -

Game-related charity Gaming For Good is offering consumers a chance to buy games in exchange for a charitable donation to Save the Children. The catalog is pretty extensive, offering titles directly from the folks that make them and through digital distribution services such as Desura and Steam.

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Mechwarrior Online Offers 'Sarah's Jenner' for Cancer Charity

July 23, 2013 -

Mechwarrior Online is honoring a five-year-old player who died of brain cancer in May by selling a special mech, with the proceeds going completely to charity. Earlier this year, five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries of Vancouver (who was a big fan of MechWarrior and played the game with her dad Jon) died from complications with inoperable brain cancer.

League of Legends Players Team Up With eBay for Charity Tournament

July 17, 2013 -

Two League of Legends competitive teams have teamed up with eBay to create a charity tournament called the eBay Charity Invitational. The idea for the tournament came from members of League of Legends teams Evil Geniuses and Team Curse. Members of both teams will compete in one-on-one matches, with each player fighting for a charity of their choice. The tournament will take place on July 24 at 8 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on Twitch by One Nation of Gamers.

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Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
IanCSo im guessing a bunch of edutainment games, which a lot of people elsewhere are going gaga over, dot count as classics? Okay. If you don't mind me, i have a sudden urge to play Putt Putt....04/19/2014 - 6:15am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
 

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