38 Studios Is The Cautionary Tale Rhode Islanders Tell Politicians With Questionable Ideas

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In Rhode Island when a constituent drops the name "38 Studios," it's probably not going to illicit warm and fuzzy feelings in anyone. So when one vocal detractor raised the specter of the 38 Studios failure to describe "Rhode Map RI," people got a little defensive.

The Rhode Island State Planning Council has voted unanimously in favor of the controversial Rhode Map RI and has adjourned the meeting. The plan is a bit complicated and includes federal grants, but there are a bunch of details on it here.

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Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill Banning Software and Hardware 'Back Doors'

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of backdoors to circumvent encryption on phones and other data. The bill is called the Secure Data Act, and would prohibit government agencies from requiring software or device makers that would provide a means of circumventing encryption to secure data.

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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EFF Calls on Americans to Support the Passage of the USA Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on all internet users to call their elected representatives this week and tell them to support the Senate's USA FREEDOM Act.

While the bill isn't perfect, it is the first piece of legislation to tackle the NSA's unchecked power in 30 years, according to the EFF. The USA Freedom Act would - according to the EFF - do the following:

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Senate To Take Up 'USA Freedom Act' This Year

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Never underestimate the power of a lame duck congress. Newsweek reports that the NSA surveillance reform bill, AKA the USA Freedom Act, will get a vote this year, thanks to a big push by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

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Sen. Coburn's 2014 Wastebook Attempts to Shame Tax-Payer Funded Games and Research

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 Wastebook report is out, detailing all the tax payer-funded programs that the Republican Senator from Oklahoma thinks are wasteful or pork barrel spending. While he offers plenty of red meat for fiscally conservative types, we are really only interested in what game related items made the cut this year.

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Scripps Launches Politician-Tracking App 'Podium'

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Scripps has launched a handy new app for iPhone called Podium. Podium allows users to stay informed on the top political issues, and lets them follow any politician in the U.S. to see what they are doing, saying and voting on - and it lets you share your views with your elected officials and with the world through social media.

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UK Wants to Add Stricter Penalties to Cyberbullying Laws

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK Justice secretary Chris Grayling has put forth a proposal that would add serious punishment for anyone convicted of online abuse. Currently, those convicted of cyber bullying crimes - using sexually offensive, verbally abusive or threatening material online - can only be imprisoned for a maximum of six months in the UK courts. If Grayling has his way that penalty would be quadrupled to a maximum of two years.

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Delaware Passes Law to Give Heirs Rights to Digital Property

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families’ rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death. Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," which gives "heirs and executors" legal authority to take control of a digital account or device, according to Ars Technica.

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FCC Opens Public Comments On State Laws Banning Municipal Broadband Operations

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last month that, given the chance, he would take the opportunity to closely examine state laws that prevent communities from owning their own broadband. Now with two complaints filed with the FCC from North Carolina and Kentucky, the FCC has decided to ask the public what it should do with a public comment period.

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Administration Official: President Does Not Support CISA In Its Current Form

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama will not support the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (PDF) recently passed by the Senate, according to a senior White House official speaking on background to Information Security Media Group.

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Senate Majority Leader Pits One Internet Tax Against Another

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Senate bill may force lawmakers to agree to expand the reach of sales taxes on out-of-state retailers, or see the end of a law that forbids states and cities from imposing a tax on internet access. As the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, this choice for lawmakers is due to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s handling of a bill called the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

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Hearing on 38 Studios Lobbying Activities Pushed to August

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A hearing related to the failed $75 million loan deal for former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company 38 Studios that was supposed to take place yesterday (July 17) has been rescheduled for early August. Some of the key players in the deal were asked to attend, including Curt Schilling, Michael Corso - who represented the company as its legal counsel - and Thomas Zaccagnino, one of the company’s board members.

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CISPA Successor Passes Senate Intelligence Committee Hurdles

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 passed the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 12 to 3 vote yesterday, clearing the way for the successor to CISPA to be put to a vote in the full Senate at some point this year.

Sen. Patrick Leahy: The Internet Needs its Own 'Bill of Rights'

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an editorial published in The Huffington Post today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) put pressure on the FCC to keep Internet service providers from blocking or slowing access to certain websites. In his editorial Leahy said that the Internet needs its own rules to protect liberties much like the Bill of Rights.

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Trade Group: Elimination of Quebec Tax Credits Could Cause Game Developers To Go Elsewhere

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Martin Carrier, head of the Canadian video game lobby group Alliance Numérique, says that cuts to tax credits and incentives for the video games industry in Quebec will likely drive companies away from the region to Ontario, The United States, or even Europe.

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House Amendment to Defense Appropriations Bill Cuts Funding for NSA Domestic Spying

June 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 293-123 to cut funding for NSA spying programs that are aimed at Americans. Late last night an amendment to a defense appropriations bill put forth by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) passed with wide support, though it still has to get the same approval in the U.S. Senate.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Pushes 'Cybersecurity Information Protection Act'

June 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Senate Intelligence Committee is pushing forward what some are calling a replacement for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act called the "Cybersecurity Information Protection Act" (CIPA). The bill offers many of the same solutions and shortcomings of the CISPA bill that the internet fought so hard to kill last year. The bill written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) will be up for consideration before the committee next week, according to Feinstein.

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Lawmakers Propose Banning 'Paid Prioritization'

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawmakers are not happy with the FCC's proposal to allow broadband providers to charge content providers extra money for faster access to their customers. This supposed fast lane approach has rubbed lawmakers the wrong way, according to The Wrap, prompting them to push legislation that bans "paid prioritization."

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Government of Quebec Cutting Subsidies to Games Companies

June 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game companies in Quebec are about to see their subsidies from the government evaporate. In an effort to get rid of the provincial government's deficit and cut spending, lawmakers in Quebec have decided to cut the generous subsidies they have given companies willing to move to and do business in the region.

According to a report in the French-Canadian publication La Presse, the Quebec government plans to cut as much as $500 million from the incentives it currently offers multinational businesses like Ubisoft. Ubisoft could lose as much as 20 percent of their benefits.

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Despite a Contentious Debate, Rhode Island House Passes 2014-2015 Budget

June 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island House passed the $8.7-billion budget early Friday morning after a lengthy and contentious floor debate. The majority of arguments were about allocating a little over $12 million to make a payment on the bonds that funded the $75 million loan to now bankrupt developer 38 Studios. Despite the lengthy debate that kept lawmakers in the chamber after midnight, the budget passed by a vote of 63-12. The budget bill will now go to the Senate for what is expected to be quick approval.

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Rhode Island Expected to Vote on Budget Today

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island House is close to voting on an $8.7 billion budget plan that cuts corporate and estate tax, gets rid of the toll on the Sakonnet Bridge (a four-lane bridge spanning the Sakonnet River in eastern Rhode Island), and allocates millions to make the next payment on the 38 Studios bond debt.

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Documents Reveal Who Bought 38 Studios Bonds in 2010

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Six or so of the missing 38 Studios investor letters have surfaced, according to the Providence Journal. The documents provide new information about all of the different companies and organizations that backed the bonds that funded the $75 million loan to 38 Studios.

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RI GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Urges Lawmaker to Withhold Payment on 38 Studios Debt

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is urging state lawmakers in Providence to pass two bills to prohibit the state from making payment on the failed 38 Studios investment.

During a State House press conference earlier in the week, Fung said that no payments should be made until there is a "thorough investigation" of the issue, including an allegation by one-time GOP congressional candidate Michael Riley that insider trading occurred.

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RI Bill Prohibiting 38 Studios Bond Payment Finally Gets a Committee Hearing

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Legislation proposed earlier this year that would prevent Rhode Island from repaying the 38 Studios bonds is finally being taken up by a House committee. House Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth last week blasted Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in a vote for not letting the bill have a proper hearing.

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Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Says He Was Used to Legitimatize Bill That Funded 38 Studios Deal

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jon Brien was surprised when Steven Costantino, the chairman of the Rhode Island House Finance Committee asked him on the House floor to if he wanted to co-sponsor a big jobs bill in 2010. Brien, who was a state representative at the time, was on the outs with leadership after voting against House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox in the mid-session election of a new speaker that year. He was on talk radio often, lambasting House Democratic leaders and their allies for alleged "political shenanigans."

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Former Allies Spar Over Bill Related to 38 Studios Loan Deal

June 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year, it seemed like the new Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and new House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Karen MacBeth were on the same page when it came to investigating went happened with the failed $75 million 38 Studios loan deal.

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Congressman Funded by Telecommunications Campaign Cash Proposes Bill to Stop FCC's Net Neutrality Plans

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) filed legislation that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from attempting to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. While the legislation is more of a dramatic public show of support for the idea that the FCC should not have the power to regulate anything, it's also interesting because the Congressman is "bankrolled" by lobbyists for the telecommunications industry.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman: Time Running Out for Senate to Pass CISPA Companion Bill

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said that time is running out for the Senate to pass its cybersecurity bill. He warned his fellow lawmakers in the chamber that the August recess is fast approaching and that the country needs a law in place as soon as possible.

“If we don’t have something moving by August, I think it gets lost in the haze, and it will be a very long time until we actually get a bill passed that will actually have an impact,” he said at a cybersecurity forum at George Washington University.

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California Senate Passes Bill to Withhold Pay from Suspended Lawmakers

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The California Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to withhold pay from suspended lawmakers. The bill, SCA17, passed Tuesday by a vote of 31-3. The bill is a direct response to several California state lawmakers being indicted (separately in unrelated cases) on federal corruption charges. In March, the Senate voted to suspend Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee (pictured, left), who face federal corruption charges, and Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted for lying about living in his district.

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Matthew WilsonI hope its released to netflix or amazon12/18/2014 - 12:11am
prh99Basically they've given every tin pot dictator and repressive regime a blue print how to conduct censorship abroad. The hecklers veto wins again. At least when it comes to Sony and the four major theater chains.12/17/2014 - 11:55pm
MaskedPixelante"It's not OUR fault that our game doesn't work, it's YOUR fault for having so many friends."12/17/2014 - 9:48pm
Matthew Wilsonapparently tetris did not work because he has a full friends list12/17/2014 - 9:21pm
WonderkarpSo Sony cancelled the release of the Interview. was it ever confirmed that the Sony hacking was done because of that specific movie?12/17/2014 - 8:54pm
MaskedPixelanteWow, Ubisoft went four for four, I didn't think it was actually possible.12/17/2014 - 8:37pm
MechaTama31Oh, ok, I was mixing up "on Greenlight" and "Greenlit".12/17/2014 - 8:23pm
Matthew Wilson@phx you beat me to it. how do you screw up tetris?! my ubisoft this is just stupid. no one should ever preorder a ubisoft game again! ps people should never preorder any game regardles of dev.12/17/2014 - 6:28pm
PHX Corphttp://www.ign.com/videos/2014/12/17/what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-tetris-ps4 I give up on ubisoft12/17/2014 - 6:01pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://comicbook.com/blog/2014/08/16/exclusive-original-unaltered-cut-of-star-wars-trilogy-to-be-rele/ Yeah, this'll never happen.12/17/2014 - 5:03pm
NeenekoThey have and exercise control over which games are allowed on their privately controlled 'open forum'. Their endorsement is fairly minimal since it is only 'we do not reject this', but it is still an endorsement of sorts.12/17/2014 - 3:58pm
NeenekoHistorically there have been issues with libraries allowing some groups but not others. Perhaps 'endorsement' is too strong a word, but their editorial control IS a preapproval process, even if the standards are pretty minimal.12/17/2014 - 3:56pm
E. Zachary KnightLet's put this a different way. My local library allows any group to reserve and use multipurpose rooms. That does not mean that the Library endorses all events that take place in those rooms.12/17/2014 - 12:54pm
E. Zachary KnightValve's editorial control comes from removing problem games and accepting games to Steam. They make no claim over any games otherwise.12/17/2014 - 12:52pm
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, It is not at all a form of endorsement. Grenlight is an open forum for game developers to pitch their game to Valve/Steam and Steam users. Does Valve have some editorial control? Yes, but not to the point that they preapprove games.12/17/2014 - 12:51pm
Neeneko@EZK - I disagree. Greenlight is built off Valve's brand. While not an explicit endorsement, it is a form of it, otherwise Greenlight would have no value over other platforms.12/17/2014 - 12:05pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.latino-review.com/news/exclusive-viola-davis-bags-amanda-waller-role-in-suicide-squad Latino Review says Viola Davis will be Amanda Waller. History of Latino Review says "wait for a REAL news site to confirm".12/17/2014 - 10:48am
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/17/7407869/assassins-creed-unity-glitch-broken-problems-xbox-one-patch -Facepalm- Screwup means Assassin's Creed Unity's patch is the 40GB full game on Xbox One12/17/2014 - 10:17am
PHX Corphttp://www.theverge.com/2014/12/16/7401769/the-mpaa-wants-to-strike-at-dns-records-piracy-sopa-leaked-documents Sony leaks reveal Hollywood is trying to break DNS, the backbone of the internet12/17/2014 - 10:05am
E. Zachary KnightA Game being on Greenlight is not an endorsement of said game by Valve, Steam or anyone related to Valve or Steam. Greenlight is a combined sales pitch to Steam and its users.12/17/2014 - 9:51am
 

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