On behalf of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), GamePolitics, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish you a happy and safe New Year's Day. We hope those of you that are old enough to drink tonight will do so responsibly, and that you won't get so intoxicated that you vomit on kittens, puppies, or small children (friends and family are perfectly acceptable targets).
Microsoft has put out a gentle reminder (via Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson) that its price cut on the Xbox One and its various bundle iterations will soon be coming to an end. If you didn't get an Xbox One for Christmas and want to take advantage of the $50 off the price promotion that has been running since November, you'll only have until Saturday, Jan. 3.
On behalf of GamePolitics, the ECA, Andrew Eisen, and E. Zachary Knight, I wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday - whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, some other holiday, no holiday at all, etc.. We will be back after Christmas!
- James Fudge, Managing Editor, GamePolitics.com(Image via www.publicdomainpictures.net.)
Just a note that the Super Podcast Action Committee is taking a break for a few weeks as host Andrew Eisen returns home to the wilderness of Kentucky to be with his family during the holidays. We'll be back with bells on for a new show in 2015. We'd like to thank Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight for continuing to deliver episodes of the podcast that are entertaining, informative, and always fun.
Mad love and respect to both of you! Be sure to tell them how much you appreciate the show in the comments!
Mobile developer Halfbrick Studios is celebrating the holidays by giving the gaming community every game in its iOS catalog for free. All ten of the studio's games are available for free for a limited time including the popular Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, and its other games Fish Out Of Water!, Monster Dash, Age Of Zombies: Season 2, Band Stars, Colossatron: Massive World, Birzzle Fever, Yes Chef!, and Top Farm.
You can find all of the studio's games on its iTunes page.
Valve's annual Holiday sale is alive and kicking, offering deep discounts on various games from now until January 2.
During the sale Steam customers can take advantage of special deals running every 12 hours and new "Featured Deals" happening daily. Like last year's sale, Steam users can also vote in the Community Choice promotion to determine which games receive deeper discounts. Those who participate in the sale may also earn exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards.
Valve's first annual Holiday Auction ran into a bit of a snag in its early outing and has been rebooted due to some questionable activity by a small minority of participants, according to this Ars Technica report. The idea behind the auction was simple: Steam users could trade their unwanted inventory items for gems that could then be used to bid on 2,000 Steam game codes (with a total of 200,000 copies being sold during the course of the auction).
Consumer Reports has released its annual list of the best and worst games for kids as parents get ready to shop 'til they drop for various holidays. The top five video games for kids, according to the publication, are Skylanders: Trap Team, Disney Infinity 2.0, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, Super Smash Bros., and LittleBigPlanet 3.
The Humble Bundle has launched its annual sale, offering steep discounts on top tier and indie games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Running now until January 2, the Humble Winter Sale is offering discounts on such games as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition, Kentucky Route Zero, Road Redemption, This War Of Mine, The Walking Dead Season 2, Divinity Original Sin, Final Fantasy III, Dark Wood, and many, many more.
I wish all of our readers in the United States a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. For the rest of you who live in Canada (and already celebrated Thanksgiving back in October) as well as our friends in Europe, Asia, and other regions in this rock we call home: have a happy Thursday, I guess.
Valve Software has kicked off its annual sale. While it doesn't call it a "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday" sale like others do, it is intended to land on those days for maximum effect. This year's "Steam Exploration Sale" runs from November 26 to December 2 and features discounts and deals on 5,649 games right now.
Unlike most U.S. retailers, the world's largest retailer of games will be closed on Thanksgiving in the United States. GameStop announced that it will shut down its stores in the United States next Thursday. CEO Paul Raines confirmed the news during a post-earnings call on Thursday.
"We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day next week in the United States out of respect for our associates and their families," he said. "Sometimes, we have to not let the pressure from other retailers distract us from our values."
Microsoft announced this morning that - from Nov. 4 to January 3 - it will knock $50 off the price of all Xbox One units being sold at select retail outlets in the United States. This follows a price cut in the UK last month. This price reduction will be available at leading retailers including Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and Microsoft stores.
On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and the staff here at GamePolitics, I wish you, our wonderful readers, a happy and safe Labor Day!
We'll be back tomorrow! Until then, I hope you are enjoying your day off - assuming you were lucky enough to get one - doing something fun, exciting or interesting (the days off get pretty thin between now and November, so we have to enjoy them when they come along!) Be good to yourselves and others today.
On behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight, I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy today grilling meat, drinking tasty beverages, watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos today, but we'll be back on Monday with bells on.
We hope you'll do something fun today and - if you are old enough to have a job - that your employer gave you the day off.
To all of our friends outside the United States, enjoy your Friday!
On behalf of everyone here at GamePolitics and the ECA we wish our readers a safe and happy holiday. We hope you are enjoying your extended weekend and are out (or in, as the case may be) having fun on the unofficial start of summer.
If you want an explanation of what Memorial Day is all about and why it is a very important holiday to a majority of Americans, then you should check out usmemorialday.org.
On behalf of everyone at the Entertainment Consumers Association and GamePolitics I'd like to wish all of our wonderful readers a very Happy Easter and Passover.
If you do not celebrate either of those holidays, then we wish you a weekend filled with family, friends, and fun.
If you don't like having fun, think your family is bonkers, and that friends are a pain in the a$$, then I hope you do not get hit by a bus this weekend.
- James and the ECA team.
Happy birthday to U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I apologize on behalf of our government who took their birthdays away for some odd reason. They'd like to blame Martin Luther King Jr. Day for that, but we reject the argument; all three of these great men can have a federal holiday in the month of February!
On behalf of GamePolitics, I wish you a happy Valentine's Day filled with love, good food, and even better company if at all possible. For those of you who are single, Andrew Eisen offers an instructional video on how to ask the fairer sex out for a night on the town, a quiet evening at home, or whatever social function you can imagine. You can check out the video to your left. If you are single and like it that way, then I encourage you to do something fun today, like watch the new season of House of Cards on Netflix!
On behalf of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and GamePolitics, we wish you a happy and safe New Year's Day. If you are old enough to party, then please don't party too hearty, don't drink and drive, and please try not to throw up on any plants or small animals if you did party a little more than you should have. We wish that all of your hopes and dreams for 2013 came true, but if they didn't don't let that get you down: tomorrow is the start of a new day in a brand new year.
If you heard that Valve's hit Zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 was free for a limited time but didn't get it yet - don't fret, there's still time. According to Valve's Left 4 Dead blog you have until 9 am PDT, or 1 pm EDT. From the blog:
All of us at GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday! May all your dreams come true, DRM-free, without limits, and with no hidden clauses buried five pages deep in a document written by a soulless corporate robot!
We'll see you again on Thursday!
Glad tidings to all.
(Image © 2013, Shutterstock.com.)
Ron Nakada, a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer six months ago. Doctors told him at the time that the cancer had metastasized to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. While Ron is fighting for his life with all the determination and strength he can muster, his medical bills and expenses are ramping up and he needs our help.
Pay-what-you-want indie-focused game store IndieGameStand is hosting a 12-day event to celebrate the holiday season and benefit the children's charity Child's Play. From Dec. 18 - 28 the site will host a 12 Days of Christmas unwrapping event.
Here's how it works: each day IndieGameStand will reveal and spotlight a new indie game that is freely available on the internet. By donating, customers will unlock these games in their IndieGameStand account and all proceeds will be donated to Child's Play.
A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that video games, video game systems, and accessories are the most wanted items for the 2013 holiday season. according to the report, approximately 79 million Americans intend to purchase video games during the holiday season, according to new market research and analysis.
Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has confirmed that it has laid off a number of its staff, though the company says that the number of employees let go is a small number.
"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," a Harmonix representative told GameSpot. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."
AbleGamers Charity has launched the 2013 AbleGamers Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers with Disabilities. This year's guide offers recommendations on which games were the most accessible and which assistive devices are the best solutions for helping disabled gamers. In addition to all that, the guide offers recommendations on several items you may want to avoid altogether.
On behalf of GamePolitics and the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), I wish all of our readers in the United States a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day holiday. We also want to wish those who observe Hanukkah (which began yesterday) a joyous and safe holiday season as well. For the rest of the world, we hope you enjoy the rest of the week and in Europe we hope you finally get your hands on those brand new console systems.