Media Bias in Michael Brown Shooting Coverage Inspires Video Game

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kill Screen has a fascinating interview with indie developer Nicky Case, who is working on a video game about media bias. His inspiration? The network coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

On August 9, African American teen Michael Brown was shot multiple times by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The death of the teen, who was unarmed at the time he was shot at least five times, sparked riots and protests in Ferguson, and tons of national attention from media outlets.

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Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Report: Most Developers Don't Pay For Coverage From YouTubers, But They Are Considering It

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Continuing its series of reports on popular YouTube personalities taking money to promote games, Gamasutra offers details of a recent survey that shows how developers feel about the whole issue. In its survey of developers Gamasutra asked a handful of questions about paying for coverage, if they would consider paying for coverage in the future, and if any traditional media outlets had ever asked them for money.

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GoodGamesWriting's Pitch Jam and Crit Jam Underway

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Good Games Writing has launched #PitchJam & #CritJam, a week-long celebration of games writing. The site claims that more than 150 writers have signed on to take part in the event, and more are expected to join in. To take part you have to RSVP.

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Report: Some YouTubers Think Taking Publisher Money is Okay

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new survey released by Gamasutra reveals a disturbing fact about YouTube gaming personalities; of those who participated in a survey, around 26 percent admitted that they had taken money directly or indirectly to promote a game or brand from a publisher.

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'Game Journalism Simulator' is a Real Thing, Apparently

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We've seen "rock simulators" and goat simulators, so I suppose it isn't that much of a stretch for a games journalist to want to make a "games journalist simulator." That's exactly what games journalist Jason Evangelho tells web site Siliconera; he has teamed up with Game Informer writer Daniel Tack to create "Game Journalism Simulator."

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Report: Computer & Videogames to Remain Open, But Faces Layoffs

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Computer & Video Games will not be shut down by Future Publishing, but will suffer a round of layoffs, according to this MCV report. Earlier this year Future had revealed plans to shut down the publication and focus on GamesRadar. Instead, the company will cut two of the five full time staff members working for CVG, with a review of the site occurring again in December of this year.

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Are YouTubers Slowly Replacing Traditional Games Press?

June 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting article from Gamasutra explores whether traditional games journalism is slowly being damaged by the advent of the YouTube video game personality. The article, "Is YouTube killing the traditional games press?" goes directly to game developers to ask them if having their videogames played or highlighted by a popular YouTube personality has had an actual impact on sales.

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Future to Lay Off Over 170 Employees in The UK

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based magazine and website publisher Future Publishing will lay off 170 employees as part of a new restructuring plan, the company announced today. Over 170 employees in the UK will be laid off as the company slims down costs and streamlines its operations. The company made the announcement as it published its half-year financial results for the six month period that ended on March 31.

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Kill Screen's 'Two5Six' Conference Adds More Industry Luminaries

April 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kill Screen has announced some additional speakers for its upcoming one-day conference, Two5Six. The conference, taking place on May 16th at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, New York, has been described as the "TED Talks of Video Gaming." Kill Screen certainly likes that comparison, though they think it's is more like a "one-day celebration of play as culture," that engages "game designers in conversation with other digital creatives."

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The Final Hour of Unwinnable Weekly's Kickstarter Campaign

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As of this writing there are around 80 minutes left until the crowd-funding campaign for Unwinnable Weekly ends. The campaign to fund a digital weekly edition of Unwinnable hit its initial goal of $35,000 yesterday and hit another milestone of $38,545 in the last couple of hours.

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Unwinnable Weekly Kickstarter Inches Towards Finish

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: The Unwinnable team is hosting a live Telethon right now on Twitch, which you can take part in by visiting www.twitch.tv/teamunwinnable.

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Ubisoft Backpedals on Giving Journalists at 'Watch Dogs' Paris Press Event Free Tablets

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This NeoGAF thread and a subsequent post on OXM reveals that journalists attending a Watch Dogs event in Paris were given a Nexus 7 Tablet t

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Unwinnable Weekly Crowdfunding Campaign Hits Half-Way Mark, With Six Days to Go

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With less than six days to go before its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign ends, the Unwinnable Weekly digital magazine project has raised $15,275 of its $35,000 goal. Unwinnable Weekly is a weekly digital magazine featuring writing from gaming site Unwinnable's list of excellent contributors.

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'Unwinnable Weekly' Digital Magazine Crowdfunding Campaign Nears Half-Way Mark

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gaming site Unwinnable launched a Kickstarter campaign a few weeks ago to fund a weekly digital magazine featuring writing from its list of excellent contributors. As of this writing that campaign has raised almost half of the $35,000 needed to fund the project, with less than two weeks to go. As of this writing Unwinnable Weekly has raised right around $12,196.

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Research: Games Media Criticism of Violent Video Games Decreased as Technology Improved

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study conducted by Greg Perreault, a doctoral student at the MU School of Journalism, concludes that, as technology has advanced, the criticism of violence in video games by the media has decreased.

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Future U.S. Cuts a Third of its Work Force

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. arm of magazine publisher Future has laid off a third of its employees, according to this GII report. The UK-based publisher will not shut down any of its U.S. brands but key responsibilities will now be carried out by UK teams, including "editorial leadership and all print support duties."

Yesterday, Mark Wood announced he would step down as Future's CEO on April 1, with current CFO Zillah Byng-Maddick lined up as his replacement.

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Newegg.com Launches 'GameCrate'

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Online retailer Newegg.com has officially launched an editorial site this morning called GameCrate. The website will offers consumers visiting Newegg.com a place to read the latest news, reviews, and features related to video game hardware and software, original video content and the latest game-related trailers, live eSports event coverage, and professional advice on the latest hardware and technology.

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Kickstarter Launches for 'Unwinnable Weekly' Digital Magazine

March 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gaming site Unwinnable has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a weekly digital magazine featuring excellent and insightful writing from its list of excellent contributors. You can get a sample here (PDF), but Unwinnable promises that future issues of the weekly digital magazine will feature the best games and culture criticism from the all-star voices that have made Unwinnable great over the last four years.

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Naughty Dog Co-Presidents Blast Media for Amy Hennig Coverage

March 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have come out swinging against the media for reporting that Uncharted writer and lead Amy Hennig was forced out of the company by the creative leads on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. In a post on the official company site, the duo blasted the media for reporting the unconfirmed nature of Hennig's departure from the company. That report came from IGN who was told by inside sources that she was leaving the company and was forced out by Druckmann and Straley.

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Head of House Intelligence Committee Claims Journalist Glen Greenwald is 'Selling Documents'

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The head of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has lashed out at one of the key journalists publishing stories about the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. While not mentioning him by name, Rogers basically calls The Guardian's Glen Greenwald a thief, implying that he is committing some sort of crime and is selling the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. You may recall that Greenwald was one of the first journalists to break the story about Edward Snowden and his cache of NSA-related documents and materials..

James Clapper Refers to Media as 'Accomplices' in Edward Snowden's Leaks of NSA Documents

January 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made headlines again this week when he intimated that certain unnamed journalists were accomplices in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 85

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss last week's GamePolitics poll (should King be able to trademark the word "candy" ?), the controversy over YouTube content creators taking money from companies and not disclosing it to viewers, and even more talk about King including accusations that it cloned a game and that it is opposing Stoic's trademark related to The Banner Saga. Download Episode 85 now: SuperPAC Episode 85 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 80 MB.

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Report: Microsoft Paid YouTubers to Promote Xbox One, Keep Quiet About Relationship

January 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report on Ars Technica, Microsoft and Machinima colluded to get Machinima YouTube content creators to say nice things about the Xbox One for money and required that they not disclose the financial relationship to viewers.

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Ars Charity Drive Raise $23K for Child's Play, EFF

January 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Readers of Tech and gaming site Ars Technica helped raise over $23,000 through its annual holiday charity drive. The event for 2013 benefited children's charity Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While the numbers are down from 2012 (the charity drive raised $28,700 that year), readers still stepped up to the plate and bid on various bits of game-related swag and prize packs to generate some much needed funds for both charities.

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Area 5 Seeks Funding for 'Outerlands: Season One' Documentary Series About Games and Culture

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A crowd-funding campaign has launched today on Kickstarter to fund Area 5's latest project - a documentary series called Outland on the people and culture of videogames. The details on just what aspects of gaming culture the series will cover is fairly vague, but the group hints at covering some interesting topics like game preservation efforts and movements, and eSports. Area 51 is made up of former 1UP personalities Ryan O'Donnell, Matt Chandronait, Jason Bertrand, Cesar Quintero, and Rick Curnutte.

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Ben Kuchera Joins Polygon

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Penny Arcade Report writer Ben Kuchera has officially joined gaming site Polygon as its new Senior Opinion Editor. Kuchera's time with the editorial offshoot for the Penny Arcade site came to an end in November. In an article introducing himself to the Polygon community, Kuchera explained why he chose Polygon as his final destination amongst a number of options available to him.

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Historian Richard Slotkin on Adam Lanza's Influences

December 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Cultural historian Richard Slotkin talks about Newtown shooter Adam Lanza in a rather lengthy interview with journalist Bill Moyers. The interview touches upon some other topics as well, but a fair bit of it is spent discussing Adam Lanza's behavior, his fascination with guns and violent video games, and his deep study of school shootings dating back to the late 1800's.

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Australian Media Plays Up 'Violent Video Game' Angle in Murder Trial Coverage

November 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While the news media in Australia is using headlines about how a man accused of murder was playing a violent video game prior to allegedly committing the crime, the unnamed game is never mentioned in court as some sort of catalyst or influence to the events that unfolded outside of an Ambarvale home in south-west Sydney on June 20, 2012. Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped Sky News from using the headline, "Stabbing 'followed violent video game.'"

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Letters to the Editor: Animal Activists Need Their Own Bechdel Test

November 19, 2013 - Jon Hochschartner

In our latest Letters to the Editor, freelance writer Jon Hochschartner posits that animal rights activists need their own "Bechdel test" to evaluate the mistreatment of animals in video games.

Animal activists need their own rubric to assess anthropocentrism in fictional work that's similar to the Bechdel test employed by feminists to gauge gender bias.

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Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenObviously, the picture was created by someone who doesn't understand what the issue actually is (or, possibly, someone trying to satire said misunderstanding).09/01/2014 - 4:10pm
Papa MidnightPeople fear and attack what they do not understand.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
Papa MidnightWell, let's not forget. Someone held their hand in a peace sign a few weeks ago and people started claiming it was a gang sign. Or a police chief displayed the hand signal of their fraternity and was accused of the same.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
Papa MidnightIn other news, Netflix states why it paid Comcast: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/29/technology/netflix-comcast/index.html?hpt=hp_t209/01/2014 - 3:10pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/icewind-dale-enhanced-edition-now-available-for-pre-order/ Third time's the charm, right guys? Right? Surely Icewind Dale EE can't suck as much as Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 EEs can, right?09/01/2014 - 1:37pm
Sleaker@AE I don't even know what you're trying to say in that tweet.09/01/2014 - 1:28pm
 

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