Poll: What Is #GamerGate About?

September 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

#GamerGate.

It's a hashtag you may have seen on Twitter or discussed in countless news and opinion pieces at various websites, both enthusiast and mainstream.  It's a movement, a collection of like-minded and passionate people banding together in order to achieve an end.

What end is that, you ask?

You tell us!  Vote in this week's poll and tell us what #GamerGate is all about.  If the true meaning is not among the response options, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 115

September 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 115), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll ("Did Microsoft pay too much for Minecraft?" - 25:48 mark), FTC cracking down on COPPA violations (36:50), the ESRB's 20th anniversary (47:05), and Kickstarter updating its TOS (1:03:45). You can grab an audio version of the show on iTunes or at the link below:

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Poll: Did Microsoft Pay Too Much ($2.5 Billion) For Minecraft Developer Mojang?

September 18, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has acquired Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion.

That's a lot of money.

Do you think Microsoft overpaid or does two and a half billion dollars sound about right to you for the developer of one released but insanely popular game?

Vote in the poll and let us know!  Or don't and leave us wondering...

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Poll: How Long Will You Give a Video Game To Get Good?

September 10, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week, Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague mentioned that the recently-released online FPS Destiny, "really begins at Level 20."

A Final Fantasy-fanatic friend of mine who enthusiastically exclaims that Final Fantasy XIII gets good around the 30-hour mark.

I've been known to tell people that Monster Hunter is THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER!!! (...after you slog through the first five hours of gathering mushrooms and mining rocks.)

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 113

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 113), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: How Many Typos Are In Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies?

September 3, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This week's poll asked if the New Nintendo 3DS would be region free.  Nintendo answered that for us this morning when it confirmed that it would indeed continue the archaic practice of region locking its gaming hardware.

Oh well.

I guess we need a new poll but it's a bit late in the week so how about something goofy?

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Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

September 2, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

UPDATE: Never mind.  Nintendo has confirmed that the New 3DS will be region locked.

ORIGINAL STORY: Last week, Nintendo announced a new 3DS with a faster processor, more buttons, a second analog stick, built in NFC, better 3D and a few other features.  Nintendo calls it...

The New Nintendo 3DS.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 112 - Hulu Hate

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 112), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.

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Poll: How Do You Feel About Amazon Buying Twitch?

August 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope!  Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.

For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 111

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 111), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Have You Visited an Arcade Recently?

August 20, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

When I was a kid, every mall had a video game arcade.  I'd beg Mom to let me hang out in the arcade while she did the shopping.  Even though I didn't have any money, I loved watching other people play.  Hell, even the "attract modes" would capture my attention and keep me entertained.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 110 (Wii Double U)

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 110), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: What Should 'Night Trap' Have Been Rated?

August 14, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Hey, remember those Senate hearings back in the 90s that bemoaned violent games like DOOM and Mortal Kombat that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board?

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 109

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talked about suspended California Senator Leland Yee's case, all the changes over at Twitch, the father who took his young sons to a war zone because they wanted to play the new Call of Duty game, Verizon throttling unlimited data plan customers, and a whole lot more. You can watch the video to your left right now.

Super Podcast Action Committee records live every Saturday at 6p PST on GamePolitics.com.

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Poll: Is Leland Yee Guilty?

August 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee, best known to GP readers as the California state senator who wasted over 1.3 million tax payer dollars in a failed bid to introduce a law that would criminalize the sale of particularly violent video games to minors, was arrested earlier this year and brought up on federal racketeering charges.

Yee is accused of a bunch of unsavory deeds ranging from soliciting bribes in exchange for political favors to attempting to broker an arms deal.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 108 - Less Buggy Than LEGO Games

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed last week's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 108), you can watch the video replay on YouTube,  download it below (in audio format), or find it on iTunes. In episode 108 hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Poll: Will the FCC Preempt State Laws That Limit Municipal Broadband Services?

July 31, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

I use Time Warner Cable for my broadband internet service.  Why?  Because I have no choice.  TWC is the only provider available in my area.  It's either TWC or no wired internet.

You may have noticed that when it comes to broadband internet service in America, you almost certainly have only one option for a service provider - if you have an option at all, that is.  There are plenty of rural areas that have no service, period.

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

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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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Poll: Who's Responsible For Crappy Netflix Performance On Verizon?

July 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

He said, she said.

If you're a Verizon customer, you might have experienced less than optimal performance when trying to stream movies from Netflix.  If you're not a Verizon customer, well, word on the street is that Netflix doesn't perform so hot for Verizon customers.

Netflix says it's Verizon's fault.  Verizon says it's Netflix's fault?

Who do you think is to blame?  Netflix?  Verizon?  One of those intermediaries like Level 3 or Cogent?  Gremlins?  The Illuminati perhaps?

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PSA: Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 105 & 106 Audio

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Some of our listeners have asked us to make audio versions of the live episodes of our podcast, Super Podcast Action Committee.

Since we're people pleasers (according to what our therapist tells us) we have made the last two episodes available via iTunes and at the links below:

 

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Poll: What Do You Think About YouTubers Who Accept Money From publishers?

July 15, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Watch a random video on YouTube and it's probably some person playing a video game.  Or talking about a video game.

Or it's a cat.

Point is, a lot of people record videos of themselves playing video games.  Some of them (26% of producers with over 5000 subscribers according to Gamasutra's small survey) received money from the game's publisher/developer to make the video.

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Join Us For a Live Stream Of Super Podcast Action Committee!

July 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This Saturday, July 12th at 6:15p PST, Super Podcast Action Committee is going to live stream its 105th episode on Twitch TV and we'd love you to drop buy and hang out with us!

There will be a live chat running so it will be a lot easier to chat with EZK, myself and other viewers while we discuss super important topics like:

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Poll: Has a Video Game Ever Made You So Mad You Broke the Controller?

July 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Video games are fun but boy howdy can they be frustrating at times.  Failing over and over at the same task can sometimes be enough to make even Ms. Manners herself cut loose with the colorful language.

Why, sometimes we can get so fed up with a game that we have to stop playing right this bloody second and hit the console's power button without even saving the game first.

But have you ever raged hard enough at a video game that you broke the controller?

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Poll: Are Toxic Players Good For Games?

July 2, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

In an interview with Polygon earlier this week, "Orcs Must Die! Unchained" designer Jerome K. Jones opined that toxic players, gamers who don't conduct themselves in a polite or civil manner and serve to make the game a miserable experience for many others, are good for games.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 104

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's health and being reelected by the company's board, a bunch of topics related to Electronic Arts, and whether Microsoft should bother selling the Kinect separately from the Xbox One. All this and more awaits in the latest episode of the Super PAC. Download Episode 104 now: SuperPAC Episode 104 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 84.1 MB.

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Poll: Should Microsoft Bother Selling Xbox One's Kinect Separately?

June 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave consumers the option to buy the Xbox One without the Kinect for $399, a C-note of savings.  Since then, GameStop reported a significant uptick in Xbox One sales.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 103

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show host E. Zachary Knight is joined by guest host Jeremy Powers to talk about Ubisoft's ongoing controversy about including female characters and its response to the Watch Dogs PC mod, Playstation Now pricing, and some stuff on YouTubers. Download Episode 103 now: SuperPAC Episode 103 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 66.4 MB.

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Poll: Who Had the Best E3 Press Conference/Digital Event?

June 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

It's E3 week and Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo are doing their damnedest to convince us to buy their stuff.

Earlier this week, Nintendo had a digital event announcing it's upcoming games while the other four hosted full press conferences.  Who had the best show?

If you need a refresher, you can read our recaps here: 

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Poll Results: Who Will Have the Biggest Gaffe During Its E3 Presentation?

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, Who Will Have the Biggest Gaffe During Its E3 Presentation? A slight majority of those who voted believed that Microsoft would have the most mistakes during its Xbox E3 press event that took place on Monday.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 101

June 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about who the GamePolitics community thinks will make the biggest E3 gaffe this year, President Obama name-dropping The Witcher, the new GOG.com DRM-free and platform-agnostic multiplayer client (Galaxy) and Verizon threatening to sue Netflix for talking about its service performance (This show was recorded prior to all of this week's E3 press conferences and announcements).

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Goth_SkunkeZeek: No, I do not agree they are union members.07/07/2015 - 7:48pm
E. Zachary KnightTeachers unions are just as bad as police unions, except of course you are far less likely to be killed by a teacher on duty than you are a cop. But they also protect bad teachers from being fired.07/07/2015 - 6:29pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, so you agree they are still union members. Thankfully we have a first ammendment that protects people from being forced to join groups they don't support (in most cases any way.)07/07/2015 - 6:27pm
E. Zachary KnightAh, police unions. The reason why cops can't get fired when they beat a defenseless mentally ill homeless person to death. Or when they throw a grenade into a baby's crib. Or when theykill people they were called in to help not hurt themselves.07/07/2015 - 6:26pm
Goth_SkunkeZeek: Non-union employees have no right to attend meetings or union convention/AGM, or influence policy. The only time they get to vote is whether or not to strike.07/07/2015 - 6:24pm
Infophile(cont'd) about non-union police officers being given hell until they joined the union.07/07/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileParadoxically, the drive in the US to get rid of unions seems to have left only the most corrupt surviving. They seem to be the only ones that can find ways to browbeat employees into joining when paying dues isn't mandatory. I've heard some stories ...07/07/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew WilsonI am old school on this. I believe its a conflict of interest to have public sector unions. that being said, I do not have a positive look on unions in general.07/07/2015 - 3:59pm
TechnogeekWhat's best for the employee tends to be good for the employer; other way around, not so much. So long as that's the case, there's going to be a far stronger incentive for management to behave in such a way that invites retalitation than for the union to.07/07/2015 - 3:10pm
TechnogeekTeachers' unions? State legislatures. UAW? Just look at GM's middle management.07/07/2015 - 3:05pm
TechnogeekIn many ways it seems that the worse a union tends to behave, the worse that the company's management has behaved in the past.07/07/2015 - 3:02pm
james_fudgeCharity starts at home ;)07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
james_fudgeSo mandatory charity? That sounds shitty to me07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, if Union dues are automatically withdrawn, then there is no such thing as a non-union employee.07/07/2015 - 2:38pm
Goth_Skunka mutually agreed upon charity instead.07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_Skunkyou enjoy the benefits of working in a union environment. If working in a union is against your religious beliefs or just something you wholeheartedly object to, dues will still be deducted from your pay, but you can instruct that they be directed towards07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_SkunkBasically, if you are employed in a business where employees are represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining, whether or not you are a union member, you will have union dues deducted from your pay, since regardless of membership,07/07/2015 - 2:32pm
Goth_SkunkIt's something that has existed in Canada since 1946. You can read more on it here: http://ow.ly/PiHWR07/07/2015 - 2:27pm
Goth_SkunkSee, we have something similar in Canada, called a "Rand Employee." This is an employee who benefits from the collective bargaining efforts of a union, despite not wanting to be a part of it for whatever reason.07/07/2015 - 2:22pm
Matthew Wilson@info depends on the sector. for example, have you looked at how powerful unions are in the public sector? I will make the argument they have too much power in that sector.07/07/2015 - 12:39pm
 

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