Poll: How do you feel about microtransactions in $60 video games?

August 26, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Metal Gear Solid V comes out next week!*  Yay!

It's a full-priced, AAA game being sold for $60 and it includes microtransactions...

Um, yeah.

So, how do you feel about the inclusion of microtransactions in $60 games?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and share our opinions on this weekend's podcast.

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Poll: Will mainstream media attitudes towards GamerGate be any different after SPJ AirPlay?

August 10, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

This weekend at the SPJ AirPlay event in Miami, Florida, several GamerGaters will discuss the online movement's biggest issues and concerns in front of a crowd of journalists (and anyone else who feels like attending; it's open to the general public).

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Poll: Twitch suspended the account of a streamer who faked his own swatting as a joke. Good call?

August 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Last weekend, League of Legends Twitch streamer Trick2g celebrated garnering 800,000 subscribers with a 24-hour live event that concluded with him faking his own swatting.  Viewers watched as two policemen barged in, tackled him to the ground, cuffed him and escorted him out.

The policemen were actors, the weapons were fake (we hope) and the whole thing was staged for the amusement of his viewers.

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Poll: Will Target Australia sell the next GTA game upon its release?

July 29, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Last December, Target of Australia pulled Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves in response to an online petition that collected over 40,000 signatures (a counter petition garnered under 30,000).

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Poll: How do you feel about not knowing which race and gender you'll play as in Rust?

July 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

In the PC survival game Rust, your player character is unique to you.  Using your Steam ID as a key, the game randomly generates your character's look - including race and gender.

So, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

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Poll: Should game journalists be part of the GamerGate discussion at the SPJ AirPlay event?

July 14, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Yesterday, Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky laid out the schedule for next month's GamerGate discussion at the AirPlay event in Florida.

Discussion participants currently include three GamerGate advocates, two journalism experts and a game developer.

Notably, there are currently no game journalists attending.

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Poll: Which group is more ethically challenged?

July 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

New week, same poll as last week.

Which group is more ethically challenged: game journalists or game publishers?  Put another way: which group has committed the most or most heinous ethical violations?

That's it!  Vote in the poll and opine away in the comments below.  And make sure you provide lots of examples!

EZK and I will discuss this topic and reveal the poll results on this weekend's Super Podcast Action Committee which streams live at 7p PST right here on GamePolitics.  Hope to see you there!

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Poll: Who won E3 2015?

June 18, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Where do we come from?  Is there a God?  What is the meaning of life?  Did I leave the oven on?

These are the questions that keep us up nights but none more so than the single most important question that any sentient being in the entire universe could possibly ask:

Who won E3?

The poll includes everyone who had a press conference this year, even Oculus Rift.  Pick one and let us know why in the comments below.

EZK and I (and who knows, maybe a guest) will yammer on and on about E3 on this weekend's podcast.

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Poll: Which E3 2015 press event are you most looking forward to?

June 10, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

I know, friends.  I know.

The anticipation is killing you.  You don't know what to do with yourself.  You've been waiting for it all year and now, it's almost here.

All the speculation.  All the fan theories.  It all comes down to this.

Yes friends, the 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic airs on Discovery Family this Saturday!

SQUEE!!!

Oh, and E3 is next week.

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Poll: Do you love Hatred?

June 3, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

I considered running a poll about gender slurs in Witcher 3 but I think our awesome community of readers who have no problem discussing a heated issue with nuance and civility exhausted that topic in a previous story so... what do you think of Hatred?

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Poll: Is it censorship when a private retailer decides not to sell a particular video game?

May 27, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The GamePolitics weekly poll has returned!

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Will Hillary Clinton's historically anti-game attitude harm her 2016 presidential run?

April 30, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Hillary Clinton has long espoused some rather negative attitudes towards violent video games and violent media in general.  In 2005 she joined the chorus of people condemning Rockstar for the "hot coffee" mod that unlocked an otherwise inaccessible and unfinished interactive (yet non-explicit) sex scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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Poll: Will limiting Steam services to paying accounts eliminate spammers?

April 23, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Valve is going after those nasty spammers and phishing schemers by limiting various Steam services to accounts that have spent at least $5.

"Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do," says Valve's support page.

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Poll: Is Bill Paxton the right actor to play Jack Thompson?

April 16, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto, a new BBC film will feature Bill Paxton as disbarred Florida Attorney Jack Thompson.

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Poll: How would you have handled the controversial epitaph in Pillars of Eternity?

April 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Oblivion Entertainment's wildly successful Kickstarter for its recently released RPG Pillars of Eternity allowed backers who pledged $500 to write a personalized message on one of the memorial stones that appear in the game.

One of the 367 backers that pledged at that level wrote the following epitaph:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

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Poll: Should Nintendo have DMCA'd a fan's free Super Mario HD remake?

April 1, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Recently, programmer Roystan Ross created the first level of Super Mario 64 in HD using Unity and posted it on the web for all the world to play.

Nintendo said "oh no you didn't!" and DMCA'd the crap out of him.  Literally.  Mr. Ross's innards are now entirely bereft of crap.

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Poll: Which Studio Will Electronic Arts Close Next?

March 12, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Two time consecutive winner of The Consumerist's Worst Company in America Award, Electronic Arts, closed Maxis (SimCity, The Sims) last week and the world said:

"Feh, no surprise there."

Indeed, buying and closing studios is old hat for old EA.  Check out this list of shuttered studios, courtesy of Kotaku.

So who's next?

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Poll: Should EA Keep the Maxis Name Alive?

March 4, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

As we reported earlier today, Electronic Arts has shuttered Maxis, the developer behind The Sims and SimCity franchises.

I was thinking about asking if you were surprised but GP's Managing Editor had a better angle for this week's poll:

Should EA keep the Maxis name alive?  

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Poll: Will an M Rating Hurt Batman: Arkham Knight's Sales?

February 26, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Okay, let's take a quick break from all that heavy net neutrality stuff and talk about Batman!

Specifically, the new Batman game's ESRB rating.

Batman: Arkham Knight will release this June sporting an M rating.  This surprised many as the previous games in the Arkham series (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Origins: Blackgate) have all been rated T.

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Poll: Would You Rather Nintendo Buy Capcom or Sega?

February 17, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Towards the end of last weekend's podcast, one of our listeners asked me an interesting question:

Would I rather see Nintendo buy Capcom or Sega?

As a fan of all three companies, that's a tough question for me so I said I'd give it some thought. Interested in what others think, I posed the question on my Twitter, Facebook and in our very own Shout box. You all seem to be having a good time with the question so I thought I'd make it this week's poll.

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Poll: Should the FCC Exempt Municipal Broadband Providers From Common Carrier Status?

February 11, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

The FCC seems gung ho about reclassifying broadband and mobile internet providers as common carriers in order to enforce net neutrality rules but it seems municipal broadband providers want none of that.

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Poll: What Do You Think of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler?

February 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Net neutrality, the idea that internet service providers should treat all legal internet traffic equally (no blocking, throttling or paid prioritization), is an important topic 'round these parts.  People who use the internet for work, leisure or both tend to strongly support it.  ISPs like Verizon and Comcast?  Not so much.  And that's understandable.  I mean, why wouldn't you want to, for example, throttle Netflix to encourage people to use your own video service?

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Poll: Which Feminist Frequency Video Are You Looking Forward To Most?

January 27, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Feminist Frequency has announced its plans for the new year and in addition to new entries in its Tropes vs Women series, it will also start two new video projects.  The first is a new series that examines the representations of men and masculinity in video games and the second a miniseries presenting examples of positive female characters in video games.

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Poll: Will the Successor to Club Nintendo Be Worth a Damn?

January 20, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

On Tuesday morning, Nintendo announced that Club Nintendo is coming to an end and will eventually be replaced by a brand, spanking new customer loyalty program.

Club Nintendo is a service that allows Nintendo players to register their games and complete surveys in exchange for coins that can be redeemed for a variety of digital and physical goods such as downloads of classic games or Nintendo character-themed greeting cards.

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Poll: How Will Brazil React To Nintendo No Longer Selling Its Games There?

January 16, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Life may no longer be worth living in Brazil.

As we reported earlier this week, due to ridiculously high tariffs, Nintendo has stopped selling its goods in Brazil.

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Poll: How Much Longer Will GamerGate Last?

January 6, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Happy New Year!

GamerGate started up last August and had legs that pushed it all the way through the fall season.  But how far into the new year will the social media movement's momentum propel it?  Is GamerGate a flash in the pan or is it here to stay?

That's what this week's poll is about, dear readers.  What do you think the longevity of the double-G will be?  A few more months?  A few more years?  Forever?

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Poll: Do You Have a New Years Resolution For 2015?

December 31, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

So, lovely and well-dressed readers of GamePolitics, do you have a New Years resolution for the brand spanking new year of 2015?

If you do, hit up the comments and let us know your goal for the new year (after you vote in the poll, of course)!  It doesn't even have to be related to video games.

Our podcast, Super Podcast Action Committee will return on Saturday, Jan. 10th.  Until then, have a wonderful holiday!

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Editorial: #GamerGate Political Attitudes, Part 1- Is The Movement Right-Wing?

December 29, 2014 - Allum Bokhari

This is part one of a series analyzing the political attitudes of GamerGate, based on an online survey conducted between the 18th and the 22nd of December. The full data tables can be found HERE, and an overview of the results can be found HERE

Will Street Fighter V Remain Exclusive to PS4 and PC?

December 10, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

You know, I've had a hard time recently with these polls.  I ask, "Hey readers!  Do you think X or Y will happen?"  And then, within 24 hours, BAM!  One of the options happens and my poll is rendered pointless.  Argh!  It's not fair!  Not fair, I say!

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Poll: Will Ubisoft's "The Crew" Have Technical Problems?

December 3, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

In terms of bugs, glitches and technical issues that get in the way of enjoying a game, Ubisoft's launch of Far Cry 4 was problematic and Assassin's Creed: Unity was down right disastrous.

To be fair, most of the big games this fall have had significant launch issues.

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RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am
Big PermI've never heard if Apple was dominant in Japan.08/28/2015 - 11:25am

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