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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 year years? Forever?
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!
The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.
Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.
This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "When Someone Criticizes an Aspect of a Game You Like, Do You Take It Personally?." Of those who voted a majority of our readers said that they do not take criticism of their favorite game or franchise personally.
It's late in the week so let's have a simple poll.
When someone criticizes an aspect of a game you like, do you take it personally?
Yep, that's it for this week, folks! Vote in the poll and let us know. Oh, and if you voted "yes," please oh please hit up the comments section and tell us why! I'm content remaining in the dark on many of the universe's secrets but this one I'm dying to know!
There are a lot of live-action superhero movies hitting theaters over the next half decade or so. Whose slate of films are you most looking forward to?
Here's a list of what the major players in the theatrical superhero business have announced. Yeah, there are a few "untitled this-or-that" movies that I've left off the list. There's talk about a Gambit movie, a Deadpool movie, even a female-led spin-off of the Amazing Spider-Man films but they seem a little less solid than others. Still, anything could happen!
According to a report on NPR's All Tech Considered, people believe gaming is the most unwelcoming space for women. That conclusion comes from a new Pew Research poll about the broader subject of online harassment and is based on responses from 2,849 web users (with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points).
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "Poll: Do You Want a Playstation TV?" Around 39 percent who voted in the poll said "they didn't want" Sony's new micro console, while 34 percent claimed that they had no idea what a PlayStation TV, and 24 percent saying they would like to own the new system.
We've had some pretty heavy stories this week so let's go light and fun with the poll.
Do you want a Playstation TV?
I consider myself pretty savvy as far as video game stuff goes but I'll admit, for some reason I just can't wrap my head around what the Playstation TV is for or why anyone would want one.
Kind of like the Steam Box.
Wii U ain't doing so hot. Two years out and its sold less than seven million units worldwide (as of June 30). Many said, "Wait until Mario comes out! No, not New Super Mario Bros. U, a real 3D Mario game!"
Super Mario 3D World came out last year, sold over two million units (New Super Mario Bros. U sold over four million) and Wii U sold about two million units that holiday. Not great but not bad. Unfortunately, there was no sales momentum and the Wii U only sold about 300k in the next quarter.