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Beamdog CEO stands up to bullies, says harassing tactics won’t work

Game Politics - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:19am
Siege of Dragonspear, a new expansion to the beloved and nearly two-decade-old Baldur’s Gate, released last week and the developers at Beamdog, especially writer Amber Scott, have been on the receiving end of online threats and harassment, mainly over the inclusion of a transgender NPC (non-player character). Trent Oster, CEO of Beamdog took to the company’s ... Read more

Looking back: Brown v. EMA

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:40pm
There is one date that ultimately spelled the end of GamePolitics as we know it: June 27, 2011. That was the day the United States Supreme Court put a silver bullet through the heart of future legislation related to violent video games. It was also the day that I knew in my heart of hearts ... Read more

FEC questions congressman about $1302-worth of Steam games purchased with campaign funds

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:40pm
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is questioning Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) about his use of campaign funds to purchase $1302-worth of Steam games, which is a no-no according to the House Ethics Committee. The 68 separate Steam transactions are listed on his 2015 year-end campaign finance disclosure, each marked as “personal expense — to be paid back.” According ... Read more

IGDA critical of Nintendo’s decision to fire Alison Rapp

Game Politics - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:09pm
Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), a non-profit international organization that supports and represents the interests of game developers, has released an official statement on Nintendo’s firing of Alison Rapp. Rapp, a product manager at Nintendo’s Treehouse, had been on the receiving end of a months long harassment campaign aiming at terminate her employment.  The ... Read more

Poll: When will Nintendo start spilling the beans on the NX?

Game Politics - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:57am
Nintendo is working on the successor to the Wii U.  It is currently referred to as the NX. And that’s… pretty much all we know for sure at this point. Is it a traditional console?  Some type of console/handheld hybrid?  Does it still use physical media?  Is it as powerful as the PS4 and Xbox ... Read more

EA issues DMCA takedown on video that overlays footage of Trump onto Mass Effect 2 trailer

Game Politics - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:44pm
Earlier today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted a video that overlays footage and audio of him onto the Mass Effect 2 trailer.  Trump and his campaign don’t appear to have anything to do with the creation of the video.  So far as we can tell, it’s just a parody video originally posted on vidme. Nonetheless, ... Read more

Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 184 – Miitomo, you Jane

Game Politics - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 5:00am
On this week’s show (episode 184), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss Nintendo firing an employee after months of harassment on social media (24:54 mark), Nintendo’s first mobile app, Miitomo (38:50), and fans being upset over changes by developers to Overwatch (49:50) and Star Ocean (58:04). If you missed Saturday’s live broadcast of ... Read more

Mission accomplished, now it’s time to say goodbye

Game Politics - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 7:21pm
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of GamePolitics. In two weeks (on April 18), we will no longer update the site, and after a short while we will archive the contents of the site for backup purposes and take it offline for good. The Entertainment Consumers Association – which owns ... Read more

Dead Space, Saints Row 4 now playable on Xbox One

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:38pm
Microsoft announced today that two Xbox 360 games were joining its Xbox One backwards compatibility family. The latest games made playable on Xbox One are Dead Space and Saints Row 4. Dead Space is also a free Games with Gold game for April, meaning that both Xbox 360 and Xbox One users with an active ... Read more

Nintendo denies Alison Rapp was fired because of ‘online harassment’

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:25pm
Earlier this week Nintendo Treehouse spokesperson Alison Rapp was fired by Nintendo. Rapp found herself on the receiving end of some harassment via social media for the removal of a boob slider in Xenoblade Chronicles X and a petting mini-game in Fire Emblem Fates, among other things. Rapp announced her dismissal on Twitter earlier in ... Read more

Nintendo has no plans to exit the Korean market

Game Politics - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 9:25am
A few days ago we reported that Nintendo Korea had laid off the majority of its staff in the wake of four years of financial loses. Nintendo of Korea has said that despite the restructuring, it has no plans to pull out of Korea and games that are already scheduled will release as planned. There are only ... Read more

The Escapist hit by massive layoffs

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:36pm
Earlier this week Defy Media, the owner of the The Escapist, laid off a majority of employees working out of the Durham, North Carolina offices. The offices have also been shuttered, with plans to move the main offices of The Escapist to Seattle or Los Angeles. Current The Escapist Editor-in-Chief Joshua Vanderwall be running the operation ... Read more

SPJ names final winners in first annual Bill Kunkel Awards

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:08pm
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have announced the final winners in its first annual Bill Kunkel Awards. The awards are named after legendary games journalist Bill Kunkel, who helped found the very first magazine dedicated to home consoles in 1981 (Electronic Games) alongside Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley. Mr. Kunkel died of a heart ... Read more

Valve found guilty of violating Australian consumer law

Game Politics - Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:33pm
Back in the summer of 2014, almost a year before Valve adopted its current refund policy, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit against Valve claiming that it misled Australian customers into believing that they were not entitled to refunds for items purchased on Steam under any circumstances. Earlier this week, Kotaku Australia reported ... Read more

Rights groups urge FCC to stop ‘zero rating’

Game Politics - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 4:32pm
Over 50 advocacy and digital rights groups today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to put a halt to zero rating systems put in place by service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T­-Mobile USA. “Zero rating” is a system whereby first and third party content is ... Read more

Three Xbox 360 games now playable on Xbox One

Game Politics - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 4:20pm
Microsoft has made three Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One as part of its backwards compatibility program for the console. The new games are Halo Wars, SoulCalibur II, and The King of Fighters ’98. These new games join other recent editions in the last two weeks including Assassin’s Creed, Dark Void, Dark Souls, ... Read more
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