Some House Keeping Notes

As part of trying to improve our site, we have taken some measures to limit spam on the blog. As part of this, we installed a new spam filter that is javascript and cookie based. If you have turned off either of these, you may have problems registering and commenting. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we just recently deleted over 5,000 spam user accounts.

On that note, we could not find a clear way to determine between spam registrations and legit ones. So our basis for deletion was if the user account was a mere subscriber and if they never posted a non-spam comment. If this means your account was deleted, we are sorry. Feel free to register again and keep in mind the above requirements.

Our hope is that you will have a spam free experience and we will have a better and easier time at managing our community here.

Thank you for your patience and your support.

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 114

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIf you missed Saturday’s live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 114), 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 Pikmin movie (18:48 mark), the latest GamePolitics poll (24:09), Sega’s new policy on community comments (36:05), Bohemia’s comments on DayZ being an early access game and customer complaints (45:06), and the CraftBukkit DMCA guy getting swatted (49:49). You can grab an audio version of the show on iTunes or at the link below:

SuperPAC Episode 114 (1 hour, 14 minutes) 93 MB (the show was live so it is made available in its raw, unedited format).

As always, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes and use our RSS Feed to add the show to your favorite news reader. You can also find us on Facebook, on Twitter @SuperPACPodcast andGoogle +. You can send us feedback on the show by dropping a note tosuperpacpodcast@gmail.com.

Credits: The Super Podcast Action Committee is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen, and produced by James Fudge. Music in the show includes “Albino” by Brian Boyko and “Barroom Ballet” by Kevin MacLeod. Both are in the public domain and free to use. ECA bumper created by Andrew Eisen.

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Exploring The Psychology Of Civil Forfeiture Through Video Games

Bad Apples or Bad Laws? Testing the Incentives of Civil ForfeitureOriginally published on Game Politics.

Civil Asset Forfeiture is the process by which law enforcement can seize private property of citizens without ever needing to charge those citizens of committing a crime. Laws governing civil forfeiture vary from state to state but most states allow officers to seize any amount of money or property and keep the proceeds for department use.

This procedure is highly controversial and has many proponents as well as critics. Most critics equate civil forfeiture with highway robbery, while the proponents consider it another tool to fight crime and pay for law enforcement.

One critic of these laws is the Institute for Justice, a Libertarian law firm that fights civil forfeiture and other laws. As part of their continued efforts to fight these laws and inform the public of their impact, IJ has released the results of a behavioral study (PDF) they performed that seeks to answer the question of whether these laws benefit or harm the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 113

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIf 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.

On this week’s show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss how the New 3DS is region locked (18:08 mark), a poll on how many typos there are in Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies (26:00), Fight for the Future’s planned protest on net neutrality Sept. 10 (35:35), the open letter from developers calling for more support for diversity in gaming (44:09), Youtuber star PewDiePie’s announcement that he is turning off YouTube comments (1:04:35), and how Maxis used a clever technique to out Sims 4 pirates (1:14:10). You can grab an audio version of the show on iTunes or at the link below:

SuperPAC Episode 113 (1 hour, 30 minutes) 130 MB (the show was live so it is made available in its raw, unedited format).

As always, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes and use our RSS Feed to add the show to your favorite news reader. You can also find us on Facebook, on Twitter @SuperPACPodcastand Google +. You can send us feedback on the show by dropping a note tosuperpacpodcast@gmail.com.

Credits: The Super Podcast Action Committee is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen, and produced by James Fudge. Music in the show includes “Albino” by Brian Boyko and “Barroom Ballet” by Kevin MacLeod. Both are in the public domain and free to use. ECA bumper created by Andrew Eisen. Read the rest of this entry »

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