Cartoonist Gary Varvel Lampoons News Media By Comparing It To Violent Games

Gary Varvel Lampoons Violent News MediaOr maybe it is the other way around.

With all the news media reporting on civil unrest around the world, whether it is the wars in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and more, or the street violence in the US and Central America, it might seem so surreal that it could very well be coverage of video games. In fact, the difference between real life and video game is so slight that many in the news media mistake video game footage for real life carnage.

Perhaps this is where Gary Varvel pulls his inspiration for this editorial comic in which a mother complains about her son’s video games only to learn he is watching the news.

Is this a case of art imitating life or the other way around?

Source: NewsOK

Permalink to Comic: GoComics

Originally Published on Game Politics.

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Super Podcast Action Committee LIVE – Episode 106

Another week, another live episode. If you missed the live show over the weekend you can check it out now on YouTube. We’re still working out some of the kinks.

This week hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed a lot of topics (markers below if you want to skip around) including Youtubers taking money from publishers, MSNBC talking about video games, Apple’s sexists policies on engraving, Ninja Pizza Girl, Marvel’s attempts at diversification and Nintendo’s similar attempts at diversification.

You can check out the video on YouTube or watch it to you left.

12:15 – Is it okay for YouTubers to accept money from publishers?

21:30 – MSNBC thinks video game devs are worse than mass murderers

29:08 – Apple will engrave “penis” on your iPhone but not “vagina”

35:15 – ‘Ninja Pizza Girl’ tackles serious issues and still looks fun

42:50 – Marvel and its recent attempts at diversity and inclusiveness

1:06:58 – Nintendo and its recent attempts at diversity and inclusiveness

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Super Podcast Action Committee LIVE – Episode 105

The Super PAC Podcast is now live every Saturday at 8pm Central. This is a new experiment for us as we strive for greater collaboration and participation with our viewers. We will air the show live on Andrew Eisen’s Twitch Channel and then post the videos to YouTube the next day.

So here is Episode 105. Lot’s of great stuff there.

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Divine Knight Gaming Launches Demon’s Hex Kickstarter

Demon's Hex by Divine Knight GamingYesterday, Divine Knight Gaming launched the Kickstarter campaign for their long awaited game, Demon’s Hex. According to the Kickstarter, the game will be a cross platform online collectible token game with asynchronous multiplayer. Demon’s Hex will be releasing on the Web, mobile devices and the Ouya console.

Divine Knight is looking to raise $10,000 to further fund the development of the game, providing music and server costs. This will also qualify them for the Ouya matching fund through the Free the Games Fund that Ouya has set up.

While the game has a ways to go to be fully playable, they have released a playable prototype of the Demon’s Hex which can be played on their website.

Among the features that have yet to be added, is a single player RPG story mode. According to Divine Knight, the story mode will resemble in many respects their recent One Game a Month game, Alex’s Meadow RPG.

We will be watching the Kickstarter closely and keeping you updated as new developments arise. We will also begin a new program in which we will feature the Kickstarter and/or IndieGogo status boxes in our side bar to help further expose games that we find.

Full Disclosure: I am the Lead Developer of Divine Knight Gaming.

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 104

Super Podcast Action CommitteeOn 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.

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

Credits: The Super Podcast Action Committee is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen, and produced by James Fudge. The show is edited by Jose Betancourt. 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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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 103

Super Podcast Action CommitteeOn 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 YouTubers. Download Episode 103 now: SuperPAC Episode 103 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 66.4 MB.

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 and Google +. You can send us feedback on the show by dropping a note to superpacpodcast@gmail.com.

Credits: The Super Podcast Action Committee is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen, and produced by James Fudge. The show is edited by Jose Betancourt. 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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Revisting Let’s Play Videos: A Divine Knight Perspective

cropped-dkgaming_title_long.pngOriginally published on Divine Knight Gaming.

In the early part of last year, we wrote an article about our thoughts on Let’s Play videos and fair use. This was written in response to Nintendo’s choice to use YouTube’s Content ID system to claim ad revenue on user created videos of their games.

In that we wrote that fair use trumps any claim we may have on video’s depicting our games.

But for us, we don’t think that creating a video of you playing our game is anything but fair use. How can it not be? You are not creating direct copies of our games. So you are not infringing our right to be the sole distributor of our game. The videos are clearly transformative. Meaning, it is not a substitute for people buying our game as watching a video is a vastly different experience than actually playing it. Additionally, the majority of let’s play videos include content, such as commentary, that is not created by us. That is the copyright of the person creating the video. We provided a canvas, they made the painting. That is how we see it.

Because of these thoughts, we chose not to give explicit permission to create let’s play videos of our games because we have no to right to do so.

But now another issue has come up, one that was at issue back then, but didn’t make the headlines as it is now. This issue is whether game developers have any right to claim money made by let’s players. Why is this an issue now? Two reasons.

One is the news that PewDiePie made roughly $4million on let’s play videos last year alone. That is seriously a lot of money. I would love to do something that brought in that kind of cash.

The second reason is Fez creator Phil Fish’s response to that news. On Twitter, he wrote that Let’s Play video creators owe game developers a large portion of any money they make from those videos. This did not go well among a lot of people.

So we gave our general thoughts on this matter last year, but wanted to respond further. So we wanted to answer a few questions about our thoughts on this money issue. Questions are thanks to Oklahoma Game Developers (which I write for and own) Read the rest of this entry »

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 102 (E3 Edition)

We held an impromptu live episode of Super Podcast Action Committee to sound off about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Electronic Entertainment Expo that ended on Friday. What better day than Friday the 13th is there to do a podcast? What could possibly go wrong? Find out by watching this video of the show featuring hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight.

James couldn’t make it because of technical difficulties or he would have blathered on about how Bloodborne should have been Demons Souls and how Hardline will be the poster boy (with no link to actual evidence that video games cause such things to happen) for how games teach children to kill police officers…

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 101

Super Podcast Action CommitteeOn 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). Download Episode 101 now: SuperPAC Episode 101 (1 hour, 6 minutes) 60.4 MB.

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. The show is edited by Jose Betancourt. Music in the show includes “Albino” by Brian Boyko and “Barroom Ballet” by Kevin MacLeod. Both are in thepublic domain and free to use. ECA bumper created by Andrew Eisen.

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 100

We had a great conversation about Nintendo and what we expect and hope to see at E3 this year. On this episode we had returning guests Jason D’Aprile and Jeremy Powers. We also had a new guest Carol Pinchefsky and Game Politics Editor Jame Fudge. 

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 and Google +. You can send us feedback on the show by dropping a note to superpacpodcast@gmail.com.

Credits: The Super Podcast Action Committee is hosted by E. Zachary Knight and Andrew Eisen, and produced by James Fudge.

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