Zachary Knight

Zachary Knight

I have loved gaming all my life and love the industry that makes them. Sure things can be a little hairy at times and I can be critical of the choices developers and publishers make, but I criticize because I care. Some of my favorite games are JRPGs and anything tactical such as RTS and Strategy games. I am currently loving my Ouya. Follow me on Twitter @EZKnight. Email me at zachary@randomtower.com

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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Ouya Review: Toto Temple Deluxe

Toto Temple Deluxe by Juicy Beast

Not long ago, Juicy Beast, the creators of Knightmare Tower, released their latest Ouya exclusive game Toto Temple Deluxe. (Full Disclosure: Juicy Beast provided me with a free game code for Toto Temple Deluxe) Toto Temple is their first foray into the growing world of local multiplayer competitive gaming on the Ouya. Following the success of Towerfall, the Ouya has seen a growing number of games that are competing for that audience. And Juicy Beast has created one of the best contenders of late.

Toto Temple has a simple concept. Grab the goat and keep it. It is essentially a capture flag game, but that is only the beginning.

In Toto Temple, 2-4 players enter an arena which has a goat in the middle. Each player then attempts to grab that goat and carry it on their head. The other players then use a dash attack to knock that player down and take the goat for themselves. As the game progresses, powerups appear that grant non-goat holding players special moves and attacks that aid their effort to capture the goat. Read the rest of this entry »

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