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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 13

Super Podcast Action CommitteeLucky Episode 13 of the Super Podcast Action Committee is upon us, and Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are delighted to talk about Gamers Against Bigotry, GameStop’s plans for selling used digital games in Europe, the Humble Music Bundle, and Gamasutra’s article about developers working in war-torn countries. Download Episode 13 here: SuperPAC Episode 13 (1 Hour, 8 Minutes).

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 (where there’s an app that will let you listen to the show), and on Twitter @SuperPACPodcast. 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. 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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee: Episode 12

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIn Episode 12 of Super Podcast Action Committee, Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss Fez developer Phil Fish’s decision not to fix the patch for the game before rereleasing it to Xbox Live, Uniloc’s patent infringement claims against Minecraft maker Mojang, GamePolitics poll results, and the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. Download Episode 12 here: SuperPAC Episode 12 (1 Hour, 6 Minutes).

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 (where there’s an app that will let you listen to the show), and on Twitter @SuperPACPodcast. 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. 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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee Episodes 9-11


So I am falling behind on these, again. However, there are only three episodes to post about. So that’s better than the nine from last time. So without further ado, here are episodes 9 through 11 of the Super Podcast Action Committee:

Episode 9

Note: I was absent from this one. Sorry.

We dedicate Episode 9 of the Super Podcast Action Committee to Independence Day! This week James and Andrew decide to bitch and moan about Battlefield 3, LEGO Batman 2, and some other topics that rub them the wrong way. We also spend a little bit of time talking about the ECA’sDeclaration of Internet Freedom. This episode contains naughty language, which we apologize for in advance. Download Episode 9 it here: SuperPAC Episode 9 (1 Hour, 2 Minutes).

Episode 10

We hit a milestone this week – our 10th episode of the show! This week Andrew and Zachary talk about patent wars, the European Court’s ruling that digital games can be resold, the controversy over Blizzard banning some Linux-using Diablo III players, and a whole lot of other interesting topics. Download Episode 10 here: SuperPAC Episode 10 (1 Hour, 3 Minutes).

Episode 11

Admittedly, Episode 11 of the Super Podcast Action Committee is late – and due to a software upgrade gone awry – it’s shorter than usual too. Despite the setbacks and the poor audio quality the show must go on and go on it does for 32 minutes before E. Zachary Knight is unceremoniously cut off by the evil program known as Pamela. We do manage to reveal the results of last week’s GamePolitics poll about the OUYA and spend a fair bit of time talking about why the Android-powered home console that has managed to raise $5 million on Kickstarter so far may drive big console makers mad… Download Episode 11 here: SuperPAC Episode 11 (32 Minutes).

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 onFacebook (where there’s an app that will let you listen to the show), and on Twitter @SuperPACPodcast. 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. 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.

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Check Out The Super Podcast Action Committee Starring E. Zachary Knight

Yes, you read that right. I am part of a Super PAC. However, it is only a podcast. My Co-host, Producer and I chose the name to play on the much feared and maligned SUPER PAC that the Supreme Court opened the doors to with its infamous Citizens United ruling. Lucky for you, the acronym is the only relation we have to such nefarious ne’er-do-wells.

But the Super Podcast Action Committee is still awesome. We talk about a lot of political, legal and interesting things for roughly an hour (sometimes more if we just can’t contain ourselves). We have had 8 episodes and one pilot so far. The Podcast has mostly been promoted on Game Politics, but I thought I better start promoting it here (after all I am a Co-host). It also gives me something to update on a regular basis too (something I have not been very good at lately).

The group is made up of Me, E. Zachary Knight. I write for this site, over at Techdirt and Game Politics. My Co-host is Andrew Eisen. He writes for IGN, GamePolitics and has a very funny Youtube channel. The Producer is James Fudge, Chief Editor of Game Politics.

Here is a run down of each available episode.

Episode 0

In the inaugural episode of the Super PAC, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight introduce themselves to the world, along with producer James Fudge. The Super PAC discusses EZK’s recent trip to Washington D.C. with the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), two game-related lawsuits, and the media’s fascination with the assertion from Oslo, Norway killer Anders Breivik that he “trained” using Call of Duty. Episode 0

Episode 1

Episode #1 of the Super Podcast Action Committee takes on the thorny issue of used games. Why do some developers and publishers hate them so much and why do they think it would be “awesome” if the next generation of home consoles from Sony and Microsoft blocked used games altogether? We try to figure it all out… Hosts Andrew and Zachary also discuss “Operation Tangled Web,” a series of indictments led by the United States Attorney General’s office against individuals who sell mod chips for video game systems. Andrew also talks about some controversy surrounding his latest YouTube video, and Zachary reveals his thrifty side. Episode 1 Show length 56 minutes, recorded on May 5, 2012.

Episode 2

This week we have a special guest: Ben Sawyer, Project Director for Games for Health. Ben talks to us in great detail about the eighth annual event taking place in Boston, Massachusetts June 12 – 14.

Hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight explain the fine print attached to Microsoft’s new $99 Xbox 360 and why it might be a good idea to avoid this “deal.” They also discuss the challenges that the top console makers (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) are facing as declining sales and the difficulties of launching a new generation of hardware weigh heavily on profits in the short term. Episode 2 Show length: 60 minutes. Recorded May 12, 2012.

Episode 3

In Episode 3 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, Andrew and James talk about the horrors of connecting to Battle.net during the Diablo III launch this week and why “always connected” gameplay is for the birds. We also talk about the current financial troubles facing Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios and the state of Rhode Island, as well as how wonderful Torchlight II is. Download it here: Episode 3 (47 minutes, recorded May 19, 2012).

Episode 4

In Episode 4 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about censorship in the European version of Frogster’s MMO TERA (check out Andrew’s latest YouTube video for some context on the discussion), and the controversy over game cloning – this time involving an iOS game from Ustwo called Papa Quash that copied the mechanics from the popular PlayStation Move title from Die Gute Fabrik – J.S. Joust. Download it: Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 4 (65 Minutes, 67.5 MB)

Episode 5

In Episode 5 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, James Fudge talks to GaymerCon organizer Matt Conn about the first-of-its-kind LGBT-focused gaming event (find it at 12:36 mark – you can also find a transcripthere). Meanwhile hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk way too long about E3, Nintendo, the Wii U and the Game Genie (the segment begins at 25:48 mark). Finally Andrew and Zachary dissect the controversy over the Hitman Absolution and Among The Sleep trailers (this segment begins at the 1 hour, 5 minute mark). Download it here: SuperPAC Episode 5(1 hour, 38 minutes, 67.5 MB)

Episode 6

In Episode 6 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, James, Andrew, and Zachary talk about the Electronic Entertainment Expo which took place last week in Los Angeles. We discuss the hits and misses of the show and realize that both Zachary and Andrew have no earthly idea who Aisha Tyler is. What?!? Yeah, it’s true. This is probably the longest show we’ve have had ( I cut it down from three hours to its final length – 1 hour, 42 minutes). Download it here: SuperPAC Episode 6.

Episode 7

In Episode 7 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, Andrew and Zachary celebrate Father’s Day by talking about Warren Spector and gratuitous violence in video games, Lara Croft, Tropes vs. Girls, Humble Bundle V, and a whole lot more. Download it here: SuperPAC Episode 7.

Episode 8

It’s Episode 8 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, so Andrew and Zachary celebrate by coming as close to 60 minutes as is humanly possible this week! The topics for this week’s show included the Tetris cloning case ruling, Australia’s fabulous new R18+ rating category for games, various topics related to Microsoft, and much more. Download Episode 8 it here: SuperPAC Episode 8.

So there you have it. We also have some other places in which you can follow the Podcast at Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes.

 

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Zenimax Wants To Trademark “Fus Ro Dah” Meme; Buy A T-Shirt In Protest (Or Not)

Over on Techdirt, I wrote about Bethesda parent company Zenimax wanting to trademark the phrase “Fus Ro Dah”. This is stupid on many levels. Its goal, according to the filings, is to monetize and control this internet meme at the expense of those that made it popular. Seriously. Does it not know that trying to own a meme will effectively kill it? Why does it feel the need to control what amounts to free advertising for Skyrim?

In response to this blatant attempt at control, I have decided to join countless others in monetizing this meme for my own good. So I have added my own “Fus Ro Dah” shirt to my CafePress store. It isn’t anything spectacular, but it does tell Zenimax what we think of this move.

Don't make me open a can of Fus Ro Dah!

So feel free to buy one or more of them.

UPDATE: Do to an infringement claim by Zenimax, my shirt is no longer available for purchase at this time. I will have more on this story later.

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Random Tower’s New CafePress Store

One of the things we at Random Tower want to do is immortalize certain aspects of gaming and pop culture in t-shirt form. So we have opened a CafePress store in order to sell these wondrous creations. Right now we only have 3 t-shirt designs, but we have a few more on the way. So sit back and let me describe the shirts we have for you:

Warning: Exposure to Violent Games has been linked to having fun.This little wonder was designed to tell people the truth about gaming since people like Representatives Baca and Wolf want to force game developers to label their games with lies. So express to all the world what gaming really results in, having fun.

Try a Hard ResetBack in January, the protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act were going strong. People were really riled up about the ESA’s support for SOPA and were sending emails and phone calls to ESA member companies asking them for their individual position on the failed bill. Sega had a very interesting response. This advice is very much universal and timeless, so let the world know what they should do when something gets in their way.

Viewer Aggression Is AdvisedThis one is a bit different. What this shirt is based off of is an old Atari 7800 ad I found in a Batman Comic. While the font isn’t exact (what can you expect for a free font) it still gets the message across. This is also the start of a series of t-shirts I want to do based on old ads for video games and consoles. These ancient tag lines are perfect to stamp across your chest.

So those are the first three I have ready to go. Feel free to buy and wear to your heart’s content. I will post more as I upload them. Enjoy.

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