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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 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 86

Super Podcast Action CommitteeOn this week’s show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possibility of Amazon releasing a home console of some sort this year, a study that says relaxing games make people more prosocial, Killer Instinct’s new jail system for rage quitters, the PS3 trade-in for Xbox One promotion from Microsoft, and Microsoft buying Gears of War from Epic. Download Episode 86 now: SuperPAC Episode 86 (1 hour, 11 minutes) 81 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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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 59

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIn Episode 59 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics polls, Don Mattrick jumping from Microsoft to Zynga, a teen jailed for Facebook comments, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 59 now: SuperPAC Episode 59 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 57.2 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. 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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Microsoft Inches Toward Indie Friendliness With Dropped Patch Fee

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It seems like just last week that I was saying that Microsoft just wasn’t ready for a digital gaming future. One of the three reasons I listed was that Microsoft is not particularly indie friendly. What with its requirement that developers have a publisher and that patch fees run in the 10′s of thousands of dollars. It comes as a surprise that Microsoft is actually listening to these complaints. While it hasn’t completely opened up its digital services to indies, it has made a good step in the right direction. The patch fees are now gone.

This move makes publishing to Microsoft’s XBLA platform a more pleasant experience. Fez developer Phil Fish brought this patch issue to light because he was unable to push a much needed patch for a game breaking bug. This led to a sort of falling out between him and Microsoft. Hopefully, this policy change will be retroactive, but Fish is not optimistic.

I do find it interesting that Microsoft has not made a bigger deal out of this. Considering the complaints that this policy has raised in the development community, one would think that Microsoft would be more than happy to yell it from the roof tops. Further, it would seem that this is not common knowledge even among XBox developers as we can see from Fish’s comments. Could this mean that Microsoft isn’t ready to make this a permanent change? Hopefully it is.

Even if the change is permanent, Microsoft still has quite a ways to go before its console will be indie friendly. Sony and Nintendo both allow for indie developers to self publish and neither have had any real and widespread issues with their indie game lineups. Hopefully, Microsoft will continue to move in the right direction and make that same change. Time can only tell.

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 54

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIn Episode 54 Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, what all they would like to see from all the big publishers at E3 next week, and the stance of two publishers on DRM. Download Episode 54 now: SuperPAC Episode 54 (1 hour, 3 minutes) 58.5 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 tosuperpacpodcast@gmail.com.

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Super Podcast Action Committee – Episode 53 LIVE

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. 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 52

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIn Episode 52, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about females presenters at Microsoft’s Xbox reveal event this week, EA’s continued abuse of the Wii U community, The new S.H.I.E.L.D TV series, Wreck-It Ralph, sushi, and other topics and tangents – mostly instigated by Andrew! Download Episode 52 now: SuperPAC Episode 52 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 66.7 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. 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 28

Super Podcast Action CommitteeIn Episode 28 of the Super Podcast Action Committee hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the importance of voting, Microsoft’s bad Xbox 360 press event in Israel, and a dumb patent designed to count how many people are watching licensed content from a console (so they can charge more money, we assume). Download it now: SuperPAC Episode 28 (1 hour, 18 minutes) 69.6 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 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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XBox Indie Game Developers Get Some Dahsboard Relief

Now, I don’t have a 360 and cannot easily verify this, but reports are coming in that XBox Live Indie Game developers are finally getting the promotion in the Dashboard they have been clamoring for for years. There is now a first page shortcut for Indie Games within the games tab of the 360 dashboard. This is something that many indie game developers have requested for as long as the program has existed.

This is also a contrast to the history of the indie game section. It seems that every time Microsoft made an update to the 360 Dashboard, the indie game section would be pushed off into some new obscure hole. It was never in the same place and almost always buried within multiple unintuitive menu options. This is the first time it has ever been listed along side Arcade and On Demand games.

Is this a new dawn for indie game developers or will this end up being only a temporary reprieve from obscurity? We won’t know for sure, at least not for a while. But let’s hope that this new placement will stay for the duration of the 360.

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