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You Can’t Separate Politics from Video Games

Last week’s discussions surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has many people saying the same thing: keep politics out of football. Some articles have risen stating that football has always been involved with politics. In fact, this is true of all arts and entertainment, and video games are no exception.

Video games often comes under fire because of their graphic violence and unique modes of interactivity that differ from other mediums. This article was written before the tragic shooting in Las Vegas this past weekend. However, we believe that by looking at two case studies specific to video games, we will be better equipped for this conversation later on down the road.

For today, we’re going to take a look at two recent developments that demonstrate how keeping politics separated from video games is impossible.

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Giant Bomb’s New Hires: Abby Russell & Ben Pack

Giant Bomb recently announced two new hires: Ben Pack at their San Francisco office and Abby Russell at their New York office.

Ben Pack has interned at Giant Bomb when they were a wholly owned company under the umbrella of Whiskey Media. He started in 2011 and talked about it on a blog post at Sidequesting. Pack is an Editor and has already been featured in Quick Look’s for games such as The Signal from Tölva and The Surge.

Abby Russell is an Associate Producer and sat in with the regulars of The Giant Beastcast in Episode 103.

Communities are talking about this at NeoGAF and at Waypoint‘s new forums.

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International Gaming Documentary’s First Location: Ukraine

The first video by gaming documentary series Cloth Map will be about Ukraine, specifically focusing on Kiev. In the video, Drew Scanlon talks about exploring the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown on the nation’s culture, but he also says that an entire culture can’t be defined by a single event, so he wants to see what else Ukraine has to offer. Scanlon also discusses the Eurovision Song Contest, which he has tickets for and will attend, although it’s unclear if this is part of the documentary.

In the video, he says that he will start filming in a month, but he is doing preliminary research and wanted to announce early so that he could get as much feedback as possible about what people want to see. Continue reading International Gaming Documentary’s First Location: Ukraine

Giant Beast Academy

Giant Bomb’s East coast offices (aka “Giant Beast“) released what appears to be the first video of a series called Beast Academy. In the video, Alex Zandra Van Chestain directs the Giant Bomb staff (Vinny Caravella, Alex Navarro, and Dan Ryckert) through Construct 2, an affordable tool for creating 2D games.

Giant Bomb has not responded about whether or not this will be a regular feature.

A free download of Construct 2 can be found here.

“Vice Gaming” Potentially Changing Infrastructure

Vice Gaming's current header image is "On the importance of well designed, intuitive User Interfaces" by Stephen Maurice Graham
Vice Gaming’s current header image is “On the importance of well designed, intuitive User Interfaces” by Stephen Maurice Graham

VICE Media has had a “Gaming” section for over three years. But thanks to the recent hiring of Austin Walker from Giant Bomb as the Editor-in-Chief and Patrick Klepek from Kotaku as the Senior Reporter, rumors have been speculating about potential changes. One of the more interesting possibilities comes from a statement by Austin Walker on August 12th’s The Giant Beastcast saying that Vice will be launching a ‘whatever dot vice dot com’ later this year.” This could mean that Vice Gaming will be getting a separate subdomain, and hopefully a new Content Management System. Continue reading “Vice Gaming” Potentially Changing Infrastructure