The Podcast #2: ACTA and Ethics

Thomas Bidaux, Alec Meer and Iain Gilfeather discuss Foxconn, ACTA and selling hardware on a handset model

Welcome to episode two of the podcast.

With host Dan Pearson on this month's show are Thomas Bidaux of MMO consultancy ICO Partners, RPS editor Alec Meer and Iain Gilfeather, technical lead and co-founder of Brighton studio Fat Pebble.

In this edition the guests discuss a broad range of topics, covering the ethical issues raised by the apparent worker mistreatment at Foxconn plants in China; the potential for selling pure gaming hardware via the mobile handset contract model; the progress of ACTA in the light of SOPA and PIPA's shelving; the likely fate of THQ and what's really happening with the UK's microstudios.


Produced by Side.

Our guests this month are from a variety of backgrounds, ensuring a wide range of opinion on the matters discussed. Thomas is an MMO specialist and ex NCsoft employee, whilst Alec is a veteran games journalist and technology writer. Iain is an experienced developer with a background in both AAA large studio work and micro-studio start ups.

The podcast can be downloaded directly from iTunes here.

This month, for the first time, the podcast was produced with help from Side Studios in London, who will be hosting and producing the show from now on.

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Latest comments (13)

Bjorn Larsson CEO & Executive Producer, Legendo Entertainment4 years ago
It would help a lot if you made this available via iTunes.
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Antony Carter Senior Programmer, Epic Games4 years ago
Good pod cast but seriously sort out the background noise, pouring water and table dragging is not nice, let you off as its only the second episode :)
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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
We're just waiting on iTunes, should be with us shortly...
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Cori Myers CEO/Owner, Gameinatrix.com4 years ago
We are just loving his accent, itunes or not, he can just call into our show and talk to us all day. Oh and the topic is nice too.

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Adolfo Roman modeling,lighting,texturing 4 years ago
please make this available through download, thanks! torrents works too
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Pliigi Journalism 4 years ago
It's up on iTunes:
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Jon Airhart Production Manager, Capcom4 years ago
Great content, I'm looking forward to the 'cast finding it's groove and settling down.

There are still a few of us who don't use Apple devices for everything; any chance that the download could be made accessible through a nice old-fashioned super-flexible RSS feed?
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John Krajewski Studio Head, Strange Loop Games4 years ago
No mp3 link? I dont have/want itunes...
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Pascal Ginda Technical director, UFO games4 years ago
Please can we have a podcast feed to add to our player? I don't want Itunes, I'm using Zune.
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Tony Johns4 years ago
phone contracts for Vita kinda turn me off getting the PS Vita knowing I would have to sign up to have money taken out of my bank per month.

So if they come out for consoles, that would mean that in order to play multi-console, I would have to at least 3 or 4 console/handheld that I have separate phone contracts onto them.

I just want to play games, not have a phone.

I have got my old mobile from the 90s so I can still use my old phone contract as a pre-paid system where I pay creddit and not get charged any extra. When my credit goes flat, I can't make any calls.

If I must go on a monthly plan, I will be put off all the new consoles and handheld market.

I will rather be a Retro Gamer for life, no way I am going to keep on paying money monthly for a console all because of mandatory phone plans.

ACTA sucks but because it is a global legislation, I feel that too many people are not aware that it also affects them even if they are not in the US.

Can't believe that Australia already passed those ACTA laws, they never mentioned anything about it on the news.

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Rick Cody PBnGames-Board Member 4 years ago
If this were made available on iTunes or, my preference, Stitcher I'd tune into every episode.
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Wale Awelenje Programmer/Designer 4 years ago
An RSS feed for this podcast would be nice.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
"Beyond Pod" on Android works just fine.
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