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  • Blog Post: Leland Yee Pleads Guilty To Racketeering, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison

    Former California state senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering yesterday, stemming from corruption charges that he faced earlier this year . Yee is known within the games industry as the author of a bill that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Then... More
  • Blog Post: Titanfall Gets An 'M' Rating From The ESRB

    There is a lot of excitement surrounding Titanfall ( which just entered alpha ) so even the smallest details about the game, like its ESRB rating descriptors, are worth taking a look at. Titanfall receiving an 'M' rating isn't surprising considering it is a game where you shoot other people... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Video Game Makers, The NRA, And The Vice President Planning To Meet

    Update: Until now, it wasn't clear who would be representing the video game industry in a series of meetings being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden's task force on gun violence. We now have confirmation that Entertainment Software Association CEO Michael Gallagher will be attending the summit... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Do You Think About The NRA's Violent Media Accusations?

    Earlier today, the NRA pointed its finger at violent media for causing real-life violence such as the recent rash of highly publicized shootings. The debate has been waged by politicians, lawyers, and reporters almost since gaming's inception, but we want to hear your opinion. The NRA says that the... More
  • Blog Post: Spartacus Legends Coming To The PlayStation Network

    Spartacus Legends, based on the Starz television show Spartacus, is set for release early next year. Spartacus Legends will allow players to play as Spartacus or Crixus, as well as make and customize their own fighters, and take them online and recreate the super violent gladiatorial battles from the... More
  • Blog Post: Psychologist Says Blaming Games For Violence Is Racist

    Video games have a history of being associated with mass shootings and other violent acts, most famously with the Columbine shooters' affinity for Doom. More recently, it was revealed that Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the Oslo, Noway, massacre, apparently used games as both training aids... More
  • Blog Post: E3's Display Of Violence Makes Pokémon Director A Sad Spinda

    E3 is a great place to get a broad overview of the game industry. And as it turns out, not everyone is happy with what they see. In a recent post to his blog , Pokémon Black/White decried the amount of violence and limited originality on display. Here's what Pokémon Black/White director... More
  • Blog Post: Sleep Therapist Says Gamers Are Like Cocaine Addicts

    There's never a shortage of so-called "experts" out there ready to make specious claims about the negative effects of video games, but this takes the cake. MCV UK recently reported on Steve Pope, an English therapist who went on BBC Radio 5Live yesterday to discuss a recent Reuters article... More
  • Blog Post: FOX News Blogger Continues To Beat The Bulletstorm Drum

    Fox News blogger John Brandon is at it again. The author has written another blog post about Epic Games' upcoming Bulletstorm game, in which he wonders why the shooter was censored in Germany but not in the United States. In his earlier post about the game, "Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game... More
  • Blog Post: Violent Games Don't Harm Kids, Finds Australian Study

    It's no secret that Australia is a little harsher than the USA when it comes to violence in video games. They're still looking into the effects of violent gaming on children, and the findings of a new study were released today. Here are the three main points put forth by the Minister for Home... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Is CoD: Black Ops Too Violent?

    Prior to the highly anticipated launch of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops, animation director Dominique Drozdz said in an interview that Black Ops' new facial animation system and realistic visuals made the team feel that some of the more violent scenes have gone a bit too far. Our very own... More
  • Blog Post: Treyarch: Realistic Black Ops Violence Went Too Far

    One of the high points of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops is a new facial animation system that gives character models a photorealistic appearance. Animation director Dominique Drozdz says that it's almost a little too good, which made some violent scenes feel like the team was going a bit... More
  • Blog Post: Square Enix Enters Extreme Territory

    In an interesting bit of news from abroad, developer/publisher Square Enix has opted to create a new games label in Japan to clearly brand mature titles as such. Although best known for their RPGs, Square Enix isn’t foreign to publishing mature titles, including Western hits such as Modern Warfare... More
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