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Twitching and Snarling

(I’m going to be trying these big compilation posts for awhile, see if it works better. If you’d rather I did the old format, by all means, hurl fruit in the comments section, kthx.)
Ah, but these minor delays do tend to pile up, don’t they. I looked upon that little calendar on the right [...]


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Québec Wants French Videogames

Actually they want French-everything, but that’s hardly news:
The Quebec government is close to finalizing a deal with the Entertainment Software Association of Canada to have all games sold in Quebec translated into French, The Canadian Press has learned.
“The deal will be announced very shortly,” said Nathalie Gelinas, a spokeswoman for Culture and Communications Minister Christine [...]


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Insane Millenialist Fuckwits Send “Left Behind” Game To Troops In Iraq

From The Nation (via Digg).
As an official arm of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.
“We feel the forces [...]


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The Infantilising Continues Unabated

In the U.K., this ad has been banned by the Adverts Council. It was running on the subway tube:

in its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority said: “We considered that the vivid depiction of the crashed car and burning tyre, combined with the slogans implication that people could achieve inner peace through acts of violence, was [...]


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Here is the (legal) future of videogames

As an addendum to number three’s excellent writeup, I shall only add this:
We’ve seen this before.
Pay attention, kids. Here’s what’s in store for your favourite hobby:

Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces of law and justice, or to inspire [...]


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Church of England goes mental over Resistance map

The nice little outfit that Henry VIII created (yes, I am watching The Tudors right now… aren’t you?) has decided that the inclusion of Manchester Cathedral in the PS3 game Resistance – and particularly the firefight that occurs within – is “sick”.
I’ll let the dense illogic of that seep into your brain. Take a moment.
CNN’s [...]


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Update on New Yorkian Madness

Bill A08696 has been passed by an overwhelming 130 - 10 vote.
That means it will be a class E felony, 3 to 4 years imprisonment, to sell “ANY VIDEO GAME WHICH INCLUDES DEPRAVED VIOLENCE AND INDECENT IMAGES THAT ARE ACCESSIBLE TO A USER” to a minor.
Strangely enough I can no longer find copies of [...]


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The Wacky Legal World of New York

In which I, your arrogant quasi-correspondent, take you through the weird, wacky bills and law so recently introduced in New York state, and what they mean to you – and more importantly what they mean to the poor fucker trying to sell games there. Is this legislation really going to get some clerk sent to [...]


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NY legislators taking crazy pills

Link > gamepolitics.
“While the law does give some leeway for the sentencing court, it theoretically allows a judge to put someone away for life for selling a copy of, say, Gears of War to a 16 year old who looks 18. Yes, selling a game could come with a life sentence under the new law.”
While [...]


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