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  • Nintendo life-simulation game doesn’t allow same-sex couples

    05/07/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05-07-2014 | The Associated Press
    The publisher of such gaming franchises as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Mario Bros." said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life." This follows a social media campaign launched by fans last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters, which are modeled after real people. "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world...
  • Real Live Battlefield: Video Game ‘Map’ Mirrors Ukraine Tank Depot, Pits Russia vs. USA

    03/03/2014 2:11:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | 3-3-14 | Mac Slavo
    The new Battlefield 4 video game from Electronic Arts, in which fictional forces from the United States, Russia and China go to war with each other features a curious, perhaps coincidental, new ‘map’ that is an almost exact replica of a massive ‘secret’ Ukranian tank depot. The map, dubbed Zavod 311, engages players from around the world in various scenarios that feature tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, foot soldiers, and a host of weaponry with the goal being “conquest and control” of specific targets on the map. Up until recently it was just another map to play. But a report from...
  • Video Game Has Players Help Women Find Abortion Clinics to Kill Their Babies

    08/28/2013 11:20:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | Katie Yoder
    If Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster to protect late-term abortion in the Lone Star State wasn’t proof enough of the Texas pro-abortion movement’s desperation, a new video game does the trick. In “Choice: Texas,” designed by Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple and currently in development, players hunt for abortion access in Texas via the “choose-your-own-adventure” technique – and confront obstacles such as geography and healthcare. Gamers live vicariously through characters such as 35-year-old Latrice who, despite a long-time boyfriend, “has never planned to have children, and between her career and family obligations, she feels she has her hands full enough.” Another,...
  • Eight-year-old shoots caregiver, 87, dead 'after playing Grand Theft Auto and tries to claim it was

    08/24/2013 12:45:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 Aug 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An eight-year-old boy who allegedly shot dead his 87-year-old caregiver with her own gun had played a violent video game that awards points for killing people just minutes earlier. The boy, who has not been identified, was playing Grand Theft Auto IV before shooting relative Marie Smothers in the back of the head as she watched television in her Louisiana mobile home on Thursday night. The boy won't be charged for shooting Smothers, pronounced dead at the scene, because of his age. The Colt .38-caliber Detective Special revolver he used belonged to Smothers, who lived in the Country Breeze Mobile...
  • The Stunning Video Game Resume That Took 2,000 Hours To Make

    07/22/2013 10:00:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/19/2013 @ 9:40AM | Paul Tassi, Contributor
    Alexander J. Velicky is part of the current generation of millennials trying desperately to find a job in the current economic climate. He’s 19, and could be part of the legions sending out resumes, CVs and cover letters to every company under the sun. He decided to do things a bit differently
  • Career criminal charged in Jonylah Watkins slaying

    05/27/2013 8:52:47 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 27, 2013 | Adam Sege, Jeremy Gorner and Dawn Rhodes
    Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins was fatally shot over a stolen video game console, Chicago police said Monday as they announced an arrest in a slaying that has come to symbolize the city's deadly gun culture. Authorities charged Koman Willis, 33, with killing the infant and shooting her father while they sat parked in a minivan in the Woodlawn neighborhood on March 11. A bullet entered Jonylah's right shoulder and traveled down through her left thigh. She died the following day. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, survived multiple gunshot wounds.
  • MSNBC's Philosophy On Parenting Can Be Boiled Down To An Old Video Game Catchphrase

    04/10/2013 10:26:44 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-10-13 | The Looking Spoon
    In case you missed it, MSNBC doesn't think the children you feed, clothe, discipline, educate, and raise belong to you.This is a play off of "all your base are belong to us." It's a meme that has been around for a long time, but I suspect many may not know it.
  • Democrat introduces bill to restrict access by minors to violent video games

    01/17/2013 2:16:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    During his media event yesterday to roll out his "comprehensive" plan to address gun violence, Barack Obama didn't mention the entertainment industry at all, despite hints from Joe Biden that films, television, and video games would all be on the table for discussion. Instead, another Democrat has picked up that issue in the House. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) has introduced legislation that would require all retailers to prevent the sale of violent video games to minors: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a bill this week that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors.The Supreme Court struck down...
  • Disturbing Video Game Has Players Shoot NRA Leaders

    01/15/2013 12:42:46 AM PST · by PeteMcNamara · 130 replies
    I saw something today that upset and deeply disturbed me. I was walking past my son's bedroom, where he spends all his time on his computer playing those damn games of his. I stopped when I heard the sound of Wayne LaPierre's voice as he gave his speech about the Newtown massacre. I was surprised my son, who is just 14, was getting involved in anything political, but I was glad he was exposing himself to the right people. I opened the door, intending to tell him how proud I was, when the image on the screen stopped me cold....
  • Biden seeks game industry input on gun violence

    01/12/2013 9:47:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 11 January 2013 11:00 | Peter Scott
    Don’t worry, DC has it covered In another futile attempt to curb gun violence in the Land of the Free, US Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas. That will give you an idea of how much crap the government has on the shelf. Biden will meet with gaming industry representatives on Friday, as he explores cultural factors that supposedly contribute to violent behavior. Biden already met with other entertainment industry representatives earlier this week and he is expected to present his recommendations to President Barack Obama next week. Although many techies...
  • Drive Deserted Streets in North Korea's Super-Depressing New Video Game

    12/20/2012 7:00:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | Fruzsina Eördögh
    Drive Deserted Streets in North Korea's Super-Depressing New Video Game By Fruzsina Eördögh Posted Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 6:31 PM ET North Korea has made its first video game! Well, kinda. The browser-based Pyongyang Racer is too old-school to appeal to gaming aficionados, but it’s not exactly supposed to compete with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Made by a North Korea-based IT company and a British-owned travel agency that arranges tours of the country, the game is a marketing stunt, plain and simple.* It hasn’t made me want to visit North Korea any time soon, but the Internet...
  • Since When Does Brookings Make Video Games?[Call of Duty-Man vs. Machines]

    05/08/2012 1:23:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 08 May 2012 | MICHAEL PECK
    Military futurist Peter Singer -- and consultant for the forthcoming Call of Duty -- reveals what kind of dark assumptions are baked into the next blockbuster game. The Internet has been abuzz over details -- and several intriguing YouTube videos -- of the upcoming "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," scheduled to hit shelves in November. A sequel to the 2010 blockbuster "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the latest iteration of the video game continues the saga of American and Russian operatives immersed in a complex 1960s Cold War plot. But much of the sequel takes place in 2025, when...
  • Get A Whiff of This: Smell-O-Vision

    10/13/2011 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Oct 10, 2011 03:10 PM ET | Analysis by Nic Halverson
    In our collective consciousness, the French have a reputation for scent. Cut into a wheel of Roquefort, uncork a vintage bottle of Petrus or a flacon of Parisian perfume and you'll smell what I mean. So, it should come as no surprise that French company, Olf-Action, has developed SMELLIT, a device designed to aromatically enhance the video games and movies of your home entertainment system. A cluster of what look like six miniature jet turbines affixed to a stand presumably will blast out synchronized odors that correspond with onscreen activity. SMELLIT hasn't officially been released yet, but it's due for...
  • Blackwater founder Erik Prince enters video game business

    09/13/2011 8:15:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | September 12, 2011 | John Gaudiosi
    <p>"Blackwater" was developed by Zombie Studios and overseen by former Navy SEAL and Blackwater founder Erik Prince.</p> <p>More and more, today's video game business is driven by huge military shooters like Activision's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" and Electronic Arts' "Battlefield 3."</p>
  • N. Korea: New video game on Kim Jong-un gains popularity worldwide

    05/02/2011 7:35:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/02/11 | Tony Chang
    (LEAD) (Yonhap Feature) New video game on Kim Jong-un gains popularity worldwide By Tony Chang SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's heir-apparent son takes over the helm of his destitute communist country in 2012. He reunites the two Koreas, for which he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but he takes further aim at world domination. The 20-something son, Kim Jong-un, who in real life is still being groomed to succeed his father as the country's next leader, is the very villain to shoot down in a new U.S. video game currently on sale worldwide. The...
  • Too Close for Comfort

    03/16/2011 11:37:36 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 12 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-16-11 | Sting the Away
    I still remember seeing Red Dawn for the first time. I remember thinking that the choices that were made were so foreign, yet so plausible, that it gave me serious pause and made me think “what would I do in that situation? How would I react?” My school mascot wasn’t the Wolverines, mind you, but it still sounded every bit as defiant if you yelled it the same way. Enter Homefront – the latest game from THQ, with a story line written by the author of Red Dawn (and Apocalypse Now). More after the jump. Step into the shoes of...
  • Wikileaks Video Game - Julian Assange vs. a snoozing Barack Obama

    12/15/2010 10:08:14 PM PST · by Frankusa
    A new video game, called "Wikileaks: The Game", has been released. The game features President Obama and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. In the game, players control Mr. Assange as he attempts to download classified information from the President's laptop while the President takes a snooze. How much information Mr. Assange is able to download depends on the player. In the real world, however, Assange is clearly defeating the President, hands down. But of course, this isn't the real world, it's a video game. Besides, the President doesn't appear to be too concerned about the leaking of classified information and, at...
  • Videogames as Free-Speech Issue

    11/01/2010 9:22:23 AM PDT · by Palter · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01 Nov 2010 | Jess Bravin
    Videogame designers at ZeniMax Media Inc.'s Bethesda Softworks destroyed a virtual U.S. Capitol, Jefferson Memorial and other landmarks in the Mature-rated "Fallout 3," which depicts the ruins of post-apocalyptic Washington. They didn't bother to obliterate the U.S. Supreme Court. But in the real world, that's where the $10.5 billion videogame industry faces its greatest threat. On Tuesday, the court's nine justices will consider whether to strip First Amendment protection from violent videogames that critics say appeal to the deviant interests of children. A 2005 California law prohibits selling or renting such games to minors based on legislative findings that they...
  • Military bans video game that 'kills' US troops

    09/09/2010 5:54:06 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 10 replies
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 9/9/10 | Anne Flaherty
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Military bases across the U.S. have banned the sale of a new video game that lets a player pretend to be a Taliban fighter and "shoot" U.S. troops in Afghanistan. "Medal of Honor" by Electronic Arts, a major game developer based in Redwood City, Calif., hits stores Oct. 12. Gamers are scoffing at the decision, saying that advanced technology has made it commonplace in the gaming world to let players switch sides and play the bad guy...
  • Asteroids Player Smashes 27-Year-Old High Score

    04/07/2010 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 25 replies · 834+ views
    Game/Life ^ | April 5, 2010 | Chris Kohler
    Asteroids Player Smashes 27-Year-Old High Score (Update) By Chris Kohler April 5, 2010 On Saturday, John McAllister sat down at a friend’s house near Portland, Oregon to play a game of Asteroids. By Monday, he was still playing. At 10:18 p.m. Pacific, he scored 41,338,740 points, a new all-time high score. In doing so, he beat a record that has stood for over 27 years. The official Asteroids high score of 41,336,440 is the longest-standing record in gaming history, having been set on November 14, 1982 by 15-year-old Scott Safran. He stayed awake for three days to accomplish this feat....
  • Anti Bush video game nixed

    02/27/2010 10:20:06 PM PST · by Saije · 13 replies · 607+ views
    TG Daily ^ | 2/27/2010 | Sylvie Barak
    With a veritable wealth of video games in existence, one doesn’t often spare a thought to those that didn’t quite make it, but a recent interview with game developer David Jaffe provides some insight into what could have been a highly controversial first person shooter based on George W. Bush's polices abroad. The game, Heartland, would have told the story of a Chinese invasion of the U.S as a result of some bad Dubya decisions, and how American soldiers struggled to cope with the aftermath. Sadly, we’ll never know how the soldiers resolved their moral dilemmas as the first-person shooter...
  • 'Call of Duty' sells $310M in N Amer, UK in 24 hrs

    11/12/2009 8:56:28 PM PST · by Saije · 6 replies · 580+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 11/12/2009 | Staff
    First-day sales of Activision Blizzard Inc.'s "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" broke records, raking in an estimated $310 million in North America and the United Kingdom alone. The video game went on sale all over the world on Tuesday, but Activision provided figures Thursday only for North America and Britain. The company estimates that it sold about 4.7 million copies of the game in the first 24 hours in those markets, making it the biggest-selling launch in the history of entertainment. The latest installment in the "Call of Duty" action franchise was expected to at least match last year's...
  • Game's airport carnage 'like Mumbai massacre'

    10/28/2009 2:19:42 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 16 replies · 850+ views
    Nine News ^ | October 28, 2009 | Ninemsn staff
    Players of a new video game are reportedly cast as terrorists who murder unarmed civilians in an airport in scenes described as "reminiscent of last year's mass killings in Mumbai". Secret video footage of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was leaked earlier this morning, showing one level where characters wearing body armour over business suits shoot down other characters. The footage of the massacre — described by gaming blog IGN as "some of the most violent-looking and realistic scenes we've seen in a video game" — was published on YouTube but later pulled because of "copyright infringement". It showed...
  • War Game Imagines Obama on the Run

    10/16/2009 10:12:00 PM PDT · by Saije · 27 replies · 1,774+ views
    Game Politics ^ | 10/16/2009 | staff
    The year is 2011. President Obama has just outlawed the private ownership of firearms, announced that the Constitution has been dissolved and revealed that the United States is going to be replaced by the North American Union, an amalgamation of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Revolution breaks out. Your part in this is to help capture Obama and the renegade Cong (former Congressional leaders). This is the premise of a new online community and game calling itself United States of Earth. The extensive site is almost overwhelming in the sheer amount of information it provides, but centers around a browser-based...
  • Grunge grudge over co-opted Kurt

    09/19/2009 8:02:03 AM PDT · by Saije · 8 replies · 359+ views
    Daily Variety ^ | 9/18/2009 | Chris Morris
    The guitars blare a familiar tune and Kurt Cobain approaches the microphone, moppish hair covering his haunted eyes. But when the lyrics kick in, it's not the words to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that come out, it's "You Give Love a Bad Name." Cobain, or at least his computer-generated likeness, can be made to sing the Bon Jovi anthem (and many other non-Nirvana songs) in "Guitar Hero 5." And that has his estate threatening legal action. The game features two Nirvana tunes among the 85 songs that come with the game. Once players successfully complete one of those songs, Cobain's...
  • Fighting in new video game a good teaching tool: former Canuck Linden

    09/14/2009 9:22:39 PM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies · 559+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 9/14/2009 | Tamsyn Burgmann
    A highly-anticipated hockey video game that features realistic fighting scenarios and black eyes is a useful tool to teach children that brawls are part of the game and in some cases can help you win, says a former NHL captain. Retired Vancouver Canucks player Trevor Linden, well-loved in the city and not known for getting into frequent dust-ups, endorsed "NHL 10" Monday prior to its next-day launch across North America. "Fighting in hockey is not something you necessarily want to promote, but at the same time, you want to make children understand that it is part of the game and...
  • Angry Barry

    09/02/2009 1:40:15 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 4 replies · 726+ views
    Arrogancy Games ^ | 2 Sep 2009 | AreaMan
    Angry Barry is a political parody high definition 2D side scrolling beat em up in the tradition of classic titles such as Bad Dudes. It is a purely independent title created with an ‘indie’ mentality – making whatever game you want to make without corporate pressure dictating what is created. This game is released for X-Box Live (on X-Box Live, check your Community Games tab, and then go to Action/Adventure games) for the lowest cost possible (400 points), and will be released in the coming months for the PC. In ‘Angry Barry’ you play the role of the titular...
  • Libertarian Video Game Patent: Quote Hayek/Jefferson: Shoot Communist Vampires/Zombies

    06/30/2009 11:44:09 AM PDT · by gold45revolver · 5 replies · 869+ views
    One picture says it all: http://forum.teamxbox.com/showthread.php?t=623861 "Video Game Idea of the Century!" http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3143589&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1 http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=366448 "This is the greatest videogame patent I've ever read #1 " http://www.google.com/patents?id=aAuzAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&dq=exalted&as_psra=1&as_psra=1
  • Jesus vs. Mohammed? Video Game Upsets Islamic Group [Internet game 'FAITH FIGHTER']

    04/28/2009 9:33:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies · 2,899+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2009
    CAIRO — An influential Islamic group branded an online video game depicting religious figures fighting each other as offensive to Muslims and Christians and successfully demanded Tuesday that it be taken offline. In the game "Faith Fighter," caricatures of Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad, Buddha, God and the Hindu god Ganesh fight each other against a backdrop of burning buildings. God attacks with bolts of lighting and pillars of fire while the turbaned Muhammad can summon a burning black meteorite. The Saudi-based Organization of the Islamic Conference, which represents most Muslim nations, said it should be removed from the Internet. "The...
  • And You Thought Grand Theft Auto Was Bad (Rape Simulator "Game")

    03/10/2009 2:25:03 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies · 1,141+ views
    Slate ^ | 3/09/2009 | Leigh Alexander
    It's an old cliché that the more repressed a society, the more extreme its pornography—but more upsetting than RapeLay is the social environment that birthed it. The premise here is that a wealthy man is out for revenge against the schoolgirl who had him jailed as a chikan, or subway pervert. The epidemic of chikan is an enormous problem in Japan, particularly in major cities, where trains are so crowded that it's easy for predators to conceal their crimes. In Declan Hayes' 2005 book, The Japanese Disease, the author describes a community of salarymen who organize online "groping associations" and...
  • Beatles Rock Band Debut Set for September (09-09-09)

    03/05/2009 4:47:07 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 526+ views
    PC World ^ | Mar 5, 2009 4:35 pm | JR Raphael
    It's official: The Beatles will come together digitally this September for their much anticipated Rock Band debut. MTV Games has announced a September 9 launch date for the worldwide release of the Fab Four's interactive adventure, to be titled The Beatles: Rock Band... With a little help from their friends at Harmonix--the company that created the Rock Band concept--the Liverpool quartet will let you sing and play your way through all eras of its career. You'll be able to take on the role of John, Paul, George or Ringo, using either your Rock Band instruments or special Beatles-like instruments that...
  • Amazon.com Drops Japanese Video Game Featuring Rape, Abortion

    02/12/2009 10:18:37 AM PST · by julieee · 21 replies · 1,183+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | February 12, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Seattle, WA -- The large online retailer Amazon.com has dropped its listing for a controversial Japanese video game called Rapelay that involves raping women and forcing them to have abortions. The so-called "rape simulator" game was sold on the web site and included a graphic description of the gameplay.
  • PETA's Palin vs PETA video game is lame!

    12/26/2008 5:46:46 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Dec. 26th, 2008 | Bobby Tall Horse
    If you get enough points, you go to level #2 where the video game has Charleton Heston and Colonel Sanders coming out of their graves vs 2 little kids. The lack of sensitivity and good taste is not surprising when it comes to PETA. But, using Charleton Heston and Colonel Sanders and asking people to put them back in their graves is just disgraceful.
  • Woman jailed after 'killing' virtual husband

    10/23/2008 9:33:28 AM PDT · by BGHater · 39 replies · 979+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Oct 2008 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    <p>A 43-year-old Japanese piano teacher's sudden divorce from her online husband in a virtual game world made her so angry that she logged on and killed his digital persona, police said Thursday.</p> <p>The woman, who has been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo City said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.</p>
  • Aug. 6th Direct Action: Stop the Military Recruitment of Children (code pink Alert)

    08/07/2008 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies · 180+ views
    BayAreaDirectAction ^ | August, 6 2008 | Staff
    Aug. 6th Direct Action: Stop the Military Recruitment of Children Help Stop the Army’s Child Recruitment Program“America’s Army” Videogame Targets Children as Young as 13South Park Game Companies Profit from Illegal Recruitment Program Rally and Direct Action, Noon, Aug. 6thSouth Park, (btw 2nd/3rd, Bryant/Brannan) San FranciscoTell the companies “Break contract with the Army, No more child recruitment” “America’s Army” is a game developed by the U.S. military to instruct players in “Army values,” portray the army in a positive light, and increase potential recruits.  The “game” is the property and brainchild of the US Army, which admit freely, and with pride, that...
  • Parent Group: Industry Looks to "Buy" Clout

    01/22/2008 1:54:40 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 5 replies · 82+ views
    Next Generation ^ | 18 January 2008 | Kris Graft
    "The Parents Television Council has berated the Entertainment Software Association and the videogames industry at large for trying to "buy influence in Congress." The New York Times recently reported that a new political action committee formed by the ESA would soon be making donations to politicians who support the videogames industry. The PTC denounced the ESA's plans in a statement this week. “The videogame industry continues to fight meaningful accountability for selling inappropriate material to children. The industry has been exposed repeatedly for its reprehensible behavior and now they are looking for ways to buy friends in the government,” said...
  • Call of Duty 5 Confirmed (Xbox 360)

    12/30/2007 6:29:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 296+ views
    http://xbox360.ign.com/ ^ | December 3, 2007
    Call of Duty 5 Confirmed Guitar Hero 4 and more in the works too. by Martin Robinson, IGN UK UK, December 3, 2007 - Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Call of Duty 5 and Guitar Hero 4 are both in development just hours after news of the company's merger hit the wire. And while the news is unlikely to come as a shock, if Activision Blizzard's recent boasts are anything to go by we could see both of the series reaching bigger and better heights. Indeed, during a conference call held today Activision CEO Robert Kotick and Jean-Benard Levy spoke...
  • Video Game Lets Players Be Immigrants

    08/02/2007 4:37:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies · 330+ views
    AP ^ | August 2, 2007 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ
    MIAMI (AP) - A Japanese computer science student fails to take a full load of university classes and loses his student visa. A 10th-grade Indian girl is detained because of a high school essay she wrote on the Department of Homeland Security. These are two of the characters in ``ICED!'' - a new video game that invites players to step into the shoes of foreigners who run afoul of the U.S. immigration system. It is part of a burgeoning genre of video games that examine major social and policy issues such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the situation in Darfur and...
  • Microsoft lengthens Xbox 360 warranty

    07/06/2007 2:25:12 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 28 replies · 869+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4:55 pm PDT July 5, 2007 | Ben Silverman
    No longer content adhering to the adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Microsoft on Thursday announced that it will extend its Xbox 360 warranty coverage to three years from date of purchase. The warranty covers any consumer who experiences the general system failure indicated by three flashing red lights, more commonly referred to as the "red ring of death." Both shipping and repair costs will be covered. The new warranty will represent a $1 billion pre-tax charge on Microsoft's earnings for the year's final quarter. This marks a notable setback for the company's Entertainment & Devices division, who...
  • Spartans Overwhelmed At Thermopylae, Again

    03/22/2007 2:34:14 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 2,489+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 3-22-2007 | Eugene Borza
    Spartans Overwhelmed at Thermopylae, Again March 22, 2007 by Eugene Borza A technically exciting videogame of a film, 300 loses touch with a critical and moving event in Greek history. Herodotus, the ?Father of History,? told many good stories, but there are few tales in his repertoire that surpass his narrative of the last-ditch stand of the Greeks against numerically superior forces at the pass of Thermopylae in August, 480 B.C. A huge military force led by Xerxes, the Persian King of Kings, crossed the Hellespont from Asia into Europe, intent on the subjugation of Greece. Whether Xerxes intended this...
  • Mark Steyn: U.S. Must Prove Its Staying Power (Iraq Test Of US Seriousness Alert Mark Steyn Classic)

    11/12/2006 2:42:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 138 replies · 2,970+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    On the radio a couple of weeks ago, Hugh Hewitt suggested to me the terrorists might try to pull a Spain on the U.S. elections. You'll recall (though evidently many Americans don't) that in 2004 hundreds of commuters were slaughtered in multiple train bombings in Madrid. The Spaniards responded with a huge street demonstration of supposed solidarity with the dead, all teary passivity and signs saying "Basta!" -- "Enough!" By which they meant not "enough!" of these murderers but "enough!" of the government of Prime Minister Aznar, and of Bush and Blair, and troops in Iraq. A couple of days...
  • Mother: Father Killed Child Over Video Game

    09/24/2006 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 14 replies · 1,575+ views
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | September 11, 2006 | N/A
    PHILADELPHIA -- A 25-year-old North Philadelphia man has been charged with killing his young daughter. The mother said 17-month-old Alayiah was violently punched by Tyrone Spellman over a video game. "My baby is gone at the hands of her father," Mia Turman said tearfully. "I have to put her in the ground, I shouldn't have to do this." As the 21-year-old took a nap inside their row-home on the 1500 block of 29th Street, Turman left Alayiah in the care of Spellman, who also goes by the name Anwar Salahuddin. Turman said that when she woke, "I asked why my...
  • "Night of Bush Capturing" (Jihadist first person shooter video game)

    09/20/2006 3:38:02 AM PDT · by World_Events · 9 replies · 525+ views
    Site ^ | 9/15/06 | Site Institute
    A first-person perspective computer game called “Night of Bush Capturing,” was released to jihadist forums today, Friday, September 15, 2006, by the Global Islamic Media Front, a jihadist mouthpiece, and visual and print media organization. The game, which is a modification of an older game, “Quest for Saddam,” features six-levels, culminating in a gun battle with a character representing U.S. President George W. Bush. Each of these stages, given titles such as: “Jihad beginning,” “American’s Hell,” “Searching for Bush,” and “Bush hunted like a rat,” contain a Mujahid with several weapons traveling around a U.S. forces’ camp, which is covered...
  • CNN Showing Video Game That Assassinates Pres. Bush

    09/18/2006 12:54:36 PM PDT · by Tall_Texan · 9 replies · 908+ views
    CNN | 09-18-06 | Tall_Texan
    Sorry I don't have more details about this but CNN is on in the background here at the office and they were showing a videogame about assassinating President Bush. I couldn't listen to hear what they were saying about it but the very fact they were promoting it and showing video of how it looks to murder the president is rather over-the-top in my opinion. I doubt they'd be so blase about it if the videogame allowed you to assassinate Bill Clinton. CNN- The Moonbat's most trusted channel.
  • Christian video game prays for mass appeal

    09/02/2006 1:46:22 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 681+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | August 31, 2006 | Glenn Chapman
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - God's army will begin battling the Antichrist and his minions in a video game version of post-apocalyptic New York City to be released on Friday. A beta version of Christian-based computer strategy game "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" will be released aiming at the kind of mass-market success garnered by films such as "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Passion of The Christ." The game is based on the 15 "Left Behind" books by evangelical Christian authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, which have logged sales in the tens of millions. "Eternal Forces" is set at the...
  • U.S. video game angers Chavez allies

    05/26/2006 4:42:19 PM PDT · by Panerai · 9 replies · 226+ views
    Cnet ^ | 05/26/2006
    Venezuelan lawmakers are complaining that a video game to be marketed by a U.S. company next year provides a blueprint for violently overthrowing President Hugo Chavez. The game, "Mercenaries 2: World in Flames," simulates a military invasion of the oil-rich South American nation and will be released by Pandemic Studios of Los Angeles. "A power-hungry tyrant messes with Venezuela's oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a war zone," Pandemic says of the game on its Web site. Venezuelan lawmakers who back Chavez called it the latest example of a U.S. government-inspired propaganda campaign against Chavez that...
  • Columbine Video Game Draws Relatives' Ire

    05/17/2006 11:30:50 AM PDT · by JZelle · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-17-06 | AP
    DENVER (AP) -- An online game based on the Columbine High School massacre is drawing criticism from relatives of those who died in the 1999 attack, including a father who says it trivializes the actions of the two teen killers. The game, Super Columbine Massacre RPG, was posted on a Web site last year, but is becoming more popular now. It draws on investigative material, including images of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who killed 12 classmates and a teacher before committing suicide.
  • 'Left Behind' Battles Rage On (Left Behind - The Video Game? AAAAA!)

    04/21/2006 8:50:48 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 62 replies · 677+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006 | Staff
    The rapture has come, and the believers have been gathered up and taken to heaven. As for everybody else: They've been left behind to duke it out in a smoldering, apocalyptic New York City. That's the scenario in a soon-to-be-released Christian-themed video game. Meanwhile, in the real world, the Christian community is engaged in its own skirmish over the virtues or vices of the concept of a Christian video game that involves killing. "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," which is made for PCs and will be unveiled at the E3 show next month, is a classic struggle of good vs. evil....
  • Video nut slayed sister

    01/26/2006 3:01:34 PM PST · by chunk2005 · 30 replies · 1,014+ views
    The sun ^ | 26/01/06 | CLODAGH HARTLEY
    A TEENAGER obsessed with a killer video game was yesterday found guilty of murdering his sister by torching his home in a twisted bid to slaughter his entire family. The 16-year-old — who modelled himself on a half-human/half-demon PlayStation 2 character — also hit his brother with an axe leaving him brain-damaged. The lad always wore black Goth clothes and called himself Dante after the killer character in 15-rated game Devil May Cry, the Old Bailey heard. He launched the arson attack to rid himself of his family in the hope he would be adopted by a rich couple. The...
  • Video game unlocks orgasm secrets (with pic, safe for work)

    12/07/2005 9:19:58 AM PST · by cloud8 · 71 replies · 2,638+ views
    canada.com ^ | 12-5-05 | Sarah Staples
    He may look like an innocent cartoon bunny, but the star of a new award-winning video game by a Montreal-based designer has sultry intentions in mind. Lapis, the blue-hued main character of a prototype video game by Heather Kelley, a designer with Ubisoft, wants to help women take a "magical pet adventure'' to their "happy place." Lapis the cartoon bunny teaches how to reach orgasm by simulating the affect of pleasurable sensation. The prototype teaches how to reach orgasm by simulating the affect of pleasurable sensation on the cartoon. Players tickle, touch, tap, and stroke Lapis using the touch screen...