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  • Sen. Clinton wants video game access probe

    07/13/2005 9:18:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,056+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 7/13/05 | AP - Washington, DC
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has attacked violent video games as "a silent epidemic" among children, said she wants a federal investigation into one of the most popular, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Clinton, D-N.Y., is asking the Federal Trade Commission to probe how users of the game can access "graphic pornographic and violent content" for the game from the Internet. In a letter dated Thursday to FTC chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras, she also urged the agency to examine whether the game's rating of "M" for mature should be changed to an "Adults Only" rating. The Entertainment Software...
  • Sex scene stirs up a fuss over Grand Theft Auto

    07/09/2005 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Panerai · 17 replies · 1,715+ views
    Boston.com ^ | July 9, 2005 | Hiawatha Bray
    Enough with the endless controversy over violence in video games. Instead, let's talk about sex. Raunchy, full-contact sex -- the sort of thing you'd see in a porn movie, only with cartoonlike, computer-generated images. According to some software-savvy game geeks, you can find this kind of seamy excitement hidden inside one of the world's most popular computer games, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. As if Grand Theft Auto lacked for controversy. It's already the computer game that critics of the industry love to hate because of its relentless brutality. GTA has inspired a spate of legislation in such places as...
  • Lightning teaches NH teen a valuable lesson - Hit his pS2 while he was playing it!

    06/30/2005 9:13:20 PM PDT · by Mongeaux · 13 replies · 509+ views
    Fosters Daily Democrat ^ | Thursday, June 30, 2005 | JOHN QUINN
    MIDDLETON [--] A local 14-year-old boy and his family learned a powerful lesson after he received a slight electrical shock from a lightning bolt while playing video games Wednesday afternoon. David Robinson, of 239 New Durham Rd, said he was playing Grand Theft Auto 3 on his Play Station in his basement bedroom while a powerful storm swept through the region. A lightning bolt struck the ground near Robinson's room around 2 p.m. and some of the residual electricity made its way into Robinson's television. "My TV went out a few seconds before I got a shock," Robinson said, adding...
  • PlayStation 3 announced for 2006 (Incredible trailers here)

    05/17/2005 1:24:45 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 86 replies · 2,292+ views
    Gamespot ^ | 5/17/05
    LOS ANGELES--Today saw the second of the big three console makers announce its next-generation platform. At its pre-E3 press conference, Sony Computer Entertainment gave the world its first look at the PlayStation 3, as it is now officially called. While the device's price has not yet been set, its release window--spring 2006--has. Flanked by Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Kaz Hirai, SCE head Ken Kutaragi introduced it as a "supercomputer for computer entertainment." The name was not unexpected, since Sony had been running an extensive teaser-ad campaign prepping the public for the PlayStation 3. The company had laid...
  • UN game teaches kids to feed the hungry (major barf alert)

    04/18/2005 7:28:26 AM PDT · by r5boston · 19 replies · 446+ views
    MacCentral ^ | 04/18/2005 | Peter Cohen
    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has released a game called Food Force. Available for download for free, the game is compatible with Macs and PCs. The WFP's goal in releasing Food Force is to educate players about world hunger and the work the aid agency does. The game puts players in charge of a hunger relief effort on the fictional Indian Ocean island of Sheylan, ravaged by a civil war, flooding and drought. You lead a crack multinational team of WFP professionals including a logistics officer, nutritionist and air drop specialist, and you must lead the team through six...
  • '60 Minutes’ Describes Video Game as a Killer Application

    03/09/2005 8:56:47 PM PST · by CorbyCard · 49 replies · 1,198+ views
    Free Market Project ^ | March 9, 2005 | Dan Gainor
    OK, I don't love the first-person shooter games like "Grand Theft Auto," but I've played them enough to know they don't make me into a killer either. Check out the hack job "60 Minutes" did on the game. First, video games were linked to childhood obesity because teens sat around playing the games instead of exercising. Now, CBS’s “60 Minutes” is linking them to something far more destructive – murder – while ignoring obvious points that make the claim look ridiculous. The Sunday, March 6, 2005, broadcast of CBS’s news magazine showed Co-editor Ed Bradley reporting on a lawsuit about...
  • Microsoft pits Halo 2 against Grand Theft

    11/11/2004 9:08:56 AM PST · by Porterville · 63 replies · 1,139+ views
    Sun-Sentinal.com ^ | November 10, 2004 | By Dina Bass
    Microsoft Corp. started selling Halo 2, the sequel to the best-selling title for its Xbox video-game machine, as more than 7,000 stores opened at midnight Monday to cater to enthusiasts eager to buy the futuristic shooting program. The company hopes the fanfare will overshadow its biggest competition, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 2 that came out two weeks ago and is expected to be the top seller industrywide this holiday season. A number of area stores joined in the nighttime opening, including EB Games in Jensen Beach. The 24-hour Wal-Mart stores in Miami and...
  • Microsoft video game "a damning condemnation of the Bush Administration"

    11/08/2004 2:01:36 PM PST · by Republican Radio™ · 172 replies · 37,302+ views
    Republican Radio ^ | November 8, 2004 | Republican Radio™
    Halo 2, the sequel to the top selling game for Microsoft's Xbox, will be released on November 9th. Joe Staten, the Microsoft employee and writer responsible for the storyline of both games, will use the new game (targeted at teens) as a political protest against the Bush Administration. For those who don't know story of the Halo games, it takes place in the future when vicious and radically religious alien forces called "The Covenant" are in a war with the human race and have trapped a lone human warship light years from Earth near the heretofore unknown Halo, a huge...
  • Video game puts players in Kerry's virtual Swift boat

    09/23/2004 10:08:21 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 659+ views
    Associated Press | September 24, 2004 | MATT SLAGLE
    DALLAS (AP) -- An upcoming video game lets players re-enact the Swift boat mission in Vietnam that won Sen. John Kerry a Silver Star award for battlefield heroism. The first-person shooter "Kuma War" uses a ripped-from-the-headlines approach where gamers can download and then relive actual battles, mainly from the current war in Iraq. Beginning Sept. 30, the "John Kerry" mission will be available for download as an add-on pack for the game, made by New York-based Kuma Reality Games. The Kerry mission is based on the Navy's records of the encounter on Feb. 28, 1969. Playing as Lt. John...
  • John Kerry, action hero

    09/17/2004 5:44:44 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 45 replies · 1,182+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5:46 p.m. ET Sept. 17, 2004 | Tom Loftus
    Move over Lara Croft. Say hello to Lt. John Kerry, action video game hero. Later this month the presidential candidate's service in Vietnam -- the subject of ongoing controversy -- receives the full video game treatment with "John Kerry and the men of Swift Boat PCF-94." Available for download from kumawar.com as a free seven-day trial, the game will put players in the combat boots of a 25-year-old Lt. Kerry on Feb. 28, 1969, the date he earned his Silver Star citation. Players will have the opportunity to view and participate in the action from Kerry's perspective, up to and...
  • The Making of an X Box Warrior [Military has become an industry leader in video-game design]

    08/22/2004 5:52:28 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 11 replies · 845+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | August 22, 2004 | CLIVE THOMPSON
    It was only a virtual Baghdad, baking under a virtual sun. As in real life, though, troops were dodging gunfire. I was at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Marina Del Rey, Calif., playing a new X box video game called Full Spectrum Warrior. Leading eight men in an Army squad on a patrol of the war-torn city, I got a taste, however approximate, of why Iraq is such a hard place to be a soldier these days. My job, as squad leader, was to order my soldiers where to go and what to do. First, I sent half of...
  • Ubisoft to Publish U.S. Election Video Game

    06/03/2004 3:05:10 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 3 replies · 118+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2004 | Ben Berkowitz
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The typical video game calls for shooting aliens, racing cars and beating enemies into submission, but publisher Ubi Soft Entertainment has decided gamers may also enjoy stumping for votes at a nursing home somewhere in Ohio. The company said on Wednesday it has signed a deal to publish "The Political Machine," a new game for PCs that puts players in control of the 2004 presidential campaigns of either incumbent President Bush or Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry. Players will also have the option of creating their own Republican or Democratic candidate or managing the campaign of...
  • John Kerry 'Presidential Knockout' Video Game!

    05/22/2004 11:53:57 AM PDT · by sathers · 16 replies · 414+ views
    Miniclip.com ^ | 5/22/04
    Too funny, use the spacebar for defense/energy!And type fast..
  • VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY FACING 'CRISIS OF CREATIVITY'

    03/27/2004 2:40:22 PM PST · by ServesURight · 63 replies · 388+ views
    FORBES.COM/REUTERS ^ | 03/26/2004 | REED STEVENSON/BEN BERKOWITZ
    By Reed Stevenson and Ben Berkowitz SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - The video game industry is facing a hardening of the creative arteries as aging gamers' tastes increasingly shift toward sequels and games based on movies, industry participants said this week. With more and more titles chasing the success of their predecessors and content owners digging deep into their libraries to tap older material for quick fail-proof conversion into games, the industry is faced with a question more serious than rhetorical: What's new? "The gaming industry will shrink unless we start to see new games," said Toru Iwatani, who created...
  • Aerosmith's Perry Unveils Hot Riffs in Video Game

    03/25/2004 7:00:13 PM PST · by NYC GOP Chick · 181+ views
    Hollywood Reporter / Reuters ^ | 3.25.2004 | Paul Bond
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Aerosmith (news - web sites) guitarist Joe Perry has got a hit on his hands -- not a song, but a free online game that features a virtual Perry as a smart-aleck genie.   The game, "Genie Joe and the Axeman," was built to promote the legendary rocker's Boneyard Brew hot sauce, available at http://www.JoePerrysRockYourWorld.com. Traffic to the site has skyrocketed 200% since the game launched earlier this month, said Perry's step-son, Aaron Hirsch, who runs the hot sauce company. "There's a huge buzz on message boards about Joe rockin' out on a video game,"...
  • Dorchester man fatally wounded in Quincy store theft, police say

    03/10/2004 5:09:15 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 12 replies · 267+ views
    Boston Globe Online ^ | Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | John Ellement and Diane Allen
    <p>QUINCY -- William J. Quarterone did not go back to sleep yesterday morning, too troubled after watching a bleeding man collapse in front of his home in the early hours. Minutes before, police said, the man had stolen some Play Station 2 video games, and was fatally wounded as he fled.</p>
  • Haitian-Americans file lawsuit to stop sales of Grand Theft Auto Vice City.

    12/29/2003 5:32:38 AM PST · by Pikamax · 12 replies · 240+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 12/29/03 | C. Ron Allen
    Haitian-Americans file lawsuit to stop sales of controversial video game By C. Ron Allen Staff Writer December 24, 2003 Haitian-Americans protesting a controversial video game asked a judge on Tuesday to halt its sale and distribution. The suit, filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleges that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, is violent and racist because characters call for the killing of Haitians and other ethnic groups the game portrays as thugs, thieves and drug dealers. "To see Haitians portrayed in this fashion, they've really reached a new low with these video games," attorney Barry Silver, who filed the...
  • Presidential Politics: The Videogame

    12/29/2003 4:20:22 AM PST · by visagoth · 4 replies · 142+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/24/03 | Henry Jenkins
    Continuing to explore innovative uses of digital tools for campaigning, Howard Dean, this year’s cybercandidate, has commissioned his very own computer game. The game simulates the process of getting out the vote in Iowa, including pamphleting, canvasing, placing signs, and moving people to the local precinct to caucus. The game was developed by game designer and theorist Gonzalo Frasca, working with Ian Bogost, as another illustration of news gaming. Information about the game was sent first to selected bloggers, including yours truly, before being released to the mainstream media. Interesting, the Dean game appears only a few weeks after Slate...
  • Victims' kin blast WTC video game

    12/06/2003 2:05:26 PM PST · by DannyTN · 17 replies · 123+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Posted: December 6, 2003
    Victims' kin blast WTC video game Challenges players to shoot down jets before they hit towers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 6, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Families of Sept. 11 victims are outraged by a French Internet video game in which players shoot down passenger jets before they hit the World Trade Center towers. "My daughter was on one of the planes," Tom Roger, father of slain American Airlines flight attendant Jean Roger, told the New York Daily News. "To think people are making it a game is pretty bizarre. But there are a lot of sick people out...
  • AP Praises Freedom Fighters Video Game (For Once, They Get It Right)

    11/05/2003 10:53:44 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 244+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 11/4/2003 | Matt Slagle
    AP Praises Freedom Fighters Video GameBy MATT SLAGLE, Associated Press Writer"Freedom Fighters," for Xbox (news - web sites), PlayStation2 (news - web sites), GameCube and the PC, is more than an entertaining lesson in alternate history. It's extremely fun, with the hallmarks of all good video games: responsive controls, intense action and challenging opponents. p> In the video game, it's up to you to lead the resistance against communism, which is stronger than ever. After dragging Mexico behind the iron curtain, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is moving in on the final prize: the United States. You are Christopher...
  • Sony Shows 'Crossover' Video-Game Machine (PS2, DVD Rec, TV, Digital Photo album & music player)

    10/07/2003 6:29:19 AM PDT · by bedolido · 237+ views
    SiliconValley ^ | 10/07/03 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    CHIBA, Japan - Sony Corp. showed off its PSX, the beefed up PlayStation 2 video-game machine that also works as a DVD recorder, analog TV, digital photo album and music player and goes on sale in Japan late this year for just over $700. The offering from the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant underlines the intensifying competition in the industry to sell the idea of home digital entertainment that introduces computer functions from the office into the living room. The PSX, slated for sale next year in the U.S. and European markets, took center stage Tuesday at the Sony booth...
  • Teens blame video game for shootings

    09/04/2003 9:35:39 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 16 replies · 219+ views
    Teens blame video game for shootings WKRN, TN There is an update on the teens accused of shooting innocent drivers along Interstate 40. 16-year-old William Buckner and his 13-year old stepbrother, Joshua, now claim the video game Grand Theft Auto inspired them to hide in the woods and shoot at cars driving down I-40. The boys say they never meant to hurt anyone, but they did. Two people were injured in the sniper-style shootings.
  • Uncle Sam wants you to play Army - Realistic video game is a recruiter's dream

    08/31/2003 11:04:15 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 16 replies · 475+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 8/31/03 | Wayne Woolley
    <p>This is "America's Army," a taxpayer-financed video game launched by the Army last year as a recruiting tool, is growing into an Internet phenomenon.</p> <p>The popularity of the free game, which can be downloaded from an Army Web site (www.americasarmy.com) or obtained on disc at any recruiting station, has exceeded the Army's wildest expectations.</p>
  • Win a Chance to Get Beaten Up - in a Video Game

    05/12/2003 9:17:52 AM PDT · by yonif · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon, May 12, 2003 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The good news: video game fans have a chance to star in an upcoming game release. The bad news: your digital likeness will be beaten with lead pipes and body-slammed into concrete pool decks. British video game publisher Eidos on Friday said it has struck a deal with games news company IGN Entertainment Inc. to sponsor a contest in which the winner will appear as a character in the upcoming game 'Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home.' The game is set for release this summer on the PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) and Xbox...