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  • Dads Still Got Game, but the Kids Have Got Talent

    09/27/2009 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Saije · 1 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/27/2009 | Donna St. George
    It's a football Sunday, and between NFL matchups on television, Tyson Cole-Hines and his 9-year-old stepson create their own drama on the field with a video game on their Xbox 360. This is a father-son pastime, playing Madden NFL 10 or NBA 2K8 on a 62-inch flat screen. But late at night, the gaming gets edgier. That's when the Reston dad launches into higher-octane battles against enemies and aliens on mature-rated fare like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. In these war games, bullets are flying. Bad guys go down. Things blow up. This all happens in Cole-Hines's hushed...
  • Yoko Ono Thinks The New Beatles Rock Band Game Will Help Create Peace

    09/21/2009 5:20:11 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies · 1,291+ views
    All Headline News ^ | September 21, 2009 | Shannon McGregor
    Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Yoko Ono thinks the new Beatles video game will help create "a world of Peace." The 76-year-old widow of "Fab Four" singer John Lennon has praised Beatles Rock Band - which was released earlier this month - because it merges music and art to create amazing "healing vibrations." She explained: "I think game is the second revolution. In the beginning they made a splash with their music; with the video game we're going to create a planet of music and art." "Music and art are both very interesting healing vibrations, and with that vibration we...
  • Video Game Developer Qualifies for Million Dollar NASA Prize

    09/13/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Saije · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    GameFreaks365 ^ | 9/13/2009 | Kyle
    Video game developer John Carmack, better known for his work on Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, has qualified for a million dollar prize from NASA. America's space agency challenged the nation's brightest minds to come up with a design contest known as the Lunar Lander Challenge. Carmack's team, known as Armadillo Aerospace, won $350,000 after taking first prize last year in NASA's Level 1 competition. Now they are aiming for Level 2 and the million dollar prize. As describes it: "The alcohol-fueled, pressure-tank-equipped rocket has to hang in the air for a minimum of 3 minutes during each leg of...
  • Iran tries to crack games market

    08/21/2009 1:07:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 450+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | August 21, 2009
    Video game developers from Iran have been exhibiting at a Western game convention for the very first time. Representatives from the trade body, the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games, were on hand at a dedicated stand at gamescom in Cologne. They were there to showcase the latest games developed in Iran, establish contacts, and to see if Western retailers would stock their games. But they acknowledged the political situation would make it a challenge. "We need more investors," said Amir Tarbyatjoui, head of Parsan Business Development Solutions who managed the Iranian stand. "The [US] sanctions do affect our industry,...
  • Study: Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

    08/18/2009 9:42:12 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 26 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | Aug 18, 2009 | Suzanne Choney
    A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed. Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Andrews University analyzed survey data from 552 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The subjects ranged in age from 19 to 90, according to the study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The hypothesis was that video-game players have a higher body mass index — the measure of a person's weight in relation to...
  • Crack In Videogames' Armor

    07/30/2009 12:38:12 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies · 1,310+ views
    Alibaba ^ | July 21 2009 | Alibaba
    Sales of videogames have finally taken a hit from the financial crisis, weakened by record-high unemployment, uncertainty about the future and a growing number of Americans swapping credit cards for savings accounts. Game software and hardware sales fell a combined 31% in June compared with last year, according to hot market research firm NPD. That's the biggest monthly decline since 2000, when sales dropped 41%; year-to-date, sales are down 12% from 2008. A new frugality seems to be at play here. Hardware sales dropped 38%, much more than sales of the games themselves, off 29%. One obvious reason is that...
  • Chuck E. Cheese's hunting related video games causing bad behavior by patrons?

    07/24/2009 7:57:26 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 17 replies · 934+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 23 July 2009 | Sandra Tan
    ome Amherst Town Board members question whether Chuck E. Cheese’s really is the place “where a kid can be a kid.” In a 3-3 vote this week, the board failed to approve a game license for the kids-themed food and entertainment venue on Harlem Road, citing concerns about violent video games and bad behavior by patrons that require police intervention. Council Member Shelly Schratz said she was disturbed by several “action-packed shoot-and-kill games” that were accessible to children as young as 4. “When I see 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds playing those games, when all the time we’re opening the paper and seeing...
  • "World of Warcraft" CEO Talks the Economy of the Video Game Industry - Video 7/9/09

    07/09/2009 2:50:40 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video interview with the CEO of Activision Blizzard Inc., Robert Kotick, whose company owns such huge names in the video game industry as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft. He discusses how the economy is impacting the video game industry. He says video games are actually doing very well since it is a relatively cheap form of entertainment. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Remembering Michael Jackson's video game legacy (Humor)

    06/25/2009 5:19:29 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 20 replies · 1,689+ views
    Crave - CNet ^ | Dan Ackerman
    "Back when Jackson was merely a semi-eccentric star, Sega created a video game property for him, named Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (actually separate games for the arcade and Sega Genesis/Master System consoles). Moonwalker was notable for being an early example of real-life celebrities appearing in video games, and for using digitized versions of some of Jacko's songs. The game is also unintentionally hilarious because Jackson is tasked with rescuing helpless children from a crime boss named Mr. Big (although in hindsight, perhaps it was Mr. Big who was doing the rescuing). The arcade version was a basic isometric beat-'em-up, with two...
  • Obama Disses Video games. Peter Moore Responds

    06/22/2009 11:38:34 AM PDT · by Glenn · 75 replies · 1,864+ views
    G4.TV ^ | Monday, June 22, 2009 11:32 AM | Stephen Johnson
    Our beloved leader is on a bit of an anti-video game tear lately. In a Father's Day message to all Americans, President Barack Obama categorized video games as a waste of kids' time. In this Sunday's Parade magazine, Obama wrote: We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done. We need to say to our daughters, Howard Huge was unavailable for comment. That's not the only Obama vs. video games news I have for you, though. In a speech to the American Medical Association, Obama...
  • Germany poised to ban all violent video games

    06/17/2009 2:13:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/15/09
    Like gamers around the world, Germans love their shoot-'em-ups. Sure, video gaming isn't quite the industry in Germany that it is in the U.S. (or some other parts of Europe), but it's still an enormous market for the industry. Those days are quite likely to come to a screeching halt in a matter of weeks, as Germany is well on its way to banning all "violent video games," defined (via translation) as games "where the main part is to realistically play the killing of people or other cruel or inhuman acts of violence against humans or manlike characters." Hmmmm... sounds...
  • Susan Greenfield’s latest claim: playing videogames to blame for financial crisis

    06/02/2009 6:51:38 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 489+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 2, 2009 | Eleanor Barlow
    Greenfield's been at it again: in this month's Wired article entitled, 'Did video games make bankers more reckless?', Greenfield, somewhat inconceivably, argues that playing videogames may be to blame for the current economic crisis. Rather bizarrely, Greenfield's hypothetical argument boils down to the premise that the current generation of bankers grew up playing videogames and that videogames make you reckless. "What if the recent wave of recklessness among bankers was due, in part, to the fact that the younger generation has been brought up in two dimensions - subjected to prolonged time in front of a screen, immersed in the...
  • Germans find a new way to blame America and the Army

    05/12/2009 2:18:59 PM PDT · by offmainstreet · 36 replies · 801+ views
    True/Slant ^ | 5/12/2009 | Paul Tassi
    This is great - German researchers are putting all of the blame for the existence of violent video games on the shoulders of America and the Army. Indirectly, they're saying America's culture is responsible for German kids picking up firearms and shooting their schoolmates. It couldn't be some other violent roots in German culture that leads to kids killing each other, could it? How do you say "a few bad apples" auf Deutsch?
  • Activision eyes "Guitar Hero" TV series, tour

    05/08/2009 5:17:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 397+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2009 | Paul Bond
    The worldwide hit video game "Guitar Hero" could become a reality TV show and/or a real-life concert tour, people familiar with the discussions said Thursday. "Hero" is from Activision Blizzard, a leading video game publisher that aims to turn some of its games into TV and film properties. Activision's cross-platform interests don't end at "Hero"; discussions are under way to turn the "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" video games into movies. "They are being talked about for the big screen," said one person with knowledge of the details. In an interview before Thursday's quarterly earnings conference call, Activision...
  • The Limits of Terrorism

    04/27/2009 12:04:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 350+ views
    (JERUSALEM POST) via DANIEL ^ | April 22, 2009 | by Daniel Pipes
    SNIPPET: "Does terrorism work, meaning, does it achieve its perpetrators' objectives?" SNIPPET: "In the long term, however, Islamists will likely recognize the limits of violence and increasingly pursue their repugnant goals through legitimate ways. Radical Islam's best chance to defeat us lies not in bombings and beheadings but in classrooms, law courts, computer games, television studios, and electoral campaigns. We are on notice."
  • Study Finds Some Youths 'Addicted' to Video Games

    04/20/2009 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 732+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/20/09 | Donna St. George
    A new study concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some skimping on homework, lying about how much they play and struggling, without success, when they try to cut back. In what is described as the first nationally representative study in the United States on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.
  • ‘Ghetto Golf’ Combines Golf With Guns, Needs Publisher

    04/13/2009 11:28:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 486+ views
    MTV ^ | 4/13/09 | Stephen Totilo
    I have seen the first video game that mixes golfing with machine guns, an upstart developer’s wild idea with a real life R&B twist. Chuck Brungardt described the first game he’s ever developed — the one he was showing publishers and MTV Multiplayer behind closed doors last month in San Francisco — as “Billy Madison” meets “Friday.” That’s a novel pitch. But may we propose a different description? Try “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Tiger Woods PGA.” Get ready, world, for the first video game to mix gunplay with golf clubs — and possibly the first video game to be inspired...
  • Six Days in Fallujah brings the battle home

    04/07/2009 7:35:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 11 replies · 576+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Ryan Kim
    Six Days in Fallujah, developed by Atomic Games and set to be published by Konami, takes gamers into the 2004 battle for Fallujah, the largest urban assault since Vietnam. Developers said they're not seeking to exploit the war in Iraq for profit but to use video games, the medium of choice for young people and soldiers alike, to illuminate an important battle. To that end, the game is incorporating recorded interviews and other documentary techniques. Developers say it's high time a video game aspired to do more than just entertain. "It's time for video games to do what movies, music...
  • Rabbi: Playing 'Call Of Duty' Videogame Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Nazis

    03/10/2009 10:20:01 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 33 replies · 1,129+ views
    Silicon Valley Insider ^ | 8 Mar 2009 | Eric Krangel
    Rabbi: Playing 'Call Of Duty' Videogame Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Nazis Eric Krangel|Mar. 8, 2009, 2:18 PM|11 Tags: Gadgets, Activision, Gaming Typically, we only hear clergy talk about violent videogames in a negative way.But Brooklyn Rabbi Micah Kelber has an op-ed in Jewish media outlet The Forward this weekend, in which he describes, at length and with a lot of subtlety, how Activision-produced (ATVI) World War II-themed videogame 'Call of Duty: World At War' helped him confront his life-long fear of Nazi persecution.The whole thing is worth reading, but a taste of what the Rabbi has to say:As...
  • Boy, 11, Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman

    02/21/2009 12:16:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 1,071+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 21, 2009
    Boy, 11, charged with killing pregnant woman The victim — 8 months pregnant — was found shot in her farmhouse Feb. 21, 2009 WAMPUM, Pa. - Police in western Pennsylvania say an 11-year-old boy has been charged in the death of a pregnant woman who was found shot in a bedroom of her farmhouse. Police say the boy is charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child in the killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk. The victim was 8 months pregnant. Lawrence County police issued a statement saying the boy had been arraigned and sent to the...
  • Court Finds Calif. Video Game Law Unconstitutional

    02/20/2009 11:52:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 526+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/20/09
    A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that a California law restricting the sales and rental of violent video games to minors and imposing labeling requirements violates free speech guarantees. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the labeling requirement unfairly forces video games to carry "the state's controversial opinion" about which games are violent. The 2005 law, which requires games described as violent to carry an "18" label, has been contested by video game publishers, distributors and sellers. A lower court had barred the law from taking effect and later invalidated it. The state appealed. State Sen....
  • Amazon Bans Controversial Video Game Rapelay From Online Marketplace

    02/14/2009 6:28:54 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies · 963+ views
    All Headline News ^ | February 13, 2009 | Julie Farby
    London, England (AHN) - A controversial new Japanese video game that allows players to gang rape virtual women, and then force them to have an abortion, has been banned from Amazon. The game which was intended for release only in Japan was offered to British buyers through Amazon Marketplace, a division of the online store's site open to third-party sellers. But the game has been withdrawn, amid complaints from users who deemed the content inappropriate. Although a spokesperson for the manufacturer of Rapelay said the game cleared "the domestic ratings of an ethics watchdog body," Amazon will not be carrying...
  • British Politico Urges Video Game Manufacturers to Include Message about Global Warming

    02/10/2009 10:38:25 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 4 replies · 267+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 10, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    The message has made it everywhere else - Hannah Montana songs, every night on the news, in books and cartoons, so why not video games? If you want a preview of tactics that could be on the way in the name of curbing global warming, take a look across the pond at what they're doing in Europe. In Britain, Lord Puttnam, the founding chairman of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and a former chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill issued a statement ahead of his speech slated for the end...
  • Video game plays strange message? Mother: toy says 'Islam is the light'

    01/27/2009 4:58:42 PM PST · by blueyon · 33 replies · 2,129+ views ^ | Jan 27 2009 | Jessica Hayes
    KNIGHTSVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - Months ago, Rachel Jones was shocked to discover her 4-year-old's baby doll seemed to have a hidden message: Islam is the light. Imagine her surprise when a game for her 8-year-old daughter's Nintendo DS had the same message. Rachel said she bought the Nintendo game, Baby Pals, as a gift for her 8-year-old daughter after a good report card. She had no idea the game also contained the hidden message "Islam is the light."
  • Video game plays strange message Toy says 'Islam is the light'

    01/27/2009 7:22:59 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 1 replies · 1,068+ views
    Wthitv ^ | 1/27/09 | Jessica Hayes
    KNIGHTSVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - Months ago, Rachel Jones was shocked to discover her 4-year-old's baby doll seemed to have a hidden message: Islam is the light. Imagine her surprise when a game for her 8-year-old daughter's Nintendo DS had the same message. Rachel said she bought the Nintendo game, Baby Pals, as a gift for her 8-year-old daughter after a good report card. She had no idea the game also contained the hidden message "Islam is the light." "We were sitting in the kitchen, and she was playing it," said Jones. "All of a sudden she looked at me, and...
  • Video games linked to poor relationships with friends, family

    01/23/2009 8:20:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 299+ views
    Brigham Young University ^ | January 23, 2009 | Joe Hadfield
    A new study connects young adults' use of video games to poorer relationships with friends and family – and the student co-author expresses disappointment at his own findings. Brigham Young University undergrad Alex Jensen and his faculty mentor, Laura Walker, publish their results Jan. 23 in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The research is based on information collected from 813 college students around the country. As the amount of time playing video games went up, the quality of relationships with peers and parents went down. "It may be that young adults remove themselves from important social settings to play...
  • Teen charged with assaulting mom with taco

    01/18/2009 5:30:44 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 68 replies · 1,655+ views
    Fox Orlando ^ | 15 Jan 2009
    A 19-year-old Deltona man is arrested for assaulting his own mother, with a taco. Dena Moir tells Fox 35 News her son, Zachary Moir, got out of control Wednesday night when she was calling him down for dinner. When he refused to stop playing his X-box and come down for dinner, Dena Moir says she went upstairs and unplugged the game, that's when she says Zachary pushed her and called her a bad name. "I've been having trouble with him for awhile won't work, wont' go to school. He's being rude and disrespectful. Pushing things to the limit as far...
  • Army simulators and violent video games(Boys with Guns!)

    01/17/2009 2:30:48 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies · 597+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/17/09 | Rob Watson
    The Army has built a multi-million dollar site, the Army Experience Center, in the Franklin Mills Mall. It's filled with Xbox 360s and PCs featuring first-person shooters, sports games, and even a couple of combat simulators used for actual soldier training.
  • Free Republic Thread of BUY THIS GAME! (Video game recommendation thread)

    12/31/2008 4:47:43 PM PST · by NinoFan · 89 replies · 3,266+ views
    NA | December 31,2008 | Self
    I thought it might be useful to have a thread for game recommendations. Thread suggestions: While popular games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy, and Metal Gear Solid 4 deserve every bit of attention they've received, I can't think of a gamer that doesn't know of their existence. Let's focus on the hidden gems and lesser known games. Let's not get into system wars. The Wii, 360, PS3, PC and Mac all have their own must-have games. If you're a hardcore gamer, odds are good that you own all of these platforms anyway, so please keep your stoney, ninthing, and...
  • Scientists Write Guide to Build Supercomputer from Sony Playstation 3

    12/23/2008 8:55:54 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 38 replies · 1,943+ views ^ | 17 December 2008 | University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    ( -- UMass Dartmouth Physics Professor Gaurav Khanna and UMass Dartmouth Principal Investigator Chris Poulin have created a step-by-step guide to building a home-brewed supercomputer that can reduce the cost of university and general computing research.Found at , the resource fully illustrates how to create a fully functioning and high performance supercomputer with the Sony Playstation 3.Last year, Khanna’s construction of a small supercomputer using eight Sony-donated Playstation 3 gaming consoles made headlines nationwide in the scientific community. On the consoles, he is solving complex equations designed to predict the properties of gravitational waves generated by the black holes...
  • It's Alive! (CROWS - common remotely operated weapon stations)

    12/13/2008 2:58:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 106 replies · 5,177+ views ^ | December 11, 2008 | NA
    The remote control turret changed the battlefield more than you might think.  It all began three years ago, when the U.S. Army realized that new remote control gun turret designs actually worked, and suddenly they could not get enough of them. The army ordered over 9,000 CROWS (common remotely operated weapon stations), but for a while could only get 15 a month. By the end of 2006, there were about a thousand CROWS in service by the end of the year. The main issue was that the enemy was no longer able to knock out the turret gunner, early in...
  • Game Changer - Totally video.

    12/13/2008 2:11:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 968+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 12, 2008 | Robert VerBruggen
    December 12, 2008, 0:30 p.m. Game ChangerTotally video. By Robert VerBruggen Video games are undeniably popular: Over Thanksgiving week alone, Nintendo sold more than 800,000 Wii consoles. This trend could have serious ramifications for society; experts have speculated about consequences ranging from an uptick in childhood obesity to better-developed visuospatial skills. But video games’ effects on our way of life could exceed even these expectations. In Changing the Game, David Edery and Ethan Mollick focus on the world of business, explaining how companies are increasingly turning to games to solve various problems. The book both advises companies on how...
  • Obama’s FCC Transition Team Co-chair a WoW Player

    11/23/2008 4:52:21 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 11 replies · 779+ views
    GigaOM ^ | Nov 18, 2008 | Wagner James Au
    Last week, President-elect Obama appointed Kevin Werbach, assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, and Susan Crawford, who teaches communications and Internet law at the University of Michigan, to co-chair his FCC transition team. In preparation for his incoming administration, the two, both seasoned Net Neutrality advocates, will be tasked with providing information on U.S. government Internet and telecom policies, along with advising on budgetary and personnel matters. This is clearly good news for Net advocates, and as it happens, it could also be good news for online gamers. The Wharton professor is a hardcore World of...
  • Obama battles pigs in lipstick and Sarah Palin on a skidoo in novel new computer game

    11/13/2008 7:36:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 538+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 Nov 2008 | Claire Bates
    Since Senator Barack Obama was elected President of the U.S he has kept a low profile, appearing briefly on his way to the gym or on an official visit to the White House. But it appears all this time he has been battling pigs in lipstick and collecting American flags in Alaska. The 47-year-old is the hero of a new computer game called Super Obama World - a side-scrolling platform game in the style of classic 1990’s games such as Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. Obama is pitted against Russian soldiers and greedy oil-company executives In the first installment you guide...
  • The church is a little lukewarm

    11/10/2008 2:09:38 PM PST · by MNDude · 9 replies · 229+ views
    WASHINGTON (RNS)—Americans spent nearly twice as much on first-day sales of the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” as the Southern Baptist Convention and its International Mission Board would need to share the gospel with all the world’s unreached people groups by 2010, according to a new report on church giving.
  • Obama Video Game Ads Contradict Early Rhetoric

    10/17/2008 2:45:34 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 7 replies · 415+ views ^ | October 17, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is earning praise for placing campaign ads in video games. Supporters say his targeting of a younger, captive audience shows the junior Illinois senator is “hip.” According to National Public Radio, Obama is running ads “in 18 video games, targeting 10 states that allow early voting,” including Electronic Arts’ “Burnout Paradise” on XBox 360. “First of all, I think it’s clear evidence that the Obama campaign has more money than they know what to do with,” Evan Tracey told CNN in an Oct. 17 segment. “This is a captive audience. You know, the other...
  • Video games feature ads for Obama's campaign (Electronic Arts, Madden '09)

    10/14/2008 2:53:47 PM PDT · by rattrap · 18 replies · 757+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct. 14th 2008 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Too busy playing video games to watch presidential ads on television? Barack Obama has found you, too, by becoming the first presidential candidate to buy ad space inside a game. Nine video games from Electronic Arts Inc., ranging from the extremely popular "Madden 09" football game to the street racing "Burnout: Paradise," feature in-game ads from the Obama campaign. The ads—they appear on billboards and other signage—remind players that early voting has begun and plug a campaign Web site. The idea of embedding advertising temporarily inside a video game is relatively new, having only begun about 18...
  • Sarah Palin in Rock Band 2

    10/12/2008 4:10:32 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 7 replies · 1,314+ views
    Kotaku ^ | Oct 11 2008 | Owen Good
    Palin now also as singer in Rock Band 2 videogame...
  • Will World of Warcraft depress the Obama vote? (vanity)

    I suddenly noticed that the next big expansion to the popular "World of Warcraft" online game, "Wrath of the Lich King", comes out on November 3rd. That's one day before the election. Anyone think basement-dwelling liberals will be too busy with the new game to go out and vote? Hey, I can dream...
  • ****The Official Friday Silliness Thread****

    09/12/2008 7:19:51 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 172 replies · 571+ views
    National Video Games Day - always on September 12th Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way your kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide all too many hours of playing time on your television set. In grandma and grandpa's day, they had stick horses for toys and playtime. Todays kids (big kids and little kids) have an enormous array of video games to play. Before you get tired of one game, another one hits the market. Our extensive research into this special day discovered two separately...
  • Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games [Meet Emily, from Image Metrics]

    08/18/2008 7:09:14 PM PDT · by GraniteStateConservative · 29 replies · 350+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (London/UK) ^ | August 18, 2008 | Jonathan Richards
    Extraordinarily lifelike characters are to begin appearing in films and computer games thanks to a new type of animation technology. Emily - the woman in the above animation ^ - was produced using a new modelling technology that enables the most minute details of a facial expression to be captured and recreated. She is considered to be one of the first animations to have overleapt a long-standing barrier known as 'uncanny valley' - which refers to the perception that animation looks less realistic as it approaches human likeness. Researchers at a Californian company which makes computer-generated imagery for Hollywood films...
  • Video-gaming strives for respect. Is it a sport?

    08/09/2008 6:03:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 243+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 4, 2008 | Gloria Goodale
    Attention will be riveted on the Olympic torch Friday during the opening ceremony of the 29th Olympiad, but in cyberspace, another torch relay is under way to promote visibility of a “sport” not yet ready for prime time in Beijing. It is the digital torch of the World Cyber Games, being passed from country to country, ultimately to land in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 11. World Cyber Games? That’s right: pro video-game play. Before anyone snickers, remember that sports channel ESPN routinely showcases poker tournaments, which arguably involve even less athleticism than video-gaming. Indeed, competitive video-game leagues have contracts with...
  • 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...
  • Football great Jim Brown suing EA, Sony

    08/02/2008 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 9 replies · 165+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | August 1, 2008 | Ben Silverman
    After years of barging over husky defenders on the gridiron, ex-Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown is attempting to tackle two serious video game heavyweights in court. According to Bloomberg, Brown has filed suit against Sony Computer Entertainment America and Electronic Arts over using his likeness in the popular Madden football series. He seeks a court order preventing either company from continuing to use his likeness in the franchise as well as damages stemming from trademark violation. At issue is the starting running back on Madden's "All Browns Team." The character is African-American and bears the same jersey number Brown...
  • Disc debuts: 'The Political Machine 2008' video game

    07/01/2008 2:29:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59+ views
    WFAA-TV ^ | July 1, 2008 | Victor Godinez
    The Political Machine 2008 B For PC. Rated for ages 10 and up. $19 MY FELLOW AMERICANS: Do you cringe every time your favorite presidential candidate makes a stupid blunder or fails to support your pet cause? Well, now you can shape the message by taking the helm of the campaigns of Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and various other historical candidates and presidents in The Political Machine 2008. But while this strategy game is a lot of fun in short doses, hardcore political junkies will want more. CLAWING TO THE TOP: In the campaign mode, you select a...
  • Diablo III

    06/28/2008 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 30 replies · 163+ views
    Blizzard ^ | This week? | Staff
    Two decades have passed since the demonic denizens, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, wandered the world of Sanctuary in a vicious rampage to shackle humanity into unholy slavery. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils directly, the memory fades slowly and the wounds of the soul still burn. When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram's Cathedral seeking clues to new stirrings of evil, a comet from the heavens strikes the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. The comet carries a dark omen in its fiery being and it calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the...
  • Sony has lost over $3 billion on the PS3

    06/26/2008 10:03:54 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 71 replies · 242+ views
    yahoo games ^ | 27 June 2008 | Ben Silverman
    Think you paid too much for your Playstation 3? Don't expect any sympathy from Sony. In the company's fiscal 2008 annual report, Sony revealed that they've now lost roughly $3.3 billion (that's billion with a B) on the Playstation 3 since its launch. That breaks down to $2.16 billion in 2007, followed by a notably smaller but equally daunting $1.16 billion loss in 2008.
  • Was Grand Theft Auto IV Inspired by Al-Qaida?

    06/16/2008 4:18:35 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 83+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 06/13/2008 | Yassin Musharbash
    Islamist forums are abuzz with a new theory: The designers of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, they say, were inspired by killing methods developed by al-Qaida. But did the idea for the car bombs and suicide attacks in the game really come from Osama bin Laden? For user "Abd al-Wahhab," it is obvious. It isn't just military men all over the world who are studying the murderous methods employed by the terror group al-Qaida. Rather, designers, developers and graphic artists in the video game world, he argues, have realized that "al-Qaida is a killing school." His theory: The...
  • Jack Thompson Walks Out of Disbarment Hearing

    06/06/2008 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 34 replies · 205+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | June 5, 2008 | Shane McGlaun
    Thompson says You don't know Jack Jack Thompson, the infamous attorney that has been a factor in multiple anti-video game lawsuits, reportedly walked out of a hearing before the Florida Bar Association today. Thompson’s hearing went on without him and the Florida Bar Association recommended Thompson be disciplined with an “enhanced disbarment” stipulating that Thompson can’t apply to practice law again for a decade. ***** Thompson filed a massive and rambling 14 page document he titled “Thompson’s Formal Objection to June 4 Sanctions “Hearing””. Thompson points out in the opening lines of his objections that, “I depart from the traditional...
  • Players Murder Biblical Figures And Behead Muhammad In New Video Game

    06/05/2008 1:52:05 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 24 replies · 205+ views
    KUTV.COM ^ | 05 June 08 | Jonny Glines
    VIRGINIA - The objective of a new video game is to stop the spread of Christianity and Islam by brutally killing biblical prophets, says the game’s atheist creator. A graduate student at the University of Virginia created the game --which has not yet been released-- in order to give a voice to atheists, according to WSLS Television News. The grad-student wishes to remain anonymous for “fear of his safety.” His request is understandable --considering at one point in his game players win by beheading the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Nearly a year ago, an even less bold stunt resulted in death...