GREE, Mad Catz, and NetDragon Joins ESA

The Entertainment Software Association welcomed three new members to their trade association today. The new members are GREE, a Japanese mobile games company specializing in social games such as Crime City and Modern War; Mad Catz, a hardware company famous for gaming accessories for a wide range of consumers that has branched into video game publishing and distribution; and NetDragon Websoft, a t...

Failed game regulation bill forces California to pay ESA $950,000

One may remember that a few years ago California attempted to establish an unconstitutional regulation on videogames and their distribution and one may also remember that the bill failed horribly in court. During the Brown v. ESA case, the court voted 7-2 to drop the bill in 2005 and now it appears that the legal fees incurred thanks to that Supreme Court case is going to cost the tax payers of Ca...

EPIC says NO to SOPA

SOPA, one of the worst bills in US history, has garnered the support of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA supports publishers and developers and is responsible for events like E3.  However, their support of SOPA has made them enemies of gamers, techies, journalists and ANYONE that uses the internet.   After all, SOPA would give governments nearly unlimited power over the Intern...

Today show says that people over 30 shouldn’t play games

The Today show confirmed their, and in general, the mainstream media’s, ignorance regarding video games.  But you probably already knew that, huh? “Do you think it’s okay for men to play video games in their 30s and over?” Today show viewer Elizabeth asked  TV personality Donny Deutsch. Despite the fact that the median age for gamers is over 37, Deutsch says it’s not ...

Utah Congressman stops support of violent game law after Supreme Court ruling

After the Supreme Court struck down a California law that would fine retailers for selling M rated games to minors, a Utah representative has said he will not make the passing of a similar law in his state a priority.  The law, passed in 2008 and drafted by Jack Thompson, allowed parents to sue stores for false advertising if they sold the violent games to tykes. The rep, Michael Morley, says that...

Supreme Court rules against violent game ban by California Law

Though news about the law has been quiet for awhile, the law to ban the sale of violent video games to minors was still kicking around slightly in the American justice system. Though the law had already been ruled against in the lower courts, the Supreme Court itself has issued it’s ruling about the case. Brown v. The Entertainment Merchants Association has once again been ruled against, wit...

New bill in the US could impose labels on games

U.S. Congressman Joe Baca  has introduced the Video Game Health Labeling Act, a bill that would require a warning label on all games rated T or higher.  The original bill’s text misidentified the ESRB as the Electronics Software Rating Board.  It seems somebody didn’t do their research . The label would read: “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media h...

E3 2011 reveals exhibtors already; long list of mystery

Man we can’t even put away our holiday decorations and E3 is already ringing in the year with its reveals. What have they revealed already? Well they have revealed who will be showing off their stuff at E3 2011. Yeah… not too much excitement there unless you are a writer such as myself. E3 is perhaps one of the biggest revealing platforms in the gaming industry as it stands today and e...

ESRB rates Bulletstorm; remains stoically serious

Over the years, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board has rated many games and described them, in order to keep us safe from ourselves.  They are also our best hope at keeping governments off our backs.  But, something tells me that Bulletstorm may be the most awkward game they have reviewed yet.  Bulletstorm has created a plethora of gamer and media attention by being racously funny in an offe...

Video Games & the Supreme Court – What Happened Before, During and Later

Since the last story about video games and politics, an incredible amount of information and updates have been unearthed.  If your all for video games remaining uncensored, this article is for you.  Some of it may infuriate you, but the ending will give give you some hope. Lets start out with CNN and G4TV.  CNN interviewed Adam Sessler about the California law and judicial case.  In my opinion, Ad...

Broken Controllers for Politics- Update: Yee’s Statement

Remember that story about the Supreme Court and violent video games? Senator Yee, who wrote the bill that became the law in the first place, has given his side of the story. “I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will help give parents a valuable tool to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games.  Parents – not retailers or game makers – should be able...

Broken Controllers for Politics

Perhaps you may remember that a landmark court ruling is soon to be decided here in the United States.  The Supreme Court will rule on a First Amendment rights bill that could restrict video games and player’s right to free speech.  In a nutshell, the law prohibits excessively violent video game sales to children.  This may sound like a good idea, however, if this law is not proved unconstit...

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