Governor to Appeal Video Game Ruling
reports that a federal judge has ruled
unconstitutional Illinois' recently passed law that banned the sale of violent
or sexually explicit video games to minors:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Rod
Blagojevich vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling that shot down a new
Illinois law banning the sale of violent or sexual video games to minors.
U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled Friday that Illinois'
restrictions are unconstitutional and barred the state from enforcing the law.
The Democratic governor and other supporters of the measure have argued that
children were being harmed by exposure to games in which characters go on
killing sprees or sexual escapades.
"This battle is not over," Blagojevich said in a statement. "Parents should be
able to expect that their kids will not have access to excessively violent and
sexually explicit video games without their permission."
Kennelly said state officials came "nowhere near" demonstrating that the law
passes constitutional muster.
Opponents had declared the law a restriction on free speech and pointed out that
similar laws had been struck down in other states.
Marvel MMO To Be Developed
By Sigil on 1UP
(thanks Mike Martinez and
) reports that Sigil Games, currently
developing Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, is also the developer of the upcoming
MMORPG based on the world of Marvel Comics. They don't mention the source of
this information, and the only other light they can shed on this at the moment
is the game will include PC and Xbox 360 gamers playing together in the same
now offers a
new patch for the Linux edition of Unreal Tournament 2004.
Ryan Gordon's .plan file
has the details on the update, saying he's hopeful
the Win64 and MacOS editions of the patch will be ready today.
The Gas Powered Games Website
offers an updated version 1.1 of the Dungeon Siege toolkit. They direct those
interested in getting started making mods for their RPG sequel to the
Gas Powered Garage
A new version of the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War Toolkit is now available,
bringing the Relic Developer Network to version 1.41. The new version adds
additional support for the Winter Assault expansion. The download is available
(registration required), and
This page on the German
Emergency 3 Website
) now offers downloads of a 3.8 MB patch to
update the German edition of Emergency 3 to version 1.03.
Zelda playable at G.A.M.E.
Beginning today in San Francisco. Thanks Mike Martinez.
I was loading the freezer with some meat for our beasts when the sound from the
compressor completely cut out, leaving the fridge was suddenly eerily silent. I
had never had the door open when this happened before, and so for a bit I was
worried that we might be faced with a pricey repair or replacement. The
compressor was on again when I checked it later, so this was just some normal
operation that I hadn't taken notice of before. My failure to know
whether my own refrigerator's behavior was normal may not be excusable, but my
concern this thing might break should be... MrsBlue and I had this same model
when we lived in Brooklyn, and when it broke, we learned that we were lucky it
lived the 10 years it did, as this model is known to fail even sooner than that.
Our current fridge is at least that old now too, but it's still running (you'd
better catch it!), so we'll just keep waiting for that shoe to drop.