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Slate Magazine - Should the United States ban a Japanese "rape simulator" game?
"Considering the impossibility of policing the Internet, as well as the availability of English RapeLay translations and forums for years before any politician caught wind of the game, it's unrealistic to think that the game could be banished from America. Very few Japanese developers make an effort to sell eroge to the West, and those that do, like Peach Princess and G-Collections, make content modifications to suit foreign norms and laws. (For example, all underage characters' ages get rounded up to 18, no matter how young the character looks.) These Westernized versions are sold in the United States via import sites like J-List and Play-Asia. Neither company sells RapeLay, but they do offer the popular eroge Yume Miru Kusuri. That game, while more edgy than it is violent, does focus on sex-crazed, underage-looking high schoolers with drug problems and suicide fetishes. RapeLay is appalling, but titles like Yume Miru Kusuri—sold in America after being unconvincingly modified so the protagonists are "18," making it tough to peg the games as outright illegal—would make far more constructive targets for political outrage."

Edge Online - Why the -Age of Steam- May Not Last? By Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, operator of Impulse.
"It's far too soon to assume that Steam will continue to dominate five years out. Thus far, it has largely operated without serious competition. With other services such as Impulse, Games for Windows Live,, GamersGate and others upping their own services with unique and compelling features, expanding their catalogs, and focusing on providing good customer experiences, I would be very surprised if Steam continues to have such a large market share (as a percentage) even 18 months from now."

CNET - Is the video game industry losing the PR battle?
"Based on what I've seen so far from the industry, it's willing to take a beating from government, lawyers, authors, and concerned groups and it does little to fight back. Meantime, I receive e-mails from parents on an almost daily basis asking me why video games are so bad for their kids. Whenever that happens, I write them a short but informative e-mail saying, 'They're not as bad as some groups say and here's research to prove it.'"

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85. Re: Op Ed Mar 13, 2009, 23:55 Jerykk
You haven't been saying "My PC is superior to consoles", you've been saying that PCs in general are superior.

I don't need to say my PC because obviously I'm referring to gaming PC's, not budget Dells or eMachines. If you are seriously arguing that, you are arguing semantics.

There are many positive and negative aspects to both PC's and consoles which I've been repeating for a page now.

Yes, but [gaming] PC's have more positives than consoles do. I've already listed them numerous times throughout this debate and you have yet to successfully refute them. Your sole rebuttal seems to be "But not every PC can play games well!" Yeah, that's great except it's completely missing the point. PC's as a GAMING platform are superior. This means GAMING PC's, not worthless budget machines which weren't designed or purchased for gaming purposes. As an analogy, if I say that cars are faster than bicycles, I'm obviously not referring to a broken down car with one wheel. I'm talking about a fully functional car. Common sense please.

So from TW to the end of March... PS3 24ish titles. PC 15ish with good portion of ports, budget bin titles, re-sales and DRM.

So in one month, there are 24 good PS3 games that aren't coming out on PC? Please list them. I'm most curious.

The other issue about PC games is DRM and ownership. If people have such low opinions of themselves to allow companies to mistreat them with DRM on bad games, they don't get to own, and they like it, who am I to stand in the way of stupidity?

I dislike DRM myself and will not buy Securom games until they hit the bargain bin. That said, if you pay for Xbox Live, you are guilty of letting companies exploit you. If you are willing to pay $60 for a game that would be better and cheaper on a [gaming] PC, you are letting companies exploit you.

This comment was edited on Mar 14, 2009, 03:51.
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