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Op Ed

GameTopius - The Allure of Sex.
What company is going to market Sex: The Game? Glenn Beck's head would explode. The first time the game was found in a child's bedroom, Joe Lieberman and Hillary Clinton would meld together, travel back in time, and destroy the founders of Rockstar, the lab that invented Computer Space, and the entire nation of Japan. Americans, and a lot of other people, just can't handle the idea that in order to win you have to stimulate the clitoris, and if the game was for the Wii... forget about it.

At the same time, if sex is only a reward, it is pointless in terms of videogames.

Sleeper Hit - Why do we metagame?
This is why random dance epidemics break out in MMORPG's like fire in a dry pine forest. People just get bored with questing or grinding and they want a simple, no frills break, which takes up as much time as their willing to let waste. Everyone is susceptible to it. A huge raid party completes a time-draining run successfully and a good number of them are going to be too exhausted to do another one, but not quite tired enough to log out of the game yet.

Gameplayer - Was Gaming Better Before DLC?
The thing is, when done right, DLC is an awesome event that sees a game’s community rally under the logo with excited forum talk and fingers frothing at the chance of clicking the download button, taking the financial hit, and getting into more game time. Unfortunately, only a few publishers are making a conscious effort to make DLC something above and beyond the core gaming experience. Something worthy of your money, and something that does not undervalue the initial purchase and in turn make consumers feel sickened by the purchase.

Overclock3D.Net -- Magazine publisher serves up porno to minors.
To my surprise the only thing that did was the last 4 pages of the magazine that contained major full page spreads of mobile sex games, videos and pictures. Convinced that my son had accidentally managed to purchase a mag from one of the 'upper-shelves' I turned to the front cover to see if there was a 18 rated sticker anywhere on the front of the magazine. Nothing. Absolutely no indication that the magazine contained content unfit for young eyes.

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1. Re: Magazine publisher serves up porno t Aug 8, 2009, 15:12 shponglefan
Interesting findings. I never would have figured console gaming mags would feature ads for sex chat lines and other adult things.

Although I think it's ironic that a parent would flip out over their children seeing sex ads, but probably didn't bat an eye over ads for violent video games. Collectively, society's moral compass is pretty effed up.

This comment was edited on Aug 8, 2009, 15:12.
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