Los Angeles Times - Violent video games- Who controls the joystick?
"Important as it is, the court's legal analysis doesn't identify an easy
alternative for parents who are justifiably concerned about the effects of
violent video games, films or comic books on their children. But the primary
responsibility for protecting minors from potentially harmful influences
lies with parents, as it did long before video games were a twinkle in a
programmer's eye. Parents don't need a law to urge makers of video games to
strengthen their current voluntary ratings systems. More important, they
don't need permission from a legislator or judge to keep an eye on what
their children are doing -- or playing."
Destructoid - How Valve's Team Fortress 2 character updates bring out the
worst in humanity.
"As ultimately entertaining as these character updates are, however, and as
much replayability and staying power they've given to Team Fortress 2 as a
whole, I have to take issue with how Valve chose to implement those updates.
Rather than simply giving us a reason to start playing again (or, given the
current 50% off sale, a reason to buy it in the first place), Valve has for
the fourth time unintentionally managed to turn their game into a wasteland
of human desperation, greed, selfishness, malevolence, and irritation."
Guardian.co.uk - You shouldn't have to sell your soul just to download some
music. By Cory Doctorow. Thanks
"Here's the world's shortest, fairest, and simplest licence agreement:
'Don't violate copyright law.' If I had my way, every digital download from
the music in the iTunes and Amazon MP3 store, to the ebooks for the Kindle
and Sony Reader, to the games for your Xbox, would bear this – and only this
– as its licence agreement."
Edge Online - Can Games Survive History?
"'History's boring' is the kind of thing you hear from people who think
their mistakes are original. When combined with other assumptions, like the
idea that something on the internet can never entirely disappear, we risk
being dangerously ignorant about the value of contemporary culture."
msnbc.com - Junk and
jubblies sell games.
"If all was right with the world, depicting sex and sexuality in video games
meant for adult players would raise nary an eye brow. After all, adults in
the real world have sex. Adults in movies have sex. So why shouldn’t adult
characters in video games get it on or, you know, appear in their
computer-generated birthday suits?"
GotGame - Amazon Blacklists Adult Video Games.
"The big debate resembles the dilemma we often see regarding video game
violence: Are they causing more harm than good (or are they good at all)?
Some argue that supplying outlets for deviant impulses satiate people from
going out and committing the acts in real life. Yet others believe that
supporting a market for games that glorify rape only serves to perpetuate
the attitude that it’s acceptable behavior."