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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 Slashdot.
"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."

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4. Never played Team Fortress, 1 or 2 Feb 28, 2009, 16:52 Umbragen
 
But I play allot of MMOs - I don't think Valve has done anything new here, as far as plumbing the depths of human depravity anyway.  
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