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  • California Gamestops to Warn Customers of Online Fees for Used Games

    The State of California Makes Gamestop Warn their Customers about Used Games' Online Fees

    According to news from Joystiq, GameStop has settled a suit that requires the company to post signs in all of its California locations to warn their customers if certain used games have additional fees for online content. The company will also reimburse those "consumers who purchased qualifying used games" with a $10 check and a $5 coupon if they are a PowerUp Rewards members and a $5 check and a $10 coupon if they aren't.

    Mark Pifko, attorney for the Baron-Budd law firm that headed this case, stated that the warnings will be an important benefit since the company should disclose the truth to its consumers. He also found out that suspiciously that when the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered the prices for used copies of most of the games that were identified in the lawsuit. Gamestop has yet to be reached for comment about this lawsuit.

  • Call of Duty XP 2011

    The newest installment in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 3, has already created an enormous buzz throughout the gaming community. I am among those who are counting down the days till we can get our hands on a copy of the game, and get right down to business, CoD style. The new Call of Duty Elite system, along with the release of the new title are going to revolutionize the first-person shooter experience and the hype surrounding the game grows with every passing day.

    Activision has recently announced that they are offering an exclusive event that allows gamers to be among the first to have a hands on experience with Modern Warfare 3. Call of Duty followers have the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and pay $150 for entry to Activisions Call of Duty XP 2011 exclusive event. The event is scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of September, and as a gamer, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play MW3 two months before the November 8th release date.

    Once at the event, gamers will be able to get a first experience with Modern Warfare 3s multiplayer and spec ops modes, and a bracketed multiplayer tournament is being held for all attending. Without any of the other attractions and activities, this is enough to make me want to go, just for the simple pleasure of being among the first to experience the new game play of MW3. They are also offering live paintball matches, in arenas modeled after MW2 multiplayer maps, and I would be interested to see how my own online strategies transfer over to a live match on the MW2 map.

    Another awesome part of Call of Duty XP 2011, you know, beyond getting to play and experience MW3, is that Activision is allocating all of the proceeds from the event to the Call of Duty Endowment. This program is dedicated to help transition veterans back into civilian life, and I would be honored to help out that cause.

    Overall, the entire event looks amazing, and I would love to have an opportunity to go. Seeing the new game play, CoD Elite, the life-size MW paintball maps, and all the extra activities is an amazing opportunity for $150, and I think it is well worth the expense. So keep an eye out for more information regarding Call of Duty XP 2011, and do not waste any time securing your spot at the event.

  • Retail Video Game Chain Accused of Snatching Personal Information

    Gamestop accused of taking personal information

    As seen here about Gamestop, a California woman filed the suit on Wednesday of this past week, claiming that a Alameda County GameStop store recorded her personal information such as her name, her credit card information, and her PII (personal identification information) after purchasing items with her credit card. The woman, Melissa Arechiga, believes that GameStop uses the information like addresses and various other private pieces of information to benefit sales and future aspects of their store(s).

    In the view of the legal system of California, these actions of Gamestop are in violation of California's Civil Code in section 1747.08, which prohibits corporations from requesting that credit card users to provide their PII to be viewed and recorded.

    A class action complaint as been filed so far and has defined that all Gamestops in the state of California are having their staff perform these actions that are against the state's Civil Code. So far, Gamestop has given no interest or comment on the litigation.

    Now as from this blogger's opinion, I really don't know much about how California's laws and civil codes work nor can I compare them from here in Arizona. But I do know that it does seem like a bit of intrusion of privacy on the part of Gamestop. While most credit card companies do view information, if what Melissa Arechiga is stating is true, and Gamestop is using personal information to benefit themselves, that's a bit going over the line. I mean...there are other ways to find out other ways to improve sales.

  • California video game law getting no interest from Supreme Court

    Industry News - Game Law has no interest to the California Courts

    There was little interest on November 2nd's presentation of a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. The law has already been made invalidated by lower federal courts and justices appear to follow its steps.

    The hour long debate took a look at the sale/rental of video games that "appeal to a deviant or morbid interest of minors". Critics of the law like those of the trade association representing video game industry, believe its too broad of a law and violates First Amendment speech protections.


    The backers of the law written and proposed by Democrat Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco stated that the games are no less harmful to the development of minors.

    The contention didn't sit well with the justices. Justice Andrew Kennedy said that the state with their law is "almost asking for the court to create a new area of the First Amendment restriction with no consensus" and that the law is very vague. Justice Sotomayor added in "Can the legislature regulate Bugs Bunny?" before going on that they could speculate on the possibility of cracking down on rap music. Justice Antonin Scalia proposed "What's the difference between deviant violence and normal violence" before he express fear the law would inhibit video game creators from developing new games out of fear of the government taking strict action.

    While the law's fate is not determined, it appears that its not as clear as if the court will issue a ruling. At least three justices seemed open if California or another state could write a narrower law. A decision isn't expected for at least another year.

    ~Written by Geroncio Copiozo "€œ Conservative Political Pundit and Marathon gunner on MW2

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