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  • Oklahoma Gamers Get Their Gamer Rights Back

    Gamers From the Sooner State Avoid an Unnecessary Tax Raise on Video Games

    On February 20th, 2012, Oklahoma House Bill 2696 was defeated in the House Revenue and Tax Subcommittee. This legislation would have placed a 1% excise tax on the sale of all "violent" video games. When asked to withdraw his tax proposal from submission, Democratic Representative Will Fourkiller attempted to create a task force on linking obesity and aggression to video games. This proposal for the "Oklahoma Task Force on Video Games' Relationship to Obesity and Aggression" failed to come to fruition as well.

    It was obvious that this bill would unfairly target video games and the gaming community of Oklahoma. As an outcome, the community was not going to let this legislation ever see the light of day. Video Game Voters Network supporters in Oklahoma worked together to send hundreds upon hundreds of messages to the subcommittee and to Representative Fourkiller that they will not let this legislation stand. And it worked, as they pointed out that the representative's claims were contrary and that the taxed games would target non-violent games like Get Up and Dance, which actually encourage people to get off the couch and exercise.

    They also informed them that the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected the idea that any state can go and impose content-based restrictions on video games and that the Democrat representative from Oklahoma and his bill and actions were no exception.

    So mark this as a win for the first amendment and gamer rights.

    SOURCE: 
    http://videogamevoters.org/index.php/blog/OK_rights_restored/
  • Tips not to follow when trying to save

    Tips Not to Follow When Trying to Save Gas


    Every year without fail, the price of gas will yet again steal its fifteen minutes of fame in news headlines across the country. And it just so happens that the prices are currently stepping in the limelight and claiming its fame for its rapid rise. I dont know how you feel about it but, gas, is personally my lest favorite item to spend money on! I would much rather spend money on things that I want and desire than things that I logically need. For example, anything that sparks my interest like videogames, photography, independent films, ect. So when I know that my money will be going to something that is A: pricy and B: something Im not 100% thrilled about, I become frugal and attempt to save money in everyway possible. There are many tricks you hear down the road about saving a penny or two on gas, and for the most part I attempt to do just about all of them! But what ones actually work and which ones dont work when we are attempting to squeeze a few more miles out of that tank.

    Claire Bradley a writer for Investopedia was featured on the Yahoo Finance page with some tips on which tips not to follow! (Here is her article)

    Here are here suggestions on which tips NOT to follow.

    1:Turning off the AC

    2: Filling up when its cold outside

    3: Increasing tire pressure

    4: Pouring Additives

    5: Changing the Air Filter

    6: Keeping the engine running


  • Japanese version of Homefront not to declare Kim Jong-il Dead.

    Games - Homefront's Japanese version to be changed....slightly

    According to this Kotaku article the Japanese publisher of Homefront explains that only a few noticeable changes will take place in their port of the game. While the oppressive North Korea dictator will still be present in the game (though his son will be the majority North Korean focus) and the North Korean flag andpropagandawill be untouched fully, the only big difference in the Japanese difference was theeditingof the opening movie that declares Kim Jong-il dead, as well as his "funeral procession" (which is actually footage of his father's funeral back in 1994).

    The reason for why the censorship and editting is needed according to the publisher is that they have to comply with CERO, Japan'sComputer Entertainment Rating Organization. CERO has regulations and guidelines on how real people are portrayed in games. According to them, it is fine to depict Kim Jong-il and North Korea in Homefront; but, it CERO stated that if Homefront was to say Kim Jong-il dies in 2012 (which is a major plot point of the game), it will could open the game up to defamation.

    But according Kotaku - Japan's article about the entire ordeal (in Japanese) the game will retain its closeness to the original American content. Hopefully it'll stay the same and we can all be happy in fighting the good fight against a nightmarish North Korean nightmare.

  • 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.

  • A Ban on Late Night Online Gaming

    Vietnam places a gaming curfew!

    While China was facing issue with the deaths of those who were addicted to online gaming Vietnam has came up with a plan to help cut down the amount of time spent playing online games and eliminate side effects.

    The Ministry of Information and Communication has asked internet service providers to block access to on-line games from 10:00pm to 8:00am. "Provincial departments of information and communication will inspect on-line games activities nationwide and deal with organizations that violate regulations by canceling their services," said the ministry's Deputy Minister Le Nam Thang (Info.VN).

    The Vietnamese government will revise this decree sometimes this year and make improvements, until then starting March 3rd, the internet curfew will go into action.

    Internet Curfew

  • Congressman to push Health Warnings on Games a second time.

    Industry/Political News - Politician to Make Games to have Cigarette Box-like warnings

    Congressman Joe Baca (D-Califorinia) tried to introduced legislature in 2009 on display a label warning of links between violent video games and aggressive behavior. The proposal was denied. Read more about the 2009 legislature here.

    Cut to 2011, where he has now proposed the exact same legislature with the exact same information, only the difference now is he's backed by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia). The Virginian Congressman adds that like smokers being warned about cigarettes via labels, we should warn parents and children about the growing scientific backed link between violent behavior and video games. So really it's the same thing only he's backed with another congressman. If you're interested in this legislature, you can read more about the repeating proposalhere.

  • Kim Jong Il's second son is too much of a gaming loser to run the DPNK

    Politics in Games - North Korea not going be lead by a Gaming Loser

    One of Kim Jong Il's sons is apparently too busy playing video games to take over the reins of his father and run the world's most secluded militaristic oppressive country. Wikileaks (you know that organization that just likes to be the fly in every government's luncheon soup) has released information from a 2008 U.S. government consulate cable in Shanghai to the U.S. State Department. In addition to the information about the future prospects of North Korea and its leader being in very ill health they released this:

    "...the two youngest sons, Kim Jong-chol and Kim Jong-un, far too inexperienced and incapable of effective governance. xxxxx, observing that KJI's oldest son, Kim Jong-nam, is "too much of a playboy,"Kim Jong-chol is "more interested in video games" than governing, and Kim Jong-un is simply too young."

    Well looks like that if that's the problem...this blogger has no worries about North Korea's next line of leaders. If Kim Jong-chol is given the reins, I guess we can have some sense that he'll be more distracted by Black Ops and Starcraft than wondering how to build a nuclear missile. And his onlyinvolvementwith nuclear missiles is trying to get a 25 kill streak in MW2.

    Course....there will be weirdpropaganda like his father. Kim Jong Il is said to have played golf for the first time and got all hole-in-ones. What's this kid gonna have? "He played Black Ops for the first time and released attack dogs while being a level 1?"

    SOURCE:
    http://kotaku.com/5710244/us-pegs-kim-jong+ils-second-son-as-a-gaming-loser


  • Canadian Military using games for military morale booster.

    Canada using video games to boost morale

    A while back, the Canadian military had a garrison outside of Montreal opened a requisition for $25,000 (Canadian, that would be nearly $24,800US) worth of video games. People in the military scratched their heads in confusion wondering why they would ask for such an unusual proposal, but the info has now been made public. They're gifts for soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

    Canada's Ministry of Defence (that's how it's spelled) followed up with the Canadian Press, who reported the story about the earlier experience, to inform the public that they wanted to buy 500 video games (including 93 copies of Gears of War) to be a morale booster to the two Canadian bases in Afghanistan. Since there's around 500 Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan, that's almost a game for each one.

  • Mario Gets a Street in Spain

    Industry News - Avenida de Super Mario Bros. opens!

    November (and the whole Fall of 2010, really) marked a huge milestone for our friend Super Mario! As of this weekend, a parade of violins and cellos playing the theme song, a crowd wild wearing fake black mustaches and the signature overall/hat pairing, and mascots galore partied on the unveil the brand new "Avenida de Super Mario Bros" in Zaragosa, Spain (Super Mario Bros Avenue for those of you who don't "habla Español").

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    The brand new Arcosur neighborhood is still under construction and future residents decided on the street name by means of a poll. Apparently, however, other neighborhood roads will be dubbed things like "Sonic the Hedgehog Street" with another one named "The Legend of Zelda." Sounds like a neighborhood of a lot of really fun people (or people that will not EVER leave their living rooms).

    Antonio Almudi Miranda, the president of the Arcosur neighborhood association mentioned that residents' ages had a lot to do with the selection. The neighborhood will provide more than 21,000 residences for people between the ages of 20 and 35. As quoted by CNN, he stated, "We are people who grew up living with video games. We know them very well. I'm 25. I'm the same age as Mario."

    Other streets will be named after musicians and monuments, and it seems not all have yet to be decided. Avenida de Super Mario Bros itself will reach nearly a kilometer in length and have several hundreds of houses on it, including president Almudi's.

    How exciting! Congratulations on cleaning up this year, Mario!

    Read the CNN article at http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/11/08/spain.super.mario.subdivision/index.html?hpt=T2

    Written by Evil Ambassador Lindsey Olson

  • 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.

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    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

    http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/11/02/justices-not-keen-on-violent-video-game-law/

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/02/supreme-court-hears-arguments-violent-video-games/

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