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6:43 PM on 02.20.2013

Square Enix confirms new Final Fantasy game for PS4

... and that's LITERALLY all Square Enix did.  "Be excited for E3," said the publisher.  Yes, an announcement of an announcement. We're heading to a new generation ... but apparently plenty of old behavior is carrying over. 

Jim Sterling

6:00 AM on 02.16.2013

This ass is selling 40+ copies of Hyrule Historia LE

I've got myself a copy of the Zelda series bible Hyrule Historia, and it's as amazing as everyone says. However, for highly appealing ancillary game merch such as art books, I like to splurge a little extra on fancy collector...

Tony Ponce



CNN host tries and fails to link videogames to violence photo
CNN host tries and fails to link videogames to violence
by Jim Sterling

CNN's Erin Burnett last night tried desperately to make a psychologist blame videogames for gun violence, attempting to coerce him into agreeing with her that "violent" games make people more likely to kill. 

"There's a saying that guns don't kill people, videogames do," began Burnett, before she invited William Pollack onto the show to try and make him confirm it. 

Pollack, for his part, was quick to label M-rated games as "heinous" and said he believed fantasy violence ought to be controlled by the government. However, his qualifying sentiment that videogames alone can't turn a person into a killer seemed to aggravate Burnett, who continued to push him into saying otherwise. 

When Pollack mentioned assault rifles, and implied gun control was important, Burnett brought up Norway shooter Anders Breivik, subscribing to the murderer's claims that he was able to train himself to shoot a real gun playing Call of Duty. In response, Pollack again restated his belief that games are a problem, but not the problem, prompting Burnett to expose the real motive behind her interview. 

If you watch the video above, you'll see at the 5:34 mark where Burnett cuts to the chase, rudely cutting into Pollack as he says controlling fantasy violence won't solve all of our problems, to ask again, "Does it cause violence?" She then completely steamrolls over whatever he was about to say to bring up Grand Theft Auto. It's painfully clear how irritated she is that this guy isn't just blindly nodding to every engineered opinion she presents. 

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5:30 PM on 01.30.2013

US senator definitively claims games are worse than guns

Many politicians will heavily imply that videogames are far more lethal than weapons designed to be lethal, but U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander has taken the idiot ball and ran for the hills with it clasped in his gnarled t...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 01.24.2013

Capcom: No RE Revelations on Vita because REASONS

After dancing around the rumors for a while, Capcom finally announced that Resident Evil Revelations for the 3DS is being ported to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. As inconspicuous as a gushing head wound is PS Vita's total abs...

Tony Ponce



Leland Yee: Gamers have no credibility in violence debate photo
Leland Yee: Gamers have no credibility in violence debate
by Jim Sterling

Leland Yee, a man famous for lying about videogames and draining huge amounts of tax money in his war on the industry, has suggested those affected by his bullshit should keep their mouths shut. According to the hypocritical liar, we care for nothing outside our lust for violence, and should leave the debate in his capable hands. 

"Gamers have got to just quiet down," said the man whose vendetta once cost taxpayers $1 million. "Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

While gamers -- myself included -- regularly respond to uninformed news pundits or insane ex-lawyers with axes to grind, Leland Yee has always remained the most vile player in the long-running violence debate. His ignorance does more than just make gamers angry, it actively wastes American money and the time of politicians as he tries to make his unconstitutional preferences become law.

Not as famous as some other shit-flinging malcontents, Yee is easily one of the most insidious. As disgusted as I am that a man possessed of so rotten a character would dare suggest others lack credibility, it could only be taken as a compliment when spilled from such a corrupted set of lips. 

Video games drawn into violence debate [SF Chronicle, via GamePolitics]

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9:30 AM on 01.22.2013

Ralph Nader: videogames are electronic child molesters

Former politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has decided to throw his lot in with the perpetrators of moral panic, writing off videogames as "electronic child molesters." Talk about a socially responsible statemen...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 01.14.2013

NRA launchs iOS game for children aged four and up

Despite slamming the videogame industry -- and the nature of free expression -- for promoting gun violence, the National Rifle Association isn't afraid to double down on its hypocrisy. The gun advocacy group has released a sh...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.08.2013

Videogames now accused of giving children cancer

British tabloid the Mirror has decided to try something a little different. With its peers implicating videogames in school shootings, this particular rag has a new approach -- blaming games for giving kids cancer. ...

Jim Sterling



Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames photo
Connecticut town physically destroying violent videogames
by Jim Sterling

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, yet more rudderless speculators have seized upon the opportunity to blame violent videogames, because that'll always be easier than trying to solve actual problems. So it is that one town's offering to physically destroy the things.

Polygon reports that SouthingtonSOS, a group dedicated to organizing help during times of crisis, has planned the destructive spectacle for January 12. Children are being invited to bring their games to the symbolic execution, where they can be exchanged for local restaurant coupons. Carelessly pass the buck for dangerous crimes, and get some free chicken strips out of it. What scamp could resist!?

"The group's action is not intended to be construed as statement declaring that violent video games were the cause of the shocking violence in Newtown on December 14th," said the group, before contradicting itself. "Rather, SouthingtonSOS is saying is that there is ample evidence that violent video games, along with violent media of all kinds, including TV and Movies portraying story after story showing a continuous stream of violence and killing, has contributed to increasing aggressiveness, fear, anxiety and is desensitizing our children to acts of violence including bullying.

"Social and political commentators, as well as elected officials including the president, are attributing violent crime to many factors including inadequate gun control laws, a culture of violence and a recreational culture of violence."

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Sony patents method of blocking used games from working photo
Sony patents method of blocking used games from working
by Jim Sterling

We're only a few days into 2013, but Sony's already vying for the Asshole of the Year award in a competitive fashion. It's been discovered that the company has patented a method of "tagging" games played on multiple systems, with the purpose of trying to control secondhand sales.

"According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets," reads the patent. "As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers."

The next PlayStation was rumored to be looking into ways of blocking used sales, though boss-man Jack Tretton has said he'd be against the idea. A patent, of course, is no proof that anything like this would actually happen -- it's just Sony sitting on an idea in case it or anybody else does want to do it eventually. 

Even so, the very idea of this, along with the thought that people want to implement it, disgusts me entirely. It speaks of the cowardice that dominates this industry -- the desperation to control consumers at every level, rather than face the scary prospect of actually having to work to gain their loyalty and money.

I don't think even Sony is suicidal enough to use this idea at the moment, but I'm no less disgusted with it for dreaming it up in the first place. 

[Via NeoGAF]

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NRA attacks videogames in Sandy Hook response photo
NRA attacks videogames in Sandy Hook response
by Jim Sterling

The National Rifle Association today held a press conference to cover its apparently cowardly hide in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, which media pundits have already gleefully pinned the blame for on violent videogames.

Naturally, the NRA has done the same -- claiming guns don't kill people, videogames with guns in them do.

"And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people," claimed the NRA's Wayne LaPierre in his statement. "Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse.

"And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it?"

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4:45 PM on 12.17.2012

Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting

As if the circular blame game surrounding violent crime wasn't bad enough, one particular British tabloid has decided to implicate Dynasty Warriors in the Adam Lanza school shooting. Yes, we've moved on from Mass Effect and a...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.15.2012

Mass Effect and more attacked over school shooting

Yesterday, the mainstream media sunk to a new low in its rush to build the latest death circus. Following a horrific school shooting in a Connecticut kindergarten, news sources -- chiefly CNN -- jumped to dangerous speculatio...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 12.14.2012

Racists call BioShock Infinite a white-killing simulator

The BioShock series has never been shy of offering political critique, and BioShock Infinite is biting closer to home than previous installments. The game themes itself around nationalism, racism, and what can happen when the...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 12.10.2012

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

Jim Sterling