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A moment in history

Some would say that political frenzy about videogames is as old as videogames, but the truth is that of late it has reached a dangerous level.

I think about the China-Google issue over censorship. Like it or not China is not-so-democratic regime (I could call it a police state but I won�t go as far), we (the rest of the world) make business with them because it would be stupid not to do so. But they rank as low as Cuba on the human rights fields, they are not a democracy� so it doesn�t surprise at all if they need a different World Of Warcraft version to keep the authorities calm and to comply with regulations.

So China doesn�t bother me. I always say that those countries serve as a bad example. But when I think about democracies like Australia and Swiss with legal projects for censorship for the internet and videogames� I have a chill down my spine.

But then we have to watch things like this. In this video I think we can all recognize the common enemy of the gamer, the stereotypical mother that has nothing to do, so bashes against a medium that she doesn�t even get, but even then feels that has the moral superiority to come down against it with the �think of the children� argument. The belief in their crusade against all things digital is maniacal. They are �Jack Thompsons�, but more dangerous since they are �mothers�, and mothers are hold in a high place in society, and because of their role only we give them an almost aura of knowledge about kids. These people have an enormous amount of power in local communities and even the government.

At this point I�m going to give a little background about myself (in case you are too lazy to read the right column); I live in Uruguay, which is a mostly free country. A Latin American country, a poor country, but a democracy. I could describe myself as a libertarian; I hate government intromission into business and my freedom. Maybe is because I�m from a poor Latin American country that I know violence doesn�t come from videogames, around here you won�t hear the discussion of violence and videogames since videogames would be good to keep some kids off the streets.

I have issues with my closing statement, in part because I don�t know where to go from here. A lot of energy has gone into voicing our concern about the danger of censorship over the internet. I remember the movement by Jim Sterling (�games for gamers�??), it didn�t take off. Is a shame, but we need something more broad, and something that goes beyond the internet, because after all and if we follow Australia we will end without a free internet. So maybe is just me, maybe I�m the only one worried about the fascist trend. A trend where soccer-mums, priests, hard-right politicians, moralists and a carpet of so-called scientific data are there to tell us what we can or can�t do. Where everything we do or every piece of legislation is meant to �keep the children safe�, we are also giving away a lot of our freedom.
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About Veltone of us since 11:54 PM on 05.31.2007

Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "�aca �aca �aca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pc�s, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

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