Posts by halhalpin

Online Anonymity and You

Online Anonymity and You

One frequent complaint that you’ll hear from adult gamers is the persistence of curse- and prejudice-filled banter on online gaming services. Many video game players believe that they can say and do whatever they like because they didn’t register using their real name and they can’t be held accountable for their actions when only a username is exposed. In the corporate world, you often hear IT administrators remind users that they shouldn’t email anything...

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Protect Your Rights: Gaming in Serious Danger

Protect Your Rights: Gaming in Serious Danger

This winter, the game industry — developers, publishers, retailers, et al — will face the single biggest legal challenge that such entertainment, broadly, has ever been up against and in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The State of California had appealed the U.S. Ninth Circuit decision to strike down the so-called CA “video game violence” law in Schwarzenegger v EMA, which every court had done in every such “violent video game” case....

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The Supreme Court vs. Gaming

The Supreme Court vs. Gaming

It’s clear that a loss in the upcoming ‘violence in video games’ Supreme Court case, aka Schwarzenegger v EMA, would have profoundly negative public relations impact for the industry and for gamers in general, but would it also impact the bottom line of publishers? The games business in the U.S. is worth a whopping $12 billion dollars and contributes $3.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product. The industry employs almost 100,000 skilled workers and even has a...

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