Violent video games always seem to be on trial in America – a strange irony in a country that made Saw IV number one at the box office, with nary a peep about violent movies, songs, TV shows, books, comic books and other forms of pop culture generally uttered in this kinder, gentler, more enlightened age. (Must be all the torture porn on display at your local theater: It tends to leave one feeling slightly desensitized.) But we digress: In all serious, there...read more
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With a Supreme Court case that threatens government regulation of violent video games coalescing shortly and the token accompanying witch hunt that’s sure to precede its arrival, we thought it might be a good time to reiterate: Even the most seemingly ‘irredeemable’ and ‘horrifying’ games (e.g. Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series) may simply appear that way because they’re viewed out of context. Mind you, we’d be the...read more
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....read more
It’s been a relatively quiet past few years for developers who focus on action games. Sales have been solid, while media hysteria about the genre has been, for the most part, muted. The heyday of finger-pointing and uninformed accusations could be about to resurface, though. While Jack Thompson is less a force of nature than he used to be (both legally and with mainstream outlets, who seem less inclined to put him on air), the elements of a perfect storm are...read more
Per earlier discussions, it promises to be a tremendously divisive year for PC and video games in the areas of politics and government. That goes double for violent video games with the Schwarzenegger vs. EMA case (which concerns government legislation of the sale of games to minors) soon to appear before the Supreme Court. While we’ve heard a number of heated arguments concerning how the trial potentially impacts the business, and why its key issues will no...read more