Jul 112011

I Can Haz Day/Night?

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Roxanne is sick this week, but we have JJ from TOROcast to fill the third seat and make sure we never go under an hour!  We’re feeling feisty this week and we have several lively debates on everything from how much you need to know about the game before the game, whether companions should be money-making machines, and whether day/night cycles are necessary in MMOs.

FACT OR FICTION: Can you pick out the confirmed fact from the tall tales? This week’s host challenge involves the beta testing invites. Continue reading »

Jun 272011

In Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. the Supreme Court ruled that video games are protected by free speech.  In this 7-2 ruling the Court rejected the idea that video games qualify for special regulation because of their interactive nature, calling it “unprecedented and mistaken.”  It continued:

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Nov 022010

This morning the Supreme Court listened to arguments for and against making the sale of violent video games to minors illegal.  California Attorney General Zackery Morazzini argued that “the deviant level of violence in a certain category of video games” requires legal restrictions to protect minors.  Representing the video game industry, attorney Paul Smith argued that video games are a protected form of speech under the First Amendment and that the only special exception that has been carved out until now with regard to protecting minors is one for sexual content.

Kotaku.com sent reporter Stephen Totilo to the hearing.  Read his account here.

Read full transcript of hearing here.

Parents Television Council calls the video game idustry “thugs” and “bullies” here.

CNN Tech’s “Need to Know” list here.

Remember when Fox News lambasted Mass Effect for its “full digital nudity” and said it should be labeled as porn?  Watch here.

Oct 262010

Gameplay News, It's A-Comin'

It’s Star Wars Story Time!  Again!  Lorehounds are happy as happy can be as BioWare puts out one story update after another.  Those wanting gameplay info will have to wait a bit longer.  BioWare keeps humming that ol’ gospel tune, “Soon and Very Soon,” but the community ain’t joining in. Continue reading »

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