Thursday, April 17, 2008

United Arab Emirates Cracks Down on God of War, Again

UAE has decided to crackdown on God of War again. Banning it apparently was not enough, since now pirated copies are not hard to come by, so they are taking to the streets to remove this game which is harmful to their religious and moral beliefs. In fact, one went as far as to say he was shocked by how much the game contradicted Islamic views. Oh, and it has sex.

Don't Worship This God of War!

It just goes to show how much we, the Western gamer, take for granted. People here flip out over the smallest amount of censorship - we don't even know the half of it.

Prison Inmate Sues Game Publishers

Jonathan Lee Riches, inmate "rich" in intelligence, is seeking restraining orders from game publishers, including Activision, Atari, and Take-Two. Video games offend his sensibilities, AND they contributed to his identity theft, AND promote racial hatred, AND EVEN increase his fear that someone will beat him up and snatch his chain. He also is claiming that he is not granted access to video games in jail, which is a form of discrimination (when this is the most legit part of your claim, you know you are in trouble). This is the same man who "has already filed more than 1,500 lawsuits this year against a wide-ranging array of defendants including Washington Capitals left winger Alexander Ovechkin, Alone in the Dark star Christian Slater, St. Patrick's Day, the 9-11 Commission Report, and Star Wars. He is perhaps best known for suing former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for $63 billion after Vick's illegal dog fighting operation was uncovered."

How Did Someone This Smart Get Locked Up?

Freedom is the name of the game today: some people have it, and some do not.

Afghanistan May Ban Video Games

The Afghan Parliament, supposedly better than the Taliban, has introduced legislation that directly mirrors the types of legislation passed under the Taliban, namely advocating bans for many of the racier sides of life: no more wearing of jewelry by men, no make-up for women in public, women must wear veils in school and at work, no more pigeon-flying, and most importantly, no more video games. How could W let this happen?


Don't they believe in freedom? Well, this sure is hell ain't America.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Minnesota Pushes Forward With Futile Legislation

Minnesota, that bastion for common sense, continues to resist the legal system's mandate that legislation creating penalties for the sale of violent video games is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! The state has filed an appeal to hear the case en banc, meaning all of the Eighth Circuit of Appeals judges will hear the case, instead of just three.

Presenting the Minnesota Golden Dotards!

I was tempted to not even report this story because it is hardly news. As a gamer, I am happy this legislation has not been passed because I am against censorship in general and it could set a precedent for further encroachment. As a lawyer, if this type of legislation does pass, there are going to be a lot of sheepish judges out there who will either have to go back and say they were wrong, or stop the spread of this legislation to cover their proverbial ass. My guess is that they would stop the spread.