Tag: violence

Culture Clash: You Don’t Know, Jack

In this month’s Culture Clash, Matthew Sakey writes a thank you letter to Jack Thompson: If you weren’t the spearhead of the anti-video game movement, someone else would have to be. And that someone else might be charismatic, rational, well-spoken and deft with the press. Instead we got you, and you’ve done more for us than all the PR firms…

The Economist Features Video Games

This week’s Economist (August 6th – 12th) features video games in their Special Report. “Chasing the Dream” is a great article that summarises current political climate in the industry and discusses the debate over its social impacts. It highlights three key “overlooked factors”: That attitudes to gaming are marked by a generational divide; that there is no convincing evidence that…

Madness! Madness, I Say!

Politicians are insane. They get in an uproar over non-pornographic depictions of consentual sex between adults, and yet they don’t react with as much fervour to depictions of violent crime in all sorts of media. Game Girl Advance puts the Hot Coffee scandal (and now the brewing Sims hoopla — no pun intended!) into perspective (N.B. — The ages listed…

Thoughts on Video Game Legislation

This is hitting close to home. According to Game Politics, the Washingon, DC City Council held a hearing on a video game bill today. From the bill (full text): “The ultra-violent and sexually explicit content of video and computer games rated M and AO violate contemporary community standards, and, taken as a whole, appeal to prurient interests and morbid and…