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A meeting in April might bring an end to the Australian video game bans that many gamers there believe to be overly repressive. Local Aussie website Adelaide Now says that the Australian National Classification Scheme could finally take a look at the ratings issue when it meets in April of this yea...

March 4th 2010 at 12:01am 0 Comments
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Dante's Inferno is getting flak from a nanny group over an Achievement for killing unbaptized babies -- not ironically, it's named "Bad Nanny." As GamePolitics points out, the International Nanny Association (INA) released a statement calling the 'cheevo "offensive to our association," as it seemin...

October 23rd 2009 at 4:00am 0 Comments
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Online gaming revenues soared in China to 6.18 billion RMB (USD 906 million) in the second quarter of 2009, according to Reuters. They cite data from Analysys International, a research firm which states China's online game revenues for Q2 2009 were up 39.5 percent over last year. Among the top three...

October 15th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Sweden is taking aim at online tax evasion and the estimated five billion Swedish krona (SEK) in annual undeclared income by the country's citizens. (This equates to roughly USD 645 million.) While much of this is revenue from "online marketplaces, porn, and astrology sites", undeclared income from...

July 21st 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Pushing hard into the series' fourth episode, Fox's "Mental" will be airing its fourth episode this week, featuring "an 8-year-old bipolar boy whose life is consumed by a video game he plays in his head." Oh noes! According to the show's main character/handsome devil Chris Vance (aka Dr. Jack Galla...

June 13th 2009 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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We'll be straight with you -- the whole Midway legal debacle is far from over. We are, however, one step closer to the dissolution of Midway as it stands now, with the company's creditors and 87% shareholder Mark Thomas reaching an agreement and ending at least one lawsuit. After purchasing the sto...

June 8th 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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Moazzam Begg spent three years locked up at Guantanamo Bay after being arrested in Pakistan by the CIA as a suspected member of al-Qaeda. Now he's helping UK developer T-Enterprise develop a game based on the prison, aptly titled Rendition: Guantanamo, serving as not only a consultant on the realit...

May 27th 2009 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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Citing "the encouragement of addictive gaming," the government of Thailand recently shut down approximately 72 websites "offering access to online gambling and games." The decision was made shortly after the tragic suicide of 12-year-old Pongsathorn Wattanabenjasopha, allegedly caused by his father...

May 24th 2009 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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In an op-ed piece written just one day after the events transpired, Elaine Brower details the actions taken by her and a group of over 300 others last week at a protest in Philadelphia. She and the group of protesters claim to be outraged at the existence of the "Army Experience Center" in the Frank...

May 9th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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It's hard to convey the sound of two hands clapping through a press release, but the ESA has managed to do just that. Celebrating the recent 10-month jail sentence of Khuong Van Truong, a San Jose resident caught with "11,000 bootleg video games, 4,000 DVDs and 300 audio CDs," the ESA has released...

May 6th 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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In case you hadn't noticed, Canada was recently added to the US "Priority Watch List" due to the country's allegedly less than strict laws regarding the piracy of various media (that includes games, folks). Canadians, however, are not taking the change lightly. University of Ottawa law professor MI...

May 3rd 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Atomic Games' head Peter Tamte hasn't said much since his company's game, Six Days in Fallujah, was dropped by its publisher, Konami, this past week. Other than saying his team is still interested in completing the game, Mr. Tamte has done little to stand behind Atomic Games' foray into "documentar...

May 2nd 2009 at 11:30am 0 Comments