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The Hawaii state legislature has apparently pulled an about face on a proposed internet tracking bill, amid swelling concerns from civil libertarians and internet service providers alike. First introduced last week, the controversial measure calls for all ISPs to track and record a user's online act...

February 1st 2012 at 3:43pm 0 Comments
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SOPA is an extremely hot-button issue on the internet right now, with politicians, companies, websites, and individuals coming out for and against this controversial piece of US legislation. It's so important that many game studios have broken the unwritten rule of not commenting on politics to s...

January 11th 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, founders of Penny Arcade, are legendary folk heroes to much of the gaming community. For ten years, they've served as unparalleled industry commentators, strong vocabulary enthusiasts, and proponents of citrus-assaulting robots. However, these virtues recently took...

March 6th 2009 at 5:50pm 0 Comments
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Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: It's early 2009, we've just elected a new President, and there are quite literally a mountain of problems to be addressed on Capitol Hill. Our economy has been in substa...

February 9th 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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New York is quite notorious for its hard-line stance on the war against video games. In this latest episode of 'New York State versus gaming,' Assemblyman Steven Englebright (D) wants to pass a bill which requires retailers to place epilepsy and game-induced seizure warnings "on every video game."...

February 5th 2009 at 11:28am 0 Comments
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Politicians proclaiming their love for World of Warcraft is not a new thing, but in a recent interview with Wandering Goblin, we get treated to some information on the playing style of Jeanne Stevens, Republican candidate for the Connecticut legislature.In this interview, Stevens reveals that her th...

June 7th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Lines are beginning to be drawn in Germany's developing war on game violence. In a translated interview with Welt Online Far Cry and Crysis developer Crytek said they might leave the country if proposed anti-game-violence laws come into effect.In May, Germany's interior ministers unanimously approve...

August 22nd 2007 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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Just as soon as we finished cheering for the Texas Legislature's stance on those pesky speed cameras, the state's Department of Transportation is apparently trying to override their good will. According to a June 10th filing, the Texas DOT is looking to install "turnkey automated speed notification...

June 13th 2007 at 2:08pm 0 Comments
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The Indiana State Senate has elected to stall legislation that would have made the sale of M- and AO-rated games to minors unlawful and punishable by up a $1,000 fine. Despite being approved by a Senate committee earlier this week, the bill has been deemed unconstitutional in its current state and w...

February 23rd 2007 at 4:57pm 0 Comments
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In an attempt to derive a motive from Monday's rampage which saw a Utah teen shoot nine mall-goers, killing five, before he himself was killed by police, GamePolitics reports that the first signs of the "violent video games made him do it" angle have emerged in the media. Prompted by Jackie-boy spam...

February 15th 2007 at 10:59am 0 Comments