Category Archives: Politics
Sat, May 04, 2013 | 21:54 BST
After being taken offline in South Korea in July 2012, the PlayStation Store will be brought back online May 16. The store was taken offline due to a law in the country which forbids online services for asking those under 18 years old their name or age. Sony took the store offline to incorporate changes which would get the service in-line with the new law. Once it’s back up May 16, the store will be restricted to those 18 years of age and older. Minors will no longer be allowed to use the service, and a credit card will verify the registrants age with the store. Thanks, CVG.
Fri, May 03, 2013 | 14:15 BST
UK Chancellor George Osborne and Culture minister Ed Vaizey have said that the EU Commission’s investigation into a UK games tax relief will not deter the incentive from being applied.
Thu, May 02, 2013 | 06:31 BST
South Korean politician Shin Eui-jin has revealed a bill proposing that games, along with alcohol, gambling and drugs, be strictly regulated.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 12:22 BST
Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Chi Onwurah has called on the Tory government to address the lack of females working in the UK games industry, and feels it should better reflect the diversity of those playing games today.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 | 19:49 BST
In other news out of the Jersey Shore, the New Jersey SAFE Task Force, has released a report recommending state lawmakers stamp out the sale of Mature games to minors. Former by governor Chris Christie in January, the task force is looking for a way to curb situations would result in tragedies such as Newtown school shooting. While it also recommends changes to gun control laws, providing better access to psychological care, and encourages schools to employ armed officers, the task force is also reviewing whether violent media is being marketed to kids. This is despite the group’s acknowledged of the Supreme Court ruling in California, and said it’s plan was “subject to the appropriate regulatory authority’s consideration of the practicality and feasibility of each approach.” More through GI International.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 | 15:12 BST
The European Commission believes there is “no obvious market failure” in the UK games sector to provide tax relief to developers, and has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed scheme backed by the industry and trade groups.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 | 00:55 BST
New Jersey assemblywoman Linda Stender has proposed a state bill prohibiting public spaces like cinemas and bowling alleys from hosting arcade games rated Mature or Adult’s Only. But put down your pitchforks; according to Kotaku, the ESRB doesn’t actually rate coin-operated arcade machines, so assuming this bill was passed, it would have absolutely no effect on anything, anywhere. Hopefully someone will highlight this issue for Stender before she puts her bill before other lawmakers.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 | 00:16 BST
Speaking on US TV, Dianne Feinstein seems to have suggested that games can be a kind of aid or crutch for those inclined towards violent acts.
Mon, Apr 08, 2013 | 01:39 BST
California senator Dianne Feinstein believes the government could legislate the sale violent games in US if the industry doesn’t cut back on violence in its games.
Thu, Apr 04, 2013 | 09:54 BST
Game Developer Magazine has published the findings of its annual survey into employment equality in the games industry, and the findings underline the need for significant change.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 | 22:29 GMT
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 | 15:26 GMT
TIGA has announced that while tax relief in the UK has been delayed, the Government is still planning to legislate for Games Tax Relief in the current Finance Bill.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 | 16:06 GMT
The gunman responsible for the Sandy Hook school shooting was so obsessed with video games, that he created a score sheet filled with the names of past serial killers in an attempt to out-score’ them. That’s the claim of a new report by the New York Daily Times.
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 | 15:32 GMT
Tiga CEO Richard Wilson is of the belief that studios with canceled game projects should receive tax relief, due to publishers leaving the firms “high and dry.”
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 | 23:14 GMT
The state of New Jersey has passed a bill intended to make online gambling legal, GamePolitics reports. New Jersey joins Nevada and Delaware in allowing real-money online gambling, something Zynga has bet the bank on. The bill comes into effect when the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement sets an official start date, which is likely to be somewhere between three and nine months from now.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 | 10:11 GMT
Survey group Harris Interactive has conducted a poll that suggests 58% of adult Americans believe there is a correlation between teenage violence and violent videogames.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 | 10:50 GMT
During a panel discussion on the correlation between videogames and acts of violence, ex-FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole has stated that while games are used during the agency’s threat assessment of potentially violent individuals, it does not consider games to be a direct catalyst for violence.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 | 21:22 GMT
Last month Connecticut senator Toni Harp introduced a bill intended to keep minors from playing what he described as “violent point-and-shoot” video games in public venues such as arcades. The loose definition of such games takes in any which include the “facsimile of a firearm as an essential component of play” – so anything with a light gun, no matter how innocuous. On the brighter side, the bill also calls for further research into the effects of violent games on young minds.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 | 09:24 GMT
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, two Newtown residents have opened a non-profit arcade that is geared towards bringing families together.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 | 09:14 GMT
Detectives in Connecticut are investigating alleged links between the Sandy Hook school shootings and the killer’s love of violent videogames. A new report has suggested that the shooter owned thousands of dollars worth og violent titles, and that the shooting was his way of emulating them.