Category Archives: Violence in games
Wed, Oct 02, 2013 | 03:41 BST
Given the increasing realism of video games, the International Committee of Red Cross has asked the games industry to implement in-game punishments for depicted acts in violation of international laws of war.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 | 20:13 BST
South Australia Attorney General John Rau feels the R18+ rating isn’t being applied properly, and needs to be investigated further by the Federal Governmenr.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 | 11:32 BST
GTA controversy seems to have made its way into the realm of apparel, as shirt manufacturer Teespring has launched a “GTA Made Me Do It” design that will only print if 150 people place an order.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 | 04:20 BST
Activision have employed a lobbying group advocate one way or another on a current bill in the US Senate that seeks to research the effects of violent video games on children. Unfortunately Activision’s registration of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld doesn’t include the specifics of which way the group is supposed to advocate, but given Activision makes a lot of money from Call of Duty, I think we can make an educated guess.
Mon, Aug 05, 2013 | 23:30 BST
The Entertainment Consumers Association has denounced proposed US legislation enabling a study into the effects of violent video games in children.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 | 13:08 BST
Do we really need “alien anal probes” to have a good time? Brenna argues for a Saints Row that does what Saints Row does best – without the squick of sexual violence.
Tue, May 14, 2013 | 06:58 BST
US vice president Joe Biden has said there’s no legal objection to imposing a tax on violent media.
Wed, May 08, 2013 | 09:03 BST
Electronic Arts has revealed plans to ditch gun licensing deals from its games – but will continue to feature well-known weaponry in their titles without paying gun manufacturers.
Mon, May 06, 2013 | 01:37 BST
Video games have been implicated in a violent assault by a teenage boy on an online gaming buddy.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 | 20:27 BST
Guardian analysis of top 50 games sold in 2012 found “more than half contain violent content labels”
The Guardian has posted a graph and a video, which shows information the site compiled through research regarding guns and violence in games. According to the site, an analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found that “more than half contain violent content labels,” and “one-third have weapons that depict real-life firearms.” According to the firm’s analysis, 68% of the games looked at contained violence while 32% contained none. Realistic firearms were found in less than half of of the 50 games of 2012, with 38% having guns in general. 62% having no guns. You can watch the video and run your mouse over the interactive chart through the link.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 | 06:29 BST
SWAT, MAG and SOCOM veteran Charles N Cox has sworn off first-person shooters, admitting that it may be a career-limiting movie but affirming his belief that the games industry “is ready to do better things”.
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.
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 | 23:23 BST
Games are stuck on the same old material, Warren Spector has argued, and the industry needs individual role models to break free of action’s stranglehold on art.
Wed, Apr 03, 2013 | 17:57 BST
Irrational’s Ken Levine has voiced his opinion on the violence in games subject – a subject which as cooled recently, but is still hanging around enough to warrant being broached on NPR’s On Point radio program with Tom Ashbrook.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 | 22:29 GMT
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 | 01:19 GMT
A 14 year-old who shot his parents with a pistol taken from his father’s gun cabinet, leaving both injured and his mother stable but awaiting further surgery, has told police video games made him violent.
Sat, Mar 02, 2013 | 21:28 GMT
Violence in video games is a hot button issue in some circles, with pundit going as far as to blame gun violence on crimes committed around the world, and most recently in the US. One of the most vocal accusers of late, is the EVP of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, who in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut called the video game industry a “callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people, through vicious violent video games.” His opinion, is not one which Gearbox president Randy Pitchford shares.