Category Archives: Violence in games
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 12, 2013 | 03:09 GMT
Californian Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said scientific evidence suggests violent media is not at the root of the US’s disproportionate rate of gun crime.
Thu, Feb 07, 2013 | 22:12 GMT
Deus Ex and Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector dropped a heck of a flamebait quote in his DICE Summit 2013 presentation, saying games like Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw “should just not be made”.
Thu, Feb 07, 2013 | 01:16 GMT
God of War and Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe has posted a typically sharp critique of recent CNN coverage of violence in games.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 | 20:03 GMT
EA CEO John Riccitiello fielded a question related to FSP and gun violence during the firm’s Q3 FY13 call to investors last night, stating there has already been an “enormous amount of research done” regarding whether there is a link to real-world violence and video games.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 | 01:18 GMT
Tennessee Republican senator Lamar Alexander has said that “video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people”. He was responding to a question from MSNBC about the possibility of background checks when guns are sold in the US. You can watch the whole segment through the break.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 | 21:36 GMT
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation decided to remove arcade games it deemed violent from rest stop in the state earlier this month, which has caused the National Coalition Against Censorship to cry foul.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 | 21:43 GMT
Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger said during a HRTS Newsmakers Luncheon this week the company would look into whether any of its video game offerings could be deemed as violent. Iger admitted there is “very little” violent content created at Disney, but said the company would take “stock in everything we’ve got that can be considered near or over the line.” Iger stated further he wanted to make sure Disney was asking the right questions in terms of its content and remain “part of a dialogue in today’s world that I think is pretty necessary in terms of what our role is and what our role should be.” Thanks: GI International. Via Deadline.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 | 01:35 GMT
California state senator Leland Yee , who tried to pass a bill banning the sale of violent video games to children – a move blocked by the US Supreme Court in 2011 – is back in the news, adding his two cents to President Obama’s decision to have the CDC study whether there’s a ink between violent media and gun violence.
After various sites reported on his comments, Yee took to Twitter to admit he “didn’t use the best words” to covey his opinion on the matter.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 | 21:27 GMT
US VP Joe Biden has said while there’s no definitive proof violent games and media cause people to go on shooting rampages, the public shouldn’t be afraid of “facts” which may come from research on the matter.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 | 01:37 GMT
Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy has said some video games “destigmatize” violence.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 | 00:18 GMT
US President Barack Obama announced during a press conference today that he has tasked the Center for Disease Control to study the causes of violent behavior, and that Congress “should fund research into the effects violent video games,” on “young minds.”
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 | 19:44 GMT
Members of the video game industry met with US VP Joe Biden yesterday at the White House to discuss how or if violent video games contribute to gun violence in the US.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 | 20:35 GMT
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 | 14:51 GMT
Common Sense Media has released the results of a study conducted in the US, which found that 75% of parents surveyed believe violence in video games contributes to violence in
the United States.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 | 20:06 GMT
The International Game Developers Association has offered to assist US vice president Joe Biden with evidence-based research on whether violent video games and media contribute to gun violence.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 | 17:21 GMT
Wed, Jan 09, 2013 | 20:11 GMT
The Violent Video Games Return Program, a community initiative started by representatives from Southington, CT, has been cancelled by its organizers. The program would have allowed residents to trade-in their violent games for $25 a gift certificate donated by the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce. According to Polygon, a spokesman said the January 12 event would have created an “unnecessary amount of logistical details,” but the group will still hand out certificates to parents who had a chat with their children about violent games as a goodwill measure. The initiative was created in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, which took place 30 miles from Newtown, CT on December 14.
Wed, Jan 02, 2013 | 21:07 GMT
The Violent Video Games Return Program is a community initiative started by representatives from Southington, CT which will allow residents to trade-in their violent games for $25 a gift certificate donated by the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 | 00:11 GMT
It’s hard to know what to say in the wake of the appalling loss of seven adults and 20 children in a shooting spree in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, but there’s no denying that violence in games is back in the mainstream media spotlight.