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Obama calls for study into games ‘n’ guns link

US President Barack Obama has called for a study into whether computer games are a cause of gun violence. Obama yesterday (UK time) announced a set of measures to control guns, among them regulations to more promptly trace firearms used in crimes that will probably mean DBAs in the US public sector get a hurry-up. The main …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2013
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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

Just weeks after the vice-president of the US National Rifle Association blamed video games for gun crime, the outspoken organisation has released an iPhone video game. NRA: Practice Range is a first-person shooter available from the iTunes Store as a free app for iPads as well as Apple smartmobes. It incorporates a live feed …
Anna Leach, 16 Jan 2013

After Sandy Hook, Senator calls for violent video game probe

Gun control remains a politically fraught issue in the US, even after such events as the December 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, but one top lawmaker has proposed legislation that could lead to tighter restrictions on firearms – at least the imaginary kind. On Wednesday, Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West …
Neil McAllister, 20 Dec 2012
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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

The prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has elevated the humble video game into its pantheon of art objects, and has named the first 14 of the 40 or so games that it will eventually add to its collection. "Are video games art?" MoMA curator Paola Antonelli asked rhetorically when announcing the collection, then …
Rik Myslewski, 1 Dec 2012
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Game to lure customers with free Wi-Fi

Troubled high street retailer Game is attempting to get customers back into its stores by offering them free Wi-Fi access. The gratis wireless internet will be delivered through a new partnership with BT, and will be rolled out in Game stores by Christmas. Game also touted a new, free smartphone app which will allow punters …
Caleb Cox, 17 Sep 2012
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Game devs beg UK taxman: Can we pay 30% less?

Companies involved in making video games in the UK should receive a tax break worth 30 per cent of what they owe, a trade association has said. TIGA, whose members include developers and technology firms involved in the UK video gaming industry, said a new Games Tax Relief (GTR) should be available to firms that incur costs …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 Sep 2012
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Ten movies inspired by video games

Film Round-up Capcom's Street Fighter series celebrates its 25th birthday this week and while the world is awash with various mementos – including boxsets and a dedicated Street Fighter site for fans to reminisce on their favourite moments – we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look back at the film adaptations of video game …
Caleb Cox, 29 Aug 2012
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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

Traders which supply video games without displaying the age rating could face two years in jail and an unlimited fine. Under the new regime, effective from yesterday and introduced by the Video Recordings (Labelling) Regulations 2012, the Video Standards Council (VSC) will take over responsibility for regulation of most video …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Jul 2012

Want to be a better marksman? Play shooting games

Gamers who play shooting games have improved accuracy when firing a weapon in real life, a new study has found. They're also more likely to aim for the head, apparently. Researchers from Ohio State University asked 151 college students a series of personality assessment questions related to guns and gaming habits, before …
Caleb Cox, 1 May 2012
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13 MILLION gamers in ID theft scare after Nexon breach

An estimated 13 million gamers have been left at greater risk of ID theft following a breach at gaming firm Nexon. Data including names, usernames, encrypted resident registration numbers and password hashes was exposed as a result of the breach at Nexon, which maintains the popular online role-playing game, Maple Story. The …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2011
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US Supremes dump violent video game ban

The US Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court decision that blocked a California law which made the sale or rental of violent video games to minors an offense punishable by fines of up to $1,000. "California has singled out the purveyors of video games for disfavored treatment – at least when compared to booksellers, …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2011
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Parents back legal ban of violent vidgames sales to kids

The war between the video games industry and critics who think that playing violent games are harmful to children moves to the US Supreme Court in November. The games industry may well be in a minority, if a recent survey conducted for a pressure group called Common Sense Media is representative of the public at large. …
Drew Cullen, 15 Sep 2010
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Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

Stateside brain experts say that their latest research indicates that playing action video games makes people more able to make correct decisions quickly under time pressure - potentially turning them into superior drivers, soldiers or surgeons. "It's not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less …
Lewis Page, 14 Sep 2010
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Hey, Mr Games Addict! Do you have a problem?

Problem video game users are: More likely to play certain online role-playing games Find it easier to meet people on line Have fewer friends in real life Are more likely to report excess caffeine consumption These are the results of a recent survey into video gamers' habits, completed by 1945 respondents, which revealed …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2010

Video game sales hit three-year low in US

US video game sales took a 23 per cent tumble in May compared to the previous year, dropping below the $1bn sales mark for the first time since August 2007. Recession was fingered as the root cause of the slump by the number-crunchers at NPD Group, although there's certainly other variables at play. Total industry sales - …
Austin Modine, 12 Jun 2009

Microsoft buys hot-shot Xbox dev team

Microsoft was so impressed with the "caliber of talent and innovation at BigPark", a Canadian start up games developer, that it bought the company. Big Park's development team are moving to Microsoft Games Studios, where they will continue their work on an "exclusive XBox game". Any clues? In a canned quote, Phil Spencer, …
Team Register, 8 May 2009
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Recession takes chunk out of game sales

"Recession-proof" ain't what it used to be. First Google's secret money making machine starts coughing up smoke, and now the video games industry takes a hit. What's next, recession? Rainbows and unicorns going broke? March sales for the games industry as a whole dropped 17 per cent compared to a year ago, according to NPD …
Austin Modine, 17 Apr 2009
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Wanted: Creative spark for iPhone games

Comment The phrase "recession proof" has been bandied about a lot lately to describe the games biz, as people seek their own entertainment at home rather than spending on the cinema or in restaurants. And in many ways, the games industry is thriving more than ever. In 2008, Americans spent more than $21bn on games, hardware, and …
Austin Modine, 15 Apr 2009

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