Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has introduced a bill – H.R. 287 – to the United States House of Representatives which would give the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating scheme – heretofore a voluntary, self-regulatory system – the force of law and make it illegal to sell “Mature” or “Adults Only” titles to minors.
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NRA: Practice Range uses a low-rent shooter game as a bait-and-switch to educate users on the NRA and responsible gun ownership. While the intent is admirable, the app ultimately serves little purpose.
I’m not a member of the NRA. But if I were, I’d cancel my membership immediately. Violent games are not to blame for the Newton tragedy, and they won’t make anyone more proficient with firearms.
This year saw the continued evolution of three consumer technologies — autostereoscopy, touch sensing, and motion sense – with direct application in the gaming world.
Industry vets Martin Goldberg and Curt Vendel have penned a comprehensive history of the retro gaming juggernaut, Atari, in time for the 40th anniversary of the interactive, table-tennis classic, Pong.
Editor’s Pick It’s no secret that first-person shooters — in all their Hollywood-inspired clamor and spectacle — don’t simulate the realities of war very well. From basic rules of engagement, to gun safety (i.e., don’t flag your buddies), and the dynamics of combat, FPSs are more akin to interactive action flicks than a proper recreation of armed conflict.
In this most American of holidays — in which we cherish what we have by camping out for doorbuster sales — what can we be most thankful for?
Startup Tiny Speck – helmed by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield – announced that it will be shutting down its quirky browser-based, massively-multiplayer game, Glitch, at the end of the year.
There’s a history of the military cracking down on those who talk to outsiders without permission.
‘Freemium’ publishing guru Nexon (MapleStory) will partner with Valve Corporation (Portal, Half-Life) to publish the Defense of the Ancients sequel in both Korea and Japan.
GamesBeat would like to remind its American readers that your civic duty entails more than just buying Halo 4. So put down that controller and go vote for the next president of the United States!
What if LucasArts never existed? What if the irascible filmmaker, beloved (and despised) the world over for his invaluable contributions to the pop-culture lexicon, had stuck to making space operas and juvenile fantasies about archeologists in fedora hats? What if George Lucas never entered the arena of gaming 30 years ago?
A custom-designed Unreal Tournament “bot” has apparently passed the Turing test for artificial intelligence by convincing over half its flesh-and-blood opponents that it was human. This could have huge implications for robotics, gaming, and sci-fi doomsday scenarios.