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I Just Love This Picture and New Speakers and a Computer



Everytime I see it I think, "Alright, Grandma just took care of a future Xbox Live playing kid."

Last night I got my aunt and unlces older computer. It's older and has Windows 95 but its probably faster then the one I have now and the one I have won't play any games becasue it won't read disks for some reason. Hopefully I will get a newer computer soon then I can get rid of this one and have one that my sister can use and a fast one that actually play some PC games.

Crazy Christian Games

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/08/01/news_6130117.html

"PORTLAND, OR--The end of days usually isn't a major concern at game development conferences. But for Jerry Moore, it is. Moore has been around the game industry almost since the beginning, and he's concerned that he won't get his latest creation out before the end."

(Talk about dedication to the gaming industry)

"The time is short. We don't know how long it's going to be until the Lord returns," Moore said. "If we wait three years to get this game out and the trumpet sounds, it's been a great adventure for me, but it hasn't brought anybody to Christ."

(Nothing like a series of crappy games to bring people closer to the lord)

"Under the shadow of the Grand Theft Auto Hot Coffee scandal, the attendees represented the "other side" of the industry. These developers pay close attention to the content of the games they create, and want to send a positive message."

(Rockstar knew it was there, they were just to lazy to remove it)

"The group's vision is to do for games what Christian rockers did for pop music."

(That is SICK)

"The group is creating games like Dance Praise, a PC version of Dance Dance Revolution that features exclusively Christian popular music. Peter Fokos, the CTO of Digital Praise, got the idea to create the game from his daughter. When he objected to some of the lyrics in DDR, she suggested he create a game that featured the kinds of Christian music she likes."

(.....We are going to dance to Christian music? Over the PC? With no dance mat? I guess you don't need a mat to wave your arms back and fourth though. I wonder if it will start with "Dance dance praise the lord or burn when the end of the world comes" instead of "Dance dance revolution")

"After hammering out a deal with EMI Christian Music Group, it became a reality. At White Knight games, developers are looking to harness the popularity of Jak and Daxter with a biblical platformer named Timothy and Titus. Anime-style characters roam a 3D world, building up "faith" instead of magic power, allowing them to unleash the finger of god or a miracle."

(Hear that guys and gals, we get to smite with the finger of god! That is kick ***! I wonder what finger is his smiting finger, the middle one perhaps)

"For the consoles, there will be two versions of The Bible Game. One game, for the Game Boy Advance, is an action adventure that challenges players to assemble the seven parts of the Armor of God while vanquishing the agents of darkness by answering Bible trivia."

(We're talking about hours of entertainment here! Seriously though, why buy a game to test your knowledge of the Bible)

"The PS2 and Xbox versions are a game show-themed party game that tests knowledge of scripture, but also features action sequences."

(....Ok. Action sequences huh? Do we get to weild the finger of god like a sword for our mighty weapon against evil)

"The small state of Christian gaming means titles like The Bible Game are being made on a shoestring. The PS2 version cost about $1 million to make, and the Xbox port was half that price."

(Come now people. The donation plates couldn't get the game a better budget?)

"A large number of those attending the conference are parents, and their interest is in making games for their own kids."

(Uh oh. Uninformed overprotective parents)

"Other developers at the conference feel the same and want to create a vibrant Christian market that offers alternatives to games with violent, sometimes satanic, content. Well maybe not all of them."

(.....Oooook)

"Like Moore, Jesse Rapczak also has his mind on the apocalypse, but for a different reason. He wants to create a game in the mold of the Battlefield series that pits Christians and Jews against the forces of the Antichrist. Yes, it's a first-person shooter, and yes, it would be an M-rated Christian game."

(This could work! Armies: Christians, Jews, Antichrists. Classes for good side: Rabbi, Priest, Nun, and Pastor. Classes for bad side: Goths, people who have had sex, and Buddhists. Weapons for good: Cross, Stake, Holy Water, Holy Water Balloon(Grenade), and Onions. Weapons for bad: Tattoos, Bats, Harry Potter, Playboy Magazines, Pokemon, Count Dracula Cereal, and the Color Black. Artilery strike can be changed to the finger of god. Flags will be replaced by churches. This will be an M rated game? Battlefield is only rated T)

"The game has no title as of yet, but it's code-named Apocalypse. What sets it apart is that it's story-driven and would have dynamic mission objectives that would be randomly generated as you play. For instance, those on the Christian/Jewish side may suddenly find themselves trying to protect fleeing civilians, while the demonic players would be tasked with eliminating them."

"The game, envisioned to be the first of a trilogy, is in an early stage of development and tweaks are still being made."

"We're thinking of changing things because the Christians and the Jews are so underpowered," Rapczak said."

"We're not a Christian company--we make a lot of normal games. But it's a passion of mine to make a Christian MMO," De Margheriti said."

(How would that work)

"The challenge is creating a religiously themed RPG that doesn't contain content offensive to Christians, but is still fun to play for non-Christians."

(Impossible)

"De Margheriti, who previously worked on the ultraviolent, and widely praised, Fallout Tactics, said he has solved the problem, but he won't say how. He said the Almighty showed him the solution in a dream and believes his successes so far have been just a practice run for the part he is to play in God's plan, be it making a faith-based game or paving the way for someone else to make one.

"I'm a pretty hard-ass Christian, God really motivates most of the things I do," De Margheriti said."

(God influenced him to make Fallout)

"But right now, the Christian game-making community is a place of small budgets and big dreams."

(If Christian games would only include titles like this....let's all hope it stays that way)

"But right now, the Christian game-making community is a place of small budgets and big dreams. An oft-repeated phrase is that these developers don't see each other as competitors, and they're quick to offer their services to help create each other's products. Greg Schumsky, president and CEO of Covenant Studios, was there to promote his upcoming computer game based on the Bibleman franchise. He predicts an explosion in Christian gaming in the next five years. Others there share his faith that this genre will soon hit the big time."

"Basically, I was sent here--kind of like the Blues Brothers, we're on a mission from God," Schumsky said."

(A dream from god to make a christian video game? Sounds like it would make a good episode of Family Guy...We might have actually found someone crazier than Ken Kataguri)

(That's all pretty crazy. So they want to do for games something like what they did to make Christian pop music. Things like that really make you wonder if god exists or not. Because if he did you have to wonder why he didn't already end the world when they have to stoop so low as to make Chrisitan M rated games like Battlefield just to get people to join the Christian faith)

Review up for Fire Emblem Eight The Sacred Stones

Just put up my review of that game. Probably my worst review so far (though still much better than most reviews on this site) almost everything about it was the same as Fire Emblem 7 which I already reviewed. Is that a good thing? For the game, yes. For the quality of my review, probably not.

Gamespot Community Reviews

Remember back when you had to be a gamespop complete member or a a high level member for you to write a review of a game? When your review had to be checked by gamespot to see if it was good enough to be put up?

Well, obviously those days are long gone. Right now any fool who can type out 100 words can have his/her review put up for all to see no matter how bad, pointless, biased, or no matter how little sense it makes. Because lets be honest there are almost no games that deserve a 10 or a 1 for a score and yet people seem to throw at insanly low or high scores every chance they get.

I am going to put links to some of the dumbest review that I have ever seen.

http://www.gamespot.com/gba/rpg/rivierathepromisedland/reader_review.html?id=4207604 (for Riviera: The Promised Land)

"THIS GAME IS FOR KINDERGARDNERS! It should be called the "FisherPrice My First RPG."
Its like a novel, and to turn the page you just press "A." "

(....A novel for Kindergardners?)

http://www.gamespot.com/gba/strategy/fireemblem/reader_review.html?id=1768491 (Fire Emblem 7)

"The game is short (only 10 chapters) and offers no chance to customize your party at all"

(.....That game is about 30 chapters (not counting the 10 secret chapters) has different difficulty settings, extras, and a new path that adds about five more levels as well as different scenes and dialouge)

"There are some people who like this game, but you would do well to ignore them as they are obviously insane or Japanese or both! :"

(That's nice.....stupid American kids)

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/brothersinarms/reader_review.html?id=3454212 (Brothers in Arms)

(He barely made the 100 word requirment and I think half of those word were "ps2".......it's PS2 moron)

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/brothersinarms/reader_review.html?id=3498965 (Brothers in Arms)

"BiA is an boring arcade shooter similar to Halo with the WWII graphic set. Nothing more and nothing less."

(How do you compare Brothers in Arms to Halo?)

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/halo2/reader_review.html?id=4208701 (Halo 2)

"Halo 2 is a lackluster, fails at everthing, and it is sad, because it is so close to being a good game... but its not! I am giving Halo 2 a 2.8.... out of 10"

(......It fails at everything it gets a 2.8 but it is close to being a good game?)

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/halo2/reader_review.html?id=3965978 (Halo 2)

"plasma sword a rip off of the lightsaber from star wars and most of the wepons are real human wepons slightly altered i mean this is set 1000's of years in the fture"

(LOL. I thought it was only set around 100 years in the "fture")

http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/syphonfilteromega/reader_review.html?id=1655335 (Syphon Filter 4)

(One of the worst reviews that I have read so far)

Why are most people on Gamespot so stupid?

Sims 2 content

According to Miami attorney Jack Thompson it is. The bad news: Yet another idiot in this lousy world of ours. The good new: Someone else for me to laugh at.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/07/22/news_6129609.html
http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=41282 and http://www.forumplanet.com/gamespy/topic.asp?fid=1422&tid=1708698
http://www.stopkill.com/ (tells you how to contact the idiot)

FROM GAMESPOT:

"How do you like your hot coffee? If you're Jack Thompson, you like it scalding game publisher's laps. The Miami attorney and antigaming activist has done his share to see that games don't fall into the wrong hands. And lately, those hands have belonged to almost everyone.

Thompson was among those who spearheaded the recent effort to slap an "Adults Only" rating on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and he's often been on the forefront of many other gaming issues, several of which have targeted the crime-spree-based GTA franchise. In the past, he's represented defendants who have been the victims of GTA-inspired crimes, including the triple homicide of three police officers by an 18-year-old boy in Alabama.

His beef with San Andreas? Unused code in the game that depicts sexual acts. These minigames can be unlocked by using game-cheat devices or patches available on the Internet.

Thompson is on a roll...and he's not done yet. His latest goat is a game that doesn't involve guns, carjacking, or prostitutes: He's going after Electronic Arts' The Sims 2."

(This should be good.)

"In a manifesto sent today to press outlets, Thompson focuses on dismantling the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and exposing what he calls the industry's "latest dirty little secret." The secret's out now, and it involves nude sims."

(I take it back this should be great)

"In the statement, Thompson says, "Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise ... contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair."

The Sims 2 is a "life simulator." In the game, players steer their digital beings around their cyberlives. Actions include everything from the spectacular (getting married, having children, receiving promotions at work) to the mundane (cooking microwaved meals, going to the bathroom, mopping the floor). Such activities, as in real life, sometimes require nudity. EA circumvents inappropriateness by "blurring" out the nether regions, almost to a comical sense.

Knowing that the game is popular among all ages, EA has even taken steps to ensure that Sims fans aren't exposed to indecent depictions. In the recent expansion pack, The Sims 2 University, gamers can send their teenage sims off to college. However, instead of packing the expansion with "keggers" and "reefer," EA chose to use juice and bubble blowers.

Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."

(WOW you make the sims nude by downloading mods on the internet. LOL Yeah, you can also do that with GTA, Neverwinter Nights, the first Sims, and just about any other game that can be modded.)

"It's not just the adults that are liberated from their wardrobes. Sims kids can also be nudified, "much to the delight, one can be sure, of pedophiles around the globe who can rehearse, in virtual reality, for their abuse."

(LOL. Ok so he is mad that pedophiles can make the children in this game nude. Wouldn't looking at nude Sim children be better then them looking at real nude pics of children which would be very easy to find on porn sites and programs like Kazaa or them being around children in the real world?)

"Were this to be true, Thompson would have his smoking gun, and EA would be forced to recall all copies of The Sims 2. However, it's what's under the blur that Thompson's after. And what happens when the blur is lifted? A simple mannequin-esque smooth body, according to EA.

Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, in response to the accusations, told GameSpot, "This is nonsense. We've reviewed 100 percent of the content. There is no content inappropriate for a teen audience. Players never see a nude sim. If someone with an extreme amount of expertise and time were to remove the pixels, they would see that the sims have no genitals. They appear like Ken and Barbie."

Thompson doesn't buy it. "The sex and the nudity are in the game. That's the point. The blur is an admission that even the 'Ken and Barbie' features should not be displayed. The blur can be disarmed. This is no different than what is in San Andreas, although worse."

(Oh no, after this he better get started trying to ban barbie dolls)

"[UPDATE] Thompson this afternoon updated his earlier statement, saying he is aware certain mods only remove "the blur," but adds that "Electronic Arts has done nothing about this." Thompson's new conclusion: EA is "cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."

(LOL. What is EA supposed to do? Even if they did get rid of the mods on websites for game files they could still easily be found at other places. EA is evil but not that evil)

FROM THE GEARBOXSOFTWARE FORUMS AND POSTED ON GAMESPY

"This guy is has got to be one of the most immature prosecuters/lawyers I have ever met, or is a freakin idiot. After reading the post in this forum yesterday and gamespot.com's scoop yesterday, I took it upon myself to email him, even though I knew it probably wouldn't do much good (I just needed to vent on him ) So, here is the exchange of emails (please forgive my writing style...I've never been very articulate....and I also had to "dumb down" the technical speak for him)-"

Edit: due to the large number of people (even a mod ) PMing me for his email address, here it is:
jackpeace@comcast.net

"Originally Posted by Deja_Vu
Mr. Thompson,
Being a 23 year old gamer and recent Computer Science graduate who was brought up around Atari and the NES gaming systems, I can assure you I've spent more time around video games and the development of them than someone such as yourself. While it is still iffy that GTA:SA should've received an AO rating, your recent campaign against The Sims 2 is far more ridiculous.
In order for there to be nudity in this game, a programmer must go in "insert" breasts and genitalia themselves, unlike in GTA where the code simply had to be "unlocked." If you were to pass an AO rating on this game, you would basically have to pass it onto every other game, because it IS very possible to add breasts and genitalia to every single game character out there...even a Barbie game meant for 5 year olds. It is simply a matter of time and patience one is willing to spend adding these "features" to a game."
"Originally Posted by Jack Thompson
Allow me to make this very clear to all in the so-called "gaming community"
who continue to email me for the purpose not of sharing information or
engaging in civil conversation but for the sole purpose of harassing me,
with garbage like the below email:

(Idiot)

In Florida we have a cyber-stalking law. There are federal statutes as well
that prohibit what many of you are doing to me. Some of you have emailed me
and threatened to kill me. How interesting that you claim that I have
infringed on YOUR First Amendment rights. Your lack of courtesy and your
utter lack of reflection prove my and others' points about the corrosive
effects of the games.

(Lunatic)

I am warning all of you whom I have not invited to communicate with me after
an initial contact by you that I shall consider any further emails from you
as violative of my rights and violative of the aforementioned criminal
statutes.

There is nothing more hypocritical than a bunch of gamer thugs who harass me
and threaten me all in the name of "freedom of expression."

I have a constitutional right to talk, at the Senator's request, to the
staff of Senator Clinton. I did that. I have a right to point out that
Electronic Arts is engaged in a knowing conspiracy with the "mod community"
(what's next, "a pedophile community"?) to distribute porn to children. Any
of you who don't think that is what EA is doing need to get a law degree and
practice for 30 years, as I have. Then I'll be interested in your
"opinions" about The Sims 2 scandal.

(It took him 30 years of practice to become a moron)

If you videogaming thugs don't like what I do, then get off your rear ends
and talk to the media, talk to your representatives, and write articles for
your Internet game news sites. Don't flood my email inbox with your
petulant tirades which are neither welcome nor productive.

All they do is encourage me in my knowledge that normal people who have a
right to stop predatory video game companies' practices are going to succeed
in protecting children from those practices. Honestly, some of you email me
and threaten me because you say "You want to ban all video games." That is
reflective, by and large, of the perspicacity of the typical threatening
emails I get. Such people don't want facts. They want an argument. They
want to treat me as if I were some punching bag prostitute in GTA. I've had
it with this. I am going to stop it.

We won the "Hot Coffee mod" battle, and we shall win other battles. If any
of you clowns are still dumb enough to threaten me and harass me after
receiving this email, then contact your lawyers. You're going to need them.

(No you didn't, Rockstar was just lazy and left unused code in the game)

Jack Thompson"
The clown didn't even bother reading my email
"Originally Posted by Deja_Vu
Mr. Thompson,
Perhaps if you would've read my ENTIRE email and actually replied instead
of reading the first line and sending back a copy and paste response, I
might've actually considered you to be a decent lawyer/prosecuter. But I
guess I should've expected as much considering you pretty much did the same
thing to Electronic Arts' letter regarding removing the "blur" effect."
"Originally Posted by Jack Thompson
duh"

(Great, another lunatic)

FROM THE STOPKILL WEBSITE

"Jack Thompson has appeared recently on a number of national television program with victims of two teenage Tennessee snipers whom police concluded trained obsessively on Grand Theft Auto to prepare for their sniping spree. Numerous others have been murdered by teens trained on this one game."

(How do you "train" to kill on a video game, shooting guns in unrealistic third person shooter games doesn't help your aim in real life)

"If you want to know more about the copycatting of violent video games occurring across the country, please contact Jack Thompson at 305-666-4366 or by e-mailing him, by clicking on the below link, at jackpeace@comcast.net.

Finally, you can write Jack Thompson, 1172 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 111, Coral Gables, FL 33146. May God bless you in the meantime. If you have kids, have them start shooting hoops instead of humans."

(LOL good we can call him now. What an idiot)

"ANOTHER THOMPSON PREDICTION CAME TRUE: Dateline NBC reported Friday, December 13, 2002, that the Beltway Sniper, John Lee Malvo, was compelled by John Muhammad to train on the sniper video game, Halo, switched to sniper-mode or God-mode, to suppress his inhibition to kill." Jack Thompson predicted, in an interview by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show three weeks before the Beltway Snipers were apprehended, that one of the snipers "might very well be a video gamer as young as 15 trained on a game switched to sniper-mode or God-mode.""

(That didn't even make sense)

Is Ken Kutaragi Crazy, Probably

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=59569

I had many other news sources but they have been deleted.

Some great quotes from Ken.

"PS3 is not a game machine. We've never once called it a game machine."

"We're not going to equip the PS3 with a HDD by default, because no matter how much capacity
we put in it, it won't be enough."

"for consumers to think to themselves 'I will work more hours to buy one'. We want people to feel
that they want it, irrespective of anything else."

"Cell is not like that. Application programs can no longer directly access the hardware; instead they will have to be written in high-level, object-oriented language. That was done for security reasons: If processors of high performance and wide bandwidth like the Cell were linked together without sufficient security, a worldwide system crash could occur with one attack."

"Other companies may talk of game machines, but we've always referred to 'computer entertainment,' even in our press materials. It's entertainment and also a computer. That's what's important."

"This time, Microsoft has stated clearly that it is going after PlayStation. However, they're going not after the PlayStation 3, but the PlayStation 2. They were looking at 2, and that's why [Xbox 360] became like that,"

"However, at E3, a suitable number of people said that they were glad they came and saw rather than just looking at the specs. When the PS3 is actually released, this will spread and people will come to understand."

"Even if you display beautiful high definition visuals, you can't immediately tell if it's being calculated in real time by the Cell, However, if you look closely, the difference between things that are being calculated and things that are simply being changed and moved is clear. It's all about real-time, essentially, as the PS3 demos on show at E3 proved, says Ken: "They used real-time on-the-fly calculations rather than pre-rendering and pre-calculations. For the graphics too, determining which movements to make were all calculated."

And finally, Kutaragi explained - sort of - why the PS3 doesn't contain a separate sound chip: "It's obvious... Because [the audio] is all calculated [through Cell]. Sound is not the about the number of voices, but is itself an object."

“I believe we made the most beautiful thing in the world. Nobody would criticize a renowned architect’s blueprint that the position of a gate is wrong. It’s the same as that.”

“Beating us for a short moment is like accidentally winning a point from a Shihan (Karate master), and Microsoft is still not a black belt. Just like with their operating systems, they might come out with something good around the third generation of their release.”

“I believe we made the most beautiful thing in the world. Nobody would criticize a renowned architect’s blueprint that the position of a gate is wrong. It’s the same as that.”

“Microsoft shoots for the moon. Sony shoots for the sun.”

“The PS3 will instill discipline in our children and adults alike. Everyone will know discipline.” (....ok)

“Microsoft is trailing behind us, but they are not a threat. They are good at improving [on products], but we will be advancing to the next level with revolutionary technology.”

"(The PSP) is expected to be used inside the house. No one would walk around while playing games."

"We haven't been creating our [past] PlayStations for the sake of games." (So the Playstation was made to be a CD player)

The crazy guy himself.

I love the fact that all three companies all seem to say "We aren't worried about the competition" yet they all bash each other every chance they get, they are like children. Nintendo criticising the psp for sales, ps3 bashing the xbox power when before the Xbox had the more powerful system and Sony was saying how that doesn't mean anything.

GTA linked to homicide in Japan

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/06/22/news_6128036.html"TOKYO--Japan was shocked this week by an incident in which a 15-year-old boy allegedly murdered his parents by battering them and then slashing them to death. He then concealed his crime by blowing up their Tokyo apartment, using homemade explosives.

Today, some media outlets are reporting that the boy's schoolmates have described him as an average student who loved playing video games and who was a fan of Grand Theft Auto III.

The boy was arrested yesterday at a hot springs resort in the Gunma prefecture. According to police, the boy admitted to his crime when confronted, reportedly saying, "I wanted to kill my father since he made a fool out of me. I decided to kill my mother as well, since she was always saying that she wanted to die because of all the work she had to do. I felt sorry for her.""

(He killed his Mom because he felt sorry for her. Ok, that would kind of say something about how sane he is. Also since when do you kill people that you feel sorry for in GTA? "Those poor people, those shoes have been out of style for years." :shoots them: "That poor cop, I'll bet he doesn't get paid much." :shoots him: "Poor prostitute." :shoots: )

(Also his home life couldn't have been that great if his mom was always saying that she wanted to die and he wanted to kill his father for making a fool out of him.)

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID:

"Think its safe to say that this kid has some serious issues."

"Guess June isn't a good month for any gaming industry."

"You know, he could have had a huge library of games, but as soon as they find any GTA game, poof, that's the reason why he did it. He may have never played it, who knows, but as soon as they find it, that's the reason why. It pisses me off that people go to the games for the scapegoat. Anyways, if the game did influence you to do whatever it was, you had to have had some issues in the first place."

Japan considering self-imposed game regulation

http://www1.gamespot.com/news/2005/06/27/news_6128217.html

This one is kind of funny.

"In February, a 17-year-old boy was arrested for killing one teacher and stabbing three others in his old elementary school. The boy was later found out to be a hardcore gamer who wanted to work in the gaming industry, and he was a fan of the Resident Evil series."

(How can they blame that on Resident Evil....the knives suck in that game. Now if he ran into a police station with a pistol that had about five bullets in it yelling, "The Zombies are EVERYWHERE!" Then they can blame Resident Evil.)

(This is just getting stupid now a days. I mean most kids that don't live in third world countries at some point in there life probably saw or played a video game.)

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID:

"The media constantly digs for things like this, just like columbine and some of the GTA suits that teens do for no apparent reason. Once the media gets a hold of information like the teen played a few games and everything... BAM! It's all the games' fault. They always say, "Oh, Timmy was abused, but he played games.. so it was the games.""

Illinois Governor Wants To Keep 'GTA,' 'Halo 2' Out Of Kids' Hands

http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1494951/12162004/id_0.jhtml

Where to start with this? How about the first sentence.

"That iconic black-and-white parental advisory sticker you see on CDs containing violent and/or sexually explicit content may soon be appearing on video games, if the governor of Illinois has his way."

(Could that be something like the ESRB rating on the box, the little things that tell you what the game has that has been on games for years? Or are they saying the people in Illinois can't read and need to have a bigger sticker and to be told what is on the game from store employees?)

"Stores that allow children access to games such as "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," "Halo 2" and "Mortal Kombat: Deception" would face a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine."

(They all must just talk about Halo 2 because it is so popular. I never even notice the blood in that game, I think there was more of it in the first Halo.)

"The content warnings issued by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board — E for everyone, T for teens and M for mature — are merely parental suggestions. So it is not a criminal offense for stores to sell M-rated games to minors, a practice that a July 2003 report by the Federal Trade Commission determined to be commonplace."

(What more do they need? If it already tells you what the game is rated and parents let their kids buy it then how is this going to stop anything. All you have to do is ask your parent or an older friend to buy the game for you or buy it on any internet website like a lot of people already do.)

"Stores would also be required to post signs that explained the ratings system already in use by the video-game industry."

(.....They do.)

"The Illinois bills — one for violence and one for sexually explicit content — define violent games as those that realistically depict human-on-human violence and sexually explicit ones as realistically depicting male or female genitalia."

(How many games depict male or female genitalia? And why do they want to ban Halo 2 then, it doesn't have Human on human violence. It has Human on Alien and Alien on Alien violence. Also I would call Halo 2 realistic.)

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS:

"Here's a thought- for every kid that goes off the deep end and has their actions explained away by 'evil video games', their parents should serve time or be beaten in the public square. I guarantee you at that point parents would take a more active role in what their kids are doing."

"Blaming crap on video games is just crap. It's like me saying Osama Bin Laden went and killed all those people because he eats cornflakes for breakfast! Actually, I bet that if they did research into it every person who has ever committed a crime of any kind, in a country where cornflakes are available, has eaten them?"

"If they're going to be all whiney about this why don't they just make it illegal for children to enter stores, then parents would actually have to go pick up and see the games they want while the kids press their faces up to the glass waiting for Mom to exit. I bet we could get Windex to lobby for that bill."

"Take Larry the Cable Guy's words as a good point to that article "Guns don't kill people; people kill people. If that were the case, I would be able to blame my every misspelled word on my pencil"."

Well it looks like Illinois has moron for a governor.