Posts Tagged ‘criticism’

Only sexual predators use Animal Crossing

March 17, 2009

I’ve never been a fan of local television news. Mostly because they make you wait through commercials before they answer questions they pose, such as, “Can your refrigerator be killing you?” Come on! Tell me now, I was just visit accused death trap for some life-sustaining food! Am I making a mistake!

But I digress. In another bout of outlandish sensationalism a Columbia, Missouri news program has  Nintendo in its crosshairs. Their threat this time is their second favorite behind the threat of death… the threat of sexual predators.

KMIZ is reporting claims by the obviously uninformed Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force that Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Wii is being used by sexual predators to target children.

What makes it obvious that neither the reporters or the cops have played the game is quotes like this: (more…)


Taxing violent video games

March 11, 2009

Yet again lawmakers are attempting to censor video games in ways that directly infringe on First Amendment rights and would not fly in other media.

Now it’s Pennsylvania and our British friends on the other side of the pond who are considering such legislation.

Pennsylvania took the first steps in this direction in 2007 by setting up a task force to study video game violence and potential legislation to address it. The task force released a report in December 2008 that recomended the state NOT pursue any censorship or legislation.

The Children & Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House held a hearing to explore the issue this week. Game Politics extensively covered the hearing. It appears that some of the representatives were a little irked that the task force didn’t simply confirm their preudices and give them a green light to do what they will.

Violent video games were implied to have a causation with police shootings. The fact that the military sometimes uses games to train officers was mentioned (although military-grade games a specifically designed for that purpose). One rep even suggested a 5 percent tax on violent video games. (more…)

Game covers aint what they used to be

March 5, 2009

The Atari 2600 was a little bit before my time, but I remember some of the covers from old Intellivision games as if through the haze of a dream.

In this interesting post, Brilliam dissects and compares some old game art to that of modern games. While the modern games have more bells and whistles, the older covers are more intriguing. They make you curious about a game the way today’s covers don’t.

Plus, game titles have come a long way to mundaneness too. The Earth Dies Screaming? That’s an AWESOME title.

Check it out here: » Blog Archive » The Stunning Art & Design of the Atari 2600.

Game designers stuck in a rut, or a groove?

March 4, 2009

Commorancy over at Randosity posted a little bit ago on how he believes game designers are stuck in a rut and not progressing at the same pace as console hardware. He covers so much ground that I decided to respond through my own post as opposed to a comment.

First off, I agree that while games have become increasingly beautiful and complex it seems that designers have increasingly turned to proven gaming conventions as opposed to innovative new gameplay.

Mostly I see this as hedging their bets and not necessarily a bad thing. If they didn’t work well, they wouldn’t be conventions. When you are investing millions of dollars and one to two years to develop what you hope will be a AAA title, you probably don’t want to stray too far from what has been proven to work. If it aint broke… (more…)

The most offensive games

March 2, 2009

Late December an investment company released this list list of the most offensive video games from the past two years. It’s funny how it could also almost be a list of the best games from the past two years.

Now I don’t have a problem with The Timothy Plan releasing this list as a guide for their clients to use when considering video games to purchase the children in their lives for Christmas. That’s their prerogative, and they specifically say they’re not trying to stop me from playing offensive video games, so live and let live.

recharging your power in Bioshock

recharging your power in Bioshock

But it is kind of funny what they have to say about some of these games. For example, they point out that in Grand Theft Auto IV you can use the in-game Internet to search for a gay date. Or in Army of Two the two characters share a parachute and get uncomfortably close while using a car door as a shield.

Anyways, their list of the Most Offensive Games were judged primarily on sexually suggestive themes and images, curse words, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and violence. And all were already rated Mature (except for World of Warcraft and Bully, which were rated Teen), so if parents just paid attention to the ESRB rating on the box they could see that these games were never intended for their precious little snowflakes anyways.

The list, in seemingly no seemingly relevant order: (more…)