Posts Tagged ‘Government trifling’

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…)

Cartoon on video games & libraries

March 1, 2009

Cartoonist Neal Obermeyer has released a cartoon on the Nebraska Auditor’s Office’s video-game-related accusations against the Nebraska Library Commission, a topic I covered several days ago.

Check out Neal’s latest cartoon here.

Lawmakers send mixed messages with game studio tax incentives & restrictions

February 28, 2009

Here’s a mighty strong sign that video games are gradually shedding their stigma as a bad influence and a childish pastime.

Gradually.

Several states have enacted tax incentives to lure game developers to locate in their states. At the same time some, like Texas, are trying to put preconditions on these incentives, saying they only apply to companies that don’t release Mature-rated games.

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Nebraska bureaucrat says games and libraries don’t mix

February 25, 2009

The Nebraska Auditor’s Office is sure that video games are nothing but a waste of time and have no place in a public library.

Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley released a report Tuesday that questioned the validity of the Nebraska Library Commission’s purchase of a Playstation 2, Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution. The report also criticized the commission for participating in several Internet social sites by posting videos and photographs of commission staff demonstrating how libraries can use video games as a social, learning and attraction tool.

Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley

Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley

Library Commission director Rod Wagner tells the Associated Press that the videos were a way to demonstrate how to use YouTube, not how to use the games.

“We’re trying to present to libraries the equipment they could consider purchasing for their own libraries,’’ Wagner said. “They’ve been especially effective in bringing young people into libraries … and then they discover other resources in libraries.’’

Foley disagreed in a press release, “From my experiences as the father of six children, I am well aware that public libraries offer computer game software for loan to library patrons. But, do we really need state employees to use public funds to buy and play with toys and games during work hours to prove the games are popular with children?” (more…)