Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:35 PM
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You ding dong. You got us all thinking the soup kitchens were open:bomb:
Posted 21 March 2006 - 12:30 AM
Measure that would classify violent games with pornography passes the House without a single opposing vote.
While a piece of Utah legislation seeking to have video games with "inappropriate violence" classified under the same statute that applies to pornography fell into legislative limbo earlier this month, a similar Oklahoma bill has gathered a full head of steam.
Last week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved HB3004 unanimously, with 97 Representatives voting for it, none against it, and four excused from the voting. Utah's bill faced slightly tougher opposition in its House of Representatives, passing by a vote of 56-8, with 11 legislators absent or not voting.
The Oklahoma bill makes it illegal for stores to sell or allow minors to view any game with inappropriate violence to minors. If passed, retailers would not even be able to display the games for sale unless the bottom two-thirds of their covers were obscured by "blinder racks" in the same way that adult magazines are.
While the bill's formatting on the matter is a little different, the text bears a striking resemblance to that of Utah's piece of legislation when it comes to defining inappropriate violence. According to the law, that term would be defined as any depiction in a game that, when taken as a whole, has the following characteristics:
"a. the average person eighteen (18) years of age or older applying contemporary community standards would find that the interactive video game or computer software is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable for minors, and
b. the interactive video game or computer software lacks serious literary, scientific, medical, artistic, or political value for minors based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
(1) is glamorized or gratuitous,
(2) is graphic violence used to shock or stimulate,
(3) is graphic violence that is not contextually relevant to the material,
(4) is so pervasive that it serves as the thread holding the plot of the material together,
(5) trivializes the serious nature of realistic violence,
(6) does not demonstrate the consequences or effects of realistic violence,
(7) uses brutal weapons designed to inflict the maximum amount of pain and damage,
(8) endorses or glorifies torture or excessive weaponry, or
(9) depicts lead characters who resort to violence freely"
The bill's definition of inappropriate violence specifically mentions games, so similar depictions in books, movies, or music would not be covered. If passed, store owners caught selling such games to minors would be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $500 on a first or second offense, and $1,000 on future offenses.
Having passed the House, the bill has now moved to the Oklahoma Senate.
Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:51 PM
For these bills, the key issue in my mind that really will come into play is in the 'artistic' merit of games... clearly, lawmakers are too afriad to attack violent mainstream movies (i.e., the Sin City sort) or music (heck, most of it) because they know they can't avoid the nightmare that is that these media are viewed as 'artistic'... To me, there is nothing additionally 'artistic' about most graphic movies and the better-made graphic epic games like God of War. Both cost millions. Both feature just about everything on those above lists... but since one is a game (which is rooted in historical figures, and prominantly features the violence and sex that mythology has often been associated with), it gets treated like porn, while the other is considered 'art' despite being 100% fictional. Sorry, I don't buy it.
In my mind, the real issue is and always has been the rating of games versus the rating of movies. Parents understand the Movie rating system... To me, instead of covering up violent games, why not change the ratings to those comparable to movies... We've tried the whole 'MA' thing... it doesn't register. If a game like God of War was an R-rated game (which I believe it is), there shouldn't be any confusion... To me, I've only known of 2-3 games that really ever pushed the R-rating limit in my mind, and one of them, Grand Theft Auto: SA, was still only pushing it because of the 'Hot Chocolate' game that 99% of all owners would have never even been able to access anyway... and even among those who did, they were SUPPOSED to be MA game players anyway!! So a whole bunch of lawmakers got upset about a group of 17+ year olds playing a hidden mini-game that they really never even played anyway because they couldn't readily access it! No kids should have been playing this game in the first place...
More to the point, the issue shouldn't be coving games up and going after any game with a drop of blood, it should be enforcing that MA games should not be sold to minors. That's it! And if that means calling MA games R-rated games just to make sure parents understand, fine... What bothers me is that plenty of games fall under these 'guidelines' and are clearly not 'bad games'. Does anyone honestly believe a game like Diablo on PC is similar to porn? Probably not, and if Diablo were a movie, it'd probably be an R-rated movie (no swearing, and just killing arbitrary monsters, say as in Army of Darkness)... and as a game, it was MA... but does this game really need to be covered up where as any kid in the world can look at any R-rated movie?
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Posted 29 March 2006 - 04:34 AM
I am enjoying Medal of Honor: RS. I don't know if I would have wanted to spend full price on it (graphically, after playing Call of Duty 2 for example, it just seems limited and flat, but hey, that's what you get with a 3 year old war game.. I'm sure if I hadn't played some of the newer stuff, this would be great in its own way), but for $5 it wasn't bad. But I would agree that even at $5, sometimes these games are just best to pick up and use as trade items...
Posted 29 March 2006 - 04:39 AM
Posted 29 March 2006 - 05:33 AM
I'll have to check the Crossroads location tomorrow when I pick up KH2.
Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:17 PM
OTOH, something tells me this will be GH eventually because I have no doubt it will sell regardless of the reviews (anything square, as well as most things disney), and I would probably be best suited holding onto my money for now, buying SOTC when it goes GH, and then buying KHII a year or two from now when it is GH... I'm also interested in buying a DS anyway, and I'm guessing I may want to trade for/buy a copy of Kingdom Hearts on GBA first before I play KHII since the stories are all linked...
Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:22 PM
Posted 31 March 2006 - 03:03 AM
Sprung $1.99 (3 copies)
Ping Pals $1.99 (3 copies)
Madden (didn't catch the price)(5 copies)
Geist $5 (3 copies)
Matrix: Path of Neo $24.99 (many copies)
Enthusia Racing $1.99 (2 copies)
NBA Street Vol 2 $19.99 (several copies)
Several PSP games but I don't have one so I didn't notice any prices.
Posted 31 March 2006 - 10:44 PM
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Posted 04 April 2006 - 03:47 AM
nevermind. just saw it...
Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:56 PM
Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:31 PM
for those that don't know, the quail sam goody store is closing. wasn't listed on the original closing list from a couple of months ago. games and dvds were only 25% off today which with their prices aren't that great, but they had some hardware 25% off also. saw a gba sp for 59.99, nintendo ds for 97.50 and a ps2 for 112.50
I went by there last weekend, they still had GBA SP, DS, and PS2.
The games selection was weak (as usual), and over priced.
As the end draws near, I'm sure the prices will get better.
Posted 06 April 2006 - 09:46 PM