News Around the Watercooler
March 15, 2009
News Around the Watercooler, a refreshing mountain spring water of knowledge to fill your skull with.
Now i know i try to avoid being opinionated when presenting the news each week, but this next story i can’t help myself. Our favourite topic, the R18+ Debate and in the limelight is Michael Atkinson.
It seems the Attorney General has degraded from press releases and statements and decided to start with Letters to the Editor in Adelaide’s The Advertiser.
On Tuesday it’s said he wrote the following:
“A Queensland letter writer claims democracy is at an end because I, as Attorney-General, will not agree to an R18+ category for interactive computer games; that “every other state AG is against him”; and the only way to bring back democracy is to vote me out at the next election.
It is true that I am opposed to an R18+ category for interactive games, but I am one of at least four attorneys so opposed.
I welcome a challenge in my electorate of Croydon at the next general election on this issue.
Among my constituents are hundreds of refugees who are trying to find lodgings for the family, gain employment and sponsor relatives from the old country.
Their vote is hardly likely to hinge on the “right” to score gamer points on the computer screen by running down and killing pedestrians on the pavement, raping a mother and her two daughters, blowing oneself up in a market, cutting people in half with large calibre shells, injecting drugs to win an athletics event or killing a prostitute to recover the fee one just paid her (Welcome to the world of R18+ computer games).
Those of my constituents who are refugees have been subjected to the practical instead of the virtual suffering that R18+ nerds seek to inflict for their gratification on the computer screen.
- Michael Atkinson, Attorney-General. Adelaide.”
Honestly Mr Atkinson, wtf! Most of those violent game-play references come from games that have been reclassified after slight tweaks to now be in the hands of 15 YEAR OLDS. You have stated that you’re protecting children and young adults but seriously, you’re preventing them from being protected.
Penny Arcade founders Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have been officially honoured in a billpassed by their home state of Washington. The bill is a nice pat on the back for the two who have, for ten years, served as unparalleled industry commentators. Prompted by their comic’s recent ten-year anniversary, their latest Penny Aracde Expo drew in 58,500 visitors. They were also acknowledged for their running of the Child’s Play charity raising $4.5 million for children’s hospitals across America. If you wish to read the bill you can find it here
DICE has released some information on the upcoming BF2 and BF2142 updaes.
“Reading the feedback you guys give us in the gaming forums, it’s been clear to us that the game was lacking in a tight infantry map with the PLA army involved. So we set out to create a map with that in mind and this is the result of that. That map, which we have called Operation Blue Pearl, will appear in the upcoming Battlefield 2 Update 1.50 and Battlefield 2142 Update 1.51.”
They’ve been beta testing some of the new maps and definitely listening to feedback to give battlefield fans something new.
“the map gives you an infantry, city setting with the PLA army, which hasn’t been present in the game before.”
Controversy surrounds Jack Thompson again as the Utah State Senate passed HB 353 by a 25-4 margin, on Friday. Although the bill had been amended since it was originally put forward by now disbarred anti-game activist Jack Thompson, questions surround whether Senator Chris Buttars took most of his evidence from literature written by Thompson. Although Thompson has responded to questions stating he hasn’t known of Buttars until asked about him, he’s still happy that he’s referring to his book. Buttars referenced the development of teenage brains, as well as the story of Devin Moore, an 18-year-old GTA player who killed 2 police officers and a dispatcher during a 2003 rampage in an Alabama Police Station.
“You got a problem here. You got an epidemic here… We need to pass this bill.”
The Bill restricts sails of games amongst other things.
“Tax violent video games to beat knife crime“, says the father of a 10-year-old who was stabbed to death in November 2000. Richard Taylor, who advises UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on knife crime, said he would be urging the PM to impose new taxes on violent video games as part of a £2million plan to cut down knife crimes. The Tackling Knives Action Planwas announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith on Wednesday, and is aimed at reducing deaths and serious violence among teenagers due to knives.
“I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact.”, Mr Taylor said to the Home Affairs Committee. Mr Taylor, who set up a trust in his son Damilola’s name to try to turn inner city youths away from crime, is preparing a manifesto to present to the PM.
Upcoming Releases for this week include:
- Guitar Hero on Tour: Decades (DS)
- Monstar Jam: Urban Assault (Wii, DS, PS2)
- Codename Panzers: Cold War (PC)
- Silent Hill: Homecoming (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- WWE Legends of WrestleMania (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)
For the full list of Upcoming Releases check out VURP.com