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Senator Leland Yee arrested by FBI

California State Senator Leland Lee, known for his legislative efforts to restrict minors’ access to violent video games, has been arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery and corruption. NBC Bay Area and San Francisco’s KCRA are the first of several local outlets to cover the developing story – …

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Ralph Nader calls violent video game devs ‘electronic child molesters’

American political activist and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader has accused companies who work to promote violent television programs and video games of being electronic child molesters. Speaking in an interview with Politico, Nader sounded off on Barack Obama’s plan to combat gun violence – stating that the proposals didn’t …

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Connecticut community cancels plan to destroy violent video games

Community members of Southington, the Connecticut town that made news last week when it revealed the blueprints for a program to collect and destroy violent video games, have announced they no longer plan to proceed with that portion of their mission. We succeeded in our program," spokesman Dick Fortunato told …

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Vaz back on the anti-games bandwagon

One of the UK’s staunchest anti-games critics is back on the warpath with the news that Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has gone to Parliament with fresh concerns about the dangers of violent games. Vaz has table an Early Day Motion to the Commons urging the Government …

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New study links violent games to aggression

Video games have been linked to aggression in the young in a new comparative studies from the US and Japan. According to The Telegraph (in a story also reported in worldwide news outlets such as CNN and Fox News) the results, which were published in this month’s journal Pediatrics, showed …

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Stephen King defends violent games

Stephen King, author of horror classics such as The Shining and Carrie, has come out in strong defence of violent video games. In an editorial opinion for Entertainment Weekly, in which King admits that he’s not a gamer, the novelist forthrightly attacks HB 1423 – a bill pending approval in …

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Violence in games good for you, discovers report

A study by Middlesex University has found that gamers that indulge in violence in MMO titles like World Of Warcraft [pictured] are more likely to feel relaxed and less angry after they have played. Jane Barnett and her colleagues will present their results presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual …

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Daily Telegraph slams Byron Review

A prominent opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph has slammed Gordon Brown for employing Dr. Tanya Byron to carry out her investigation into the availability of violent video games. Telegraph writer Jim White largely defends the industry in his editorial – albeit with some questionable assumptions (‘[games] are overwhelmingly the …

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HAVE YOUR SAY: BBFC ratings for all games a good idea?

If MCV and The Guardian’s predictions are correct, then there will soon be universal BBFC ‘cinema-style’ ratings for all game releases. Do you think this is a good thing? Will it lead to less blame for the industry and a clearer classification system? Or will it be a time-consuming, needless …

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Governments clampdown on games a reality

MCV genuinely hates to say we told you so today – as The Guardian’s front page excitedly reports that Gordon Brown is to unleash an aggressive ‘clampdown’ on the sale of violent video games. As predicted in this week’s MCV, Labour appears to have settled on a new ‘cinema style’ …

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