Motive Unclear in 2013 Nevada School Shooting

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sparks Nevada police have released a 1,300 page report detailing an exhaustive investigation into the October 2013 middle school shooting in Sparks, Nevada.

"The family owns an XBOX 360 and 69 video games," Sparks, Nevada police chief Brian Allen said at the media event announcing the release of the department's 1300-page report on last year's shooting involving 12-year-old Jose Reyes, who injured two, killed teacher Michael Landsberry, and killed himself using a 9mm handgun at the Sparks Middle School.

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California Lt. Governor Calls for Leland Yee to Resign

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An old colleague from San Francisco - now in a much higher office in California - has called for State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to resign. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has joined the chorus of California lawmakers calling on the Senator that wrote the 2005 anti-video game law to step down for the good of the "institution" in which he currently holds a seat.

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Report: Leland Yee's Gun Deals May Have Supplied Arms to Philippines Rebels

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An affidavit by an FBI undercover agent details how California State Senator Leland Yee (and a group he regularly used) allegedly supplied arms to, among others, Muslim rebels in the Philippines. The Philippines government has been in a long running war with rebels, who want to turn Mindanao into an Islamic state.

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Former Friends, Foes Comment on California Senator Leland Yee's Indictments

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

A number of things have happened since State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was indicted on a wide range of charges by the U.S. Department of Justice. Sen. Leland Yee’s defense attorney, Paul DeMeester, announced that he was no longer running for California Attorney General, for starters. DeMeester declined to discuss whether Yee intends to comply with the resignation demand from state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

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HHS, DOJ Changing Guidelines on Gun Purchases Related to Mental Illness

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite all the talk of how violent media has influenced recent shootings - including the most recent one at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut -  the White House is moving on dealing with gun access to individuals who suffer from "sever metal illnesses."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 78

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, the Xbox One 4 launch, the latest GamePolitics Letters to the Editor, and the controversial game about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that happened almost a year ago. Download Episode 78 now: SuperPAC Episode 78 (1 hour, 18 minutes) 71.2 MB.

'The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary' Game Draws National Outrage

November 20, 2013 - GaePolitics Staff

An indie game developed by a man from Sydney, Australia is getting national attention this week because of its controversial subject matter: the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that happened almost a year ago in Newtown, Connecticut. Politicians, journalists, parents of victims, Connecticut state officials, and even the National Rifle Association have weighed in on the game, "The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary."

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Lead Plaintiff in Heller v. District of Columbia Says Game Regulation Efforts a 'Back Door' to Regulating Guns

October 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The plaintiff in the landmark gun rights Supreme Court decision that bears his name (Heller v. District of Columbia) warned that the effort to regulate violent video games in the U.S. Congress is "a backdoor attack on gun rights." The Supreme Court case, Heller v. District of Columbia, overturned D.C.'s handgun ban. In a report on conservative publication Human Events, Heller said that lawmakers are targeting video games as a way to get at the issue from behind.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 72

October 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Ben Hayward, who wrote an interesting article last week about how video game players are often gun owners too, and how the government often tries to pit one group against the other. Andrew also reveals the results of last week's poll concerning the Mighty No. 9 and the possibility that the developer behind the game might get sued by Capcom.

Letters to the Editor: Guns, Games, and Education

September 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Today at GamePolitics we are launching a new feature called Letters to the Editor, where we let our readers offer their very strong opinions on the issues that matter most to them.

Our very first letter comes from Ben Hayward, who felt the need to write about mass shootings, guns, firearms education, and video games. We left Ben's comments mostly unchanged, and only lightly edited. We hope you enjoy it.

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Capitol Hill Focuses On Gun Control, Despite Media's Fascination With Violent Video Games

September 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite the national media's fascination with the Washington Navy Yard shooter's violent video gaming habits, lawmakers on Capitol Hill focused on the need to shore up rules on guns in the United States. Democratic lawmakers and anti-gun groups focused their efforts on the push for a vote on background checks legislation, according to Polticio. During that debate there's was very little talk about violent video games.

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Fox & Friends Co-Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: We Need National Registry for Video Games

September 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The new Fox & Friends host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck (formerly the lone conservative on ABC's The View) suggested during the Tuesday morning show that "the left" was trying to make Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard about "gun control." Instead she pointed out that the country doesn't need a national registry for guns, it needs one for to track video game purchases.

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Andrew Eisen: Guns Don't Kill People, Licensed Guns in Video Games Do

September 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On August 14, Connecticut Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey wrote a letter to executives at Valve Software, Take-Two, the Entertainment Software Association, and Activision Blizzard asking them to stop licensing real guns from gun manufactures for popular first-person shooter franchises such as Call of Duty and Battlefield.

While it took a long time, Andrew Eisen has finally created a video response to the State lawmaker's request entitled "Guns Don't Kill People, Licensed Guns in Video Games Do."

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Report: The ESA Spends More on Lobbying than the NRA - On Paper

July 16, 2013 -

In an extensive report on lobbying efforts in Washington, Games Industry International reveals that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) spends more on lobbying efforts than the National Rifle Association - on paper, at least. But in reality a good lobbyist knows all the tricks of influence peddling through other spending that doesn't have to be reported because it isn't technically considered lobbying.

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Vice President Sees No Legal Hurdles in Enacting Sin Tax on Violent Media

May 13, 2013 -

Vice President Joe Biden thinks that it would be perfectly okay to tax violent video games. During a recent meeting to talk about strategy for enacting the president’s proposed gun legislation, Biden said that an idea floated by Reverend Franklin Graham in late April to tax violent media might be a good idea. Participants in the session told Politico that Mr. Biden said there’s "no restriction on the ability to do that; there’s no legal reason why they couldn’t."

Former CNN Host: President Should Focus on Entertainment Industry Too in Gun Control Debate

April 4, 2013 -

Former CNN host Campbell Brown was a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe program yesterday, where she suggested that President Barack Obama would have a better shot at passing gun control laws in the United States if he would stop singling out the Nation Rifle Association and put some of the focus on the violent content created by Hollywood and the video game industry.

Brown has written several op-ed pieces about the issue in publications like the Daily Beast and - most recently - the Wall Street Journal.

You can watch her appearance to below.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Talks Guns and Games at San Francisco Gathering

April 4, 2013 -

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers are to blame for what she categorized as the "disconnect between the broad public support for gun control and the reluctance in Congress" to support legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines." Feinstein made her comments at a gathering of about 500 people in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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The Best Amendment Takes Aim at NRA

March 19, 2013 -

Indie game development studio Molleindustria has created a game called The Best Amendment, which it describes as an "unofficial NRA Game" that they say demonstrates why some of the NRA's stances on guns do not work.

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Former FBI Profiler: Video Games Do Not Cause Violence

February 25, 2013 -

During a panel discussion on CBS' popular Sunday political show Face the Nation, former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole said that politicians rushing to blame video games for the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut are misguided because the evidence does not support their theory.

"It’s my experience that video games do not cause violence," O’Toole told CBS News."However, it is one of the risk variables when we do a threat assessment for the risk to act out violently."

IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a Debate

February 21, 2013 -

Video Game Developer and IGDA Member Daniel Greenberg has challenged Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to a debate on whether video games are a bigger problems than guns in America. His comments were made awhile back during a segment on MSNBC.

While it is unlikely that the Senator from Tennessee will take up Mr. Greenberg's offer for a vigorous and substantive debate on guns, media violence, and real-world violence, he has thrown down the gauntlet anyway:

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PPP Poll: Games More Dangerous Than Guns

February 8, 2013 -

Update: Many of our readers pointed out that the question in the poll about video games was directed at Republican respondents, which explains why it was skewed negatively towards video games. Thanks to everyone who pointed that out to us.

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Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Calls for More Research on Violent Video Games

February 8, 2013 -

Yesterday Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) released "A Comprehensive Plan That Reduces Gun Violence and Respects the 2nd Amendment Rights of Law-Abiding Americans," which details the recommendations of the " Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force." While there are plenty of recommendations on guns and curbing gun violence, mental health issues and school safety, there is a portion of the report dedicated to violent media.

Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 39

February 4, 2013 -

This week's show focuses on indie developers and an excellent editorial on various bills aimed at video game violence. This week hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about an indie game that got a Canadian gentleman fired from his day job, another indie developer calling Kickstarter stretch goals "bullsh*t," and a discussion on this Popcults.com editorial. All this and the latest GamePolitics poll results await in Episode 39.

Shocking: CNN Town Hall has Thoughtful Discussion on Guns, Violence, and Violent Media

February 1, 2013 -

Destructoid has an excellent recap of a CNN Town Hall lead by Anderson Cooper that actually discusses the issue of gun violence in a sensible way (thanks to PHX Corp. for the link in the shout box) and even includes a lengthy discussion on mental health issues.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander: Games are a Bigger Problem Than Guns

January 30, 2013 -

In a discussion about gun violence and gun control, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says that games are way more problematic than weapons because "they affect people." Weapons apparently don't affect people, except the fact that they put holes in them where blood can leak out... Speaking today on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Alexander said video games are a greater societal threat than guns.

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Children's Rights Advocate and Attorney: Video Games Are Not The Problem

January 18, 2013 -

Children's rights advocate and attorney Paul Mones (@MonesPaul on Twitter) delivers a "Perry Mason moment" in a new editorial over at the Huffington Post titled "Video Games Hold No Answers." In it Mones notes that making a connection between violent crimes committed by teens based on the video games, movies, or even mu

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ESA Issues Statement on President Obama's Call for CDC Research on Video Games

January 16, 2013 -

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) issued a statement in response to President Barack Obama's call for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct a study on whether there is a correlation between gun violence and "violent video games" and other forms of media. The trade group representing the interactive entertainment industry said that it agrees with the President's proposals and plans to cooperate / collaborate with the Administration and Congress as they examine the facts that will bring about meaningful solutions.

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President Proposes CDC Study on Violent Video Games and Media

January 16, 2013 -

President Barack Obama unveiled measures today to curb gun violence in America that he wants Congress to pass as soon as possible, and issued executive orders calling for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct a study on whether there is a correlation between gun violence and "violent video games" and other forms of media.

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NRA Practice Range Ratings Changed to 12+ by Apple

January 16, 2013 -

When the NRA-branded iOS app NRA: Practice Range launched earlier this week (nearly on the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting that took place in Newtown Connecticut on December 14, 2012) it carried a rating of ages 4+.

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No Brainer: Biden's Recommendations on Gun Violence Have to Do with Guns, Not Games

January 15, 2013 -

It should not come as any surprise that Vice-President Joe Biden's Commission on Gun Violence delivered 19 recommendations on how to deal with... gun violence, with the key word being "gun." Despite much ado about a meeting late last week with video game industry executives, trade groups, and five researchers, Biden didn't seem all that interested in taking on the industry but did tell those gathered at the meeting that the video game industry needed to improve its image with the general public.

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E. Zachary KnightGot that same recommendation on Twitter. So I guess that is a good sign.09/15/2014 - 8:39pm
prh99Portlandia, though I don't watch a lot of sitcoms. Heard it was good though.09/15/2014 - 8:02pm
E. Zachary KnightSitcom recommendations for someone who like Parks and Rec but hates The Office: Go.09/15/2014 - 6:08pm
NeenekoEven if they do change their policy, they can only do it moving forward and I could see the mod/pack community simply branching.09/15/2014 - 12:50pm
Michael ChandraAs for take the money and run, the guy must have a networth of 8~9 digits already.09/15/2014 - 10:33am
Michael ChandraMe, I'm more betting on some form of mod API where servers must run donations/payments through them and they take a cut.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraEspecially since they want it for promoting their phones. Killing user interest is the dumbest move to make.09/15/2014 - 10:32am
Michael ChandraGiven how the EULA actively allows for LPs, I'm not sure Microsoft is ready for the backlash of disallowing that.09/15/2014 - 10:31am
Matthew Wilsonthey wont do that, the backlash would be too big.09/15/2014 - 10:25am
ConsterSleaker: how is that a flipside? Sounds to me like that's basically what Notch himself said, except rudely.09/15/2014 - 10:18am
MaskedPixelanteOn the plus side, no more lazy Minecraft LPs, since iirc Microsoft has a strict "no monetization period" policy when it comes to their stuff.09/15/2014 - 10:13am
james_fudgeBut it continues to sell on every platform it is on, so there's that09/15/2014 - 10:09am
james_fudgeOh, well that's another matter :)09/15/2014 - 10:08am
E. Zachary KnightNothing against Notch here. I think it is great that he made something so cool. I just can't understand how it is worth $2.5 bil09/15/2014 - 9:59am
InfophileWhat a world we live in: Becoming a billionaire was the easy way out for Notch.09/15/2014 - 9:42am
james_fudgelots of hate for Notch here. I don't get it. Sorry he made a game everyone loved. What a monster he is!09/15/2014 - 9:37am
SleakerOn the flipside, Notch has been a horrible CEO for Mojang, and the company has grown on sheer inertia, DESPITE being mishandled over and over.09/15/2014 - 9:33am
SleakerI can understand Notch's statements he made to Kotaku about growing bigger than he intended, and getting hate for EULA changes he didn't enact.09/15/2014 - 9:32am
MaskedPixelantehttp://pastebin.com/n1qTeikM Notch's statement about the MS acquisition. He wanted out for a long time and this was the easiest way.09/15/2014 - 9:08am
ConsterEh, I can't blame him.09/15/2014 - 9:01am
 

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