Tale of Tales takes aim at game industry's support of violent content

July 9, 2015 - James Fudge

Tale of Tales co-founder Michaël Samyn is making good on his Patreon promise to talk about uncomfortable things related to the video games industry. In a new post on his blog, Samyn laments the passing of Tale of Tales some more (at least as a studio that develops games) and blames the industry's predilection towards creating violent video games as a key factor in his company's failings.

NYT article warns 'Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children'

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A New York Times article highlighting the upcoming broadcast debut of a documentary about China's "internet addiction problems" and the misguided attempts by the government to treat young people, uses the opportunity to point out that Americans face a similar problem of children getting too much screen time.

Calif. anti-video game law author Leland Yee pleads guilty to racketeering in federal court

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state Senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in federal court on Wednesday. In entering his plea, Yee admitted in court that he "knowingly and intentionally agreed with another person" to take part in an enterprise and commit at least two offenses that affected state commerce.

During his plea hearing U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer asked Yee if he was entering the plea of his own free will because he was guilty:

"Are you pleading guilty of your own free will because you are guilty?" Breyer asked him.

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Report: Leland Yee may take a plea deal in federal corruption case

July 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state senator Leland Yee may be looking for a plea deal, according to several Bay Area reports this morning. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Yee and his attorney are scheduled to appear before San Francisco U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer sometime today for a change of plea hearing, which has been set on the judge's public calendar. The terms of this alleged plea agreement have not been made public.

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Leland Yee's legislative calendar reveals multiple meetings with undercover FBI agents

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Information is starting to surface about who former California State Senator and vocal video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) met with during his tenure in the Senate - including several recorded meetings with people identified as undercover FBI agents posing as unscrupulous characters, according to this Inside Bay Area report.

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Bill O'Reilly brings up games in Charleston, South Carolina mass-shooting segment

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You knew it wouldn't take long before someone in the media would try to tie video games into the horrific church shooting in South Carolina this week. That dubious distinction goes to Fox News host Bill O'Rielly and his guest Martin Luther King III for a segment on the Charleston, South Carolina shooting.

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New book claims video games and porn are causing a 'crisis of masculinity' among young men

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of BBC Weekend, psychologist and Stanford University professor Phillip Zimbardo, discusses his new book, Man (Dis)connected. In his book (co-authored with Nikita D. Coulombe), Zimbardo posits that the excessive use of videogames, online porn, and a lifestyle of isolation are contributing to a "crisis of masculinity."  This in turn contributes to erectile dysfunction, boredom at school, little or no interest in human contact, or in participating in society, he claims.

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Judge rules that Leland Yee's state senate office records should be made public

May 1, 2015 - James Fudge

The Sacramento County Superior Court has ruled that documents from former California State Senators Leland Yee (D) and Ronald S. Calderon (D) are public records and should be made available to members of the press, according to the LA Times. Those records include meeting schedules, office calendars, and miscellaneous records from Senate offices of both former lawmakers.

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Will Hillary Clinton's historically anti-game attitude harm her 2016 presidential run?

April 30, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Hillary Clinton has long espoused some rather negative attitudes towards violent video games and violent media in general.  In 2005 she joined the chorus of people condemning Rockstar for the "hot coffee" mod that unlocked an otherwise inaccessible and unfinished interactive (yet non-explicit) sex scene in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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ESPN's Colin Cowherd really, REALLY doesn't want to cover video games

April 28, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on ESPN Radio, had a few less than flattering things to say about Sunday's ESPN2 coverage of Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm tournament.

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Will Hillary Clinton's colorful past on violent media come back to haunt her?

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Hillary Clinton's past is coming back to haunt her as she takes a run at becoming the president of the United States in 2016. Digging through the Clinton Library records, this Politico report highlights Clinton's stance on violent media - and her allies say that even now her views on the topic have not changed over the years.

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Iranian cleric urges Western countries to ban 'Islamophobic' games and movies

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An Iranian cleric says that games and other mediums that promote an 'Islamophobic' agenda should be banned to stop the radicalization of young Muslims in the West. Ayatollah Salman Safavi regularly visits Britain and is considered a strong confidante of Iran's top leaders.

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UK teacher comments on controversial letter to parents

April 3, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Earlier this week we reported that a UK school district had issued a letter to parents warning those who allow their children to play 18+ games that it may report them to police and children's social care for neglect.  You can read the whole letter here.

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UK school district will report parents to authorities for letting their children play R18 rated games

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this wild report in the Independent, parents who let their young children play games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty could be reported to police and children’s social care as it is being negligent.

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Leland Yee Legal Team Seeks Delay in Federal Trial

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The attorney representing suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is trying to delay his federal trial for political corruption and racketeering charges. In papers filed with the court on Tuesday, Yee's attorney James Lassart notified U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer that he will seek to push a scheduled June trial to sometime in mid-August.

Lassart told the court in his filing on Tuesday that he needs more time because he's about to start another trial that will keep him busy during much of the spring months.

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Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Revised Indictment

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday to a revised indictment which included two new charges. The revised indictment adds two money-laundering conspiracy counts to the existing charges of corruption and plotting to smuggle weapons from the Philippines to an organized crime figure (who was actually someone from the FBI). The 66-year-old Yee now faces a total of 13 counts.

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Report: Leland Yee Faces New Federal Charges

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former California state Senator and long-time video game critic Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is facing a raft of new charges from the federal government, according to this LA Times report. According to the LA Times a second indictment issued by a federal grand jury adds a number of new charges.

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Report: Former California State Senator Leland Yee Using Campaign Funds For Attorney's Fees

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former State Senator Leland Yee is getting a bit of unwanted attention this week as news reports surface that he is using the money he raised for his run at California Secretary of State last year (he ultimately dropped out of that race) as a legal defense fund. According to a report in the LA Times, Yee has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees from his campaign war chest to defend himself on federal corruption charges.

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The Big Picture on the 'History of Jack Thompson'

November 4, 2014 - James Fudge

The latest episode of Bob "MovieBob" Chipman's The Big Picture offers his take on the rise and fall of anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson. Why does everyone need a history lesson?

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Poll: What Should 'Night Trap' Have Been Rated?

August 14, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Hey, remember those Senate hearings back in the 90s that bemoaned violent games like DOOM and Mortal Kombat that ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board?

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Poll: Is Leland Yee Guilty?

August 8, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee, best known to GP readers as the California state senator who wasted over 1.3 million tax payer dollars in a failed bid to introduce a law that would criminalize the sale of particularly violent video games to minors, was arrested earlier this year and brought up on federal racketeering charges.

Yee is accused of a bunch of unsavory deeds ranging from soliciting bribes in exchange for political favors to attempting to broker an arms deal.

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Leland Yee Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Federal Racketeering Charges

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pled "not guilty" to Racketeering charges in Federal Court today. After the proceedings Yee had no comment for the throng of media waiting for him outside the court house.

Yee is accused of offering to help undercover FBI agents buy assault weapons from suspected terrorist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, and for promising political favors and voting on specific bills in exchange for campaign contributions.

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Racketeering Added to Leland Yee's Long List of Federal Charges

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal grand jury has added a racketeering charge to suspended California State Senator (D- San Francisco) Leland Yee's list of charges which includes gun-trafficking, corruption, and other felony counts. The indictment came Thursday and supersedes the charges that prosecutors filed in March against Yee, alleged Chinatown mobster leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, Yee campaign consultant Keith Jackson, and dozens of other defendants.

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Morning Joe Hosts Can't Decide What's Worse: An Imprisoned Former Panamanian Dictator or 'Call of Duty'

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The hosts of MSNBC's morning political talk show Morning Joe highlight what's wrong with reporting on video games via cable news. In a recent segment the show reported that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (who is currently in prison in Panama after serving prison time in the United States) has filed a lawsuit against Activision for use of his likeness in Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

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Californian Republicans Take Aim at Democratic Scandals

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Republicans in California have been relatively quiet about a trio of Democratic state legislators who have been in the news this year for various unethical and illegal behavior - but, according to Fresno Bee, that may be about to change.

Republican leadership in the state have begun throwing around the names of certain lawmakers who have either been charged with a crime or convicted.

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California Lawmakers Move Closer to Approving Referendum on Stripping Pay from Suspended Senators

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Future suspended California state senators won't be receiving a paycheck while they deal with various legal matters. A new initiative by lawmakers hopes to lift the dark cloud of corruption over all lawmakers in Sacramento - the result of three Democratic lawmakers currently either charged with crimes or awaiting sentencing after being convicted of them.

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John Stossel Tackles Videogame Violence and Jack Thompson in a Show About 'Popular Nonsense'

June 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the latest episode of Stossel, Libertarian host John Stossel tackles what he views as "Popular Nonsense" including Hollywood's use of global warming as themes in movies, income inequality, and video game violence causing real-world violence. At around the 31:14 mark in this YouTube video of the show Stossel talks about violent video games and is joined by disbarred Florida attorney and long-time anti-video game critic Jack Thompson.

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Leland Yee Comes in Third in California Secretary of State Democratic Primary

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite being indicted on corruption charges for allegedly taking bribes and for attempting to facilitate an international gun deal, suspended California senator Leland Yee (D - San Francisco) managed to come in third in the Democratic primary for Secretary of State last week. As the San Jose Mercury News political blog points out, it has to suck to come in behind a guy who has been indicted on several charges.

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Leland Yee Case: 'Shrimp Boy' Lawyer Fights Against Court Gag Order

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former San Francisco gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers want details of the case - which includes anti-game crusader Senator Leland Yee and a cast of characters from San Francisco, California, and the Philippines. Chow's layers are fighting for the right to reveal the federal government's evidence in its criminal case against him, state Sen. Leland Yee and dozens of others. Lawyers for Chow say that the fed's criminal complaint is a "press release" that deserves a response.

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Australia Considers Automating Classification Process for Games, Film and TV

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Australia's government pushes for an automated solution to speed up the work of the Classification Board (the government ratings agency in charge of classifying ratings for games and other forms of entertainment) in the country, civil liberties groups and anti-pornography groups in the country are sounding alarm bells.

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Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
Mattsworknameimproperly. Neither is good, but one is on the edge of censorship to me, while the other is demanding some level of accountability from public media provider. but thats just my view point07/28/2015 - 8:36pm
MattsworknameEZK: You can treat it as bullying or what not, As I've pointed out, I didn't like either practice, I made that clear. But I do hold some different between trying to pull a product from the shelves, and calling out a media outlet that you feel has acted07/28/2015 - 8:35pm
E. Zachary KnightMatt, So you feel confident enough to make the call that petitioning target to remove GTAV is "bullying and threatening" but not confident enough to make the call on Intel/Gamasutra. Finding it hard to take your gripes seriously.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAs for gamers holding media sites accountable? If you mean, how to respond to opinion pieces you disagree with, yes, there are tons of more appropriate means.07/28/2015 - 8:27pm
Andrew EisenAgain, no one likes being lumped in with the bad apples. Gamers or feminists so lets all strive not to do that, yes? Could the petitioners gone about it a better way? Yes, it could have been more factual in its petition, for starters.07/28/2015 - 8:25pm
 

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