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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Video: How Gamers Eat Their Food

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A viral video featuring parodies of characters from Minecraft, Assassin's Creed, Thief, Max Payne, and Skyrim tries to explain how gamers "eat their food." The video created by gaming culture comedy group Mr.TVCow has already been viewed (as of this writing) 1,504,582 times.

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D.C. News Station Takes 'Payday 2' to Task for Depicting 'Violence Against Police Officers'

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Washington D.C-based news station WIJA offers a report that tries to solicit anger from local policemen about the depiction of violence in Starbreeze Studios.

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Connecticut Lawmaker Calls for Warning Labels, Sin Tax on Video Games (Again)

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Connecticut state lawmaker DebraLee Hovey (R) has penned a lengthy editorial calling for warning labels on video games and for a sin tax to be levied against interactive entertainment products rated "M" by the ESRB. This is the second time Hovey has called for a sin tax on video games in the state, though her last effort failed to get passed by CT lawmakers.

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Daily Mail Report Pegs Suspected UK Teen Killer as a 'Loner' and a 'Gamer'

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A 15-year-old teen from the UK accused of stabbing his Spanish tutor is being pegged as a "loner" and a "gamer" who enjoyed "achievement hunting" and playing games like "Dark Souls" and other PS3 games by UK paper The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail calls the unnamed teen a "depressed recluse" obsessed with a "video game [Dark Souls] where [a] lone cursed character travels through fantasy world killing others."

The 15-year-old is currently being held on suspicion of stabbing his Spanish tutor Ann Maguire.

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Speeding Train Nearly Kills Sen. Richard Blumenthal While He Promotes Train Safety

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

What's faster than a speeding train? Apparently U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who was nearly clipped by one at a press conference on Friday while standing on a train platform. Ironically enough, Sen. Blumenthal (who is known on GamePolitics as a politician keen on passing laws against gaming and the video games industry at large) was at the train stop to promote train safety.

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Federal Case Against Leland Yee and 28 Other Defendants Already Proving to Be Complicated

April 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

All 29 defendants in the massive federal corruption case that netted several politicians including California State Senator Leland Yee, a reformed gangster named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and many others, appeared in Federal court on Thursday.

The early proceedings are already proving to be very complicated for the court, with so many defendants, lawyers, documents, and evidence collected over five years by the FBI. The judge overseeing the case is trying to set up a system to manage the potentially unwieldy trial.

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FBI Sets Up Meetings With San Francisco Leaders Related to Leland Yee Case

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI wants to talk to San Francisco leaders about Leland Yee, according to a report from CBS. The FBI wants San Francisco city leaders to talk with the agency on a voluntary basis as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown.

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Research: Children Exposed to Violent Games Retain Aggressive Thoughts and Behavior

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of Iowa State University (can you guess where this is going to go?) suggests that children who play violent video games will have more aggressive behavior and keep aggressive thoughts regardless of age, gender or parental involvement.

The research results are based on a three-year longitudinal panel study that surveyed (on an annual basis) 3,034 children and adolescents from 6 primary and 6 secondary schools in Singapore. The study notes that the beginning of the survey period participants were in the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth grades.

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Philippines Reviews Customs Procedures in Wake of Leland Yee Indictment

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) Chief John Philip Sevilla has ordered a thorough review of existing procedures on exportation following news that California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had managed to smuggle firearms from the Philippines to the United States.

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California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Make Campaign Funds Off Limits for Legal Defense in Criminal Cases

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and two other state senators facing criminal charges will not be able to use campaign funds to pay their legal bills if Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has his way. He announced a plan this week to introduce a bill that would bar California politicians from having the ability to spend campaign funds on things such as legal fees, travel, and gifts.

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Senator Leland Yee Pleads 'Not Guilty' in Federal Court

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Suspended State Senator Leland Yee (D- San Francisco) was in federal court today to enter a plea for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case. Yee's attorney entered a plea of "not guilty" to seven charges including one count of "conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and illegally import firearms," and "six counts of engaging in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services."

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Mega Brand Takes Heat from UK MP Keith Vaz and Advocacy Group Over 'Call of Duty' Play Sets

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last year Activision announced a licensing deal with LEGO competitor and toy maker Mega Brands to make building toy sets based on its popular mature-rated action game series, Call of Duty. The toy sets, which were launched in January, are finally getting the attention of children's advocacy groups and one outspoken UK MP - UK Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Leland Yee Hires Former Federal and State Prosecutor To Take on Federal Charges

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee has dumped attorney Paul DeMeester for a new attorney with a pretty impressive resume - a former federal and state prosecutor - to represent him against federal corruption, bribery and illegal firearms sales charges. Yee on Wednesday hired San Francisco attorney James Lassart to replace Paul DeMeester. DeMeester told the San Jose Mercury News that the court was notified of the change in legal representation on Wednesday.

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FBI Searches Second Leland Yee Senate Office in Sacramento

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FBI agents searched another legislative office belonging to suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on Tuesday after lawmakers alerted authorities that Yee had additional office space.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 93

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Jeremy Powers to discuss suspended California Senator Leland Yee's legal troubles for charges including illegal gun running, corruption, and bribery; and Facebook buying Oculus Rift. It's fun for the whole family! Download Episode 93 now: SuperPAC Episode 93 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 67.6 MB.

California Senate Republican Leader Applauds Suspension of Sens. Yee, Calderon, and White

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff issued a statement on Friday applauding the Senate's effort to suspend Senators Ron Calderon, Rod Wright and Leland Yee. Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) said in his statement that the Senate took "decisive action" in suspending the three senators who are currently embroiled in unrelated corruption cases. All three are Democrats.

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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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Leland Yee: Rocket Launchers and the Chinese Mafia

March 28, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

As we all know by now, Leland Yee was arrested earlier this week on accusations of bribery and corruption.  I read through the 137-page affidavit and reported on the specifics of Yee's alleged wrong-doings which included buying campaign donations with political favors and attempting to broker an arms deal.

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California State Senator Leland Yee Stripped of Political Power Until Criminal Case Concludes

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

Lawmakers in Sacramento voted today to suspend three Democratic Senators who are facing criminal charges. By a vote of 28-1, the California Senate passed a resolution to prevent Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon, and Rod Wright from using the power of their respective offices until criminal proceedings against them are concluded.

Senator Yee was indicted on seven different counts related to corruption, gun running, and taking money for political favors. Shortly after his indictment was unsealed, Yee's attorney announced that he had given up his bid for Secretary of State.

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Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
Andrew EisenObviously, the picture was created by someone who doesn't understand what the issue actually is (or, possibly, someone trying to satire said misunderstanding).09/01/2014 - 4:10pm
Papa MidnightPeople fear and attack what they do not understand.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
Papa MidnightWell, let's not forget. Someone held their hand in a peace sign a few weeks ago and people started claiming it was a gang sign. Or a police chief displayed the hand signal of their fraternity and was accused of the same.09/01/2014 - 4:04pm
SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
Papa MidnightIn other news, Netflix states why it paid Comcast: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/29/technology/netflix-comcast/index.html?hpt=hp_t209/01/2014 - 3:10pm
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
 

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