August 9th, 2006

Could Bloodless Bully Receive a "T" Rating?

According to Reuters, Rockstar will announce today that its controversial title Bully will launch in October.

Although the Reuters story does not specify a date, it is reporting that the game's main character will be a 15-year-old boy named Jimmy Hopkins. Weapons in the game will include baseball bats, stink bombs and bags of marbles.

Bully will feature animated violence, but no blood or deaths, and has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
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"Joe-mentum" Runs Out - Longtime Video Game Critic Lieberman Loses Connecticut Primary

Sen. Joe Lieberman has joked in the past that ESA boss Doug Lowenstein owes him his job. The Connecticut Democrat is at least partially right. Lieberman's legislative efforts to stop the marketing of violent video games to children in the mid-1990's were a major part of the impetus which led the industry to form the trade group known today as the ESA.

This morning, however, Lieberman could use some job help of his own.

The three-term incumbent lost Tuesday's Connecticut primary to challenger Ned Lamont. Although he was trailing by double-digits in early returns, Lieberman closed the gap as the night went on, finishing with 48% of the vote to Lamont's 52%.

Ultimately, it was Lieberman's position on the Iraq war that cost him the support of Connecticut voters, who came to see the moderate Democrat as a puppet of the Bush Administration's failed Iraq policy.
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