August 29th, 2006

WoW Player's iPod Triggers Terror Scare

A WoW guildie dialed up a rather unexpected playlist on his iPod earlier this month - one that featured a diverted commercial flight, an evacuation, a grilling by the police, a bomb squad sweep, and a bit more grilling by Customs.

The story begins with "Tim," whose WoW character is, ironically enough, named "Stupid," (picture at left) boarding a flight from Chicago to Canada to visit a female guildmate.
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EDITORIAL: Are Lives - or Egos - at Stake in Louisiana?

Are lives really at stake in the legal fight over Louisiana's video game law, or has the situation devolved into a finger-pointing battle of bruised egos?

Over the last 18 months GamePolitics has reported extensively on anti-game attorney Jack Thompson's relentless crusade against video game violence. Nowhere during that time has Thompson enjoyed the kind of political success he found recently in Louisiana. Readers will recall that Thompson drafted the state's video game law, testified on its behalf, and basked in its unanimous approval by the legislature.
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Online Safety Expert Denounces Bully

"It's a sad day when video game manufacturers play on the fears of kids and teens..."

So says a nationally-known Internet safety expert who has joined those expressing concern over Rockstar's upcoming release of Bully.

As detailed in a press release, Jayne Hitchcock, president of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA), believes Bully may spark copycat violence.

"How long will it be before we hear on the news about a victim of bullies who is inspired by the new game and retaliates using a baseball bat? There is a tremendous probability that this new game will send out twisted messages, possibly even influence victims of bullying to resort to violence as a means of defense. Games can and do make impressions on young people, especially when they play the games over and over."
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Minnesota to Appeal Court Ruling in Video Game Case

According to the Associated Press, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch plans to appeal last month's federal court ruling that the state's "fine the buyer" video game law is unconstitutional.

"If the parents aren't troubled by their kids playing these games, they can buy them for their children," the Attorney General said.

Hatch is running for governor in November.