September 1st, 2006

More Financial, Legal Woes For Take-Two

The controversy raging over Bully is far from the only worry for Take-Two Interactive these days.

As reported by the New York Times and other news outlets, the beleaguered game publisher revealed late yesterday that it had received additional grand jury subpoenas from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. The investigation apparently focuses on the company's financial dealings.
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Legal Eagle Battles Video Game Censorship

Brenda Brathwaite, chair of the IGDA's Sex in Games SIG and author of the soon-to-be-released book Sex in Video Games recently directed GP's attention to GameCensorship.com, the web presence of attorney Lawrence G. Walters.

Walters, who specializes in First Amendment issues, spoke recently at the Sex in Games Conference. While he's an ardent defender of free speech, he also displays an admirable pragmatism:

"I do not advocate government censorship in any of its devious forms. I do believe that it is important to take the issue of voluntary regulation seriously, and look closely at whether the industry is doing enough to educate parents as to the content of video games..."
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Reactions to Pesidential Hopeful Mark Warner's Second Life Visit

Reactions are still coming in to yesterday's visit by presidential hopeful Mark Warner to Second Life.

Chris Cillizza (we're guessing he's not a gamer) of the Washington Post called Warner's SL appearance "the strangest 'event' of the 2008 presidential race to date."

Cillizza also reported that "the virtual Warner flew onto the stage to make his remarks -a feat the real world Warner has yet to pull off (as far as we know)... Warner's online efforts shouldn't be discounted. His willingness to participate in a campaign event on Second Life shows that candidates are seeking to reach voters wherever they are - online and offline, in the real and virtual worlds."
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Bully Name Change?

From the Could Be a Rumor Department...

A story on EuroGamer says that Rockstar is changing the name of Bully to Canis Canem Edit, Latin for dog eat dog. It also happens to be the motto of the fictional Bulworth Academy, where the game takes place.

Eurogamer is citing Rockstar itself as a source, although no individual is named. GP is withholding judgment on the veracity of this one.

Additional info from Computer & Video Games says that the change is for the European market only. Bully will still be Bully in the U.S.