Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Video Game News, August 9, 2005

The Xbox Auteurs
by Clive Thompson. New York Times Magazine 8/7/05
"Like many young hipsters in Austin, Tex., Michael Burns wanted to make it big in some creative field -- perhaps writing comedy scripts in Hollywood. Instead, he wound up in a dead-end job, managing a call center."

Bible Games Instead of Grand Theft Auto?
Jennifer London, NBC 8/8/05
"BURBANK, Calif. — Transcending the blood and violence found in many popular video games, a small band of believers want to forsake guts and gore for God, trade bloodshed for the Bible."

Video Game Industry Seeking Minorities; More hereos and heroines instead of hoods and hoodlums
AP, MSNBC, 8/5/05
"ATLANTA - In the popular video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," players assume the lead character of Carl Johnson, a down-on-his-luck criminal who roams city streets, stealing cars and helping gang members knock off rivals in drive-by shootings."

S. Korean Man Dies After 50 Hours of Video Games
Reuters UK 8/9/05
"SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said on Tuesday."

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