Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Video Game News, May 9, 2006

Escapist Magazine issue #4: The Little Guy now available at ; read article abstracts at http://blog.escapistmagazine.com

Video Games Struggle to Find the Next Level
By Robert Levine, New York Times 5/8/06
"Video games have used dialogue from movie stars, rappers and athletes, but Army of Two may be the first to incorporate a presidential speech."

US Accuses Militants of Using Video Games in Youth Appeal
by David Morgan, Daily Times 5/7/06
"Tech-savvy militants from Al Qaeda and other groups have modified video war games so that US troops play the role of bad guys in running gunfights against heavily armed Islamic radical heroes, Defence Department official and contractors told Congress."

Oklahoma Bill Would Peg Some Video Games to Porn
by Peter Cohen, Mac World 5/8/06
"Pending legislation in the state (OK) linking video games to pornography and making the sale and exhibition of violent video games to minors a fineable offense is drawing fire from the industry’s main trade association."

Results of AP-AOL Games Poll on Gaming

AP 5/7/06
"Do you ever play games on a computer or on an electronic gaming console like a PlayStation, Nintendo or XBox, or not? Yes, 40 percent; No, 60 percent."

Contest Held for Peaceful Video Games: Carnegie Mellon's 'Peacemaker' wins top award
Reuters 5/9/06
"Peacemaker," a cross-cultural game about the Israel-Palestine conflict designed by graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University, won a contest organized by the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy.

Nature vs. Nintendo: Video Games or National Parks?
Newswise 5/9/06
"Are future national park trips for America's youth likely to be on-line virtual experiences rather than the real thing? A University of Illinois at Chicago ecologist says there may be cause for concern."

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