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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Even Violent Video Games Are a Healthy Outlet for Teens

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM


Seventy-nine years ago, Germans gathered in Berlin's Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Platz one May evening. They piled the books of Karl Marx, Bertolt Brecht and August Bebel (for whom the plaza would later be renamed), and burned them in the name of eliminating "un-German" ideas.

On Jan. 12, 2013, a group called SouthingtonSOS, a Connecticut neighborhood collective near Newtown, is planning to accept and destroy copies of violent video games turned in by locals.

Seemingly, this is Southington's way of helping Newtown recover from the tragedy of the Sandy Hook shootings and prevent similar attacks elsewhere. However, there's only questionable evidence that shooter Adam Lanza was a devoted violent-game player. And statistically, young men like Lanza play fewer video games than their peers.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Anita Sarkeesian: Sen. Leland Yee Reminds Us That He, Too, Hates Sexist Video Games

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM


Video game crusader/Rush Limbaugh provoker state Sen. Leland Yee found another reason to write yet another press release -- but this time it was actually for good reason.

The San Francisco Democrat came out in support of California resident and proud feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, who, as some of you might know, has faced a not-so-surprising level of malice after launching a controversial campaign challenging the depictions of women in video games.

Sarkeesian made a YouTube video, explaining her project and her need to raise $6,000 to produce a series of educational videos that highlight video game sexism. Sure enough, her quest to combat sexism was met with, not just sexism, but racism, terrorism, and pretty much any other pejorative "ism" you can think of.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

We Made It, You Guys! We're in a Video Game!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Just when you thought print news had no value, Ubisoft Reflections releases with Driver San Francisco, which features a series of iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and, yes, SF Weekly.

Well, it doesn't do much in terms of, uh, driving our news content, but as you can see below, it does contain a simulation of our SF Weekly news racks.

That's us!
  • That's us!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Shoots Down State Ban on Violent Videogames

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Keep shooting, kids
  • Keep shooting, kids

Kids can continue to legally play ultraviolent videogames after the Supreme Court ruled this morning that California cannot restrict kids from buying or renting the shooting games. 

The court voted 7-2 that such a ban, which was spearheaded by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), is unconstitutional and would violate freedom of speech rights protected under the First Amendment. More than 46 million households have videogame systems, bringing in some $18 billion annually, according to media outlets.

"Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the ruling.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Zynga Has a Hit with Empires and Allies

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Empires and Allies allows users to build cities and go to war
  • Empires and Allies allows users to build cities and go to war

Zynga's latest Facebook game, Empires and Allies, is being closely watched. Tech-industry observers see the combat and city-building game as a gambit by the successful social-game developer to expand its offerings beyond the breathtakingly inane set of "'Ville"-style games -- FarmVille, CityVille, FishVille, PetVille, and so on -- that have earned it so much money.

The long-term prospects for that effort aren't yet clear, but this much is: Empires and Allies is off to a strong start. According to Inside Social Games, which tracks the popularity of social games among users, it has attracted 6.9 million daily average users since its launch on June 1, making it "easily one of Zynga's fastest-growing Facebook games to date."

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