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Banned Gamer Alleges Sony Violated Free Speech & Stole Money

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262w ago - A PlayStation 3 gamer has [Register or Login to view links] (PDF) in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.

In a complaint filed on July 6th, Erik Estavillo of San Jose writes that he is disabled by a variety of disorders; among these are agoraphobia, a fear of crowds, to quote:

The pain and suffering was caused by the defendant, Sony, banning the plaintiff's account on the PlayStation 3 Network, in which the plaintiff relies on to socialize with other people, since it's the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from Agoraphobia...

Estavillo's issues with SCEA apparently stem from his play of the PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man:

The ban is supposedly due to the behavior of the plaintiff when he plays the video game "Resistance: Fall of Man," which Sony owns and employs moderators for its online play. These moderators kick and ban players that they feel are deserving; though their biases to a player seem to be what determines the kick or ban...

The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he...
 

GameFriends: Gamer Social Network Launches

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272w ago - GameFriends is a new social network for gamers and the virtual worlds. It offers free MMO MMORPG guild clan Web site hosting for the online gaming community.

GameFriends' mission is to become the biggest Gamer Social Network, bringing together new and old friends through video games.

Working with video game related Web sites, GameFriends provides its members with the best content from around the Web.

Driven by its dedicated memberbase, GameFriends shares 100% of all its user generated revenue with its members.
 

Kojima Gauging Gamer Interest in Zone of the Enders 3 for PS3

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275w ago - Six years after the release of the last console game in the series, Hideo Kojima is talking Zone of the Enders.

Specifically, the Kojima Productions founder asks if gamers are really interested in a Zone of the Enders 3 during a [Register or Login to view links] of MGS4's in-game "Integral" podcast.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links], the second game in the series, was directed by MGS4 co-writer and director, Shuyo Murata, and remains a fan favorite in addition to a critical success; we're surprised it's taken Kojima this long to broach the topic of a sequel.

In closing out a discussion about the demand for a follow-up, Kojima and his podcasting partners ask gamers to [Register or Login to view links] if they'd be interested in seeing it happen.

Kojima-san, about your mail server... we're sorry about its imminent death under the weight of all those emails. Surely you can buy a new one with profits from ZOE 3?
 

US Gamer Kills Mother and Injures Dad Over Halo 3 Addiction

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289w ago - A US teenager killed his mother and wounded his father in revenge after they took away his violent computer game, a judge has ruled.

The defence team for Daniel Petric, 17, had argued his addiction to the Halo 3 game, in which players shoot invading aliens, had made him insane.

But the judge rejected this, saying he had planned revenge for weeks. Petric, of Ohio, was tried as an adult and faces a maximum possible penalty of life in prison without parole.

On the night of the shooting in October 2007, Petric used his father's key to open a lockbox and remove a 9mm handgun and the game, the court heard.

His father Mark, who was shot in the head and survived, testified that his son came into the room and asked: "Would you guys close your eyes? I have a surprise for you."

He said he expected a pleasant surprise. Then his head went numb from the gunshot.

The Associated Press news agency reports that Microsoft, which owns the intellectual property for the game, declined to comment beyond a statement saying: "We are aware of the situation and it is a tragic case."
 

Gamer States Sony Discriminates with the Word 'Gay' from Home

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290w ago - A gamer believes Sony is discriminating as they have banned words such as gay, lesbian, and bisexual from names of clubs or in postings in club forums as part of PlayStation Home.

To quote: Michael Marsh, an 18-year-old gamer from Norwalk, Conn., wanted to set up a gay/straight alliance club in PlayStation Home, Sony's new free 3-D virtual world component for the PlayStation 3.

The problem was that the words he was using - "gay," "lesbian" and "bisexual" - were being filtered from text chats and were not being allowed in the naming of clubs or in postings in club forums.

Marsh, who is straight but supports gay rights, said he raised the issue with Home community managers during the private beta test, but the problems persisted after the public beta introduction of Home on Dec. 11.

"I can understand if they're filtering out profanity, but if feel like it's discrimination," Marsh said. "By blocking a word like 'gay,' which is a preferred term by the gay community, you're encouraging it as a bad word."
 
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