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Ted Price: Video Game Legislation Has No Place in America

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302w ago - Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price has said that he believes video game legislation has no place in America.

"It saddens me to see legislators stomping all over our First Amendment rights for their own specific interests." he said.

Price believes people should write a letters to their Congressman about bills that are happening in their state in order to make a difference.

"Otherwise, legislators don't know that their constituents care and they're just simply, I think, walking blindly, following what they think is the mainstream opinion." he said.

To quote: "We're going through what every other entertainment industry has gone through, and that's being the temporary scapegoat for society's ills," Price reasoned. "I think that we as an industry do a fantastic job of policing ourselves, we have one of the most effective, if not the most effective rating system in any entertainment industry right now."

"It won't be until we have more gamers running for office that this will calm down," he added. "It's something that we'll weather, because we are right, what we do is defensible under the Constitution and shouldn't be regulated by the government."
 

EuroGamer: LittleBigPlanet European BETA Keys All Gone

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302w ago - A short while ago, Euro gaming Web site Eurogamer announced that they were offering 5800 keys for the LittleBigPlanet European BETA, and then they quickly disappeared under a raging tide of sack boy-hungry Europeans.

The sheer numbers have brought the Web site to its knees - with users trying to get there simply to get the link to entry page for the story and have had no luck whatsoever, and with the key offer requiring Eurogamer registration, both the front and and back end are getting completely slammed, bringing to mind a mental picture that I will quickly put out of my head.

Needless to say, all of the LittleBigPlanet keys are now gone, with this note: Sorry for all those who had trouble connecting during the stampede, and apologies to those who missed out.
 

Video: XBox 360 vs PS3 Exclusive Games Comparison

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302w ago - Are you an XBox 360 person, or do you believe in the PS3? Can't make up your mind as to which console is better?

Well, we've been trying to keep everyone up to date on the latest in the console wars. But still, sometimes it's not enough.

This video shows a comparison of some of the better exclusive games each console has (or will have soon). That way, you can make an informed decision as to which console is better. Or just use the video to further your argument.

Video can be viewed below via YouTube.. Enjoy!




 

MIT Professor: Video Games, Piracy are Great Equalizers

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303w ago - MIT professor Henry Jenkins III has weighed in on the piracy problems that the media faces. He views piracy in two ways, firstly that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another that it is a rebellious way for consumers to battle against the high prices of original material.

So how does he propose we solve this? Well by reaching a moral economy in which the system of belief is that the transactions are deemed fair and producers must know where to take their materials where it is demanded and how to price it attractively enough not to lose out to piracy.

He asserts if consumers are given a proper access point for the content they want, then they will not resort to piracy. Interesting, but how about adding a third view Mr. Professor - that is that people would rather pay ZERO instead of even $10.

To quote: He sees piracy in two ways: that it is the only way for developing markets to get access to materials and another is that it is a rebellious method for consumers against high prices of original material. To balance, this, Jenkins said that both producers and consumers would have to reach a "moral economy" where the system of belief is that transactions are fair.

Producers must know where to take their materials and where it is demanded,...
 

The Top 11 Upcoming Downloadable Games

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303w ago - Are $60 games poking holes in your wallet? Looking for some good, fun downloadable games? Here's 11 online gems that you definitely shouldn't miss!

What's better than buying, downloading, and playing a full-feature video game from the comfort of your own home? Online games are the bread and butter of busy gamers, and there are still a great number of titles just around the corner.

If you're a trackball-wielding PC user, frequent member of the PlayStation Network, or a card-carrying Xbox Live Arcade buyer, these are the 11 upcoming online games you'll want to spend your points and cash on.

11. Fez
Developer: Kokoromi; TBA on PC/XBLA

By far the most unique game to come out of this year's Independent Games Festival, Fez changes the rules on perspective in a classic way. Every level can be rotated on the fly, featuring a fresh take on 2D-in-3D perspective. As you try to get little protagonist Gomez to the end of each level, you'll be forced to tilt your brain and work through tons of twisted levels. With retro-style graphics and catchy chiptune music, Fez should appeal to old gamers and casual players alike. We can't wait to put on our thinking caps.

10. Flower
Developer: thatgamecompany; TBA 2008 on PSN

Simple PSN games that...
 
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