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Ted Price: Video Game Legislation Has No Place in America

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313w 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."
 

Kojima: Video Game Creativity on Verge of Crysis due to Overhype

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314w ago - In a job posting at the Official Kojima productions Web site, Hideo Kojima reportedly stated that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."

To quote: Metal Gear Solid 4 creator Hideo Kojima, who promoted the game with a rock star launch party here in the United States, has today criticized the game industry for over hyping video games and hurting sales.

The complaint arrived via a job posting at the Kojima Productions web site, were Kojima lamented that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."
 

FFXIII and Versus are Video-Only for Tokyo Game Show 2008

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315w ago - Square Enix has posted their list of titles they'll be dishing out at the Tokyo Game Show, indicating which are playable, and which will video-only at the October event.

Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Final Fantasy Agito XIII are showing up as video only.

Hopefully they'll be on the outside of the usual Closed Mega Theatre, and be more than just trailers.

At least a video walk-through of gameplay is something to hope for.
 

SCE's MacDonald: Video Game Courses are a Waste of Time

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317w ago - The UK's daily mail is relighting the fire once again with a report that computer game degrees are useless, with employers arguing that they do not equip students with the basic maths, art and animation skills needed for a career in the business.

Jamie MacDonald, the vice-president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe, said: 'I can't remember the last time I employed someone from them.'

To quote: But Skillset, the body that represents the 'creative media' industry, has only approved four courses as fully meeting employers' needs.

Jamie MacDonald, the vice-president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe, said: 'I can't remember the last time I employed someone from them.'

Meanwhile Britain, which gave the world Lara Croft, the heroine of Tomb Raider, is losing its hold on the global games market, worth an estimated £18billion a year. More than 200 British firms

are backing 'Games Up?' - a campaign to highlight threats to the UK industry, such as a shortage of suitable graduates.

David Braben of the Frontier Developments studio said he was 'shocked and surprised' at how little some graduates knew.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills said it was down to...
 

Video: First Ever PES 2009 Gameplay from Game Convention 2008

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318w ago - Here is the first ever PES 2009 gameplay video from GC 2008, however while it looks to have got on the road to recovery, one can't help but feel that FIFA 09 will simply be the more complete package come kick off.

Video is available below, courtesy of vals38 via YouTube.

The caption simply reads: "First gameplay's video of PES 2009."

Enjoy!




 
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