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The video game market continues to bring in record amounts of revenue, yet according to a January 2009 article found in PC Magazine, sales of PC titles in 2008 plummeted, with $701.4 million in sales, where home console game sales were approximately $8.9 billion. With gamers spending so much on their Xbox, PS3, and/or Wii, it becomes much more difficult for developers to create a profitable PC game. One genre that has so far remained grounded in its PC roots has been the MMO.
It’s certainly not for lack of trying, however. There have been numerous announcements made in recent years of MMO’s being ported over or developed exclusively for consoles. So what’s happened to them? Why are they all announced and then never heard from again?
Developers face a number of issues associated with the MMO business and the console business. For example, the average MMO takes approximately 4-5 years to develop. Meanwhile, all consoles to date have had a lifespan of approximately five years. The console manufacturers all say their system will have a much longer li
A mother has been arrested for selling her 1-year-old daughter to a man for him to sexually assault, an act which she watched over.
The woman, a part-time worker resident in Tokyo, came to know an unemployed 46-year-old man by way of an online dating site, where he was apparently looking for woman of the right age to have small children.
She proceeded to send him indecent pictures of her daughter, subsequently agreeing to let him take the baby home to sexually assault for ¥20,000.
Her motherly concern for her daughter’s welfare did however extend to insisting the man have his way with the child in her presence, saying “she’s only little so I can’t let her out of my sight.”
The act came to light after police investigated pornographic images of her daughter she had sent to the man. Police arrested them on the basis of these images, but they were apparently released and rearrested later in the month after the sexual assault itself came to light.
The man, who was found to have a large number of similar images in his possession, admitted his guilt, saying “I’ve had an abnormal interest in small children for some time.”
30 Nov 2009 at 12:16:35 by Bill Vaughan
It really amuses me how, in this day and age, news of a sex scene in a game can make the headlines. It amazes me further that some people still see fit to complain about sex in computer games at all.
Whether you like it or not, sex is part of our culture. It's there on TV well before the watershed, if not in films or programmes then
in the adverts, as well as in magazines and newspapers. Most of us would struggle to go a full day without seeing some sort of sexual image, so why does it draw so much controversy in when it's seen in video games?
A fairly recent example of this was the “SexBox” scandal early last year, when author Cooper
Lawrence appeared on Fox News to declare how disgusted she was with the content of BioWare's Mass Effect. The presenter of the programme incorrectly stated that there was full digital nudity in the game, and that players could take on the role of a man, take his pick of partners, then control how the sexual encounters went. In fact, the scene they were referring to was a two minute non-interactive cut scene, where the infamous alien side-boob could be seen for a split second. Players
- Hyuk in posted at Nov 29, 2009 11:07 pm
Erik Estavillo is suing Activision Blizzard over World of Warcraft. Erik Estavillo is also a funny guy.
That or he's crazy. It could go either way.
Estavillo claims the company "continues to maintain a harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow [World of Warcraft's] sneaky and deceitful practices".
And what could those "sneaky and deceitful practices" be? Walking is one of them, as he feels it takes too long to get from one point to the other in the game world. Because you can only speed up through extended play or buy purchasing an expansion pack, that qualifies as "deceitful".
He also believes that, because of a litany of health problems he suffers from (including OCD, agoraphobia, depression and Crohn's Disease), he's at risk of sharing the fate of Shawn Woolley, an Everquest player who committed suicide in 2001.
The best part follows: to back up his claims, Estavillo has subpoenaed Winona Ryder (who would presumably be able to "explain the significance of alienation in Catcher in the Rye") and Martin Lee Gore, of Depeche Mode ("he himself has been known to be sad, lonely, and alienated as can be see
- genfar in posted at Nov 28, 2009 4:48 pm
It's preety simple its a opion blog ( with no guest posting enabled ) to get the differnt responses to a situation and in a sense a question alot of people might ask.
The question is probly what alot of people ask themselfs everyday but with an added twist to it. So please if you want to give your opion about this, also note I got one rule please DO NOT MAKE FUN OR HARASS A PERSON FOR THIER OPION, ALSO PLEASE DON'T TROLL!!! Also keep it as clean as possible!! Anyone that breaks this will have thier response removed. Ok now on to it . . . . . . . .
Ok lets give a situation that lets say one day you get to a point or something might happen to prevent you from ever having sex again ever, thinking of this situation what do you look for in a man/woman relationship wise?
Note that even if you can't give an opion on having intrests without sexappeal still give a opion but try to keep it clean as possible please. This isnt no have to write a paragraph thing just submit an opion could be one sentance long or use up the whole posting allowed space you get for a post reply or heck if needed make two posts to fit it in.
Capcom has responded to criticism of its Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles by religious leaders with a double-barrel return blast of its own.
Bishop Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and Rt Rev John Goddard accused the game of promoting the occult and violence reports MCVUK. Goddard said about the game, “If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk. I would regard any encouragement for children to be drawn into this behaviour with extreme horror.”
Capcom’s Leo Tan fired back, saying, “Most games (and movies) like Resident Evil show characters fighting evil not supporting it. Unfortunately the clergy is showing a lack of understanding of the video games industry and is too quick to splash the holy water and lump video games players into stereotypical boxes.”
He continued: This is scaremongering and typical religious hysteria. You cannot blame society’s ills on video games. It’s just absurd.. The title, developed for the Wii, is due out in Europe on November 27. It was released in the U.S. last week.
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- shine in Dragon Ball Onlineposted at Nov 27, 2009 12:03 am
I now pronounce you husband and what?!
In another sign that the world is about to collapse, mutiple blogs are reporting that a fan of the Nintendo DS dating sim Love Plus (you know, the really creepy one) liked his virtual lady so much that he decided to marry her. For real.
Apparently, a Japanese gamer known as 'Sal9000' was officially wed to Nene Anegasaki, one of the game's three virtual girlfriends, in what must have been the weirdest ceremony in the history of ceremonies. We can only assume that Ms. Pac-Man was the maid of honor.
While the two aren't planning a honeymoon -- after all, one of them is a VIDEO GAME -- they did hold a small 'reception' in Japan for friends, family and the media, indicating that this is most likely little more than the looniest video game publicity stunt we've seen in sometime. Check out this video recap by Boing Boing, complete with footage of the happy, er, couple:
10. Castlevania – Lords of Shadow
This title is supposed to be the rebirth of the Castlevania series, again. It just might bring this series back to life. From what we’ve seen so far it looks like the re-skinned God of War but hell who doesn’t love God of War. This is a good step forward for the Castlevania series and a must have for any gamer in 2010.
9. Sin and Punishment 2
The sequel to the Nintendo 64 game Sin and Punishment brings this highly anticipated title out of Japan and into the hands of greasy Nintendo fan boys at last. This 3rd person shooter is sure to pack a must needed punch for the Nintendo wii.
8. Lost Planet 2
- Hyuk in posted at Nov 25, 2009 2:04 am
Citing the fact that she was “sick of being bored” and “ignored” by her gamer boyfriend, this maniacal young lady took matters into her own hands and smashed apart his beloved console whilst he was away, rejoicing at his despair at returning home to find the console in pieces and his girlfriend gloating over his misfortune. Source: SankakuComplex
Watch it below:
Just wow, is the video faked? If not, this girl has no idea how stupid she was showing, the video clip she recorded is just the evidence of herself destroying another one's property, even this poor guy is her boyfriend.
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