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Presidential Candidates on Video Games

With the American election coming up soon, gamers should know whom they should vote for. One of the major aspects of support for gamers would be the candidates’ stances on video game issues. Apparently, watchdog group Common Sense Media polled the prominent candidates seeking the Democratic and Republican nominations, asking them where they stand on violent video games and the games industry in general. Here’s the scoop:

Senator Edwards and Senator Obama and Governor Richardson said that they’d be more inclined to let the video game industry try to police itself… than to have the government regulate [violent game sales], at least as a first step.

Governor Romney, by contrast, suggested that “we get serious against those retailers that sell adult video games that are filled with violence and that we go after those retailers.”

Click here for the full, detailed breakdown of responses from the upcoming politicians.

Survey Finds Stores Still Sell M-rated Games to Teenagers

In a shocking revelation, a two month undercover survey by the NIMF has found that 46 percent of US stores investigated were willing to sell “M” rated games to teenagers below eighteen years of age. The survey was carried out in more than sixty stores across the US by a group led by the East County Youth Coalition, based in San Diego.

They are now calling for retailers to closely adhere to the ESRB rating system and is also asking them to institute formal training for employees, prominently display the rating system in stores and separate M-rated games from other titles.

America's Army: Overmatch

A new update on America’s Army website has announced plans for Overmatch, a new v2.7.0 of the game which is being described as the “biggest release ever” for the freeware military shooter.

Due for release sometime this Summer, the update will add a new mode allowing co-operative multiplayer play against AI opponents and asymmetric combat with mismatched numbers of enemies. Further details, including information on the AI, can be found on the game’s website.

Sony's New Ad Infuriates Americans; Dutch Unmoved

Sony has had a checkered past in advertising its PlayStation consoles: they ran an ad in Italy showing a man wearing a crown of thorns with PlayStation symbols on it; and then they ran ads throughout London with “naughty” connotations. What did they do this time? See for yourself:

sony psp euro racist ad

The above ad was run in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and advertises the upcoming launch of the white PSP in the country. It has caused uproars throughout the Internet, with people taking both sides of the debate: racist, or not. Surprisingly, those who are debating about the so-called “racist” image are from North America where the ad was not run. It is yet to be reported whether any Dutch people were offended by the ads.

Those who were upset by the image in question have not seen the other photographs in the series which clearly shows the contrast between black and white, with the final one showing the black woman in a dominating manner.

sony psp euro racist ad 2

sony psp euro racist ad 3

psp black vs white

Sony took the time to respond to these allegations, stating that “all of the 100 or so images created for the campaign have been designed to show this contrast in colours of the PSPs , and have no other message or purpose.”

I’m not even going to bother taking a side in this, but I’d like to point out something interesting. Art connoisseurs may have noticed the odd pose of the white woman in the first photograph (look at her left hand). I have no idea whether this was intended or not, but it is an analogous comparison to one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous (and notorious) works: Madonna of the Rocks. See if you can spot the reference.

On a related note, I found the flag of Amsterdam to be quite interesting.

DS Lite Street Date Broken

Yes, the DS Lite street date has been broken! Originally intended for release on June 11, many people have reportedly bought the redesigned handheld from Walmart, Target and Sears among others.

An enterprising gamer has set up this Frappr page, bringing together people who have luckily purchased the device and helping others get hold of one.