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Daily News Roundup Intro (also continuing the semantic experiment)

August 5, 2005
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First of (hopefully) many.

Okay so what I mean by the hopefully there is that I have a habit to start things then not finish them for a while, or just drop them. Its a medical nature/nurture thing, with a few exceptions (19 month relationship with gf for example).

What it’s about.

I get loads and loads of information passing before my eyes and into my ears every day. Most of the useful information comes via and . Seeing as how I’m using this blog as a vent for my frustrations and ramblings, I thought it’d be a good idea to tell ya about some of the more interesting news I read.

Roundup starts in next entry.

Dumb grannies, dumb parents, dumb ERSB (Hot Coffee)

July 28, 2005
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Before you read this, I’ll let you know I wholeheartedly support developers rights to make games featuring violence and sex, as well as the right for individuals to play these games if they’re old enough, but developers rights to poorly translate games (), release crap games (pretty much anything released under the Disney name), or force said games upon the gaming world. I also don’t condone sex,violence or disturbing imagery for no good reason, which is why I find most porn amusing, and Wondershozen and to be funny in teeny tiny almost unidentifiable parts but otherwise a big pile of crap.

Dumb Grannies.

I’m not saying grannies on a whole are dumb (mine certainly isn’t), but those that decide to because they bought their 14 year old grandson a copy of , which is was rated M by the ESRB. Now I can appreciate that the 81 year old didn’t know that M for Mature means suitable for persons aged 17 and over, as I suppose she might’ve assumed M for Mature means grown up in behaviour or thinking irrespective of age. reports that she found out the game was rated M, and had the game taken off her grandson. Which is sensible.

What is dumb is that it took her till she got home to find this out. Maybe it’s her fault, maybe it’s the store’s fault for not pointing it out, maybe it’s the stupid way the ESRB rates games with letters instead of the more appropriate, legally binding way the rates games with numbers eg. not AO (which for arguments sake could mean AsshOles). In their report on the whole Hot Coffee debacle, states that the ESRB isn’t legally binding “Unlike the ESRB ratings, BBFC certificates are legally binding”.

Nobody should ever be allowed to win when suing because they bought a game for their under 17 year olds on any grounds, as it’s their own ignorance/negligence that made them buy the game in the first place, let alone purely on the grounds that it contains difficult to unlock adult content. As if drink, drugs, weapons, violence, murder, ploughing through a crowd of people with a freshly painted car isn’t adult content.

Dumb parents.

Dumb parents all over the world buy their kids things they aren’t supposed to see, whether their country’s rating system or not. To the morons (not necessarily the granny) attempting to sue purely because they bought their under 17s a game with difficult to unlock adult content: “Grow the fuck up you stupid twats, if you do manage to go to court over this, I hope DCFS takes your kids off you for treating your kids in a neglectful manner by not giving a crap what you let them watch, and not being able to understand your kids seeing people being killed arbitrarily is just as bad, if not much worse than playing sex games on your console” (DOA volleyball anyone ?)

Dumb ESRB.

A rating organisation that treats its users as too dumb to count should be disbanded. that new legislation is being considered. I hope they have the sense to make it legally binding this time. On the other hand I hope don’t go overzealous on censorship, or give a game a higher rating because of in game advertising.


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