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  • 26Mar

    Are you addicted to the Internet or Gaming?

    Dr. Jerald Block has written an editorial where he states why he believes that Internet Addiction should be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Dr. Block is not new to this issue though, he owns a patent on technology that can be used to restrict computer access. Most of us can be on the net or gaming a fair amount of the day. Just look at sites like Youtube, iJustin, and Twitter (tons of others) that are predicated on people just surfing and hanging out on their computer. There are times when I know I should be doing something else, yet I’m exploring the Internet. I go through all my bookmarked links, then I visit new links, new recommendations, next thing I know four hours have passed and it’s time for bed. My television watching is now in the background of my Internet surfing. If

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  • 26Mar

    Paying for Downloadable Content: Who’s to blame?

    With the rise of Downloadable content, the question of paying for it has become a debate between gamers. When do we feel that it’s acceptable to pay for this content? When is it a waste of money? And lastly, who is to blame, should we be blaming the developers, or should we be blaming ourselves for the trend of Mircotransactions? All this questioning comes in the wake of the announcement of the paying for downloadable content for the Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King for WiiWare. I’ve been looking in the forums and comment sections to a number of major gaming websites to find that a number of voices are calling for stand against the game and its pay to play concept, a will not buy camp.. They believe that it’s not fair for Square to have gamers pay for the other 3 races, or other game

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  • 26Mar

    ESA appoints Head of State Government Affairs

    The ESA has announced that they are appointing Sally Jefferson as Vice President of State Government Affairs. In the new role she will be responsible for advancing the state and local government releations, the needs of video game companies, and possibly even tax incentives. “The computer and video game industry is well-served by Sally’s professionalism and her high-level of knowledge and expertise,” said Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. “I’m confident that the ESA and its members will benefit from this recognition of her years of hard work.” Sally is very experienced with 20 years of government affairs experience working with the US Chamber of Commerce. She’s very familiar working as a lobbyist and has many connections. Let’s hope this helps the ESA make more advances in their efforts. [source Game Daily ]

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  • 26Mar

    Take Two Interactive rejects EA’s offer

    Well Take-Two’s Software Board believes that $26 a share is too low for what they have. The company will be having a webcast today at 2:40pm est, which I hope to make. The board also recommends that stockholders do not sell their shares to EA. The unanimous decision today was to deny EA’s buyout offer. “With one of the strongest portfolios of intellectual property in our business, a superb creative and business team, and a revitalization plan that is beginning to deliver results, Take-Two is uniquely positioned to create stockholder value in an industry that is enjoying the highest growth rates of any entertainment medium. We are effectively working toward a process to review all available options to maximize this value, either as an independent company or in combination with a third party, and are open to beginning informal discussions starting now. Our stockholders’ interests would hardly be served by

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