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  • 27Jun

    Supreme Court is just not that into restricting minors’ access to violent games

    It may be a cheesy headline, but really, it’s true. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (hereafter referred to as SCOTUS, because that’s way easier) ruled that California’s law restricting the sales of violent video games to adults only was just plain unconstitutional under the First Amendment. So in the battle of Brown v. EMA, the Entertainment Merchants Association wins by a 7-2 vote, as celebrated on the front page of Steam like so: To read more on the case’s background, read our first few articles: a short introduction to it, my initial interpretation of the case and an interview with the ECA’s Jenn Mercurio, who added a little insight to the case’s purpose. The Court’s opinion was filed by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who has typically sided with free speech and expression interests, so this…actually isn’t too surprising, given his conservative history on the Court. Also, he

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  • 27Jun

    First DLC for ‘Brink’ will be free for a limited time only

    Brink developers Splash Damage have announced their first DLC release, “Agents of Change.” It adds a ton of new content, and best of all, it’s free. Well, for two weeks, anyway. So, if you’re even thinking of buying this game, you should probably just go ahead and download it as soon as it’s available — probably in early July. Splash Damage also announced the latest title update, which is live for PC now, and for the PS3 and Xbox 360, it will arrive with the DLC. The changes detailed for the PC version seem to be slightly PC-specific, but balance issues, online connectivity and AI optimization will be addressed on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 update for sure. A statistics site for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players will also go live tomorrow. (PC access will come later.) In-depth gameplay stats, the status of the Battle of the Ark

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  • 27Jun

    Oh boy, it’s ‘The Black Eyed Peas Experience’

    Following Michael Jackson in what is now Ubisoft’s Experience series, we have…the Black Eyed Peas. Yes, really. They’ve been put into the the same level of international stardom as the King of Pop. I’ll let you sit with that for a second. The game will be out “soon” for Xbox 360 (using Kinect, natch) and Wii. So…yeah. I guess it’s time to show off your Fergiesque moves. Here’s the announcement trailer: Oh, and this was announced on the second anniversary of MJ’s death. Probably coincidental, but still — how weird. The Associated Press’ Lou Keston has a pretty succinct summary of my feelings right now: Yep. Follow

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  • 27Jun

    Support the SF Field

    Lately, my Twitter feed has been full of links to some really great writing and blog posts about writing, all in the interest of supporting the Clarion West Write-a-Thon. What is a write-a-thon? It is like a walk-a-thon, but without the exercise–unless you count mental exercise. Like a walk-a-thon, a write-a-thon involves a challenge for the participants and fundraising for a cause through sponsorship. Writers set a goal for themselves, agree to post excerpts or reflections on the process, and solicit their friends and Twitter followers to donate money to Clarion West in return. Clarion West is a writer’s workshop for writers of speculative fiction at the beginning of their careers. It was modeled after the original Clarion Workshop, which is now held in San Diego, but started out in Pennsylvania at Clarion State College, then was hosted by Michigan Statue University for 34 years. Clarion also holds a Write-a-thon

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  • 27Jun

    ‘Star Wars Galaxies’ axed by Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts

    Star Wars-based MMO Star Wars Galaxies is shutting its virtual doors on December 15, 2011. According to a letter sent to all subscribers by Sony/LucasArts, the two companies agreed that “2011 is the appropriate time to end the game.” Current players will receive special “Fan Appreciation offers,” and the game will end with a virtual big bang — or at least some other “galaxy-ending in-game event.” Very unfortunate for any fans of this particular game, but it does appear that BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s mere existence has extinguished this game’s flame. It would probably be pretty hard to run two MMOs at once…so the old one’s got to go. Was it a good eight years for you? Leave your memories in the comments.   Follow

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