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World of Warcraft Ordered to Shut Down in China

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 03, 2009 9:53am PST

A Chinese regulatory authority has ordered World of Warcraft's Chinese licensing partner NetEase to cease operating Blizzard's MMORPG in the...

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"Actually Hong Kong do their own thang. They generally aren't under the rule of the rest of ..."

- nwillard see all 86 comments

FTC Debates 'Traditional Media' vs. Blog Reviews; Demands Bloggers Disclose Freebies, Payments

By Chris Faylor, Oct 05, 2009 9:08am PDT

The Federal Trade Commission today announced the latest revisions to its "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in...

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"THAT WAS A JOKE? REALLY? ZOMIGAWSH. It's still not entirely faithful to the article in question. ..."

- syn0r see all 75 comments

Utah Governor Axes Violent Game Legislation

By Chris Faylor, Mar 25, 2009 3:47pm PDT

Though the legislation passed the Senate and House of Representatives with much political support, GamePolitics reports that Utah governor Jon M....

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"Didn't Jack lose his lawyers license? Why's he got such a fixation for games, why doesn't he go ..."

- torgjo see all 17 comments

China Taxes Profits from Virtual Currencies

By Blake Ellison, Nov 04, 2008 8:00pm PST

Back in June, Shacknews reported on the effects of popular virtual currencies on the Chinese economy. The Chinese government has responded by...

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"These types of earnings are taxed in the U.S. also. I don't really understand the point of ..."

- yourGarbageMan see all 16 comments

Illegal California Game Law Faces Appeal Wednesday

By Chris Faylor, Oct 27, 2008 2:51pm PDT

This Wednesday, California lawmakers will attempt to resurrect the violent video game legislation that cost the state $282,000 after it was ruled...

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"Damn you, Leland Yee! Stop wasting my tax dollars on this crap!"

- crackhed see all 12 comments

GripShift Developer Sidhe Receives Government Grant

By Blake Ellison, Oct 22, 2008 5:00pm PDT

Sidhe Interactive, makers of the platform-ish racer GripShift (360, PS3, PSP), have received a grant from the government of New Zealand for an...

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"Oh no! A government helping support a company driving technology in their country, keeping ..."

- synapse19 see all 7 comments

Libraries Celebrate National Gaming Day on Nov. 15

By Chris Faylor, Oct 21, 2008 8:20am PDT

The American Library Association today announced that hundred of libraries across the United States will celebrate the first-ever National Gaming...

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"in some respects, yes. in some respects, no. so my post was pretty useless."

- DewFuel see all 4 comments

ESA Praises New Anti-Piracy Law

By Chris Faylor, Oct 14, 2008 9:01am PDT

The Entertainment Software Association today praised Congress and President Bush for signing the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for...

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"If I keep my drive encrypted out of habit simply due to paranoia, not due to any actual criminal ..."

- three-d see all 38 comments

Report: Dead Space Banned in Three Countries [Updated]

By Blake Ellison, Sep 05, 2008 1:19pm PDT

Update: Dead Space is not yet banned in Germany, as the game is still under review at ratings board USK, according to Eurogamer.de. (Link is in...

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"Yes, down with us Gaijins! LOL! Seriously, though... you hit the jackpot with the words ..."

- monchipeters see all 70 comments

Thailand Begins Crackdown on 'Dangerous Games,' Bans Five Titles

By Chris Faylor, Sep 03, 2008 8:23am PDT

As part of its ongoing attempts to protect youth from video games, the Thailand government has officially banned five video games from sale within...

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"i'm surprised they didn't ban Rockstar's State of Emergency."

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China: 4 Million Youths Addicted to 'Unhealthy' Internet Games

By Blake Ellison, Aug 29, 2008 4:28pm PDT

Over 4 million of China's youth are addicted to what the state deems "unhealthy" online games, claims a Chinese lawmaker. The 4 million...

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"You forgot toys made of GHB and shower caps made of used condoms..."

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GTA Maker Should Be Prosecuted for Copycat Murder, Claims Thailand Government Official

By Chris Faylor, Aug 13, 2008 8:59am PDT

Game makers should be prosecuted for the criminal activities of players that are inspired by game content and actions, according to a Thailand...

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"yea true.. bunch of dumbasses... it's astonishing the logic some people come up with.. "

- techx4 see all 74 comments

Ohio Library Begins Loaning Games

By Chris Faylor, Jul 01, 2008 11:30am PDT

Residents of Centerville, Ohio can now borrow PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii games from their two community libraries, free of...

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"I would be pissed if I lived in Ohio. Who the hell decided that the tax payers should now ..."

- Ghillie see all 26 comments

Sony, Others Investigated by US Government for Alleged Blu-ray Patent Infringement

By Aaron Linde, Mar 24, 2008 4:09pm PDT

The US International Trade Commission said that it will launch a patent infringement investigation into technologies related to the Blu-ray format,...

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"Toshiba's Pres has gone on record that not only will they not be making BluRay players, they ..."

- Endymion_ see all 35 comments

Ontario Government Invests in Silicon Knights, Digital Extremes for Unannounced Prototype Titles

By Aaron Linde, Feb 13, 2008 1:00pm PST

Silicon Knights received $500,000 in funding from the Canadian government to develop a prototype game, reports Yahoo. The funding comes by way...

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"Government can only create jobs by destroying some by collecting taxes, so no."

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