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Activision Hires Big-Time Lobbying Firm As Violent Games Bill Looms

Activision has gone out and hired a lobbyist — one of the biggest lobbying firms in Washington — for representation when US Senator Jay Rockefeller’s violent video games bill, which would order research into any causal links between violent video games and violent behaviour, comes to the US Senate floor.


The Derpface In This Politician's Anti-Video Game Speech Says It All

Here’s MP Frank Wolf of Virginia, who has served in the US House of Representatives since 1978. He chairs the House subcommittee that funds the National Science Foundation. Yesterday he took the floor to complain that the Obama administration was ignoring its friends in the entertainment industry while demonizing the National Rifle Association, which is baloney.


New US Bill Wants To Turn Game Labels, Sale Restrictions Into Law

US Democratic congressman Jim Matheson has introduced a bill known as “H.R. 287″, which is the latest attempt to introduce tighter controls on the way video games are sold in the United States.


US Senator Wants To Know if Games Are More Dangerous Than Cartoons

The Huffington Post reports that US Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill to congress that aims to study the impact of violent video games on children. Likely, this is a response to the claims that Adam Lanza played video games, and that video games might have negatively influenced Lanza.



The Stop Online Piracy Act And You: A Primer

I’m a world-class nerd. But that doesn’t mean I understand the nuts and bolts of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an internet censorship bill on which the House Judiciary Commitee held hearings today. (You can watch the hearings live here.)


Blackwater Video Game Criticism Leads To Threats

Attorneys for the founder of infamous private military company Blackwater are threatening to sue a member of congress over statements she made during an interview about the PMC’s bizarrely self-aggrandizing video game Blackwater.


Wait A Minute, Could Uploading Video Of Video Games Really Send You To Prison?

It might in the future, according to one reading of Senate Bill 978, assuming it gets passed. This is a proposed law put before the Senate about a couple months ago, but the games community just sat up and noticed once it read the language and understood the totality of its prohibitions.


Sony Exec To Testify Before Congress On PlayStation Breach

During the PlayStation Network outage, Sony was asked to appear before a U.S. House of Representatives committee to explain the situation. The company declined, sending an eight-page letter instead. Now it will go before Congress, when the president of Sony Network Entertainment visits a Tuesday hearing to answer questions.


Watch The US Government Discuss Sony's PSN Hack

Planned prior to hacker’s breach of the Playstation Network, a hearing just kicked off in the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade to discuss the threat of data theft. This is the hearing Sony declined to testify during. You can watch it live here right now.