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Child abuse is no laughing matter and is, without a doubt, a severe problem in the United States. There are a few out-of-the-ordinary cases in which violence and videogames become interrelated in tragic events. Unfortunately, the two have come together once again, but not for the reasons you may think. A 2-year-old girl was beaten to death on Tuesday by her mother’s boyfriend with a videogame controller. It was not the first time the young child had been abused – due to injuries and bruises on the girl’s body, it was obvious that she had been abused before. Although this case was, most likely, not a result of video game violence, it’s a shame that videogames were involved, even in the slightest, in this saddening affair. Why on Earth anyone would harm a child – especially with a videogame controller – is beyond me.


* BEIJING 2008

If this list is to be believed, it’ll be great to finally see a bit more of Sonic Chronicles. Looks like Sonic Unleashed is on that list as well…


Tanya Bryon, a physcologist, and the Prime Minister of Britain, Gordon Brown, have conducted a six month review which has been primarily centered around a new videogame rating system. Brown has recommended a more in-depth classification system so that ratings would be similar to movies. Moreover, Brown suggested a major change in regards to the ways in which videogames should be advertised and advised that the selling of games to a child younger than the rating of a title should be illegal. The ultimate goal of of these proposals is to protect children.


A young boy, Olivier Baptiste, was killed by a close friend, William Suarez, after Baptiste refused to give him a videogame. After Baptiste had visited Suarez’s apartment, holding a videogame in his hands, Suarez demanded that his “friend” hand the game over. Baptiste refused, and Suarez immediately revealed a gun and pointed it at Baptiste’s head. Oliver had actually told Suarez to “Stop it. It’s got a bullet in it.” Suarez pulled the trigger, but it did not fire. Suarez pulled the trigger a second time, however, and a bullet struck Oliver Baptiste in the left temple.

It’s always extremely sad to see events such as this. I feel terrible for everyone involved, and hopefully something like this will not happen again.


NEW YORK, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — 1UP Network, the recognized leader in print and online videogame content, announced today that celebrated author, Dr. Oren Harari, will be headlining a stellar lineup of speakers at the 11th Annual Electronic Gaming Summit. The Electronic Gaming Summit, held May 19-21, 2008 in Napa, Calif., is the only event of its kind to provide a platform for leading videogame industry influencers and top-level executives to learn, network, and exchange ideas about the gaming culture
and its future.The 2008 Electronic Gaming Summit boasts presentations from an array of elite videogame industry and non-industry leaders, who through their vast knowledge, experiences and business visions, will share invaluable insight on hot-button gaming-related issues and trends. In addition to Dr. Harari, author of ‘Break from the Pack: How to Compete in a Copycat Economy,’ Summit speakers include such key business players as Cammie Dunaway, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Nintendo of America, Inc.; Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corp.; Peter Moore, president of EA Sports; Michael Pachter, managing director, research, Wedbush Morgan Securities; Jason Holtman, director of business development, Valve Software; Beth Simone-Noveck, professor of law, director, Institute for Information Law and Policy, Democracy Design Workshop; Tanya Giles, senior vice president, research and planning, MTV Networks Entertainment Group;
and a panel of prominent journalists that cover the gaming industry including N’Gai Croal, Newsweek, Daniel Sieberg, CBS News, Geoff Keighley, Spike TV, and Brian Crecente,

“From the inception of the Electronic Gaming Summit, this event has been the gaming industry touchstone for uncovering key trends and generating forward thinking,” states Jason Young, CEO, Ziff Davis Media. “This year’s diverse lineup of speakers truly continues the prestigious reputation of this event. Through their varied backgrounds and specialties, their presentations will no doubt enlighten minds, open important dialogues within the industry, and cultivate new ideas. I can’t wait to hear what
this great group of minds has to say!”

The theme of this year’s Electronic Gaming Summit is 1:1, exemplifying what the focus is of this unique event, as it is defined in many different ways — the meeting of individuals face to face, the opportunity to have direct, focused communication, and the current industry genesis as the birth of the next-generation consoles translates into continuous growth and opportunities.


A survey was conducted in Europe to determine some of the more popular activities people enjoy while in bed. As one would expect, sleeping topped the list. However, more surprisingly, computer gaming slipped onto the list at ninth place – beating out sex. Playing DS in bed is fairly comfortable in bed, but it would probably be a bit more difficult to play with the Wii.

1. Sleep (3,150)
2. Talking (193)
3. TV (132)
4. Net surfing (122)
5. Reading (114)
6. Listening to music (105)
7. Using phone (81)
8. Work (77)
9. Computer games (57)
10. Sex (35)


– Disgaea DS: ????????? – Prince of the Demon World and the Red Moon

– Mario Kart Wii: choose between auto/manual drift, 24 Characters in total/12 revealed this issue
Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toad, Peach, Baby Mario, Baby Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Green Turtle and Yoshi

– Link’s Crossbow Training | 05/01 | 3800YEN

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Disgaea, a popular series which appears mostly on Sony consoles (And just recently on the PS3 with Disgaea 3) turns out on its debue for the Nintendo DS handheld.



Dungeons and Dragons games have sparsely populated Nintendo systems, but it is important to recognize the co-creator of the franchise. A number of websites have reported that Gary Gygax, one of the founders of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away today at the age of 69. Gygax had been suffering from health problems for a number of years. The Dungeons and Dragons series has not only impacted the gaming industry, but books and movies as well.

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