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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

November 15, 2017
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Japanese Politician Apologizes for Suggesting Serial Killer ‘Influenced’ by Anime

A Japanese politician and elected member of the national legislature has apologized after implying that anime and video games may have influenced an alleged serial killer who is suspected of murdering and dismembering at least nine people. House of Councillors member Ichita Yamamoto drew the baseless connection during a recent appearance on a TV talk…

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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

June 17, 2016
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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. EMA that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Like every relatively new medium before them — comics in the 1950s, film in the 1930s — video games are still in the midst of an emergence…

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Tom and Jerry Blamed for Violence in the Middle East

May 9, 2016
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A recent comment made by chairman of the Egyptian State Information Service, Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, blames the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Tom and Jerry for the alarming violence and extremism in the Middle East today. The cartoon, which was released in 1940, shows the never-ending escapades of Tom the cat trying to catch Jerry the…

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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

March 24, 2016
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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

Just a few months after a UN envoy recommended that Japan ban certain types of manga and anime to somehow protect real children from abuse, a separate UN committee has now entered the fray by urging the government to ban “the sale of video games or cartoons involving sexual violence against women.” What the committee…

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Fallout 4 to be Released Uncensored and “100% Uncut” in Germany

September 16, 2015
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Although previous versions of the game have seen heavy censorship, a recent announcement at E3 let fans in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland know that they would be able to play the latest installment in the Fallout video game franchise unedited and in its original incarnation despite its World War II theme. “It is official. Fallout…

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Experts Pick Apart APA Report on Video Game Violence

August 27, 2015
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Experts Pick Apart APA Report on Video Game Violence

A task force appointed by the American Psychological Association made a big splash last week with a report that claimed to identify a link between “violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect,” but other experts within the profession are crying foul, pointing out numerous issues with the report…

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Level Up with the Humble Gamer Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF

July 8, 2015
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Level Up with the Humble Gamer Comics Bundle, Presented by Dark Horse Comics and Benefiting CBLDF

Humble Bundle has re-teamed with the award-winning comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics to offer fans a comic and art book bundle featuring some of today’s hottest video game licenses. We’re one week into this amazing offer, and two more spectacular titles have just been added! Humble is known for curating video game bundles with…

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Dark Horse and Humble Bundle Team for Gamer Comics Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

July 1, 2015
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Dark Horse and Humble Bundle Team for Gamer Comics Bundle, Benefitting CBLDF!

Humble Bundle is re-teaming with the award-winning comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics to offer fans a comic and art book bundle featuring some of today’s hottest video game licenses. Humble is known for curating video game bundles with some of the most popular content creators and developers around the world and this bundle with…

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Apple Pulls, Reinstates Games That Include Confederate Flag

June 29, 2015
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Apple Pulls, Reinstates Games That Include Confederate Flag

Last week, as businesses including WalMart, Target, and Amazon announced they would stop selling Confederate-flag-themed merchandise, Apple attempted to follow suit in its iOS App Store. Initially, however, this resulted in the disappearance of virtually all games about the U.S. Civil War, where the flag naturally features in its original context. When TouchArcade first reported…

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A Look Back on the Controversy of Mortal Kombat

April 21, 2015
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The newest addition to the popular video game series, Mortal Kombat X, hit retail shelves last week and along with discussions of the 10th edition’s newest — and already controversial — violent game play also came reminiscences of the game’s very contentious history. From the complicated and mixed reception that the franchise has faced within…

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