Posts Tagged ‘ video games ’

From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

August 10, 2018
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From the CBLDF Archives: “Smut and Trash:” Comics Censorship in Germany

Germany announced that they will lift the across-the-board ban on swastikas in video games in favor of a more nuanced approach, similar to that of how they handle Nazi imagery in movies. The shift in policy signals an appreciation for video games as culturally important works. Felix Falk, managing director of The German Games Industry…

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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

March 30, 2018
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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

In a case involving the right of publicity, New York’s highest court dismissed Lindsey Lohan’s and Karen Gravano’s lawsuit appeals against Grand Theft Auto V game makers Take Two Interactive. CBLDF filed an amicus brief with other organizations last year urging the court to reject Lohan and Gravano’s arguments on First Amendment grounds, expressing concern…

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NEW Hunie Sekai Added to Humble Bundle! LAST WEEK!

February 20, 2018
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NEW Hunie Sekai Added to Humble Bundle! LAST WEEK!

They added even more awesomeness to this visual novel extravaganza that benefits CBLDF! Now if you pay more than the average of $7.05 you also get the popular Highway Blossoms, a visual delight set in the American southwest. But stop waiting! Go get it, because this deal will be gone in less than a week! Check out…

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Humble Hunie Sekai Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

February 14, 2018
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Humble Hunie Sekai Bundle to Benefit CBLDF!

Get over $200 worth of visual novels from Japan and the U.S. with the latest Humble Bundle!   Titles like Sunrider Academy, KARAKARA, and  Saku Saku: Love Blooms with the Cherry Blossoms, and a ton more – all that benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship! Check out the full bundle here:https://www.humblebundle.com/games/hunie-sekai-bundle Part…

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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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