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There has been, as long as they have been in existence, a crusade of sorts against video games. A very specific aspect of this crusade is focused on a very specific type of video game: those that promote and feature a great deal of violence. Now, it goes without saying that these video games are quite popular with the game-purchasing public. It seems that almost every game manufactured, distributed, sold, and played features some variation of the “space marine” focus, where players take control of grizzled strongmen out to eradicate a certain specific type of enemy, usually a grotesque and tyrannical species of extraterrestrial. Now, the popularity of such games goes without saying. Franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, and of course the terrestrial war games in the Call of Duty series, have set records upon release and have come through to great critical acclaim. This trend does not appear to be reversing or changing anytime soon.

However, there has been some debate as to the true impact of these games. Yes, these games feature a great deal of violence and gore, highly stylized and unrepentant. However, is there really a cause for concern here? Do these games and games like these have an impact on players, especially the younger demographics? There are very strong opinions on both sides of this issue, as is expected. However, opinions and feelings are not sufficient: you must back up your points with facts. A recent Supreme Court case regarding video game impact on young players has demonstrated the use of evidence as a powerful argumentative tool in this debate. For more information, please visit Psych Central.


Your Guide to Two Worlds II

As IGN is wont to do, they have a complete breakdown of the upcoming anticipated game, Two Worlds II.

Two Worlds II occasionally hits you with a moral choice. There’s no “karma” system in effect here, but you usually have to pick between two options. In general, being understanding, helpful, and merciful gets you more experience points and completed quests than being a murderous jackass, but the latter gets you through the game a lot faster. There is, in fact, a choice late in the game that lets you skip roughly half of Chapter III if you go with the violent option. It’s your call.

The original Two Worlds has its fans, but it’s largely known for being… well, awful. Two Worlds II is a huge improvement from the word “go,” and while it’s got quite a few flaws, it’s actually not bad. It’s an open-world fantasy game with a weird sense of humor, an adult sensibility, and a couple of dozen hours’ worth of dungeon diving. Give it a try. You might like it more than you think you will.


Crysis 2 multiplayer demo hits PS3 on March 15

Scrawl is reporting on the sequel to Crysis, titled — what else — Crysis 2 — which will be available in a multiplayer demo for PS3 on March 15th.

According to the site, Crytek’s Nathan Camarillo confirmed the demo during a press event at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco earlier today.

The multiplayer-only taster is said to be identical to its already-released Xbox 360 counterpart. It will contain the map ‘Skyline’ and two game modes – ‘Team Instant Action’ and ‘Crash Site’.

No information was given regarding a European demo date.



Playstation Hackers Find Loophole

A few days ago, we reported that Sony was making moves to ban “codebreakers” — hackers, game cheats, whatever — permanently.

Now, word comes from CVG that there is a NEW jailbreak to allow hackers that are permanently banned to “unban” themselves.

Reports of the platform holder banning jailbreak users began appearing on Thursday, after Sony released a warning to anyone taking advantage of hacks.

Hackers were sent a message directly from Sony. It read:

“A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation(R)3 system. Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation(R)3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation(R)Network and access to Qriocity(TM) services through your PlayStation(R)3 system.”

However, Destructoid reports that an all-new jailbreak not only claims to allow user to unban themselves, but also to ban (and presumably unban) other PS3s – so long as the perpetrator is in possession of their console ID.

It all sounds dodgy as sin, obviously. But Geohot’s not rapping. Which can only be a Good Thing.


Sony Banning PlayStation 3 Hackers for Life

If you’re a hacker — aspiring or otherwise — don’t event think about hacking into the Sony PlayStation 3 system. CNET is reporting that those who do will be banned for life from the system.

“Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system,” reads a notice posted to Sony’s official PlayStation blog. “In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.”

According to one account, “If you get error 0x8002A227, Sony banned your PS3 from the PSN.”

This is just the latest step by Sony to thwart PlayStation 3 jailbreaks.

In the most well-publicized battle, the company last month requested a restraining order against famed iPhone jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as Geohot, for coming up with a jailbreak that lets people run unauthorized software on the PS3.

Sony alleged that the jailbreak, created with the assistance of the hacking group fail0verflow, violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and asked a court to stop Hotz from making any material related to his hack available on the Web. Hotz countered Sony’s claim, saying his solution was a jailbreak for a closed system, just like any jailbreak for mobile phones, which are explicitly allowed by the DMCA.


Canadian Regulators Propose Social Media Restrictions

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada is proposing guidelines on how firms can use social-media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and chat rooms for marketing and other business purposes.

IIROC proposed amendments Monday that could require firms to design systems and programs for record retention and retrieval for social-media tools, and ensure that recommendations made by financial advisers through these social online tools are suitable to their clients.

Firms will also have to set up policies to make sure that their advisers’ advertisements on these sites aren’t misleading or false.

Dow Jones reported in February 2010 that IIROC, the self-regulatory organization overseeing Canadian broker-dealer firms, is looking to issue more guidance on the use of social media. IIROC’s move comes after its U.S. counterpart, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, started subjecting member-firms to record-keeping requirements if they allow advisers use social media.

IIROC said it has received a number of enquiries relating to interactive versus static content and password-protected versus accessible websites.

IIROC is proposing to make all static content such as a profile, background or wall information considered as advertisement to be preapproved. Electronic forums like Facebook and Twitter that involve real-time discussion won’t be subject to the prior-approval requirement.

The proposed additional guidelines will face a 60-day comment period.


Pokemon: A Black and White Issue for Nintendo?

Pokemon — and Nintendo — have done it again!

GDN reports that fans who purchase either of the new games between launch and April 10 will be able to receive a special Liberty Pass via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required), which will enable them to catch the never-before-seen Mythical Pokémon Victini. Pokemon black and white

Victini – the Victory Pokémon – is the first Pokémon that’s Psychic- and Fire-type and cannot be obtained through normal game play. It is said that Victini creates an unlimited supply of energy, which it shares with others. This energy source may be the secret to how it brings about victories. Victini’s unique and exclusive Victory Star ability not only increases its own accuracy in battle, but also boosts the accuracy of all a player’s Pokémon in battle. Victini is a must-have in any Pokémon battle, and is especially useful in Triple Battles, which debut in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version.

Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version include more than 150 never-before-seen Pokémon that players can catch, train and battle as they progress through the game. Both games are now available for pre-order from major retailers throughout the United States for a suggested retail price of $34.99 each.