Videogame Censorship Articles

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  1. Morgan Jolley

    Morgan Jolley Lead Actor

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    I need some for a project at school. Anyone care to share some?

    BTW, this is the third thread I've started for this project, but this one is just about articles online. I need to find some for resources.
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

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    there aren't many. Most of it happened before the popularity of the Net

    Do searches for Senator Joe Lieberman, puppet for Nintendo in the original "Night Trap/Mortal Kombat" witch trials, Tom Zito, head of Digital Pictures who made Night Trap. Senate hearings etc. There was some great stuff in Next Generation and other magazines at the time, but getting the back issues willbe tricky
     
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    Didn't see the other threads - there aren't any books that I know of that deal with it exclusively, though I'm sure it's touched on by a few.
    Anyway, here's a few articles from a variety of sources. Google is your friend - discard the usual gaming sites and dig about news sites & political commentary sites to get some real meat.
    Brief article on the censorship of GTA1 for the US market:
    http://sprayshop.gouranga.com/articl...dge_1.htm#drug
    You'll need a (free) membership at GamaSutra to read these, but it's WELL worth signing up.
    http://www.gamasutra.com/features/19...g_games_01.htm
    http://www.gamasutra.com/features/19...eenberg_01.htm
    http://pc.ign.com/articles/084/084916p1.html
    http://www.eurogamer.net/news.php?id=21940
    From non-game sites (mainly news/politics/gov):
    http://www.counterpunch.org/pipermai...il/008232.html
    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/09/youthviol.htm
    http://www.ftc.gov/speeches/pitofsky/naag99.htm
    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/12/violence.htm
    http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/...3/ftc.hearing/
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ftc29jun29.story
     
  4. Morgan Jolley

    Morgan Jolley Lead Actor

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    Thank you very much for this stuff. I'll be sure to use it in my report.
     
  5. BrianB

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    Not a problem, Morgan. It's worth doing a search for censorship and violence on GamaSutra once you've signed up - I know there's more columns about it than those two. GamaSutra's a really good site, lots of good postmortems on games.

    What exactly are you planning to discuss? Game censorship with regard to violence or just in general? MOre about the media vs game violence? Is it an informative piece or are you taking a pro/con side?
     
  6. Morgan Jolley

    Morgan Jolley Lead Actor

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    The assignment is to write a paper about a subject and then to take a side on the subject. I'm writing about "The Censorship of Electronic Entertainment" and am against it, but have nothing wrong with stores not carrying games or the ESRB. The whole thing is pretty much just explaining the problem, what my side on it is, and why.
     

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