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15761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG's latest MK:Deception Piece on: September 30, 2004, 08:34:59 PM
Well, tomorrow you'll get it. smile  I'm very proud of the team's contributions as well.  Keith did a fantastic job getting the source materials and Mike did a great job with the front end graphics.  Everyone helped me gather the graphics used in the piece, so my thanks go to them as well.  We appreciate that you guys enjoy the piece. smile
15762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / God Hates Me on: September 30, 2004, 06:43:30 PM
WHAAAA?   Oh, I'd be the crazy guy with the shotgun and bathrobe on the evening news!  "DAMN YOU WHIPPERSNAPPERS! Shut the hell up!!"
15763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG Movie] GoldenEye: Rogue Agent gameplay on: September 30, 2004, 04:38:18 PM
Today's movie is GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. (17.5mb, mpeg) The movie shows off some of the gameplay for the upcoming online-enabled title.  Enjoy!
15764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] HL2 Package Details revealed on: September 30, 2004, 01:35:52 PM
If you go into the store and get the 'normal everyday generic' edition you'll get  HL2 (the full thing, on 6 cds) and Counter-Strike: Source (also in the box).
15765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] HL2 Package Details revealed on: September 30, 2004, 12:35:15 PM
Yea, folks with the ATI vouchers get the Bronze edition.  They are planning on allowing you to 'upgrade' from there, but no details on that yet.
15766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 Reviewed! - Updated with a score on: September 29, 2004, 07:51:44 PM
Nah, that is a tightly held secret thus far. smile
15767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 Reviewed! - Updated with a score on: September 29, 2004, 07:04:45 PM
This is probably why we will get CS via Steam but not HL2 yet.  Its a mad mad mad mad mad mad world.
15768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC - Demo] Tribes: Vengeance Multiplayer Demo Available now on: September 29, 2004, 06:36:16 PM
I'm all over this when it releases on the 5th.


LOS ANGELES, CA (September 28, 2004) – Vivendi Universal Games announced today that a multi-player demo for their upcoming first-person action game Tribes:Vengeance is now available.  The demo can be downloaded direct from the company at http://ftp://ftp.sierra.com/pub/sierra/tribesvengeance/demos/tribesv_mpdemo.exe.  Tribes: Vengeance will ship to retail stores in the United States on October 5th.

The multi-player demo contains four maps and offers five different gameplay types.  The final version of Tribes:Vengeance will ship with 11 multi-player maps, but will offer infinite variety with the availability of easy-to-use modification tools which will be released when the game ships.  Irrational Games has built a unique gameplay system that will make it easy for enterprising game designers to mix and match gameplay types, maps, and objects to create original and unique ways of playing an online game.

More information about Tribes:Vengeance can be found at the official website: http://www.tribesvengeance.com.

In Tribes:Vengeance gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of myriad interrelated stories that unfold behind-the-scenes and is given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Utilizing the all-new Vengeance Engine powered by Unreal™ technology, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects.  Tribes: Vengeance will also build upon the Tribes series’ legendary online multiplayer action by continuing to focus on team-oriented goals and fluid movement.  Particular focus is being given to making Tribes:Vengeance easily accessible to the video game modification (MOD) community.  Irrational Games and VU Games have worked together to ensure that Tribes:Vengeance’s game modification tools are easily accessible and robust.
15769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 Reviewed! - Updated with a score on: September 29, 2004, 04:19:47 PM
I have a source in VU too...hehhe.  Yea, they do have an RC candidate.  Sometimes it can take a week, sometimes it takes a month.  If I had to make a guess I'm saying around Oct 15th for a shelf date.
15770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] HL2 Package Details revealed on: September 29, 2004, 02:16:02 PM
Looks like you can play CS:S shortly!  

________________________________________________

The Half-Life 2 offers have been finalized. Details are pasted below. The Steam offers will be available for purchase next week. Those who purchase via Steam, will receive the final version of Counter-Strike: Source immediately. Half-Life 2 and other games in the Steam offerings will be made available to purchasers upon their release.
Half-Life 2 Offers
RETAIL BOX:
1. Standard Edition:
-- Half-Life 2
-- Counter-Strike: Source
Note: Ships on six CDs. Three different box designs will be made available at launch (cover characters change on the different designs: one is Gordon, one is Alyx, and the third is the Gman).

2. Collector's Edition:
-- Half-Life 2
-- Counter-Strike: Source
-- Half-Life 1: Source
-- Half-Life 2 T-shirt
-- Prima book sampler
Note: This version will contain the games on a DVD.

STEAM OFFERINGS
1. "Bronze"
-- Half-Life 2*
-- Counter-Strike: Source
*(To be made available upon product's release.)

2. "Silver"
-- Half-Life 2*
-- Counter-Strike: Source
-- Half-Life 1: Source*
-- Day of Defeat: Source*
-- Valve's back catalog currently available on Steam *(To be made available upon products' release.)
3. "Gold"
-- Half-Life 2*
-- Counter-Strike: Source
-- Half-Life 1: Source*
-- Day of Defeat: Source*
-- Valve's back catalog currently available on Steam
-- Complete Strategy Guide from Prima Games
-- 3 different Half-Life 2 posters
-- Half-Life 2 hat
-- Half-Life 2 postcard
-- Half-Life 2 stickers
-- Half-Life 2 Soundtrack CD
-- Chance to win a trip to Valve! (1 trip offered for every 5000 Gold packages purchased).
*(To be made available upon products' release.)
15771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [CG-Movie] DOA: Ultimate on: September 29, 2004, 02:13:49 PM
This shows off Team Ninja's Dead or Alive: Ultimate's introduction, enjoy!
15772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MK: Path to Deception Day 3 - The Fall, Pt. 2 on: September 29, 2004, 01:38:34 PM
....and a full review on Monday.
15773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 29, 2004, 12:38:20 PM
What THE?!  Ohhh, I know what this is, its the boot up screen for a Commodore 64.  The little colors flash in blocks across the screen then you get the prompt.  Yay! I win.  (or not)
15774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Duke Nukem Forever news on: September 27, 2004, 09:00:17 PM
Ahem.....

BWAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHA!!!!!  Thank you...

I figured it would use the Half Life 4 engine though....this game is never coming.
15775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Christmas is just around the corner kids.... on: September 27, 2004, 05:58:56 PM
http://www.engadget.com/entry/7313209331031632/

Damn right I'm ordering one of these....
15776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW: Battlefront problem on Live on: September 27, 2004, 05:44:45 PM
Didn't Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow also have this issue?
15777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 27, 2004, 03:51:58 PM
Cool...here we go with another round:

15778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 27, 2004, 01:52:31 PM
Impossible Mission

smile  I think I'm correct, if so "Destroy him, my robots!"
15779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Advertising.... on: September 27, 2004, 01:00:30 PM
In the next few days you'll start to see a little bit of advertising on Console Gold.  I wanted to reiterate a few promises I made in the past and let you know that they hold true now:

1.) There will never be pop up/under/anywhere ads of any sort.
2.) The ads will never have sound
3.) I will try to run the site without them, but I ask that you click them now and again as it keeps the lights on at CG when we do run them.
4.) Advertisements = improvements.  I re-invest the vast majority of any money we make directly back into the site in the form of improvements for you.

I just wanted to make those items clear before we move forward.  Don't worry...there won't be any McGriddle madness on the site, you have my word. slywink
15780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 gets beat down hard on: September 24, 2004, 03:54:14 PM
Forza just took a big step forward.  STRIKE Microsoft!  Now is the time to rub their nose in it! Muhahahahaha

(Sorry, just gearing up for my Evil Fable review)
15781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT4 gets beat down hard on: September 24, 2004, 02:08:39 PM
No online support. Sony stated at the Tokyo Game Show that they have dropped the online component of GT4.  The title is slated for a December 14th...this means that Sony is more interested in getting this game in before the holiday than they are in the online features, one of the primary selling points of this title.  Its a sad world.
15782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 24, 2004, 01:40:42 PM
I'm drawing a complete blank there.....
15783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / La Pucelle gets so much better if you keep playing! on: September 24, 2004, 01:39:30 PM
I never got this game.  I've heard its similar to FF Tactics, any truth to that?
15784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsports [realism] on: September 23, 2004, 10:12:01 PM
YOWZA!!  That is awesome! Thanks for that Eco!
15785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How do you decide what game to play? on: September 23, 2004, 08:53:56 PM
I think there is a unique condition with the end of this year, it is the last holiday they can capitolize on this generation of hardware.  Might explain all the push into this holiday.
15786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC-PR] Atari Ships Shadow Ops: Red Mercury for PC on: September 23, 2004, 08:32:53 PM
Atari Ships ``Shadow Ops: Red Mercury'' For PC; Hollywood Blockbuster-Style First-Person Action Game Now Available at Retail Stores Worldwide

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 2004--Atari has shipped "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," a cinematic military first-person shooter, to retail stores this week for personal computer on DVD. "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" offers players a gripping movie-style gaming experience through its unprecedented Hollywood production values, intense action and ground-breaking sound and visual effects. The game was developed with industry-leading gaming technology, including advanced AMD64 processors that enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing as well as THX(TM)-certified sound to create the ultimate Hollywood-style visuals and audio immersion.

"`Shadow Ops: Red Mercury' uses the latest in PC gaming technology and story-telling techniques to present an amazing video and audio experience, on par with the most explosive Hollywood summer blockbusters," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Atari. "That technology, coupled with `Shadow Ops: Red Mercury''s intriguing storyline written by Hollywood writers, frenetic end-to-end military action and AAA production values, creates one of the most intense and beautiful first-person shooters ever made."

In "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," the player fills the battle-scarred combat boots of Frank Hayden, a special forces operative hand-picked to track down and destroy the stolen "Red Mercury," a secret substance of unspeakable power that threatens the world with nuclear annihilation. The player faces off against blood-thirsty terrorists, renegade military forces and highly trained enemy special forces in a last ditch desperation mission to prevent the ultimate terror from reaching the world's greatest cities. "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" also challenges players to take their battle-tested combat skills online to face off against one another in fierce multiplayer military skirmishes.

Developer Zombie Studios partnered with AAA Hollywood talent for sound effects, script writing and music to make "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" the most cinematic action game ever created, essentially blurring the line between Hollywood summer blockbuster films and interactive entertainment. The new PC version features improved textures, gameplay and an expanded multiplayer functionality with more maps than ever before.

Some of the game's groundbreaking features include:

-- More than 25 hard-hitting single-player missions that span the globe across heat-scorched villages in the Middle East, bombed out cities in Chechnya, lush jungle guerrilla encampments in Congo and frozen vistas and secret underground military installations in Kazakhstan

-- Hyper-intense competitive online multiplayer modes that include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Escort the V.I.P.; the PC version offers several new maps for online play

-- Ultra-realistic immersive directional sound created by Soundelux, the Academy Award-winning sound studio best known for its work on films such as "Kill Bill," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down"

-- The game has earned the coveted THX(TM) Game Certification, indicative of the immersive and compelling audio experience usually heard only in blockbuster Hollywood films

-- Jaw-dropping performance powered by AMD64 processor-based systems that deliver simultaneous 32 and 64-bit computing for improved textures, better image quality, faster game performance and an enhanced gameplay experience; the 64-bit version of the game is included in the box with the 32-bit version

-- A top Hollywood writing team, renowned for work in films and video games, wrote the entire script for the game, including all in game cut-scenes and cinematics

-- Developer Zombie Studios traveled the world, taking thousands of digital photos to create ultra-realistic textures for game locations like the Congo, Kazakhstan, Syria, Chechnya and more

-- Military consultants, including former special forces members, worked with Zombie Studios to ensure realistic military movements in the game and provided motion capture acting

-- An original score by a renowned composer of award-winning music for film, video games and television, that includes more than an hour of interactive music unique for each in-game location

-- All music for the game was recorded by the Northwest Symphonia, providing for a powerful performance and a more compelling audio experience

-- More than 30 minutes of movie-like cinematics created by Attitude Studios that use Hollywood-style shots to further immerse the player in the interactive blockbuster experience

"Shadow Ops: Red Mercury" is now available for personal computer on DVD-only in North America, and is already available worldwide on the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft with an estimated retail price in North America of $19.95 and an ESRB rating of 'T' for Teen. The demo is currently available for download at video game sites and at the game's official Web site. For more information on "Shadow Ops: Red Mercury," or to download the demo, please visit www.shadowopsgame.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
15787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Video of the Day - Outlaw Golf 2 on: September 23, 2004, 06:05:38 PM
A little experiment we are trying....today we'll debut the video for Outlaw Golf 2.  Tomorrow, it'll be something else.  The movies will come and go quick so get em while you can.  I'll not be advertising this on the front page, so this is just for our forum users.  Lets see how it goes...

Take-Two's Outlaw Golf 2 (30mb)
15788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CSI, and CSI....and then CSI. on: September 23, 2004, 05:10:37 PM
Yea, NY is pretty dark.  I'm likin it.
15789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 05:05:00 PM
YESSIR!  you are up
15790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 02:26:29 PM
I'd have played AC more if it featured a healthy beheading option.  

And that'd be METROID: PRIME!

15791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: September 23, 2004, 02:15:17 PM
So here are the rules:

Game must be rated E through M (no AO)
Game can be PC or Console
Keep your graphic sizes sane please.

I'll kick er off: (You'd have to be a special kinda stupid not to know this one)
15792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Its a gaming smorgasbord! What are you playing?? on: September 23, 2004, 02:07:07 PM
Really I just wanted to say "smorgasbord".  Its got a funny ring to it.

No seriously, what are you playing?

On my plate:
WoW
Tribes: Vengeance
Burnout 3
MK: Defiance
PotC
Fable
15793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / CSI, and CSI....and then CSI. on: September 23, 2004, 01:44:32 PM
I'm digging the new CSI, CSI New York.  I was absolutely floored by Monday's CSI Miami.  Tonight looks like a good premier for CSI (Vegas).  You'd figure after 6 seasons I'd be burned out, but I'm absolutely wired to this show.  Anyone else?
15794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] |337-speakers beware: the WoW Naming Policy on: September 23, 2004, 03:59:55 AM
http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&product%5Fid=645985

Pure speculation?  you betcha....but don't let that stop ya!  $15.00 a month for pricing?  Mid November release date?  Ahhh...its all crazy. smile
15795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars DVD first day sales.... on: September 22, 2004, 10:04:47 PM
Just the important bits....
   
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-Sept. 22, 2004--Shattering all records for entertainment franchise spending in a single day, STAR WARS fans around the world have spent more than $115,000,000 on in-home STAR WARS entertainment. Single day sales for the most requested DVDs of all time, the STAR WARS TRILOGY, combined with the release of the new STAR WARS Battlefront videogame have set yet another benchmark for the most popular entertainment franchise in the world. This phenomenal achievement will continue as the DVD debuts in Japan, Australia, Benelux and Mexico, and the LucasArts game launches internationally later this week.

115 Miiillion dollas!  Good LORD that's a whole lotta money....
15796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 22, 2004, 09:50:49 PM
I'll also try my luck tonight.
15797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random but, CG AZ crew? on: September 22, 2004, 09:04:12 PM
I'm in Phoenix.  I started at ASU but transferred to DeVry.

It'd be cool to do a Phoenix CG movie night or something. smile
15798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PR] EA Ships NHL 2005 on: September 22, 2004, 08:37:42 PM
I'll get this posted on the front page shortly, but I thought you should know.

_____________________________________

EA's NHL 2005 Skates into Stores Everywhere Today; Top Selling Pro Hockey Franchise is THE Place to Play Hockey this Fall

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today announced that NHL(R) 2005, the best-selling professional hockey franchise has hit stores worldwide. Shipped under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand, NHL 2005 delivers top-shelf gameplay that captures the speed, flow and hard-hitting action of pro hockey. Online* gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) support. NHL 2005 gives hockey fans a chance to play as their favorite teams and players while not able to watch them on TV.

New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. A completely overhauled skating engine captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement. The all-new face-off formations allow the user to be strategic before the puck is dropped.

EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode(TM) goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a deep new e-mail system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey(TM), with International teams and venues from North America and Europe. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams.

Developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., NHL 2005 is available for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB. More information can be found on the game's official website at www.nhl05.com.

About EA SPORTS(TM)

Electronic Arts' EA SPORTS(TM) brand is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NBA LIVE basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R), MVP Baseball(TM), NCAA(R) Football and NASCAR(R) racing. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM) and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

* Internet connection required for online play. Not all features available with all platforms. See www.easports.com or back of product pack for details.

Electronic Arts, Dynasty Mode, John Madden Football, MVP Baseball, EA, EA SPORTS, EA GAMES and EA SPORTS BIG are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. NHL and National Hockey League are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. (C) 2004 NHL. All Rights Reserved. Officially Licensed Product of the National Hockey League. National Hockey League Players' Association and NHLPA are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used under license by Electronic Arts Inc. (C) NHLPA. Officially licensed product of the NHLPA. NASCAR, NFL, FIFA, NBA, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, MLB and NCAA are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. (TM), (R), and Nintendo GameCube are trademarks of Nintendo. All other car, team, track names, trademarks, and other intellectual property are used under license and are the property of their respective owners.
15799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cutting through the Bullshit on: September 22, 2004, 07:36:35 PM
Oh I completely concur, there needs to be something enforced.  When I ran an EB I wouldn't sell M to kids under age 14-ish (didn't have the district manager's support on this, so I could only weed out the little ones).  What bothers me is that the legislation is based and built on lies.  ON the other hand, It is also requiring a level of enforcement that most District Managers will not back up unless there is a law that will cost them money.  They have their bottom line at heart, so once the first lawsuit hits there we'll see it curbed.
15800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cutting through the Bullshit on: September 22, 2004, 06:37:34 PM
The IEMA has issued this statement that debunks most of what The Governator is using to justify the newly passed gaming law mentioned on the front page.  Makes me wish I wasn't a member of the media...

__________________________________________________

REACTION STATEMENT RE: CA AB1793
The following is a statement from Hal Halpin, President, Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association

The IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association), the non-profit trade association which represents the nation's leading retailers of computer and video games, was disappointed with Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to sign in to law California Assembly Bill 1793.

Thousands of retailers in California are now faced with the inevitability of being hit with frivolous lawsuits through the state's 17200 Unfair Business Practices statute. This law will have a devastating impact on California businesses, particularly small businesses whose livelihood depends on the sale of video games.

Inaccuracies and misrepresentations surround the issue of violent video games and continue even in Representative Leland Yee's press release today:

* The IEMA members have committed to voluntarily regulate the sale of Mature-rated games to minors and are in the process of implementing carding systems through each member company which shall be in place by this Christmas. Signage is already in place throughout all IEMA member stores, legislation was wholly unnecessary and an example of a waste of taxpayer's money and government resources. Adding legislative pressure to a self-regulated system will likely have a chilling effect on business and place an undue burden on California's retail community with no tangible upside.

* The issue of violent video games is a serious matter which requires serious study. To-date there has been no conclusive research to prove a causal linkage between playing videogames and asocial behavior.

* The statistics which are quoted repeatedly include wide-ranging types of software including educational and early childhood games, which bolster the figures and make them look more encompassing than they are. It would be both prudent and honest to explain to Mr. Yee's constituents that the vast majority of games are rated "E" by the industry's ratings board, and in fact only 11.9% of all games sold last year were rated Mature for adults (rather than the forty percent which was misrepresented).

* Mr. Yee's assertion that, "a 17-year old boy repeatedly stabbed a 14-year old to death in England while mimicking a game called "Manhunt," in which players score points for violent killing," too is a blatant falsehood - an outright fabrication of the facts. The British press uncovered long ago that it was in fact the victim who played videogames, not the assailant. The 17 year old never owned nor played "Manhunt" and therefore could not be "mimicking" anything.

* And finally, the Mature-rated games to which Mr. Yee refers in saying that players are rewarded "for killing police officers, maiming elderly persons, running over pedestrians and committing despicable acts of murder and torture upon women and racial minorities" is yet again a misrepresentation of the facts, too numerous to mention in this brief response.

While we are sure that Leland Yee's impetus in claiming to help parents was originally honorable, the facts have been distorted and twisted with willful disregard for the truth, and we fear at the detriment to business in the State of California. IEMA retailers have already committed to the placement of in-store signage which will empower parents to make informed purchasing decisions, and have gone beyond the movie and music businesses' commitment in also voluntarily committing to inhibiting the sale of Mature rated games to minors through comprehensive carding policies which are being put in to place. That Governor Schwarzenegger was unwilling or unable to make those distinctions is an injustice to the citizens of the state.
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