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The Return

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Before I go about writing the particular thoughts that come to me at this time, I’d like to offer an apology to all our readers for my recent lack of activity on the blog. Although I’m somewhat tempted to cobble together an excuse for my inactiveness, the simple truth is that I’ve been downright lazy. It’s not that I don’t wish to continue contributing to the blog, for I think of many ideas for it each day, but that I have a severe problem with procrastination. Let us continue on, though, with no further ado.

I would like to show you to a clear and insightful article written by Stephen King. This column, which King wrote for Entertainment Weekly, clearly demonstrates my thoughts on the predicament of video game violence, ratings, and the constant disputes centered around them. The column manages to address my foremost point of frustration with the argument to ban violent video games or make them illegal for minors: it is a double-standard. Brutal, disgustingly violent movies such as Hotel and Saw predominate in today’s film industry, and they are NOT illegal for minors to view. These films trump, in there vehemence, anything that even the most violent video games have to offer.

Secondly, the column looks at the continuous conflicts over video games in the context of the grand scheme of things. King rightfully points out that politicians love to use violent entertainment as a scapegoat to pin the fundamental problems of the modern world on. He also reminds us that many entertainment mediums have undergone similar scrutiny (comics, rock music, etc.).

Stephen King manages to debunk the ludicrousness of the anti-video game debate with great succinctness and eloquence, making this an excellent read for anyone remotely interested in the topical debate.

Lastly, if the subject of video game politics interests you even remotely, I’d recommend you pay a visit to Game Politics, a monumental resource on the topic of video games in relation to politics.

Your writer,

An afterthought: Thank you, Ethan, for managing, unlike myself, to keep up with this project of ours.

Written by Nicholas

April 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

News to break your Heart

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In the midst of various activities this week, I didn’t really get a chance to keep up on the current events – much less write about them. In any case, I apologize for my desultory posts.

 

A great loss has been sustained by the role-playing community this week: Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away on the fourth of this month.

 

Born Ernest Gary Gygax in 1938, Mr. Gygax – along with Dave Arneson – created the first Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. He played his entire life, faithfully Dungeon-mastering right up until his death. He has been a fixture in role-playing culture, often known affectionately as “The Great Gygax.” He attended many conventions and other events, and loved to receive feedback from D&D Players from around the globe.

Among his other accomplishments are co-founder of Tactical Studies Rules (with Don Kaye), International Federation of Wargamers, Gen Con mastermind, Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association, and co-author of Chainmail.

Needless to say, he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, occupying a throne overlooking the Blessed Fields of Elysium, his faithful dice beside him.

 

This ends the nerd section of this post.

 

As I mentioned in my introduction paragraph, I didn’t really catch much of the news this week. I did, however, notice two blows to the American political scene.

 

First, Sen. Hillary Clinton won strong enough support to keep her a definite factor in the Democratic nomination race.

Ouch. How could you do this to the rest of us? Ohio, Texas – I’m ashamed of you! Rhode Island? You people are asking to be pushed off into the Atlantic!

In all seriousness – she claims to “know and love” Texas. Remember, the state that gave us George W. Bush? Sure, she loves Texas. Like I love her. Or Bush.

 

Second, Sen. John McCain has the Republican nomination. Nomination. This means he has the support of roughly half of the citizens of the U.S. right now – scared? This is the man who wants to be at war. Wants to be fighting, killing, ruining lives, displacing families – and not just the people of Iraq, but Americans too. Do we really want him sitting at the controls?

I think not.

 

That’s all for now – I’ll write again soon. And I won’t use so many – dashes.

 

Written by Ethan

March 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm