ESA Attacks Ropey Anti-Game Research; MPs Support Gaming Event
The Entertainment Software Association has preemptively attacked a piece of games research that purports to prove a link between gaming and mental health problems in Singapore. The preliminary study conducted by the noted anti-games critic Douglas Gentile has been slammed as biased, incomplete and questionable- before it's even had chance to be officially published.
There simply is no concrete evidence that computer and videogames cause harm. In fact, a wide body of research has shown the many ways games are being used to improve our lives through education, health and business applications.
Throughout our nation's history, those critical of new entertainment forms have sought to blame those creative works for society's ills and some of have sought to use flawed research to support their theories. - Richard Taylor, ESA
It's about time that someone stood up to officially defend our medium from shortsighted and self-serving agendas. We applaud the ESA's decision to get involved at this early stage, and hope that more organisations will aggressively defend our ever-growing and emergent art form. [GI]
In another piece of good news, several MPs including Cabinet Minister Ed Vaisey and Labour's Luciana Berger praised the recent Parliament Games Day in which UK politicians were exposed to the latest games and software. Founder Ian Livingstone was delighted by the turnout and reception; stating that it helped to "dispel some misconceptions about videogames."
In a surprising move, even the notoriously outspoken hater Keith Vaz turned up to watch- and told Eurogamer that he's only ever opposed the sale of violent games to minors rather than our medium as a whole.
I've never been against games. I've been against violent games that are able to fall into the hands of young people who are perhaps not able to understand the implications of what they're doing. -Keith Vaz MP
With gaming driving an increasingly significant proportion of our economy, it's only a matter of time before it becomes a major player in Whitehall. We can't wait!
GeoHot Legally Counters Sony Suit
Hacker George "Geohot" Hotz has legally responded to Sony's lawsuit ahead of the first hearing tomorrow morning. His attorney has stated that Sony is attempting to make an example of homebrew coders regardless of whether or not the case is legal- and has highlighted several possible holes in their allegations.
Since Hotz has never created a PSN account, his attorney alleges that he isn't bound by their terms of service- and that the "It Only Does Everything" marketing campaign invites people to take advantage of the PS3's versatile capabilities. More scandalously, Sony's attempt to prove that Hotz is profiting financially from his efforts appears to be supported only by a $1 donation from Sony themselves. Delicious.
Sony will doubtlessly counter these latest arguments tomorrow, and we'll bring you the latest by the wire. However, considering that Hotz has demonstrated his mastery of the PS3's hardware and firmware, it's a shame that they haven't just gone ahead and hired him into their development team or a first party studio. [Gamespot UK]
SEGA Details Dreamcast Collection
We caught wind of SEGA's planned Dreamcast collection a few weeks ago... and as we predicted, it contains the two lacklustre ports of Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure that are already available on XBLA and PSN. SEGA Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5: Part 2 will also make an appearance alongside "updated" graphics, achievements and leaderboards.
The Xbox 360 retail version and PC digital download will release on February 25th- though the PS3 version is curiously MIA at the time of writing. Maybe they haven't flogged enough crappy standalone ports yet?
More to the point: where the hell is Jet Set Radio? Oh, that's right. It's coming out as a standalone version first in order to push yet another lacklustre version on us- along with the two other games in the Dreamcast Collection! [Jon, breathe into this paper bag for a while. You'll feel better. -Ed]
Bulletstorm Demo Headed To PSN/Xbox Live
Breaking news. EA has just confirmed that a Bulletstorm demo's set to hit Xbox Live on January 25th, followed closely on PSN the next day.
So... yeah. January 25th. Get ready for some brutal slow motion shenanigans!