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Activision Says Blocking Violent Video Games from Minors Goes Against Free Speech [Update]

Activision Says Blocking Violent Video Games from Minors Goes Against Free Speech [Update]

Violent video games aren't new. And the fight against them has been robust, igniting every so often as a new game is released and gets brought to the forefront of media as an exceptionally violent or explicit title. Arguments vary, but the main gist is that video games shouldn't be considered art, and ultimately there should be a way to ban the most heinous titles from getting into the hands of those who shouldn't have them. In this case, a California law that blocks the sale of violent video games from minors is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on November 2nd, and the video game industry is beginning to join forces to fight it, including Activision Blizzard.

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Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

Best Buy Now Allowing Used Game Trade-Ins

For Best Buy, being one of the premiere electronics retailers out there apparently just wasn't good enough. They needed to make their presence known in another market, too. Used games get traded in all the time in other retail stores all over the place. Establishments like GameStop make their livelihood from customers trading in and buying used titles. Now Best Buy is jumping in the ring, as they've seen the opportunity to make the next move.

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Amazon Xbox LIVE Store No Longer Selling Arcade Games

Amazon Xbox LIVE Store No Longer Selling Arcade Games

In April of last year, Amazon announced that they would be working with Microsoft to open up their very own Xbox LIVE Store. It was considered just a Beta back then, and we're not necessarily sure that title ever came off. So today's announcement, a bit over a year after opening their virtual doors, comes as a shock. According to a statement posted on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE page, Amazon will no longer be selling any LIVE Arcade titles.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Internal Hard Drive Available Now from GameStop

Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Internal Hard Drive Available Now from GameStop

It is becoming a growing trend to see online retailers announce, or put up for sale, items not even announced by the manufacturer. Product leaks happen like that all the time. But in most cases, those ads, or product placements, usually get pulled in some capacity or another. That hasn't happened with the 250GB internal hard drive for the new slimmer Xbox 360. Despite not having a formal announcement from Microsoft, you can indeed go buy yourself a new hard drive if you really wanted to, right now.

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Nintendo 3DS game card spotted; new wireless eReader app tipped

Nintendo 3DS game card spotted; new wireless eReader app tipped

When Nintendo confirmed that the same game card slot on the 3DS would work with both original DS cartridges and the company's new 2GB 3DS cartridges, we knew the new cards wouldn't be all that different in appearance.  Now we know exactly how similar they are thanks to Siliconera: basically the same as a DSi card, but with a small extra tab in the top corner.  Meanwhile Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has hinted that the 3DS may be able to "automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles" using its integrated wireless connection.

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Amazon Diving Into Digital Video Games?

Amazon Diving Into Digital Video Games?

We know that Amazon's selling Xbox LIVE digital content, and they're probably doing pretty well for themselves with all of that. But, it just wouldn't be Amazon if they didn't think ahead, and look into what the future could hold for them. So, after selling someone else's digital content, it looks like Amazon might be preparing to start doing it themselves. If a posting for a new career alludes to anything, that is.

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Nintendo black Wii US launch leak prompts GameStop threats

Nintendo black Wii US launch leak prompts GameStop threats

The black version of the Nintendo Wii isn't exactly a huge mystery - after all, it's been on sale in Japan since last year - but its US arrival was meant to be.  An announcement that the black version was seeing a US launch was expected at E3 2010, and promotional material leaking out of GameStop definitely confirms it's on the way.  Unfortunately, Nintendo aren't at all pleased about their story being scooped, and have apparently threatened GameStop with a firm spanking; that's prompted the retailer to castigate all employees for wanting to "seem cool" by sharing pre-announcement details with blogs.

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B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

B&N nook v1.3 released: browser, games & Read In Store

Barnes & Noble have announced a new firmware version for their dual-screen nook ebook reader.  nook firmware v1.3 adds a new (beta) web browser, which uses the E Ink display for content and the touchscreen color LCD for navigation, together with faster page-turns, speedier ebook opening and some new games.  Meanwhile the Read In Store feature - which allows nook owners to preview entire ebooks while connected to B&N store WiFi - has now been activated.

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Sony refuses PS3 refunds: “first and foremost a games console”

Sony refuses PS3 refunds: “first and foremost a games console”

Bad news if you were hoping to milk Sony for a few bucks after hearing they gave at least one person a partial PS3 refund over the "Other OS" debacle.  The company has denied that removing the ability to install alternative OSes to the original PS3 hardware contravenes the Sale of Goods Act, describing it as "first and foremost a games console" and insisting that "our marketing materials for the console reflect this."  If retailers - like Amazon in the initial case - want to issue a partial refund, the company reckons, that's up to them, but they shouldn't expect any help from the Sony purse.

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