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The Escapist Staff | 12 Jul 2012 21:00
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There is also a strange undercurrent: concerns about addiction and worries that games will make otherwise happy kids bloodthirsty killers. One mother of a 30-year-old son believes "there is an army out there of players, connected by the net, even an international one, and it has [led] to some relationships based on a shared interest." While this is true enough, I don't believe the WoW guilds or FPS teams are going to lead to what she fears: "a very mal-adjusted society."
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Punishing earnest customers because you can't afford game development is like beating your dog because you want a raise. You're not solving the problem, you're just being a dick. (Unless of course you're employed as a dog-beater.) Maybe EA is trying to cultivate some sort of Stockholm Syndrome in its userbase, convincing people that they're being punished for their own good. Perhaps Mass Effect 2 will include a whip with the collector's edition, and self-flagellation will be part of the install process.
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While this is the end of Thompson's legal career, it almost certainly won't be the end of his efforts to capsize the videogame industry. If anything, Thompson's rhetoric may become even more heated, as he will no longer be constrained by the guidelines and restrictions of the legal profession - not that such regulation ever had much impact on his behavior to begin with. But his status as a former lawyer, and the circumstances of his disbarment, will be inevitably intertwined with any of his future media interactions, lending far greater accuracy to his credibility than we've seen in the past.
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With over twenty different forms, Beyond the Limitation sought to topple the digital titan, only to throw its hands up after eighteen hours of gameplay as the health risks to its players began to mount. "People were passing out and getting physically ill. We decided to end it before we risked turning into a horrible new story about how video games ruin people's lives," said Beyond the Limitation member Sylphet.
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