Senate

Remember how the US Senate is looking at doing a study about violent video games? Well, now it appears that Activision-Blizzard is preparing to fight the good fight in politics – they have hired a lobbying firm.

Activision-Blizzard has retained the services of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, an established lobbying firm. On the registration documents, the lobbying issues are listed as “Art”. This may imply that we will see lobbying activities in the area of free speech, I’m not entirely convinced. Looking at the profile of Akin et al, it seems that they deal more with mergers and acquisitions, finance and intellectual property.

It makes me wonder what sort of results Activision-Blizzard are expecting from the US Senate’s bill to study violent video games. Are there signs of bans and restrictions? Could this have an impact on the intellectual property? If the US goes the way of Australia and restricts media, what impact will it have on studios aiming to develop these games? There are strong laws and regulations in the States against censorship of artistic expression. However, if the study finds that violent games are a matter of public health, companies like Activision-Blizzard may find themselves needing to defend their right to make these games.

I still can’t believe we continue to have these debates about violence in gaming. What about those studies that say that video games have reduced violent crimes because there aren’t as many bored youths roaming the streets? What about the anecdotal evidence of people who use gaming to blow off steam, thereby averting potentially violent outbursts? I’m glad that Activision-Blizzard is preparing for whatever comes, but I’m very nervous about what new rules, restrictions and insanity we can look forward to from the US Senate.

Last Updated: September 10, 2013

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299 Comments

  1. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 14:02

    I think this will be the first time that I’m actually keen that Activision wins… What did I just say… ? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 10, 2013 at 14:04

      you shall be shunned!!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 10, 2013 at 14:11

        You need to lvl up first

        Reply

        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 10, 2013 at 14:13

          That may take some time…

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:16

            I want to redeem myself!!

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:17

            We should keep calling you Tanya. You nag like an old wife.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:18

            HAHAHAHA

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:18

            HAHAHAHAHA!

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:18

            She does

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:25

            I thought you were my friend ๐Ÿ™

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            Right, I have spoken with fellow judges. And we have agreed upon a challenge
            What say thee? Do you accept?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            I accept

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            Right, rules:

            1. No spelling mistakes
            2. Correct grammar
            3. No trolling/insulting
            4. No CAPS
            5. no ethnic jokes/slurs/comments

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            for how long?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:30

            Well you just failed immediately!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:30

            That’s not fair, I am trying to do my best.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            What was that about the other half of being ginger? 0_O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:32

            I have nothing bad to say about gingers.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            +1 UP

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            remember, no caps

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            You also said correct grammar – you’re setting the man up for failure!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            I will remember.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            oi, you just did it again!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            What did I do wrong?

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            But using a capital I is grammatically correct, isn’t it?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            Wasn’t that me? lol

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            Until Friday COB.
            Rince, Deon and myself as judges.

            You may NOT abstain, you must participate.

            Challenge in effect!

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            I will administrate

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            You actually need a challenge as well, come to think of it

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            Agreed. He hasn’t been through the field of fire yet has he?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            Aye, no console trolling for him.

            What say thee?

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            Fair enough. I will try my best.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            [CHALLENGE IN EFFECT]

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            I will not disappoint you Admiral

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            Go get em soldier!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:41

            he will be a fine example to us all.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            Ye.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            I’ve been lucky.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            I understand your wishes and I agree on the challenge, but I must warn you my grammer is not the best. Please be forgiving.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            …agree “to” the challenge. *cough*

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            watch the caps, grammar will be lenient.
            3 grammar errors per day permitted

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            With +1 UPs a possibility for extra lives. @timster1033:disqus

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            Agreed

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            Thank you Rince.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            capscapscaps

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            no caps at all?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            And there goes that +1 UP I just gave you. 0-O Lives:0

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            Nope

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            ever?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:41

            For the rest of the week.

            if you truly want to unlock the achievement…

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:42

            Wait wait. What achievement do I unlock if I complete mine?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:42

            The no trolling achievement

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:44

            You’re just doing this to get the Mentor Achievement.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:45

            Already got that ๐Ÿ™‚

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:42

            I will try my best.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:42

            hmmm, looks like the caps thing is not getting through to you.

            @33d7b24b342dc12fe240268c0c603d61:disqus @78ff87ad4b67ab07d579d43163b265c2:disqus

            Lets lift this rule

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            Especially about Arabs.

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 19:28

            Repeet, cAn U PLEESE BAAS….
            think i got them all covered

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            Dammit Tim. I told myself to not get emotional about this…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:27

            ๐Ÿ™

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            Hahah!

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:18

            I’m not sure. I need to speak to my superior. @Admiral_Chief:disqus how does this work?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:19

            Aye sir.

            Lets set up a challenge with us 3 as judges, and the end of the challenge, we deem if (s)he is redeemed

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:21

            I concur

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:23

            Looks like Admiral Chief is everyone’s superior. He’s my PC superior. Clever bastard knew what that name was going to mean in the long run…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            Not Everyone’s superior…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            Pfff, you used to be a captain, I remember arrrrr

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            September 10, 2013 at 14:32

            Lord Captain…

    • Kromas

      September 10, 2013 at 14:22

      I thought they already won by making cute pandas for wow.

      Reply

    • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

      September 10, 2013 at 15:06

      the CAKE is a lie! Don’t fall for it Jimmy! No Jimmmmmmmmy!

      Reply

  2. CrasH

    September 10, 2013 at 14:08

    Same like violence in movies and tv series and OMW graphic novels and what about the porn… 50 shades of gray… but guessing gaming is the easiest target out of the group.. or so they think.

    Gaming has grown where the same laywers that defended smoking now defend the gaming houses ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      September 10, 2013 at 14:13

      i would REALLY love to see a senate debate on 50 shades…

      Reply

      • John mul-ti-pass

        September 10, 2013 at 14:14

        That would make my day

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 10, 2013 at 14:17

        They would, but only behind closed doors…..

        Reply

        • CrasH

          September 10, 2013 at 14:17

          50 doors of gray?

          Reply

      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 10, 2013 at 14:19

        Agreed. I was talking to a friend about this the other day. He’s one of these people into that whole S&M thing, and he says the community in the UK livid at the whole 50 Shades thing.

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        • Her Highness the Hipster

          September 10, 2013 at 14:20

          makes sense – think about the ire in the gaming community at “fake gamers”. imagine “fake” S&M enthusiasts!

          Reply

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            It’s not just them. They are more pissesed off at the social implications of the book. People reading the heap of shit, getting their facts of what abuse/sexual stimulation actually is,and then getting into situations where they two are confused. I don’t know much about S&M so can’t really comment much, but I am well versed in the art of covering myself, desk, laptop in a variety of foods…

    • Brian Murphy

      September 10, 2013 at 17:59

      Violence in movies was already tackled, same with TV. It ended in the ratings systems. Same with music, same with books. Every new form of entertainment goes through this. Because people are always looking for something to blame.

      This argument hasn’t worked yet, and I don’t expect it to now. If Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister) can formulate a coherent and passionate argument in support of music (PMRC hearings in the 80’s), I’m more than certain a person like Mark Cerny could butcher a Congressional Committee.

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 10, 2013 at 14:12

    ‘merica

    Reply

  4. Her Highness the Hipster

    September 10, 2013 at 14:12

    Hey @timster1033:disqus do you like my subtle photoshopping? c’mon!

    Reply

    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 14:13

      Haha, that’s excellent

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 14:14

      LOL I saw one, then another and another.

      Reply

    • CrasH

      September 10, 2013 at 14:15

      All i see is CS campers…

      Reply

    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 10, 2013 at 14:16

      Very good you ๐Ÿ™‚ If I wasn’t tripping on the sugar rush from my custard slice I’d clap!

      Reply

      • Her Highness the Hipster

        September 10, 2013 at 14:17

        you can’t clap with dirty, grubby custard slice hands anyway – they’ll stick together

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        • CrasH

          September 10, 2013 at 14:19

          oO

          Reply

        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 10, 2013 at 14:20

          Drip? 0-O

          Reply

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:22

            Definitly not KFC… not finger licking anything.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:22

            Is finger linking some sort of sexual practice? 0-O

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:28

            mind ——> gutter

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            licking- linking LOL EDIT: And yes ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            its all the same to you isnt it?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            FAIL

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            Let give him a couple of minutes to get used to it

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            I wrote that before the challenge started, I am sorry for insulting you Rince.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            I have spoken to the ginger side, and it agrees to let this slide.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:29

            HAHAHA

    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 10, 2013 at 14:17

      NO COMMENT…..

      Reply

  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 14:14

    But seriously though, game violence has been a hot topic for a couple of years now, and much like with the PMRC music hearings, back in the day, the senate just wants to be seen to be doing something. I doubt there’s any real teeth behind this move, rather than a couple of Senators putting on a political roadshow – to show a certain segment of the population that they “gosh darn it… really care”….

    If gaming didn’t exist, movies or TV would have been the target, or donkey carts… because of how fast teens and youngens drive their donkey carts…

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    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 14:14

      You are wise for a console minor.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        September 10, 2013 at 14:16

        That’s what tend to happen when you look down on people. You underestimate them. ๐Ÿ˜›

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        • John mul-ti-pass

          September 10, 2013 at 14:16

          Ouch

          Reply

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:16

            BOOM!

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:17

            Yes, but BOOM with better graphics.

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:18

            Like on a PC instead of a console?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:19

            Indeeeeeeed

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:20

            That would be sound? Wouldn’t it?

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:21

            Explosions are not complete without debris, fire and burning COD players.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:23

            “burning cod players”

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:22

            WIN ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 10, 2013 at 14:19

        Banana Jim is wise, he gets the leftover bits I have from exposure to PC awesomeness

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        • SaintsRowLee

          September 10, 2013 at 14:21

          Please. Feel free to keep telling yourself this.

          Reply

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:24

            Don’t listen to her Chief. I got your back.

    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 14:15

      Here’s something the Senators can debate. Why America must stay the hell out of Syria so that the UN does it’s job.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 10, 2013 at 14:24

        Don’t be silly. War is good business.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          September 10, 2013 at 14:25

          Yeah, I guess if I lived in Syria I would open a AVBOB office today still.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:26

            That made me lol & immediately feel bad for doing so.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:27

            Same, but more lol

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            Hehe sorry mate.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:28

            9000+ for making me instantly hate myself 0-O

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            OMW… ITS OVER NINE THOUSAND…….

    • SaintsRowLee

      September 10, 2013 at 14:23

      What they should be debating is: How can we keep violent video games with an 18+ age restriction out of the hands of people that are not yet 18?
      Plain and simple. Get that right, and us adults can start enjoying the types of games we like playing

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 10, 2013 at 14:24

        Indeed. They can do it with booze (more or less), why not with gaming?

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        • Hammersteyn

          September 10, 2013 at 14:24

          Dunno, I haven’t seen a lot of 10 year old in my pub lately :P. The problem is that the parents keep buying the damn games for them.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:25

            LOL, indeed. Was actually referring to the geel apteek, but yar.

            SOME control is better than NO control

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:27

            Rofl, well can’t say I did not have as single drop of alcohol before i was 18?

            Infact, i can even say it for quite a bit younger than that.

            even worse, i can’t even say i had to get on the sly each time…

            Can you?

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:32

            Sure can. My dad would first disown me then kill me he was that strict.

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            fair enough, but i did not turn into an alcoholic or the comman jump, a drug addict. infact i hardly drink and its mainly at social events and even then its not even worth menting

            Having access or not, most childern can get it especially these days…
            Parents wont buy the game, torrent a cracked version just as quick. or from a friend or a friends house or from your older brothers collection

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            Alcoholics goes to meetings. I’m a drunk. Or so the barman called me.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            I ain’t no quitter

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            But am I so wrong in hoping that by the time mommy buys Timmy Diablo 3, that she knows what the game is about, and she knows it will not cause little Timmy to have pant-soiling nightmares, that in turn causes him to go murder the entire neighbourhood?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:32

            Problem is parents not giving a rats ass

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:37

            Look, my parents never really played watchdogs when it came to the movies I watched as a kid. The only movie they told me I could not watch was Basic Instinct. But Rambo? Commando? Terminator? Friday the 13th? They were all so cool with it, and I grew up to be a very well adjusted person. I know that today it is different. Violence in Video Games is far “worse” now that it has ever been. So why can I not expect a parent to be more involved in Timmy’s choice of entertainment?

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            The real issue is the govement of all nations thinking that giving a child a hidding somehow breaks downt here little minds…

            you step out of line yo knew about it very quickly and you did not have to be explained twice as a kid… well most people my age grew up with the cane…

            the issue is not the meterial but the fact the some childern might act on it (very few) we all have jumped off our beds and tried to pile driver your friend from watching WWF (WWE just sounds wrong) but a quick hidding stopped that in its tracks before someone got hurt….

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:50

            Exactly! Bloody hell, my Momma (God rests her soul) believed in “Do not Spare the Rod” and we got smacked with whatever was at hand: Belt, Wooden Spoon, palm of the hand.
            But it was all done in love, and I still love her for that.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:50

            What an epic parent!

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            Yeah, shame. I feel all kinds of nostalgic right now. You should have seen that old lady play Super Mario Bros. Never really got the hang of it, but she’d play that for hours on end.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:02

            Tell you what, what’s her name, I shall drink a toast to her tonight

            *Salutes*

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:35

            I think the mind set they have is it’s not much worse than cartoon violence or South Parks language.

        • SaintsRowLee

          September 10, 2013 at 14:28

          I kind of blame the retailers here: If BT Games knows that CNA is going to sell an 18+ game to a minor, they sure as hell is not going to miss out on that sale!

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:30

            Aye. But what to do then?

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:39

            That is the question, my dear friend. How do you enforce something like that? You cannot rely on the lady behind the till in CNA to not sell a violent game to a minor.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            Stricter enforcement, but I think I have the answer:

            PARENTING LICENSE

            You need to QUALIFY to procreate and be custodian of your offspring

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            If that could be attained, you can become Admiral Chief President

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:41

            I will rule with an iron fist, and a caring hand

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            you are very caring admiral chief.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            0-O DUDE! English uses a CAPITAL letter at the beginning of their sentences! WARNING 1.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:44

            Admiral said, no caps. I’m doing what I was told.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:45

            Ah, okay, I have checked with him. I did not see this. Warning removed and +1UP re-issued. Tanya:1Up

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:51

            Thank you. This is going to be a very long week.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:54

            Tell me about it.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:54

            What did you just say about console gamers? 0-O

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:55

            I too detected something…

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:03

            Aw shit. No. I… *twitch twitch*

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:54

            It’s worth it! You will have the respect of the community. Deon, Hammersteyn, myself and many others had to go through a week without saying anything bad about CoD, when 2 of their games were coming out. That was near impossible. Some of us got to the Friday and then failed!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            So are you a big Call of Duty fan Rince? I mean were you ever once a big fan?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:58

            Trolling?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:58

            No I swear, I read what rince said wrong. I’m sorry it appeared that way.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            Don’t apologize so much dude, its not like I’m gonna hit you with a hammer ๐Ÿ˜›

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            I want to prove my worth.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            Don’t tell the console ones that, if they find out we’re benevolent they’ll get all uppity.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            Hammerstein might

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            Nah, not really a fan. It has been very innovative but I think it’s grown stale. Need to move on.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            Will you be getting Cod Ghosts?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:03

            Nah. Don’t think so. I’ll be holding off on buying next gen at first.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:14

            What about current gen version?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:58

            *snigger*

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            You be quiet you! Or the box comes out!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            The box is quite dark is it not?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 15:08

            I ain’t afraid of no box! I rolled back corrupted video drivers in ‘Nam.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            That’s bad

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:02

            The Xbox One is bad and you are part of the Master Race?! Hehe

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:04

            No no no. Oh crap. This is going to be much tougher than I thought.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:04

            Aye, we are watching you

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:07

            Now I’ll be afraid to even say something nice, just now it’s taken up the wrong way.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:12

            Nay good sir, you MUST comment, lest thee forfeit

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:19

            Aye.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:47

            nm, forget about the caps

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:48

            You are a kind Chief

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:49

            Hey, what’s that brown ring around your neck? ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:50

            XDXDXD

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:54

            Dammit man. Don’t give away my game

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            Could have been worse, instead of brown it could be red.

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            So I can haz your hammer? ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:46

            Not a chance ๐Ÿ˜›

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:16

            I would like to ask you a question, if I may? How did you become the leader on lazygamer.net? Was it you, who tested rince and others?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:17

            LOL what makes you think I am the leader?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:19

            The Admiral in his true form…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:28

            He is a claw?

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:19

            All these people with brown rings… You must have The One Brown Ring!!!

            One Brown Ring to rule them all, One Brown Ring to find them,
            One Brown Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:20

            The reason I say your the leader, is because rince and many others are afraid of you. Did you test them? Were you ever tested?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:22

            LOL no one is afraid of no one here grasshopper. Its just banter mos.

            BUT, don’t think you are getting out of your challenge.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:23

            Yes! They were… but no one speaks of the Hello Kitty incident of 2008….

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:35

            I would love to hear about it.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:37

            Pass your challenge, and all will be revealed

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 15:35

            I am afraid of nothing. Except for the Hello Kitty incident of 2008 that @JimLenoir:disqus just didn’t mention…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:39

            *you’re

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:50

            I’m sorry about that.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:53

            Don’t apologize, just learn from it ๐Ÿ™‚

            Tomorrow, we are out in full swing for you and John.

            So meditate and prepare tonight!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:57

            The challenge is to better yourself. For some, it was NOT trolling etc.

            For me, its was the severe CoDbashing for one.

            After this week, you will emerge a better version of yourself, should you succeed. ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:42

            I’m not afraid ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:45

            Which reminds me, you need to be challenged as well to receive the FRIK title

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:47

            If you gooi in the hammer then we have a deal ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:50

            Fine, you can have A hammer, but not THE hammer

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:54

            Well I already earned my Frik title… And Zoe approved it ๐Ÿ˜›

            But as a good sportsman I shall accept your challenge!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:56

            Indeed, the Frik joke was really funny!

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 16:14

            So what is the challenge then? Or am I excluded?

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:41

            Yes. I agree with this!

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:42

            If that was enforceable I would vote for you as president.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            Right, time to move into politics it seems.

            Also, NO BLOODY TOLLS

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            That’s why it needs to be regulated in a more serious manner. It is not as easy to purchase alcohol as it is games.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            Agreed

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            The problem there is alcohol is sold for most parts in specialized stores. I am sure that if I send in a 12 year old to go buy a box of wine at Spar the cashiers there won’t even blink when they take the money.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:40

            Also true ๐Ÿ™

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:41

            Agreed. But there are legal resources if you are caught doing that. I don’t think there are major fines for the sale of games are there? (Really not sure).

          • SaintsRowLee

            September 10, 2013 at 14:45

            I honestly do not think there is. The FPB slaps a sticker on a box and that is it. Have you ever heard of a store getting into trouble for selling age restricted games to minors. Gaming is still seen as a kids only entertainment medium. That is the problem and will always be the problem.

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:48

            Agreed. This is why I say the only way would to enforce heavy fines. Even if it only stops 50% of what is happening it’s still better.

      • John mul-ti-pass

        September 10, 2013 at 14:25

        I’ve never seen a book with an age rating on and I’ve read some messed up sh!t as a child that I really shouldn’t have.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          September 10, 2013 at 14:27

          I seen age ratings, but the were magazines if I remember correctly. With pretty pictures.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:27

            I think we all did.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:28

            I have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s an agriculture mag isn’t it?

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:30

            LOL, I think it was a magazine about pets. Lotta cats in there.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:30

            Some of them with no hair

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            Some with bushels of hair

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:31

            Some playing with toys

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:32

            Mind ——-> gutter
            ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            Some playing with deli items.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:34

            Some playing with other cats

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            Ummmmmm some eating other cats?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:38

            hmmm, some eating sausage?

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:43

            Geez this is getting tough, where’s Lardus?

            Some stretching out on a sofa posing for a camera in a living room by a fireplace from left to right?

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:45

            Oh man.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:46

            some covered in milk?

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:48

            Haha.
            Some playing with balls

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:49

            hehe

            some drinking milk

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:53

            some hanging upside down from a shadeleer, while texting, eating M&M’s and whisling the nation anthem

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:55

            You have a very specific imagination there dude.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:55

            Sounds epic, except for the M&Ms, and the national anthem

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            I thought the M&Ms made it.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            Nah, Astros

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            Yes… that does make more sence

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:57

            *sense

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:58

            yes grammar NAZI

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            ๐Ÿ˜›

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 15:03

            Maar net sodat julle verstaan, dit gaan nie die eerste keer wees of die laaste wat ek woorde verkeerd gaan spel nie.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:05

            Ek verkies dit dat jy in DIE pragtige taal gesels

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            It’s Admiral Chief Nazi

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            Trolling me?

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 15:05

            No. Really not. That was a true sign of respect. Admiral. Just making sure CrasH knows who he’s talking to.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:57

            How could I forget them!?

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            maybe i just suscribe to a differant magazine?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            LOL, sounds like a winner

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            Haha. Quite. You can see mine above. All I know of is pompe.

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:46

            Hope it isn’t anything like this!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:46

            O_O

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:51

            What? It sounded like he pictured Lardus stretching out on a sofa posing for a camera in a living room by a fireplace from left to right :O

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            is that a sharpei?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:01

            ITS TWO!!!

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:02

            Nee, dit is ‘n wors hond ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:02

            Uhm… no that’s David Hasselhof’s misshapen member… ๐Ÿ™ That’s why the Knight Rider became a Bay Watcher! :’P

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            September 10, 2013 at 15:03

            i just ask because on sex and the city they once compared an un-snipped male member to a shar pei. wonder if there’s a subtext to this picture….

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 19:31

            Hoff… i am your father

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:33

            Funny story actually…agricultural magazines can be bad…

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:36

            LOL!!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            GENUGTIG

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:58

            Ervaar die verskil!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            ‘n Pomp op elke dorp

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 19:33

            Pretty sure that the centre fold is R2D2 readjusting C3PO’s voice box

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:56

            One of those magazines that you can only buy once and can only read once, because afterwards all the pages are stuck together.

          • John mul-ti-pass

            September 10, 2013 at 14:59

            Ah. It’s one of those DIY magazines.

          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            Procrastination magazines? It’s fun, but in the end you are just screwing yourself ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            HAHAHAHA

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 10, 2013 at 14:23

      Git off mah lawn you whippersnapper!

      Reply

  6. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 10, 2013 at 14:33

    To Zoe:
    Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 10, 2013 at 14:33

      Sodium makes you bloat.

      Reply

      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 10, 2013 at 14:38

        That it does and your farts tend to smell like cheese

        Reply

  7. Purple_Dragon

    September 10, 2013 at 14:42

    It’s so dumb, you could end up with a situation where games are banned but guns aren’t. The mind boggles.

    Reply

    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      September 10, 2013 at 14:43

      You aren’t allowed to kill people in a virtual war, only real war counts! ๐Ÿ˜›

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 10, 2013 at 14:49

        “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, therefore BAN GAMES! BAN GANGSTER RAP! BAN MILEY CYRUS! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!”

        The mind has been strained!

        Reply

        • John mul-ti-pass

          September 10, 2013 at 14:55

          Don’t forget the Bieber

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:57

            AHEM TROLLING

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          September 10, 2013 at 14:59

          your distraction technique… twerked ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            September 10, 2013 at 15:00

            Do you twerk Zoe?

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            September 10, 2013 at 15:05

            all the time. but i do it upright and move my feet and call it walking ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:06

            lulz indeed

          • CrasH

            September 10, 2013 at 15:08

            not upside down hanging from a shandeleer, texting, eating M&M while whistling the nation anthem

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 15:12

            XD

  8. Mark Treloar

    September 10, 2013 at 15:12

    this should be their campaign poster

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 10, 2013 at 15:14

      I like it, very cool!

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 10, 2013 at 15:22

      Absolutely brilliant!

      Reply

    • CrasH

      September 10, 2013 at 19:36

      Where the sniper rifle and tent… this does not make me a camper?

      Reply

  9. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    September 10, 2013 at 15:31

    INSTANCE RAID – US CONGRESS
    Min level required: 40 years of age and above
    Roles required: Lobbyist, with help of Tank (violent video game developer) and healer (liberal democrats)
    PLEASE NOTE – that raid takes at least 6 months to complete. Loot includes freedoms in game development and the “No more gaming journalism hate” buff.
    FINAL BOSS – Capitol Hill. Can kite using potential war with Syria. Do not fight using “Right to Bear Arms” Spell as boss has immunity to this.

    Reply

  10. Rags

    September 10, 2013 at 16:13

    Just make the argument that these games are good for the economy. Instant win.

    Reply

  11. Brian Murphy

    September 10, 2013 at 17:18

    All lobbyists should be executed. If your argument can’t stand in the court of law, on it’s own merits, you need a better argument.

    Reply

  12. Ryanza

    September 10, 2013 at 17:42

    I like violent and gory games. I like violent and gory movies. I like violent and gory anime.

    When I watch violent and gory images from movies, games and anime, I will say, OMG, followed by a laugh, because what I am viewing translates as not real!!! Violent and gory movies, games and anime, which is not real, has zero emotional and psychological effect on me, except for cool or stupid images on screen. It’s not real!!! how many times can one say that?

    Real violence in our society has a major impact on our communities and on our selves.

    When I see real people dieing. When I see real people going through malnutrition. When I see how these big corporations and governments that holds human life with no regard. Real people going through real bad times because of other real people, has a 100% more emotional and psychological effect than all of the non real violent games ever made.

    Recently a truck hit 2 taxis and a car killing 22 people. That image was shown on the news. Those images had 100% greater emotional and psychological impact on people than any non real video game ever made.

    But the argument goes that violent video games (not real) turns people violent. But those arguments never speak about the real emotional and psychological impacts that would make someone kill another person, such as, bad parenting,(real), bad living environment (real), bad friends (real), bad neighborhood (real), bad government (real), ect.

    This big push against violent video games is a distraction from the real issues, that needs to be addressed in this world.

    Reply

  13. DrKiller

    September 11, 2013 at 12:14

    I learned to speak English from these “violent” games… Guess that didn’t include that in their studies.

    Reply

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