Monday, September 09, 2013

Rampage! and Blizzard Law

Double feature today. First up, I have a Forbes mini faux-pas

New Line Cinema has just begun production of Rampage! Wow guys! That’s…actually been known since 2011 according to the article that Forbes quoted. And the last shred of “news” about Rampage (you know that game where you can be one of three monsters, run around a city, and destroy it within a time limit to get the most points), was in 2012 inching ever closer to 2 years ago when a writer may have been named. Since then, news about the film has completely dropped off the radar. So why is Forbes bringing it up now? Well it could be to talk about how bad video game movies are. Or it could be to start a trend on new gaming movies coming out with the super hero boom starting to wane now that the Dark Knight franchise has ended, and Iron Man is “supposedly” at its last call. The Avengers, Thor, and Captain America will still go on. So I’m not really sure where Forbes is going with this. But a movie that has been in “talks” for almost 3 years isn’t really pushing forward on the production scene. Let’s wait until we get a release date, k?

Besides, they would take soooooo many liberties with the film. The plot line of the game is beyond simple. It would be easy to fabricate the story into something much more grand and ridiculous for a movie.

Second! Blizzard, the kings of Western gaming has hired lobbyists to advocate on a bill current sitting in the Senate regarding a comprehensive study of the impact of violent video games on children.  The request was filed at the end of August and they went for the biggest guns they could get in D.C.: Akin Gump. However, neither Blizzard or Akin Gump have commented as to which position the game developer has on the bill. The bill was originally introduced in January to call on the National Academy of Sciences to examine if there is a link between violent gaming and aggressive behavior in children. It would also look at if games would have an increased affect on those children who are already prone to increased aggression. Mostly it is of the belief that games are more interactive and pervasive that it is likely to affect children deeply in comparison to a film or tv show.

The idea behind the bill is to give a more accurate review of how games affect children and if action should be taken to limit their sales, distribution, etc. It’s that slippery slope we are all too familiar with. There are a number of factors to be concerned about, such as how the study would be ran, how to remove any inherit bias (because there is always some in every study), and how the heck are we paying for this? I don’t know which side Blizzard is on, but if the bill is passed, I do hope they take a logical and academic approach to the study.

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