Editorial: Video Game Warnings?

So I’m reading a few articles today which just seem to rub me the wrong way. The United States Congress wants to put warning labels on video games. An ESRB warning system is already in place, to warn parents and children alike of the games content, but it’s just not good enough, they say. They want health warnings now. Still, the biggest complaint comes back to the mental well being of children after playing violent games.

I am all for a game rating system, and I believe that the ESRB does a fine job. I would hope that they would be willing to stand up before congress and ask how they can make their labels better, before allowing congress to go create yet another obnoxious label to put on our games, as though they were a pack of cigarettes. What worries me most about them calling this the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 is the simple fact that they could begin warning against the “addictive nature” of video games. And you can place your bets now as to when they would tell you that you’ll get fat, like some Nutrition Facts.

I’m all for making a rating system where the warning has to take up 50% of the packaging, go nuts. But please don’t start putting wild inaccuracies and over generalized assumptions all over our games. I’m sincerely starting to wonder whether the movie industry ever actually had to go through all of the crap the video games industry is still dealing with.

Microsoft's NXE creates Sales Boom

It’s been talked about and rumored, but I think a recent article on gamesindustry.biz really did the best to talk about the recent explosion of sales Microsoft has experienced.

I often wondered how many people simply thought of the Xbox 360 as a gaming console and nothing more. Xbox Live was a multiplayer platform, and that was all. But for those of us who tinkered with the Dashboard in the past, we fell in love with movie rentals, TV show downloads, and every single part of the Xbox Live Arcade. Players would put in their game disc, and go right into what they came here to do.

I, myself, fell in love with the social platform that is Xbox Live – the entire Marketplace and the other features the Xbox 360 packs in. Since the NXE, users are being forced to stop at the dashboard and take a peek at the other offerings. And the consensus seems to be that they like what they see.

Help us make 2009 YOUR year!

It’s a new year, and we’re still doing a lot of planning around here at WinBreak central command. And while I may not have an unlimited budget or resources, I am quite interesting in learning the kinds of things people love to win! Not only that, but we want to help build the site around you. Everyone should want to be featured on Better Know a Gamer, but even if you’re a little too shy, why not have a say in the future of our fair little web property?

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Better Know a Gamer: Issue #20: Lil Rhymescheme

Today’s guest on Better Know a Gamer helps make this 20th edition even more special! Our 10th guest ever was The Rhymescheme. Double that number and what do you get? Why, his son, Lil Rhymescheme, of course!

Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
Lil RhymeScheme off my dads lil stands for me being ten

Nu: Where are you from?

Nu: How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
10 i go to school. Shooting my bb gun and playing pokemon and watching untamed and uncut.

Nu: How long have you been gaming in general?
since i was 2

Nu: Start’em while they’re young, folks. 🙂 How long have you been a 360 owner?
since it came out

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
getting my first five friends

Nu: Are you currently “working on” any gaming goals?
yes, beating horde on gears 2

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
gears 2, sonic unleashed, mk vs dcu

Nu: I have still yet to play any of those, I can’t wait to try’em all! What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from you Xbox or when on your 360?
three days grace and linkin park

Nu: Excellent bands, sir! Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
I change up quite a bit

Nu: What game are you looking most forward to in 2009?
halo 3 recon

Nu: Ah, yes, the newly renamed ODST. Do you have an “all time” favorite game, for any console or the PC?
halo 3 for xbox 360 gears of war 2 sonic unleashed super mario 64 ds and pokemon pearl

Nu: That’s quite a few “all time favorites” – but I get the idea! Do you have any “gaming buddies” you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
The Rhymescheme & elfkillerrip.

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
Shout out to sk8er and all my friends

Nu: Thanks for joining in on the fun! I certainly hope you’re enjoying that Wii of yours… oh, wait, that’s right! Camera Vixen told us that you traded that in! Thanks for being a part of the very special 20th edition of “Better Know a Gamer.”

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