NSA Spying On WoW, Xbox Live Players

A new report by the Guardian newspaper alleges that GCHQ and the NSA targeted online games and communities, including World of Warcraft and Xbox Live, as part of their anti-terrorism activity. This is the latest revelation from the dossiers leaked to the paper, by Edward Snowden, the ex-NSA employee. According to the article, the spy agencies developed capabilities to collect data from Xbox live and have been going under cover as Orcs and Elves in WoW. The paper says, ‘There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games’ tech-friendly users.’ An NSA document from 2008, describes games communities … Continue reading NSA Spying On WoW, Xbox Live Players

Disney Closes LucasArts, Kills Off Star Wars 1313 Game

It may not be like having a million voices suddenly cry out in terror, only to be suddenly silenced, but for the few hundred people working at LucasArts, the effect was largely the same. Disney announced today that it had closed LucasArts, and that all production on games from that studio would be halted. After Disney bought LucasArts, it began to bring the company more in line with the direction that Disney is taking in regards to the games market, which means almost all titles for consoles will be externally developed. Disney recently shut down Junction Point studio following the … Continue reading Disney Closes LucasArts, Kills Off Star Wars 1313 Game

In a 7-2 Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down California Violent Video Game Law

In what is likely to be hailed as one of the greatest legal victories for the game industry, the Supreme Court struck down the controversial California law that would have criminalized the sale of violent video games to minors. The 7 to 2 victory is a resounding win for the industry, which argued that the current voluntary ratings system created and maintained by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) was adequate protection, and in fact was more effective than the ratings in other industries, such as movies. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority opinion in the case. "As a … Continue reading In a 7-2 Decision, Supreme Court Strikes Down California Violent Video Game Law

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