"Quick, How Can We Connect This Crime to Video Games?"

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Probably the most blatant example of old media blaming video games in recent memory. 

Club Nintendo is Shutting Down

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From the official notice:

In order to focus on planning for a new customer loyalty program for our fans, we’ve decided to wind-down the Club Nintendo program. We are deeply thankful to our members for being a part of Club Nintendo for all of these years.

We will share details about our new program at a later date. For now, please see the schedule below for information on the discontinuation timeframe for Club Nintendo.

If you've been saving up your coins for a good reward, make sure you spend them before Club Nintendo is officially gone on July 1, 2015.  New items will be added to the rewards catalog in February, and members who reach elite status for the year will still be able to choose elite gifts in April.  Every member of Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for Flipnote Studio 3D in February. 

Internet Freedom Fighter of the Day: President Obama Gets Tough on Net Neutrality

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Obama made his first big push in the fight for Net Neutrality Monday, with a statement encouraging the FCC to keep the Internet open and free.

"There are no gatekeepers deciding which sites you get to access. There are no toll roads in the information superhighway," Obama says in the accompanying video, which opens with a playful little "buffering" animation.

FCC chair Tom Wheeler proposed new Internet traffic rules earlier this year, and millions of people commented on the FCC website in protest.

From his statement:

"Net neutrality" has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

Obama also emphasized that ISPs shouldn't block sites that are legal or throttle a user's service.

Surprise, Surprise: Hayao Miyazaki's Probably Coming Out of Retirement and Studio Ghibli Isn't Shutting Down

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After his comments sparked fears that Studio Ghibli was done for, Toshio Suzuki clarified on NHK's Asa Ichi that the company isn't shutting down at all:

We're changing the way we make (animation). We wanted to make a dream company. We thought we would make what suited us and not make what didn't suit us. We were able to realize (that dream) to some extent and we're very happy about that. But now we're at a point where we've got to think about what we'll do next.

He didn't go into detail about what that means, but at least we know they aren't packing up shop. Suzuki also revealed that Miyazaki may come out of retirement again, but so far only to make a short film to be featured at the Ghibli Museum.

DBZ Is Getting a New Movie Next Year

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Anime News Network is reporting that series creator Akira Toriyama is bringing Dragon Ball Z back for a new, original movie next spring. The news is apparently to be announced in the September issue of V Jump, pictured above.

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