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The Fjords' latest music video for the song "All In" brings 80s nostalgia and nightmares to life when one kid's NES becomes a real weapon, leading the boy on a rampage sure to cause a stir in the media.  

Here's what the band and video director had to say about it:

First off, we made the video bonding over our shared nostalgic love for all things 80s. It is where we spent our childhoods, and also formed the onset of the digital age. The music video is ambiguous when it comes to drawing a line between reality and fantasy. Where the fantastical aspect ends and reality takes over, is up to the individual viewer. Thematically you have the smaller, personal story - which is the young kid dealing with his oppressors. On a larger scale, we wanted to shed light on the incredible speed of technological developments, both in online social networks, gaming, TV, etc, and our place in it, as humans. We´re living amidst the biggest social experiment to date, and ethical boundaries can get blurry when we´re in the thick of it.


Warning: the video itself features some pretty grim violence, but I can't say I don't enjoy the idea of game cartridges as different weapon/ammo types.  


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People in internet cafes in a village of about 60,000 in Dasmariñas City in the Phillipines are banned from playing DotA after two November murders were linked back to the game.  According to officials, players are betting on their games, leading to outbursts of violence as well as theft in the community. The official documents relating to the banning state that "it is a bad influence for the youth, the game/gambling game DOTA makes them violent and teaches them how to lie, cheat, steal and not farm from killing someone or die so as long as they can play."  

If an "internet shop" is caught with DotA, they will have their shops closed for a month.  Second time offenders will lose their permits, and third time offenders will have their business closed permanently and not be allowed a business permit.

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Gamona conducted an interview with the developers of Hatred, which you might remember as the one that lets you just kill innocent people, mass shooting style. Loads of gamers, including many of you felt at best uncomfortable with the premise, and at worst deeply offended by it. When asked about the backlash, the developers had this to say:

gamona: A lot of gamers are worried, that Hatred might be exactly the kind of game, that gives the mainstream press the fuel to brand all gamers as violence loving, rough and aggressive people. Do you understand those concerns?

Jarosław Zieliński: No, they're simply exaggerating. Let's face it - most games are about killing, we're just telling it straight. There is also no simple, plain evidence that games are pushing people to go on a killing spree. Such controversy as ours happened before and will happen again. And we gamers and developers are still standing here, aren't we?


gamona: What would you say to someone who lost a loved one in a mass shooting and feels hurt by your game, who can't understand how anyone can develop a game where the player is supposed to shoot as many innocent people as possible?

Jarosław Zieliński: Innocent virtual people. That's the main point. Nobody get's harmed by our game. Anyway - war is a terrible experience for all soldiers out there, what would you say to them while playing Battlefield? But the difference is that soldiers are tough guys, not some moaning p**sies, so they don't complain about their experiences being reference for virtual entertainment. Back to the beginning of your question: I'm really sorry for anyone who has lost beloved ones, but it doesn't have anything to do with our game.

You can read the rest of the interview here, if you're interested.

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17 year old Christopher Roupe is dead after a police officer shot and killed him, mistaking a Wiimote in his hand for a gun. The officer was attempting to serve a warrant to the boy's father, and claims Roupe pointed a gun at her when he answered the door. It turns out that gun was a Wiimote. The officer is currently on administrative leave, and Roupe's family has hired an attorney.