Could Australia be barred from Second Life access?

Darn straight they could. Second Life could be on the hitlist, the more so because of the Zindra continent for adult content.

While Second Life clearly isn’t a game, I doubt that anyone involved in the process really cares about that trivial little detail. We’re all pretty sure this isn’t really about games anyway, right? After all, the current list also censors religion, political opinion, veterinarians, and school lunches.

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ZeniMax buys ID Software

That puts Bethesda (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3, et al) under the same banner as ID Software (Doom, Quake, all of that), plus the PR bonus of having John Carmack on the mantlepiece.

Definitely a feather in the cap for Zenimax, who now have a stable of some of the strongest brands and two of the top games development studios.


Play It Now – Grow v3

Play it now! I adore the Eyemaze ‘Grow’ series of games. They’re cute, gorgeously made, surreal and fun to fiddle with.

Mostly they involve adding a number of things in the order of your choosing and seeing what happens. There are usually one or more optimal solutions, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from just enjoying yourself and seeing what happens.

They’re Flash-based and not too heavy. You can enjoy them right now in your browser. Grow v3 has just been released.

Play them now. All of them!

More B-title games, please!

Ben Feder, CEO of Take 2 Interactive is urging games publishers to ditch B-title games and just stick with a smaller selection of A-grade games.

And that might be all well and good if it weren’t for a few simple truths, the first and foremost of which is that games publishers don’t seem to have a good handle on funding games that do not suck.

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You can keep your E3

It’s E3 time again. What I generally consider to be the worst time of the year for gaming and gamers, edging out the November/December release season (which will be discussed another time) for the real lowlight.

Picture this. What if every upcoming television series and movie were announced at and had trailers at a single weeklong event full of underdressed women, breathless producers, crowds of journalists taking shaky-cam footage, speeches about how awesome the show was going to be, and so on? Of course, by the time the show actually airs, the cast may have changed a little, they’ve got a new director, a new writer, and the drama-thriller is now an action-adventure.

E3’s like that. For games.

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