This is a story that will hurt
Adam greatly. Sweden wants to tax your MMO avatar sales. That's right, if you sell a game character for, say, WoW, you will be required to pay an income tax on that money. Their reasoning is,
The agency has investigated the trading in avatars during a 14 month period and found the advertised sum of avatars for sale by Swedes to be 662 million SEK. But no one has ever declared any income for trading in avatars to the Tax Agency.
Last week President Obama said some pretty hurtful stuff about gaming. He said:
To parents, we can't tell our kids to do well in school and fail to support them when they get home. For our kids to excel, we must accept our own responsibilities. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences, reading to our kids, and helping them with their homework.
Now, Obama's gaming hatred has been legendary. This time, however, he took on the beast itself, Microsoft. Microsoft responded to the Associated Press by saying:
You know how the economy sucks and everything is failing? Well, that does not include Blu-Ray. Apparently, Blu-Ray sales are up 91 percent in the first half of the year. In addition to Sony's successes, digital distribution was also up 21 percent.
The rest of the industry didn't do quite as well. Packaged media was down a total of 13.5 percent. What I find most interesting about these numbers is that Blu-Ray is packaged media, so is that included in the 13.5 percent loss? If it does, did anyone sell any DVDs in the first half of the year at all?
Either way, this is definitely good news for Sony, who currently has the only Blu-Ray enabled gaming system, and will be enhancing their digital distribution system for the PS3 (possibly with this "Cloud" service?).
Last weekend Electronic Arts and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation got together with Microsoft, GayGamer.net and others to hold a panel on "how to provide safe spaces for LGBT people online, how to ensure the best policies are in place to prevent virtual attacks against LGBT people and how to educate the users of online communities about the effects of homophobia."
Anyone who has spent any time on Xbox Live knows that gay bashing in the virtual world is epidemic. Microsoft has tried to limit the exposure to the problem, but in a seemingly stupid way: by banning people from telling people on the profile that they are gay. While the goal is noble, the means are stupid. That being said, the stats are pretty staggering on how big of a problem this really is.
Hit the break for stats from the survey.
It seems that the universities of this country have lately been known for their reports, research and claims on crazy subject matter. This week's case comes out of the University of Michigan, where economics professor Dr. Jeffrey MacKie-Mason has estimated that the neo-communistic game company, EA, cumulatively overcharged Madden buyers between $701 million and $926 million during the years 2006 through 2009.
This outrageous claim is based off of the fact that EA now owns the licensing rights to the NFL, after outbidding then-rival 2k/TakeTwo for the purchase back in 2005. The professor recognized that his estimates are gathered on incomplete data, but has insisted that this buyout eliminated the competing NFL 2k series.
MacKie-Mason was called upon by lawyers representing Geoffrey Pecover and Jeffrey Lawrence, a pair of gamers who are named as the plaintiffs in the class-action suit against the S.S.. I mean, EA.
With the State of Emergency (Available on
GameFly) that has been declared on the economy, some companies have packed up their toys and gone home, but not GameFly. They got their best minds assembled in a think tank and let the Gears of War (Available on Gamefly) turn. In this climate of turmoil and empty pockets, GameFly is somewhat InFamous (Available on GameFly) for giving gamers The Conduit (Available on GameFly) to gaming satisfaction. Who would have ever thought that this Prototype (Available on GameFly) rental company would blossom into a service with more fanatical support than the Ghostbusters (Available on Gamefly)?