Today in Gaming History: 10/30/2013

October 1993: Mortal Kombat storms the arcade and has people up in arms Much like the movies Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had made people question the appropriateness of general entertainment for the masses a decade earlier, Mortal Kombat was one of several games released in the early 1990s that paved…

Today in Gaming History: 10/20/2013

October 2003: Video games and violence argument surfaces again Ten years ago, the families of Aaron Hamel and Kimberly Bede, both shot by teen stepbrothers William and Josh Buckner, filed a $246 million lawsuit against Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, Wal-Mart, Sony Computer Entertainment America.  At the heart of the lawsuit was Grand Theft Auto III, which the…

Post-Memorial Day Thoughts on Fake Guns, Using Them

Let’s start by observing two important and (hopefully) relevant things. 1) Recently, we celebrated Memorial Day here in this lifelong party we like to call America.   That means that “The Troops” are on everybody’s mind, a fact which I am not at all lamenting.  Rather, I am harnessing it, taking that thought by the…