Boy Scouts Offer New Merit Pin -- for Video Gaming

"The Boy Scouts of America — a group founded on the principles of building character and improving physical fitness — have introduced a brand new award for academic achievement in video gaming, a move that has child health experts atwitter." Read more here.


Civilization V: What We Know So Far 2.0

"Under development for two and a half years, the Civilization franchise is getting much more than a face lift. In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Jon Shafer stated, “[Civilization V is] more of a revolution than a refinement.” Many features being redesigned (or removed) will have a profound effect on gameplay. Changes to the combat system, unit functionality, resource management, map tiles, terrain, cities & cultural borders, diplomacy, leadership bonuses, artificial intelligence, user interface, and modification support will vastly change the way we play this timeless classic." Read more here.


Hacked DRM servers render Assassin's Creed 2 unplayable for select gamers

"The establishment of "always-on" digital rights management for Assassin's Creed II has not been met with much favor by the gaming populace, as we've analyzed before. The practice certainly didn't win any fans this weekend, as a select portion of Ubisoft PC game owners were shut out of their games for a six and a half hour period on Sunday due to an attack on the servers." Read more here.


It’s Official: Steam and Valve Games Coming to Mac

"Valve today officially announced that Steam and Valve's entire catalog of games will be coming to the Mac platform." Read more here.


Teen Convicted of Crashing PlayStation Web Site Because He Was Banned for Cheating

"In late 2008, a Pennsylvania teenager playing SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals got kicked out of a tournament for using a cheat mod. So he took revenge by crashing the PlayStation web site for 11 days." Read more here.


Metastudy: Violent video games raise aggression

"Exposure to violent video games directly causes increased aggressive thoughts and behavior, and decreased empathy and prosocial behavior in the youths exposed to them." Read more here.


The victims of PC gaming DRM

"With companies like Ubisoft leading the way to a future where all PC games need to be in contact with their home servers all the time, one group is being particularly harmed by this movement: soldiers stationed in remote locations." Read more here.


OnLive gets demoed, launch details coming 'soon'

"Founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman, demonstrated the potential of his forthcoming on-demand cloud-based gaming service at DICE Summit yesterday, and to the surprise of many, it worked without hitch. The premise of OnLive may seem too good to be true, but while on stage the technology reportedly performed well." Read more here.


`Star Trek Online' falls short in several areas

"The "Star Trek" franchise embarks on a bold journey into the massively multiplayer online realm in a game that excels in space combat but falls short in other areas." Read more here.


Ars reviews Mass Effect 2

"The decisions made with the game's design were brave, and serve the story and thrust of this game much more than the stats-heavy presentation of the first title. Those going into Mass Effect 2 expecting more of the same are going to be in for some violent whiplash, however. You'll have to let go of what you wanted out of a Mass Effect game, and begin to deal with what you've been given.

The good news is that once you move past your expectations, you're going to realize you're playing something very special." Read more here.



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