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The Military

Konami Cuts and Runs From Iraq War Game 321

Posted by Soulskill
from the surge-of-protest-is-working dept.
Less than a month after the announcement of Six Days in Fallujah , a video game based upon a real-life battle between US Marines and Iraqi insurgents in 2004, Konami has decided that it is too controversial, and abandoned plans to publish the game. The developer, Atomic Games, has not commented on Konami's decision other than to say an announcement will be made soon. Konami told a Japanese newspaper, "After seeing the reaction to the video game in the United States and hearing opinions sent through phone calls and e-mail, we decided several days ago not to sell it." While the game did receive a great deal of criticism, others were optimistic, including several outspoken veterans of the Iraq war. One of the major complaints was that in researching the battle, Atomic Games reportedly interviewed several insurgents. This prompted speculation that the insurgents were compensated for their help, though Atomic later denied that was the case. Konami's decision also may have been influenced by the fact that they seemed to represent it as entertainment, whereas Atomic's president, Peter Tamte, was more hesitant to describe it as "fun." He said, "The words I would use to describe the game — first of all, it's compelling. And another word I use — insight."

Comment: Re:There's no way they'll abuse this (Score 1) 570

by RufusFish (#26745209) Attached to: Washington State Wants DNA From All Arrestees

"forgot" to mention that $20 gift on your income tax forms?

Which isn't breaking the law in the US unless you've exceeded $13,000 annually to the donee, or $1M over their lifetime (3 states have state gift tax laws, but they all have exemptions for very low amounts that closely if not exactly mirror the federal laws).

Comment: Re:Plato (Score 1) 532

by RufusFish (#26487283) Attached to: The Universe As Hologram

"One of his disciples, the lesser-known Aristotle" means something wholly different than "one of his lesser-known disciples, Aristotle." As written, he's comparing the notoriety of the disciples. I think it's safe to say that, of Plato's disciples, Aristotle is the most well-known.

Movies

+ - Wal-Mart Abandons Movie Download Business

Submitted by necro81
necro81 (917438) writes "Less than a year after its launch, Wal-Mart has quietly shut down its movie download buiness. A spokesman for HP, who ran the service for Wal-Mart, said that the video download business had not performed "as expected," and noted that the whole video market remains uncertain. The news comes at the same time that Apple and Fox are moving to put out movie rentals on iTunes."
Security

+ - TSA limits lithium batteries on airplanes

Submitted by yali
yali (666) writes "The U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has issued new rules limiting travel with lithium batteries. As of January 1, no spare lithium batteries are allowed in checked luggage. Batteries carried in the cabin are subject to limitations on per-battery and total lithium content, and spare batteries must have the terminals covered. If you're returning home from the holidays with new toys, be sure to check out the new restrictions before you pack."

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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