April 2007


In light of the recent horrific shootings at Virginia Tech, Media Coverage looks at the media’s discussion of violent games in the wake of tragedy, and how it has evolved over the years.

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This show is simple: it’s what Rob, Ralph, and Kyle have been playing recently!

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Media Coverage offers advice for breaking into the game journalism biz from the people who’ve done just that.

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We think it’s a given by this point that most regular Joystiq readers know that playing violent video games will not suddenly turn you into a violent killer, or even make you any more likely to commit a violent act ever in your life. Still, with media personalities like Dr. Phil and Jack Thompson out there baselessly implicating games in the recent Virginia Tech massacre, we felt younger game players might need something to defend their hobby to parents that don’t have the same familiarity with the medium.

Hence the following declaration, to be printed, signed and presented to any authority figure with the misguided fear that the games you love will lead to a life of violent crime. We hope this declaration will help start a conversation with the non-gamers in your life about why video games are so important to you and why they aren’t the bogeymen some in the media make them out to be.

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When a Washington Post story mentioned that Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui played Counter-Strike in high school, we were intrigued. When the nugget disappeared from an online version of the Post story, we were even more intrigued

To clarify the situation, we caught up with Washington Post Staff Writer David Cho, who was responsible for originally reporting the factoid.

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Media Coverage reveals some more details on Intent Media’s recently announced Games Media Awards, and considers how to best recognize good game journalism.

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In this episode of Press Start Ralph Cooper, Rob Holt, and Kyle Orland discuss the Arcade: Old School to New. So go to the mall, change a dollar for some tokens, and press start…

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The internet speculation machine has been gearing up of late over a recent press release announcing that Japanese middleware provider eSol has been selected to provide its "’PrUSB/Host’ USB host stack" for use in the Wii. How to interpret this inscrutable piece of techspeak? Well, the release goes on to state that PrUSB/Host provides "optional Mass Storage class driver enables using USB flash memory, other mass storage device and digital camera as the external storage."

The only problem is, the Wii has always had this functionality, and Nintendo has always had the potential to make such a statement.

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Media Coverage looks at the pros and cons of April’s annual joke-fest, and points out some of the year’s most notable jokes.

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