Written by Gaming News Team Montag, 03 März 2014 08:20 No Comments
Look at how topical we are. The latest Academy Awards ceremony has just wrapped up in LA and with some truly incredible movies amongst the nominees for Best Picture it got me thinking. Which of these movies would make a truly great interactive experience?
I want to say 12 Years a Slave because who doesn’t want to stagger around as a drunken Michael Fassbender or benevolent Benedict Cumberbatch with dedicated buttons for fits of rage and hair tousling respectively. I’d say Gravity but Adam Orth is already working on that. What about Her? If Catherine could do relationships in video games correctly then it’s certainly possible.
Those are just the latest nominees. There are so many more from previous years.
Can you imagine an RPG based on The Wolf of Wall Street? I just did. It was more incredible than lemons.
So which Oscar nominated film would make one hell of a game? Be sure to state what sort of game it would be.
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Written by Gaming News Team Donnerstag, 27 Februar 2014 16:37 No Comments
The United States Congress this week released a blueprint for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the American tax system, offering up a variety of tax benefits for businesses. That’s the good news. But the document, released by the House Ways and Means Committee, also calls out one major potential problem area for video game developers like Activision and Electronic Arts.
The Tax Reform Act of 2014 includes an “improved, permanent R&D tax credit,” which architects of the blueprint like Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan) say will give American companies the “certainty they need to compete against their foreign competition who have long had permanent R&D incentives.”
However, on page 24 of the Tax Reform Act of 2014, the document plainly states that this R&D tax credit will not be available for companies that make “violent” video games. The blueprint includes a provision for “preventing makers of violent video games from qualifying for the R&D tax credit.” It’s unclear what parameters would be used to decide what is “violent” and what is not or why video games were specifically called out.
The very next page of the document states that the Tax Reform Act of 2014 will close loopholes and stop the practice of using the tax code to “pick winners and losers based on political power rather than economic merit.” But, as The Washington Examiner points out, if every industry gets to keep the R&D tax credit except the video game business, how is that not picking winners and losers?
In a landmark 2011 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that video games–violent or not–are a form of art and are entitled to freedom of speech protections. The removal of the R&D tax credit for violent game developers would no doubt face an uphill battle given this precedent.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he would welcome the beginning of a discussion concerning tax reform, but made clear that Congress isn’t likely to make any real moves on the subject this year.
Video games have been a topic of discussion in Washington for a long time, but the debate has risen to the fore following the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. US president Barack Obama has even ordered research be conducted into the connection between gaming and violent behavior.
Written by Gaming News Team Montag, 24 Februar 2014 08:20 No Comments
This past week was pretty political. We had the EFF and DA delivering their manifestos and the surprising thing is really that Malema’s party don’t sound like complete idiots. Meanwhile Helen Zille is dubbed racist for voicing legitimate budget concerns.
Do not adjust your monitor, this is still EGMR, we’re just hitting you with some politics when you least expect it.
Elsewhere, Robert Mugabe celebrated his birthday surrounded by children and the Ukrainian PM has fled. It’s an interesting world we live in and good leaders are hard to come by. However, we have a proposition.
People are flawed and imperfect leaders but videogame characters are written to be the way they are and some have been written as great leaders.
Given the opportunity, who would you vote in as president?
My vote goes to Commander Shepard because he is always making tough decisions and you can rest assured he’ll have more sex scandals than Bill Clinton could ever dream of.
Alternately, Rayman because if a politician is going to be spineless he may as well have no limbs to complete the image.
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