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2006-05-04 19:56:09

LOS ANGELES -- "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" video game will not be recalled, but will be relabeled to reflect a stricter "mature" industry rating, Bethesda Softworks, the game's developer and co-publisher said in a statement on Thursday. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) on Wednesday revoked its "teen" rating on the title. It cited excessive gore and an art file in the game's PC version that can be modified with a third-party download that lets players change file settings...

2006-03-21 10:10:00

NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to boost shipments of its Xbox 360 video game console by "two to three times" this week to address shortages that have crimped game sales across the industry. The software giant's game console is widely viewed as a crucial product that underscores its commitment to play a big role in delivering entertainment and media in the living room. Initially, Microsoft hoped to sell 2.75 million to 3 million consoles in the first 90 days after the...

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2006-02-21 08:10:00

TOKYO -- Sony Corp.'s launch of its next-generation PlayStation 3 video game console could be delayed if industry specifications for some of its technology are not finalized soon, although it is still aiming for a spring rollout, it said on Monday. The launch of PlayStation 3 (PS3) has been the subject of heavy speculation in the industry as expectations are high for the powerful machine, which will feature cutting-edge technology in its DVD player, processors and graphics. PS3 will be...

2006-02-16 07:12:37

LOS ANGELES -- Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., publisher of the best-selling but controversial "Grand Theft Auto" video games, is the target of several law suits filed on behalf of Take-Two shareholders. Law firms Milberg Weiss and Stull, Stull & Brody announced the suits seeking class-action status this week. The actions come on the heels of similar suits filed in recent weeks. Each of the firms is looking for people who owned Take-Two shares between October 25, 2004, the...

2006-01-27 18:11:24

By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. for selling pornographic video games to children with its best-selling game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which last year was found to have hidden sex scenes. Shares of Take-Two plunged 13.7 percent to $14.69 on the Nasdaq -- a level unseen since 2003 -- after an analyst downgraded its shares to "sell" from "neutral," citing a variety of financial, operational and...

2006-01-27 11:35:00

By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. for selling pornographic video games to children with its best-selling game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which last year was found to have hidden sex scenes. Los Angeles City Attorney Rockard Delgadillo, in the suit filed on Thursday, accused the game publisher of failing to disclose the pornographic content to get the game onto shelves of major retailers that do not carry games...

2005-12-22 14:30:00

By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked a California law that would have made it illegal to sell or rent violent video games to minors, saying he doubted whether such sales could be banned even if the games were proved to cause violent behavior among children. The preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law comes amid a political and cultural war over the content of video games, which last year accounted for $7.3 billion in U.S. sales and rivaled...

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2005-12-16 22:51:38

LOS ANGELES  -- Sony Corp. is on track to double the number of PlayStation Portable video game players sold in North America to around 6 million at the end of its first holiday season this year. The sharp screen on the paperback-sized video game device has won over movie fans, fortifying a solid debut though not a runaway success along the lines of Apple Computer Inc.'s (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) iPods. Analysts predict that the PSP's long-term prospects are good, but where the iPod is...

2005-11-21 05:35:00

By Yukari Iwatani Kane TOKYO -- Sony Corp., the maker of Playstation game consoles, may lose its iron grip on the market for game machines as rival Microsoft Corp. launches a new model just in time for the holiday season. Microsoft's new Xbox 360 will debut in the United States on Tuesday and in Europe and Japan in December, while Sony is not expected to launch its upgraded Playstation, PS3, until next spring. Analysts and game fans say PS3 is the sexier game machine with twice the...

2005-10-17 22:42:44

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two industry trade groups sued the state of California on Monday after the state passed a law barring the sale of violent video games to minors. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former screen "Terminator" who is himself portrayed in several video games based on his Hollywood roles, vowed to fight the suit, which was filed in federal court in San Jose. "I will do everything in my power to preserve this new law and I urge the attorney general to...


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