Senator Wants Extra Tax On Video Games

Jon Erpenbach

Jon Erpenbach, who is a Senator from Wisconsin, has proposed a new bill that would add one percent in additional sales tax to video games. His plan is for the extra money earned this way can be used to allow 17-year-olds to be treated as minors instead of being included in the adult system.

He was quoted as saying “Number one, I think it’s the right thing to do because not all seventeen-year-olds belong in the adult system when it comes to non-violent offenses… secondly, in the long run, the numbers show that if you treat certain situations in a juvenile delinquent-type of a setting, as opposed to an adult setting, chances are there’s going to be less of a problem when the kid gets older.”

Well, what he is doing sounds like it’s for a good cause, but why would he charge more tax for video games. That just sounds like some random choice he came up with. Why not put an extra tax on smiley face boxers? That ought to cover it.

Jade Empire 2 in Development

Jade Empire

The sequel to BioWare’s Xbox RPG, Jade Empire is getting a sequel. So far this is still a rumor, but it’s very likely to be true. If you were a fan of the first one, this should be good news to you.

Time Crisis 4 Patch

Time Crisis 4 Logo

If you own Time Crisis 4, there’s a patch for you to download. Namco hasn’t released any info about what the patch does though, so you are just going to have to install it and try to figure it out.

Three New Virtual Console Games: Celebrate The New Year

If you’re not doing anything for New Years, why don’t you play some games for the Virtual Console on the Wii tonight. First there’s Bubble Bobble, which everyone knows and loves, I think. This game is just a great classic that everyone can play. Then you’ve got Light Crusader…which I think kinda sucks. If you just gotta have another RPG, go ahead and pick it up though. Lastly, is Top Hunter. I’ve never played this, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

WII-KLY UPDATE: THREE NEW CLASSIC GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

December 31, 2007 – What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Thanks to the Wii™ Shop Channel, you’ve got some outrageous new options. This week’s classic game additions offer brilliant fantasy and crackling action to help you ring in ’08. So if you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, allow us to suggest a few: pop more bubbles, battle more medieval beasts and try to save the universe a little more often.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Bubble Bobble NES

BUBBLE BOBBLE® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader

Light Crusader™ (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.

Top Hunter

TOP HUNTER (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?

Jack Thompson Taking Police to Court

GTA - Jack Thompson Box Art

As I’m sure you remember, about three weeks ago Robert Hawkins went into Westroads Mall in Omaha where he shot and killed eight people and then himself. The police are looking for a cause into what could have brought Hawkins to commit such a horrible thing, but Jack Thompson seems to already know. You guessed it…videogames.

So in his conquest to take good ol’ violent games out of our murderous hands, you know, because violent games turn us all into murderers, Jack Thompson has filed a writ with the Fourth District Court of Nebraska against Omaha Police Chief, Thomas Warren. Basically, Jack Thompson wants to know what was taken out of Hawkins home, specifically videogames, because by withholding this info “the defendant Warren demonstrably puts at public safety risk residents of Nebraska and elsewhere.” Huh? Ok, whatever you say Jack.

Drumshhh for Your Rock Band Drums

Drumshhh Rock Band Drum Pads

If you are too lazy to create your own pads for the Rock Band drum set, Drumshhh has got you covered. You can attach these pre-cut, self-adhesive felt pads right onto your drum set and they aren’t permanent so you don’t have to worry about any kind of damage or sticky stuff left over if you want to take them off. There are four different types of pads you can get too. No prices are on the site yet, but they say they will open on the 28th, which is today actually. Maybe you can check back tomorrow.

Metal Slug 3 Coming to Xbox Live Arcade

Metal Slug 3

Microsoft has just announced that they will be bringing the very fun, but short, Metal Slug 3 to Xbox Live Arcade this coming Wednesday. This run and gun action packed game will also come with updated HD graphics and co-operative multiplayer over Xbox Live. You can expect to pick it up for 800 Microsoft points.

Upgrading Your Playstation 3 Hard Drive

PS3 Hard Drive

I currently own a 60GB Playstation 3 and I’ve realized that it’s pretty easy to fill up the hard drive and have to start deleting things, so I can imagine how often I would have to do some clean-up with a 20GB or 40GB hard drive.

If you are having the same problem, you may want to consider upgrading your hard drive to something a little more hefty. Sony actually posted a link to CNET on their Playstation Blog about how to upgrade your PS3 hard drive. I’m actually kind of surprised that they posted something about this, because I thought it would have some kind of effect on your warranty.

One really cool thing you could do instead of opening up your PS3 is getting an external hard drive. I’d actually like to have a 250GB but then I might end up storing too much stuff and have a real big mess later down the road that I really wouldn’t want to clean up.