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Suda51 VS Publishers



Goichi Suda aka Suda51 is known for games such as Killer7, No More Heroes and his upcoming, Killer Is Dead. In an interview with Gaming Industry he has brought up the possible reasons behind his games not being a “commercial success”.

While Suda51’s games are well known for their “quirkiness” and original approach to certain themes and genres, they are in the public eye, somewhat indie. This indie view on Suda’s games is what he believes publishers view and therefore unable to properly advertise his games.

His studio “Grasshopper Games” has worked with many big publishers, such as Sega, Capcom, Warner Brothers to name a few.

"Grasshopper does have a very strong base; it's just that because we were so indie, publishers were always [treating us] differently," Suda said,
"Each publisher operates a different way, has different strategic ideas, so in terms of sales, what they did, was they kept creating what they thought was good. But in terms of publishing, it was a different company's strategic choice.”

Recently, Grasshopper Studios was acquired by Gunho a Japanese publisher, Suda has stated that this will give Suda more leeway as to promote his games and future strategies.

Playstation Network online play to 18+ restricted in Korea



Last year, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) South Korea shut down PSN to comply with the new South Korean Law, this was to prevent students and kids under the age of 16 from gaming in the six hour block at night.

Recently it has been announced that SCE South Korea will be bringing back the PSN service, but with a catch. SCE South Korea has restricted access to PSN to 18+ only, this means that you will need to verify your age via a credit card.

While I lack the sympathy for those children, I do see the merit in this idea, maybe start a petition to have an age filter on my online play?

14 Year old kills mother for taking away Call of Duty



14 year old Noah Crooks is currently on trial for attempted rape and is charged for killing his mother using a .22 rifle received by his mother as a gift.

The motivation behind it was due to his mother taking away his Call of Duty game due to bad grades. Once this occurred he snapped, into something called a “tumour of rage”. Which resulted in the failed rape attempt and killing of his mother, Once he realised what happened he called 911 and confessed over the phone last March.

'I feel crazy and I know I'm not. I think I have some form of ADD,' Crooks told the 911 operator. 'I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn't do it.’

'Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now.' he continued 'I just wish it was a dream so I could wake up and I could kiss her and hug her,'

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Scotting Police Blames Gears Of War for 13 Year Old Slashing Friends Throat


In April a 13 year old boy attacked and nearly killed his 14 year old friend by slashing his throat over an argument over Xbox Live when they were playing Gears Of War 3.

Police are currently blaming the games violent nature to be the motivator for this action and states that kids should not be playing these types of games.

"The reporting officer was of the opinion that the violent videogames played online by the accused may have been a factor in his conduct," Andrew Brown the prosecutor, told the court.

Brian Docherty, the chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, "These games are rated 18 and shouldn't be played by children of this young age - but online gaming may be outside their parents' knowledge. We need to look again at what we can do to stop this."

A Microsoft representative has come to say the Xbox Live does have a robust age restriction system which is reliant on parents to monitor and block anything inappropriate for kids.

Daily Mail also reported that the 13 year old is a father, not sure how that happened, but someone would need to look further into it.

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