After that massive update for the Next XBox and the Wii U last week, this week was realtively quiet in the news department. Nintendo did hold a Q&A session where the Japanese and American presidents of Nintendo provided a few vague details on the items they revealed last week. One thing was clear is that they want to make sure Wii U has a strong launch library to avoid the same thing that happened with 3DS. How they plan to do this is a secret for now, but one can always hope for a new F-Zero game, right?
Other than that, a few MMOs have been dropping their monthly fee to allow games to play online for free. Games like Everquest (which has been around for 13 years) and Rift have recently tossed their hat into the free-to-play mix which seems like a desperate cry to me. Either these games are slowly counting down the days to complete server shutdown or they genuinley feel that this move is the best way to get people to play their game instead of Blizzard's. The idea of an MMO does nothing for me so maybe I don't have the best opinion about this.
Lastly I read an article about a bill making the rounds in Oklahoma that may add an excise tax to "violent" video games. Really? Why are violent video games specifically targeted? Do they somehow cost the Oklahoma government more money by their existence? If anything, why wouldn't they put an excise tax on every video game sold? How about violent movies, comics, books or TV shows? According to the bill the money gained from this tax would go towards funds to prevent bullies and educate kids on going outside. As a parent I find this absolutely ridiculous. It's no surprise that some parents don't really raise their kids anymore and would rather just give them what they want so they stop bugging them. My guess is that these are the kids the programs are made to help out, yet there is not a chance in hell the kids would actually take them up on their offer. If you do feel the need to tax violent video games, they should take the money and put it else where like schools or hospitals. Not useless programs.