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medea
Jan 3, 2003, 04:57 PM
Some of you guys take your gaming way too seriously....

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles city councilman has called for an investigation of violence at so-called Internet cafes, a step that could prompt a crackdown on the popular and controversial sites for PC-based games.
The investigation of the cybercafes, also known as "PC bangs" or "cybercafes," came after a brawl erupted between rival groups playing in a tournament involving the online combat game "Counter Strike."
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine said on Thursday he plans to introduce a motion at a hearing next week asking for a report from the Los Angeles Police Department on recent outbreaks of violence at cybercafes.
One unidentified teenager was shot in the leg on Monday outside an Internet cafe in Northridge, a suburb that is part of Los Angeles. A second youth was struck in the head, reportedly with a chair.
About 100 people had gathered at the NetStreet Internet Cafe at the time of the melee, with witnesses reporting that fighters had wielded metal chairs and pipes. In July a 19-year-old man was shot and killed outside his home as he returned from a gaming session at NetStreet.
In the Orange County city of Garden Grove, south of Los Angeles, police have reportedly been called to the city's cybercafes more than 300 times since June. A city ordinance requires the facilities to post security guards at night.

ASIAN GANG DISPUTES
Much of the violence at Orange County cybercafes has been blamed on Asian gang disputes. The Northridge brawl is also being investigated by a Los Angeles police unit that investigates Asian gang-related crimes.
"Gang violence can occur anywhere but what gang members do is they identify locations where people congregate and then they want to put a stranglehold on and take over," Zine, a former LAPD officer, told Reuters.
Zine has said he was concerned that Internet cafes featuring violent games had become unsafe for the minors who frequent them and raised the prospect of imposing an age restriction on the businesses.
Los Angeles already regulates traditional gaming arcades, requiring them to get annual police permits to operate and charging them a fee when they move.
Zine said his proposals would depend on the findings in that police report but could include age restrictions on patrons of the cafes, increased lighting or mandatory posting of security guards at certain times of day.
"Counter-Strike," marketed by a unit of Vivendi Universal V.N , is a popular game often featured in competitive gaming events, including tournaments run by the Cyberathlete Professional League that features hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money.
It carries a "Mature" rating as assigned by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which means that it is not intended for those under the age of 17.
In late 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower-court ruling blocking a law enacted by the city of Indianapolis that would have required parental consent for minors to play violent video games in commercial establishments like arcades.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=1985648

OutThere
Jan 3, 2003, 05:12 PM
A few things come to mind....
My Brainstorms While Reading the previous post:

a)Its a PC Game
b)"It Just a ******* game!!!"
c)It has bad graphics.
d)People need to see how stupid they sound to be fighting over a game.
e)Maybe there is some truth behind the people who say that violent games make violent people.

Huked on Fonick
Jan 3, 2003, 11:24 PM
i duno we have had some fights break out in my dorm at school when we play halo, the sad thing is that we all hate halo and dont know why we play it and when ever we do we end up getting reallly mad at each other and fighting..... most of the time other factors are involved thow


thats one product microsoft did well