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July 25: Violent Video Games Law

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July 25, 2005: Violent Video Games Law

The sale of Video Games began to really heat up in 2005 as Illinois Governer Rod Blagojevich signs a bill into law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors. You could be fined up to $1,000 for selling games with adult ratings. Immediately, video game groups sued, claiming the law is a restriction on free speech.The law would be deemed unconstitutional and repealed by US District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

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  • Ericsson purchases Nortel‘s CDMA and LTE assets
  • Sinclair Radionics is founded
  • Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century is first aired
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June 30: Paperboy Incident with Atari

Paperboy

Paperboy

1986 Mark Caesar and Robin Hallingstad sued Atari Games for $1 million dollars. Apparently, the boys (ages 14 and 16) submitted a game idea called “Paperboy” to Atari back in 1983. Paperboy is a popular game where the kid on a bike had to throw papers on the stoops of houses and avoid cars, cats, rc cars and guys with jackhammers. It had one sequel (Paperboy II) and was recreated for many of the game systems. In 2009, it was adapted for the iPhone and iPod

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  • IBM unbundles software from Hardware
  • President Bill Clinton e-signs the first bill into law
  • Global Gaming Factory X announces they will be buying the Pirate Bay
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