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Games news in brief: How to enter our ‘Legendary’ Halo: Reach competition; When games go bump in the night; No I in BAFTA as social gaming awarded

Wow. This is the intellectual level to which the so-called Independent has stooped... Gratuitous violence as entertainment... Wait for it.. Gamer logs on and bleats on about the cathartic nature of violent video games and how former generations watched Tom and Jerry... Talk about dumbing down. Idiocy as art.

Benefit dependency, yes please

Beware of lobbies. NewLabour let this scam go on for years as property (and therefore rental) prices skyrocketed. And who benefited? Landlords and employers looking for subsidised cheap labour. Labour's performance at PMQs yesterday was pathetic... One MP even suggested the video game (90% violent) industry deserved special tax breaks (as it's carbon neutral,, but then so are all office jobs if we discount travel) ... No they deserve to be tightly regulated and use people's skills to produce something a...

Benefit dependency, yes please

Cui bono? I personally know of family of 4 (now separated), neither of whom are British citizens, who were put up in a £2900 Pimlico flat, yet the only earner in the family was on little more than the min. wage. If we consider the cost of education, healthcare and social services that family cost the taxpayer at least £3000 a month, 36K.... I rent a room in inner London (mainly because I work there and don't drive), but am not entitled to any benefit, hence pay market rates. The main...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

Self-righteousness knows no bounds. The last time I visited a bookstore 1/2 of the books in the history were dedicated to WW2 and most extremely one-sided, good guys and bad guys. Anyway official figures clearly show UK arms expenditure rose sharply as early as 1935 under the National Government (with over 500 seats) of Stanley Baldwin. I very much doubt the UK would have declared war over the Soviet/Nazi partition of Poland if they had not been assured that US would enter that war within two years. The...

Can we trust the IPCC’s evidence?

Because blind belief in technocracy and the myth of never-ending growth on a finite planet will ultimately lead to authoritarianism and mass murder. Progress by all means, but only in as far as it is environmentally sustainable, e.g. if technology reduces infant mortality then we should have fewer children and it takes time to evaluate the long term side effects of today's technological miracles. As a software developer I know what may go wrong, will go wrong. Believe me. Technology is fallible and don't...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

That is a rather silly comment. You have accepted that violence is a normal and inevitable part of human nature that cultural progress will never overcome and at the same time you have restated my point by offering justification for violence. Sure if you call your enemies Nazis, paedoes or terrorists, you can always justify violence. Nonetheless, unlike NuLab, I do believe in the right to self-defence, but would never see momentary defensive action as a form of entertainment. Have you never heard of the...

Yet more reasons why the Iraq war was right

Why does the Independent give this guy a platform to spout such utter nonsense. In 50 years no reputable historian will look back at this war as an act of humanitarian intervention. All will see it in the context of depleting OIL and as a proxy for control thereof with China. Come on Mr Rentoul, if you think you are so bright, debate it live on the Web. Address the real issues... Why would a superpower consuming over 25% of the world's oil supply and in whose currency oil is traded, intervene to stop...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

The Independent claims to represent the progressive environmentally conscious left, embracing recent cultural trends and decrying traditional cultural values. However, if progress means anything, it means liberating ourselves of the darker violent side of humanity that evolved as a survival extinct when hunting was a way of life and we were presented daily with very real natural predators. Yet Independent journalists portray virtual violence, whether in first-person shooter games, paintball, laser quest or ...

The benefit of being a single mother

What's wrong with me? My brain has just agreed with a Telegraph columnist and Tory cabinet minister, while my heart still loathes everything the Torygraph stands for. Why should I, as a divorced father of two, not only subsidise my own children living 400 miles away, but also those of prolific single parents who have in effect married the state. When will people learn children are a responsibility, not a parent's lifestyle choice. If you can't provide your offspring with love, affection and environmentally ...

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