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Sept. 24, 2003: AMOA Expo, ASI Merger Update; Theater Chain Pulls Violent Viddies; Court Rejects IT's Injunction Against Global VR

Posted On: 9/24/2003

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Show Merger Must Target Fall Season, Says AMOA

LAS VEGAS - The Amusement and Music Operators Association has agreed in principle that a merger of AMOA's annual trade show with the Amusement Showcase International would be a desirable goal. Association leaders, however, insist that any combined show must retain AMOA's customary fall time slot. "We have been holding our show in the fall for 55 years and we don't want to change it," said one AMOA member who serves on the Joint Industry Council, comprised of leaders from AMOA and ASI's sponsor, the American Amusement Machine Association. AAMA leaders had hoped for a single coin-op trade show in the spring, which would put more distance between an amusements event and the "Parks" show sponsored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and held every November. AAMA will now consider AMOA's timing requirements before the next JIC meeting.


Regal Theater Chain To Pull Violent Video Games

DENVER , Prompted by parental complaints, Regal Entertainment Group, the nation's largest movie theater chain, is removing some 30 coin-operated video game titles from its lobbies nationwide. The chain offers video games in about 90% of its 562 theaters in 39 states. Regal officials specifically stated they were going beyond the amusement industry's Coin-Operated Video Game Parental Advisory System to pull any games that included objectionable elements; this includes programming that displays human-like characters suffering bloodshed and/or dismemberment, violence toward law enforcement and authority figures, graphically violent character deaths of any kind, and the promotion or glorification of illegal activity). Regal officials declined to identify what specific game titles are being removed, but said they'll all be gone by year end.


No Preliminary Injunction In IT-GVR Case

CHICAGO , The U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois has rejected the motion filed by Incredible Technologies for a preliminary injunction against Global VR's "EA Sports PGA Tour" video game. IT had asked the court to stop GVR from selling its game until the case was tried. Judge Matthew F. Kennelly declined to do so, explaining that IT had "failed to demonstrate substantial similarities between copyrightable material in 'PGA Tour' and 'Golden Tee'" in preliminary hearings. Kennelly also asserted that IT's "infringement claim has little or no chance of success on the merits." GVR president Milind Bharvirkar said the ruling "vindicates" GVR's position that no copyright infringement exists. A spokesman for IT said, "We are very disappointed in the judge's actions and are considering our options." A further statement from IT is expected within two weeks.