The Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry
In this month’s Let America Know newsletter brought to you by the New Hampshire lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, we present information about video games, including the Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry.
Entertainment publishers are cranking out the big video game titles just in time for the holiday shopping season. Kids everywhere are hoping that the neatly wrapped gift underneath the tree is the latest release. For eight years running, video games have ranked as the third most requested holiday gift item.
But nearly 40 years after their invention, video games are still a mystery to many parents. This month’s You Should Know newsletter from the New Hampshire lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law is here to save the day by arming parents, grandparents and other family members with a guide to choosing video games wisely for the kids on their shopping lists.
Video Games are Still Going Strong
The video game exploded into mainstream entertainment nearly 40 years ago and is still going strong today. Game sales ($24 billion annually) regularly outpace movie box office sales ($10 billion per year). Gaming is also now more of a family affair than it was in the beginning. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 89 percent of parents are involved in their kids’ gaming. The association notes, “In barely more than a generation, video games transformed from a diversion for the few into a mass medium, helping people live, learn, work and, of course, play.”
Buying a video game is no longer a simple affair. As kids grew up, so did the content of many video games. Now parents wonder: What games are appropriate? How do you choose? When should kids start playing? And with the holiday season a frenzied time of year when retailers offer crazy discounts and major game releases, it can also be overwhelming for shopping-weary parents. For more information, see this Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games.
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If you can show that you can no longer do the work you performed in the past and cannot perform any other work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will find that you are disabled.
What the SSA Will Look At
When looking at other work you can perform, the SSA will look at these factors.
Work Experience. The SSA will look at your past job skills, knowledge and experience to see if you could transfer these skills and knowledge to other jobs. First, the SSA will look at your ability to perform jobs in your previous work field that are less demanding on you. Next, the SSA will look to see whether there are any jobs, in any field, anywhere in the United States, that would be suitable for you. To establish your past skills and knowledge, the SSA can use only jobs that you have done in the last 15 years that you did for a substantial period of time and that you worked at full time or almost full time.
Education. The SSA will look at the years of school you completed and any specialized training you may have received. The SSA uses this information to determine if you could adjust to other work. The inability to speak English, or illiteracy, weigh strongly against an individual’s ability to perform other work.
Age. The SSA considers your age when it decides how easily you could adjust to other work. The SSA considers anyone over age 55 to have significant trouble adjusting to other work.
Vocational analysts and/or experts will weigh in on how the above vocational factors affect your ability to do other work.
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