Category: Politics

Culture Clash: With Teeth

This month’s IGDA Culture Clash article calls for a reform of the ESRB rating system. Amongst Sakey’s reccommendations are: Don’t hold publishers responsible for the actions of modders Don’t re-rate games so quickly Content descriptors should be more prominent than the ratings Don’t separate sex and violence Enforce the ratings Enforce policy wisely In other words, “demonstrate that the industry…





Culture Clash: You Don’t Know, Jack

In this month’s Culture Clash, Matthew Sakey writes a thank you letter to Jack Thompson: If you weren’t the spearhead of the anti-video game movement, someone else would have to be. And that someone else might be charismatic, rational, well-spoken and deft with the press. Instead we got you, and you’ve done more for us than all the PR firms…





ESA Launches Videogame Advocacy Group

It’s about time a group like this was formed: The Video Game Voters Network is a place for American gamers to organize and defend against threats to video games. This medium is fully protected speech under the Constitution, and receives the same First Amendment protection as books, movies, music, and cable television programs. The Network opposes efforts to regulate the…





Cultural Differences

Three enlightening pieces that I have read recently: Jim Rossignol visits Korea and writes about their games culture: “Sex, Fame and PC Baangs: How the Orient plays host to PC gaming’s strangest culture”. Nick Yee from The Daedalus Project draws parallels between entrenched American prejudice against Chinese labourers in late-1800s San Francisco and in-game anti-Chinese comments and behaviour perpetrated by…