Category: Politics

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…

Madness! Madness, I Say!

Politicians are insane. They get in an uproar over non-pornographic depictions of consentual sex between adults, and yet they don’t react with as much fervour to depictions of violent crime in all sorts of media. Game Girl Advance puts the Hot Coffee scandal (and now the brewing Sims hoopla — no pun intended!) into perspective (N.B. — The ages listed…

Preachers and Haters

Christian evangelical types are making video games to spread their message, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before white supremacist groups decided to make games as well. National Alliance‘s Resistance Records produces the game, entitled Ethnic Cleansing. From the Review section on their site, comes this gem: “…I believe this game is going to be extremely…