May 4, 2007 -
Hal Halpin, president of the Entertainment Consumers Association has provided GamePolitics with the following statement regarding Paul Hwang, the Texas student who was removed from Clements High School for creating a Counter-strike map based on the layout of the school:
Paul Hwang’s only crime was bad timing. He had the misfortune of uploading his mod during a period of time in which the nation was, perhaps unduly, made sensitive about the supposed link between violence and video games.
It seemed to me that the law enforcement authorities acted with prudence and that the school board should do similarly. This will likely be the first of many such instances where older generations who don’t understand a medium, fear it, and as a result there will be reactionary decisions made. It’s incumbent upon gamers to persevere and to prove the rule and not the exception. Only together, and over time, can we accomplish such a lofty goal.