Manifesto Games CEO Calls Out NY Guv Over Planned Video Game Law

May 9, 2007 -
Ever write to an old school chum? Manifesto Games CEO Greg Costikyan has. And in this case, his former classmate (Horace Mann '77) is none other than New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (D).

As reported by GamePolitics, Spitzer's administration is readying video game legislation, fulfilling a campaign promise the Democrat made in 2006. Costikyan, concerned about the proposed law, wrote an open letter to Spitzer recently, which began, "Dear Classmate:"
I urge you to rethink this [legislative] agenda, as it seems to me a fruitless attempt to infringe on the rights of New Yorkers, a likely waste of taxpayer dollars, and a wholly unnecessary attack on the 21st century's most vibrant and promising popular artform...

The idea that games can be equated in any fashion with cigarettes--a physically addictive product with severe and proven negative impacts on health--is on the face of it, absurd. Games can provide thoughtful insight into systems, processes, and ideas in a fashion different from other media...

In an era in which the rights of Americans are under assault from our own federal government, it seems to me that Democratic governors should be seeking to defend and protect our liberties, rather than to diminish them.

Costikyan, whose company is an independent publisher, also expresses concern that such legislation will impact smaller game industry firms disproportionately.

Comments

@Terminator

Let's blame the democrats! No wait, the Republican! No wait, the CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA! hum... No, the Parti Québecois!

Really, stop blaming people. We're the reason censorship is on the rise, not our government. They're just doing what we want them to do.

@Silver_Derstin: I haven't seen a politician yet who came close to representing me or my peers. At least, not one that got elected to any position of prominence.

Wouldn't mind seeing this guy get on the MC Thompson debate train...he could put the proceeds toward the ESRB fees.

Fantastic! Here here! Bravo!

This needs to happen more often.

Mysticgamer
ya but shes still a mindless polis looking for votes and reps more than anythign else...

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Anyone know how likely this game...oy......er "law" will fail? LOL

I think the Democrats are just playing their cards to be elected. Haven't seen Hilary go after any game legislation since being nominated.

@MechaTama

I loved that book! Yeah, I too am sad he never finished the series. It was very entertaining, especially to anyone who's played DnD...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

I thought I recognized that name. That's the same Greg Costikyan who wrote Another Day, Another Dungeon, and One Quest, Hold the Dragons. Too bad he never finished that series...

Anyways, on topic now, I don't see what basis he has for expecting Democrats to be any more favorable than Republicans on this matter, as both sides have demonstrated that they see games as a "victimless" (it won't cost them many votes) scapegoat to buff up their "family-friendly" credentials.

And yet people still believe that Democrats stand for free speech.

I think he should have made at least one comment on how other states have tried legislating the same thing, and wound up with a hefty bill. It's one thing to appeal to a classmate from 40 years ago with vague and slightly insulting comments, and another thing to actually, y'know, CONVINCE him it is a bad idea.

Not democrats, just anyone in politics.
 
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Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
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Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
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Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
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Andrew EisenI know there's not a lot of room in the Shout box but goodness you're being vague.04/24/2015 - 3:26pm
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Andrew Eisen...following.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
 

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