LucasArts Prez Talks Video Game Legislation

Jim Ward, president of game publisher LucasArts, spoke about the political side of the video game business in a wide-ranging interview with Mike Antonucci of the San Jose Mercury-News.

Ward also serves as the current chair of the ESA board. His thoughts:

What we wanted to do was focus the ESA on that No. 1 issue, which is governmental, state and local legislation against games. In a macro sense, maybe he’s right. But my concern, quite honestly, is that as we enter this political cycle, we become a hot potato…

And, by the way, at any moment, if some kid in West Virginia goes and blows away 32 people, and they find out that he played a video game, guess what, we’ve got a problem again. Just as if he had watched a movie and then done that. Or just as if he had read “Catcher in the Rye” and blamed it on J.D. Salinger…

Most importantly — and this is a belief system that you either buy into or not — you have to believe in the sanctity of First Amendment rights. We believe you have to protect that, no matter what.

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