Gamer Debate Video Asks: Will Candidates Waste Tax $$$ on Game Laws?

August 15, 2007 -

Austin from Oregon poses a tough question about about video game legislation to Republican candidates for next month's CNN/YouTube Debate.

And, hey, Austin - we noticed you have logos from GamePolitics, the Entertainment Consumers Association, and the Video Game Voters Network hanging on the wall behind you.

Awesome!


Comments

GP, the Republican CNN/YouTube debate is now set for November 28th.

And I still won't have a video camera. :(

Nightwng2000
NW2K Software

I have to set some time aside to make a good question then film it with my girlfriends digital camera.

I like this one. This goes straight to the heart. He looks very clean cut as well. If only he was wearing a shirt and tie, but this was good. The scene was not too busy, the video and audio was great.

Keep it up.

Good.

Ouch. That question stings. He certainly didn't pull any punches.

This is exactly what we need to ask the politicians. This is what people need to hear. "Well... are you going to waste my money?"

Excellent work Austin! I like that he mentioned the fact that movies aren't regulated, so the pols can't weasel out by saying they'd regulate games as movies are regulated. It's amazing how many people in the US don't know that movies aren't regulated at all...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Great! This is probably the clearest, most concise question yet. I hope it gets picked!

I like this one!

Very, very nice. My question is of a similar vein. I am recording a first pass tonite, and will likely link it in the forums for some feedback before I submit it to the debate site. Excellent work!

Is that Cecil (or used to be)?

Very nice. Cut to the heart of the matter so politicians will have to supply their own bullshit and doublespeak.

Keep us updated Jeffy. I'm glad that we're taking those people to task.

I think this is a good way to approach the issue. It really is a waste of tax dollars, especially since we are currently in a undeclared war and borrowing stupid amounts of money from China so we can spend it on things such as this.

I think certain candidates will dodge it by saying "Well I don't think protecting our children against violent imagery is a waste of tax dollars because [insert bullshit reason here]."

From the GP Forums:
http://www.gamepoliticsforums.com/showthread.php?t=2840&page=4

" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5cl93AfroQ

I haven't submitted it to the debate yet. I will do it as soon as I get some 3rd party opinions - making sure there aren't any glaring faults.

Thanks,
Jeff McHale
~the1jeffy "

Nice, direct. The best question I've heard.
Couldn't see the advertisements though.

@jeffy
pretty good, though the person in the back switching cards kinda distracting. I would recommend using a comp screen with power point.

jer,

You obviously aren't married, to even suggest that I'd replace my wife with a computer! ;)

Thanks for the constructive critique, though.

~J

This is a good one. Others are right when they say this kid is clean cut, speaks clearly, and asks a direct and poignant question. Very well done, Austin. You're a credit to the cause, sir.

Also, it's nice to see someone put a little more thought into presentation. I was getting annoyed with seeing kids' bedrooms.

I seem to be having trouble posting comments, as I tried to post earlier.
Thank you all for your support, I am glad to make a small difference in the cause. I chose to wear my JustZelda.com shirt rather than a suit, but now I have a sweet ECA shirt to wear for my next appearance, thank you all.

-Austin

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Andrew EisenNow, having said that, what sites are you reading that are claiming that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem" or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"? Or was that hyperbole too?09/21/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
Sleaker@Craig R. - at this point I don't even know what the hashtags are suppsed to be in support of. what does GamerGate actually signify.09/21/2014 - 12:21am
Sleaker@AE - Hyperbole for the first 2, but it seems like some of the comments in the shout are attempting to place blame on fellow gamers because they aren't actively telling people to stop harassing even though they don't necessarily know anyone that has.09/21/2014 - 12:16am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Who the heck are you reading that is claiming "all gamers are bad," we "need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers," that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem," or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"?09/20/2014 - 9:44pm
erthwjimhe swatted more than just krebs, I think he swatted 30 people http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/teen-arrested-for-30-swattings-bomb-threats/09/20/2014 - 9:31pm
Craig R.Btw, the guy who swatted security expert Brian Krebs? He got picked up recently. It can be done.09/20/2014 - 8:55pm
Craig R.Such things are not done in a vacuum... hence why the 4chan and other logs show what fools you've all been, tricked into doing the trolls' work09/20/2014 - 8:49pm
Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
SleakerNow if you disagree with anything in my last 2 posts then we obviously have a difference in world view, and wont come to any sort of agreement. I'm fine with that, maybe some people aren't?09/20/2014 - 5:09pm
SleakerIt also doesn't mean that just because a news outlet says that Gamers are the problem and you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem. It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so.09/20/2014 - 4:59pm
SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
SleakerAnd furthermore just because someone doesn't 'crusade against the evil' that doesn't make them the problem. You can have discussion with those around you. There's a thing called sphere of influence.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
Sleaker@Conster - one person getting harassed is a 'problem' only so far as the harassee's are doing it. Just because a select few people choose to act like this doesn't make it widespread. Nor does it immediately make everyone responsible to put an end to it.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
TechnogeekI misread james' comment as "we can't have a debate without threatening" there at first. Actually wound up posting a shout about death threats and "kill yourself" not technically being the same thing before I realized.09/20/2014 - 3:59pm
james_fudgeDon't hit me *cowers behind Andrew*09/20/2014 - 3:20pm
ConsterYou take that back right now, james, or else. *shakes fist menacingly*09/20/2014 - 3:00pm
james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
 

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