In France, Gamer Runs for Mayor

December 8, 2007 -
A gamer is running for mayor.

David Hecq, president of the AFRS (Association Française de Revendeurs Spécialisés), a trade group representing independent game retailers in France, is hoping to become mayor of Anzin Saint-Aubin, a small town of 2,500 residents in Northern France. Hecq has no party affiliation.

Hecq is a gamer himself, writes about games and operates the Objectif Micro game site.

GP: This story originated in the GamePolitics Forums. Thanks to longtime GP reader Soldat Louis!

Comments

Awesome. :)

No party affiliation?

At least in France the "video games are teh debbul" thing hasn't catched on yet.

@ Anonymous

Oh it happens there.

As for this guy, I hope he has all the success he needs and does a great job.

Good luck David! If I was a French resident, I'd vote for you.

@Anonymous :

Of course it has catched on, as in any country. In 1992-1993, French mainstream media thought that video games caused epillepsy. In 1999, a watchdog organizaation already mentioned in GP (Familles de France, not to mention it) campaigned against violent games and forced big retailers to remove some of them from their stores. And the way games are portrayed by our mainstream media has been horrible for years.

This being said, we're actually luckier than German gamers. But that doesn't mean every one in France loves video games. If a politician stands up and asks for a total ban of "violent video games", as the GWG did in Germany, he'll be popular among many parents.

@ Soldatlouis,

I know the gamers aren't popular but it's far milder than in America, the luddites aren't popular either.

That being said, the luddites still are numerous. They haven't acted or BS'd for a while now, I wonder if our goddamned media have decided to focus on demonizing everybody instead of just us.

Plus, they always comment on the riots or lack thereof than on gamers. Perhaps they realize it's more important in some way.

Vive La.. No, I still can't bring myself to say it.

@BlackIce :

You don't have to. Just say "Vive Soldatlouis" instead :D :D

@Soldatlouis

Vive La Fidel.

In communist Russia, Mayors run for you!

Sorry...

Soldatlouis
how is Germany and France diffrent in rating games?
Germany merely protects childern from OTT content more often than not,adults can still get that content even in the UK you can not do this if tis black listed its contraband.

He reminds me of Gabriel Iglesias.

Man, I hope he wins....

about time. people always say that gamers will age into office eventually and it can't happen soon enough.

Start the revolution in the states next!. form the Interactive media party. Make it one word though like the Democrats and Republicans... maybe intermediate party huh?

@GoodRobotUs

Die. >.

@ ZippyDSMlee,

In France the rating are basically the same as in England or the USA, we don't have the crazy ban happy german censors here.

And I hope we never get them. Now we pray for competent translators or, in m case, go buy english versions.

Wow, it didn't need to be said. You can see it. I can see this man telling me to stop humping his corpse, in French. Except I wouldn't understand it at all and I'd keep on ravishing his skull.

Vive la revolucion!

Apologies for maiming the language.

Can we just fill this with Marxist Propaganda? There isn't really much else to say.

Go on BlackIce, there isn't any reason not to.

Besides, it's fitting when talking about french politics.

You're all nazis! As bad as Hitler!

Alright, Godwin's law is in effect. No one can comment. Man I love being evil.

@MF

Thou shalt take thine laws of Godwin, and STUFF IT! Vive la Revolution! Vive la Fidel! Burn the sodding Stars and Strips! URAAAAA!!!!!

That should be Stars and Stripes..

So if the "games are evil" spreaded troughout Europe too, does that mean only Canada is safe?
 
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