ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game Bill

July 15, 2008 -

The Video Game Voters Network issued an alert yesterday recommending that its members contact New York Governor David Paterson (left) to urge that he not sign pending video game legislation into law:

This bill would waste NY residents hard earned tax dollars on investigating video games when the facts are already in. We have much higher priorities for our resources and dollars than this kind of crusade.

As GamePolitics reported last month, the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Andrew Lanza (R). An identical bill also cleared the State Assembly.

While the VGVN, which is owned and operated by game publishers trade association the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is opposing the measure, the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), a group which represents game retailers, apparently does not plan to take action. In a statement issued following the bill's passage, the EMA said:

The bill is unnecessary and seeks to solve a problem that does not exist. But we do not anticipate that video game software retailers will have a problem complying with its requirements.

GP: As I pointed out in my Joystiq column, the Lanza bill is largely symbolic (see: NY Video Game Bill Barks, Doesn't Bite.


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Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

Thanks good job;

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing travesti or little and need to start saving costs. and dizi izle

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

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I'm all for freedom of ttnet vitamin speech and allowing rent a car game makers to put whatever they want in games, but there's one thing about this app that has me scratching my head.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but from araç kiralama the previous article araba kiralama on this I gathered that players can use Google maps in-game to find the other (real-life?) dealers in their area.  If this is the case, has travesti anyone considered what's stopping someone from using this app to actually move drugs between hands for reals?

But majority araba kiralama of their outrage araç kiralama stems from what it could DO TO children, not the content itself.  Talk to one of these people and you'll find they don't think any books kiralık araba should be banned from children.  Mention American Psycho and they talk about kiralık araç the redeeming value of using imagination to construct a story.  Reading, no matter what the content, is largely viewed as a consequenceless activity for people of any age.  The reason why I mention American Psycho is because of the content itself.  Gaming never has and likely never will have any scenes where someone has sex with a severed head.  Not gonna happen.  Yet despite this, they'll fight tooth and nail to protect their children from two boys kissing in Bully but whatever they read is harmless... yeah.

The entire arguement is kiralık oto based upon a social normality inflicted by luddites who can't figure out the controls for Halo so it's frightening and terrifying and obviously the cause of youth violence on the rise even though, in reality, it's in decline (which is actually a HUGE suprise given minibüs kiralama the economies status).  In  a perfect world, we would have parents that actually parent.  The idea of sales restrictions on media on oto kiralama any form to accomidate parental unwillingness to get involved with their child's life is the real problem to me.  Here I am, 32 years old, and being held up at a self-scan rent a car needing to show ID before I can buy a $10 M rated game all because Soccer Momthra can't be bothered to look at the crap Billy Genericallystupidson does in his free time.  It's too hard for her, so I have to suffer?

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Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

This is the same crap The US Govt did in the 1950's about comic books being a bad influence on young people. This amounts to nothing for the public, except to take their tax and money and put it in their pockets. They should make a video game on how to be a real thief...er...politician.

Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

Nanny state BS. Typical of New York these days.

Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

The Bill is nothing but a waste of money. It's trying to solve a non-existing problem, and waste money on enforcing a law that is completely unnecessary.

Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

Waste of taxpayer money indeed, I wonder if the bill sets aside funds to "enforce" these "new" rules, at the very least the new board it creates is pointless. No wonder the state is hitting me up for more taxes, they spend money in such horrible ways.

Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

What are they investigating? Other games besides WOW to pass time when they should be signing all those important bills and taking note of the crap condition some of the cities outside of NYC are?

Re: ESA's VGVN Urges Members to Fight Toothless NY Video Game

Regardless of how symbolic the bill may be, gamers and the industry should still oppose it for singling out video games for this treatment.  Where's the law establishing an advisory board to suggest content ratings for books?  Where's the law to force movie theaters to include parental filters?  Where's the law stipulating that CDs have to have content ratings on their packaging (note: I don't consider "Parental Advisory" a rating comparable to the ESRB or MPAA ratings)?  I'm more than a little surprised that GamePolitics isn't more vehemently opposed to this.

 
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