ECA’s Hal Halpin Dissects the Political Side of Gaming

In a no-holds-barred interview with Crispy Gamer, Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin dishes on the uneasy relationship between Washington, D.C. and the video game community.

As part of his leadership role with the ECA, Hal does quite a few interviews, but this one with CG’s James Fudge is probably the most in-depth yet. Here are some of Hal’s thoughts:

On game publisher group the ESA’s new (in 2008) practice of making campaign donations:

The [ESA] represents the rights of game publishing companies and as such has a duty to do what it can to influence legislators by lobbying. I know that starting up a PAC (Political Action Committee) was a decision that they grappled with for over a decade… PACs can be effective tools, but yes, you do run the risk – nowadays – that the ends may not justify the means…

On game ratings and whether the industry does enough to keep mature-themed games away from minors:

I’ve been a fan of ESRB for quite some time. Of all of the ratings systems… it really is the most comprehensive and valuable… That said, there’s always room for improvement. Perhaps ESRB having more independence from the ESA would be one great step. Another might be to work more closely with us… which we’re working on…


I do [think the industry is well at keeping M-rated games away from minors]…

On supposed tensions between the ESA (publishers group) and the ECA (consumers group):

We should be clear that the ESA represents the rights of game publishing companies, not gamers… It’s a trade association that looks after the interests of their member corporations… That said, much of the legislative work that the ESA has done over the years, with regard to First Amendment in particular, has benefitted the sector as a whole – gamers included.


As Mike Gallagher (ESA president) and I have discussed several times, the vast majority of the time ESA and ECA are on the same page… but there are clearly other times where our interests are necessarily divergent. Inherently, Mike’s issues will sometimes be in opposition to the best interests of consumers solely because they’re in the best interests of publishing companies…

On frequent game violence critic Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT):

Joe Lieberman has been largely misunderstood and painted with a very broad brush in my opinion. While I haven’t agreed with much of what he has said in the past, he alone among legislators was responsible for effecting non-legislative change in our business and did it with a lot of class, I might add.


Again, back when I was running [game retailers group] IEMA, I received a call from one of his staff inviting me to his office in Hartford. We had a frank meeting in which he requested that game retailers begin carding for the sale of mature-rated games in much the same way that movie theatre owners were doing, via self-regulatory efforts, with R-rated movies. The IEMA retailers… met the challenge head-on and reacted quickly and efficiently – changing the way in which games were sold, forever.

On game rentals and used game trade-ins by consumers, which some publishers and developers would like to see ended:

I understand the concerns that developer friends of mine have about not getting a second bite of the apple… In the movie business, they produce a theatrical version and then DVD, Blu-ray, Video on Demand (VoD), PSP and pay-per-view versions…


[Game biz types] see rental and used as businesses in which they don’t get to participate. And while I understand and appreciate their perspective… I’m still not convinced that rental and used are bad for the sector. We’ve witnessed how rental has provided a low-cost venue for people to try before you buy; same for used…

On the U.S. Supreme Court and its potential impact on video games:

Well, [a change in the balance of the court] will most definitely present a problem for the industry, but not necessarily consumers. The more conservative judges are also the ones that tend to side with intellectual property owners over consumers, for instance. Tech policy is in for a major shift from the right to the left in my opinion, and that would be very good for consumers, but quite disconcerting for the IP-concerned trade associations (MPAA, RIAA and ESA).


We’ve also heard that the conservative judges would be more likely to be open to anti-games/gamer bills, so a shift to the more liberal side would be good for both the trade and consumers in that regard.

Hal also points interested gamers to a detailed listing of ECA’s position statements.

FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

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  1. digdug says:

    I was talking about liberal judges, not left-wing political activists or (some) left wing politicians. Theres a difference. Plus Obama said he opposes the fairness doctrine.

  2. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Looking at surprisingly the BBFC and others a T15 level is needed but withal the politically correctness and general politics will they ever admit it and do something  about it..I doubt it, the US still blindly believes there is no difference in 13 and 15/16….


    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

  3. Bennett Beeny says:

    He’s a ‘fan’ of ESRB?  Then I guess that settles it – Hal Halpin is the biggest douche in the universe.

  4. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Thanks, Dennis.


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  5. Bigman-K says:

    I agree that their should be a rating in between "T" and "M" to place the higher end "T" rated games and the lower end "M" rated games. Maybe a MT15+ for mature teens 15 or older that could encompass games like Crysis, Halo, Call of Duty, The Longest Journey, Mass Effect, Oblivion, ect. Sort of like the BBFC’s 15 certificate or Canada’s 14A rating for films although I doubt it will ever happen though.


    "No law means no law" – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

  6. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Not that fond of the ESRB its a mish mash of rantigns altho the US popualce si a muishmash of people so I geuss it amtches but frankly we have cartoonish levels of violence in games like Castelvina that are classfied as M when most of teh world classfises it as teen, if we are truely goign to keep teh antaqauited teen to mature levels we need to adjsut what goes where, Halo is another game that has no real palce in the mature level…… we need a middle step from T to M as alot of games will fall to it sicne msot games don;t even try to be really gorey anymore.

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

  7. DavCube says:

    Except, it IS him. And from experience, ignoring him doesn’t do a damn thing. He just rants harder, thinking we’re too afraid to talk back to him.

    This is a man who took being scolded for submitting porn in the court docket as a victory, for God’s sake.

  8. Erik says:

    And how about the rambling, threatening messages left on Dennis’ answering machine?  Was that not Jack either?  Or how about the court filings which mention Dennis and Game Politics, not filed by him?

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  9. Anthrax says:

    I suppose when you look at it that way, there is no real evidence against it being him, but at the same time, there’s no evidence that it’s him either. I’m voting for this asshole being a troll, talking like JT is extremely easy. Just ignore him and he’ll go away.

    As for the article itself, I like this Halpin guy a lot.

  10. Austin_Lewis says:

    I tell you what, that Fairness Doctrine seems really fair to me.  It forces stations with Conservative Talkshows to give equal time to unprofitable Liberal talkshows, but doesn’t work the other way around.  Sounds like being better on the 1st amendment to me.


  11. Erik says:

    "First off, that’s not JT."

    And you base that on what exactly? 

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  12. Wolvenmoon says:

    First off, that’s not JT.

    Secondly, JT uses reverse psychology in his dealings with gamers. The full likelihood is he’s not as much of an idiot as he makes himself out to be, and is really supporting the issues he pretends to flail against. I can say with certainty he doesn’t really like half of what he says he does.

    Sometimes a double edged sword is most effective. Look at the hikes in video game violence the past few years, his campaigning has had the exact opposite effect of what he says it does.

    Of course, the truly innovative and beautiful games (crysis, crysis:warhead, too bad they’re DRM’d up) aren’t over the top gorefests (fallout 3, gears of war 2).

    So instead of getting better, cooler games-crysis should have came out a full year before it did and ran on much lower spec’d hardware without looking worse, it’s just unoptimized-we get extreme gore retextures of old games.

    He rants harder, we get more gore, and the creative developers die a little inside as they make it so you can beat someone with their own leg instead of adding something like realistic wildlife. (Who can’t say they didn’t want to see birds and monkeys hopping tree to tree, causing the branches to shake subtly, in crysis or even oblivion. The zombies and heads on pikes any better?)

    What GP needs to do is use the registrations to make a claim in court that it is a private community and that JT is harrassing its members, send notices to his ISP, and threaten to press charges if it’s really him on here.

    Guys, he’s an internet troll that gets attention. Much like the guy that got oprah to quote the anon creed and say ‘over nine thousand’ on national TV. Don’t be a dumbshit like oprah, ban the failtroll, delete his posts, and send him packing via some nasty e-mails to his ISP.

  13. digdug says:

    Lets see who Obama comes up with for the supreme court. I’d much rather take my chances with him than have another social conservative from McCain. Liberals are usually much better on the 1st Amendment.

    Granholm would be a terrible choice though. But thats just wild speculation based on people thinking he’ll choose a woman. Ive heard other, more qualified names. Hillary would be even worse. Thats why its a good thing she’s going to be sec of state; at least he cant put her on the supreme court now (if he would have even considered it).

    I think I have more faith in Obama than Halpin. Obamas a constitutional scholar. I dont think he’ll just pick some female politician. I think he’ll pick good, qualified judges that will be good for free speech for video games.

  14. Mr. Stodern says:

    On the topic at hand…

    That said, there’s always room for improvement. Perhaps ESRB having more independence from the ESA would be one great step. Another might be to work more closely with us… which we’re working on…

    Sounds very good to me.

    Getting out ahead of legislation, rather than constantly being on the defensive, is one of the ways we see the ECA as being able to change the paradigm.

    Couldn’t agree more.

    …with regard to our stance on violent media research: we actually support and encourage it. One large caveat is that we believe that, in order to be worth the paper it’s printed on, the study needs to be objective, inclusive of ALL media (music ,movies, etc.) and as longitudinal as possible. To date, we’ve seen nothing but subjective research, specific to games – to the exclusion of all other media, and usually to the exclusion of all other external factors. Those results make for sensational headlines, but do nothing to help us understand the impact of violent media.

    Which is the result of people not actually being interested in a debate, just working towards their own personal gains.

    The subsequent FTC (Federal Trade Commission) studies showed a dramatic turn-around over that period of time and even put games ahead of both the music and movie sectors… far more mature businesses with, then, better-known ratings and labeling systems.

    Can’t wait to see the industry finally get acknowledged and credited for that by someone other than, say, us.

  15. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Just in case we have rabid fanboys searching for that screen name, allow me to correct you. His screen name was "mccainisthefreakingman" and that was really hypocritical of him to switch sides.


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  16. Bennett Beeny says:

    Flamespeak wrote:

    "Just because something isn’t dangerous, doesn’t mean it is fine to be given to minors."

    Why?  Just because something (like porn) is restricted by law from access by minors, that doesn’t mean it’s right or sensible.

    In all cases where something is not dangerous, the PARENT, not the government, should be the one deciding whether the kid is mature enough for it.

  17. Bigman-K says:

    I’d say that would depend of the age of the child in question. Definetly young children like those in the single digit age brackets and slightly above shouldn’t be playing these games and in that instance i agree with you BUT when it comes to lets say age 14+ teenagers in high school i don’t really see a problem whatsoever although i believe that as long as they’re in their parents house they would have to follow their parents rules of what is or isn’t allowed. With that said though that is the sole decression and responsibility of the parents and not the nanny-state.


    "No law means no law" – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

  18. shady8x says:

    Alcohol kills as many people in this country in a year as the nuke in hiroshima…

    Binge drinking among teens is CAUSED by the fact that it is illegal… That is according to the manifesto that college deans from a hundred top universities signed…(they want the age lowered to 18)

    So even in the case of the worlds most deadly and addicting drug which kills 10 times as many people as all illegal drugs combined, it would be safer if it were less restricted…


    Hmm perhaps a lesson could be learned from that…

  19. Erik says:

    First off let me say that I am against government regulations of any sort on games in a rather hard line way.  But, not having some prepubecent yelling racial slurs and trying to act like a hardass likely would get me interested in multiplayer games on Xbox Live.  It isn’t up to te government or even Microsoft to say who can or can’t play these games.  But finding an adult only server would be rather refreshing.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  20. Cerabret100 says:

    "However, in countries where it’s freely available to people under about 18, it’s abused by a HUGE percentage of that group."

    Actually, in "wet" societies where drinking is considered an everyday thing and not held by the stricter social rules such as our societies, the rate of issues with alchohol is lower.

     Back on topic I’ve been playing Resident Evil and Conkers Bad Fur Day since i was about 11-12 because my dad wasn’t exactly the most watchful, yet i suffer no consequences, but it’s completely dependent on the different circumstances each child is around

  21. Wolvenmoon says:

    I’m agreeing with the other guy.

    Today’s M rated games are over the top and should not be sold to underage users-ever. Alcohol is perfectly fine in moderation, and even people over 21 go over the top with it CONSTANTLY.

    However, in countries where it’s freely available to people under about 18, it’s abused by a HUGE percentage of that group.

    You can look at car wreck statistics too if you want. Most people involved are either under about 23, and teh second highest is over 55.

    Your high-handed rhetoric is cute. As is your refering to xbox live. If you knew what this was about you’d probably be arguing for voluntary censorship.

    To date I see very few new console games with an M rating that can be toned down via in game options. Unreal tournament 2004 is a great example of toning it down. Mature taunts, gibs, and blood could all simply be turned off without breaking the game, and there were still enough taunts to be fun.

    I really sincerely hope that my generation (I’m 20 as of today) isn’t the one to completely open pandora’s box on this. Like alcohol, some violence is harmless to all but a statistically insignificant percent of the population. Too much violence, and you get desensitized, which opens the option to people that are receptive to it.

    But how do we tell who’s receptive? We can’t without starting a whole new civil rights movement due to discrimination. So the next best option is to lock mature content in game, or even just let people turn it off.

    Neverwinter nights had the right idea. This is interactive, immersive media, not a movie. Customization comes standard.

  22. SS says:

    Are you calling most of my age group stupid?  I am insulted, sir.  So what do you propose, a ban on minors playing M-rated games.  Something along the lines of underage users on live not being able to play M-rated games? 

    It’s the parent’s responsibilty to determine if their spawn is old or mature enough to consume violent media.

  23. Flamespeak says:

    Because their minds generally aren’t mature enough to understand the material being presented in terms of morality, nor do many quite grasp the difference between reality and fantasy. Not all, mind you, but enough that it can be a problem.

  24. VideolandHero says:

    Just because something isn’t dangerous, doesn’t mean it is fine to be given to minors.

    Why shouldn’t it be given to minors then?

    — Official Protector of Videoland!

  25. Flamespeak says:

    Porn isn’t dangerous either. Should we allow a 12 year old to go buy a Hustler magazine when he/she wants to?

    Just because something isn’t dangerous, doesn’t mean it is fine to be given to minors.

    Most places card when you buy an R-rated or Unrated movie. The same should occur when a game is purchased. It should be self-regulated and not forced upon stores though, because if a store thinks it will get in trouble for not following the procedure, then some will just stop carrying the product as a precautionary step.


  26. VideolandHero says:

    Yes, the it’s the parents choice, not the stores.

    And parents shouldn’t be scared and lied to when people on tv and such say video games are dangerous.

    — Official Protector of Videoland!

  27. JDKJ says:

    For the same reason that the record industry shot its own foot off: common sense rarely prevails over greed.

  28. GoodRobotUs says:

    True, but you would have thought they would learn from current animosity towards groups such as the RIAA, not just from ‘isolated groups’, but on a much larger scale, to the point where they have actually resigned themselves to being considered small-minded, lawsuit happy parasites, as some kind of a lesson about how not to go about things.


    Edit: And just to clarify, I don’t actually dislike the ESA, and I understand their need to represent the industry,  I just think they are making a massive mistake in choosing their role-models. The ESA has potential to be something more than that. It’s not the easiest route, it’s not the most short-term profitable route (which means it probably won’t be taken), but it’s a route that ensures the future of the Industry, which does, for all the representation in the world, depend on people going out and actually buying the games.

    The record industry is now in a position where people actively seek out non-RIAA distributors, to the degree where the death of mainstream music can, in part, be attributed to the behaviour of the RIAA, even big-name musicians are now experimenting with releasing their own music for free, or for a very small charge. Basically, those policies fractured, and continue to fracture, the recording industry, I just wonder why the ESA are in such a rush to go down the same road?

  29. JDKJ says:

    Why amazed? As GP’s article noted, they represent the sellers. The time when the seller actually gave a hoot about the buyer’s concerns instead of just trying to hose the buyer for the cash in their pockets ended with sock-hops and drive-ins with waitresses on rollerskates.  

  30. GoodRobotUs says:

    Agreed, my bigger concern is the ESA trying pull the trick that anyone who looks at the matter from a consumer perspective doesn’t count. Indeed, their contempt for the consumers point of view was displayed quite clearly when they went off on a rant about GamePolitics over the Key-speaker at E3 last year. Their statement on the matter basically said ‘We’ll use who we want to use, it’s not as if consumer opinion counts for anything…’, though, in all fairness, that seems to be the attitude of all Industry representation groups everywhere.

    Basically, the ESA seem to be of the opinion that if someone isn’t happy, they must, therefore, be a minority and can be ignored, that is so going to turn around and bite them on the butt, I’m just amazed they seem to maintain a head-in-the-sand attitude towards consumer concerns.


  31. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Uh, guys? Can we NOT abuse each other here?


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  32. Father Time says:

    I think your use of the >9000 joke constitutes overkill.


    "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" – Tasmanian devil

  33. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    Oh, there is. After all, I have OVER 9000 Internets in stock.


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  34. Father Time says:

    You give out so many internets I don’t think they’ll be any left for the rest of us.


     "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" – Tasmanian devil

  35. NovaBlack says:

    Jack would be saying the exact same thing if McCain had been elected. Just thought I’d point out.


    so true. Before Obama won, JTs username was ‘MCainFreakinRules’ lol.

    Just shows how much disbarredGuy changes the facts to suit his own purpose.

  36. Mr. Stodern says:

    Get ready to have Obama hand the video game industry’s head to it…

    Jack would be saying the exact same thing if McCain had been elected. Just thought I’d point out.

    get a haircut so people might take you more seriously

    Funny, he once told me to do the same thing back in the Live Journal days, based on my avatar, which was a picture of Rasputin. And that was the day I knew what Jack’s really all about: Being a douche.

  37. NovaBlack says:

    lol please do go on. im quite enjoying it.

    dennis should run a thread with the largest thompson fail sheet known to man. its be actually very interesting for those people who are new to JT, and come along saying ”well i think hes a nice guy, who’s just a bit confused”, then theyd see it and go ”ah.. right.. i take that back.. hes just a liar”, n itd save us having to explain it every time.


    Claiming he’s never broken the comments policy on GP by posting lengthy unrelated ‘press releases’.  FAIL

    showing his alleged ‘smoking gun’ evidnece days before disbarrment that would stop it in its tracks. FAIL

    claiming with just a week to go, that he would never be disbarred, and i could quote him on that. FAIL.


  38. Zerodash says:

    Penny Arcade guys thrown in prison.  FAIL

    Gamepolitics shut down.  FAIL

    RICO suit filed againse ESA this past summer.  FAIL

    Bully banned in Florida.  FAIL

    Bully causing an "epidemic" of slingshot injuries.  FAIL

    VTech gunman being an avid gamer.  FAIL

    Louisianna anti-games law constitutionally bullet-proof.  FAIL

    Jack Thompson disbarment case being thrown out.  FAIL

    Strauss Zelinick being arrested.  FAIL

    Shall we go on? 


    As far as I’m concerned Jack, your fanatical activity is covering up some dark secret of yours.  How long before we hear stories about you that echo this:

    It’s all a matter of time…

  39. Austin_Lewis says:

    You know what’s really funny about this whole thing?  I have long hair, a beard that is about as long as Ronnie Drew’s, and wear sunglasses all the time even when in a professional capacity, and I’m STILL a more respected member of the working community than Jack Thompson.  I also make more than he and his wife combined, have a nicer house, and don’t feel the need to make fun of people because their hair doesn’t look like they made the mistake of lighting a cigarette in a flour packaging facility.

  40. DavCube says:

    You’re one to talk about ‘not listening,’ Mr. Thompson. All you do is saying the adult equivalent of ‘Nuh-uh! You’re stupid!’ whenever somebody counters your lies with actual facts and ACTUAL statistics and actual studies that had some time and effort put into them, not testing a couple dozen kids for fifteen minutes apiece.

    Add that to sending in picture books and porn as filings, you’re just as guilty as the people on this site you think should all be legally executed.

    (For those reading, where appropriate in my responses, i WILL keep bringing that quote of his up. It shows just how much of a hypocrite he is.)

    David Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You’re Not.

  41. Erik says:

    If you weren’t a coward John then you would go after the movie industry as well.  As the FTC has shown it is much much easier for a minor to buy an R or unrated movie than it is for the same minor to buy an M rated game.  But you know that the movie industry wouldn’t take your shit as much as the game industry has and thus would leave your anus in ruins.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  42. NovaBlack says:

    ”Oh, and get a haircut so people might take you more seriously”


    Do you ever think that you may have been taken seriously if you didnt resort to immature name calling and insult throwing? You come across like a 5 year old child.



     ”Jack Thompson, Once and Future Lawyer” 


    HAHAHAHAHA…. ‘once and future’ what a way to spin the word ‘ex’ . ‘ex’ was the word you were looking for Jack .. ‘ex’.. or ‘disbarred’ or ‘disgraced’. lol @ ‘once and future’.




  43. Sigma 7 says:

    You wouldn’t listen to those who wanted the sale of adult games to kids to stop, so now The Messiah, who has even an answer for the NCAA Football BCS Poll, is going to bring the Leviathan state down upon your murder simulators.

    Yes, and King Saul brought himself down on his own sword. 

  44. Flamespeak says:

    I seriously doubt President Obama is stupid enough to damage an industry that legally generates billions of dollars a year in the US economy, especially when we are going through a turbulent time right now in said economy.

  45. hellfire7885 says:

    I’m pretty sure Obama has bigger things to worry about than plastic discs with data on them, Thompson, Like, the ecnomy, or trying to end the conflict in Iraq and end this expensive war.

    But no, by all means do your best to prevent that, because somehow, federally regulatign video games will somehow fix the rest right?

    As for your "Once adn future lawyer" bit, funny ,but it needs correction. Maybe "Complete failure as a lawyer and you’re not" woudl fit better.

    You’re not even "has-been" boyo, you’re a never was

  46. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Just what is it that Obama will do that will be the downfall of the Games industry? He never made any mention of such an agenda while running for office.

    Next, if you actually read Hal’s comments he said he actually spoke with Lieberman and took his advice to start implementing a voluntary carding policy. That worked out pretty well. DOn’t you think. Oh wait you don’t.

    You were never the games industry’s friend. We tried to befriend you and you spat in our collective faces. You never once reached out to us. You never once reached back when we reached out to you. You riduculed us, attacked us and harassed us.

    AS for the last bit, Once and Future Lawyer, good luck convincing another state bar to admit you. You need all the luck you can get.

    E. Zachary Knight
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  47. jkdjr25 says:

    You are incorrect sir.

    Here in the good ole U.S. of A we still have this document called the Constitution and with it the First Ammendment. So unless you’re in favor of dissolving the Constitution in favor of a dictatorship that’s not going to happen and you know it.

    Nice try.

    And really. A long hair comment? Kinda dating yourself there aren’t you?

  48. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    "The Messiah, who has even an answer for the NCAA Football BCS Poll, is going to bring the Leviathan state down upon your murder simulators."

    *SNIP* They don’t like it when you mention them in your defense as being on your side. They’re on our side, and you, Jack, are nothing but comedy to us. If they were on your side, not even a drop of all the shit you’ve been through would ever have happened. If anything, it would have happened to us, as you claim here in reality. But it didn’t, which is proof enough that they support us, and not you, Jack.

    Collin Griffin, A.K.A. Shadow Darkman, Sane Human Church-Goer, And Jack Is Nothing But Comedy.

    P.S.: I hear Captain Falcon sent you an e-mail. Did you like it?

    SD: Ugh. I hate it when I go auto-pilot.

  49. michelleobamarama says:

    Get ready to have Obama hand the video game industry’s head to it, Hal.  You helped prepare the industry for this day.  You wouldn’t listen to those who wanted the sale of adult games to kids to stop, so now The Messiah, who has even an answer for the NCAA Football BCS Poll, is going to bring the Leviathan state down upon your murder simulators.  I was the industry’s best friend.  You were its worst nightmare. Nice going, Hal.  Oh, and get a haircut so people might take you more seriously.  Jack Thompson, Once and Future Lawyer 

  50. Austin_Lewis says:

    He didn’t seem to care too much about the 2nd amendment in the past though, did he?  Of course, neither does his VP Biden, or Hillary, or most of the people he’s appointed so far.

  51. Mr. Stodern says:

    Jack simply can’t help insulting anyone. If Hal were bald, Jack’d make an immature comment about that. Or find something else.

  52. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    Jack: Grow up and cut back on the crazy so people may take you more seriously.

    Seriously though, what is the deal with you and Halpin’s haircut? Sorry Jack but this ain’t the 50’s anymore. A man having (slightly) long hair isn’t seen as peculiar by anyone other than woefully out of touch, yet for some reason self-righteous morons like yourself.

  53. JDKJ says:






                                                       Jack Thompson (hairstyling courtesy of The Zohan)


  54. Shadow D. Darkman says:

    You win the Internet.


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

  55. JDKJ says:

    Jack "The Walking Comedy Act" Thompson giving someone advice on being taken seriously. Hooo, boy. That’s a good one. 

  56. Father Time says:

    I’m sure he answered this once before but what does Hal think of the Ao rating?


     "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" – Tasmanian devil

  57. JDKJ says:

    Can you think of a class of anythings who haven’t in some way formally banded together to further their common interests? And legal services are less expensive if those who have a common need for legal services secure those services collectively, rather than individually (like 10 people buying 100 rolls of toilet paper from Costco with each person, who probably wouldn’t want to buy 100 rolls at a time, getting 10 rolls) . Besides, there’s that little clause in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the right of the People to associate (i.e. "group up")

  58. DeepThorn says:

    ESA shouldn’t even exist…  They already have their teams of lawyers, do they seriously need to group up too?  ECA is needed to speak up for the consumers, but when the ESA has so much money and power, the developers and consumers get screwed, and it is all about making more money, not quality games or consumer rights.  Games should not cost $60 today either.

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  59. VideolandHero says:

    I say we fight against carding people if they buy M rated games.  They are not dangerous and kids and teens should be able to play them if they want.

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  60. T5 says:

    Mr. Haplin seems a bit myopic in his view of liberal justices being a good thing for consumers where there is large amounts of evidence to support that liberals are just as capable not being as such, GP’s own link confirms this, and this is of course balanced with the scalia article.  

    I did like his assesment of Liberman, lord knows that it is hard to vote out incumbents here in CT, but when a better canidadte emerges he or she will win (note: Ned Lamont was not and will never be said candidate) 

    Hopefully the ECA will stay on top of this used game issue given the buzz about it lately, it is a winning issue to be sure and probably represents the greatest opportunity to legitmately help practically every gamer in the country.

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