ESA Boss Answers 10 Questions... GP Has One More

November 26, 2008 -

GameDaily is running a feature in which ESA boss Michael Gallagher answers 10 questions from readers.

Although it sounds juicy, there are no real fireworks in either the questions and answers. Here's a sample:

9. What areas of the ESA do you feel need improvement in terms of serving the needs of the U.S. game industry, and what are you doing to address these?

Fixing the E3 Expo is a critical step forward. We need an industry event that captures the energy, creativity, and growth on our entertainment medium. I look forward to the lift ESA will get from the much improved show next June. In addition, it is critical for our industry to elevate its participation in the political process – through the ESA PAC as well as through the hundreds of candidates ESA supported on the state level. We need to boost those resources and improve targeting going forward.

On the grass roots level, we need to continue to grow, excite, and unleash the Video Game Voters Network in the policy arena... The video game industry is dynamic and fast-growing – and ESA must continue to foster and represent those qualities on behalf of the industry, its innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and consumers.

Gallagher also talks about his view of what the Obama administration will mean for games. Interesting, but he has already tackled this subject in some detail.

GP: I would have liked to have asked if Gallagher really imagines that the VGVN can legitimately represent game buyers when game sellers are paying the freight? Isn't that a bit like asking General Motors to represent drivers?

Sure, the interests of gamers and publishers converge on issues like censorship. But those interests diverge wildly when it comes to a number of issues which affect consumers such as DRM, the DMCA and used game trades.

And, yes, I recognize that I've got an inherent conflict of interest on this topic due to the ECA's ownership of GamePolitics. It's really the main reason I haven't been more vocal on this issue. But given the many controversies over anti-consumer measures like SecuROM, I'm frankly surprised that other outlets in the gaming press don't weigh in.


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I don't miss E3 convention.  Every year E3 took about a month out of whatever game I was working on to do a dog'n pony so that the marketing team could look like they did a lot of hard work.  Given that month back some of those games could have been at least polished a little more before they were prematurely aborted into a box and shipped out to people who were expecting a good game. Not to mention that some of the booths were more expensive than a small team of developers for a year.

The only people who need e3 are the gaming press not deemed important enough to schmoozed by publishers into releasing glowing previews and then overinflated review scores prior to the ship date.

I do miss the parties though. The big 3 console makers sure knew how to throw one.

 

 

 

 

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Ah media propaganda this be one of many reasons I do not give media much slack anymore, they have the money and talent to do a good job when they elect not to do a good job, the sht hits the fan.

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"Fixing the E3 Expo is a critical step forward. We need an industry event that captures the energy, creativity, and growth on our entertainment medium."

We've got one, it's called PAX you out of touch dinosaur.

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Gabe and Tycho are awesome.

Between Child's Play, PAX, Penny Arcade, and Precipice of Darkness, I just want to go to PAX and bow at their feet.

Then get to playing games.

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Seconded.

I respect them for the JT donation. That takes balls, and they've got them.

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*facepalm*

ESA is at it again.

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Re: ESA Boss Answers 10 Questions... GP Has One More

Other outlets in the gaming press don't weigh in because they are scared shitless of losing their revenue stream.

I personally didn't want to believe this, but the more podcasts I listen to and the more articles I read the more true it seems. Granted the more upstanding sites won't call a pile of crap the best game ever, but when I comes to other issues that affect consumers they stumble all over themselves to side with developers and publishers. They don't want to lose those relationships and unlike movie or music critics they don't have any sort of backing to call out bullshit moves certain companies make.

This is where community blogs become very important. You can debate their journalism credentials all you want, but when the average game buying consumer is getting reamed you can count on the bloggers to make a stink about it, as well as provide a place for gamers to do the same.

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..."but when 'it' comes to"...

Where's the edit button?

 

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It disappears once someone replies to your post.

 

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That is something I have considered as well. They don't want to bite the hand that feeds them.

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Re: ESA Boss Answers 10 Questions... GP Has One More

But given the many controversies over anti-consumer measures like SecuROM, I'm frankly surprised that other outlets in the gaming press don't weigh in.

Probably because those guys are bought. They give reviews for such benefits, GP is just a simple consumer like all of us. I think the only one that'd pick this up may be Kotaku.

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I joined the VVGN once, made me glad I changed emails.

Not to mention the hoops they make you jump through if you want out.

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That is exactly the question I raise every time I hear the ESA bring up the VGVN. I have helped several people avoid joining because of it.

This also reminds me of why I never started reading GameDaily. They don't have any hard news.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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