Between the food, the football, the commercials and the schmoozing, it’s unlikely that the topic of video game regulation will come up at President Barack Obama’s White House Super Bowl party this evening.
But if it does, at least two of the Congressional types on his small, bipartisan guest list have some background on the issue.
In December, 2007 Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stood with Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and Family as Walsh zinged the video game industry for what he referred as "an ominous backslide."
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who is known for almost never missing a vote, proposed a 2005 Congressional resolution directing the FTC to investigate the Hot Coffee scandal. In 2006 he sponsored the Video Game Decency Act, a piece of legislation which ultimately failed to pass.
Perhaps more interesting than the (admittedly unlikely) video game angle is trying to decipher the formula used by the Prez in determining his guest list:
- 11 Democrats, 4 Republicans
- 5 from Pennsylvania (Steelers?)
- 2 from Arizona (Cardinals?)
- 1 from Illinois (Obama’s old Senate partner)
- 1 each from Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan, DC, Alabama, Connecticut and New Hampshire