Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

March 10, 2009 -

Perhaps it's for his grandchildren.

A Nintendo Wii was among items taken in a burglary of the Topeka home of U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), reports the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Brownback, a long-time critic of the video game industry, has twice proposed Senate legislation aimed at forcing the ESRB to play games to completion before assigning a rating. He has also taken Sony to task for the use of Congo coltan in the PlayStation 2.

Brownback, who once harbored presidential aspirations, said last year that he would not run for re-election to the Senate in 2010. Instead, he is considered a likely contender for the governor's position in Kansas.

Also missing from his home were a laptop, flat screen TV, check book and jewelry. The case is under investigation by local police.


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Re: Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

I know it seems like GP is running this story to make him look like a hypocrit, but it actually gives me a good feeling to know that this particular game-criticizing politician owned a game system himself. It means he might just have known what the hell he was talking about, something that a lot of similar politicians admittedly do not.

At any rate, it makes his criticism of games a little bit more credible in my eyes. That's my two cents.

Re: Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

"I know it seems like GP is running this story to make him look like a hypocrite..."

I have no opinion on the rest of your post, but I have a question concerning what is quoted above.

How does it seem that Dennis is trying to make him look like a hypocrite?

Now, before anyone asks, I did read the article. I don't blame him for the ESRB thing. It would only give the critics more ammo if they only see 5% of a game and rate it T, for example, based on that 5%, when somewhere in the remaining 95% there is something that would merit an M rating or even an AO rating.

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Re: Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

"Perhaps it's for his grandchildren."

Using this as the opening line of the story puts a certain spin on the whole thing, implying that if he plays the Wii himself then he is a hypocrit for criticising games.

If I'm wrong on this GP can let me know, but this is the impression I got from this particular entry.

Re: Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

Shadow, the ESRB currently requires a video with the most objectionable content in the game. While still only showing  a 30 minute to an hour video of video capture from gameplay and cutscenes, the raters aer seeing the worst content.

If any game company tried to decieve the ESRB by not including some objectionable content, it will be found out if not before release but definitely after release, the game company receives heavy fines and has to recall and rerate all their games.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: Wii Stolen in Break-in at Senate Game Critic's Home

Mabye him has a illict habbit  or two he needs money for. :X

 


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