Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game Companies

April 14, 2009 -

A mayoral candidate in Austin, Texas has made attracting game developers and other creative media types a key part of his campaign platform.

Brewster McCracken (D) mentions attracting game developers in response to the Austin American-Statesman's request for candidates to outline their vision for the city.

McCracken, currently a member of Austin's City Council, sees game development as a way to help the city weather the recession:

Starting with a vision of independent film, independent music and 3-D animation leadership in digital media... We will need elected leaders to personally recruit creative economy employers. We will need expanded incentives to recruit films and TV series. We will need to recruit video game and music publishers and firms with expertise in digital media distribution to empower local creative artists.

GP: We should mention that Austin already has a thriving game development community. McCracken wants to attract additional talent to the city.


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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

I wouldn't mind that, I work for an Austin windows company and all we do is game it in the background during down time and the bosses join in.

Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

I was in mid-facepalm when I re-read the headline and realized he meant 'attract' not 'attack'

Guess I'm too used to those kinda stories on here.

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

Couldn't the headline for this article just as easily be 'Politician says stuff to get votes'?

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

They're lucky to have BioWare Austin there as a good example rather than, say, Rockstar.

Austin's always been pretty progressive and pro-tech so this isn't much of a surprise, though.

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

Would that be the same BioWare that made that despicable sex-a-thon filth-fest Mass Effect? 

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

No that wa Bioware Edmonton. Bioware Austin is making some MMO

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

Ahh, would this be the rumoured KOTOR MMO?

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

Possibly. Greg must be pleased. Then again, power like that is hard to come by. Perhaps he'd fit right in with the Azure Knighthood.

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Re: Austin Mayoral Candidate Wants to Attract Video Game ...

He'd get my vote! Stuff like that would work here in the UK if it weren't for Crazy Keith.

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