IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a Debate

February 21, 2013 -

Video Game Developer and IGDA Member Daniel Greenberg has challenged Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to a debate on whether video games are a bigger problems than guns in America. His comments were made awhile back during a segment on MSNBC.

While it is unlikely that the Senator from Tennessee will take up Mr. Greenberg's offer for a vigorous and substantive debate on guns, media violence, and real-world violence, he has thrown down the gauntlet anyway:

Dear Senator Alexander,

I challenge you to a debate.

Subject: Your comments on video games.

To make it even easier for you to win, I will give away my opening line: "You said that 'video games are a bigger problem than guns' because, unlike guns, games 'affect' people. Ask the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School whether or not a gun 'affected' them."

Sincerely,

Daniel Greenberg
Video Game Developer and IGDA Member

Greenberg has been vocal about the video game industry's need to defend itself against an assault by the media and pundits representing both sides of the aisle about violent video games. In a recent article on The Atlantic Greenberg laid out the framework for doing just that.


Comments

Re: IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a ...

And Lamar will either refuse or more likely be unable to do it.

Re: IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a ...

I don't like that opening statement (I'd prefer something a bit classier) but it's a debate I'd certainly watch.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a ...

This guy is now among my heroes. Go Greenberg!

- Physical media forever!

Re: IGDA Member Challenges US Senator Lamar Alexander to a ...

Just call me a drooling fanboy! =)

(I wish there was a way to prevent anyone who has not grown up with video games from being able to legislate it. Then again, Bachmann is on the intelligence committee and perpetrators of Jim Crow laws are likely still around too, so that's a pipe dream.)

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