September 10, 2005

Tipper Gore, Redux [10:49 am]

Talk about misapplication of federal resources and political capital, particularly in Katrina’s wake: Contesting the Not-So-Virtual World of Politics

Video gamers aren’t supposed to care about serious stuff like politics. According to stereotype, gamers are supposed to be apathetic, socially challenged slackers who live off their parents and don’t care about much beyond where the next bag of Cheetos is coming from.

That image will likely be tested in the coming months as politicians ramp up efforts to regulate video games. Microsoft’s introduction of the new Xbox 360 console will surely be the most-hyped video game story of the fall, but the drive in Washington to bring the industry under federal oversight will certainly have farther-reaching ramifications both for the industry and for gamers themselves.

Leading the charge is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York. [...]

[...] Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, put the entire issue in perspective.

“This is a classic case of one generation attacking the media of a younger generation,” he said. “There are all of these people who may be mortified by the Godfather video game because it’s too violent but then they’ll go out and buy the Godfather trilogy of movies and let their kids watch it because they consider that great art. Many of the people now attacking video games screamed and yelled at their own parents for saying that rock ‘n’ roll was the devil and was leading to the destruction of American values. A lot of those people ended up going to Congress, and now they are saying the same thing about video games.”

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