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« on: January 17, 2008, 11:30:58 PM »

and it's about time.
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A story in The New York Times yesterday reports that the video game industry has finally woken up and realized that in order to stay strong going forward, it can't rely on 13-year-old pimple-faced kids to promote its agenda.

According to the report, Michael D. Gallagher, chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, the industry's lobbying arm in Washington, told the Times that its political action committee (PAC) will be up and running by the end of March and will represent Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, among others.

We will be writing checks to campaigns by the end of this quarter," Mr. Gallagher said. "This is an important step in the political maturation process of the industry that we are ready to take now. This is about identifying and supporting champions for the game industry on Capitol Hill so that they support us."
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008, 04:03:34 AM »

Just what our nation needs. More lobbyists. disgust
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008, 06:33:19 AM »

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  That's how the world works, right?

I thought almost the same thing when I first read it... but then I compared it to the movie industry.  They have lobbyists, and they seem to have things going fine for them.  In the last few years, the gaming industry has just been getting the shit kicked out of them (more or less).

Personally, I'm really sick of the section of the Democratic party which likes to go after the "evils" of video games.  So it will be nice to see the industry at least put up a united front against this kind of crap.

But yeah... it really ends up being "pay to play", whether you like it or not.  It's obviously not going to lead to cheaper games, either.  icon_evil
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 04:49:46 PM »

I wonder what the impacts will be/have been...
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 04:58:45 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 06:42:04 PM »

Quote from: unbreakable on January 18, 2008, 06:33:19 AM

  It's obviously not going to lead to cheaper games, either.  icon_evil

The "What was your first game?" thread that used to be in Off-Topic made me realize that game prices have barely budged since the late 1980s. Pretty sure I was paying $40-50 for AAA titles back then.

Maybe their lobbying will lead to favorable tax breaks and other sugar that helps keep prices down. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 06:57:51 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on May 28, 2013, 06:42:04 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 18, 2008, 06:33:19 AM

  It's obviously not going to lead to cheaper games, either.  icon_evil

The "What was your first game?" thread that used to be in Off-Topic made me realize that game prices have barely budged since the late 1980s. Pretty sure I was paying $40-50 for AAA titles back then.

Maybe their lobbying will lead to favorable tax breaks and other sugar that helps keep prices down. 

I know Majora's Mask for N64 was £59.99 compared with todays £39.99...but that may of been with the N64 Expansion pack(that it needed),i can't remember
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2013, 07:12:35 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 28, 2013, 04:58:45 PM

has Unbreakable been banned or closed his account?

he requested his account be gone.
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013, 07:13:23 PM »

That was after he got banned from R&P.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 01:25:57 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 28, 2013, 06:57:51 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 28, 2013, 06:42:04 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 18, 2008, 06:33:19 AM

  It's obviously not going to lead to cheaper games, either.  icon_evil

The "What was your first game?" thread that used to be in Off-Topic made me realize that game prices have barely budged since the late 1980s. Pretty sure I was paying $40-50 for AAA titles back then.

Maybe their lobbying will lead to favorable tax breaks and other sugar that helps keep prices down. 

I know Majora's Mask for N64 was £59.99 compared with todays £39.99...but that may of been with the N64 Expansion pack(that it needed),i can't remember

In the US, psx games were $40, ps2 games $50 and ps3 games $60.
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2013, 12:34:55 AM »



‘Warcraft’ video game maker hires lobbyists to make its case:

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Activision Blizzard, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based maker of “Warcraft,” “Diablo” and other popular video games, has tapped lobbyists in Washington to advocate on a Senate bill that calls for a comprehensive study of the impact of violent video games on children.

The company has retained Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, one of K Street’s largest lobby shops. On the account are Washington-based partner Arshi Siddiqui and Austin-based senior policy adviser Ryan Thompson, according to lobbying records filed in August.

Akin Gump declined to comment, and Activision Blizzard did not return requests for comment.

It is unclear from lobbying records what position the company is taking on the legislation.

The bill, S.134: The Violent Content Research Act of 2013, was introduced in January by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va).

It calls for the National Academy of Sciences to examine whether there is a link between exposure to violent video games and aggressive behavior in children.

I'm guessing their position will be 'against'.
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2013, 04:34:41 PM »

The fact that they want to do a study on the impact of violent video games makes me want to kill everything I see.
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