LucasArts Prez Talks Video Game Legislation

August 8, 2007 -
Jim Ward, president of game publisher LucasArts, spoke about the political side of the video game business in a wide-ranging interview with Mike Antonucci of the San Jose Mercury-News.

Ward also serves as the current chair of the ESA board. His thoughts:
What we wanted to do was focus the ESA on that No. 1 issue, which is governmental, state and local legislation against games. In a macro sense, maybe he's right. But my concern, quite honestly, is that as we enter this political cycle, we become a hot potato...

And, by the way, at any moment, if some kid in West Virginia goes and blows away 32 people, and they find out that he played a video game, guess what, we've got a problem again. Just as if he had watched a movie and then done that. Or just as if he had read "Catcher in the Rye" and blamed it on J.D. Salinger...

Most importantly -- and this is a belief system that you either buy into or not -- you have to believe in the sanctity of First Amendment rights. We believe you have to protect that, no matter what.

Comments

I never thought about the war on games as all coming down to a belief system, but that's one hell of a point. It's been said many times that the only thing to really do is keep fighting until the older generation is in the ground, and that comment really solidifies that idea, at least for me.

"Most importantly — and this is a belief system that you either buy into or not — you have to believe in the sanctity of First Amendment rights. We believe you have to protect that, no matter what."

Spot on!

@J-Guy

Oh please christ yes

^John
I'm still hoping they blame Shakespeare.

Meh he was close enough. Though I would love to see a murderer come out and blame hemmingway,, Remarque, or salinger. Then maybe we could read something different in our schools

It was 31 people, and then himself, but yeah. Not much else to say but... "Yup."

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