Gamer Debate Video Asks: Will Candidates Waste Tax $$$ on Game Laws?

August 15, 2007 -

Austin from Oregon poses a tough question about about video game legislation to Republican candidates for next month's CNN/YouTube Debate.

And, hey, Austin - we noticed you have logos from GamePolitics, the Entertainment Consumers Association, and the Video Game Voters Network hanging on the wall behind you.

Awesome!


Comments

GP, the Republican CNN/YouTube debate is now set for November 28th.

And I still won't have a video camera. :(

Nightwng2000
NW2K Software

I have to set some time aside to make a good question then film it with my girlfriends digital camera.

I like this one. This goes straight to the heart. He looks very clean cut as well. If only he was wearing a shirt and tie, but this was good. The scene was not too busy, the video and audio was great.

Keep it up.

Good.

Ouch. That question stings. He certainly didn't pull any punches.

This is exactly what we need to ask the politicians. This is what people need to hear. "Well... are you going to waste my money?"

Excellent work Austin! I like that he mentioned the fact that movies aren't regulated, so the pols can't weasel out by saying they'd regulate games as movies are regulated. It's amazing how many people in the US don't know that movies aren't regulated at all...
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Great! This is probably the clearest, most concise question yet. I hope it gets picked!

I like this one!

Very, very nice. My question is of a similar vein. I am recording a first pass tonite, and will likely link it in the forums for some feedback before I submit it to the debate site. Excellent work!

Is that Cecil (or used to be)?

Very nice. Cut to the heart of the matter so politicians will have to supply their own bullshit and doublespeak.

Keep us updated Jeffy. I'm glad that we're taking those people to task.

I think this is a good way to approach the issue. It really is a waste of tax dollars, especially since we are currently in a undeclared war and borrowing stupid amounts of money from China so we can spend it on things such as this.

I think certain candidates will dodge it by saying "Well I don't think protecting our children against violent imagery is a waste of tax dollars because [insert bullshit reason here]."

From the GP Forums:
http://www.gamepoliticsforums.com/showthread.php?t=2840&page=4

" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5cl93AfroQ

I haven't submitted it to the debate yet. I will do it as soon as I get some 3rd party opinions - making sure there aren't any glaring faults.

Thanks,
Jeff McHale
~the1jeffy "

Nice, direct. The best question I've heard.
Couldn't see the advertisements though.

@jeffy
pretty good, though the person in the back switching cards kinda distracting. I would recommend using a comp screen with power point.

jer,

You obviously aren't married, to even suggest that I'd replace my wife with a computer! ;)

Thanks for the constructive critique, though.

~J

This is a good one. Others are right when they say this kid is clean cut, speaks clearly, and asks a direct and poignant question. Very well done, Austin. You're a credit to the cause, sir.

Also, it's nice to see someone put a little more thought into presentation. I was getting annoyed with seeing kids' bedrooms.

I seem to be having trouble posting comments, as I tried to post earlier.
Thank you all for your support, I am glad to make a small difference in the cause. I chose to wear my JustZelda.com shirt rather than a suit, but now I have a sweet ECA shirt to wear for my next appearance, thank you all.

-Austin

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E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
SleakerI think a large part of the controversy stems from the idea that games aren't culture setters, but culture reactors, and simply depict what is already in culture. So people don't care that games use tropes or are blind to them because we've failed ...08/29/2014 - 12:20pm
AvalongodBesides, what better way to make her point for her than to respond to her opinion by behaving like a misogynistic asshole. Sure, it may be a troll account, but that doesn't make it "ok"08/29/2014 - 12:19pm
AvalongodWhether Sarkeesian is "right" or "wrong" is not relevant, neither she nor any other woman should have to expect that her opinion will be met with death threats or even just sexist language.08/29/2014 - 12:18pm
Andrew EisenOh, may as well. Zip, I challenge you to cite three specific examples from the TvW videos (use direct quotes and time stamps) and explain how/why they ring hollow or are over exaggerated.08/29/2014 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenZip - Bullies on both sides? What both sides? And of course bullies are worse than people who aren't bullies.08/29/2014 - 11:23am
Neeneko(2) yes, male tropes also have problems and gender studies looks at those too. But this highlights a privilage problem, the idea that if male issues are not brought up too female issues should not be discussed.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
Neeneko@ZippyDSMlee - jumping back (1) one can acknowledge systemic problems without requiring every male be a Neanderthal.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
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ZippyDSMleeIt goes without saying that we need to et rid of the bullies on both sides that are far worse than Sarkeesian or Quin will ever be.08/29/2014 - 8:24am
ZippyDSMleeI'm talking more about the genreal movement and how silly it is, as for Sarkeesian half of what she is says rings hollw while the other half tend to be over exsagerated.08/29/2014 - 8:22am
 

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