Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why to GP Reader

July 31, 2008 -

As GamePolitics reported last month, Sen. Thomas Duane (D) was the lone member of the New York State Senate to vote against a video game bill that was eventually signed into law by Gov. David Paterson. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Lanza (R) was approved by a 61-1 margin in the New York Senate.

An enterprising GP reader who happens to be a New York resident (and who wishes to remain nameless) wrote to the State Senator regarding his stance on the legislation:

Dear Sen. Duane

 

...I would like to congratulate you on your lone opposition vote on the above referenced bill... As informed citizens are aware, this law addresses none of the issues associated with video games, redundantly mandates provisions that are already in place such as per product industry ratings and console parental controls, establishes yet another toothless advisory committee, and likely constitutes a violation of the First Amendment...
 
I welcome government efforts in the form of education for parents, but do not welcome intrusive government efforts to usurp parents' role as arbiter of their children's exposure to mass media.
 
Sen. Duane's Chief of Staff, Laura Morrison, wrote back:
 
Dear Mr. [GP reader]:

 

...Senator Duane shares many of your concerns about S.6401-A.  He recognizes that there is already an effective, voluntary [ESRB] rating system in place... and that parental controls are available on all current video game consoles.  Parents should determine which games their children have access to and the marketplace should decide which games sell and which do not.  

 

Like you, Senator Duane questions this bill's constitutionality and points to the fact that similar bills have been struck down in other jurisdictions.  He regrets that he was the lone voice in dissent on this matter.

GP: It's great to see gamers involving themselves in the political process and even better to see an elected official who writes back with something more than a form letter.


Comments

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

Personally, I can't blame the GP reader for wishing to remain anonymous. I understand why they would want to. I figure game-bashers like Jack Thompson will start bashing him/her for "allowing makers of violent and/or pornographic material to distribute their products to minors," or some random bullshit like that.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JACK THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

I hadn't actually thought of that, but now that you mention it, that's a damn good reason to leave my name out of it.

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

A Democrat NOT voting in favor of government intervention?!Say it ain't so!

Just joking,but this is very weird,nonetheless.

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

Being level headed and logical will probably single-handedly destroy sen duane's political carrier.

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

You say that like it's a BAD thing!

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

Man, he'd get my vote for sure. Kudos to him

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

WOW...

 

...instead of a form letter, he got an informed letter.

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

Man that was bad.

E. Zachary Knight
http://www.editorialgames.com
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325674091

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

               the marketplace should decide which games sell and which do not

What kind of crazy talk is that?!!??!

</sarcasm>

 

 

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

More logic in polotics? WTF is this world coming to? :P

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

If that letter was hand written, and he referred to himself throughout as Senator Duane then he deserve to make president.

 

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

"Sen. Duane's Chief of Staff, Laura Morrison, wrote back:"

 

 

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

Must have missed that somehow....

Re: Lone NY Senator to Vote Against Video Game Law Explains Why

I am reminded of an old countpoint for the "Majority wins!" argument back in my college days:

"And who was it that yelled 'Crucify him!' to Pilate?" An angry mob. Majority wins indeed.

Good to see that people like Duane are getting elected. A shame that voices of reason like his are getting muffled out by the clattering of the bandwagon.

 

 

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Is King right? Should all games adopt the free-to-play model?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Sora-ChanI realize that they have ways getting around it, but one reason might be due to earthquakes.04/17/2014 - 4:42am
Matthew WilsonSF is a tech/ economic/ trade center it should be mostly tail building. this whole problem is because of the lack of tail buildings. How would having tail apartment buildings destroy SF? having tail buildings has not runed other cities around the US/world04/16/2014 - 10:51pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the issue is you can not build upwards anywhere in SF at the moment, and no you would not. You would bring prices to where they should have been before the market distortion. those prices are not economic or socially healthy.04/16/2014 - 10:46pm
ZippyDSMleeYou still wind up pushing people out of the non high rise aeras but tis least damage you can do all things considered.04/16/2014 - 10:26pm
ZippyDSMleeANd by mindlessly building upward you make it like every place else hurting property prices,ect,ect. You'll have to slowly segment the region into aeras where you will never build upward then alow some aeras to build upward.04/16/2014 - 10:25pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician