Happy Birthday, ECA

November 5, 2008 -

The baby is growing up so quickly!

The Entertainment Consumers Association has reached the ripe old age of two. Of the milestone, ECA president Hal Halpin commented:

In just over two years, the ECA has brought together a politically-charged video game community [and] united to rally against efforts singling out videogames from the First Amendment protections enjoyed by other forms of entertainment.

 

We are humbled by the strength of what a unified consumer voice can accomplish, and challenge gamers everywhere to empower themselves and their communities by becoming more educated, active and involved, and leveraging the ECA's services as a platform to rise against unjust legislation and ignorance.

An ECA press release names some of the organization's accomplishments on behalf of gamers, including:

  • The ECA has made great strides in legislation, building productive relationships and joining coalition partnerships with other established non-profit and public interest organizations, such as the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Rock the Vote, Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), Verizon, Connected Nation, Free Press, International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and many others, who have embraced its mission.
  • Under the ECA, independent topical groups are established for members to stand behind their most pertinent issues and actively outreach to form partnerships with other non-profit and corporate entities in support of their topics. These groups rally around such issues as video game violence legislation, Fair use -- as it relates to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), e-waste, net neutrality, video game tax, universal broadband, parental empowerment, the regulation of video games, and more.
  • The ECA has made it a priority to partner with the major enthusiast media outlets in order to address the single greatest ongoing challenge: the education of members, the industry and the general public.
  • The ECA is rapidly broadening its reach through an expansive national network of regional chapters powered by local gaming communities and college campuses across the country. They adopt the collective goal of educating on political issues directly affecting the interactive entertainment industry, connecting consumers with like-minded gamers in their area, and offering access to a larger professional network for career and educational opportunities within the gaming industry.

Full press release here.

GP: Quick, someone, Photoshop an ECA birthday cake and send it to me!

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Comments

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

HAPPPY BIRTHDAY ECA!

Shobidoo, the hardcore gamer

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

Best cake ever.  Happy birthday ECA!

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

Queue JT bile in 5....4....3....2....1....

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

I hope the cake is chocolate.

plz be chocolate.

Magic Taco

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

Happy B-day ECA.

 

Now about picking up the banner in the fight against DRM...

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Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

The cake is a lie

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

But...But if the cake is a lie, where are we going to put the candles so their flames can be blown out? Where will the ECA make its birthday wish?!

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

ROFLCOPTER

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"Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

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Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

Happy Birthday ECA!


Re: Happy Birthday, ECA

Congrats Hal, Dennis, etc.  Keep up the good work.

 
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SleakerEither people don't understand that what the picture is saying is true, or the picture was created out of a misunderstanding of what sexism is.09/01/2014 - 3:52pm
Sleaker@AE ok yah that's where the kind of confusion I'm getting. Your tweet can be taken to mean two different things.09/01/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - No. No, not even remotely. The pic attached to my tweet was not made by me; it's not a statement I'm making. It's an illustration of the complete misunderstanding of the issue my tweet is referring to.09/01/2014 - 3:13pm
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Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen: Sites like Tumblr make things seem much bigger than they are. A vocal extreme minority start complaining and things go as they do.09/01/2014 - 3:09pm
SleakerAre you trying saying that specific costumes are sexist simply by being included in the game?09/01/2014 - 3:03pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - Seems completely cut and dry to me (of course, I wrote it so that's not surprising). What about it do you find confusing?09/01/2014 - 2:25pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/icewind-dale-enhanced-edition-now-available-for-pre-order/ Third time's the charm, right guys? Right? Surely Icewind Dale EE can't suck as much as Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 EEs can, right?09/01/2014 - 1:37pm
Sleaker@AE I don't even know what you're trying to say in that tweet.09/01/2014 - 1:28pm
Andrew EisenBy far the most retweeted tweet I've ever tweeted. https://twitter.com/AndrewEisen/status/50617593365333196809/01/2014 - 11:15am
Thomas RiordanNo, certainly not. Anything to prevent that kinda crap.09/01/2014 - 8:18am
SleakerAlthough.. I don't think it hurts anyone if kids think the report is true :P09/01/2014 - 3:26am
Sleakerand just for future reference. National Reports is a fake news site, they decided to remove their disclaimers a while back apparently...09/01/2014 - 3:25am
Thomas RiordanDon't feel bad. I posted the same thing last night and deleted it once I realized it wasn't real.08/31/2014 - 11:13pm
E. Zachary KnightAh. The report actually read serious to me. Oh well. At least it didn't happen.08/31/2014 - 7:46pm
ConsterAlthough apparently someone who was in a swatting ring in Texas took a plea for up to 5 years in July.08/31/2014 - 7:14pm
ConsterProbably because it's a satire site.08/31/2014 - 7:13pm
E. Zachary KnightI agree that the kid should be punished, but the charge and sentence seem a bit overboard to me. http://nationalreport.net/15-year-old-swatted-domestic-terrorism/08/31/2014 - 6:56pm
 

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