In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game Community

November 21, 2008 -

In an op-ed published at 1up, Michael Gallagher, CEO of game publishers trade group the Entertainment Software Association, frames the recent presidential election as "a historic time for America and the computer and video game community."

Recapping many of the campaign-related game developments (Obama's XBL ads, McCain's Pork Invaders game), Gallagher writes:

The campaign produced a milestone of its own in the use of our technologies to engage and communicate with voters.

 

 For the first time, American gamers and the entertainment software industry played an active role in the political process...

With the U.S. recession deepening, Gallagher also cites the benefits that the game industry provides to the U.S. economy and lays out the ESAS's agenda going forward:

  • working closely with all levels of government
  • preserving the First Amendment rights of gamers
  • supporting parental education efforts around video game ratings
  • protecting our industry's intellectual property
  • leveraging broadband to increase the connected experience
  • working to improve our industry's contributions to the economy
  • supporting state-level tax incentive legislation
     

Gallagher concludes with:

We look forward to working with the Obama administration, the new Congress and state leaders around the country and ensuring that America's governments recognize the positive effects of the computer and video game industry.

UPDATE: For more of Gallagher's thoughts, see GameStop's interview.

Comments

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

I just took a look at the Gamespot interview and he touted the VGVN again.

I want to know why noone has asked him how he feels about the obvious conflict of interest of a Consumers' Group being owned by an industry group. That would be my first question if he ever brought that up to me.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Yes, isn't it still difficult to leave the VGVN if you are a member? 


Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

I think actions speak louder than words.  So far they have M rated Obilivion for USER based content something they have no control over.  Then they make them take thier ads down in Washington, DC and off of Gametrailers.  I think the ESA is more about working with the government than protecting the rights of gamers and developers.  Seems to me they are trying to legitmize themselves as a "FCC" form, and I bet they want to become part of the government more than an independant body.

When GT.com (representing gamers), made a personal montage of Fallout 3 video, they were convinced to take that down by Bethesda because of the leverage the ESA was placing on them.  I bet this was the result of working closer with the government.

ESA needs to go. 

 

EDIT: Wait nm I'm thinking of ESRB, not ESA.  I hope someone takes ESRB's job.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Okay, then A. Find someone better, and B. Make a better system.

Until then, while yes, they might've done that, your argument isn't very good. Because they COULD. DO. WORSE. (see: BBFC or the PEGI; I forget which is bad. Or is it both?)

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Yeah a couple ads and flash games, ok fine let me know when the presidential candidates play guitar hero or something to attract voters then we can talk about the role games play.

Oh and I think I remember reading about Huckabee doing just that but I'm not sure.

But anyway with so much on the table right now I sincerely doubt that games will be of much focus.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

You are right sir. Huckabee did play GH at an event. There was  aYoutube video about somewhere. Maybe on Youtube. I know GP reported on it during the Primaries.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

The ECA beats the pants off the ESA, since the ESA represents the larger companies, who enjoy fucking over the consumer, whom the ECA represents. The ECA is a far better expression of the gaming community than the ESA ever will be.


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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Yay, SounDemon's back! 

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Why did you miss me so much, though?

Brain: "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky: "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Because I seriously respect you for that one post in the "Bombed Out Building" JT thread.

(Posted after the dialogue in the shoutbox. I only JUST NOW found that the above had been posted.)

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Double check the 1up article and tell me if you notice anything. If you are using adblock, make sure to turn it off for a moment.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Holy Shiiitake!! ECA FTW!!!  Thats as fitting as the Trojan ad on an abstinance-only site!.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game


The ESA shouldnt even exist, the corperations already have more than enough legal support, and the smaller developers get nothing out of the ESA, which is why so many people pulled out.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Granted the ESA is only a publisher group. Developers are only represented indirectly. I am sure there are many things developers and the ESA don't see eye to eye on as well.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

True, but no orgaisations really seem that concerned about what developers think. After all, they 'only' MAKE the games...

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Check out the IGDA www.igda.org

SO for a breakdown (I think I am having deja vu):

ESA: Publishers

EMA: Retailers

IGDA: Developers

ECA: Consumers

VGVN: Consumers when their mission doesn't go against the ESA.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

I think We should ask our states to ask the feds to repeal the PRO-IP Act

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

How much money do you have? It seems like that is the only way we could get it repealed. Buy off our politicians for more than the entertainment industry has bought them for.

I think it is funny that you could have everyone in a politician's district write or call the politician and tell him/her that they will not vote for them in the next election if they approve something, and they still approve it because a lobbyist waved a few grand in their face.

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

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

ah, you got a point there

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game


Well, that when you need black mail or other encouragement...

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

A group so active and successful I've NEVER heard of them....

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Actually they are quite well known in the game industry. Not quite as well known if you only ever read consumer news sites. But if your read industry news sites like gamesindustry.biz or gamasutra.com, they are talked about frequently.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game


yup, and they are sites to bookmark if you invest in game industry stocks as well.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

We will meet in Second Life(the game) to form an alliance to take down the ESA

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

That sounds about as effective as holding an anti-war protest in Habbo Hotel....

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

That's why i declared war on them(as in the Entertainment software assoiation)

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

We need to make Obama aware of people like JT, so he knows what kind of people are going to oppose this.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Actually, Shadow, that's not a bad idea. I'd do it myself, but I'm swamped with schoolwork at the moment.

Try it, and make sure it's as detailed as possible. It'd be better than sitting on our collective asses, saying: "My form of entertainment is under attack, and I just can't do nuthin' 'bout it."

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

*sigh*

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Oh sorry, I guess it's not as funny when people do it to you instead of the other way round.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Doing it as revenge not only merits a PicardPalm, but it also is pretty much trolling. Plain and simple...

STOP IT.


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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

So what does that say about you for replying when you could have just let it drop?

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

It says "please shut the fuck up, you prick. There is no need for a flamewar. Remember, we gamers are all on the same side (mostly)."

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

*Facepalm*

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Just Email Barack Obama right away

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Er, yeah, you go ahead and do that.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

I don't really think that the industry actively played a role in the election. A few games had some easily overlooked digital billboards and some crappy flash games were done that didn't really reflect or sway any voter opinions.

Taking an active role would be something like, "Provide proof that you voted and get a free downloadable game from XBL/Steam/PSN".

This would actually be something that would have people be more inclined to use the voting process.

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Giving away something with proof that you voted would have broken some federal laws.  It's the same reason why Starbucks and some other places had to change their giveaways on election day.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Like I said the ECA and ESA are going to be embroiled in a civil war I'm already siding with the ECA because of  the DMCA and PRO-IP Acts

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

protecting our industry's intellectual property

Why do I get the feeling this will be priority number 1?

-Gray17

-Gray17

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

  • preserving the First Amendment rights of gamers
  • protecting our industry's intellectual property

Contradiction in terms maybe?

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

It will be the only priority, he hasn't done anything else since he took over.

The rest are "feel good" promises, he won't do them, just claim he will to make us feel better, no matter how much we cringe at what his real (and only) priority is.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game


This is what I see when I hear intellectual property:

Intellectual Property = Theft of Consumer Rights

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Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Sounds like they'll have a very perceptive group to work with as far as fucking over the consumer.  Like Biden.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

It would have been alot more worse If he was president

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

AMEN.

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

Out of curiousity, got some concrete examples?

-Gray17

-Gray17

Re: In Wake of Election, ESA Boss Sees Historic Time for Game

All the good work Biden did on the DMCA for one.

I'll get you more later, I have to go out and run some errands.

 
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