Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

August 15, 2009 -

Jim Ward, who left the CEO job at video game publisher LucasArts in early 2008, is now hoping to win a seat in Congress.

Ward, a Republican who currently works as a venture capitalist, is running to represent Arizona's 5th Congressional District. That seat is currently held by two-term Democrat Harry Mitchell. The district includes Scottsdale, Tempe and parts of Phoenix.

Ward outlines his philosophy on his campaign website:

I’m not a professional politician.  I’m a businessman.  And I don’t disagree that this country needs change.  But, in my experience, there’s the right kind of change and the wrong kind of change.  I believe what’s happening to this country represents the wrong kind of change...

Ward lists his political philosophy as conservative on Facebook. He has protested (see pic at left) against President Obama's healthcare plan.

Partially via: Kotaku


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Have you?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I admit I haven;t, but I don't pretend to predict the exact outcome of when or if the reform passes.

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But you're forgetting the fact that people have read the bills, and have pointed out some of the pifalls.  I agree that maybe these will be fixed, but if Obama had his way, and the votes were done before the break, he'd have signed it into law before any of those were released to the public.

Not to mention the fact that a lot of members of congress haven't read them, either, and they're the ones trying to sell us for or against it.  The only problem is, it seems to be more of the detractors have actually read the bill than the supporters.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

How the hell do you get all that with a public option? When the repurbs are claiming only 30% of americans are not covered? If Our system would break from covering the last 30% then prehaps it should break so somethign better will riase from its ashes.


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

If it's so cheap, how come it's gonna cost a trillion dollars and the CBO said we can't pay for it?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

If he works like the way Lucasarts do then at least he'll try to pretend that homosexuality doesn't exist!

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

With Jim Ward LucasArts went from being a company bleeding quality to a totally unoriginal company releasing pityful games milking the SW franchise once and again. Yeah, there was the odd good game, but it had nothing to do with the LucasArts of the 90's.

 

Good luck to Arizona 5th if he ever gets elected. Oh, and I'll pay for his doctor myself if he promises never to get back to videogames.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Battlefront 1&2, KOTOR, Jedi academy to a lesser extent?  These games mean nothing to you?  Not to mention that Force Unleashed was the best selling Star Wars game of all time (before that it was Battlefront).  Mercenaries was a fun game as well.  You can call it “milking” if you want but the fact of the matter is Lucas Arts did very well under Ward’s watch.   Also it was not Ward who made the new Prequels (the videogame version sucked but other than Golden Eye most movie tie-ins do).  If you want to disagree with his politics do it, but his record as a business man in this industry is pretty solid.     

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Only a few SW in the past decade have been of exceptional quality, KOTOR 1&2 and Rogue Squadron 2, pretty much all of the other games have been of poor to average quality. The Force Unleashed had massive amounts of publicity but the game itself was of average quality as well as little play time (with highly priced downloadable content).

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Ya BAttle front and Jedi knight are nice but they have not had a cult following like the adventure games of old, KOTOR has a good follwing dunno so much about RS2, The Force Unleashed is a joke.



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The point is these games we are talking about are not only good star wars games, they are some of the better videogames of recent memory.  To judge something based on its cult following or lack there of is a specious argument in this case given the lack of historical distance.  Also make no mistake Force Unleashed was not a great game just pointing out that it was the best selling SW game of all time. 

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Just becuse it sales well dose not mean its good, it just sales well at one point and is forgoten by time.


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I think you minsunderstood my posistion.  All I am saying is that LucasArts is a real player in the industry with games like Force selling very well, having legit fun games like the LEGO spin-offs and truly amazing games the likes of KOTOR. 

 

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Well all in all KOTOR is a bioware game not a LS game, same for forced unleashed they backed the game but did not really develop it, unlike the older games where they had a real hand in development.


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And those were undoubtedly good moves,  For the record Shadows of the Empire is still one of my favorite games of all time.  

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Actually Lego Star Wars was one of Lucasarts' biggest mistakes. They didn't back the first one, they kept themselves well away, they didn't even publish and it turned out to be one of the biggest SW hits of recent times as well as being critically acclaimed (something Force Unleashed didn't manage). Lucasarts basically had nothing to do with the creation of the Lego franchise.

If anything the fact that the Lego franchise was missed was a big mistake by Lucasarts and could be a reflection on Mr. Ward and his decision making.

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The wiki page tells a different story:

"All versions were published by Eidos Interactive and LucasArts."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Star_Wars:_The_Video_Game

 

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Don't belive everything you read on Wikipedia:

"Eidos distributed the original Lego Star Wars and made out like a bandit on LucasArts' misjudgment when LucasArts declined to publish it."

http://uk.ps2.ign.com/articles/685/685628p1.html

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well everything seems to be in order here

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I was not going to bring it up but since the whole healthcare option thing was injected.... its a option people its a low to mediocre quality thing that forces the industry to do MORE for their consumers or lose them.

Frankly a public option and forcing the insurance companies to be all non profit (which dose not seem to eman much anymore) would a a great leveling mechanism to absurd unchecked capitalism happening in the industry.

Now with that said I think Obamas admin is going after the wrong people unless they are really targeting people that make 250K plus AFTER taxes and such, cost of living can make that 250K 100K easily, they need to target 400K plus since todays money is weaker than ever 250K a year is on the upper middle end of the middle class.... unless you live below your means.... then you have more money than someone making twice as much...


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Except the fact that people who already HAVE insurance still have to pay for the government plan through the higher taxes they'll have to pay.  Why is it I'd have to pay for two medical insurance plans, but only have one?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

You do realize that you already pay for other people's medical care, right? FICA, increasing hospital bills, and increasing insurance premiums are all things you're already being forced to pay. FICA is the most obvious one since it's specifically a tax with the name "Federal Insurance Contributions Act." If that doesn't scream "you're paying for geriatric grandma's new knees" I don't really know what does.

And then there's the other two. The increasing cost of hospital visits, and increasing insurance premiums. The increasing premiums are because a lot of people tend to run the the ER every time they sneeze or cough, not to mention if its during a media-hyped "pandemic" like swine flu or the latest news report of someone getting diarreah from eating at taco bell. And the increasing cost of hospital visits is from how hospitals get stuck with the unpayable bills of every homeless drunk that cracks his head against the pavement when he passes out because they can't refuse him treatment. I mean, do you really believe that it costs the hospital $3000 to check your blood pressure, temperature, and sew in 4 or 5 stitches? That whole process takes about 10 minutes and can practically be done with crap you buy at a supermarket for $15. Do you think the P.A. or intern that put your stitches in and the nurse that took your temperature really getting paid that much for 10 minutes of work?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I realize this and I also oppose it.  I'd prefer not to pay for anyone elses healthcare with my taxes.  In other words I'd like to opt out of social security and also opt out of being taxed for medicare.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

"I realize this and I also oppose it.  I'd prefer not to pay for anyone elses healthcare with my taxes.  In other words I'd like to opt out of social security and also opt out of being taxed for medicare."

In other words, you want to live in a first-world nation with all the benefits, but you don't want to support its infrastructure, or its people, and you dislike those who 'feed' off the system...

Right.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

If an empire is the main perk of a "first-world nation" then I have no interest in it.  Leave me out of it, I don't think that my money needs to go to policing the world or infringing upon the rights of other nations.  Have fun with that.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Then have fun living in Iraq.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

It's the American way of life. It's all about one person, and fuck anybody else who for whatever reason can't afford the things you can. Maybe it's not 'fair', but living in a modern society is not about being 'fair'.

Animals live in communities, supporting the weaker members, and we're better than animals right?

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

What animals live in communities that support the weaker members? With the species I can think of, the weaker members get bullied out of breeding chances and/or are eaten by predators when the rest of the herd outrun them. If you have an example, I'm actually very curious to know what species exhibit this behaviour.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

This would be the fundamental difference between most western nations and America. In most countries, we all have our own lives, but we also contribute to the greater good. In America, community means nothing, and letting your neighbour die so you can get a bigger piece of the pie is part of the game.

As I've said before, it's a terribly barbaric system and I hope Americans can mature to a point where they see that the greatest resource any country has is its people.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

The trouble is you are paying for it anyway and at the end of the day you will be paying more or less the same amount either to the goverment or the healthcare industry with or without a public option.


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

That's exactly my point. A lot of people tend to not understand that no matter what, they're already paying for other people's healthcare whether they like it or not. Unless a hospital is 100% privately funded, which never happens for anything bigger than a clinic, they aren't allowed to refuse treatment to anyone, regardless of whether that person can pay for it or not. And when they treat someone that can't pay, they raise the cost for everyone that can in order to recoup their losses.

I'm personally not a fan of nationalized healthcare because I don't want to pay for other people's healthcare either, but since I'm already doing it and have no choice about it regardless, I would rather have a set rate that I end up paying over whatever X hospital decides to raise my costs by. Now, if I end up paying more in taxes AND the hospitals keep raising their rates like they do now, then something is seriously wrong, and worse than it is now, but I have a feeling that they'll work something into the legislation about the rates. Perhaps something like the Japanese have where a government board sets the limit on how much a hospital can charge for different procedures.

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That will be most likly ture but at the same time I can see the insurance indutry being forced to offer better options even to the point larger buisness will be able to get healthcare cheaper. It really comes down to how they manage it tax wise if they go after just anyone who might make 250K despite taxes,ect then its really doomed to fail.


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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Barrack Obama has already said that's what he's going to do.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 You make more tha 250k a year?  can I borrow some money? :D

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

No, I don't make more than 250k a year.  However, that doesn't mean that I find it acceptable to take the money from them to finance programs that will bankrupt our nation anyway.

I've always been a supporter for a flat tax of, say, 17%, and forcing the government to live within its means, with priority going to law enforcement, military spending and scientific pursuits.  Any extra money is held on to to finance any other projects.  Then, nobody would have to worry about stupid tax laws changing every year.

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Hell, I think we shouldn't even have income tax. As Obama's cabinet proved, the rich are perfectly capable of not paying it anyway. Instead, we should just have a higher sales tax. If you make more money, you likely spend more money (if you won't spend it, you're probably not living the high life anyway). When you spend more money, you put more money into the system. It's simple, it cuts out the possibility of people dodging it, and it doesn't screw people over when they try to make more money like the current bracketed income tax does.

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"Why is it I'd have to pay for two medical insurance plans, but only have one?"

Maybe because your lucky enough to be able to afford both, so you shouldn't be slefish and instead help others to have access to essential recources?

Just a thought.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Here's a thought: why shouldn't he be able to use what he's earned? After all, he did the work to earn it. Does he have any incentive to earn it if he knows he's not going to be able to use it anyway? It's great that you want everyone to have healthcare, but taking money away from the people who work for it gives them little reason to keep working for it.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I'm selfish because I want to keep what I earn to support my family?  I'm selfish because I work for what I earn and believe I should be allowed to keep what's mine?  Okay, if you say so.  Then how about we take all money from everyone, make them work 24 hours a day, and they have no possessions whatsoever?  I mean, according to you, if you could afford anything whatsoever, you're selfish for not giving it to the government, right?  No matter how much somebody may donate to charity?

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Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

No, you are selfish because you think of yourself and only yourself and pretend that the people who are not as fortunate as you don't exist. Kind of like what Andrew Ryan did, again, we all know how that turned out. Selfish desires and beliefs trumped facts.

Oh yes, because all of those who do not work are fat and lazy, and not at all disabled/mentally handicaped/layed off/working class. Because you've got it good, that means nobody below you can share some sort of goodwill.

I also have a feeling you are one of the types to not give any money to charities, because you're a real "fend for yourself" type of guy.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Andrew Ryan sure seemed like a socialist to me.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

A socialist with a rabid hatred for health care?  Did you pay attention to the audio diaries at all?

"On the surface, the Parasite expects the doctor to heal them for free,
	the farmer to feed them out of charity. How little they differ from the
	pervert who prowls the streets, looking for a victim he can ravish for
	his grotesque amusement."

I mean honestly that sounds like something that you would say.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Now come on Erik, you know what our mothers told us, don't make fun of the crippled boy.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Which is why you have no understanding of socialism at all. Or political ideology. Andrew Ryan and Frank Fontaine are both hardcore right-wing libertarians.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Andrew Ryan created 'Paradise' right?  The same person who was forcing people to undergo procedures so they would look up to his standards?  That's not a capitalist ideal.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 He exhuded the joys of free market and lavished in his own personal lifestyle with riches. He had a company, not a government, and his company was battling with Fontaine's industry. Never once did he ever intervene in the poor sectors of Rapture. Which was why there was a huge fight between companies... Did you even play the game or pay attention to the story? He never forced anybody to do anything, although at first he attempted to maintain a free market "paradise" free from big government. Unfortunately he could not, and ended up with a massive conspiracy to have him killed.

And you thought he was a socialist because of the word 'paradise'? My god you are thick. Unbelievably stupid! I can't even fucking imagine how you can get the simplest of critique against Pure Capitalistic Randian theory wrong. I simply cannot believe that there are people that politically blind.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

He never forced anyone to do anything... except banning religion.  Surely, a libertarian wouldn't ban the choice of religion.  Sounds more like a socialist/communist ideal.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

 Organized religion tries to grab power, by banning religion (Besides the cult of individualism), you stop any attempts to have any influence that would attempt to take over. Haven't you ever seen "There Will Be Blood"? Or do you really know nothing, and I've been right all along.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

I don't know here.

Any time I hear buisnessmen harping against the heath care plan I take it with a serious grain of salt.

Pre-Obama, the (non healthcare) buisness community that was pushing the hardest for some kind of universal heath care.

Re: Former LucasArts CEO Launches Bid for Seat in Congress

Props to him for trying to do something about it.

I helped build two small businesses from nothing, and still run them.  The punishment that this administration is prepping for business (and those who sacrificed and went without nice things while building them) is harsh.  I've been literally losing sleep the last few months over this.  The methodology that this socialist utopia is being created is not helpful to businesses- which for now form the backbone of the economy. Maybe after he nationalizes the rest of the economy things will be different.  Of course even more of our economic freedom will be raped away from us.

Everything I worked for for the past 5-6 years is about to be undone because I had the audacity to work hard and make personal sacrifices.  And don't flame me for it- I helped create every job that these companies offer.  I haven't had a good nights sleep in a long time.

I don't understand how so many people can rightfully distrust the government when it came to the war and security (like how the Patriot Act continues to shit on our freedoms), and yet the same people gleefully want the government telling them if its OK to see a doctor, how much $$ they can make, what careers they can hold, etc.

 
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