Following yesterday’s news that the ESA - via their Video Game Voters Network - is asking gamers to send California State Senator Leland Yee broken or old videogame controllers with “I believe in the First Amendment” written on them, we reached out to the Senator’s office for comment.
Yee’s Chief of Staff Adam Keigwin replied that, “I can only assume these broken controllers must represent the broken promises of the video game industry to parents.”
The response continued:
As the recipient of several free speech awards - including the Beacon Award by the First Amendment Coalition, Freedom of Information Award by the Newspaper Publishers Association, Outstanding Achievement Award by the College Media Association, and Sunshine Award by the Society of Professional Journalists - the Senator shares their commitment to the First Amendment. In fact, there is not a California legislator who has authored more bills to promote speech rights than Senator Yee.
Keigwin ended the note stating, “With that said, I think the Senator would appreciate a Kinect add-on rather than those dated controllers.”
We'll let you know if the ESA spokesperson has any additional comments to Yee's reaction.