Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011 -

GamePolitics is going dark today in observance of Thanksgiving and boy howdy do gamers like us have oodles to be thankful for this year.  Fall 2011 is jam-packed with more awesome video games than most will ever have the time (or money) to play.  See the bottom of Leland Yee’s recent “Don’t buy these video games” press release to parents for a few good suggestions.

Personally, I can’t wait to dig into the newest Zelda game.  I know James is schoolgirl giddy to play Skyrim and word has it that ECA big cheese Hal Halpin just can’t get enough of PETA’s Super Tanooki Skin 2D.

I may have made up that last part.  Moving on...

The Supreme Court finally vetted legislation restricting the sale of violent video games to minors and we’re supremely (see what I did there?) thankful that it agreed with every single other court in America to have tackled this issue and ruled in favor of the video game industry.  The Brown v. EMA decision sets an important president for all future game legislation and will help ensure that we get to enjoy the unrestricted creativity of game developers for Thanksgivings to come.

Net Neutrality is now the law of the land and while it may not be exactly what we wanted, we’re darn thankful for everyone that helped to get it where it is and who continue to fight to get it to where it should be.

Hopefully next year we’ll be thankful for the toilet flushing of legislation like SOPA and the Protect IP Act.  Granting IP holders the ability to shut down websites and services for allegedly infringing on a copyright with little to no judicial oversight isn’t cool.  Call us old fashioned, but we rather dig that whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing.  Until then, we’re enormously thankful for everyone out there doing their damnedest to prevent these laws from going into effect as currently written.  

And finally, thanks to all our international friends who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving for keeping the world running while we take the day off to gorge ourselves on turkey and pie!

From all of us here at GamePolitics and the ECA, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

-GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


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Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. As you can tell we're not doing much today, but I am am enjoying the links being shared in the Shout box.

I am going to spend my day in Skyrim trying to join the various guilds. Have Fun! - J

 
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Matthew Wilsonyes it help a sub section of the poor, but hurt both the middle and upper class. in the end way more people were hurt than helped. also, it hurt most poor people as well.04/16/2014 - 12:13am
SeanBJust goes to show what I have said for years. Your ability to have sex does not qualify you for parenthood.04/15/2014 - 9:21pm
NeenekoSo "worked" vs "failed" really comes down to who you think is more important and deserving04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoThough I am also not sure we can say NYC failed. Rent control helped the people it was intended for and is considered a failure by the people it was designed to protect them from.04/15/2014 - 7:04pm
NeenekoIf they change the rules, demand will plummet. Though yeah, rent control probably would not help much in the SF case. I doubt anything will.04/15/2014 - 1:35pm
TheSmokeyOnline gamer accused of murdering son to keep playing - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2014/04/15/21604921.html04/15/2014 - 11:50am
Matthew Wilsonyup, but curent city rules do not allow for that.04/15/2014 - 11:00am
ZippyDSMleeIf SF dose not start building upwards then they will price people out of the aera.04/15/2014 - 10:59am
Matthew Wilsonthe issue rent control has it reduces supply, and in SF case they already has a supply problem. rent control ofen puts rent below cost, or below profit of selling it. rent control would not fix this issue.04/15/2014 - 10:56am
NeenekoRent control is useful in moderation, NYC took it way to far and tends to be held up as an example of them not working, but in most cases they are more subtle and positive.04/15/2014 - 10:24am
PHX CorpBeating Cancer with Video Games http://mashable.com/2014/04/14/steven-gonzalez-survivor-games/04/15/2014 - 9:21am
Matthew Wilsonwhat are you saying SF should do rent control, that has never worked every time it has been tried. the issue here is a self inflicted supply problem imposed by stupid laws.04/15/2014 - 8:52am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Government created price controls don't work though. They may keep prices down for the current inhabitants, but they are the primary cause of recently vacated residences having astronomical costs. Look at New York City as a prime example.04/15/2014 - 8:50am
NeenekoI think free markets are important, but believe in balance. Too much of any force and things get unstable.04/15/2014 - 7:25am
NeenekoWell, the traditional way of keeping prices down is what they are doing, controls on lease termination and tax code, but it will not be enough in this case.04/15/2014 - 7:24am
Matthew WilsonI said that already04/14/2014 - 4:22pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, The could also lower prices by increasing supply. Allow high rise apartment buildings to be built to fulfill demand and prices will drop.04/14/2014 - 3:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthe only way they could keep the price's down, would be to kick out google, apple, amazon, and other tech companies, but that would do a ton of economic damage to SF, but I am a major proponent of free markets04/14/2014 - 2:54pm
NeenekoThe community people are seeking gets destroyed in the process, and the new people are not able to build on themselves. Generally these situations result in local cultural death in a decade or so, and no one wins.04/14/2014 - 2:09pm
NeenekoWell yes, that is the 'free market', but the market is only a small piece of a much larger system. The market does not always do the constructive thing.04/14/2014 - 2:06pm
 

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