Last week California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said that gamers had no credibility when it came to the discussion of violent video games. More precisely the author of the California bill that was at the center of the Supreme Court case Brown v. EMA said:
"Gamers have got to just quiet down," Yee, D-San Francisco, said in an interview last Tuesday. "Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."
What we missed last week is the fact that Yee apologized for saying it. On Friday Yee took to his Twitter account to clarify what he said and offer an apology:
Gamers, I admittedly didnt use best words to SFchron. Meant video game industry has inherent conflict of interest in the gun violence debate— Leland Yee (@LelandYee) January 25, 2013
In a follow-up tweet he said that he had a lot of respect for gamers, but pointed his finger at the games industry for profiting off of children.
I have a lot of respect for many gamers - many are on my staff and in my family - but the industry has profited at the expense of children.— Leland Yee (@LelandYee) January 25, 2013