March 13th, 2006, 23:53 Posted By: wraggster
It looks like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is jumping on the 12-step plan. The ESA sent out a press release this morning officially launching the Video Game Voters Network, a website devoted to promoting the self-regulation of the games industry. The site serves to keep track of all the anti-game legislation currently under consideration, including the Family Entertainment Protection Act, sponsored by usual suspects Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman.
Also found on the site are "Top Ten Facts About Gamers," which attempts to dispel common misconceptions about gamers, and independent research which shows that video games are not turning our youth into aggressive killing machines. You can also view a collection of choice quotes supporting the industry. The Video Game Voters Network provides contact information for US and State Senators, forms that you can use to "spread the word," and even a voter registration form.
The website is politics at its worst (top banner features US citizens of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds smiling in front of an American flag), but it is about time the games industry started to the play the game and defend itself. With voter turnout as low (and apathy as high) as it is, even a few more registered voters could make a difference.
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