June 24th, 2006

September 11th Game in the News

Every now and then, a mainstream media outlet will dig up some non-commercial Flash game with a controversial theme and treat it like a breaking news story. It' s all about the ratings, one supposes.

For example, remember Border Patrol? Fueled by the ongoing immigration debate in the United States, the media frenzy surrounding the game prompted Louisiana Rep. Roy Burrell (D) to pooh-pooh Border Patrol during the legislative debate on his video game bill last month. Burrell himself seemed blissfully unaware that Border Patrol is not a commercial product, is not sold in stores and thus is not even subject to his retail-oriented legislation which, by the way, was ultimately signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D).

So it should come as no surprise to cynical GamePolitics readers to learn that a CBS affiliate station in Boston recently ran a story about a five-year-old, amateur-created Flash game called New York Defender in which players use an anti-aircraft laser to keep planes from striking the Twin Towers during the September 11th attacks.
Read more...Collapse )

As Expected, Video Game Industry Sues to Block Oklahoma Law

The other shoe has dropped in Oklahoma.

As expected, the EMA (retailers) and ESA (publishers) jointly announced yesterday that the video game industry has filed suit in Oklahoma to challenge the state's new video game law on constitutional grounds.

"Legislators have sold parents a bill of goods for political expediency," said ESA President Doug Lowenstein in a press release. "They know the bill will be struck down, they know it's based on bad science, and they know it won't help parents do their jobs. What they won't tell voters: we just picked your pocket to the tune of a half million dollars, the amount the state will have to reimburse the ESA after the inevitable decision is made to strike down the law."
Read more...Collapse )