August 10th, 2006

Tivo Alert: Jack Thompson on G4's "Attack of the Show"

Game-bashing attorney Jack Thompson writes in to let us know that he will be a guest on G4's Attack of the Show later today.

Given the timing, the obvious assumption is that Thompson's appearance relates to Rockstar's announcement of the October release of Bully.

Thompson adds, "Not bad for someone who, according to bloggers at Game Politics and elsewhere, has nothing relevant to say in the culture war battle over violent games... Oh, and so much for the patent lie that I am afraid to confront my critics. I've confronted more critics than Northern Israel has confronted Hezbollah missiles."

Catchy phrase, that. Rolls right off the tongue.
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ESA Responds to Congressman's "Truth in Video Game Rating Act"

Last week, GP was first with the news that Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) had proposed HR 5912, the so-called "Truth in Video Game Rating Act."

Gamasutra and other sites are now reporting that ESA boss Doug Lowenstein has responded by way of an official statement.

"We share Chairman Stearns' commitment to the continued effectiveness and accuracy of the ESRB's ratings system," Lowenstein said. "However, as introduced, we do not believe his legislation will serve consumers and parents."
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Illinois Digs Deep to Pay ESA's Legal Expenses

$510,528.64

No, that's not GamePolitics' daily take from readers clicking on those little Amazon ads. The figure actually represents the amount the State of Illinois must reimburse the video game industry for legal fees incurred fighting Gov. Rod Blagojevich's failed video game law, ruled unconstitutional by a Federal District Court judge last December.

"Judge Kennelly's rulings send two irrefutable messages," said ESA boss Doug Lowenstein. "Not only are efforts to ban the sale of violent video games clearly unconstitutional, they are a waste of taxpayer dollars. The sad fact is that the State of Illinois knew this law was unconstitutional from the beginning. Taxpayers have a right to know that over half a million of their dollars and countless government hours were thrown away in this fruitless effort."

An Illinois legislator agreed.

"I am very disappointed that the state of Illinois has to pay these fees for what was such a clearly unconstitutional law from the start," said State Senator John Cullerton, like Gov. Blagojevich, a Democrat. "When I spoke against the law in Springfield, I predicted we would have to pay legal fees. The amount ordered paid to the plaintiffs... doesn't even count the substantial fees the state will have to pay its own lawyers."

By the way, don't get the idea that Sen. Cullerton is simply abandoning a sinking ship. As GamePolitics reported in May of 2005, Cullerton was always opposed to the video games bill, saying, ""This isn't about a law. This is about polling and press conferences."