August 15th, 2006

Free Speech Advocate Speaks Out on Bully

The critics, it seems, are lining up to rip Rockstar's upcoming Bully. GamePolitics has reported on several over the last week.

But a free speech advocate sees the game in a different light. In an interview with Rocky Mountain News reporter Brian Crecente (you may know him better as editor of Kotaku), Joan Bertin (left), executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, said, "This is plainly a new way to communicate messages, to tell stories and a new way to get people conversing with one another."
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Georgia A.G. Partners with ESRB on Ratings Awareness Campaign

The video game industry continues to forge political bonds.

Today, Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (left) announced that his office was partnering with the ESRB on a public service announcement (PSA) campaign designed to help parents make better use of ratings when selecting video games for their kids. The campaign will run on both T.V. and radio.

"As a father, I know about the tough decisions parents face today about the media they allow into their homes," said A.G. Baker. "Parents need and deserve all the help they can get, and the ESRB ratings are an effective and informative resource that allows parents to decide if the video game their child wants is appropriate. I'm proud to be helping educate Georgia's parents about the tools at their disposal."

ESRB president Patricia Vance applauded the Georgia initiative.
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