August 31st, 2006

Video Game Industry Moves to Dismiss Louisiana Video Game Law

As expected, lawyers for the ESA (publishers) and EMA (retailers) filed a motion for summary judgment with Federal Judge James Brady (left) yesterday in Baton Rouge.

The industry is requesting that Brady issue a permanent injunction against Louisiana's video game statute, which was signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in June. If the industry's motion is approved by the judge, it would bring and end to a situation that has become something of an embarrassment to the Louisiana state government.

As reported by GamePolitics, a temporary injunction blocking the law was issued by Judge Brady last week. GP readers can see the industry's memorandum in support of the summary judgment motion here.

For all of GP's recent coverage of the Louisiana video game legislation, click here.

Likely Presidential Candidate Mark Warner Appears in MMO Today

When a presidential contender makes an appearance inside an MMO, it shows just how mainstream games have become.

Later today, former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) will become the first U.S. politician to create a character - publicly at least - in the popular MMO, Second Life.

The ex-Guv, who is expected to make a strong run at the White House in 2008, will make his appearance in-game at 3:30 Eastern time. Once online, Warner will announce the first-ever "virtual town hall on American politics," scheduled for later this year.

"In Second Life," said Warner, "distances and time differences vanish. It will allow us to reach people through a whole new medium. Social technologies can be great tools for political change, and virtual worlds like Second Life might be the next tool for engaging people in the real world democratic process. We want to use Second Life to continue the conversation about the direction of our country. My avatar is also pretty funny looking. That alone makes it worth checking out."
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