September 3rd, 2006

Hal Halpin on What Lieberman Defeat Means to Gamers

"Joe will still be Joe."

Thus says Hal Halpin, former president of the IEMA, speaking about Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT). The incumbent, a longtime critic of the video game industry, lost a recent, bitter primary fight to political upstart Ned Lamont.

Halpin, a favorite of GamePolitics readers for his straight talk and willingness to answer questions from gamers, spoke to the IGDA's Brenda Brathwaite recently for her Sex & Games blog.

As both a constituent of Lieberman's and a long-time video game industry insider, Hal brings a unique perspective to the Lieberman situation.

"Being a Connecticut resident... has put me in a unique position in dealing directly with the Senator over the years. Despite our obvious disagreements when it comes to restricting consumer and retailer rights regarding content, I have always found him to be very forthright and exceptionally bright. I can't say as much for many of the legislators with whom I've dealt over the years."
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Editorial Roundup - Pro & Con on Louisiana Video Game Law

In today's roundup, GamePolitics finds editorial boards around the country weighing in on Louisiana's video game law. Much of the interest appears to have been sparked by the recent preliminary injunction blocking the Jack Thompson-drafted statute from taking effect.

The Prescott Daily Courier (Arizona) supports Judge James Brady's ruling, saying, "Once again, politicians are pretending unsuccessfully to be morally superior to the rest of society."

The paper added, "Judge Brady's decision makes sense... These bans unfairly limit our right to free speech... The entire idea that one type of media increases violence while others don't is hypocritical... And to the judges who continue to protect our constitutional rights, thank you."

Meanwhile, North Carolina's Henderson Dispatch sees things differently:

"...we think the courts have been consistently wrong, or at least wrong-headed. Violence continues to erode the quality of life in the United States... at least the Motion Picture Association of America makes some attempt at self-policing... Games have a rating system, too, but it is a sham and unenforced."
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