September 6th, 2006

GamePolitics v2.0 Beta - Take a Look

We're hard at work on the shift to a new look for GamePolitics. Our beta site can be seen here.

We'll be using Wordpress for the daily GP news. The Legislation Tracker and GP Forums will be making the move with us.

We're also very excited about some new features as well, including multimedia and law libraries as well as the ability to embed video in stories and an expanded listing of resources for those interested in the politics of video games.

No target date has been chosen for the move (although it will be sooner rather than later). Nor have we locked in on any features yet, although the Wordpress theme (i.e. template) currently in place at the beta site seems to work well for GP's needs.

Please feel free to check out GPv2 - especially the comments feature. We're really interested in what you think. Be sure to leave some feedback!

NIMF Annouces Date, Location For National Video Game Summit

The National Institute on Media and the Family has announced a date and location for its long-awaited National Video Game Summit.

The event, promised by NIMF president Dr. David Walsh in the organization's 2005 Annual Video Game Report Card, will be held October 21-22 at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education and Conference Center in Falcon Heights, MN.

According to a NIMF press release, the two-day summit will focus on video game ratings and education. David Walsh will chair the gathering, assisted by Doug Gentile (left) of the Iowa State University Center for the Study of Violence.
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GamePolitics Readers Draw Response from NC Newspaper

An apparent avalanche of e-mail from GamePolitics readers caught the attention of a game-bashing editorial writer at the Henderson Daily Dispatch (North Carolina). Here's what happened:

On Sunday, GP mentioned an editorial in the Dispatch which supported Louisiana's video game statute and criticized the federal judiciary for continually overturning such laws. The industry, along with ESA boss Doug Lowenstein, came in for sharp criticism, as follows:

"...the courts have been consistently wrong... 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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Jack Thompson Rips Judge in Louisiana Video Game Case

From the Louisiana Governor's office on down, Jack Thompson has ripped a number of high-level officials in the ugly reality show surrounding the court fight over the state's video game law. Now the volatile Miami attorney has added a new target.

In a letter sent yesterday to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Attorney General Charles Foti, Thompson unleashed a string of criticism upon Federal District Court James Brady, who is hearing the case. Among other comments, Thompson accuses Judge Brady of bias:

"As to Judge Brady, you two (Blanco and Foti), as fellow Democrats, know of his liberal views and his past Chairmanship of the Louisiana Democratic Party. He was nominated by President Clinton because of his liberalism, and with that liberalism goes an absolutist view of the First Amendment that the Founders would not recognize."
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