Thursday, 7 October 2010

VGVN

As a Journalist (At least that's what I call myself) I should probably stay unbiased, especially in times of political turmoil - But, this is the internet, so free speech is freely available; Thus I bring you this article.

Over the years there have been people with backwards, heads up their own arses views, the sort of people that still think sexual orientation is worth killing for and that people from different parts of the world should be hung.

We live in troubled times indeed.

Well they're at it again... And have been for quite some time now; Video games are once more under scrutiny within the United States; Essentially the big wigs would love to segregate video games, criminalize specific features and essentially treat video games as material that isn't licensed under the first amendment - They'd be relinquishing the power that TV, Film and Books have, thus potentially ruining and entire form of media.

Here's a snip from the website that will give you a more formal read of what is happening;

The Video Game Voters Network is a place for American gamers to organize and defend against threats to video games by registering to vote and letting Congress know how important this issue is to the community. Without a critical mass of adult video game players who are registered to vote and willing to stand firmly behind their games, politicians will continue to fire criticism at games and game players in order to score easy points for their political campaigns.

Video games are fully protected speech under the Constitution, and receive the same First Amendment protection as books, movies, music and cable television programs. The Network opposes efforts to regulate the content of entertainment media, including proposals to criminalize the sale of certain games to minors, or regulate video games differently from movies, music, books, and other media. The Network also enables gamers to stay educated about issues, reach out to federal, state, and local officials, and register to vote. The Video Game Voters Network is a project sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing America’s video game publishers.

Fear is a powerful weapon; If a politician can use fear to gain voters, they will do so, even If that means impending on your rights and free speech; The Amendments are there for a reason people; Let's get active and prove that video games aren't demolishing lives, just as books won't turn your eyes to jelly and Rock music won't make you worship the devil.

So far this campaign has a lot of backing; Including Yatzhee of Zero Punctuation, Stan Lee of Marvel and the CEO of Insomniac Games.

So maybe it's time you joined them? Click here to get to the VGVN site.

I will try to get a interview with someone from VGVN, but this is fairly small blog site and I doubt they'll waste their time - But I will drop them an email, and we'll see.

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