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Biden meeting with game industry

Biden meeting with game industry

Wed 09 Jan 2013 4:58pm GMT / 11:58am EST / 8:58am PST
Politics

White House says vice president will meet with reps of gun and game industries on policy changes to curb gun violence

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet with representatives of the gaming industry this week to discuss ways to prevent tragedies like last month's Newtown school shooting, a White House spokesman told Reuters.

Days after the shooting, the vice president was tasked by President Barack Obama with creating a variety of proposals to prevent gun violence and "pull together real reforms right now." Biden is expected to suggest policy changes later this month, and is meeting with several groups this week as he puts those plans together.

In addition to the game industry, the vice president will be meeting with other entertainment industry representatives, the National Rifle Association, victims of gun violence, and other groups with interests in firearms. At least one of those groups, the NRA, has already made its stance publicly known.

In a press conference a week after the Newtown shooting, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre dismissed proposals for stricter gun laws, instead calling for an armed guard in every school. He also pointed to mental health and violent games as other areas legislators should look at, calling gaming "a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people."

Guns and games aren't the only things under scrutiny in this process. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will hold meetings tackling the issue from a mental health angle, while Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss the issue with parent and teacher groups.

Whatever Biden's recommendations are, the president has directed Congress to vote on the resulting measures by the end of this year.

15 Comments

my simplistic answer to all of this is - NO armed weapons for everyone. ban all weapons for armed forces civilians and burn it all with the nukes. Lets go back to melee weapons...

Posted:A year ago

#1

Andrew
Animator

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Do we as an industry get a say in who represents us on such an important topic?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew on 9th January 2013 6:37pm

Posted:A year ago

#2

James Brightman
Editor in Chief

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@ Alex, in the US it's probably the ESA

Posted:A year ago

#3

Pier Castonguay
Programmer

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Why don't they also meet with the movie industry or the book industry or the music industry? Why games in particular?

Posted:A year ago

#4

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,232 2,161 1.0
^Easier target.

Posted:A year ago

#5

James Brightman
Editor in Chief

221 248 1.1
@Pier, Biden is meeting with other entertainment industries, not just games

Posted:A year ago

#6

T. Elliot Cannon
Game Designer

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Maybe the game Industry writers can poke around so find out who these "representatives of the gaming industry" might be because there aren't any official ones.

Posted:A year ago

#7

James Brightman
Editor in Chief

221 248 1.1
@T.Elliot, we've reached out to EMA and ESA to see if they are the ones speaking with Biden. No response yet. We'll be sure to update when/if we hear back.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

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I'm trying to realistically figure out what kind of policy changes they could make to the already existing and very informative ratings system we already have.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,130 1,038 0.5
Here's a hoot for you (and another reason there's less focus on violent movies all of a sudden):

http://www.nramuseum.org/the-museum/the-galleries/william-b-ruger-special-exhibits.aspx

Posted:A year ago

#10

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

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I for one think it's good Biden meets with people from the industry. We can complain as much as we want and shout (on these and other forums) to our hearts content about how unfair it is and that games are not to blame. Not many people of the public (other than gamers maybe) will listen to our arguments. Just the same as we don't listen to arguments from the NRA - we won't believe for a second that guns make people safer, no matter how often they say it.

Anyone in the public who think games have a role to play have made up their mind already, and arguing with them is pointless. However if industry people can convince Biden and some solution can be found (i.e. stricter control of age ratings etc.) and then Biden comes out and speaks up on behalf of the industry, then that can change public opinion.

Posted:A year ago

#11
But it also makes BIden look good, as if he has taken time to discuss the issues with industry leaders, but in reality, planned outcomes have already decided....its just, was it plan A or Plan A.5

Posted:A year ago

#12

Matthieu Mandeville
Technical Game Analyst

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We would all benefit from watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooa98FHuaU0

Posted:A year ago

#13

Al Nelson
Producer

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I only hope that they focus on what will work, not an emotional reaction. For instance, did you know assault rifles kill half as many people as fists and feet, in the US, according to the FBI? Or that more than half of the gun deaths in the US are suicides? Or that the place with the fewest guns per capita (DC) has the highest rate of violent crime while the 5 states with the most firearms have the lowest rates?

That may sound biased and I do make FPS games, but I am a progressive, politically. Again, I hope they focus on results, not hoopla, maybe a psych test prior to buying any firearm, mandatory safe storage and similar ideas.

Posted:A year ago

#14

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,130 1,038 0.5
@Al - agreed, but here's a sort of important question:

Should CURRENT gun owners be required to take that psych test as well in addition to having a mandatory safe storage spot for their arms and so forth and so on? I'd imagine if this is going to be a fair debate, that has to come into the picture at some point. Sadly, some in the NRA seem to be wanting to draw more attention to the mentally ill as part of the problem when not all people who are afflicted are violent or prone to violence.

I'd imagine that it's hard to get results that will please everyone in the end, but letting politicians and pundits control the debate and results of that debate is just going to end up not making anyone happy with the results...

Posted:A year ago

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