Drill the presidential candidates. Ask about the games.

Gamers aren’t all kids these days, and the next presidential election is just around the corner. What’s that mean for those of you in the US? It’s almost time to vote.

One issue that is sure to be of at least some concern to all of you, the GamerNode readers, is government legislation pertaining to videogames. As such, many YouTubers have taken the time and put forth the effort to pose questions to Republican candidates, hoping that some serious answers will be given at the debates.

I have scoured the submissions, and ammassed what I feel are some of the best on the site. Here they are:


– Kevin. Detroit, Michigan.

Videogames are accused of destroying society, yet systems such as the ESRB exist and have been proven effective in allowing acceptable content to reach the appropriate audiences. How will future legislation be more effective than current restrictions on video games?



– Thaddeus, Drexel Missouri.

A video game retail employee points out the fact that parents buy M-rated games for their children, regardless of warnings from the store clerks prior to purchase. He asks how presidential candidates wil take on parents for buying children age-inappropriate games, rather than simply attacking the industry.



-Ryan Pierce. Cleveland, Ohio.

He describe the purchase process for clearly labeled M-rated games, then poses a question to Romney. "Why do you want to restrict video games even more when the tools are already in place for parents to use?"



-Andrew Price. Tampa Florida.

Andrew seeks equal first amendment protection for all forms of media. "Would you prevent unjust regulation of video games and make sure they are free from censorship like any other form of artistic expression?"




-David Parrish. Norfolk, Nebraska.
David cites a bill that remained in the court system from 2005 until 2007, only to ultimately be ruled unconstitutional. He asks how candidates will keep pointless, unconstitutional bills such as this one from tying up the legal system.

-Eddie. East Providence, Rhode Island.

Like many gamers, Eddie sees nothing wrong with the amount of "violence and inappropriate material" in video games, because it is moderated by the ESRB. He asks candidates their opinions on the subject, and what they might do to limit violence in videogames.



-Tim. Pennsylvania
Tim points out that certain videogames are made for and marketted to adults, yet parents ignore the ratings that identify this fact and continue to buy them for children. He asks what candidates would do to hold parents accountable for these choices and how to better educate them regarding these issues.



– This one is unique. It is a a video comparison of videogame and movie violence. It depicts a scene from the M-rated (17+) Half-Life 2, followed by one for the PG-13-raterd movie Casino Royale. So which is more violent?



-E. Zachary Knight. Newcastle, Oklahoma.
He reminds candidates that recently several states have passed laws that have all been ruled unconstitutional by courts, thus costing taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees. He asks what candidates will do to protect the right to freedom of speech in videogames.


-Eli Gundry. Orrville, Ohio.
Eli questions the government’s recent muscle-flexing, as it vehemently pursued video game pirates in the midst of a myriad of other, more pressing issues elsewhere.
That’s the whole lot of them. I hope you enjoyed the questions posed, and are motivated to take part, and post one of your own. I did:


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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