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PUBLIC MARKS from Hydragon with tags blogs & news

April 2006

Game :: Where politics and video games collide

Video games aren't just about having fun any more. Some would say that games entertain us, enlighten us, and relax us. They teach problem-solving and allocation of scarce resources. They sharpen minds as well as reflexes. To others, games provoke violent and antisocial behavior. They are a causal factor behind incidents like the Columbine shootings and the Beltway Sniper case. Some claim that video games contribute to obesity in children and expose them to adult-oriented content. Either way, games are also big business, approaching $30 billion in annual sales. In sheer dollar volume, video games have surpassed going to the movies as a leisure activity. With so much money at stake, economic issues find their way onto the business page with increasing regularity. Labor trouble, monopolies, globalization, software piracy and even the virtual economies in online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life appear in the mainstream press with increasing regularity. Politicians are starting to take notice too. Legislation regarding video games has been proposed in an ever-increasing number of cities and states across the nation. Lobbyists on both sides of the issue push agendas with legislators on both sides of the aisle. With so much news happening on a daily basis, it's hard to keep up - until now. offers a clearinghouse for politically-oriented news and opinions about video games and the video game business.

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