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Wednesday, August 9, 2000 11:58 AM | Michael Eilers
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Conservative Developers
Michael Eilers August 09 - 4:11 PM

I too was a bit intrigued by the overwhelming conservatism of the developers' comments; when it comes to issues of free speech, human rights and protecting the consumer, the Democratic/liberal track record in American politics seems much stronger, historically.

It is not politically correct to say so, but I think a large part of the reason behind the conservatism of the developers expressed in this article has a great deal to do with the fact that they are white, male, middle-class and middle-aged; the fact that they are game developers is secondary. It is also worth observing that many of the programmers quoted are based in Texas :-)

Gore/Lieberman much better than the alternatives...
Rudolf Riet August 09 - 12:32 PM

As Mr. Stecklow stated, both Gore and Lieberman are for more consistent and better enforeced labeling - not outright revokation of First Amendment rights. Furthermore, given the possibility that three Supreme Court justices may retire in the next four years, the Gore-Lieberman ticket will ensure that liberal-to-moderate justices take their place, ensuring the continued defense of our seemingly taken-for-granted freedoms.

Bush and Cheney have promised conservative justices (who would, in all likelihood, remove basic human freedoms and create more gender inequity), and want to make the nation more of a theocracy, where education is based on the Christian concept of "morals," whether or not it's consistent with your own sense of morals or system of beliefs. Bush and Cheney would sooner outlaw games than endorse and enforce a labeling system.

The Democrats (and the Greens) value basic freedom and human rights - something game programmers should realize and embrace. The alternative is just too frightening to ponder. Please make an educated and informed vote in November.

Eric Stecklow August 09 - 12:20 PM

The developer made my point at the last sentence in the article: As long as he is just for labeling I don't mind him.I think that is the whole point, he dislikes video games but he can't and won't ban them, he just wants a universal rating system. He can't ban any of them, it's unconstituitional. It was just as controversial as Tipper Gore when she wanted labeling of offensive music, it was just labeling, not banning.

I guess as long as this issue remains I'll always be taking the democrat side...

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