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Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Lieberman Interviewed on Games
7:27 AM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story

In a candid interview held on the heels of last night's presidential debate, Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman sat down with Daily Radar for an interview on computer games and violence. Lieberman made some good points, including underlining his support for the industry, and expressed his desire not to ban games from the market or force a ratings system into existence. This runs counter to common gamer and editorial opinion on various game sites, where he is often portrayed as hostile to the game industry and a threat to the 'violent' games people love to play. Here is an excerpt:

DR: It is a common understanding among those who play videogames regularly that you think violent games should be regulated or banned. Is that an accurate assessment of your position? If not, what role should the federal government play in this issue?

JL: That is a common MISunderstanding. I have never proposed having the government ban games or regulate game content. I am a devout believer in the First Amendment, and have consistently opposed resorting to censorship to address the growing public concern about media violence and indecency -- for example I was one of just 16 senators who voted against the Communications Decency Act.

Lieberman even indulges Daily Radar on his favorite games:
DR: As the federal government's leading expert in videogames, what are some games you like?

JL: I doubt I would ever pass a test as a videogame expert. But I am aware that the computer and videogame publishers are producing a wide array of highly creative and engaging titles these days that are nonviolent but lots of fun, such as the Sims series of strategy games, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Madden 2000 for sports fans, and Tonka 2 Construction and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? for young children.

The prospect of having a vice president that can actually quote the names of top-selling video games is certainly interesting; at least no one can accuse Lieberman of making uninformed attacks. In any case, if you have a fixed opinion of Lieberman, pro or con, you should find this interview enlightening.

Be sure and post your reactions to Lieberman's position, as well as to the issue of game violence in general, on this article's comments thread or in our forums.

Daily Radar Interview

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