In a rousing keynote address that ran well into our allotted lunch hour, John Geoghegan, Executive Director at The SILOE Research Institute offered a 12-step program for guiding games out of the danger zone. Though his remarks were directed at the body of gathered game marketers, this 12-step program is something that everyday gamers should follow, as each of us is in regular contact with people who really don't know all that much about our favorite hobby and who could use a little edumacation.
Why is any program at all needed? Geoghegan explained, "it's time for us to wake up people! we are in deep doodoo." The major issue is that games are headed for a "perfect storm of circumstances" as the 2008 election incentivizes politicians like Hilary Clinton to make game content a political issue to win votes. The effects could be disastrous.
A summary of his 12-step program follows.