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An economic study commissioned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) found the industry continues to outpace US economic growth, but is that really that hard these days? The report titled Video Games in the 21st Century: Economic Contributions of the US Entertainment Software Industry foun...

November 27th 2007 at 4:15pm 0 Comments
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Listen, the ESA knows that they can't reach you on this whole piracy thing. No matter what they say, you're just too addicted to stealing. But, they know the whole thing could have worked out differently if they had access to a flux capacitor and some plutonium. If they could just go back in time,...

October 4th 2007 at 8:50am 0 Comments
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It's fun to watch Mike Gallagher, the still-new head of the ESA, as he evolves into his position slowly but surely. His image has transitioned from total noob, to hired gun, to softening up a bit and gaming with The Washington Post. If nothing else his image seems to be on the right track to represe...

September 3rd 2007 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: The new head of the video game publishers' association actually plays video games!Who knew?I certainly didn't when I wrote a snarky advice column to incoming ESA president Mike Gallagher...

July 27th 2007 at 12:13pm 0 Comments
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Information on new Entertainment Software Association president Mike Gallagher has been slim -- very slim. The new lead of the industry's lobbying group has been more behind-the-scenes compared to predecessor Doug Lowenstein. Gallagher hasn't taken the training wheels off yet with his new job and di...

July 18th 2007 at 6:25pm 0 Comments
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We like Mike Gallagher, the guy who recently took over as chief of the ESA. Before this interview with The New York Times, you could trace these feelings to the picture above, which is entertaining enough to earn Gallagher an indirect affection boost. But now, we have actual reasons. Exhibit 1: "In...

July 3rd 2007 at 10:22am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:The following is an IM exchange that I wish I had with Michael Gallagher, who took over as new head of the ESA on Tuesday:Me: yo, u there?ESA n00b: yupMe: how's the new office?ESA n00b: ni...

June 1st 2007 at 11:52am 0 Comments
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There's a new captain on board the S.S. ESA: Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Mike Gallagher, who'll be stepping into the shoes left by former president Doug Lowenstein last year. Gallagher most recently served as the "chief telecommunications and policy advisor to the Bush Administration," w...

May 17th 2007 at 9:28am 0 Comments