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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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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:School shooting? Mass murder? Horrific homicide?If the killer is of a certain age, video games are sure to be blamed, at least in certain quarters. But that age might be older than you thi...

May 25th 2007 at 11:58am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: You can draw a picture of your school.You can sketch it in charcoal or paint it in bright pastels or subdued watercolors. You can take an artsy black-and-white photograph of your school...

May 4th 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:News Item: Fired Take Two CEO Paul Eibeler exits with a golden parachute ...Damn, damn, double damn.In a flash of devastating comprehension it dawns on me that I've got this "road to succe...

April 9th 2007 at 12:16pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:M-rated games can't ride the bus anymore in Boston or Portland, Oregon. Can't ride the train, either. The respective transit authorities in those towns have banned all future ads encompass...

March 30th 2007 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:Have you taken notice of the kinder, gentler ESRB?In recent months the video game industry's ratings board seems to have been quietly, yet determinedly, remaking itself into a more open, i...

February 23rd 2007 at 11:28am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:Doug Lowenstein took his leave of the video game industry last week with a stirring "I'm outta here" speech delivered at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. By all accounts, Doug's comments...

February 12th 2007 at 11:45am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:Super Columbine Massacre creeps me out.Maybe that's what designer Danny Ledonne had in mind. If so, mission accomplished. Ledonne clearly wanted to use the game medium to explore the motiv...

February 2nd 2007 at 2:58pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:Can Jack Thompson lead the video game industry out of society's doghouse and into a peaceful co-existence with its critics?Sure, when pigs fly.Earlier this week, everyone's favorite game-b...

January 15th 2007 at 12:15pm 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:It's game over for 2006, the craziest year ever in video game politics. And that's saying something, given the Hot Coffee hoopla that plagued 2005. Here are some of the major political sto...

December 29th 2006 at 11:58am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:I don't much care for Grand Theft Auto.Aside from occasional review duties, I don't play Saints Row, either, or Reservoir Dogs or Scarface. Crime games are just not my thing; however, I do...

December 15th 2006 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:If you haven't caught this week's edition of Time Magazine, put down EGM or PC Gamer or whatever gaming mag you read and be sure to pick up a copy.The cover story, "Why We Worry About the...

December 8th 2006 at 11:25am 0 Comments