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    The Video Game Voters Network exists to empower Americans who play video games to take action against threats to this entertainment medium and to stay informed about the latest issues that could affect our choice in video game entertainment. Video games are a modern form of entertainment entitled to the same creative and free speech protections afforded by the US Constitution to older media such as movies, music, and books. So join the Video Game Voters Network and speak up for games and gamer rights.
    Video Game Voters Network

    I'm in, signed up and sent a letter off to my Senators to stop such foolishness.
    Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

  • #2
    How odd I just discovered that place last night too.
    “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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    • #3
      Play For Real: Gamer Voter Drive

      "PLAY FOR REAL: GAMER VOTER DRIVE" LAUNCHED
      First Ever Video Gamer Voter Registration Drive Kicks Off Today

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2006) – The first ever voter registration drive targeted specifically toward American adults who play computer and video games was launched today by the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced.

      The "Play for Real: Gamer Voter Drive" is a project of the Video Game Voters Network, the grassroots political network for gamers. "Play for Real" uses a new voter registration tool found on VGVN's Web site, and will "offer the adults who have grown up with our computer and video games a unique way to involve themselves in the political process on all issues, including the ones that matter most to gamers," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers.

      "Tens of thousands of voting-aged gamers have joined the Video Game Voters grassroots political network since it was created last March. Unfortunately, when it comes to voting, polls show that less than half of 18 to 29 year olds turned out at the polls in the 2004 election, compared to 68% of those over 35 years old who cast their ballot," said Lowenstein. "We want to help engage gamers by offering this new registration tool, and by spreading the word that it's time for gamers to put down their controllers and play for real by voting in the upcoming elections."

      To register to vote via VGVN's Web site, go to www.videogamevoters.org, and click on "Register to Vote".

      The "Video Game Voters Network," (www.videogamevoters.org) a grassroots political network for gamers and a project of the ESA, is a means for American adults who play computer and video games to organize and take action on important policy issues affecting the computer and video game industry. VGVN opposes efforts to regulate the content of entertainment media, including proposals to criminalize the sale of certain games to minors, or regulate video games differently than movies, music, books, and other media. The site enables gamers to stay updated about game industry related issues, and allows them to take action by contacting federal, state, and local officials to express their views.

      The ESA is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. ESA members collectively account for more than 90 percent of the $7 billion in entertainment software sales in the U.S. in 2005, and billions more in export sales of entertainment software. For more information about the ESA, please visit www.theesa.com.
      Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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      • #4
        that is most excellent!

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        • #5
          It's not entirely obvious, but, it should be mentioned, they have an alternate international link, where you can join even if not an American.
          Life is change. Built models for decades.
          Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
          I didn't for a long time either.

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          • #6
            This looks like a good thing, I signed up today
            "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
            - General George S. Patton, Jr

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            • #7
              Oklahoma Video Game Law Stopped

              In a ruling issued October 11, 2006, Judge Robin J. Cauthron, US District Judge, Western District of Oklahoma, handed down a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of Oklahoma's law which prohibits the sale of video games depicting "inappropriate" violence to minors. In the decision, the Court stated that plaintiffs presented strong arguments that the Act contains unconstitutional content-based restrictions and that the Act's language is unconstitutionally vague.

              "This marks the ninth Court decision in the past five years to enjoin restrictions on video games," said Doug Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. "We're grateful for the preliminary injunction and look forward to prevailing in the effort to permanently strike down the law."

              Judge Robin J. Cauthron, US District Judge, Western District of Oklahoma also stated, "It was apparent that Plaintiffs [video game advocates] are substantially likely to prevail in this case even if the Act is subjected to a lower level of scrutiny."

              Sincerely,
              Video Game Voters Network
              Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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              • #8
                A struggle has raged throughout history between those who defend liberty and those who intrude upon it." - this is the opening line to "Fight For Video Games" VGVN's newly released web video trailer on YouTube - Video games are at the center of a long struggle between media critics, regulators, and politicians and the creative protections from the freedom of speech.

                Created in the spirit of a video game trailer, this web video's goal is to raise awareness of the struggle video games face, and to encourage gamers to take action at VGVN.

                Fight For Video Games
                Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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