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  • Blog Post: The ESA And NRA Lobby Compared

    Games Industry International has posted a fascinating glimpse into the nature of the political lobbying efforts of several major industries. In particular, one finding jumped out as a surprise. At $4.83 million, the ESA outspent the NRA's $2.9 million in lobbying efforts. However, a closer look reveals... More
  • Blog Post: Apple Revisits NRA: Practice Range Game's Rating

    Apple has changed the rating for the NRA's target-shooting game from 4+ to 12+. NRA: Practice Range drew criticism since its January 13 release for its timing (about a month following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), while other said it was being inappropriately marketed to children. The... More
  • Blog Post: NRA Does Not Understand Irony, Releases iOS Shooting Game

    Hey, remember last month when that unspeakably horrible event happened in Connecticut? Well, the NRA apparently doesn't. You see, the organization's Wayne LaPierre placed much of the blame on violent video games, singling out titles like Bulletstorm, Splatterhouse, and Mortal Kombat in a reactionary... More
  • Blog Post: The ESA Concludes Its Violent Video Game Discussion With VP Biden

    The Entertainment Software Association, along with other representatives from the video game industry , have emerged from today's discussion of video games and their relationship to gun violence with vice president Joe Biden. After the recent tragedy in Connecticut, president Barack Obama appointed... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Video Game Makers, The NRA, And The Vice President Planning To Meet

    Update: Until now, it wasn't clear who would be representing the video game industry in a series of meetings being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden's task force on gun violence. We now have confirmation that Entertainment Software Association CEO Michael Gallagher will be attending the summit... More
  • Blog Post: The Daily Show Tackles Gun Violence And Video Games

    The Daily Show is no stranger to the conversation of violence and video games, but it is always able to add an interesting (and humorous) take to the discussion. Last night's episode, which focused heavily on the upcoming debate between violent media and how it should affect gun control , Jon Stewart... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Do You Think About The NRA's Violent Media Accusations?

    Earlier today, the NRA pointed its finger at violent media for causing real-life violence such as the recent rash of highly publicized shootings. The debate has been waged by politicians, lawyers, and reporters almost since gaming's inception, but we want to hear your opinion. The NRA says that the... More
  • Blog Post: ECA Responds To NRA Blaming Sandy Hook On Video Games

    Earlier today, National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said that violent video games like Mortal Kombat and the Grand Theft Auto series were at least partly to blame for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) begs to... More
  • Blog Post: NRA Links Connecticut Shooting To Violent Media

    The National Rifle Association held a press conference this morning in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, blames violent games, movies, and music videos for such tragic events. "There exists in this country, sadly, a callous... More
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