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Video Games Fight Government Regulation the Old-fashioned Way?Bribing Politicians

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bribe.jpgThe New York Times reports that the Entertainment Software Association has gotten approval to create a political action committee. Good news for the video gaming industry, as many politicians?including Hillary Clinton?have recently crusaded (or are currently crusading) against video games, promising to increase federal regulation of video game sales.

The PAC would give the ESA?which represent Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Electronic Arts, among other?the ability to donate up to $100,000 to politicians who feel there’s no reason on God’s green earth that video games should be regulated more than movies or music, and it’s both the salesperson’s and the parent’s responsibility to make sure little Billy doesn’t get his hands on the clearly labeled “Adults Only” copy of Battle Raper 2.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.