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By Scott Hillis, Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:10PM

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SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) - The video game industry's new champion-in-chief said on Tuesday he will fight a perception that games are a menace to society by playing up their creative and technical achievements.

Mike Gallagher, the new head of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) that represents game publishers such as Electronic Arts Inc. and Activision Inc., also said he would try to energize a fan base which reaches far beyond a narrow stereotype of awkward teenage boys.

Gamers could help protect their past-time from hostile lawmakers by emulating another group of passionate hobbyists: amateur radio operators who have zealously defended their right to use a slice of public airwaves, Gallagher said.

"They are passionate, they are heard and they are accommodated. If there is one group to look at and say: 'It can be done', simply look at the amateur radio community," Gallagher told Reuters in an interview.

He spoke a day before the start of the industry's annual U.S. trade show, known as E3, where publishers show off upcoming games.

Gallagher, a former U.S. Commerce Department official and lawyer specializing in telecommunications, was appointed to the ESA in May after its founder, Doug Lowenstein, retired.

Gallagher said two-thirds of American families played video games of some sort, the average player was 33 years old, and the average buyer of games was nearly 40, he said. That is hardly the teenage stereotype.

The medium has also helped drive important national policy goals such as hooking up more homes to fast Internet connections and creating high-tech jobs. Software sales in the United States alone were $7.4 billion last year, while sales of games and hardware topped $30 billion globally.

"I want to do everything I can to create an environment for growth for this industry, where policymakers embrace video games and what they bring instead of the more recent pattern, which has been to pick on them for false stereotypes," Gallagher said.

Over the years, the ESA has fought proposed laws in several states to make it illegal to sell violent games to young people. Instead, the ESA advocates a self-policing ratings system similar to the movie industry's.

Gallagher said his efforts would focus on fighting illegal copying of games, opening new markets abroad, and winning respect for the medium as a legitimate art form.

"We need to make sure that the content of video games is on an even footing with books, magazines, movies and other types of media and not singled out unfairly based on false stereotypes for criticism or legislative abuse," he said.
[Source: Reuters]
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i like that guy
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Where do I send the check?

My check will pale in comparison to EA's and Take Two's, but whatever
    
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/awaits JT's suit
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/awaits JT's suit
Isn't his law license being suspended for like 90 days, or about to be? lol

And this guy is awesome, video games do rule, and people need to step away from the teenage gamer sitting in his basement gaming all alone stereotype and the violent stereotype...
Or i will show them a violent stereotype, mwuahahahaha.
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Isn't his law license being suspended for like 90 days, or about to be? lol

And this guy is awesome, video games do rule, and people need to step away from the teenage gamer sitting in his basement gaming all alone stereotype and the violent stereotype...
Or i will show them a violent stereotype, mwuahahahaha.
I'm pretty sure he has had his Bar license suspended pending further investigation, not sure of the time period, but I wont be surprised if he finds another avenue to show how stupid and self centered he is
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That's really bothersome how the media depicsts the average teen gamer. There was a shooting at a school, and what do they blame? The kid played videos games, so that HAS to be the culprit.

However, we all know someone who really does spend most of their life in a basement playing video games. I mean, I have a friend who plays WoW for 48 hours straight at times. Hell, I've been there done that with EverQuest. Back in 8th grade, friends use to call me all the time to see if I wanted to hang out and I used to say no and keep it a secret that I had a raid that night.

Only a small percentage of gamers are like that though. I believe the majority of teens who play video games do it with friends or simply to pass the time at reasonable intervals. They don't carry it into their everyday lives, and they do not let it consume their lives.

I'm just getting tired of the media downing us gamers. But aren't they always like that? Don't they always take the worst case scenario and make it the norm? People don't want to hear that things are going normal, even though most of the time it is.
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why can't the game industry be corrupt like cigarettes or national defense, then we would get manhunt.
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All gamers are akward teenage boys?
lol i like this guy though
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