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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yes, Joystiq, Politicians are Inconsistent

This is of course one of the impetuses for my research, in that all of the crap shuffling that is currently getting done with relation to games and the game industry doesn't really mean anything.

How can you legislate something you have absolutely no clue about? No one knows where change can best be implemented. But boy do politicians want a chunk of the cash. Rather than fighting over scraps they might want to pay attention a bit more.

Joystiq: Boston mayor wants more developers, but backs Jack Thompson
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino really can't seem to craft a clear message on the video game industry. Despite numerous attacks against the industry, including his full support to pull GTA ads on the T for purely political reasons and supporting a Jack Thompson drafted bill, he wants to bring more gaming companies to the city.

The city of Boston currently has no notable game companies within its borders. The best up-and-coming companies (meaning they aren't Blizzard, EA, Activision or Ubisoft just yet) like Turbine (Lord of the Rings Online), Harmonix (Guitar Hero, Rock Band) and Blue Fang Games (Zoo Tycoon) are all located outside the city in Westwood, Cambridge and Waltham respectively. Meaning they bring neither tax revenue or help "creative industries flourish" within the city.


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