This section looks at some of the ways video game fans used digital tools to enter discussions surrounding video game censorship and violence. From social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter to free, easy-to-use blog hosting sites like this one, the ways in which individuals can access and express themselves within larger debates have certainly changed and multiplied since the MPPDA found themselves under attack in the 1920s. And while Frank Zappa could always organize a fan letter-writing campaign, and television viewers could always write to their local news station, the access individuals have today to react and respond (sometimes in real time) to news and events is unprecedented. Whether anybody is listening, however, is another matter.
We do not want to overemphasize or underemphasize the role these digital tools played in the lead up to and aftermath of the Supreme Court case.While some organizations like the VGVN or the NYRA used social media for explicitly political activism, the vast majority of digital artifacts went unseen and made little direct social impact. At the same time, however, we do not want to discount the importance of the blog post, the rarely viewed YouTube video or the message board comment. Each of these examples is an instance of an individual using digital media to express his or her opinion and join a national discussion. These act, in and of themselves, are valuable and political.
What follows is a collection of different forms of digital amateur artifacts that address the topics of video game censorship and video game violence. Some are related directly to the Supreme Court case, while others address anti video game activists like Jack Thompson. Some are serious meditations, and others use humor and parody to make their point. Some are more polished than others, and some more popular. But they are all part of the conversation.
Personal Blogs: Unlike professional games journalists, these bloggers do not get paid to think and write about video games. As such, they only write when they want and they only write about topics that interest and excite them.
The Brainy Gamer
The Brainy Gamer blog is a popular forum for the thoughtful, though accessible,discussion of video games. It is operated by Michael Abbott, a professor of theater at Wabash College.
- More Common Sense About The Impact Of Video Games On Kids (March 27, 2008)
- SCOTUM Modern Elite Force 7 Rulez (June 27, 2011)
- Win-Lose (June 29, 2011)
- Podcast: Out of Order (November 17, 2010)
- California v. Videogames, In Verse (June 28, 2011)
- Mr Kratos Goes To Washington (April 29, 2010)
1Up & Destructoid
- 1Up Club: Jack Thompson Is A Douchebag
- 1Up Blog: Censorship And Games
- 1Up Blog: Violent Video Game Sales To Minors
- 1Up Blog: When Gaming And Politics Collide
- Destructoid Blog: The Government And Video Games
- Destructoid Blog: Politicians/Young Gamers
- Destructoid Blog: Enough Is Enough With The Term Ultraviolent