Video Game Voters Network puts out call to arms

The Video Game Voters Network has always aimed to be a grassroots organization of politically minded gamers, so it makes sense that the group is now trying to use the latest fad in spreading political ideology. The VGVN is looking to make a splash with a new YouTube video about the threat of...

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The Video Game Voters Network has always aimed to be a grassroots organization of politically minded gamers, so it makes sense that the group is now trying to use the latest fad in spreading political ideology. The VGVN is looking to make a splash with a new YouTube video about the threat of legislation and industry regulation, and it wants gamers' help to get the word out.

Posted yesterday, the video was created "in the spirit of a game trailer," according to VGVN's official Web site. After a disclaimer that "the following is a preview of a threat coming to a video game store near you," a familiar gravel-throated narrator describes a timeless battle "between those who fight to preserve liberty and those who intrude upon it."

After drawing parallels to public concerns that surfaced around the evils of books, film, comics, and rock music when those media first surfaced, the narrator claims the same people ("government regulators, politicians, and the media critics") are setting their sights on games. After a brief (and superficial) recap of the recent rash of game-related legislation on the federal and state levels, the narrator says now is the time to fight back.

"Join our network of activists. Spread the word about the fight. Tell the US congress and state legislatures to stop playing the same old game. It is up to you to stop video game regulation."

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