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Violence, games, and politics: they all go together

Gamers With Jobs has an excellent interview with Henry Jenkins (part 1 and part 2). It gives a good overview over the debate over violence in games in the US, the court cases, the proposed bills, the state of research, etc. etc.

It also mentions the Creative Leaders Workshops he organized with Electronic Arts, which I have heard some more about, and which I found very intriguing. Kudos to EA for spending money on something like that.

Mr. Jenkins says:

Right now, the industry loves to brag that the American gross sales of video games is close to or surpasses the gross domestic box office for Hollywood films.
He then shows how that is not that big a deal. I prefer to deflate hubris by noting that the adult movie industry makes the same claim.

(From the IGDA newsletter.)