Watch out, gamers of New York. You're on the list. The Legislation Watch List at Game Politics ( www.gamepolitics.com), that is. According to the interactive map, which tracks the progress of anti-videogame legislation across the country, New York has 13 such bills sitting in committee.
The Legislation Watch is just one of the many features at Game Politics, a catchall news blog dedicated to the shifting political landscape in digital affairs. Featuring news, analysis, and incisive commentary, Game Politics outlines the sometimes-cantankerous relationship between politicians and the videogame industry. Aided by an ever-vigilant posse of volunteers, editor Dennis McCauley sniffs out the juiciest stories, from the debate over whether Missouri prisoners should be allowed PS2s in jail to interviews with anti-war protestors in the military's recruitment game, America's Army. Also, Game Politics occasionally features exclusive interviews with key political players, such as attorney Jack Thompson and California Assembly Speaker Leland Yee.
What you won't find at Game Politics is the loose editorial standards that plague many of the larger gaming sites. McCauley holds not just politicians accountable but also videogame makers, publishers, and retailers. "The industry has been spoiled by a very compliant, fan-oriented style of game journalism," he says. "We're pulling back the curtain on how the videogame industry plays the political game."
Readers can discuss news posts in the newly revamped forums, where the heady, intellectual debates rarely degenerate into flame wars and trolling. Even the comment sections on news posts tend to be articulate and sophisticated. "We've got the smartest readership you'll find on any gaming site," boasts McCauley. And it shows.