“Gamers have just got to quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument.” The guy who said those words has eaten them, via Twitter.
Leland Yee, author of the California anti-video game bill that the Supreme Court struck down in 2011, apologised yesterday to video gamers for remarks he made in a San Francisco Chronicle examination of violent video games and the ongoing gun violence debate in America.
“Gamers, I admittedly didnt use best words to SFchron,” he tweeted. “Meant video game industry has inherent conflict of interest in the gun violence debate.”
“I have a lot of respect for many gamers,” he added in another tweet. “Many are on my staff and in my family — but the industry has profited at the expense of children.”
I’m not sure how the video games industry has a conflict of interest here, though Yee may be referring to the fact the Entertainment Software Ratings Board is run by the Entertainment Software Association, the industry’s lobbying arm (a complaint he’s made before.)
Still, given how rare it is for a lawmaker to admit any mistake, let’s take this.
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