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Murder, Sex and Censorship: Debating the Morals of Creative Freedom


In the last year, over a dozen bills targeting video games were put before state Assemblies and Senates throughout America. In other countries, video games were banned outright. Legislators seek to control their sale and their distribution. They complain the industry is out of control and ratings do not work. And in the wake of the Hot Coffee scandal, we face irate politicians and the FTC again.

What does this mean for game developers? Should they tone down their content? Should they let government regulate the sale of videogames? Exactly how harmful are games? This panel brings together the leaders in the games debate Jason Della Rocca, executive director of the IGDA and Assemblymember Leland Yee of California, sponsor of numerous bills seeking to regulate the sale of video games to minors. Also joining the panel will be Prof. James Paul Gee, educator, video games researcher and author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Other panel members to be announced.

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  • Brenda Brathwaite
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  • Jason Della Rocca
  • Perimeter Partners
  • James Paul Gee
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Leland Yee
  • California State Government
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