Archive for October, 2010

CNN Piece

Posted in Life in General, Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Dan Amerson

CNN has posted a link to the segment that they did with us on Wednesday. Things went really well, and we’re very excited about what we showed off. Go check it out, and let me know what you think.

Real Dan is pretty strong. dba



Posted in Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , on October 27, 2010 by Dan Amerson

I’ve been pretty quiet about events at Activate3D. While we’ve been showing things off to people in our office, our web presence has been stealthy.

That’s changing today. Our new website has gone live, and we’ll be doing a live demo on CNN’s The Big I today at 1:40PM EDT. These segments usually make it to the web later, so I’ll update the blog with a link. If you can though, tune in and see what happens.

It’s live! dba

Games and Free Speech

Posted in Video Game Development, Video Games with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by Dan Amerson

As many of you are probably aware, there is a case headed to the Supreme Court regarding California’s controversial law to limit the sale of games to minors. Here’s a quick link that I dug up about the initial injunction. As part of protesting this law and making sure our voices are heard, the Video Game Voters Network is organizing a day of action and asking people to post the following to Facebook. Facebook is stupid, so I’m posting here.

I believe video games deserve the same First Amendment protection as other forms of entertainment. Stand with me and the Video Game Voters Network on 11/2 as the Supreme Court Decides the future of games.

Video games deserve first amendment protection. They are speech despite coming in forms great and small, wise and stupid. At the same time, I am the first to tell you that there are many objectionable games out there. I don’t play the Grand Theft Auto series. I find it morally reprehensible. It’s not a type of entertainment that I choose to engage in. I also don’t watch the Saw, Hostel, or any sort of graphic horror movies for the same reason.

Despite the existence of questionable content, it’s not the government’s role to regulate the media that we consume. Those choices belong to all the adults in this nation, and hence censorship laws are often enacted to protect children. For children, however, it’s the parents’ responsibility to limit these choices not the nanny state. At my dojang, I’ve frequently advised parents on whether games are suitable for their children (the answer is usually no since kids want what they can’t have), and in the absence of an expert there ratings with explanations on every box. I encourage everyone to let their voice be heard.

Censorship of speech is never the answer. dba