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The Political Game: The Mod Squad

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: Somewhere in the mountains of Pakistan, Osama bin Laden is lounging in a cave, chuckling into his goat stew. It's surely a well-equipped cave, complete with all of the electronic...

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The Political Game: Gamers like Mike

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: The new head of the video game publishers' association actually plays video games! Who knew? I certainly didn't when I wrote a snarky advice column to incoming ESA president Mike...

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The Political Game: Winners & losers in Manhunt 2 meltdown

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: Perception is reality, except when it isn't. And in the case of Manhunt 2, it's not as easy as you may think to pick out the winners and losers from this week's craziness. Start with...

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The Political Game: Dear ESA n00b

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: The following is an IM exchange that I wish I had with Michael Gallagher, who took over as new head of the ESA on Tuesday: Me: yo, u there? ESA n00b: yup Me: how's the new office? ESA...

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The Political Game: How old is too old for game blame?

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: School shooting? Mass murder? Horrific homicide? If the killer is of a certain age, video games are sure to be blamed, at least in certain quarters. But that age might be older than you...

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The Political Game: Dangerous times for gamers

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: You can draw a picture of your school. You can sketch it in charcoal or paint it in bright pastels or subdued watercolors. You can take an artsy black-and-white photograph of your...

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The Political Game: Take Two and the golden parachute

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: News Item: Fired Take Two CEO Paul Eibeler exits with a golden parachute ... Damn, damn, double damn. In a flash of devastating comprehension it dawns on me that I've got this "road to...

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The Political Game: Throwing free speech under the bus

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: M-rated games can't ride the bus anymore in Boston or Portland, Oregon. Can't ride the train, either. The respective transit authorities in those towns have banned all future ads...

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The Political Game: ESRB's extreme makeover

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: Have you taken notice of the kinder, gentler ESRB? In recent months the video game industry's ratings board seems to have been quietly, yet determinedly, remaking itself into a more open,...

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The Political Game: Doug Lowenstein shoots the messenger

Each week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games: Doug Lowenstein took his leave of the video game industry last week with a stirring "I'm outta here" speech delivered at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. By all accounts, Doug's comments...

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