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Posted: Jan 19th 2012 4:33PM OutThere said

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This is a little silly. How political should movie companies be? They are the ones backing this mess. They are an entertainment industry, just like gaming. So, game companies should stick head in sand because gaming is seen as trivial whereas movies are big business? No one should ignore the community or environment in which they exist. To do so is to invite extinction.

Of course gaming companies should be aware of and participate in any legislation that impacts their business environment. That by definition means they must be politically aware and take appropriate action. Otherwise, they will be outflanked by other interests.

Posted: Jan 19th 2012 6:33PM Cyroselle said

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@OutThere Oh, they are... they are indeed. The ESA, a gaming association, is one of the principal supporters of this bill. And EA is another. Game and Entertainment companies are very much, in fact tragically, involved in this.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2012 8:36PM syberghost said

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If you can't find a corner of the internet where you can ESCAPE politics for five minutes, there's a very strong possibility of backlash. I know at least one person whose response to all of this has been to call his Congressman and urge him to support SOPA.

There's also the fact that if you're inaccessible to your users, a large percentage will go find a gaming news source that isn't blacked out, and some percentage of those won't come back.

Posted: Jan 19th 2012 9:14PM Yapper said

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As I see it, game developers should be as politically active as they deem necessary to protect their industry. As should all businesses, such as Massively. While the question posed is not directly aimed at SOPA or PIPA if either of these pass Massively could have the site locked out for using a still frame from an old EDS cat herder commercial without prior written permission and noting that the copyright is currently owned by HP. I regret that Joystiq and it’s’ subsidiaries did not chose to stand up for themselves yesterday but that was not my call.
The bottom line is that each company needs to do what their board of directors thinks is best for business and their shareholders. But they also need to adapt to the new technology as the music industry is just now starting to do. Failure to adapt is what is pushing draconian laws like SOPA and PIPA. Sometimes it is easier to change the rules than it is to teach an old dogs new tricks.

Posted: Jan 20th 2012 12:10AM (Unverified) said

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If the US wants to treat companies like people, they are going to act like it; for better or for worse. In this case it was for the better. This was an example of 'the powers to be' having a taste of what we deal with everyday in politics. They didn't seem to like it, welcome to our world.

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