[games_access] Getting Federal government. On our side.

Robert Florio arthit73 at cablespeed.com
Sun Dec 2 19:39:07 EST 2007

Sounds great. I'm just not sure how to tie it in a broad? How would that
work? I was suggesting that if it worked here it would become something
marketable that other countries with one the same stamp of approval.

My thoughts would be if it was made into some kind of legislation who makes
up the ideas for ranking if it becomes accepted?

I think the best thing is to put together the petition that I will
definitely start writing. And then if we get any important representatives
responding they can let us know what they think the best solution would be.

Ultimately I think it should be something we can make money from instead of
giving away all our ideas. So I'm sure there will be guidelines written up
basic ones may be but then after that someone needs to regulate it.

Kind of like what Hillary Clinton set up with the MSRP people. And as they
might already have a branch or suggest a private branch which would be
better. Maybe they would find it and give us a place to locate. One of the
best persuasive points to put in the petition would be for the injured


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Subject: Re: [games_access] Getting Federal government. On our side.

I have all the US Senate/House/Governors email addresses so if you
start it and others can help edit, I can send out a press release.

We can start by raising the issue with the US government because I
have those addresses but as Barrie suggested -- why limit this to
just the US?

I'm not sure how successful it will be but we haven't tried it and
with the right tone it's worth a shot -- if anything it never hurts
to remind the US government who often tries to outlaw gaming after
this and that happens that games are important and not all bad. I'm
always happy to contribute to that approach!


>Robert, if you kick start it, and get it going - I'll support you

>and so will others. Why not

>start by building an on-line petition - I'm sure there's more than just me

>here that would be happy to proof read it and add suggestions before

>it goes live.


>Take a look here:





>I too don't know how successful this approach will be - but none of us will

>know for sure unless it's tried.


>At the very least, it can burble away in the background - building support

>for us in numbers. Perhaps we could all point people in its direction if it

>says things we are mostly happy with? I'd like it to be a bit more

>international in scope, so I'd love to see an intro paragraph with links to

>translated versions in other languages.


>Go for it, Robert!





>----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Florio"

<arthit73 at cablespeed.com>

>To: "'IGDA Games Accessibility SIG Mailing List'" <games_access at igda.org>

>Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 7:41 PM

>Subject: Re: [games_access] Getting Federal government. On our side.


>>I'm actually proposing how many of us want to and can help to send letters

>>to important people like senators, independent game developers, to get

>>petitions signed, and send it to some senators to get some kind of

>>nationwide talk on this and finally a regulated necessity standard?


>>I think it's a very good and noble thing to do. Thinking of it in a way

>>that it's an industry that has ignored and does not have any future plans

>>for any big deals for accessibility for people. Especially in the United

>>States is our Constitution write to have fair access to all forms of

>>entertainment. To not allow people access to their product is



>>Again this is something I have proposed before nobody said they wanted to

>>work on it and I don't know why it seems like a great thing to do. Stand


>>for our rights that's what the government is there to help us to


>>in a billion-dollar industry making millions and millions but ignoring the

>>rest seems wrong.





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