The Warrior Fights On

July 24th, 2009 -

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Hal Halpin is the President of the ECA: The Entertainment Consumers Association is a 501(c)(4) non-profit membership organization established to serve the needs of those who play computer and video games.

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Formed in 2006, the ECA is an advocacy organization for consumers of interactive entertainment. Gamers represent nearly fifty percent of the US population and spend $10 billion annually on gaming, yet as a group are continually overlooked by both politicians and the mainstream press. The mission of the ECA is to give game consumers a voice and to ensure that elected officials hear their concerns and appreciate the growing influence of the gamer demographic.

The organization, which is headquartered in Connecticut, focuses its advocacy efforts on consumer rights, anti-games legislation, and a host of other public policy concerns as well as providing substantial community, educational, and affinity benefits to its members—from discounts on subscriptions and game rentals and purchases to education, employment assistance, and insider access to industry news and events.

One of the biggest problems that floods the media in favor of anti-games laws is Jack Thompson, who was recently seen on Penn and Teller’s: Bullsh!t. Turns out he emails Hal quite often, following is a link to a thread depicting one of exchanges between the two. Thompson feels the need to attack Halpin, and it really shows how unprofessional he is as a politician.

This thread is found on the game politics/ECA forums.

The ECA Home Page in case you are interested in joining them. :)

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