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May 25, 2006



I guess this means that those of us who are non-American and have no idea what 19th-century US political conventions were like will be at a small disadvantage.

I know what a ludium is, though - fun!



This article sums it up nicely: equal parts conclave, cabal, and circus. Intrigue! Betrayal! Denunciation! Conspiracy! Manipulation! And who will be the Dark Horse, who will speak with passion and eloquence, proclaiming Sense About the Video Game to the Nation and the Free World? Who? Who? Maybe the crusty fellow from England??? The mild-mannered yet tenacious Californian? The blond bombshell? The raving Aussie? The soft-spoken, bearded design ingenue? The tyrant? The Texan? The Navy captain? The dark journalist? Anything can happen in the twisted warrens of the Memorial Union, our latter-day Tammany. It could even be you, dear lurker - an as-yet unknown hero.


Similar questions to Richard’s

1/ Does this imply that we are focusing on US public policy, and within the current political scene? As we are noting in another thread some of the assumptions behind the public policy debate in the US that frame the discourse are very different from, say, in the EU.

2/ Will delegates that have little idea of how the US Political Convention system (of any time) be at a disadvantage?

If you do want an international crowd to feel a bit welcome could you urge US based people that submit ideas not to make it too US centric – which might require consulting with a few non-Americans as it’s always difficult to know what is obvious to everyone and what is culturally specific.

3/ Do you urge non-Americans to submit ideas too?

4/ Are there any non-Americans judging the entries?

If this is US centric (which is fine with me as it’s in a US Institution after all) could we understand this up front?

This is just for clarity, the event was fantasic last year and I'm sure will be next :)


Ren, the game will be its own set of rules. Know the rules to win the game. Knowledge of the US convention system won't matter.

My opinion is that something as general as 'principles for sound video game policy' should be relevant to the policy process in most countries. At the same time, I can't deny that most of the attendees at a small university town in the US heartland will probably be Americans. International participation is welcomed with open arms, and there won't be explicit judges - everything will happen according to votes. It's not designed to be US centric, but it would be sensible to predict that US concerns will predominate.


Since I'll be in the neighborhood starting in a couple of months I'll be happy to lend a hand. But I expect you knew that. ;)


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