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Greetings, all. I'm a 33-year-old high school English teacher and lifelong video game addict. I've been reading GP for a few months, and I've recently become interested in discussing the politics and philosophy of video games. So I figure I'll give these forums a try.

I'd like to say that I'm a little nervous about the ECA and its origins. As I understand it, the group was founded by Hal Halpin, a former industry executive, who also founded the IEMA trade association. I believe that the needs and rights of video game consumers and those of the industry are sometimes (perhaps often) at odds, and I'm nervous that this group might have elements of astroturf — that is, a way for the industry to point us gamers toward the issues it wants us to get active on. (While issues and objectives that aren't in the best interest of the industry — like some more serious compensation than a free ridiculous XBox Arcade title for when Live goes down — are ignored.)

I could be completely wrong — and I hope I am. But if other members could point me to examples of the ECA taking stands that are independent of — or at odds with — the industry, I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about getting involved.

In any case, I've come here to discuss stuff, so either way I expect I'm in the right place. Thanks for making this space available, and I hope I've not alienated too many people with my suspicious introduction.

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