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March 16, 2006

A Public Apology…

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 2:22 pm

I must apologize to all of my fellow gamers and developers. Why? Because i failed to carry the banner into the chambers of the Miami-Dade County School board yesterday in opposition to the Wackie Jackie instigate “resolution” to bar RockStar’s upcoming game “Bully.” I could say I was busy preparing for the Game Developers Conference in San Jose next week, or that I was busy with one of the many things I have to get done before I leave. But, the simple truth of the matter is, I just didn’t bother.

The School Bord building is about 2 miles fro my office. I was aware of the pending vote. I know it’s total bullshit and am enraged that they would even consider such a resolution in the first place and most of all, I know it is Wackie Jackie at work here. So, why didn’t I show? Could be middle age malaise, but more likely it was a combination of being worn down by th incredible stupidity of elected officials, especially in the nationally renowned “banana republic” of Miami and no wanting to personally validate this stuff. But most probably, it was simple apathy and good old inertia. So, the next time I go off ranting at gamers for not bothering to stand up and to vote or take a position on important social issues, I’ll look back at this and remember, it’s always easier to bitch about something than it is to get up off you ass and do something about it.

So, again, I apologize for my complete lack of action and will endeavor to do better next time. BTW, the Wackie Jackie resolution was diluted down to “parents should be aware of the games their kid platy and follow the ESRB ratings.” NP there..I guess there are a few sane people on the school board…but theChairman head of the board, Frank Bolanos, is not one of them!


  1. I can understand how easily it is to give up on the Miami-Dade county School Board. As a senior in high school I was the 2000 Student Advisor to the Board (do they even have this position any more?), and I very quickly realized that the no one on that dais is listening anything that any one person has to say. They only stopped twiddling with their cafe con leches and paperwork when something commanded their attention…like a massive organized group of students and/or parents coming together to fight something together. Because this of course brought along the press.

    We got rid of the possibility of mandatory school uniforms this way, and I’m pretty sure the formula works with just about any obviously ridiculous resolution.

    Or, you know, just be happy Demetrio Perez is no longer around.

    Love your blog; nice slice of Miami and good game political commentary!

    Comment by Judy — March 16, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Mr. B,

    You do realize of course that you just publically apologized for being productive, don’t you? I realize that many gamers (including myself) feel that you are an important part of representing us, but we all know that you are a busy man. Not only that, but as you mention, this ‘thing’ became watered down anyway.

    I was wondering if you have any comment about the recent organization creation by the ESA (http://www.videogamevoters.org/). As you say, you want us to be active for fighting the flushing of civilian tax dollars being used on a monotonous merry-go-round of wasteful political pandering (wordy, sorry), but do you share the concerns others have expressed in having an industry represented organization over a gamer backed one?

    Keep on bloggin’,
    Blitz Fitness

    Comment by BlitzFitness — March 17, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  3. I don’t think there was a need for you to be there. As you said, Whacky Jackie’s “resolution” got deluted down to parents need to be aware of what they buy for their kids”, which is esentially good advice no matter from whom it comes from. And we certainly didn’t need either Jackie or the school board to tell us that.

    This was just another pathetic attempt from Jack to grab more attention, and, even tough I would’ve LOVED to see him attempt to debate with you, I’m glad he didn’t get it.

    Comment by duncan_922 — March 24, 2006 @ 11:49 am

  4. “Could be middle age malaise, but more likely it was a combination of being worn down by th incredible stupidity of elected officials….”

    Hey, it’s okay. I think we’ve all become jaded with elected officials today who are more concerned about getting votes than care about the issues they supposedly support.

    Regardless, I still adamantly respect you are your work to restore sanity. Keep up the great work!

    Comment by CowboyBeboper — May 4, 2006 @ 12:53 am

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