Gamasutra - VGVN Touts 500k Members- Does It Really Mean Anything?
For many months, the ESA openly claimed support of SOPA. They claimed it
was necessary to protect their membersí interests and profits from online
piracy. However, many consumer groups opposed the legislation as it would
have had severe unintended consequences for free speech online.
Many consumer organizations were in opposition of SOPA except the VGVN.
Throughout the whole debate and the site blackouts all over the internet,
the VGVN never once spoke up in support of its members. It never once said a
single thing in regards to SOPA. Despite many attempts to contact someone at
the VGVN, I never once heard back from them. This event showed that those
500,000 members it claims to represent donít matter when the interests of
its publisher controlled master clash.
So what should you do if you are a ďmemberĒ of the VGVN? Thatís up to you
ultimately. However, my suggestion is to
I have no idea if that will delete you completely and you will no longer be
counted when it touts its numbers, but at least it sends some kind of
message. My other suggestion is to join a gamer organization that actually
cares about you. One that is independent of any corporate masters. A group
like the Entertainment Consumers
Association. (disclaimer, I am a member and work with them over at Game
Politics as well as other aspects) This group has done wonders over the
years to protect the rights and interests of gamers. Yes it costs money to
be a member and to stay a member, but the benefits you get in return far
outweigh the costs.
Donít be fooled by big numbers like those touted by the VGVN. Those are mere
distractions from what really matters, its record. What does it really stand
for and who is it really speaking up for. That is what matters in the end.
If it is not 100% on your side, then you should not be on its side.