Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also running for the next president, spoke to the New York Times about his blunt resistance and criticism of the game industry, calling developers “creepy, arrogant” “vile little people” whose games are being used to teach people how to kill.
As early as 2013, Biden called for legal restraint on violent games, mocking the fact that while there is no hard evidence linking violent games to real violence, the public should not be afraid to face the “facts” presented by the institute.
Biden also thinks game industry leaders have “an unmarked arrogance” that can do whatever they want and see themselves as the chosen person. “You know, some of them said to me, ‘We’re the economic engine of america,’ and fortunately, I did some homework before the meeting. Microsoft has fewer payrolls than GM faced in the last quarter, so don’t teach me how you created and how many jobs you created. “
Biden is not simply calling for reform of the game industry’s legal constraints, and he is seeking to repeal the entire industry’s applicable amnesty law, the Communications Code Act 230. “In every technological revolution we’ve experienced, it takes six years – a generation – to restore fairness. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that it is not abused, and the gaming industry is one of the areas where I think it is abused. “