Rush Limbaugh Defends Video Game Free Speech, "This is Where the Battle…

As the U. S. Supreme Court battle for free speech in video games closes in, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is adding his support for video games as art. » 10/30/10 9:42am 10/30/10 9:42am

Gamer Demonstration Planned For First Amendment Rights

On November 2, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association. This is a landmark case for gaming and the court, and gamers can stand up for what the believe in. » 10/21/10 6:00am 10/21/10 6:00am

Game Violence Documentary Can Be Seen Free Online

"Moral Kombat," the 2007 examination of violent video games by the brother of Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin, will be available for view online free for the next 30 days. » 1/28/10 10:30pm 1/28/10 10:30pm

ECA President Blames Exploiters For Cancellation Concerns

Earlier this morning Kotaku reported on concerns from members of the Entertainment Consumers Association over the organization's membership renewal policies. ECA president Hal Halpin now offers his response, blaming exploiters for the majority of the issues at hand. » 12/02/09 5:20pm 12/02/09 5:20pm

Entertainment Consumers Outraged Over ECA Cancellation Policy

Does the Entertainment Consumer Association have the consumer's best interests at heart? The inability to turn off auto-renew for memberships and limiting cancellation requests to snail mail would have users checking the "No" box, if it was actually functional. » 12/02/09 12:20pm 12/02/09 12:20pm

Industry Types Confess the Evil Deeds They've Done (in Games)

What's the most cruel, unfair, downright evil thing you've done in a game? Bitmob polled some industry types with the question. Hal Halpin was a real jerk in Mario Kart 64; Todd Howard created a suicide squad in X-Com. » 10/31/09 4:00pm 10/31/09 4:00pm

PAX Panel Attempts To Define “Gamer,” Sparks Casual Controversy

The PAX panel, Game Culture: How Gamers Impact Society & How Policy Affects Gamer Culture, had some mildly interesting moments – but it got really interesting right at the end, during Q&A. » 9/09/09 4:00am 9/09/09 4:00am

ECA Form Letter Asks Obama to Stop Picking on Games

If President Obama's rhetorical flogging of video games has you in high dudgeon, the ECA's built a form letter enabing you to point out to the White House how "video games can empower and educate." » 7/27/09 10:00pm 7/27/09 10:00pm

ECA Membership Delivers Amazon Discounts — UPDATED

What's in it for you if you join the Entertainment Consumer Association? Well, now the $20 membership gives you 10 percent off games on Amazon. » 3/28/09 2:00pm 3/28/09 2:00pm

ECA Boss Says Joe Lieberman is "Misunderstood"

In a wide-ranging interview with Crispy Gamer, Hal Halpin, the president of the Entertainment Consumers Association, calls Senator and gamers' preferred punching bag Joe Lieberman "largely misunderstood and painted with a very broad brush." "While I haven't agreed with much of what he has said in the past, he alone… » 11/23/08 12:00pm 11/23/08 12:00pm

The ECA Turns Two

The Entertainment Consumer Association today celebrates 24 months of consumer advocacy on behalf of gamers nationwide. The ECA was actually formed back in July of 2006 by industry veteran and former president of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association Hal Halpin, but I guess they were just dicking around… » 11/05/08 2:00pm 11/05/08 2:00pm

ECA Expands Into Canada

In a move I would like to think was spurred on by my startling revelation about the giant ice spider threat » 8/28/08 10:40am 8/28/08 10:40am yesterday, the Entertainment Consumers Association has announced that they ware opening up memberships to Canadian members. The consumer advocacy organization, which already provides numerous opportunities and…

MORE Publishers To Quit The ESA?

The ESA are in a pickle. E3 ain't what it used to be, and high-profile members like Activision, Lucasarts and id have up and left the organisation. Can things get any worse? You bet! Hal Halpin, boss of the Entertainment Consumers Association, has told the Washington Post that he knows of a further two companies… » 6/09/08 10:20pm 6/09/08 10:20pm

Id: ESA Departure "Temporary and not Political"

Technology columnist Mike Musgrove got Entertainment Software Association CEO Michael Gallagher on the horn (we got him first!) to talk about, what else, ESA's membership losses. Everyone here should be familiar with the story and the pressures that realigning E3 have brought to bear on membership dues, believed to… » 6/08/08 2:00pm 6/08/08 2:00pm

ESA Slams Game Politics Over Bias Claims

The Entertainment Software Association, already suffering from an exodus of member companies, took on Game Politics today over a post the Entertainment Consumer Association-backed site wrote calling into question the choice for the upcoming E3's keynote speaker. » 6/03/08 6:00pm 6/03/08 6:00pm

ECA To Support Gamer "Chapters"

The Entertainment Consumers Association will now support chapter organizations created by its members, it announced today. The ECA hopes to create new networks by which consumers within the same area can connect with one another, participate in ECA-sponsored LAN parties, fundraisers and other events. » 5/22/08 8:20pm 5/22/08 8:20pm

ECA: Special Interest Groups "Don't Have A Leg To Stand On"

Nonprofit advocacy group The Entertainment Consumers' Association is hailing the results of a recent Federal Trade Commission study that showed 80 percent retailer compliance with the ESRB's ratings system, a continual year-over-year increase that puts games ahead of other media in self-regulating mature content. » 5/08/08 3:40pm 5/08/08 3:40pm