What were you doing on February 3rd? Let us tell you what you should have been doing, you should have been celebrating Entertainment Software Day. Oh yes.

The State of Texas has dubbed the day to recognize the impact of video games on the Texas economy. This is the first time the gaming has been recognized like this. During 2006, the Texas game industry grew 16 percent and contributed US$395 million to the state's economy.

Texas has been ambitious in attracting the game industry and a 2007 bill was passed by the state's government to provide tax rebates to video game companies.

According to the Entertainment Software Association's Michael D Gallagher, "These lawmakers are helping grow our industry as we work to create new jobs for Texans; boost the state's economy; and help discover new ways computer and videogames can improve the ways Americans live, work and play."

Texas hails videogames contribution [GamesIndustry] [Pic]