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Yeah, we do quite well with that.

RP: That's interesting. And maybe it's because they did live through things like the rock 'n' roll revolution. The policy makers today were the people whose grandparents told them their music sucks.

I don't want to get too political with this, but the weird thing to me is, if you look at recent news, it is now technically legal for the executive branch of the government to have drone strikes on U.S. citizens now. Unmanned drones can kill U.S. citizens, and it was considered with Christopher Dorner.  

It's interesting to hear about these policymakers saying these people are irresponsible because they're creating this media that can maybe kill people, whereas they have the actual ability to kill people without touching them at all.

RP: Sure. Some policymakers are saying that. Here's the reality. I don't own a gun, but if you're a gun owner and you understand responsible gun ownership, you know that it's not the act of owning a gun that causes someone to kill other people.

And if you are in that world but have never played a video game because you're on the wrong side of the generation gap, and you’ve heard other people try to make correlations, and something like Sandy Hook happens, I mean... When Sandy Hook happens, we all should think, "What went wrong? What could we do differently?"

There's no great proposals on the table. There aren't. I don't understand what even the proposal is regarding video games. I think that's it's a kind of scapegoat. Is it censorship? Is it "no interactive entertainment now"? I don't know what the proposition is there. What if there's a correlation? What should we do? I don't think it's bad to ask questions. But even the proposals about guns, like really? A ten round clip?

Yeah, that's not really going to help.

RP: That’s not going to prevent... Maybe reduce the body count a little bit, which is nice. That would be good. But it won't actually get to what caused the problem. What's funny is there's been some media that's thought about those questions, too, and you get things like Minority Report and stuff where it's like how do you actually prevent something before it's happened? There are broken people in this world. And there will be more people that break.

I think it’s actually down to a lack of mental health care and education, personally.

RP: I think that's a big part of it. When Sandy Hook happened, I was getting certified for scuba. Again, I don't own a gun, so I don't have a gun license. But my understanding is it's not difficult as long as you haven't done anything bad in the past because of background checks. I was thinking to myself, "Man, to get my scuba license, I did about 16 hours of online courses, I did live instruction, and I had to actually go with an instructor who walked me through things in this very deliberate process." It took a matter of weeks for me to just to get the most basic of certifications to scuba dive. And I can only really hurt myself if I do this wrong.

And there’s no government regulation causing that. That's industry-regulated. I think about how well our industry does with ESRB, we have really high compliance, really great enforcement at retail. I wonder what it would be like in a world where instead of the NRA saying media is the problem, what if instead of the NRA scapegoating, what if they said, "Hey, you know what? We think everyone should take responsibility for whatever their role is in this society. Here's what we want to do. We want to encourage industry-regulated certification." Imagine if the mom, the Sandy Hook mom, had to watch a movie like what I watched when I was getting a driver's license. I watched Red Asphalt. 

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