Controversial Arizona Immigration Bill Even Affecting Video Game Developers


Posted May 3, 2010 - By Patrick Klepek

Controversial Arizona Immigration Bill Even Affecting Video Game Developers

There's been plenty of heated debate lately about the recent passing of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which requires Arizona residents to have proof of identity on themselves or face potential jail-time. Critics allege the bill, which encourages police to investigate individuals "suspected" of being illegal immigrants, will increase racial profiling and doesn't impact the larger issue of illegal immigration.

Part of the national response to the bill has been boycotting Arizona, thereby sending a financial message to state leaders by impacting the bottom line of Arizona businesses. A recent story filed by 3TV in Arizona highlighted several affected businesses -- including an indie game developer.

Who? Why? What game? Keep reading.

[image credit: LA Times]

Mojo-Bone Software Studios CEO Adam Goldman, a developer of casual games, told 3TV his upcoming two million dollar project had scheduled 30 actors to record lines and they all pulled out, taking issue with traveling to Arizona. Now, Goldman's moving the recording session to Los Angeles.

“They don't want to come to be harassed," said Goldman, whose new game is code-named Project Blue Ghost, "and they don't want to be associated with anything in Phoenix right now."

Goldman's studio highlights recent successes Tilez and Gadgetz on its Facebook page. Both are tile-based puzzle games. The game Goldman's seen playing in the background during the 3TV segment appears to be an upcoming Mojo-Bone release, the Arkanoid-influenced Brixter.

Source: 3TV

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Controversial Arizona Immigration Bill Even Affecting Video Game Developers


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