Video gaming saga shows high-level power struggle
Following the ups and downs of video gaming in North Carolina over the past seven or so years has been challenging at best.
The issue has been often likened to the Whac-A-Mole game. For those who don’t remember the game concept, the player has a mallet and the goal is to club the plastic mole that pops up in various holes across the board. The problem is, every time one mole is knocked down, another one pops up. At the end of the game, there is always a mole on the surface.
The imagery is an apt one for the tug-of-war in North Carolina between state lawmakers who have strived for years to make video gaming illegal and the industry promoters who seem to have endless ways to skirt the General Assembly’s intent.
When the original gaming software was banned, the industry switched to phone ...