I really, really wish this was a joke.
In another baffling display of juvenile butt-hurt, the Entertainment Software Association (such morally upstanding persons as they supported SOPA until it crashed and burned), has continued its rivalry with the developers of the Ouya. For those not in the know, the Ouya was barred from E3 for undisclosed conflicts between its developers and the ESA. In response, Ouya set up its own display in the parking lot, and invited anyone with a heartbeat to visit it and examine their hardware- no canned applause or press pass required. Seeing this, the ESA responded by renting space in front of them and filled it with semi trucks, attempting to block them from view. In turn, Ouya rented the space in front of those trucks, and filled it with ads. Yesterday, the LAPD showed up at the E3 convention and began checking the Ouya display’s permits. Satisfied no wrongdoing had occurred, the police went back to doing their jobs.
Now, ridiculousness of this situation aside, I have a real problem with the ESA calling the cops. The police aren’t there to arbitrate pissing matches between two companies. Police time is better used doing things like ‘protecting’ and ‘serving’, and dealing with actual disputes and crimes.