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A video game proponent is a hardcore video game player who is opposed to video game criticism from outside the video game community, especially the common video game controversy, such as religious figures and politicians, and restrictions, regulations, and scrutiny based on the criticisms. Their side of the video game controversy is called the left-wing side of the controversy, and the other side is called the right-wing side. They call the restrictions and scrutiny religious and political nonsense. Such restriction is sometimes called Liebermanism. Video game censor is the opposite of video game proponent. Some video game players divide the video game censorship crew into two sections, calling the left-wing video game censors "fundies" and the right-wing video game censors "Liebermanites." Video game proponents are usually males between the ages of 17 and 40.

Video game proponents sometimes help fellow gamers who are undergoing such restriction or scrutiny, if beyond the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. They may argue that such restriction is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They are also against the Greek electronic game ban, and that law is unconstitutional. They view the law as a threat to the video game community.

Some video game proponents abstain from or deprecate religious organizations that impose restrictions on video games, such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists. They believe that those religions are too restrictive and that they are enemies of the the video game community. They also deprecate and refuse to vote for any politician who endorses the regulations or restrictions based on that common video game controversy, such as 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, and they discourage fellow video game players to vote for such politicians. Video game proponents consider Lieberman and his family as enemies of the video game community. The Entertainment Software Association is opposed to governmental regulation of computer and video games. Video game proponents are also against Miami attorney Jack Thompson.

Video game proponents oppose the religious video game teachings of religious artist Jack Chick and preacher Al Menconi (whose site video game proponents deprecate). They seem to have exposed the aforementioned religious organizations to the video game teachings of Jack Chick. Video game proponents can be defenders or representatives of the video game community, defending the rights of gamers. Some video game proponents are atheists. A video game player who has given up a religious group for video gaming is sometimes called an antireligious gamer.