Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Video Games Get Political

Good afternoon to everyone on this gorgeous election day! In keeping with the theme of the day I decided to take a moment to spread the word on a political issue facing the gaming community.

For those of you that aren't aware, several years ago a law was passed in California banning the sale of violent games to anyone under 18 (bad!). However, this law was ruled unconstitutional on the grounds that games are protected free speech under the first amendment.

Fast forward a few years and several appeals later, and this issue has reached the supreme court. Starting today the supreme court will hear oral arguments, then deliberate on the issue and make a ruling.

This is a big deal for gamers because if the supreme court rules in favor of the state of California it would mean that games are NOT protected artistic expression/free speech under the first amendment (very bad!).

This ruling could have huge implications for the gaming community, so it's important we all keep our eyes on this, and do anything we can to spread the message.

A great resource is the Video Game Voters Network, a group dedicated to spreading the message of the gaming community on issues that affect us. Check them out at http://videogamevoters.org.


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