Until this point, every state law attempting to regulate video games has been stillborn, overturns following injunctions. New York's has aroused condemnation from advocates of civil liberties or the industry -- but as yet no lawsuit.
This is dangerous. Even though ESRB ratings comply today, an uncontested "advisory council" could change that. And accepting the law overlooks why ratings are in place and who established them.
The video game industry still reserves a right to abandon ratings tomorrow, never again to use any classification system or its damned, silly stickers. New media makes it possible -- while laws like New York's make it impossible.
Author: Michael Ubaldi