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The end of gaming in America?!?

Haipa from GamesOnSmash.com writes "We go through this path throughout our careers, hobbies, etc but this time we may have to go to the final round in this one. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the current Governor of the state of California wants to literally terminate the first amendment rights of the interactive entertainment industry. What this means is that if this passes then the Federal Government can finally dictate what you can and cannot play and under what degree. I know that E3 2010 is right around the corner but this is far more important. The closest they’ve gotten was back in 1993 when the ESRB ratings system was created in response to them. This is the ECA’s (Entertainment Consumer Association) briefing on this issue."

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Mucudadada2657d ago

Dun Dun DUN!!!

But seriously, though. I did not realize that such measures were being taken against games. I don't know if it is serious as the press release makes it seem, but I suppose it's better to sign than to have it really become a problem down the road.

InfectedDK2657d ago

Well will they do it with movies too like The Terminator??

Bobbykotickrulesz2657d ago

Welcome to a Socialist nation ladies and gentlemen.

Something Hitler himself invisioned. Who knows, Nazis could still be around and within our own government.

I enjoy what little freedom of speech I have left. God help us when it's finally gone.

/serious

drdistracto7072657d ago

then I just might freely exercise my right as an American to overthrow a corrupt government, as per the constitution

Bobbykotickrulesz2657d ago

That's absolutely right.

They gave us the right to wield firearms and told us to start a revolution if the government got too powerful.

Well guess what? The government owns everything. The banks, the cars, the houses.. It's all too convenient that the colapsing economy is allowing the government to buy and own everything we need/use. I say it's getting about time we stepped up and started doing shit on our own again.

/even more serious

Darkstorn2657d ago

...and here come the reactionaries. This law is simply not that radical. You guys are just trying to weasel your own views on the current administration into your comments on a gaming website.

Please read the proposed bill before considering an armed uprising, for god sakes. I personally don't support the legislation being contemplated, but there's really no reason for you guys to get your panties in a bunch.

@Major-
This bill has nothing to do with 'socialism.' If you want to talk about that particular subject, then you probably know that Western Europe enjoys more social freedoms than we do and they are classified as social democracies, aka 'socialism lite.' And the only Nazis in our government are the ones Glenn Beck tells you there are.

@drdistracto-
Again, read the legislation before considering violence against our representatives in government. Perhaps you should write your congressperson first, and then you can go ahead and consider a violent insurrection. But please, save the rhetoric for your tea parties. Oh, and say hi to Michele Bachmann for me ;)

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MNicholas2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

With a unexpected ruling last year, they took away your constitutional freedom to a fair vote and freedom of speech by allowing big corporations like BP to spend unlimited amounts of money to get their candidate elected.

People like Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts are extreme right wingers.

They believe in censorship and controlling what people do.

You should be very scared.

Darkstorn2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Scalia and Thomas have voted in favor of censorship in the past, but first and foremost they are students of the law. Any reputable lawyer can see that the first amendment protects artistic expression, even that which has no supposed merit (hate speech being the main exception).

And yes, while the SCOTUS is arguably the most conservative it has ever been, this legislation will NOT become law. And for the record, this bill isn't actually that far-reaching...

nnotdead2657d ago

yes the court is really right wing right now, but they still tend to stay liberal when it comes to free speech cases such as this. as of right now i have no reason to doubt the court will do the right thing.

Raz2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

If the US takes away your first amendment rights, you can always move to Japan. I guarantee they'll revolt before they let their government tell them what games they can and can't play. US citizens are probably too fat and stupid to do anything about it, though.

EDIT: I'm speaking of non-gamers in the US, of course. Everyone on N4G is, I'm sure, outraged.

ingiomar2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Gamers unite lets have temporary peace just for this moment PS3 fans Xbox fans yes even Wii Fans lets hold our hands together so we can keep gaming what we want and how we want... LETS DO THIS TOGETHER!!

@Everyone who thinks its not a big deal

Just sign the damn thing it only takes 30 seconds its not like you have something better to do with those 30 seconds

deadreckoning6662657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Ingiomar- Temporary? Why not permanent? Only idiots fight over which piece of technology is best. Still, u are right though. This is serious business.

@ingiomar- LOL, and already u have disgrees. These people are MUCH worse than I thought.

crapgamer2657d ago

The US Constitution. Gaming will never be dictated in the United States. We have a rating system and as long as they are making R rated movies, Porn movies and even television has more violence and sex then games do. This article is a crazy one IMO.

Mucudadada2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

I would normally agree with you, but games have always been trickier. For some reason games are treated differently because the player is the one initiating the action. In films and porn, the consumer is a passive part of the experience. Therefore, people do not apply the same logic for films as games. That's why you have seen tons of studies about if games make you more violet, etc.

N4BmpS2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

The problem is in America and other places people don't look at video games as an adult past time, which for the most part it is (with the exception of a Toy Story and E rated games.) They look at it as a past time for kids, young adult and apparently grown men who don't want to accept responsibilities. Let me tell you then and now I think the same that it's a load of BS.

Considering the fact that America was founded on blood a media such as the gamin industry could and would adapt violence into it. The same thing happened in the comic book industry, drugs and violence were eventually adapted into comic books.

I know that in movies, comic etc. you are the viewer and you are on the outside looking in but is it not the same thing in gaming? Yeah you initiate an action at the push of a button but ultimately you don't have a full scope of the situation until the very end, really that makes games closer to visual novels.

Personally, this article is scaring the Gamer, this bill does not mean the end for gaming in America, it simply means any game that will be given an adult or 17+ rating will be placed behind counters and you would have to ask for it. However, I do believe that even if that is done it would be generally unfair. For example, a kid could walk in a book store and see a sex book, get interested and read a few pages, is that not worse than gaming or equal?

seij5552657d ago

The constitution is flawed in so many ways.

mrv3212657d ago

Outdated more so than flawed. Sure it was a great basis to found a country, but as a country matures and puts itself on the global needs then a 250 year old document looses it's relevance if it was not for the big issues of nationalism.

Darkstorn2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Completely oversensationalized headline.

This is the exact same proposed legislation that we've been hearing about for months, and all it does is make selling games to a minor punishable, either by a fine or dismissal from one's job. Hint: It's already NOT ALLOWED. This is hardly an undermining of the games industry.

Essentially, I do not support Leland Yee's bill, which Governor Schwarzennegar signed, but it's not nearly as bad as this article makes it out to be.

Moonboots2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

Thank you. I was going to post something similar. This is not the end of gaming in America it is just strengthening the punishment for selling an adult game to a minor. Something that I still feel should be left up to the parent but it's not anything close to the "end of gaming".

If anything this might allow for more adult content if the publishers can feel some what protected from having their games fall into childrens hands. That is one of the big reasons we don't see much of any AO games in the states.

Subzero200x2657d ago

Well compared to things back in the 80's and 90's gaming is pretty tired if you ask me, and it can't go on forever.

Intermission2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

go on forever? no idea, but gaming has done nothing but grow in popularity and technologically (is that a real word?) I don't see it ending any time soon.

yess2657d ago (Edited 2657d ago )

It's you who are getting tired.
New gamers are born everyday,,they have never played the games you have...

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