This past Monday, August 6th, US District Judge Whyte ruled against bill AB 1179, which had been passed in California, October 2005, calling it unconstitutional. This bill would have placed severe restrictions on the sale and rental of certain violent video games to minors, and offenders would have faced fines of up to $1000.
So the ESA, and in turn gamers everywhere, can count this as a victory, right? Well, in a sense. The distribution of video games is going to continue unchanged, with no federal or state regulation - but is this actually going to hurt the quality of games in the long run?
There are problems with the way games are currently handled and viewed by the public. It's understandable, as the industry is still in the "Wild West". Video games are relatively new, and are finally being noticed and accepted as a legitimate form of entertainment and revenue.