Why the California Violent Video Game Law is a Mistake

"In the coming months the Supreme Court of the United States will hear the case of Schwarzenegger vs. Video Software Dealers. At stake is whether or not states have the right to regulate the sale of violent video games to minors the same way they prohibit pornographic material. The result will affect existing law in several states and have broad implications on how video games are sold, and possibly produced, nationwide."

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cain1413100d ago

Yeah violent video games do not equate to porn with me...

Raz3100d ago

Bubbles for that - I was waiting for someone to say it. ;)

Oh, and let's stop trying to legislate everything, shall we? Seems parents these days want the government to do everything for them, including raising their children.

NOOBKILLA3100d ago

To me it seems like all of this would be taken care of if the stores that sold rated M games to kids under the age of 17 were fined money. Everybody shouldn't be punished because companies aren't enforcing the ESRB's ratings on games. The blame I think lies between the stores (who don't care about the age of their consumers but how much money they have) and the parents (who give $$$ to some 14 year old to buy a rated M game). I don't know about you guys but when I was 14 I didn't have $60 to go blow on a game. I had to beg my parents to buy it for me (ie Star Fox 64 w/ the rumble pak, that sh*t was $70!! Lol).

waltercross3100d ago (Edited 3100d ago )

people fail to realize that in most cases parents don't want this either, government just wants control.

Mista T3100d ago

yeah this won't be turned into law

I don't see how this can be passed. people can go into movies under 18 that are way worse, than video games, yet there aren't any laws on that.

I think people these days associate games with little kids too much and whenever people imagine video games they imagine some kiddy wii game instead.

jagstatboy3099d ago

R rating means under 17 not permitted w/o an adult.

Legosz3100d ago

The government makes all the decisions for the people... Communism man.

SeanRL3100d ago

So, all the violent movies he has made don't matter but violent video games are evil?

table3100d ago (Edited 3100d ago )

I don't see the problem you guys have with this. In the UK it is illegal to sell games to an individual under the specified age limit unless accompanied by an adult. Therefore it remains a parental issue, if the parents are ok with it they will get the game for you, if not, then you won't be able to buy a game that your parents would have otherwised disagreed with had they known. This is important as it protects kids from violent and sexual images. Arnold is hardly a hypocrite, he didn't intend that some of the audience of his films be under-age...

jagstatboy3099d ago

totally agree with you. It's like going to the movies. A person under 17 can't go see a R-rated movie without an adult. Same should go with video games.

Argento-Nox3100d ago

This just reminds me of a joke:

"What did Schwarzenegger say when Windows 7 came out?"

"Asta la Vista baby!"

Obviously, the governator wants the same response to violent games with State self-regulation LOL.

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Clumzyagent3100d ago

This has been and always will be a parental control issue. Government regulation is truly the wrong way to go about it.

midi3100d ago

This. All about the parenting.

Darkstorn3100d ago

I agree. The government should focus more on regulating multinational corporations than our medium of choice.

mr durand pierre3100d ago

It's a scary time we live in. I don't think this will pass, but if it does may god have mercy on us all.

kneon3100d ago

I really have no problem with this. There are certainly games that are inappropriate for children and it shouldn't be up to the store or the child to decide whether it's ok for them to play the game. It's up to the parent to decide when their child is mature enough for a particular game. That's harder to when kids can go buy whatever they want.

If we're are going to let kids buy such games on the grounds of free speech then we need to also allow then to purchase porn as well, you can't have it both ways.

cjflora3100d ago

The thing is, a mature video game is rarely worse than an R movie. Comparing them to porn is a little extreme. If this passes, they'll have to do it with Rated R movies too.

kneon3100d ago

I wasn't trying to equate the relative appropriateness of porn and extreme violence in video games. The point was about using the free speech argument to stop age restrictions for video games. I don't see how the the free speech card can be played for video games yet not for porn, or R rated movies for that matter.

Personally I don't buy the free speech argument in this case. But if you are going to accept it then you can't be selective about it just because you find the natural act of sex more offensive than unnatural act of caving someones head in with a crowbar.

mrv3213100d ago

California? Mistake? Debt?

Darkstorn3100d ago

California's debt is due to our low taxes...and the fact that we need a 2/3 majority to raise taxes. As a result, we have to cut insane amounts of money for education, police, and state jobs.

So...what is your point?

Morituri3100d ago

Starred in some of the most violent movies ever made, and now he has this ultra conservative stance towards violent images. Is he gonna have all his movies pulled off the shelves as well? Hipocrite much?

IrishAssa3100d ago

Yeah one of his firsts was a porn :/

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