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Rating Violent Video Games May Become Do It Yourself

Just as soon as a law gets passed, it gets challenged - and it hasn't even taken effect yet.  May It Please The Court warned you last week this challenge would be filed.  The video game industry attacked the new law, scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2006, prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors. 

Two industry groups, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association joined forces to overturn the statute because they believe it amounts to censorship.  According to the ESA's site, President Dan Lowenstein said, "It is not up to any industry or the government to set standards for what kids can see or do; that is the role of parents.  Additionally, everyone involved with this misguided law has known from the start that it is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment freedoms of those who create and sell video games."

Not all agree that it's a First Amendment issue.

The Parents Television Council instead applauded the new law and said, "Medical research, specifically a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescence, shows that these games cause aggressive and hostile behavior in children. Such a simple, commonsense solution such as this law protects our children without interfering with the rights of adults."

No matter what your perspective, you can go to the Entertainment Software Rating Board site and get ratings on the games and make your own decision while this battle is played out in the courts.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 18:00 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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