October 21, 2010

Come get you protest on.…

Hey every­one I am final­ly back on the site after a lit­tle mov­ing hia­tus, but now since the house and job are secure I will be back to post­ing as always. Gamer­Chat will return I am try­ing to smooth out some tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties and as soon are those are fixed it will be back. But let’s talk games because that is why we are here. Today the Elec­tron­ic Con­sumers Asso­ci­a­tion has planned to do a demon­stra­tion up on cap­i­tal hill, on the morn­ing of Novem­ber 2nd. This is the same day that the Supreme Court will hear the Cal­i­for­nia Law on reg­u­lat­ing vio­lent video games. Kotaku broke word of this demon­stra­tion this morn­ing here is what ECA had to say in their arti­cle.
“This will be a his­toric day for gamers and the video game indus­try as a whole, and we great­ly appre­ci­ate every­one who has tak­en action on this piv­otal issue,” said Jen­nifer Mer­cu­rio, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Coun­sel for the ECA said in an offi­cial state­ment. “Video games, like any oth­er form of enter­tain­ment, should be pro­tect­ed under our First Amend­ment and now is the time to stand up and let our col­lec­tive voic­es be heard.”
I real­ly hope this goes well for the indus­try, it’s not about restrict­ing sales to minors. It’s about Cal­i­for­nia hav­ing the right to deem what is vio­lent and what is not; which is tak­ing away are right as Amer­i­cans. It is up the par­ents of these minors to deter­mine for them­selves what is too vio­lent and make the choice to pur­chase the game. No oth­er art form or media is cen­sored, you can go on Deviantart.com and find full frontal nudi­ty but since it is con­sid­ered art, no one can touch it. In this edi­tors opin­ion, games need to be pro­tect­ed by the amend­ment just as movies, books, an music are. It is a form of speech and needs the rights as such. Are there some games that are taste­less, yes. Are there some that push what he deem as decent just for the sake of see­ing how far they can go, of course. But all of this falls on to the par­ents and they need to be more involved with their chil­dren and if they want to let them play these games, let them but have repect for the mate­r­i­al. Ok I will put the soap­box away for now, but I will definit­ly be think­ing about tak­ing the day off to head down and ral­ly for the medi­um we all love and love to write about, any­one want to road­trip with me for the day?

2 comments

  1. thsoundman - October 23, 2010 10:44 pm

    I believe the gov­ern­ment needs to stay the hell out of the video game, art, movie and enter­tain­ment indus­try in gen­er­al. It is not the role of the gov­ern­ment to tell the pub­lic what to do. It is the role of the PARENTS of chil­dren to tell them what to do.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - October 24, 2010 2:47 pm

    I agree if the game indus­try did­n’t already have a rat­ing sys­tem that works real­ly well I would say the gov­er­ment AT MOST should impli­ment a rat­ing sys­tem for informed deci­sion mak­ing BUT it’s already there!
    I just like cabxyz and ace­of­nades work in the retail end and telling par­ents why the game is rat­ed this way usal­ly gets the answer “he/she plays them at his/her friends house so i dont care” or some­thing to that accord.
    The par­ents need to be involved in what their kids are play­ing bot­tem line not the gov­er­ment!!!!!!!

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