[[image:090520_pred.jpg:When Games are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Games:right:0]]A few days ago GameSpite alum Kat Bailey shared a link to this excellent article in the Economist in her Twitter feed. For those not familiar with the current events in the great state Kat and I live in, please take a few moments to read through the article to give you context about how truly boned our state is.
As our state implodes, seemingly circling a drain that our leaders are incapable of extricating us from, it’s nice to know that our political leaders have their priorities in check. Education, law enforcement, fire control and other services are facing crippling cuts, but as a state we apparently have the resources to go after video games! This despite the fact that video game legislation has been repeatedly struck down as unconstitutional and the video game industry already has a ratings system in place.
Now Attorney General Jerry Brown is in the news, offering shock-value quotes and tired legislation, petitioning to get the United State Supreme Court to rule on a law criminalizing the sale of “violent” video games to minors. This same law has been struck down twice already since it was signed into law in 2005. As a citizen of California, I am not happy that our governor and attorney general are wasting resources we can’t spare trying to parent other peoples’ children. As long as we’re throwing money away trying to illegally mandate parenting decisions, maybe we can assign a mandatory government issued nanny to all families, and ensure that all parenting decisions made by Californians meet with their approval?.
Brown has been quoted as saying, “California’s children are exposed every day to video games that glamorize killing sprees, torture and sexual assault.” And those are just the video games based on or inspired by our Governor’s film career! Somehow I doubt even if California is successful in banning the sale of violent video games to minors, they will take the logical next step and criminalize R-rated movies such as Predator or Commando.
Guys, stop tilting at windmills. What we actually need you to work on is fixing our broken state. We need a functioning state government a whole hell of a lot more than we need to throw more money away on lawyers’ fees.