ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium Itself Is at Stake

May 25, 2010 -

Sister publication GameCulture recently sat down with Entertainment Consumer Association president Hal Halpin to discuss the serious ramifications of the Supreme Court's planned review of California's violent videogame law later this year. The lead-in to that interview follows below:

"Sometime later this year or early next, the Supreme Court will review EMA v. Schwarzenegger, California's violent videogame law. The law, which would have made it illegal to sell games the state found "excessively" violent to minors, was struck down by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court in 2009. A few weeks ago the Entertainment Consumers Association announced that it will be filing an amicus brief with the high court. GameCulture asked ECA president Hal Halpin about the case, its importance and the role of gamers in what will certainly become a landmark of videogame (and possibly constitutional) law."

Read the entire interview at GameCulture now.

[Disclosure: The ECA is the parent company of both GamePolitics and GameCulture.]


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Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

Why not have an uncensored European version and a censored American version. They did it with MK vs DC and Siren New Translations.

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

Sadly Japan has been kinda strict when it comes to violence now adays. They used to be A OK with it and had buckets of blood but for some reason it flip flopped. 0_o

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

I would like to mention, any game that gets released into Europe HAS to be popular in America first, so if the content of violence in games get banned in America, so then the market for the games decreases and they would not be sold in Europe either.

And the only violent games avaliable are those from Japan....

 

So here is a hint, import from Japan!!!!

TBoneTony

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

Damnit now they will have a way to totally ban some games entirly so not even adults can play them. >:(

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

If this passes I'm ready to start a petition to get it repealed because of the content censorship it will cause and import all my games from Europe.

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

Actually, with the entire American market dropped for some games, any of those games that would normally be produced in the USA will most likely no longer be produced, leaving only the companies outside. If this law passes in Court, then I actually am pretty much convinced less games will be produced as a result, nevermind translation from Japanese when only the Europe market remains.

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

The more gamers that helps with the amicus brief the better.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: ECA on SCOTUS Game Law Review: No Exaggeration, Medium ...

So long as we keep the immature idiot gamers out of it then sure, otherwise soem could royally screw it up for the rest of us.

 
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