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Game Ratings

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on 27 April 2010

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Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Governor of California Entertainment Merchants Association vs by Michael Valeiras, James Land, Casey Link Is access to violent video games restricted enough? Senator Leland Yee "Society has a direct […] reason in restricting a minor’s access to violent video games. " court has a "precedent in protecting children" pornography, gambling, marriage, firearms, jury duty, tobacco, alcohol, voting, abortion, licenses, and the death penalty Credited the game industry with outpacing the other two industries in all three areas. Marketing, Rating Information,
and Restricting Access Music and Video Federal Trade Commission ESRB president Patricia Vance says "Video game retailers have clearly stepped up their efforts [...] and deserve recognition" US vs Stevens Michael Gallagher "Court said that such a law may be constitutional if it were more narrowly tailored" Senator Leland Yee U.S. vs Stevens confirms that "[...] the First Amendment protects all speech other than just a few 'historic and traditional categories' that are 'well defined and narrowly limited." "California's violent video game [law] is narrowly tailored and focuses only on the sale of such ultraviolent video games to children" banning the distribution of media that depicts animal cruelty Senator Leland Yee "violent video games [...] can contain up to 800 hours of [violent] footage" policy vacuum How can parents screen 800 hours of material? "The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) assigns rating categories [...] for video games [...] and does so [...] comprehensively." Jennifer Mercurio "Clearly, game consumers have at their fingertips all of the knowledge and information they could possibly need to discern what’s right for their family." Do parents have enough information? "There is no generally accepted study that supports the link between violent videogames and aggressiveness in kids." Judge Whyte "The link between playing games and real-world violence has been proven, and there is scientific consensus on the subject" Is video game violence harmful? The United States Surgeon General Chronology ..........'05....................'06....................'07....................'08....................'09.........................'10....... ............ Bill passed by state assembly Ruled unconstitutional by US District court Governor Schwarzenegger appeals Court rejects appeal Governor appeals to Supreme Court Supreme Court hears opening arguments Yesterday year vs California's attempt to criminalize sale of violent game to minors What is violent? "A game in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being." "I am very pleased that the Supreme Court has accepted our case to help protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games. The Supreme Court has never heard a case dealing with violent video games." "Courts throughout the country have ruled consistently that content-based regulation of computer and video games is unconstitutional. Research shows that the public agrees, video games should be provided the same protections as books, movies, and music." Bill AB 1179 Bans the sale or rental of “violent video games” to individuals under the age of 18 $1000 file for retailers who break the law 2 x 2 inch sticker with solid white "18" on black backgroud required on all products Senator Leland Yee Michael Gallagher Entertainment Merchants
Association Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Governor of California Bill aims to criminalize sale of violent vidoe games to minors Illinois and Michagan Oklahoma and Missisippi Similar Recent Cases Issues Danger of Video Violence Current level of restrictions Informed Parents
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