- Today Rich Taylor
of the Entertainment Software Association has shared the following PSA via PlayStation Blog on the effort to help protect video games.
To quote: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA
/ Entertainment Software Association. They'll decide whether a California law, which would restrict the sale of "violent" computer and video games, is constitutional.
What does this mean to you, PlayStation fans?
This case could have huge implications for the industry. No one is sure what counts as a "violent" game, so the California law would suppress game developers' imagination and right to self-expression. It would also prohibit retailers from selling the games that might be perfectly legal, "just in case."
It could mean an environment where "God of War
" is banned from retail shelves, but the sometimes violent written works detailing Greek myths are still available on bookstores shelves and taught in classrooms.
It's a slippery slope, and the California law is similar to what Congress tried to do to comic books over fifty years ago. In a letter of support for video games, comic book legend...