Vocal game violence critic to debate Activision VP in March

Above: State senator Leland Yee pictured with a werewolf. Pretty much normal for San Francisco

Activision vice-president George Rose will debate California state senator Leland Yee on March 17 at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club. The two will spar on the topic of restricting sales of violent video games, with Yee, a vocal critic of games in the past, presumably taking the negative side, and Rose the affirmative. Yee was the author of California's violent video game law, which was challenged and generated a case that was argued in front of the Supreme Court last year.

Stanford Constitutional Law Center director Michael McConnell will join the two men in the debate, while John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle will moderate. Tickets are $20 for non-club members, $12 for club members, and $7 for students. The venue opens its doors at 5:30.  Here's their summarization of the debate:

"Do violent video games present a danger to national safety? Should selling them be restricted, as with pornography? Critics argue that there is a link between children's exposure to violent video games and their increased likelihood to commit violent acts. In a time when it is very easy for individuals to carry out senseless acts of violence, the state government has passed a law that bans the sale of video games deemed “ultra-violent” to children under 18. AB 1179 was signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2005 but is not in effect because of an injunction. The Supreme Court has heard arguments and will soon decide how far the government should go to protect the well-being of our children in a case that touches on free speech, national safety and the rights of video game manufacturers and retailers."

Learn more at the Commonwealth Club's official site.

Feb 28, 2011

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  • DarkLoveWisheS - March 5, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    I like how they always want to say violent video games cause violence in people. Do they ever think that these violent people just like these video games and so happen to connect together? Nah, that'd be to much of a mystery. But to look things over, it seems they'd rather blame materialistic items than look over the parents actions. Easier I guess.
  • IceSickle - March 1, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    I agree with everyone.
  • JetBlackAssassin - March 1, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I agree with BadWobot, Adam Sessler would OWN them.
  • jaynoyce - March 1, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    i dont think this is sumthin to be flippant about. as much as its a joke, which it definately is for too many reasons to mention, its sumthin that can affect everythin we believe in. fuck the man.lawni
  • billywitchdr - February 28, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    Ooooh. This outta be good.
  • shadowreaper72 - February 28, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    The enemy of my enemy is an frenemy. A truce for now Activision. For now.
  • bron1417 - February 28, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    BroPan i agree with you man. the parents should shoulder some of the blame as well. @TRF yea man exactly. Sessler would have been funny to see.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 28, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    I agree with corndog501
  • Doctalen - February 28, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Activision seems like the lesser of the two evils in this debate. I wonder why Activision was chosen. Did he volunteer? Was he forced to? Or was it some sort of wheel of fortune-esque random chance game to see who gets an invite for the debt?
  • BadWobot - February 28, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    They couldn't get Adam Sessler?
  • TheRandomFool - February 28, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    Don't most stores already require you to be 18+ to buy mature games? Or have a willing adult do it for you? *Moronic illogical argument against games detected*
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 28, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    I don't think age is the only factor when deciding what deems a game sale-worthy to a person. The state of the buyer's mind also has to be taken into account. An 11-17 year old with a medically unsound mind might have the same possibility of going on a murderous rampage as a 18+ year old... And again, you can't really blame the manufacturers or the sellers entirely... The parents BUYING the games for their children should shoulder some of the blame as well.
  • corndog501 - February 28, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    I'd never thought I'd say this but...GO ACTIVISION!!!!
  • ComradeKhani - February 28, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    That i'd like to see.
  • bobbybroccoli - February 28, 2011 9:07 p.m.


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