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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. Or at least just step away from StarCraft II long enough to gather at the Supreme Court to voice your opinion on videogames and protected speech. A game advocacy group is planning a rally outside the high court on November 2.

For those not aware, a potentially monumental case is going to the United States Supreme Court on November 2. At issue is a California bill recently signed into law that would place extra burden on retailers when it comes to games that have graphically violent content. The law would almost usurp the ESRB ratings and place the entire subject of what is and isn't acceptable into an arbitrary case-by-case basis.

The Entertainment Software Association together with sister organization the Entertainment Merchants Association will battle California governor Arnold Schwazenegger in court over whether or not the law is constitutional. The former will argue it violates first amendment rights. The latter will hopefully find some place to use the term "girly men."

A third-party gamer rights activist group, the Entertainment Consumers Association, wants gamers to gather at the steps of the Supreme Court right before the hearing is set to begin.

"This will be a historic day for gamers and the video game industry as a whole, and we greatly appreciate everyone who has taken action on this pivotal issue. Video games, like any other form of entertainment, should be protected under our First Amendment and now is the time to stand up and let our collective voices be heard," said ECA general counsel Jennifer Mercurio in a statement.

Similar state laws have been passed in other parts of the country and have a 100% record of being overturned at the Supreme Court. But then again, the powerful justices have never come face-to-face over the issue with The Arnold.

[Source: Kotaku]

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  • alexfaria900 - April 22, 2011 8:15 a.m.

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  • XxUnlucky777xX - October 26, 2010 3:15 a.m.

    So much for the first amendment... I love how they blame the video game industry for making these "Mature" games. No, it's never the stupid parents at fault for buying the damn game in the first place. "Video games are too violent for my son, he was playing Call of Duty and was getting angry at the game." Well, no shit, he's gonna get pissed, he's a damn kid. What the fuck are you doing blaming the creators if you're the dumbass who bought the damn game in the first place? People need to stop blaming everyone else for their own fucking fault. It's not the video games, its the damn parents for buying the game in the first place, there's a fucking reason why it says "M for Mature 18+" Not "This game has so much violence, it's awesome for your 10 year old child"
  • TheWizard92 - October 25, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    I THINK GR NEEDS TO TAKE UP ARMS AGAINST ARNIE! We gotta sick up for SOMETHING in this generation!
  • babysealsgoinglcubbing - October 22, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    @NotBraze you do state a highly likely cause for the bill
  • JADENkOTOR - October 22, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    @TriforcePlayer: Arnold is a republican buddy... Regressive, small government. Or thats what they say anyway. And what else would you expect from a conservative policy? They still think its 1950 and everybody should kick like the Cleaver's.
  • HiDefEra - October 22, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    I absolutely love the irony of Schwarzenegger attempting to create this bill in California. One of the main reasons he is where he is today is because of violent entertainment. Who knows how many tens of thousands of kids bought tickets to go see the Terminator or Conan the Barbarian. His acting career also came during a time when violent entertainment was scapegoated, much like videogames are now. Plus he would be restricting the rather sizable California game development inudustry, which is probably one of the few industries in the state that is actually doing well in California's economic climate.
  • TriforcePlayer - October 22, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    Just another result of big government. They want to control the schools, the media, what your kids eat, and now what games you play. This is a very progressive and dangerous thing and must be stopped! What happened to personal responsibility? Let parents choose what their kids play and get out of our lives! My five cents.
  • Felixthecat - October 22, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    I live in the UK, this barely affects me at all. And anyway, is it to ban minors from buying M-rated videogames? Yeah, that won't happen. Game stores will sell M-rated products to anyone, because their job is to sell games to people. That's how it is in this country anyway. Nevertheless, I voice my worthless support for this silly law thing whatever.
  • The4X - October 22, 2010 5:24 a.m.

    What a mess... Old ass dumies are making decisions on things, they know nothing about... Look at them, the only useful thing they left to do is to d... step aside.
  • Nonstop17 - October 22, 2010 4:15 a.m.

    all those judges sitting down need to be smacked with a good game...lol
  • Pyrovizard - October 22, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    Why do people hate on video games so much, i mean this whole violent video games turn you violent thing is garbage, been playing M-rated games since i was 8 (now 17) and im a pacifist (i dont like fighting for those with limited vocabulary). at the end of the day it's the parents fault if there kid ends up violent, and even then its probably an underlying problem to begin with.
  • sgloomy - October 22, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    it would be completely unbelievable to me if this bill gets passed. It is a VERY obvious way of stepping on the freedom of speech. whats really scary about this is that if it gets passed for some bizarre reason, it'll leak into other media. if parents cant buy m-rated games for their kids, they cant take them to r rated movies [or if they are too small, PG-rated ones], all this stopping people from making these games and eventually we will all be playing farmville.
  • GyverX - October 22, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    That explains why GT5 has been Delayed!
  • Shenlong4517 - October 22, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    I totally wish I could be there, NotBraze has a beautiful point. And if this works in California, who's to say it won't spread elsewhere?
  • Cwf2008 - October 22, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    Eh i'd rather see the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive...although i must say if the court rules in favor of Arnold...well screw the implications for video games, this would give states a right to violate our 1st Amendment rights
  • n00b - October 22, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    be gone spambot, there is no place for you in this discussion. i would go but i don't live in the US.
  • brickman409 - October 22, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    @NotBraze you got a great point there
  • brickman409 - October 22, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    even if this does pass it probaly wont change much i mean over 50% of places that sell games already ban kids from buying m rated games. it doesnt stop them from being able to play it just from buying thats all and most kids dont buy games on their own anyway
  • NotBraze - October 22, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    @babysealsgoinglcubbing, this law may say it's ultimate goal is simply to protect children from violent media, but let's think for a second which state is fighting for this bill? California, a.k.a. the state that's completely bankrupt. If video games become unprotected speech, what's the next logical step? Taxation. Perhaps I'm being cynical here, but as GamesRadar once said, censorship is never just about protecting the people, and in this case I'm convinced that the ulterior motive behind this is to find a new way to generate revenue for the state that desperately needs cash.
  • nadrewod999 - October 22, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Right now, work is too tight for me to make a trip to DC on Nov 2, but I am completely against this bill. In fact, I think I know the perfect way to make "the Governator" stop in his tracks. Just ask the Supreme Court why the legality of video games (which have only become "high definition" within the last decade or so) is being brought into question when many newer, more violent, and legal forms of media are still available to minors (like mature comic books, adult novels, or Arnold's old movies). At this point, the court will suddenly find itself either putting a limit on every form of media at once (a clear case of free speech violation) or letting video games remain free speech (thus ruling in our favor).

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