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Videogame Injunction

Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 12:06 AM

A California judge has issued a preliminary injunction against AB 450, Assemblyman Leland Yee's bill against violent video games that was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, due to become law on January 1st.

Citing First Amendment concerns, Judge Ronald Whyte also questioned the research used as the basis of the bill, noting that it did not establish a clear causal relationship, nor did it evaluate the effects of other media towards the same end.

Videogame advocates were quick to praise Judge Whyte's ruling, claiming parental choice and parental control are the solution, not oppressive laws.

Well, gosh golly darnit, how about some choice and control on the production end of things, hmm? As Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was the example which kicked this whole thing off, I maintain that it was grossly negligent to leave unused content on the game disk. I find it difficult to believe that the publisher would not anticipate skilled teenagers being able to compile and access that same content.

This is less about parental guidance than corporate responsibility. Rockstar, and their parent company Take Two Interactive, have failed miserably and refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.

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