California's anti-video game bill is still in play

Videogames are still in the cross hairs of California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Despite the ruling by the federal district court that the videogame law — to ban the selling and renting of violent videogames to minors, was unconstitutional, the Governor has not given up the fight. Governor Schwarzenegger  plans to appeal the ruling, as stated in an official press release:

"I signed this important measure to ensure that parents are involved in determining which video games are appropriate for their children. The bill I signed would require that violent video games be clearly labeled and not be sold to children under 18 years old. Many of these games are made for adults and choosing games that are appropriate for kids should be a decision made by their parents.

I will vigorously defend this law and appeal it to the next level."

Violent videogames seem to be the latest target politicians love to aim at in order to appeal to the older voting demographic. While the threat of this law is very real, people have to remember that at one point rock and roll, movies, comic books, and even novels have all dealt with the same situation videogames are currently facing.

If the law ultimately passes, California will be the second state to ban the selling and renting of violent videogames to minors. Illinois with its "Safe Games Illinois Act" was the first state to adopt this type of law.

[Via GameDaily Biz and]


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