The call to action has been placed – video gamers are wanted to unite to fight for the common good, with the common good apparently being to fight against excluding video games from the First Amendment rights to free speech?
Am I reading this right? From what I am gathering from the articles I have been reading, such as this one – http://www.news10.net/life/entertainment/story.aspx?storyid=96498&catid=37, is that in the State of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA case, the state is trying to say that video games are exempt from the amendment rights and wants to change things because of all the violence and language that takes place in the video games.
I do not want to get political on this blog. This blog is about technology, video games are part of technology, and this is a hot topic right now. Hence, the reason why I am writing this particular blog. But I really don’t want to turn away readers because they are pissed that my views don’t line up with their own (my apologies for those of you who took the word pissed as rude, but my blog is still covered under the First Amendment lol). So I will do my best to not come right out and say what my views are. Instead, I will look at both sides, sound fair?
On one hand, you look at these video games. I will look at Call of Duty, since that’s what I am most familiar with. Obviously, there is a lot of shooting going on. A lot of death, a lot of violence. Call of Duty is marketed all over, to all ages. It has fans from young to old. Is it really necessary to have video games this violent and destructive? Is it really necessary to market them to children? It’s so bizarre to me to see children and adults change in front of my eyes when they play these games. Swearing, yelling, screaming, throwing objects when things don’t go their way according to the game? It’s disturbing to see.
But, on the flip side, shouldn’t we be allowed to make the choice for ourselves/our children? Don’t we get mad at countries like China for censorship? Would this be the same thing? I am well aware that some parents make better decisions than others, but the beauty of being a parent is that it allows you to make whatever decision you want, no matter how crappy it is. Yes, some will get you in more trouble than others, but regardless, it’s your call. Why is the government allowed to take that right away from us?
So we’ll see what happens. Court is on November 4th, and I’m sure it will go on for a while, as most court cases do.
Have a good Tuesday everyone, stay away from Twitter, and don’t send your children to my house to hang out if you don’t want them playing COD ;)