Today’s Thing Making Me Cranky

New York Times

“The decision, by Judge Ronald Whyte of the District Court for the Northern District of California, said, “At this point, there has been no showing that violent video games as defined in the Act, in the absence of other violent media, cause injury to children.” He continued, “In addition, the evidence does not establish that video games, because of their interactive nature or otherwise, are any more harmful than violent television, movies, Internet sites or other speech-related exposures.”

Of course, the Terminator himself is planning to appeal. Because thousands of people roleplaying elves are so much more dangerous than the millions who watched him rack up the highest, most realistic body counts of the 1980s. Asshole.

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12 Comments

  1. savagex said,

    August 8, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    well and Sex is MUCH worse than violence!

    Some folks wont be happy until we are all staring at freakin ozzie and harriet in a ll forms of media once again.

  2. Staryx said,

    August 8, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I nearly popped a forehead vein this morning when one of the guys on the radio morning show my coworker listens to made an offhand comment/complaint about how these laws always get struck down. It absolutely baffles me how people hear “PROTECT THE CHILDREN” and their brains completely shut down.

    There is a bi-partisan collaboration here in the New York State legislature where they are trying to pass a bill that creates an oversight committee for the ESRB and makes it a ***FELONY*** to sell violent games to minors. A fucking FELONY?! All to protect the children.

  3. ASShole said,

    August 8, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Ooooh QQ

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  5. DrewC said,

    August 8, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    The thing is: politicians know these laws are unconstitutional, and they know the courts are going to strike them down. That’s why they pass them. They make a hardcore minority constituency happy, the laws never go into effect so they don’t truly alienate the hardcore minority constituency on the other side (read: us), and the majority in the middle are willing to buy the “protect the children” spin because they never have to deal with the negative impact of these laws. Net result: they waste a relatively small number of tax dollars and buy a handful of votes.

    Let’s practice those SAT analogies:
    Rome is to Bread and Circuses, as America is to:

  6. Aufero said,

    August 9, 2007 at 12:43 am

    I like living in California, but sometimes I wonder just who my elected officials think is parenting my kids. I’ve got a hint for them: it’s not the state.

  7. mandrill said,

    August 9, 2007 at 3:58 am

    Someone needs to point out that under 18s are in the minority when it comes to gaming. All this ‘Think of the children’ nonsense is political manipulation.
    The aim of demonising videogames is a purely political one, it make the suits look like they’re doing something, and deflects blame from their woeful mismanagement and corruption to something which a large proportion of voters don’t understand and therfore fear already.
    The same happened with Cinema, Rock and Roll, and other cultural developements. Its been going on since time immemorial and once blaming videogames for the worlds ills no longer works, they’ll meove on to something else.

  8. Drey said,

    August 9, 2007 at 10:14 am

    @DrewC: Jerry Springer?

  9. Aoladari said,

    August 9, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Aww damn, I had a good reply here.

    I agree with the law not the penalty.

    Aufero, it may be you raising your kids in your case, but that is not the case in many homes across the country. There are many parents out there who let Barney raise their kids in lieu of an actual parental unit. If you’re going to let TV or video games stand in for parental supervision or a babysitter, then maybe someone else should dictate who can purchase certain types of video games. If you think this doesn’t happen that often then I urge you to watch one episode of Supernanny. I just saw one last week where it was a mom & 4 kids during the day and exhausted working dad home at night. The 4 yr old girl was listening to Rap so explicit they had to beep out much of the lyrics. this same 4 year old threw a tantrum when they tried to take the iPod from her. Why wasn’t the mom doing anything? She was too busy cleaning the house EVERY-SINGLE-DAY and not paying any attention to ther children at all. I was praying one of them would stick a knife in an electric socket for darwinism.

    Honestly when I was growing up (not long ago I’m only 28 folks) I never had enough money to go out and buy a Nintendo game. I ALWAYS had dad with me. Think about how expensive brand new games are today….. around $50 right? I would immediately question a 13 yr old bringing a violent shoot-em-up game to my counter, esp. if it’s one where you can kill police and people on the street. I haven’t worked in retail for years, but something like that would ring my alarm bells.

  10. Ruby said,

    August 9, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    It’s not the role of the government to regulate ethics, nor is it necessary for the government to parent in the absence of what you’d call a “good” parent. These kids are getting the cash to buy these games from some place–if their source does not practice discretion it is NOT my tax dollar’s work to do so.

  11. Apache said,

    August 10, 2007 at 12:17 am

    silly girly man

  12. mythago said,

    August 11, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I agree with the law not the penalty.

    “The law” is the United States and State Constitutions, which supersede ordinary laws passed by elected officials.


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