Oct 12

Oklahoma Shoots Down Violent Videogame Law

Posted by jgaudiosi :: Legal

                          In a ruling issued October 11, 2006Oklahoma , Judge Robin J. Cauthron, US District Judge, Western District of Oklahoma, handed down a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of Oklahoma’s law which prohibits the sale of video games depicting “inappropriate” violence to minors.  In the decision, the Court stated that plaintiffs presented strong arguments that the Act contains unconstitutional content-based restrictions and that the Act's language is unconstitutionally vague.

"This marks the ninth Court decision in the past five years to enjoin restrictions on video games," said Doug Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers.  “We're grateful for the preliminary injunction and look forward to prevailing in the effort to permanently strike down the law.”

As we head into November, videogames are under more scrutiny then ever before, and this won't end any time soon as candidates gear up for the 2008 presidential races. The pro-active approach that companies like Microsoft and organizations like the ESA and the newly formed ECA are taking to combat anti-videogame, anti-First Amendment local, state and national laws is great for the industry.

Most politicians focus on the children when talking about violent games, which makes the new Microsoft initiative with Best Buy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America such a great thing. They're tackling the problem at its root--parents who are responsible for what their kids watch and play. The average age of a gamer today is 33 and we don't want to have limited choices in what games we can play because of uninformed politicians or lazy parents.

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