This is one of the more interesting political games-related stories in the US, which we haven’t covered yet. The Supreme Court are going to consider whether a proposed California law to band sale of videogames to minor is unconstitutional. This would be the first time the obscenity law has been applied to violence rather than sexual content. Let’s let GRITtv take up the slack here, who interview Gizmodo’s Joel Johnson and the New York Times’ Seth Schiesel on the psychological effect of games and whether there’s any chance of this coming to pass…
Before you press play, there’s a fragment of the infamous wikileaks “Collateral Murder” Apache attack video in it, near the start. Skip from 1:25 to 2:00 to avoid it.
Of course, it’s an odd one for the British to watch – we don’t have the same constitutional rights here, so it’s already illegal to sell adult videogames (and films) to minors. But, especially, for the US, it strikes me that giving way on this could easily be the thin end of the wedge.
Thoughts? And keep ‘em relatively calm, folks. We’re talking about videogames for adults. We may as well show there are adults here.