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Arny vs. the ESA (insert Terminator quote here)

Arny vs. the ESA (insert Terminator quote here)

GamePolitics noted yesterday that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to pull the trigger on escalating the appeal process on his law to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors all the way to the US Supreme Court.

This law, that should have gone into effect in January 2006, was halted by a US District Court judge who filed an injunction. Since then, Gov. Schwarzenegger has moved the law through the appeals process. With no success so far, Schwarzenegger is only left with the final option of pitching his case to the US Supreme Court.

Schwarzenegger quotes:

“I signed this important measure to ensure parents are involved in determining which video games are appropriate for their children,” said Schwarzenegger about the news. “By prohibiting the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18 and requiring these games to be clearly labeled, this law would allow parents to make better informed decisions for their kids. I will continue to vigorously defend this law and protect the well-being of California’s kids.”

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), who constantly goes to bat for the video games industry were lilkely to respond. ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher released the following statement yesterday:

“We are confident that this appeal will meet the same fate as the State’s previous failed efforts,” said Gallagher,” [in trying] to regulate what courts around the country have uniformly held to be expression that is fully protected by the First Amendment. California’s taxpayers would be better served by empowering parents and supporting the ESRB rating system.”


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