Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Puritans and Lady Godiva: why two justices voted to uphold California&;#39;s video game law

Yet more fantastic articles from ars. Nice point from the courts about narrow definitions for laws.
They do make a good point about the difference between obscenity and violence too.

------ from Ars Technica - The PC Enthusiast's Resource, via Google Reader

Justice Samuel Alito doesn't have a whole lot of love for the video game industry.

In some of these games, the violence is astounding. Victims by the dozens are killed with every imaginable implement, including machine guns, shotguns, clubs, hammers, axes, swords, and chainsaws. Victims are dismembered, decapitated, disemboweled, set on fire, and chopped into little pieces. They cry out in agony and beg for mercy. Blood gushes, splatters, and pools. Severed body parts and gobs of human remains are graphically shown. In some games, points are awarded based not only on the number of victims killed, but on the killing technique employed. It also appears that there is no antisocial theme too base for some in the video-game industry to exploit.

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