Activision Joins the Fight to Stop Video Game Censorship!

It has been announced by Activision that they have joined the Broad Coalition to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the California law what would ban the sales and rental of certain games to minors under the age of 18. Luckily back then, it was quickly rejected by a federal judge, but that may soon change on November 2nd, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA.
This is a big deal for not just the video game world, but also the entertainment world, because with this being passed, it can lead to sales restriction (considered unconstitutional) to other mediums like music, movies, and comics.

It was only yesterday that our boy Stan Lee also announced that he was supporting the Video Game industry:

“I’m writing to urge gamers everywhere to take a stand and defend both the First Amendment and the rights of computer and video game artists by joining the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN). My memory has always been lousy and it’s not improving with age. But it’s good enough to remember a time when the government was trying to do to comic books what some politicians now want to do with video games: censor them and prohibit their sales. It was a bad idea half a century ago and it’s just as bad an idea now.”

As much as the gaming community loves to pick on Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, we have to join forces to stop a common enemy. Here’s what he had to say:

“Our First Amendment has survived intact for 219 years amid far greater technological, historical and social challenges. The argument that video games present some kind of new ominous threat that requires a wholesale reassessment of one of our nation’s most treasured freedoms and to take that freedom away indiscriminately from an entire group of our population based on nothing but age is beyond absurd. These are the same attacks Americans have witnessed against every previous emerging entertainment medium and genre including books, comics, rock ‘roll, movies, TV and the Internet. In each case, freedom prevailed. We are thrilled to be able to be an important part of this historic effort to protect our Constitution and to ensure that video games remain vibrant form of expression for every gamer in our constituency.”

“Instead of tampering with the nation’s Constitution and wasting taxpayers’ money on setting forth unenforceable regulations during budgetary crisis, California could and should have adopted any number of measures and campaigns designed to ensure even higher rates of parental understanding of, and reliance on, the industry regulation system. Video game industry is a homegrown California economic success story providing thousands of highly paid skilled jobs at the time of economic crisis.”

Activision joins other groups in the fight against the California law including the Entertainment Software Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Creative Coalition, the Cato Institute, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, Inc., the Freedom to Read Foundation, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Association of National Advertisers, the Amusement & Music Operators Association, PEN Center USA, The Recording Academy and Microsoft.

And here are the list of entertainment groups that’s helping support the Video Game industry by registering their opposition to California’s poorly designed law: the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Motion Picture Association of America, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Independent Film and Television Alliance, the Producers Guild of America, LucasArts, the Student Press Law Center, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of News Editors, the National Press Photographers Association, the Radio-Television Digital News Association, and the First Amendment Project

Times like these made me wish I picked Gary Coleman as our California governor. Curse you Schwarzenegger, for making me enjoy your action flicks! But you can help make a difference. Take action now and go visit the Video Game Voters Network to see how you can help.

Facebook Comments