The Entertainment Software Association took a victory lap this week, announcing the recovery of $65,000 in legal fees from Minnesota after the state abandoned further appeals of its failed 2006 video game law.
An editorial in yesterday’s Duluth News-Tribune, however, dinged the ESA while acknowledging that Minnesota’s fine-the-buyer legislation law was "flawed":
From the outset, the law skirted First Amendment rights and targeted the wrong people – minors… The logic was counter to that of more effective laws to protect minors, such as penalties to bars that allow underage drinking or fines to stores that sell cigarettes to kids.
…Though [Attorney General Lori] Swanson had indicated then she would continue to defend it, this week she cut her losses. Hence, the $65,000 of legal fees.
"Minnesota’s citizens should be outraged at paying the bill for this flawed plan," Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the video game trade association, said in a statement.
He’s right, but what about his group’s members who make and market games depicting sexual exploitation and violence as fun?
A little outrage is due there, too, for creating the problem in the first place.