As GamePolitics recently reported, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court has taken California’s 2005 video game law under consideration.
A lower court ruled last year that the law, which restricts sales of violent games to underage buyers, is unconstitutional. GameSpot has interviewed State Sen. Leland Yee (D), the driving force behind the measure, for their latest podcast.
While most gamers won’t share Yee’s view on the California law, the legislator is invariably respectful of gamers (if not their pastime).
According to Yee, this case is heading to the highest court in the land, no matter who wins before the 9th Circuit:
However the Ninth Circuit’s going to rule on this matter, I think either side is going to appeal this. It’s going to go to the Supreme Court. Hopefully what we’re going to end up [with] in California and throughout the nation is a balance. How do you protect the first amendment and ensure there’s not going to be limitations on the free expression of individuals’ desires and wants and creativity when developing these games but at the same time protecting our kids and the general public?
There is an organized effort to let me know very clearly that a lot of the gamers are not supportive of what I’m doing. I’m not trying to be arrogant or disrespectful toward them, but I am a legislator myself. And I need to look at what is also right. Leadership is sometimes not about simply putting your finger in the political wind and seeing how everybody feels. Rather, it’s having some hard, core values as to what you think is appropriate and right and trying to do the right thing.