Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who is running for Chris Dodd’s vacated U.S. Senate Seat, has joined a "multi-state coalition" seeking to restrict violent videogames. Blumenthal, in his capacity of Attorney General of the state, brings Connecticut into the fray alongside nine other states, siding with California in its upcoming Supreme Court battle.
In an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Blumenthal and nine other states are defending California’s right to enforce a law prohibiting the sales of select videogames to minors. The law was struck down by the California Appeals Court, but the Supreme Court announced earlier this year that it would review the case.
In a press release issued by the Attorney General’s office, Blumenthal’s brief states that California’s law does not seek to "broadly prohibit" minors from buying "violent games," but rather a subset of titles that "encourages players to commit graphic acts of homicide, rape, and sadism."
"Parents deserve tools to protect children from games that showcase digital decapitation and rape,” Blumenthal said. “Certain games dangerously desensitize children with simulated homicide and hate crimes, turning graphic executions into entertainment. In the face of continued industry inaction — enabling unattended children to buy such games — states must preserve their critical right to protect children."
Oddly enough Blumenthal said "voluntary restrictions" by the video game industry like those adapted by the movie industry for R rated movies (that require a parent or guardian to be present) would be "ideal." The Entertainment Software Association ratings system, the ESRB, a voluntary, self-imposed rating system, does a good job of doing just that, even according to the Federal Trade Comission, who have said in the past that the system works better than both the Movie industry’s and Music industry’s system for keeping adult materials out of the hands of minors.
Connecticut does not have a law prohibiting the sale of videogames, but Blumenthal joined the brief on behalf of Connecticut because he believes that "it is critical to preserve the state’s right to impose such limits."