Extra Credits Outlines SCOTUS Case

September 2, 2010 -

The latest Extra Credits video, as seen on The Escapist, takes on the Schwarzenegger vs EMA Supreme Court case, offering a rather complete overview  for those who might not be totally up to speed on what this action could mean for gamers.

Thanks Andrew!

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Re: Extra Credits Outlines SCOTUS Case

I've always loved this guy's work.

And honestly, the optimist in me wants to say that the Supreme Court agreed tp hear this so they can halt these waste-of-tax-money laws.

And the only reason things were changed even slightly was because these laws are made by these religious and morally self-superior "My way or the highway" jerks only so they can score political points with lazy scared parents without actually doing anything.

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Some of these people, while misguided, are genuinely sincere and trying to do what they think is good.  "Don't sell certain games to minors" is a policy that's already in place at most stores, it's just not backed up by the force of the law.  So to some of these people, this kind of law seems like common sense.  But that's because they aren't gamers themselves, and don't see the "slipperyslope" implications inherent in their actions.

So it's not all about "moral superiority" or interfering with other people's lives.  Sometimes it's just someone trying to help out where help is not needed or wanted, or they've been misled into believing the wrong things about the "dangers" of the medium.

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Alas, as the saying goes, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.

Government regulation is a nuclear weapon. Like the bomb, its very use is guaranteed to cause lasting damage, and it should be reserved only for those times when the harm it prevents is much worse than what it causes, and absolutely no other lesser option can do the task. It seems like many people have forgotten that, and the inclination is to ask the government to get involved first rather than as the absolute last resort.

The solution to the issue of violent videogames is the same as the solution to violent TV, movies, or any other content deemed objectionable for minors too young to make distinctions between fantasy and reality. PARENTING. It not is not the responbsibility of government to play ham-handed babysitter for parents who are too negligent to take an active role in the lives and entertainment of their children.

Having a child is a committment to putting the best interests of the life you create above any other concern in your life. People who can't make and hold to that committment should not have children.

Re: Extra Credits Outlines SCOTUS Case

Very good, I've always liked his videos.  He probably could have had a few sentences on parental rights to choose the let their child play a game, but otherwise very thurough.

Re: Extra Credits Outlines SCOTUS Case

On a related note, I got an email from EA asking me to sign a petition to be given to the Court which supports keeping games protected the same as music, movies and art.

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Re: Extra Credits Outlines SCOTUS Case

Great video. :) 

 
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