Activision Blizzard Policy Maker Rails Against California Law

October 11, 2010 -

George Rose, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Public Policy Officer penned a column for the Orange County Register in which he called the California law at the heart of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA “onerous,” and "unnecessary.”

Rose claimed that a SCOTUS approval of the law would “hijack” the First Amendment rights of young people “by unjustifiably creating a special exception to unprotected free speech not only for video games, but any other form of expression.”

He also worried that the law would put “innocent store clerks at serious legal and financial risk,” all for a law that is “already moot.”

Rose explained:

Our industry has in place nationwide a program that costs taxpayers nothing and that is better and more effective at making sure kids purchase age-appropriate games than anything the government is likely to ever come up with.

Rose also wondered how lawmakers and politicians would determine what exactly constitutes a violent game, writing:

Knowing state bureaucrats, such decisions are likely to be consistently made on their extensive educated experience with violence and social and cultural merits of works of art.

After raining further praise on both the industry and ESRB’s efforts in enforcing ratings at retail, Rose took a few shots at California’s financial difficulties:

So what more could California want than a successful, privately funded program, especially when the state sometimes has trouble making payroll? California is a state with a history of budget shortfalls, IOUs, furloughed workers, closed DMV offices, shuttered courts, squeezed school districts where children wait weeks to start school, pummeled university budgets, stretched health care resources and cities without enough money to properly fund their police and fire needs. They all can use state dollars that would be wasted here.


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urgh we need something in place to limit the governments power seriously

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We do, it's called the Supreme Court of the United States, and they're going to be laying the smack down to this bullshit law soon enough.

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One thing they should mention was that those in power have no problem eliminating the rights they themselves od not use.

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Having a government bureaucrats censoring games seeing which are obscene filth is a slap in the face to freedom. I don't want state offials saying what games can be sold and which can not.

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Actually they'd be determining which games can be sold to minors, though that too is neither Constitutionally sound or justifiably necessary. And, as we can have no doubt, it would inevitably lead to what kinds of games can be sold to anyone, perhaps not directly, but through the fear of putting out any game that may offend the powers that be. That's why this can't be allowed to happen. Fans decide what's entertaining, not some slimey asshole politician just looking to get elected to a higher office.

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Wow, he really stuck it to them. Awesome.

I especially like the comments on how the industry does a better job of regulating itself than the government ever could, and how this law is a such a serious misallocution of resources that the state of CA just doesn't have. Those two key points should've killed the bill long before it ever made it to the governor's desk. And the fact that the powers that be in CA are fighting so damn hard to hold onto that bullshit law is just mind-boggling.

 
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