Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

October 25, 2010 -

As the case surrounding a law he originally authored makes its way to the Supreme Court next week, California State Senator Leland Yee issued a handful of comments related to what will eventually be a landmark decision for gamers.

The Court will, of course, hear oral arguments for Schwarzenegger v EMA on Tuesday, November 2 at 10:00 AM.

Yee said he was “hopeful” that the Court would give “parents a valuable tool to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games.”

Yee additionally claimed that SCOTUS has "often ruled" in favor of protecting kids and limiting their access, citing topics such as "pornography, gambling, marriage, firearms, jury duty, tobacco, alcohol, voting, abortion, licenses, and the death penalty" as examples.

Yee continued:

Parents – not retailers or game makers – should be able to decide whether or not their children can play in a world of murder and violence that often degrades women and racial minorities. The video game industry should not be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.

The state senator continued to claim that the interactive nature of games makes them “vastly different” than other forms of media, saying that their immersion “results in a more powerful experience and potentially dangerous learned behavior in children and youth.”

Yee added:

… parents can easily discern if other forms of media are appropriate for their children, whereas violent video games can contain hundreds of hours of footage with the most atrocious, racist, and sexist content often reserved for the highest levels.”

 

Comments

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

COMPARING VIDEO GAMES TO THE DEATH PENALTY??????????

This is perhaps one of the most insane things I have ever heard somebody say about videogames apart from Jack Thompson.  What in the fuck is wrong with this guy?  Seriously, the leap in logic needed to make such a statement is huge. 

I sure hope that Mr. Yee is just making such an outrageous statement only for news bites and doesn't actually believe this.  If he does, then he is not mentally fit to be in charge of anything.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

I'm removing my post after making an immature comment, I actually had a knee jerk reaction to the stunt

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

Yee said he was “hopeful” that the Court would give “parents a valuable tool to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games.”

1.  Parents already have a plethora of tools to help them decide what they want their children to play and not play.  Those tools are effective and don't infringe on anyone's rights.

2.  There is no evidence that "excessively violent, interactive video games" are harmful to children or anyone else.

3.  Are there any video games out there that aren't interactive?

"Parents – not retailers or game makers – should be able to decide whether or not their children can play in a world of murder and violence that often degrades women and racial minorities."

They already can and do, dipstick.

"The video game industry should not be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children."

It's not.

… parents can easily discern if other forms of media are appropriate for their children, whereas violent video games can contain hundreds of hours of footage with the most atrocious, racist, and sexist content often reserved for the highest levels.

You're a liar, Yee.  You disgust me.

 

Andrew Eisen

 

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

For your question 3, there's Progress Quest.  ;)

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

Yeah I was getting ready to write out pretty much the same thing.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

I'm Getting Sick and tired Of Liarland Pee Pee Yee. His Stunts make me see hime as a corrupt politican(like congress and the CA state legislature)

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

"Liarland Pee Pee Yee"?  For fuck's sake, man, how old are you?

Way to make gamers look like mature adults who want to take the high ground and engage in rational debate.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

Meanwhile, Yee continues to spin, lie, and hide behind children to justify his lies and anti-American activities like a coward.

Don't act like ignorant motards like Yee, the PTC, the "CS"M, and others against the industry really want to "take the high ground and engage in rational debate" either, because they're afraid to engage in such debate.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

"Don't act like ignorant motards like Yee, the PTC, the "CS"M, and others against the industry really want to "take the high ground and engage in rational debate" either, because they're afraid to engage in such debate."

And that, my friends, is what we call a strawman.

Show me in my post where I say Yee is taking the high ground.

He isn't.  Obviously.

That doesn't mean we should stoop to his level -- let alone knock the bottom out of it like Phx just did.

Re: Yee Delusional, says he's “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

No, that doesn't qualify as a so-called strawman, unlike the spin doctor Yee's brainless one.

And Phx did not stoop down to any level(let alone knocking the so-called bottom out) considering that there is no level to stoop down to when dealing with worthless turds like Yee(as the mainstream news media only cares about catering to the lowest common demominator). He was calling Yee exactly what he thought of the jabroni. If he wants to call that assclown "Liarland", until GP says he can't, he can.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Yee Delusional, says he's “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

"No, that doesn't qualify as a so-called strawman"

Yes, it does.  You suggested I was defending Yee, plus the PTC and a bunch of other people I never even mentioned.  I did no such thing.  Strawman.

"And Phx did not stoop down to any level"

Of course he did.  Are you really suggesting to me that calling someone "pee-pee" is mature discourse?  Really?

"worthless turds"

Yeah, that's pretty childish too, duder.

"until GP says he can't, he can."

No shit.  At no point did I say otherwise (which, you know, makes that another strawman, but who's counting?).  I didn't say he couldn't say it, I said he was acting like a child.  I stand by that.  Because seriously, "pee-pee".

Re: Yee Delusional, says he's “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

I'm done with this immature disscussion

I'd hate to say this, But Leland Yee is the most immature Individual(Not to mention Having Delusions of Granduer like our ole pal Jacky boy) in the state of california

We can all settle this after Swartznegger v EMA has been decided in favor of us(after that, I'll be semi-retired as a GP member)

I Don't want to get in trouble here

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Yee Delusional, says he's “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

"I'm done with this immature disscussion"

Glad to hear it.  Wish you'd been done with it yesterday.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

I'm just trying to make a joke here, and for the record I'm 21.

And finally Yee's a Liar

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

"… parents can easily discern if other forms of media are appropriate for their children, whereas violent video games can contain hundreds of hours of footage with the most atrocious, racist, and sexist content often reserved for the highest levels.”

Gee, if only there was a way for parents to educate themselves on the matter.  Maybe if the game had ratings of some kind.  Some sort of an entertainment software ratings board.  Oh wait, there is.  It is the organization whom, against their will, you are trying deputise into a government entity by giving their ratings force of law.

Also the comparisons of death pentalty and alcohol to video games?  Honestly?  Really?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

Actually, he isn't trying to deputise the ESRB or use their ratings system.  The Bill objects to game with "intense violence" against "sufficiently human-like characters," as well as other vague descriptions that could be used by prosecutors to persecute the gaming industry almost at random.  How could salesclerks possibly know beforehand which games will get them in trouble, until law enforcement busts them?  They could sell a T rated game, and police might be forced to fine them for breaking this law just because someone in the State gov't objects to that particular game.

Re: Yee “Hopeful” for SCOTUS Win

It will make marketing games on a nation wide scale impossible, just like the film industry in the days before the MPAA

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