Believe it or not conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh recently came to the defense of videogames during a recent call to his radio show (thanks Kotaku!).
21-year old caller Cory from Waterville, Ohio posed the question to Limbaugh, asking if Schwarzenegger vs. EMA was a “relevant thing that the Supreme Court should ever be even considering.”
Limbaugh, in answering said that since he was 21 years old, he has “been concerned about the infringements on free speech that come from Democrat regimes and courts because I’m in the free speech business.”
Saying that he was "glad" that the case was happening, Limbaugh continued:
If it takes an impingement on free speech in something you’re interested in, video games, to alert you to what’s happening throughout society then I’m glad it’s happening, because I’m sure you oppose this.
Your video game is your video game and you don’t think the government should have any role whatsoever in applying any artistic sanction to it or any stamp of approval — you can say that but you can’t say that — because that’s not permitted. The market should determine this, correct?
Limbaugh, who was just getting warmed up, added:
Get on board, my buddy. If it’s taken a video game to get you interested and have the light go off, to have you see what liberalism is all about, I’m glad to have you on our side, ’cause I agree with you. Leave your game alone. The people that put together these video games are artists in their own right. If you’re gonna start saying that video games are raunchy, then how the hell do you leave cable television alone?
The full transcript of the conversation is available on Limbaugh’s website.
Also, thanks to PHX Corp., we are reminded that that Limbaugh has come to the defense of games before: in 2007 he downplayed an attempted link between videogames and the Virginia Tech campus shooting.
Limbaugh said about that tragedy, “You have here a sick individual, an evil individual who committed a random act,” adding, "If you start blaming the video games, you may as well demand video game control because it’s the same thing when you start trying to blame guns for this."