The author of an opinion piece appearing in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a piece ostensibly related to the Schwarzenegger vs. EMA Supreme Court case, takes a hatchet to videogames.
Author Jack Markowitz offers, “grudgingly,” that “the Supreme Court will uphold the precious freedom to sell stupid, overpriced electronic games to children.”
These “stupid [Ed. yes, again], violent,” games, AKA “trash” that kids are imbibing instead of doing their homework, while their parents operate in the other room, blissfully unaware of their offspring getting “jollies” from killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting images of human, are served up to youth as a means of “recreational, garbage-vending.”
The current crop of videogames also promote “savage, anti-social plot elements.”
Even Markowitz however, in predicting the outcome of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, recognizes who should be filtering content for kids—their parents:
On the slim chance that nine justices will overturn the wisdom of California, computer geeks younger than 18 surely will get their hands on forbidden games anyway; just too irresistible. And if legislators are powerless to stop this bad influence on children, here’s a radical notion: maybe parents should. Two-to-one we’ll see the court vote 5-4 for "creative freedom." But 5-4 the other way is conceivable, too. And better.