Connecticut Attorney General Backs California Game Censorship
Ah politicians.. it is so clear when you’re jockeying for higher office. We love to hate those who attack our freedoms yet we seem to redefine those freedoms to exclude things we really don’t understand or that will garner enough popular encouragement.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is conspicuously running for higher office this fall, issued a press release stating his support for the California Game censorship law that is currently being debated in the high court.
Blumenthal decries this hideous entertainment media that produces entertainment for adults yet allows children to purchase simulations of nude zombie rape and decapitation!
“Parents deserve tools to protect children from games that showcase digital decapitation and rape,” Blumenthal said. “Certain games dangerously desensitize children with simulated homicide and hate crimes, turning graphic executions into entertainment. In the face of continued industry inaction — enabling unattended children to buy such games — states must preserve their critical right to protect children.
“Protecting children from digital danger requires proactive parents — but they need and deserve help. The video game industry should act responsibly — play nice, not nasty — and agree to sensible self-imposed restrictions that block children from buying the most violent games. I am calling on the video game industry to follow the leadership of the motion picture industry, which sensibly stops unattended children from viewing violent or graphic movies.”
Ironically, in the same statement the Attorney General’s office points out that his own state does not have a similar stance nor does it seek to do anything but protect the right of states to impose such restrictions on its industries and citizens.
Oh well.. so it’s for the children and to maintain the state’s rights argument? Well sign me right up.. no wait.. I’m still trying to find a popular violent video game of any kind that encourages rape simulations or is marketed at children like Joe Camel was for years in the smoking industry. The problem here is that we don’t need to criminalize something that is being self-policed by the industry. No one wants 10 year-olds playing rape simulators.
To be fair as welll, there are 11 states involved in supporting the California law – Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia also were a part of the amicus brief.
Thanks to Ars Technica btw for the awesome image.