Posted on June 2, 2010, Phil Owen Video Game Violence is Now A-OK with Chicago Transit
Back in 2008, the Chicago Transit Authority pulled all GTA IV ads from its ad spaces on buses and bus stops and trains and whatever else CTA handles. And then, when Take Two pressed the issue, CTA was like, “Awwww, hell no,” and then banned all ads for M or higher rated games, because they said violent games cause kids to become violent and because they totally thought it was perfectly OK thing to do. The Entertainment Software Association then took on the cause, and earlier this year, an injunction was placed on the ban.
The case made it to the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois, Eastern Division (whew, what a mouthful), and Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer was all like, “Yo, ESA wins.” The verdict says the January injuction is now permanent, and that CTA “has agreed to not appeal” what was handed down. Chicago is now cool again. Hit the Game Politics link below for a quote from ESA president Michael D. Gallagher.