What’s At Stake

The creation and production of interactive games as an entertainment medium is a flourishing industry, and video games have redefined entertainment. Games continue to explore new creative frontiers by featuring massive multi-player interaction, increasingly life-like graphics and sophisticated interactive storylines.

Video game content is constitutionally protected. Efforts to regulate the distribution of games and their content is dangerous, unwarranted and an infringement on the free speech and artistic rights of game creators. The government does not regulate access to or the sale of movies, books or TV. There is no government mandate to show ID when seeing or buying an R-rated movie, and there is no reason to hold video games to higher scrutiny. Legislative actions against video games—many of which are headed up by politicians who don’t even know how to play them—create a double standard for this innovative medium. But if attacks on video games work, what’s to stop elected officials from going after other media? Government regulation based on game content will stifle creativity and will have a chilling effect on game publishers who may feel the need to dilute content due to the threat of government action and fines.

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