Four Years Ago, I Watched Video Games Win
I have two stand-out Election Day video game memories. One involves Fable II. The other involves a highlight of my career: going to the Supreme Court on November 2, 2010, to see a gaming industry lawyer argue—successfully—that games deserve the protection of the First Amendment.
It's an important episode in video game history, one that any gamer—at the very least any American gamer—should know about. Spurred by Democratic state senator Leland Yee and Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the State of California had tried to criminalize the sale of extremely violent video games to minors. Attorneys for the state argued that violent games, like tobacco and unlike violent movies, were inherently harmful to kids. Video games didn't deserve, the state claimed, the free speech protections granted to books, music and other art.
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