Yee Against Banning Ultra-Violent Games

An interview on latimes.com talks with California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) about video game violence (thanks Neoseeker) in light of the US Supreme Court agreeing to judge the constitutionality of the law Yee authored to prohibit the sale and rental of violent video games to children. Yee presents his case in a reasonable fashion, admitting it's "a fair criticism" that he is attempting to regulate a medium with which he is unfamiliar, but countering: "With a movie you can sit there for two hours and see everything. In these violent games, parents may never fully understand what they contain because you have to be a very sophisticated player to trigger them." He also calls games "artful," saying he would never favor an outright ban:
This is where some critics misunderstand me. I think video games are artful and it takes a lot of creativity to make them. I also think the interactive nature of them and the technology behind them can have great educational value.

I'm never going to be the person who stands up and says we should ban these ultra-violent video games. I'm just saying children ought not to be allowed to access them unless a parent buys it for them. Otherwise, video games are just as worthy under the 1st Amendment as movies.
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I’m just going to say it. Virtually every last one of you is pathetic. You see more violence on CNN than in these games? Really? I work with 9 and 10 year old boys who play games they have no business even know exist.

You guys are so utterly blind to how degenerate the society is that you cant see it because you have been corrupted and damaged by it. *NO ONE* child or adult should be getting enjoyment out of games or anything else that promotes, encourages, entertains, makes you dwell on and or participate or enjoy mutilation of people violent sex acts drug use or other heinous crimes.

It is utterly CONDEMNING of all of you that you enjoy this kind of garbage yourselves. Let alone children. The First amendment has *NOTHING* to do with play acting murder and mutilation. The only reason any of you think it does is because you are perverse and demented by your past and current participation in these things.
This kind of garbage should not be put into children or teenagers heads. Via movies games or music. The Human brain is a computer and what you program it with affects you. All of you on this site are proof of that fact. It doesn’t mean you will all be axe murderers, but it does mean that with each decade the depths of outright evil we need to *entertain* us gets worse and worse and it does and will have a cost.

It should be a felony to sell an M rated game to anyone under the Age of 18 *PERIOD*

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