ESA to Sue MI Governor

Video Game Industry to Sue Michigan's Governor (thanks WarCry) has word on the ESA's efforts at countering recent legislation aimed at criminalizing the sale of Adult and Mature rated games to those under 17 years of age in Michigan (story). Here's a bit:
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2005--The computer and video game industry will file suit in Michigan asking that the state's new video game law be overturned, the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Similar laws were previously found unconstitutional and thrown out in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Washington State, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

"If this law is implemented, it will not only limit First Amendment rights for Michigan's residents, but, by virtue of its vagueness, it will also create a huge amount of confusion for Michigan's retailers, parents, and video game developers," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. "I'm confident the court will affirm our position given the rulings on similar statutes in other jurisdictions; indeed, the facts, the science, the law, and the U.S. Constitution have not changed since those decisions were handed down."
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Game OVER MAN! - Bill Paxton
Sep 14, 2005, 20:57
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Game OVER MAN! - Bill Paxton Sep 14, 2005, 20:57
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Growing government (new enforcement agencies, committees, etc.) over something that the other mainstream media handles less well than the game industry does (someone here once linked a study about kids getting into R rated movies, and it was a way higher % than the number of kids able to purchase M rated games) is a bad idea.

This is an easy issue to "take a stand on" that wins political favor with the right-wing moral majority. This is why you see mostly Democrats pushing for this, they need those votes. Smart political move. If you think anyone who actually votes pays attention to facts or logic over emotional rhetoric, witness Bush's incompetent, bumbling administration getting return tickets to the white house.

Unfortunately, this is just another talking point issue that continues to keep the spotlight of the real sources causing this country's problems, which mostly revolve around these 3 fundamental flaws in our system:
- An average American's Tax burden is now in the 40-45% range of annual salary (used to be in the 20% range in the 50s, post WWII even... wtf?).
- You have to have a license to own a pet, but you can make as many human children as you want, with no qualifications, and unleash them on the rest of us for the long haul. And we probably paid you for it.
- Lack of critical thinking in education. At least Kansas is a sign of great things to come there... </SARCASM>

If you want more family values, a stronger economy, and better society, lower tax burdens so families have more spending power and free time to spend at home instead of dual-income overtime jobs. Require basic responsibility qualifications for prospective parents, or the state takes the kids for adoption. I'm not talking anything beyond proving you can hold a job for like a year and aren't a repeat felon. If you want more than 2 kids, you pay additional taxes, not the other way around.

And for Hank's sake, people... Intelligent Design? Chiropractic "Medicine"? The Bermuda Triangle? Please do some research on these topics before nodding your head and bleeting along with the rest of the daytime talk show herd. I suggest starting at http://www.skeptic.com.

You must be responsible for what you bring to this society, or we all get screwed as the religious right keeps on breeding and negating science's advances. Sure, it keeps the housing market profitable for now, but in the long run uncontrolled overpopulation will kill us all.

Signed,
Tired-of-Being-Blamed-for-the-Nation's-Incompetent-Governments-that-I-didn't-vote-for.

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