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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Agreed - Government growth is ALWAYS bad. And while I recognize the validity of your point that many adults buy adult games for their kids, I have seen many instances where a kid at EBX can buy games likeGTA:Vice City or Hitman 2( 2 adult games I witnessed being sold to kids looking about 11).

The trouble is, for some inexplicable reason, the spotlight is not on movie theatres or Best Buy's for selling 'R' rated movies. It is on videogames. So, fair or not, game makers and game retailers have to be smarter than they have been if they wish to keep making a living doing what they are doing. It was just as unfair to the comics industry (that was largely destroyed by controversy), but fair or not, it is a cross the retailers, developers, and publishers have to bear.

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