Michigan Gaming Law Killed

GameDaily BIZ has word on the demise of Michigan's recently passed (story) legislation that made it illegal to sell Mature or Adult rated video games to minors. The law was put on hold by a temporary restraining order shortly before it was to take effect (story), but now has been hit with a permanent injunction on Constitutional grounds, with the presiding judge specifically citing the lack of actual correlation between violent games and actual violence:
Although the federal government is still pushing for the CDC to investigate the effects of all electronic media on children, there is still no evidence of a direct link between violence in video games and real-life violence acted out by kids or teens. Regarding studies cited by the state in support of the bill, Judge Steeh said, "Dr. (Craig) Anderson's studies have not provided any evidence that the relationship between violent video games and aggressive behavior exists... The research not only fails to provide concrete evidence that there is a connection between violent media and aggressive behavior, it also fails to distinguish between video games and other forms of media."

While certain politicians and anti-game activists have also suggested that games are far worse for children than other media because they offer interactive, not passive experiences, the district court once again shot down this notion. "...it could just as easily be said that the interactive element in video games acts as an outlet for minors to vent their violent or aggressive behavior, thereby diminishing the chance they would actually perform such acts in reality....Not only does the Act not materially advance the state's stated interest, but it appears to discriminate against a disfavored 'newcomer' in the world of entertainment media. Thus, 'singling out' the video game industry does not advance the state's alleged goal," concluded Judge Steeh.

Naturally, the ESA couldn't be happier with the court's ruling. The organization also said that it would seek reimbursement from Michigan for its legal fees, a move it also recently took with the state of Illinois.
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I still find it sad that so many people think "Oh this protects children from M rated games? What a great law."

There's more to it than that. The reason this is getting struck down, and the reason we celebrate that, is because it's a victory for freedom [wow that sounds lame]. The government has no buisness regulating the entertainment industry and it has been policy to allow entertainment to regulate itself alongside strong parental supervision.

There's a great rating system in place, one that's easy to understand and is open to revision and improvement at the same time. Don't bring up Hot Coffee as a failure on the ESRB's part because not only did the ESRB respond accordingly and raise the game to an AO rating but it could not have possibly known about an unaccesible sex scene hidden in code in the game unless Take 2 was totally forthcoming with them which they weren't.

The laws that have been trying to pass regarding regulation video games have so many issues that need to be ironed out before one of them ever becomes close to workable...

How do these laws define violent or mature? Do they do it based on ESRB? Why base a law on a third party? Who does this affect? What are the penalties? Etc. Etc.

Whenever a law is made one must always read it carefully and ask... "How can this be abused?" Because it always will be abused. Feel-good laws have no place in our government. They may sound good, and have a good general purpose but how do they go about accomplishing that purpose and do they adhere to the constitution? The recent string of video game legislation fails these simple questions.

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