June 18th, 2006

Editorial Round-up: Newspaper Backs Oklahoma Game Violence Law

So far, we've only come up with one game-related editorial for today's round-up. This one comes to us from the Norman Transcript in Oklahoma.

As GamePolitics readers know, Gov. Brad Henry (D, seen at left) recently signed video game violence legislation into law in Oklahoma. The new statute is scheduled to take effect in November. The video game industry, however, has already stated its intention to file suit against the law on First Amendment grounds.

Here's what the Norman Transcript had to say in support of the new law:

"The simulated violence on some video games goes beyond shock value. It transcends even the most violent of movies... Oklahoma children will have to find an adult to buy ultra-violent games for them, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Brad Henry this week... Retailers who peddle the material need to know what is and what is not permissible. We've heard from a few who say they risk their business' future every time a youngster buys such a game..."
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GP EDITORIAL: Congress Grilled the Wrong People

Capitol Hill is very much interested in video games these days.

Wednesday's hearing before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection was both lengthy and contentious. Subcommittee Chair Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and colleagues were not kind to game industry witnesses, especially ESRB President Patricia Vance.

GP does not quarrel with the ability of Congress to hold hearings on the video game issue.

We just think they grilled the wrong people.

With 99% of political attention in relation to video games directed at the Grand Theft Auto series in general and the Hot Coffee scandal in particular, Congress should have skipped intermediaries like Doug Lowenstein and Patricia Vance and posed their questions directly to the people who run Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games.
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