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California Shoots Down Game Law

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Posted August 7, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

In a variation of a story we've told before, the courts of the adorable state of California have struck down a law aimed at limiting the sale of violent and/or sexual games to minors.

The legislation , originally proposed by Leland Yee (now a Senator) and signed into law by Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger sought to restrict the sale or rental to anyone under the age of 18 of  videogames that are classified as "violent video games" if the depictions of violence in the games are offensive to the community or if the violence depicted is committed in an "especially heinous, cruel, or depraved" manner.

"It was inevitable that the federal district court would find the California video game restriction law unconstitutional, as eight similar laws around the country have been overturned in the past six years," commented Bo Andersen, President of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). "We informed the legislature that this would be the eventual result when it was considering the law, and it is indeed unfortunate that legislature ignored the prior cases.

Thanks, lawmakers for the fabulous use of our tax dollars.

Read more here:

GameDaily: California Video Game Law Terminated

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