Another week and another round of legislation vs. video games. This time, Arizona has a bill drafted that may potentially hurt the future of video games.
The bill, if passed by the state legislature, will punish those who "distribute audio, written, or digital materials" that contributes to a felonius or terrorist act. The material would have to be proven to be legally obscene, and convincing evidence would have to be shown that the material was one of the impetuses for the act to be performed.
With the obvious potential for the bill to be used against video games clear, the VIdeo Game Voters Network and the Entertainment Software Association have taken a stance against the bill, which has already been approved by the Arizona House of Representatives.
“This is another attempt on the part of states to restrict First Amendment protection,” said Rich Taylor, senior vice president of communications for the ESA. “The real consequence of the bill is it would inhibit computer and video game developers’ creative expression. This bill attempts to circumvent the Constitution and restrict Arizona’s citizens’ rights.”
Ultimately the fate of the legislation lies in the hands of lawmakers, but the VGVN is urging Arizona citizens to submit a letter to their local politicians to prevent the bill from becoming law.