Things just got real. GamePolitics has received word California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to pull the trigger on escalating the appeal process on his law to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors all the way to the US Supreme Court.
The law should have gone into effect in January 2006 before a US District Court judge filed an injunction, killing the law. Since then, Schwarzengger has moved the law through the appeals process. Finding no success so far, Schwarzenegger is left with the final option of pitching his case to the US Supreme Court.
"I signed this important measure to ensure parents are involved in determining which video games are appropriate for their children," said Schwarzenegger about the news. "By prohibiting the sale of violent video games to children under the age of 18 and requiring these games to be clearly labeled, this law would allow parents to make better informed decisions for their kids. I will continue to vigorously defend this law and protect the well-being of California’s kids."
It did not take long for the Entertainment Software Association, which constantly goes to bat for the video games industry in cases like this, to respond. ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher released the following statement this morning:
“We are confident that this appeal will meet the same fate as the State’s previous failed efforts," said Gallagher," [in trying] to regulate what courts around the country have uniformly held to be expression that is fully protected by the First Amendment. California’s taxpayers would be better served by empowering parents and supporting the ESRB rating system.”
If you want to read Schwarzenegger's official appeal to the US Supreme Court, GamePolitics has a copy of that, as well.
What role do you think the government should have, if any, in the regulation of video game sales?