Did you know the Entertainment Software Association is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the Chicago Transit Authority over a ban that, in practice, would prevent Capcom from advertising Resident Evil 5, while allowing Sony Pictures to advertise the next Resident Evil movie just fine? It's true.
In 2009, Chicago moved to single out M-rated video games. No other form of media was affected. The contradiction was brought up by Ken Doroshow, Senior VP & General Counsel Entertainment Software Association, during a fascinating presentation at DICE 2010 about games and law.
"In the very ordinance itself," said Doroshow, "it proclaimed some statistics about youth violence in the city of Chicago and cites the very same studies that courts have rejected showing some sort of connection between violent video games and real-life violence."
The ESA is currently fighting on behalf of the games industry to gain the rights of other media. Doroshow used the Resident Evil example to show the absurdity of the ordinance in action.
"Maybe I've drank the kool-aid, but that's absurd," he said.
Keep watching our coverage, live from DICE 2010, on G4's official DICE page.