While the video game industry is obviously very happy with this morning's Supreme Court ruling ensuring that games enjoy the same Constitutionally protected Free Speech as books, movies and other forms of entertainment, there is one man who is particularly unhappy: Leland Yee. California Democrat Yee was the author of 2005 law that was deemed unconstitutional.
“Unfortunately, the majority of the Supreme Court once again put the interests of corporate America before the interests of our children,” said Senator Leland Yee in a statement. “As a result of their decision, Wal-Mart and the video game industry will continue to make billions of dollars at the expense of our kids’ mental health and the safety of our community. It is simply wrong that the video game industry can be allowed to put their profit margins over the rights of parents and the well-being of children.”
“While we did not win today, I am certain that this eight year legislative and legal battle has raised the consciousness of this issue for many parents and grandparents, and has forced the video game industry to do a better job at appropriately rating these games,” said Yee.
Yee's Bill -- Assembly Bill 1179 – was designed to prevent the sale and rental of violent video games that "depict serious injury to human beings in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel" to persons who are under 18 years of age. Retailers who violated the Act would have been liable in an amount up to $1,000 for each violation.
Yee plans a press conference for later today.