Law and Order

California Files Reply Brief In Violent Video Game Supreme Court Case

As many gamers are aware, the Supreme Court of the United States will start hearing oral arguments in the case of Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Associations/Entertainment Software Association on November 2. At issue is the constitutionality of a 2005 law prohibiting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.

The EMA and ESA appealed the law after it was signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which eventually led to a permanent injunction being issued to block the law from taking effect. The state of California then challenged the injunction in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in late 2007, and in 2009, the court ruled the law was unconstitutional, prompting Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to take the case to the Supreme Court.

In part one of our four-part feature on the upcoming Supreme Court case, we will examine the contents of Assembly Bill No. 1179, aka the Act, to see, not only how it defined violent video games, but what it proposed be done to keep them out of the hands of minors.

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Crime SceneA small community of gamers in Kaneohe, Hawaii banded together briefly to defend their beloved Internet Cafe from a group of dumb-as-rocks hoods who tried to rob the place.  And it was all caught on video (included after the jump).

It all went down on Wednesday of last week at Gamerz, when a couple of masked thugs entered the Hawaiian nerd hang-out. They came in yelling and throwing punches at cashier Devin Wolery, as well as gesturing as if they had guns. After cold-cocking the counterman a couple times, the miscreants turned toward the customers and demanded money. A few handed over some ducats, but when the ne'er-do-wells demanded customer Dylan Hays Nintendo DS, the shizz got real.

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By this time tomorrow, you’re going to be up to your elven cosplay ears in G4’s Comic-Con 2010 coverage, and while I would say I’m sorry, there isn’t really anything to be sorry about, since it just means you’ll have offensive amounts of Comic-Con info to consume at your leisure without the need to brave the interesting smelling crowds of the convention yourself. That’s our job, and we cherish it. But seeing as Comic-Con proper doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, we’ve decided to put together a very special pre-Comic-Con Feedback for you this week featuring the countess of comics herself Blair Butler chatting about all of the week’s biggest game news, and, of course, the big CC, with host Adam Sessler, Abbie Heppe, Matt Keil, and, for the first time, G4tv.com’s features editor Kevin Kelly.

Feedback -- Comic-Con 2010 Edition »

Hulk might prefer to smash, but here on Feedback, we prefer to discuss...and then smash:

  • Microsoft announced this week that Kinect will retail for $150, and will come bundled with Kinect Adventures. They also revealed a new 4GB Xbox 360 console, and Kinect bundle.
  • Connecticut has joined 11 other states in support of legislation proposed by California to restrict sales of violent games to children. Needless to say, this whole situation disturbs us quite a bit.
  • And speaking of things that disturb us, there continues to be chatter about Activision considering the idea of introducing a subscription model to future Call of Duty games. Despite what Treyarch says, the decision is ultimately Activision's, and that's definitely cause for concern.

Feedback: All of the heroic potential of the Fantastic Four, only we're sometimes more than four, and quite a bit less fantastic.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

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