Sessler's Soapbox: Gaming is Not a Crime!

Posted: September 21, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Gaming is Not a Crime!
Adam discusses the current Supreme Court case, deciding if it's constitutional to outlaw the sale of mature games to minors.

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  • Rayzorshark

    We restrict the sale to minors of many items including pornography, alcohol and tobacco, and I have no problem with questionable material of any kind being added to this list...

    ...what I do have a problem with is the shift from this being the personal responsibility of the parents to being the responsibilty of the state.

    By agreeing to decisions such as this one, parents are admitting that they are unfit or unwilling to raise their children right and, unfortunately, this issue is only ever considered when a child's life is put in peril through incompetence, neglect or malice.

    Although no one's life is in peril with this particular situation, the lack of the willingness to accept personal responsibility is astounding and abysmal.

    As to whether this will affect the development and sale of video games can not be predicted, but it should be kept in mind that when the ESRB ratings were created, they actually increased the interest and sales of items of dubious quality simply by applying a warning label to it.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 1:16 PM
  • MasterNoble6

    It seems Like there's always someone up my azz about something without me being up anyones azz for anything... There are so many people in my way, I being in no ones way.

    This is just another someone in the way and up my azz

    Posted: September 21, 2010 1:11 PM
  • Patr10t1

    If the supreme case pass the law, its going to cause more for others.They are going to say O that didn't work they still act a "strangely". Now lets make it a crime of minors to listing "Mature" music because it is "corrupt" the minors mine. Yea that will work. O that didn't work :/ Now how about we ban movies because it is showing things that can "corrupt" the child's mine. Damn, that didn't work either :/. Ok This has to work, lets make it a crime to buy mature books for minors, surely that must be the problem. O that didn't work either!, whats going on? How about this :), you are "corrupting" the minds of the youth thinking any thing you just don't understand, a crime. How about actually talking to the youth, because more of the "Minors" that act strangely are those who have troubles in their lives. But no, you ignore them, and when the kids does something crazy you blame it on something else, but you should blame yourself, you are the parent, you suppose to listen to your child when they act "strangely". If you violate the first amendment, then you destroy what America really is.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 1:07 PM
  • ModWarGirl1227

    Ok, first of all, most gamestore salesman who are smart check for ID to make sure that the customer is not a minor. Secondly, most of these people that have complained and compelled the ideas of having such a law are probably the same dumb parents that bought their little minor spawn the freakin game. If you're so concerned with the freakin content, don't buy the game. Seriously, even if its a hair of doubt DON'T BUY IT! Freedom of choice people! If you're buying an M rated game for a minor, its your choice, leave the gamestores alone.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 1:04 PM
  • mrtategamer

    I find the people supporting this law passing just plain stupid the ESRB have done a great job.
    If you have a young son who want a game check the rating before buying if you buy a an 11 year old an M game then that your choice and your problem

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:58 PM
  • knighthawk42

    I think it is interesting how it is spelled out. On one hand the people who wrote this law basically have to prove that video games are not protected by the first amendment. What I find interesting is that even if you do not like something, some kind of media, it is still protected. A lot of people will say that video games are a new art form and that it is protected because of that. In the end in my mind it does not matter whether any one likes it or considers it art or that it contributes in any to society. That is the fun part to me. The first amendment does not care about quality. On the other hand the people who made the law may argue that while it is free speech, that steps have to be enforced to make sure that younger people do not view this material. The same is true for pornography. If that happens you may see that some stores like Adam said will stop carrying the product, but in most stores the register system will prompt any time alcohol or tobacco products are rung up to check for id. The part that gets me and should for most parents is what if you are ok with your child playing a certain game, say halo, even though it is M rated. We might have a situation where that parent could get in trouble for giving a kid that game. Basically The same for providing Alcohol and tobacco products. Then the store clerk could not sell the game to the parent if they know they are just going to give it to a child.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:47 PM
  • 1nitial_D

    great soapbox Adam Sessler

    I do hope this law does not past. Because I beleive video games should be reward the first amendment rights.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:44 PM
  • Bass.EXE

    I'm glad you laid down the actual ramifications of this decision. It's become quite annoying to keep reading all these comments from people who don't understand what this law truly entails.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:34 PM
  • mksystem74

    If the Government has done only 1 thing right its the protection of the First Amendment. This won't end good for the people in favor of this law. And if by chance SCOTUS agrees with them, it'll be the beginning of the end for us all.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:33 PM
  • Pwnproof

    WOW! good stuff and thanx for this one, good views and i see things even better form stuff you said like the whole 1950's comic and gaming now.Epic way to end the soapbox too O_o

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:32 PM
  • doodle_billy

    wow the human ego is amazing. i have a hard time believing that the people that push this sort of thing are authentic at all. it almost feels as if its a mild form of progressionism. no but that would be crazy not in america.

    Posted: September 21, 2010 12:31 PM