Sessler's Soapbox: Why the Supreme Court's Ruling Matters

Posted: June 28, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Why the Supreme Court's Ruling Matters
Adam drops an extended Soapbox to go into detail about how the Supreme Court's ruling matters to the gaming industry, gamers, and Americans.

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  • 0utcast711

    When I saw this soap box. I thought of the fact that we as a peolple are not truly free to do any thing, until a supreme court rules it decent.
    Larry Flint
    Dr. Kavorchian
    Howard Stern
    Married With Children
    Hunter Thompson
    War on Drugs

    When something as big as video games takes over popular culture big wigs in
    washington want to shape for their best interest. Land of the free if you are rich, for the rest of the
    peasants you cant watch this, thats gonna make you kill each other, and smokings bad i think so
    and thats the law

    Posted: October 14, 2011 8:13 PM
  • notafanboy

    Way to go, Adam! You were very thorough and clear in your handling of this issue which all too often breaks down into vitriolic and unhelpful jabbing.

    Posted: October 4, 2011 9:42 AM
  • SyWolf

    Also, I think it's great that I can buy cigarettes without an ID but if I try to buy a game that's rated M I'd better bring my ID or I'm not getting that game.

    Posted: September 30, 2011 2:28 AM
  • SyWolf

    Is it strange that I'm constantly surprised at your intelligence level? It's nothing personal, but generally people who do game reviews on the internet are pretentious morons with their heads up their asses. Anyways, just wanted to say hi and that when I rule the world you will be saved.

    Posted: September 30, 2011 2:23 AM
  • SyWolf

    Is it strange that I'm constantly surprised at your intelligence level? It's nothing personal, but generally people who do game reviews on the internet are pretentious morons with their heads up their asses. Anyways, just wanted to say hi and that when I rule the world you will be saved.

    Posted: September 30, 2011 2:22 AM
  • BR4CR

    You do the best Lenny Bruce impression in the gaming world. Dustin Hoffman ain't got nothing on you. Keep up the good work, Adam.

    Posted: September 6, 2011 7:53 AM
  • Xastabus

    I would like to point out that there has been a sort of real world example of how such illegalization of M rated video games would change the form of the medium in the US, that example is Australia. According to Wikipedia, up until the 22nd of July, 2011, the Australian Classification Board did not have a rating for any video game content acceptable for persons over 15, despite having such ratings for movies. Many games that received ESRB's M rating could not be sold in Australia because they could not be classified. In a roundabout way this is exactly what attaching criminal charges to the sale of an M rated game to a minor would do.

    Just check out the list of games that were refused classification in Australia due to this limitation. http://www.refused-classificat ion.com/Games_A-Z.htm
    While some of the games would clearly be ESRB Ao rated porn-ish material, there are a significant number of ESRB M rated titles that I dare say the industry as a whole would be poorer for had these games not been released and available to most of the world. Chiefly among those are horror games like Silent Hill and Dead Space. Role playing games like Fable and Fallout 3 are in there to.
    You simply can't have a good story without conflict, and in entertainment material aimed at adults that conflict is most often violence.

    On another point, I have seen arguments of how video games affect society. Entertainment does not affect society, society affects entertainment. Our forms of entertainment have matured as our society has matured, books have become more descriptive and engaging, movies have become more realistic and believable. These advances are due to the simple fact that our society has accepted these forms of entertainment, allowed them to flourish, and even selectively nurtured them along the way. If society at large does not like something that product is doomed to fail by the simplest and most effective selection process humanity has ever invented, money. Don't like it, don't buy it.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 9:07 AM
  • metelhead_9000

    Some times I wonder if we even need to have a full time congress and it is laws like this that make me think that way. They are trying to make a solution for a problem that doesn't even exsist. Gun control laws are another example of this. Every time they say they want to increase public safty by banning this feature or that feature of a fire arm but if they were really interested in increasing public safty they would ban swimming pools because more people drown in swimming pools than are killed by firearms. and it is the same thing here if they were really trying to keep children from gaining access to "bad" or "immoral" content they they would have to take that content out of book, movies, tv shows, plays, and any other form of media as well.

    To any one that would use the argument that this sort of content is more impactful in the form of interactive media clearly has never compaired the impact of this mature material in a book to the same material in video games. I find that reading a book with such mature subject matter to be far more impactful and disturbing than any main stream video game on the market today. granted there probably are some pretty messed up independantly developed games out there but that is the job of good parents to prevent their children from accessing such material not the job the federal goverment.

    Posted: July 26, 2011 1:01 PM
  • Arrak

    I agree with everything Adam said! This was a great ruling and had it gone the other way the people behind this would have tried to destroy the gaming industry. I think that was their real agenda. What I find puzzling is Adam saying that freedom of speech is as sacrosanct as the 4th & 6th amendment. What about the rest of them? The Founding Fathers did not create a hierarchy of amendments. All should be sacrosanct or we risk loosing them all!

    Posted: July 11, 2011 4:08 PM
  • FuzzofPekinopolis

    Amen Adam, Amen,

    If people would just invest some time into understanding what is going on in our country. How is this stuff difficult for a grown person to understand?

    I am in the tire business, and have been for 10yrs. Have any of you purchased new tires lately? Are you surprised at the cost of your tires? If so you can thank our Federal Government for that. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has imposed a 25% tariff on all Chinese tire imports.

    The tariff is not imposed on China, it is imposed on U.S. based warehouses who import Chinese tires. This was intended to drive up U.S. tire production/sales and create jobs here, but it is a double edged sword. What happens to prices when you get rid of the lowest common denominator? They inevitably go up.

    U.S. tire sales are a major tax contributor to our Federal Budget. But you have to ask yourself why not Walmart who imports allot more stuff from China. Why single out tire distributors when you could generate allot more tax revenue by imposing a tariff on other sectors of our economy. IT MAKES NO SENSE! Neither does this stupid video game law that was rightfully voted down.

    Amen Adam, Amen

    Posted: July 7, 2011 5:16 PM
  • aerothen

    amen adam. a. men.

    Posted: July 5, 2011 1:26 PM
  • zethLP

    Wow adam I really appreciate your level of thought on this subject I did really realizes how dangerous this law could have been. I have always looked forward to your soapboxes and this one really hit home for me. when the ESRB was first formed I thought it was going to be the end of creativity granted I was 10 or so but Now I have come to realize that I has come to really save the industry by self regulating itself. Can't wait now to watch the feedback episode.

    Posted: July 4, 2011 12:12 PM
  • Shotenzenji

    Congratz Adam I think that you just touched on a part of what it means to be a true American. Wanting to allow the free market to regulate itself is the cornerstone of American capitalism and Democracy. It is refreshing in a country that as a society lately seems to want the government involved more and more in their lives to see someone who has expressed many liberal ideals in his past soapboxes to express these views. I really wish that that same view that everyone seems to identify with in the case of artistic expression recognized it's significance in other markets. The people are smart enough to think for themselves. If the demand for a product goes away such as the demand for incandescent bulbs will be gone once LEDs become more cost effective and widely available there is no need to outlaw the production of that product. Who's gonna want incandescent bulbs when for just a few dollars more you can get a bulb that puts out just as much light for a fraction of the energy consumption (which yes, does matter to everyone because everyone has to pay a power bill) and lasts at least ten times as long? The over regulation of everything in this country is strangling the economy by making a vastly larger government that already can't afford the programs and auxiliary, unnecessary branches that they already had. This normally wouldn't be the forum for this kind of topic but while we were on the subject of government involvement in the market I felt it to be appropriate.

    Posted: July 4, 2011 9:31 AM
  • WJWI4987

    I'm from Australia and here as far as I know is that the government here has made it law that no R18+ games are allowed to be sold in Australia. They might have legislation on mature games but anyway, does anyone think that this descision in California will have a domino effect?

    Posted: July 4, 2011 2:50 AM
  • heroYOUhate

    thie law was a attack on free speech and the ruling was correct.Every american even if you dont play video games should be happy that the courts decide the way they did. Also the parents of minors should take the time and learn what their kids are playing and the rating system if you dont know it.
    so happy fourth of july

    Posted: July 3, 2011 11:25 PM

    'Cos everybody's got to have somebody to look down on.
    Who they can feel better than at anytime they please.
    Someone doin' somethin' dirty, decent folks can frown on.
    If you can't find nobody else, then help yourself to me.

    Posted: July 3, 2011 9:27 AM
  • Dr_Obey

    Did anyone else see how wrong Jon Stewart was on this same issue? I hope he was just digging for jokes, but nevertheless, well done Mr. Sessler. Perhaps you'll enjoy being compared favorably against Jon Stewart?

    Posted: July 3, 2011 6:43 AM
  • sutle_misou

    i know adam is suppose to Washington, but he looks like Doc Brown from Back to the Future

    Posted: July 3, 2011 12:18 AM
  • fluhtard

    Hey fenrir72 it's nice to know that someone else who comes this site awake to what's really going on in the world. Needless to say I agree BEWARE everyone!

    Hey Adam thanks for the lesson.

    Posted: July 2, 2011 10:56 PM
  • fenrir72

    The irony is, this stupid law was proposed by a Democrat and signed into law (for political convenience) by the "sperminator". Remember this incident people! The party that tries to portray itself as the open minded alternative to the close minded Republicans has attempted stifle our 1st Amendment Freedoms. In other words, its all a facade! Neither party really has our interest at hart, only their hidden agendas. So beware!

    And I give Adam a 5/5!

    Posted: July 2, 2011 6:02 PM