For the sixth time in five years, Federal Courts have now blocked or struck down these state and local laws seeking to regulate the sale of games to minors based on their content, and none have upheld such statutes. It is therefore time to look past legislation and litigation in favor of cooperative efforts to accomplish the common goal of ensuring that parents use the tools available to control the games their kids play.
In somewhat related news, sort of, Jack Thompson is apparently now a shareholder in his favorite/least favorite company, Take-Two. Take-Two of course publishers Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, which bears the brunt of Thompson's zealous anti-game efforts. He sent an open letter to Take-Two's CEO Paul Eibeler about a week ago, mentioning Eibeler's recent Worst CEO nod and somehow managing to tangentially imply that Microsoft software was used to train terrorists to fly into buildings. Of course, Thompson's reasoning for buying Take-Two stock was to be able to show up at shareholder meetings, and he has requested a "hand-held cordless microphone" for those occasions. My deepest condolences to the Take-Two board.