Shack PSA: Sign the ECA's Petition to 'Protect Video Games Under the First Amendment'

By Xav de Matos, Oct 15, 2010 1:20pm PDT On November 2, the State of California is taking the fight against the video game industry to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite being struck down at district court. With only a few short weeks separating that fateful day from now, the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) is reminding U.S. citizens to sign its petition, arguing that video games be protected under the First Amendment.

"For nearly two decades, elected officials have tried to regulate which video games you can buy, rent and play," a message on the ECA's petition page reads. "Every single time they've passed a law, the federal courts have struck it down as unconstitutional. But this may change this fall."

If passed, the law would allow the state to limit access to video games to minors based on its included content. The fear, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), is that video game stores will stop selling certain titles all together as "they won't know what titles fall under a particular state's laws and which don't." This could have an adverse affect on game development, as designers would have to first consider what may or may not be considered questionable before they dream up the next big "Game of the Year."

If you're a U.S. citizen, sign the petition. You obviously love the industry enough to visit Shacknews and discuss the industry with your fellow game lovers. You obviously love it enough to read this post. Now it's time to prove it, by loving it enough to try to protect it.

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