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Ban on sale of violent games challenged in court
09:49 AM CDT on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
BATON ROUGE -- A new Louisiana law aimed at keeping violent video games away from children is the target of a federal lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge James Brady late last week issued a temporary restraining order barring authorities from enforcing the measure. A court hearing was set for June 27.
The order was issued just hours after the Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment Merchants Association filed a class-action lawsuit Friday that seeks to have the new law declared unconstitutional.
The law bans the sale, lease or renting of violent video games to buyers under age 18. Those violating the law face fines of up to $2,000 and a year in jail.
In their request for a temporary restraining order, the two nonprofit trade associations argue that every previous legislative attempt to restrict violent video games has been struck down as unconstitutional.
In the lawsuit, New Orleans attorney James A. Brown likens video games to movies, literature, music, art and other forms of non-obscene expression protected by free-speech rights.
The state attorney general's office, which will defend the law in court, declined through agency spokewoman Jennifer Cluck to comment on the suit.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Actually I'd say I haven't done ENOUGH videogaming. Recently, I've bought Fight Night Round 3, Dead Or Alive 4, Burnout Revenge, Oblivion, Far Cry Instincts Predator and Rockstar Table Tennis and haven't played hardly ANY of them! I don't know what it is, just haven't seemed to make the time for them. I love games but I guess I prefer a quick 5 minute blast before dinner rather than sit down in front of a screen for 10 hours constant!
Originally posted by nyk537
Perahps some of you watch WAY too much television and play WAY to much videogames. They are what they are. Nothing more, nothing less.
Originally posted by Zenem
I think though, that the youth are being groomed for the next world war. Violence in games is eveywherre & getting more graphic & realistic. Like games such as Ghost Recon Advanced Fighter, Battlefied2, Americas Army, Soldier of Fortune etc.
They are great & I have to admit, the more realistic & violent the game, the more I want to play it. And in real life I play paintball & airsoft regurarly & I have alot of knowledge & tactics that I have even learned from games.
Gamers do usually know more than non gamers from playing simulation games which contain alot of fact & information.
Originally posted by seansean
Is it possible that someone is using games like this in the same way that T.V. shows may be being used?
Originally posted by chemlabco
If I may spin this a bit. What about when star terk had all that crap before it exsisted? Computers etc etc. 20yrs and all those fancy gizmos exsist within NASA at least some.
Originally posted by yeah right
i also remember hearing about a game
that the wtc buildings were attacked...but cant remember where
or what it was