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October 11, 2005

ESA Sues California Over Violent Video Game Law

The Entertainment Software Association has launched a legal challenge to a California law signed by Governor Arnold "Terminator" Schwarzenegger last week.  This follows lawsuits initiated against Michigan and Illinois which placed other restrictions on distribution of games to children.  Similar suits in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Washington State were successful in challenging laws on First Amendment grounds.

AB 1179 prohibits the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under the age of 18 and requires a label to be affixed to all games falling into this category. This legislation also imposes a fine of up to $1,000 on anyone who sells or rents violent video games to minors.

In a statement made by the Governor, who himself starred in many violent films in his Hollywood days, some of which have spun off popular violent games, "Today I signed legislation to ensure parent involvement in determining which video games are appropriate for their children. The bill I signed will require that violent video games be clearly labeled and not be sold to children under 18 years old. Many of these games are made for adults and choosing games that are appropriate for kids should be a decision made by their parents."

The text of the bill in question is here.

The web site for the Entertainment Software Association is here.

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