1MB Schwarzenegger Vs. EMA is set to hit the Supreme Court on Tuesday. In case you don't know, this case is about California's right to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The case has been been struck down by Golden State judges on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment. If you're like me, you might be confused by all this. Isn't the sale of certain games restricted from minors as it is? Yes. The problem is the rationale. Sen. Leland Yee of Calif. spearheaded the bill banning the sale of violent video games to minors under the pretense that we also ban the sale of pornography, booze and cigarettes to the same. In 2005, US District Court Judge Ronald Whyte granted a permanent injunction on the bill the Governator signed, citing that the government should be interested in protecting minors, but Yee and his constituents didn't prove that video games are any different from other media. If the Calif. bill is upheld, this could change media access as we know it. The fact that Sears and Walmart are doing a shit job of protecting minors from violent games only complicates matters. Meanwhile, those against the bill can find an ally in Rush Limbaugh of all people. The 2G predicts a business-wide crackdown on sales to minors and maybe some new ratings. [Game Politics]
2MB Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man, left Capcom last week after admitting in previous interviews that he hates his job. In a blog post on the subject, his future plans and reasoning remain ominous. Inafune's grievances with his job may go beyond his employer. Earlier this year, he described the Japanese game market as "finished." The next game in the series, Mega Man Universe, is set for release at the end of the year. Previews remain mixed. [Kotaku]
4MB The Escapist debuted a new serial feature on what it's like to be a Gamestop employee. The anonymous confessor admits that employment point-of-entry is low and key employees have limited game experience (if any), while defending retail business practice. A well-warted, but even-handed piece so far. [The Escapist]
5MB Meanwhile, Cliff Bleszinski, design director of Epic Games' Gears of War and gaming rock star, appeared on The Interview with the BBC World Service this week. CliffyB called video games the crossroads of art and science, while acknowledging that gamers could do with a little less junk food and more passion for things that aren't video games. He also broke down how the game industry doesn't pull more money that Hollywood. [BBC World Service]
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