The Videogame industry has come under fire for including graphic content relating to sex and violence.  Lawmakers, Politicians and Family Values Groups have pushed legislation restricting the sale of certain videogames.  Game developers have been sued by victims of violence and sexual misconduct.  This site is devoted to exploring the current battle between Free Speech rights of the gaming industry and the efforts to preserve ‘decency’ and conservative values, in the face of increasingly violent and erotic videogames. 

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Videogame Censorship Issues in the Wake of the Sandy Hook Shootings

Lawrence Walters takes on Jack Thomson's junk science on Penn & Teller's Bullshit Show


Read Mr. Walters' Article on Videogame Censorship
It has been said, “Censorship is the bastard child of technology.”  Technological advances in video gaming software have created a rapid evolution from 1970’s arcade game technology to today’s role playing games, featuring an almost life-like level of realism, which mirrors the natural world in all of its graphic violence and sexual activity.  In tandem with electronic gaming’s rapid evolution and realism has been a meteoric rise in popularity and revenues which now rivals that of the motion picture industry.

Media coverage of GDC 2009 Presentation


http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/27/gdc09-attorney-discusses-top-censorship-issues-facing-industry/

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/03/27/games-under-fire-over-political-correctness-warns-free-speech-lawyer

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6206796.html


Media coverage of GDC 2008 Presentation

Coverage of Mr. Walters Speech at the Game Developers Conference (2008)

Interview with Mr. Walters at the GDC (2008)


Media coverage of GDC 2007 Presentation

Gamasutra discusses Mr. Walters presentation at the Sex in Video Games Conference

Industry publications comment on Walters GDC speech:
http://gaygamer.net/2007/03/on_video_game_censorship.html#more 
http://www.gamepolitics.com/

http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4909&Itemid=2

 

Political Correctness threatens video game industry as new form of censorship

David Walsh, National Institute on Media and the Family, creates an unrecognized "Video Game Addition" diagnosis out of whole cloth, applying symptoms of compulsive gambling.  Watch video here.

Are the Courts Reaching the End of their Rope with Videogames?

Mr. Walters Discusses Junk Science and Video Game Regulation

Update on the federal Video Game Decency Act

FTC Report on Marketing Violence to Children

Read the commentary by Marjorie Heins regarding the repeated attempts by states to pass unconstitutional laws restricting violent video games.



Illinois and Louisiana Video Game Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

Court enjoins OK video game law

Check out the Presentation on Game Censorship
delivered at the Sex in Videogames conference

Read Mr. Walters Speech delivered at the Sex in Videogames Conference

Read about the videogame battle in Louisiana

News Alerts:

Study finds no link between violent video games and aggressive behavior in children

Utah Newspaper Lauds Decision to Drop Video Game Legislation – from GamePolitics.com

Read Jack Thompson's venting to the Judge that ruled against him in the Bully case.

Gaming Industry Responds to Thompson’s Rant against the Judge that ruled in favor of Bully.

Playing Games with Free Speech

Pong revisited: Free speech and video games

Video Game Censorship Here to Stay? Unlikely

Congress holds at-times-contentious game hearing

Judge Halts Illinois Videogame Law

Congress Considering Control over Video Game Ratings

Parents Question ESRB Ratings System  

 

Other Resources on the Effect of Violence in Videogames:

http://www.fepproject.org/commentaries/videogamelaws.html

http://www.fepproject.org/courtbriefs/stlouissummary.html

 

 

Are you a game developer? 
Check out www.igda.org for industry information

 

For legal advice and services relating to videogame censorship, contact: Lawrence G. Walters at: larry@firstamendment.com.  For more information on his qualifications, click here

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