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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- Articles on Videogame Censorship
Updates on Court Challenges and Pending Legislation
- Legal Information and Opinions
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
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.
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
out the Presentation on Game Censorship
delivered at the Sex in Videogames conference
Mr. Walters Speech delivered at the Sex in Videogames Conference
about the videogame battle in Louisiana
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.
Games with Free Speech
revisited: Free speech and video games
Game Censorship Here to Stay? Unlikely
holds at-times-contentious game hearing
Halts Illinois Videogame Law
Considering Control over Video Game Ratings
Question ESRB Ratings System
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