Slaughtering the enemy, killing presidents, having sex with hookers, running over innocent pedestrians, managing all manner of brutal weapons, snapping necks and spilling blood.
Are these actions protected under the bill of rights of all Americans? Do companies have the right to promote these actions under the guise of free speech?
Apparently in the digital world at least we have the right to do these things. Not only are these rights protected but minors are completely free to engage in these acts without question. Games such as Doom 3, Half-Life 2, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ooze with violence and currently protected and available to minors.
Governor Gary Locke of Washington enacted a law banning the sale of violent games to kids under 17; but the law was put on hold after video game industry attorneys questioned the ruling as a violation of free speech.
In a press conference that featured an annual “report card” from the National Institute on Media and the Family, publishers were given a B-minus for the accuracy of games’ content ratings and retailers were given a D for voluntary enforcement of age-based sales restrictions.
The question is, should video game companies and retailers be forced to limit the sale of violent games to minors or should we leave the monitoring to the parent?
The Christmas season the question is still up in the air… have an opinion?