Wednesday, 3 November 2010

But how does that affect me?

So we’ve all heard about the Schwarzenegger vs EMA case now and you might even be following it.

But do you know why it affects us all? I’ve had countless conversations with people who always seem to end the conversation with “Well, sucks to be a gamer in California”

Well; I hate to inform you guys but this case could affect the entire populace of gamers all round the world, depending on the result of course.

It has been said that several other states may follow behind California if this passes, how many exactly can’t be confirmed, but lets say for argument’s sake that 15 states follow behind California, now that’s 16 states that won’t sell R rated games essentially.

Now you might be sitting in your house in the South of France, Australia, China or even sunny ol’ Britain saying

“Aha! Silly Americans and their rules!”

I hate to break the news to you folks, but when a huge section of the market, i.e - America decides it won’t be buying R rated games any more, we’ll see a drop in violent games being developed, sure it will take some time, but this is a path we really don’t want to head down.

Now on a more positive side, I can’t see that this case has a leg to stand on; Quite literally it seems as If this is being taken as a joke, it was revealed yesterday that the violence could still go on, as long as the creature or humanoid that was being maimed, raped or slaughtered wasn’t real - This information was brought to light after confirmation that you can now do what ever you’d like to a Vulcan without prosecution.

Justice Kagan: Would a video game that portrayed a Vulcan as opposed to a human being maimed and tortured, would that be covered by the act?
Morazzini: No, it wouldn’t, because the act is only directed towards the range of options that are able to be inflicted on a human being.

There also seems to be some significant focus on games that allow you to murder and torture children and / or babies.I can’t say I’ve ever played or even heard of games like this

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