Shacknews has posted an article looking into the controversies surrounding the legislative works on games in the USA and the iniatiative by Entertainment Software Association in response to it. Here's a snip:
As you have probably noticed, the legal and political climate surrounding video games and the video game industry is becoming absolutely stifling. The number of laws being proposed or passed on a daily basis relating in some way to the restriction or regulation of games continues to grow. Of course, most of them are struck down by the courts, but the fact that politicians feel compelled to keep proposing them, and elected officials continue to pass them at the senate and house levels, indicates that the general sentiment about games is not a good one. When politicians are unable to pass laws that restrict game sales or content, they obtain funding for surveys that will potentially allow them to do so. At this rate, don't be surprised if some of these attempts end up sticking.
Read the rest
There's also one at GameDaily
which starts thus:
Let your voice be heard! The ESA has started a new initiative to keep gamers informed of industry happenings and to encourage them to get involved by voting and contacting their federal, state and local officials about video games.
As the mainstream media continues to (largely) misunderstand video games and U.S. politicians reveal wave after wave of anti-game legislation that seeks to regulate the sale of video games, there's been much public outcry asking the Entertainment Software Association and the industry in general to step up.
[ March 15, 2006, 01:52: Message edited by: chevalier ]