There’s a couple of things near and dear to my heart. Well, probably more than that, but there’s a point coming. I want to stress that I’m a really big gamer (not nearly as hardcore as some, but certainly not as casual as others). I’m also a big fan of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court. Fun stuff (and if you’re a Dungeons & Dragons rules lawyer, take a crack at Constitutional Law… seriously fun stuff).
I’m going to cut and paste a statement I picked up at the Entertainment Consumers Association website. I strongly urge all gamers, casual and hardcore, frequent and infrequent, boy and girl, old and young, console and PC to look and read and sign the petition they have on their website. It means a lot to the medium of video games. It means a lot to me.
For nearly two decades, elected officials have tried to regulate which video games you can buy, rent and play. Every single time they’ve passed a law, the federal courts have struck it down as unconstitutional. But this may change this fall.
It only takes a few seconds to speak out, http://action.theeca.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1781.
The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the State of California’s infamous ‘violent video game case,’ Schwarzenegger v. EMA. That means that this year, or early next, the Court is going to decide whether to agree with the lower federal courts or not. Agreeing would mean that they believe that video games are, and should continue to be, First Amendment protected speech; just like books, movies and music. The court disagreeing would mean that they think video games should be treated differently. This could lead to new bills and laws curtailing video game access in states across the country.
Join others in signing The Gamer Petition, http://action.theeca.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1781.
It is no exaggeration to state that their hearing represents the single most important moment for gamers, and the pivotal issue for gaming, in the sector’s history.
Warren Spector said in his keynote address to Penny Arcade Expo 2010 that games are the medium of the 21st century. That we need to fight to protect it like people fought for books and movies and music in the past. Today, things that were once derided as pointless or foolish are now serious art forms examined and appreciated by millions a day. Shakespeare’s Globe Theater was once referred to as a den of criminals. When the novel hit the scene, people wondered why one would read about life rather than living it. When rock and roll hit the scene, parents refused to let their children listen to it. Video games are now going through their trial-by-fire and gamers of all kinds need to stand and be there for the medium of the future.
More articles will be forthcoming as soon as my brain comes back from its vacation. I’ve been playing a lot of Star Trek Online these past couple of weeks and it’s an incredible experience that shows a ton of promise. I’ve got a few complaints and comments that I’ll share with everyone later on, but for now, it’s still a rather new game (it came out in February) and it has a lot to live up to (it’s succeeding thus far). Further, Lord of the Rings Online just became free-to-play a few days ago, so I need to hit that up (since the beta ended). I’m certainly keeping busy, but lately playing the games has taken precedence over writing about the games. I’m looking to remedy that shortly, once I’ve scratched the Star Trek Online itch sufficiently.
Until next time, fight for the future, fight for our future.
P.S. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
P.P.S. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius