The Michigan video game law which would make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to minors has been determined unconstitutional by a federal judge. In the ruling the judge states, "Video games contain creative, expressive free speech, inseparable from their interactive functional elements, and are therefore protected by the First Amendment." Going further, he says, "The research conducted by the State has failed to prove that video games have ever caused anyone to commit a violent act, let alone present a danger of imminent violence." Awesome.
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As always, we here at Lunabean don't want to see violent games in the hands of kids. However, it's not up to state legislators to determine what is or isn't appropriate for kids. It's up to the parents and they need to help parents make those choices via education and public service campaigns.
And, as we reported last week, stores are doing a much better job of self regulation.