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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 

Pride: NRO on Video Games

How I missed this I will never know. Adam Thierer on NRO gives us some very basic common sense on Video Game Legislation.

If the only movies you had ever seen were Natural Born Killers and Sin City, you might conclude that all movies contain excessive violence. But would that really be a fair assessment of all movies? Of course not. But that’s essentially what’s going on with video games in America today. A few violent titles are being used to indict an entire industry.
While I believe the following, I would sure like to see the data:
market surveys have shown that the average age of a video-game purchaser is 37, and that parents are present 92 percent of the time when games are purchased or rented.
He sums up with what I think is the true conservative position
In sum, the debate over video-game regulation is being driven by myths and misperceptions. Policymakers and critics should consider the facts before moving forward with efforts to regulate the gaming industry, especially since such rules could have profound First Amendment implications

Let me add the following for some prospective :
"The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced... So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is...forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion."

- The Times of London, 1816
I hope the game grabbers will look so foolish in 2096.

(ht: Game Politics)

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