Game Vendors Stand Against Video Game Ban

The Entertainment Software Association and the Entertainment Merchants Association today filed a legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case against the law banning the sale of violent video games in California.

The court is scheduled to soon hear oral arguments. In the 78-page brief, the ESA and EMA said that new media has always been subjected to attempts at censorship, and the court has always rejected these efforts under the First Amendment.

"The California statute at bar is the latest in a long history of overreactions to new expressive media. In the past, comic books, true-crime novels, movies, rock music, and other new media have all been accused of harming our youth. In each case, the perceived threat later proved unfounded."

The case, Schwarzenegger v. EMA/Entertainment Software Association, is a result of a law passed in 2005 that restricts the sale of violent video games to minors. The law was introduced by California Assemblyperson Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/Daly City).

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