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Videogame Gods say today is a day for fighting back!

Game designer Warren Spector has issued a call to arms, asking stateside gamers to help protect videogames in the upcoming battle over censorship. The Supreme Court today announced that it plans to hear arguments on the California law regulating computer and video games.

According to the Video Game Voters Network the restrictions proposed by the State of California are unconstitutional and do nothing more than take away the rights of individuals to make their own choices. The battle is set to kick off on November 2nd:

You ask if Arnie himself is involved…


A note from Warren to you: (Deus Ex, Thief, Epic Mickey)

"Dear Friends,

Computer and video games are art, a form of artistic expression deserving of and, currently, protected by the First Amendment.

That hasn't stopped states though from trying to restrict the rights of our medium's artists, storytellers, and technical innovators. On November 2, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of a California law that would restrict the sale of video games. This is a case of great significance to you and me -- to all people who play or create games and believe in the First Amendment.

Let's not beat around the bush -- if the Court's ruling goes against us, this law could lead to the future censorship of games, could irrevocably harm developers and would validate the absurd notion that video games are somehow a lesser form of creative expression.

We must act now. On October 19, I'm asking you to join me in urging all of your friends and co-workers, real-world or virtual, to stand up for video games by joining the Video Game Voters Network, an advocacy group fighting for their First Amendment protection.

Many people, including some of my personal heroes, like Stan Lee, have already encouraged us to take a stand. Now is the time for gamers to come together and spread the word through our social networks. Now is the time to ask every gamer we can reach to stand up with us and protect our First Amendment rights.

Here's the link: Video Game Voters Network: No Censorship

Thank you for considering this call to action.

-- Warren Spector"

And what did the Escapist have to say on the matter?

[update 22 Oct 2010] And what did Arnie have to say?

Source: shacknews.comVideo Game Voters Network


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