Freedom of gaming II
In response to his column “Protecting kids trumps ‘creative freedom'” (Nov. 4 and TribLIVE.com), I’d like to respectfully remind Jack Markowitz that the amendment that allows him to support the banning of violent video games in a newspaper is the same amendment that protects game developers.
These men and women are some of the hardest-working people in their fields today. Banning their products would be putting out the fire in a very successful industry at a time when industry is suffering.
If these people are not allowed to express their opinions in their chosen artistic medium, why stop at banning the sale of violent video gamesâ¢ I’d like to quote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg regarding this issue: “If you are supposing a category of violent materials dangerous to children, then how do you cut it off at video gamesâ¢ What about filmsâ¢ What about comic booksâ¢ ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’?”
If video games are allowed to be treated specially, that leads to precedent — the government could reserve the right to ban anything it wants if that thing is treated as “special” like a video game.
I do agree with Mr. Markowitz on one point: Parents, pay attention to your kids’ games. We don’t need the government to do that for us.