Activists cry about ‘predatory’ game industry

Because the world needs another overly conservative activist group moaning about videogames and using harmful vernacular because they don’t know what they’re talking about! The latest gang of pussies to bitch about videogames is the Eagle Forum, which is whining to the Supreme Court about a “predatory” game industry that is poisoining America’s children. Fun stuff!

Seemingly angered by the ruling that California’s violent videogame law was struck down as unconsistutional, the Eagle Forum has demanded that something be done to bring games to justice. 

“The First Amendment does not render our nation’s youth defenseless against the predatory, billion-dollar videogame industry that churns out increasingly graphic blood and gore for impressionable minds to imbibe,” says the group in a statement. “The corruption of our nation’s youth with increasingly deviant video games is a matter of national importance. Our nation’s youth is in crisis, by any measure. A calamitous 30% of our nation’s youth fail to graduate from public high school, and only 32% of those who attend public high school are ever qualified to attend a four-year college …

“Violent video games hurt children in two ways. Their increasingly realistic and disturbing images burn into children’s impressionable minds much as pornography does, and the role-playing inherent in a video game causes the child to buy into the rampages of murder and other heinous crimes that he is acting out.”

Sounds like a bunch of people who seriously need to get laid to me, but what do I know? I’ve imbibed a load of graphic blood and gore and videogames made me drop out of school, so I clearly have no clue about anything. Hit the jump for the full, hilarious statement, where they even try and blame videogames for causing heart attacks!

The First Amendment does not render our nation’s youth defenseless against the predatory, billion-dollar video game industry that churns out increasingly graphic blood and gore for impressionable minds to imbibe…

The corruption of our nation’s youth with increasingly deviant video games is a matter of national importance. Our nation’s youth is in crisis, by any measure. A calamitous 30% of our nation’s youth fail to graduate from public high school, and only 32% of those who attend public high school are ever qualified to attend a four-year college…

A substantial percentage of teenagers are hooked on these disturbing video games, and spend many hours each week playing them. Moreover, mass killings perpetrated by youngsters are frequently linked to addiction to violent video games…

The First Amendment does not forbid state legislatures from keeping this harmful material from children. The California legislature, not known to be conservative, protected its youth against the predatory video game industry. It was an error with national implications for the Ninth Circuit to invalidate the California statute…

 Violent video games hurt children in two ways. Their increasingly realistic and disturbing images burn into children’s impressionable minds much as pornography does, and the role-playing inherent in a video game causes the child to buy into the rampages of murder and other heinous crimes that he is acting out…

The early market leader in video games was Nintendo, which adopted a policy against “excessive blood and violence,” but it was trounced in sales by a 3 to 1 margin by more gory material produced by Sega, and Nintendo learned the message that “violence sells video games to children…”

Numerous studies confirm the obvious: violent video games do cause addiction and harm… There has never been a full First Amendment right to flash highly objectionable and disturbing images specifically at children, or to entice them to participate in destructive role-playing behavior…

Displaying a shocking image to a child is conceptually identical to the utterance of “fighting words” to an adult, which this Court famously held to be out-side of First Amendment protection…

The stress attributed to violent video games can even be physically harmful. Eighteen-year-old Peter Burkowski, an avid video gamer, collapsed and died of a heart attack while playing games in an arcade…

Children who play violent video games have difficulty obeying authorities, treating peers properly, and succeeding in school…

Jim Sterling