Editorial on Current Events:
The sheer idiocy of politicians continues to astound many of us in the gaming industry. Yesterday, the Louisiana House unanimously passed a new law into effect which would allow for a judge to rule on whether or not a violent game should be pulled from store shelves. The vote came a week after an "informative hearing" about the nature of violent video games and how they are marketed towards/affect minors (though the primary example of a violent game player was a 26 year-old). This is unsurprising, though, since politicians who usually vote on this sort of thing rely on the dubious word of folks like Jack Thompson, who slithered from beneath his rock to Louisiana and once again slandered the gaming industry and everyone involved therein.
The bill may still be defeated when it is voted on by the state's senate, if for no other reason than they already have a gaming bill going through the approval process (at least that one only deals with sexual content in games).
GamePolitics has the full story.
Vansau: Remember, this is Louisiana, the state still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the damage it wrought upon certain areas. Apparently this is the step meant to be taken before duly elected leaders deem clothing the naked and feeding the hungry becomes a priority.