About a year ago, Rockstar Games (famous for the Grand Theft Auto series) announced that they were developing a new game called “Bully“, and kept very tight-lipped about it, releasing little more than a promotional image of a Puggsly Addams look-alike standing at the gates of a school. This led to a huge uproar among headline-hungry dipshits who claimed that it would be everything from “Grand Theft Auto’s hooker killing repackaged for children” to a “Columbine Simulator”. Yesterday, Rockstar finally and smugly revealed that the game was completely the opposite; you play a schoolyard hero who fights against the bullies, and has to figure out clever, indirect, and/or non-violent ways to deal with them, since direct violence will result in punishments that are designed to be tedious and reminiscent of real-life school punishments like writing on the blackboard and being scolded by the principal. The game industry and parents let our a collective cheer, and now the dipshits are backpedalling like crazy, promising that there MUST be some sort of objectionable content buried in the game somewhere, and surely one of those evil, hellspawned “video games” couldn’t ACTUALLY be teaching kids non-violent conflict resolution.
And now today the Illinois district court has ruled that Illinois’ recent knee-jerk laws against selling M-rated games to children are unconstitutional and a waste of taxpayer money, and that it is parents’ responsibility to regulate what kinds of “dangerous expressions of free speech” their children are exposed to, not the state’s. Then the court ordered the state to pay the Entertainment Software Association’s legal fees.
(Sorry that link to NYTimes requires registration, but the text following it pretty much sums it up.)