Opinion: Fight “The Man”! (Originally written on May 12th, 2010)

(This was written as a note during the Brown vs EMA case where Arnie was trying to ban the sales of M rated games to people under the age of 18. They lost. In the US, stores like Gamestop and Best Buy will not sell a minor an M rated game, simply because it is against their store policy.)

I’ve been playing video games since since I was three years old – I grew up with them because of my older brother. I am now 17, turning 18, and after all the games I’ve played, I feel I am a better person. I’ve been playing violent video games since I was probably around 11 years old. I’m not a violent person- video games don’t cause this. Mental Illnesses cause this. They put you in a different state of mind. The first amendment protects our love for video games, and taking that away is unconstitutional. They are already censored enough through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Mature rated Video games are no worse than R rated movies, often the movies are even worse than Mature rated games! Please hear our plea, we are not just gamers, we are gamers in the United States of America. This is OUR right!

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