Stephen King PWNS Lawmakers

It’s not every day you see prominent non-gaming legends defend the industry, but Stephen King did just that recently when he laid the smack down to lazy elected officials trying to scape goat the gaming industry for all society’s ills. Hear how he completely owns after the jump.

I’m no fan of videogames… But when I heard about HB 1423… I still hit the roof. HB 1423 would restrict or outright ban the sale of violent videogames to anyone under the age of 18. Which means, by the way, that a 17-year-old who can get in to see Hostel: Part II would be forbidden by law from buying… Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

According to the proposed bill, violent videogames are pornographic and have no redeeming social merit… Now, what does and doesn’t have social merit is always an interesting question… But what makes me crazy is when politicians take it upon themselves to play surrogate parents. The results of that are usually disastrous. Not to mention undemocratic…

The most effective bar against what was called ‘’the seduction of the innocent’’ when this hot-button issue centered on violent comic books 60 years ago is still parents…

Could Massachusetts legislators find better ways to watch out for the kiddies? Man, I sure hope so, because there’s a lot more to America’s culture of violence than Resident Evil 4.

What really makes me insane is how eager politicians are to use the pop culture… as a whipping boy… it allows legislators to ignore… the ever-deepening divide between the haves and have-nots… [also, there is] America’s almost pathological love of guns…

King, your words fill me with such hope that I may just be willing to pick up a book and read it sometime. Not now, though. Maybe during the summer, cause there’s a ton of great games coming out soon, like GT5P, Mario Kart, GTA4, Haze, Ninja Gaiden 2, MGO, I mean the list is just endless.

Author Stephen King Slams Massachusetts Video Game Legislation [Game Politics]

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