Activision Head Doesn’t Like California Gaming Law

Then again, no one does.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activison, has single handedly made himself the enemy of every gamer in the world, multiple times over with his methods and views of the gaming world. His business practices have been criticized time and time again. But when it comes to this new gaming law, he makes some pretty valid points that a lot of us can’t refute.

“Our First Amendment has survived intact for 219 years amid far greater technological, historical and social challenges.” This gaming law is in clear violation of the First Amendment but the Supreme Court that will be the deciding factor has the ability to bypass that.

G4’s Adam Sessler has also made valid points on the topic. “What is happening with this law is an end run around trying to ban video games and create such an economically unsavory condition that no one is going to want to sell or stock video games.”

For those that don’t know, a law is trying to be passed in California that will make selling an M rated video game to a minor punishable by fine or even worse,┬áimprisonment.

If this law is passed, it could inevitably change video games forever. If minors can no longer buy M rated games, a lot of companies will take a huge hit in their fanbase and will have to change accordingly in order to be able to appeal to them. I’m partly for this because I find that if companies have to change in order to satisfy, the kids who cannot buy the mature games will no longer be the cocky little things that they are. But that also means that the rest of us that are of age will have to suffer.

Regardless, we here at Refresh and Reload are firm believers in the video game industry and no matter what becomes of it, as long we have video games, we can all be happy.

(via Edge and G4)

About Ian Long

Ian Long is the resident Canadian. Likes new games but prefers old ones. He is also usually the one that has an opinion that the rest don't agree with.