I'll post something here forwarded by the IGDA. In short, there's a bill that's going through the congress of Utah that's going to make it a criminal offense to sell games that contain "innapropriate violence" to minors. Obviously this is bad because it's an indirect form of censorship.
Please take action and support the game industry.
Dear IGDA member/user,
** Action required ASAP/before March 1st **
I am writing to alert you to legislation (HB 257) that could harm the video game industry in the state of Utah and have potential negative repercussions across the entire industry. Your help is needed to stop this legislation, which passed the Utah State House and is now before the Utah State Senate.
See GamePolitics for more general info on HB 257:
This bill treats video games differently from other forms of media. It makes it a felony crime for anyone to give, sell or rent a video game to a minor that contains "inappropriate violence" by reclassifying such games as "harmful material" like pornography. HB 257 is a misdirected attempt at placing the government, instead of parents, in control of what games they buy for their families.
Full details on HB 257 can be found at the Utah State Legislature web site:
The IGDA opposes any effort that would treat digital games differently from other forms of art and creative expression. Digital games are an expressive medium worthy of the same respect, and protections, as movies, literature and other forms of art and entertainment.
Here is how you can help stop this legislation...
The bill passed the House by a vote of 56-8 and has now been sent to the Senate which, if it chooses to consider this bill, must do so before March 1st. It is imperative that you email or fax your State Senator a message or letter as soon as possible to urge a vote against this legislation.
A draft letter that you can modify and send is available online:
If you do not know who your Senator is, you can find out here as well as obtain his/her contact information:
Please grab the letter, tweak it as you see fit and send it off to your Senator (ie, the one from the district you are in) before March 1st. Please copy me on your email or letter. Thanks for your help. If you have any questions, please let me know.
PS: Jump online for more details on the IGDA's position and "key points" against censorship:
Jason Della Rocca
International Game Developers Association
e: jason at igda dot org
"Do or do not. There is no try."