Monday, July 4, 2011

Kotaku vs. The Daily Show vs. Video Games

Over at Kotaku, Brian Crecente kicked up a dust storm by taking polite exception to Jon Stewart's take on the recent Supreme Court video game decision. Judge for yourself, but I think The Daily Show bit was about the general hypocrisy of our culture regarding depictions of violence and sexuality. I don't think Stewart was advocating government censorship of video games.

Still, those clips (from the new Mortal Kombat, I believe) are pretty gruesome.

FWIW, the government should not be passing laws to restrict sales of violent games to children. The ESRB, flawed though it may be, exists for this purpose. I hope the ESRB and retailers will step up their efforts in enforcing their own rules so the government stays away!

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