SCOTUS CA Video Game Law – Where we stand

Update: 4:31pm EST

Flurry of posts about the proceedings this morning:
The entire transcript from the Supreme Court Website: PDF
Game Politics (strikes me as somewhat biased) take: Games Take Over Supreme Court

And Also from GamePolitics – a round-up of all the other gaming sites posting SCOTUS stuff.  The list from Game Politics (below) is pretty long – this has been a pretty big deal, methinks.


Wall Street Journal


Washington Post

MTV Multiplayer


As such an event is kind of a big deal, I figured I’d take 5minutes out to Post.

As of 1:42pm EST, I can honestly say, I know nothing more than I did the previous 6 months leading up this…ha.
BUT Regardless — for the issue at hand if your unfamiliar, check out Kotaku for a great breakdown or read my previous post – a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (which was never run):

 All You Need To Know About This Week’s Violent Video Game Case In The U.S. Supreme Court

Then, responses from how the different parties thought it went, again also from Kotaku:
Both Sides React To The California Game Law Supreme Court Hearing

I would keep an eye on, as they planning on posting their perspective on how the case went, as they had someone present.  Chances are they will be one of the first to relay the outcome of the case to the rest of us.

Overall Feeling from the Rogue Gamer – Cautiously Optimistic

Gamer is a bad word … I mean, what?

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I don’t want to imply that I took offense to Yahtzee’s article entitled, “Don’t Use the Word Gamer,” but I can say that I did vigorously disagree with most of what he said.  The sum up his article, the word “gamer” implies two things – it reinforces a negative stereotype of overweight, neck beards, acne, and smelling faintly of milk.  Second, he says that the concept of “gamer” creates a division where there isn’t one.
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Philadelphia Charging Bloggers $300 for Business License

Philadelphia is looking to charge bloggers within the city limits a $300 fee for a Business Privilege License, according to The Escapist.  According to the article, if you have any ads on your site whatsoever, they consider you a business, regardless of how much money you make.  The two bloggers mentioned made less that $100 over a 2 year period in ad revenue.  On top of that, the city is demanding that they make that ad revenue taxable incoming, in addition to their state and federal taxes.

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MMO Player Sues NCsoft … because he couldn’t stop playing

Craig Smallwood, Hawaii resident is suing NCsoft because he was addicted to Lineage II, and over the course of the last 5 years played 20,000 hours of the game (just over 45% of his time according to the cited article here).
Seems silly and pointless and I find it hard to believe that the Judge is willing to take this to trial. He’s cited as ruling, “the court finds that plaintiff has stated a claim for both negligence and gross negligence.” Which again, seems silly.
Part of me wants to go, “Really?! Like, really??” and what the hell, that part wins out. With a collective /sigh and /facepalm with the rest of the MMO players out there, we can take bets on how long before this freeloader trying to make money off of his own shortcomings gets his case thrown out. I’m going to give it to Day 3 of the trial. Just sayin’ …