QUICK LINKS: Videos  |  Micromarkets |

Redemption Report




Buy a Classified Ad


Editorial Calendars


Circulation Data






Date Book


Bookmark this site

Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 10, October 2010, Posted On: 9/12/2010

Psychologist Slams Calif. Videogame Content Law

Marcus Webb
coin-op games, videogame, video game, video game violence, video game ban, Chris Ferguson, Assembly Bill 1179, arcade video game, video game ratings, adult video game, First Amendment and video games, amusement business, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Arnold Schwarzenegger, youth violence

LAREDO, TX -- In a refreshing development rarely seen by the amusement machine industry, a leading psychologist of national stature has taken a strong public stand against state laws that ban youth access to videogames based on content.

Dr. Chris Ferguson, a leading researcher in the field of videogames and violent behavior, condemned California's controversial Assembly Bill 1179, which criminalizes selling or renting videogames deemed "violent" to consumers under age 18.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this fall on AB 1179. See story.

In a guest editorial recently published by the Salt Lake City Tribune, Ferguson urged Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to sign an amicus brief opposing the California bill.

Ferguson, an associate professor of clinical and forensic psychology at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, also took to task the administration of Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for fiscal irresponsibility on the issue.

Specifically, Ferguson condemned the proposed videogame bill and similar laws as "a waste of taxpayer money." He pointed out that U.S. appeals courts consistently find videogame bans based on content to be unconstitutional because they violate the First Amendment (and presumably the U.S. Supreme Court will do the same).

He called it "ironic" that states would devote money to legal expenses to defend laws in court, given that such laws are consistently nullified by verdict after verdict, and particularly at a time when state and local governments are "slashing social services to families and children in need."

Ferguson also insisted "there is no consistent research indicating that videogames cause increased violence."

See Ferguson's editorial here.

Topic: Music and Games Features

  • Distribution Pioneer Frank Gumma Sr. Celebrates 60 Years In Vending And Coin-Op
  • AAMA Begins Executive Search; John Schultz Will Exit Amusement Machine Association In May
  • CEC Entertainment Appoints Dale Black CFO
  • AMI Entertainment Updates Tap TV, BarLink App And Jukebox Software
  • IAAPA Attractions Expo Draws 32,900 Amusement Industry Pros

Copyright © 2015 Vending Times Inc. All rights reserved. 
P: (516) 442-1850 | F: (516) 442-1849 | subscriptions@vendingtimes.net
55 Maple Ave. - Ste. 304, Rockville Centre, NY 11570