Want Games to be protected under the First Amendment?

30 06 2010


The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that boils down to whether or not video games should be a protected form of free speech. The debate of if games are art has been continuing, in large part due to the ill-informed and over-popularized ramblings of Rodger Ebert. Throughout much of that debate, many have asked why anyone cares if people like Ebert consider games art.

This is the reason why.

If games are seen as art, then undoubtedly they are protected by free speech rights.

However, if they are simply a toy, then the supreme court could easily decide that video games can be not only censored, but any controversial games could be banned by state and local laws.

Regardless of where you might stand on the games-as-art debate, if you think games should be protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, then follow this link, and sign the petition that will be sent to the US Supreme Court to let them know your opinion. Will it convince Justice Stevens that Games should be allowed to survive unimpeded? Maybe not, but it MIGHT.

And to me that is worth a shot.



Memorial Day week off: Base map extravaganza

2 06 2010

I just wanted to let you guys know that I skipped yesterdays tutorial because of a busy memorial day weekend, and because I am trying to work my way through a design competition that has a deadline of June21st, but that I only just found out about.  So, no Photoshop THIS week, its gonna be CAD basemapping for the time being.  See you next week!